Celebrate Adult Education & Family Literacy, Sept. 20-26

Happy #AEFLWeek!

Celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy this week by:

1. Sharing YOUR Adult Learner Success Stories on Social Media and use hashtags:#AEFLWeek #EducateAndElevate #IAACE #AdultEdMatters #LiteracyMatters  #COABEontheHill2020 #COABE2020 #AdultEdu2020 #AdultEdLiteracyWeek

2. Like, Share, Comment on #IAACE posts for #AEFLWeek
3. Tweet your Legislatures
4. Follow any of the Marketing Tips
5. Attend any of the COABE events


#IAACE Celebrates all week with:

Join us with any of the links above!

9/14 -9/18

Tune in Each Day for a Tip to Market your program within #AEFL Week and beyond.  Rob Moore is providing a tip each day this week. Read Blog for more help!

9/14 Tip One

9/15 Tip Two

9/16 Tip Three

9/17 Tip Four

9/18 Tip Five

Read the Blog with helpful links!


Advocacy Initiative Announcement

We are excited to announce that IAACE will be participating in the Advocacy Initiative organized by COABE for the 2020 National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week that will take place in our virtual world.  The week is September 20-26.   COABE has done an amazing job of organizing ways for us to tweet our officials, send letters, download talking points, and fact sheets plus so much more.  If you would like to be a part of this exciting initiative there are many ways to be involved. You can be a part of our state team by joining the advocacy committee, we will work together as a team to make a plan for our efforts.  Plus I’ll encourage everyone to join Jenn for a September Sharing Session any Thursday at 10:30 am EDT to share your stories of success.  We will utilize those stories to display the wonderful work #AdultEducation does to #EducateAndElevate our great state of Indiana.  I encourage you to reach out if you have any ideas or thoughts, you may email me or chat with Jenn at your convenience.
Thank YOU for all you do for adult education and now our job is to share what we do to further our success.
#Educate AndElevate

Rob Moore
#IAACE Advocacy Chair
P.S. Here’s the link to the COABE webpage.
The link to the National Coalition for Literacy Week page
Schedule a chat with Jenn


The PIAAC Session is available for replay. Go to https://iaace.com/elearning-platform/


Join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 pm EDT (1 pm CDT) for the PIAAC* Data Discovery Session. Rob Moore, Amy Pickard, and Lara Pastore will guide you through an overview of the methodology, explain how to use the Map and the Advocacy Tools to sell your program to funders.
Register for this session at https://bit.ly/iaacepiaac617

Refer to the iaace.com/advocacy/ page for your latest advocacy news.

(*Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies)

4.24.20 Update
4.6.20 Update

Rob Moore and Lara Pastore reviewed advocacy successes, our network and gives an introduction to the PIAAC report and a tease about the contingency plan via a podcast.  All the listening details at https://iaace.com/podcast/.

3.26.20 Update

Last fall, IAACE leadership, in collaboration with Warren and Washington Adult Education programs, and with the support of IAACE lobbyist Joe Loftus, drafted potential legislation that would allow adult education programs the opportunity to partner with K-12 high schools in serving severely credit deficient high school seniors.  Severely deficient was defined as having 50% or less of the needed credits to graduate when entering their senior year.  The concept behind the HSE Pilot program is to reach students at risk of leaving the K-12 system with no credentials.  As adult education providers, we all understand the extreme challenges adults face trying to find a job at a sustainable wage once they leave high school with no diploma.  Statistics also tell us that 80% of all incarcerated men are high school dropouts.  The HSE Pilot program was developed as a way to leverage the important and valuable work we do as adult educators to support an identifiable, at-risk population with a viable educational option.  This program also further extends the partnership between K-12 schools and adult education providers.

Adult Education providers would work with these students, while they were still attending a traditional high school, to prepare them for the HSE Exam with the goal of leaving high school with a secondary credential.  The initial draft of the bill included four school districts in the pilot program with the ability for other school districts to opt in after the first year of the pilot program. This concept was introduced as the HSE Diploma Pilot program and was included in Senate Bill 398 with the sponsorship and support of Senator Jeff Raatz, the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, representing Richmond, Indiana.  The HSE Pilot was brought before the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and passed out of committee unanimously and passed out of the Indiana Senate by a vote of 49-0.

