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.
IAACE Advocacy Chair
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.
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.
IAACE Advocacy Chair
Educate & Elevate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
- Send us your stories of students who have achieved successful results!
- Send us press releases, photos and/or related information. We’ll share them throughout the state and nationally.
- 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.
- 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.
- COABE Media Outreach Toolkit for COABE Members
- Pro Literacy’s AEFL Toolkit
- National Coalition for Literacy AEFL Week Flyer
- National Skills Coalition Middle-Skills Fact Sheet (for Indiana)
- National Skills Coalition Fact Sheet
- Finish Your Diploma campaign toolkit – PSAs, videos, printable materials, social media assets, and helpful tips to engage your community and partners.
- Legislative Lunches
- Sample Invites:
- COABE letter urging Senator/Representative support for funding of Adult Education
- Sample Media Release Form (2 samples)
- Record your students’ stories. Click here for some tips.
- Find and contact your IN General Assembly
- Local & National Impact of Graduation Rate
- Maps – Adults without High School Credentials
- Postcard example (Region 4)
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.