While the initial draft of legislation allowed students that earned their HSE Diploma to be counted in the High School Graduation rate, there was significant debate in the Indiana House on this point.  After much negotiation, it was later amended in committee to have the participants taken out of the graduation rate equation, if they complete the program requirements within two years of starting the HSE Pilot program.  There was also significant concern from the House Education Committee over allowing additional high schools (in partnership with established adult education programs) to join the pilot program.  This was also changed to authorize only three school districts to participate for the first three years.  The amended language of the HSE Pilot program was included in the final version of Senate Bill 398 passed both the Indiana House and Senate on the closing day of the short legislative. Governor Holcomb signed the bill into law (Public Law 86) at the beginning of this week.

The link to the legislation is:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/senate/398.

There will be a session at the IAACE conference, rescheduled for June 22-24, led by Natalie Reuter (Warren Township) and Lara Pastore (Washington Township) to share more details about the Pilot program and the legislative process.



Rob Moore
IAACE Advocacy Chair


The IAACE supports SB 234 High School Equivalency Pilot Program.  You may view at www.iga.in.gov Legislation Bills or

Click here to view SB Bill 234 High School Equivalency Pilot Program Bill.

Please show your support as well for SB 234.  It is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, January 22nd.

Rob Moore
IAACE Advocacy Chair


2020 State of the State Address

Gov. Eric Holcomb will deliver the 2020 State of the State Address this evening, January 14, at 7:00 pm. Eastern Standard Time.  You should be able to watch at this link:  http://iga.in.gov/.  At the lower right-hand corner, click on the yellow “Watch Live” button.

Rob Moore
IAACE Advocacy Chair


The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is holding a series of listening tours around the state.  This would be a great opportunity for the members to hear from us AND OUR PARTNERS, especially our employer-partners.  If you are able, please make plans to attend one of these meetings with a community partner.  When our partners tell our story, it’s much more convincing than if we tell it alone because it validates the value we add to workforce development in our communities.

Rob Moore

IAACE Advocacy Chair

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Staff from the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet will host a series of listening tour meetings across the State of Indiana in an effort to deliver information regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2020 State Strategic Plan. The listening tour will include an overview of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, the planning surrounding the development of the state strategic plan, and allow participants to engage in the process. Time will be allotted to discuss barriers Hoosiers are facing, as well as to hear a variety of perspectives from attendees.

Listening Tour Dates – All times are EST

Region 10 – Monday, October 14, 2019: New Albany Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 3 – Monday, October 21, 2019: Fort Wayne – Allen County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 8 – Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Elletsville Branch – Monroe County Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 7 – Thursday, October 24, 2019: Vigo County Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 4 – Monday, October 28, 2019: West Lafayette Public Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 9 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Bartholomew Public Library, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Region 11 – Monday, November 4, 2019: Evansville – Vanderburgh County Public Library – Central, 5pm-7pm

Region 5 & 12 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 2 – Wednesday, November 13, 2019: South Bend – Francis Branch Library, 5pm-7pm

Region 6 – Thursday, November 21, 2019: Muncie Public Library – Maring-Hunt, 5pm-7pm

Region 1 – Monday, November 25, 2019: LaPorte Public Library, 5pm-7pm

You may find a map to locate the region in which you live here.

In an effort to ensure ample space for those wishing to attend, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet invites those interested in participating in a listening tour meeting to sign up here.   

All listening tour dates are open to the public, and do not require an individual to sign up to attend.

If you are unable to attend a listening tour meeting, Hoosiers are welcome to share a written comment with GWC staff by emailing GWCpubliccomment@gov.IN.gov.

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Federal Legislators are Home for Work Period

Members of the federal House and Senate are scheduled for a work period in their districts and the state from September 30 to October 14.  This could be a great time to invite your federal legislators to your adult education program to meet your students, staff, and partners.  Our Representatives and Senators in Congress need to know about who we are, what we do, and whom we serve because federal legislation and the budget affects us and our students.

To find your federal legislators’ contact information, go to https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=IN  and https://www.house.gov/representatives.

Rob Moore

IAACE Advocacy Chair

Meet Our Lobbyist

IAACE Advocacy Workgroup

​Region 1: Cynthia Warner-Lowe
Regions 2 and 3: Caroline Foster
Region 4 and 6: Lisa Cruea
Region 5 and 12: Lara Pastore and Natalie Reuter
Regions 7, 8, 9, 10,  and 11:  Rob Moore

​Joseph E. Loftus Partner Barnes & Thornburg

  • Indianapolis
    11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Joseph Loftus is a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He practices as a member of the firm’s Government Services and Finance Department and co-chairs the Public Policy Practice Group.

Mr. Loftus’ government services practice includes advising government and business clients in developing legislative and executive strategies for effectively advocating their interests before state and local legislative and administrative bodies. In addition, Mr. Loftus advises business clients regarding state and local procurement laws and administrative practices. Mr. Loftus also represents both governments and businesses in negotiating public private partnership agreements that have led to the outsourcing of government operations and facilities.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Loftus was the senior deputy mayor of the City of Indianapolis and, before that, the chief advisor to the House Ways & Means Committee of the Indiana General Assembly.
Mr. Loftus’ community involvement includes the following board memberships: Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; Indiana State Museum; Indiana Sports Corporation; Indiana Manufacturers Association; and the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Council, IUSPEA.

Mr. Loftus received the Government Relations Lawyer of the Year award from Best Lawyers in 2011 and 2015, and the Lawyer of the Year award for Gaming Law in 2014 and is annually recognized on The Best Lawyers in America list. He received an M.S. in public finance from Indiana University in 1978 and a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1983. Mr. Loftus is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.

Bio from http://www.btlaw.com/Joseph-E-Loftus/

Educate & Elevate

Some 55,000+ adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to educate America about the importance of Adult Education in advancing career and college readiness for millions of people.

We urge policy makers to stay informed on our successes and to fund Adult
Education at the $649 million level as called for in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted in 2014. Check out our page on the Educate and Elevate website (here) and view Indiana’s successes and innovations.

If you have a story, testimonial or innovation to submit you may submit them by emailing iaace2@gmail.com or by going to the Educate & Elevate website. Click on the links below to complete a brief online form and instructions for submissions.

  • Success Story— a narrative that shares the challenge(s), solution(s), and outcome(s) of a student or employer.
  • Customer Testimonial— a first-person quote from a student about how adult education supported their goals and dreams and/or from an employer who had a great experience with an adult education organization and/or an adult learner.
  • Innovation— a narrative summary of an adult education program, project, or initiative that you believe has been innovative in helping students, employers, and/or your community.

The power of these collective stories across the nation will inspire and inform policy makers, business leaders, community leaders and many more!

Advocacy on behalf of Indiana adult education can take many forms – interacting with IAACE online, inviting a community partner to visit your program, sharing a student story with your legislator. We aim to provide you with tools to help you incorporate advocacy in easy and effective ways. Join us in making the importance of adult ed known!

Below are various resources to help you advocate for adult education. Additional resources will be added and please let us know (via the contact form) if there are specific tools you would find helpful in your advocacy efforts!

  1. Send us your stories of students who have achieved successful results!
  2. Send us press releases, photos and/or related information. We’ll share them throughout the state and nationally.
  3. Host an activity or event to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy. Share it with us so we can help get the word out.
  4. Invite legislators and policy makers to your program so they can see firsthand, the work that you do.

The following organizations have provided some excellent resources to help advocate for adult education.

Additional Tools

Telling the story of adult education is often done best by students. Check out the student stories here and on our YouTube Channel then check out our Advocacy Tools (above) to help with advocacy efforts like these and others!

View full length “IN Adult Education Gives Hope” video here.