Accomplishments

2005 [-]  
  • $1.6 Reading First grant acquired to assist with professional development and data collection and analysis.
  • AE Pro, the joint project with the Ohio Literacy Resource Center, offered on line professional development courses to adult education practitioners across the country.
  • 12 regional academies were held for TN adult education teachers and supervisors in June, July and August.
  • National Science Foundation grant ($860,000) acquired to collaborate with TERC to provide math training for adult education teachers.
  • The Program Administrators' Sourcebook published by NCSALL.
  • First statewide Reading First Academies held, providing training for 1300 K-3 teachers and other school personnel.
  • State Improvement Grant (SIG) expanded to include quarterly production of SIGNAL.
  • First SIG Summer Institute held for 80 4th and 5th grade teachers across the state.
  • Focus groups held at CLS to develop ideas for enhancing staff satisfaction.
  • Equipped for the Future received grant from Dollar General for work on curriculum frameworks.
  • Equipped for the Future National Institute was held in December in partnership with NJ State Employment Training Commission.
  • Equipped for the Future Center acquired grants from DC, New Jersey, Oklahoma and income from other states and organizations for a total of $516,970 (Oct 04-Sept 05 as of July 05.)

2004 [-]  
  • The World Comes to Tennessee published to assist TN programs in working with ESOL students.
  • Work began with the State Improvement Grant (SIG) through the TN Department of Education to assist with parent education.
  • LINCS project began collaborative pilot with Midwest LINCS to develop an online professional development system.
  • Funding from NIFL for the Equipped for the Future project ended. A grant from UPS was received to use the Program Improvement work with local programs and to assist in internal strategic planning for the EFF Center.
  • Publication of SIGNAL begins, a twice-yearly newsletter for SIG schools and parents.
  • Decision made by staff to engage in CLS Strategic Planning, with initial preparation and outlining first steps.
  • Equipped for the Future Center acquired grants from DC, New Jersey, Oklahoma and income from other states and organizations for a total of $160,398 (October 03-Sept 04.)

2003 [-]  
  • New contract ($339,470) with SRI International to assist in the development of a Workforce Readiness Credential based on EFF skills.
  • Grant with Texas Education Agency allows for development and piloting of retail sales curriculum based on EFF. This was targeted to ESOL students.
  • ESOL in the Workplace published and training began for programs in Tennessee.
  • New LINCS special collection, Program Leadership and Improvement, launched.
  • Grant received to provide statewide Even Start evaluation.
  • EFF Handbook for Program Improvement (collaboration with National Urban League) completed.
  • Online EFF Teaching and Learning Toolkit launched.
  • DHS research money ended. Professional development for Families First teachers still funded.

2002 [-]  
  • Center applied for and received the Tennessee Quality Award for Commitment (2nd level.)
  • Even Start (TN Department of Education) funding increased over 400%. Center responsible for major portion of work for statewide Family Literacy Initiative, including a Family Literacy Summit. Assumed responsibility for development and training of database system for Even Start reporting.
  • Equipped for the Future Center for Training and Technical Assistance moved from the University of Maine to the University of Tennessee with first year grant of $562,641.
  • Equipped for the Future Reading Project began with funding of $440,000 to develop and pilot research-based reading training for family literacy programs.
  • Academy for Instructional Excellence grew to cover six tracks and 700 adult educators.
  • Families First Stories of Lives Changed video created and distributed to TN Department of Human Services local offices to show in waiting rooms.
  • Documenting Outcomes for Learners and Their Communities published by NCSALL.

2001 [-]  
  • In December, Jean Stephens became Director of the Center.
  • Center began working with local adult education programs in quality work, preparing programs to apply for the Tennessee Quality Award.
  • Center began a data management system for professional development tracking for all practitioners in the state.
  • Began working on project with NCSALL on Connecting Practice, Policy, and Research.
  • First Academy for Instructional Excellence held for 300 teachers.
  • First online course for Tennessee teachers.
  • Learning Skills Curriculum completed and training provided for all Families First teachers.
  • Families First Conference for 150 teachers held September 11-13.
  • How are we doing? An Inquiry Guide for Adult Education Programs published by NCSALL.
  • Results That Matter: An Approach to Program Quality Using Equipped for the Future published.

2000 [-]  
  • Five year grants (3 of them) with National Institute for Literacy to be Southern LINCS Regional Technology Center and coordinate two special collections (Learning Disabilities and Workforce Education.)
  • First English Language and Civics Grant from TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Combined grants for TN work exceed $1 million for first time (Approximately 100% increase from 1999 grant.)
  • $478,000 grant from the University of Maine to work with pilot sites for Equipped for the Future assessment.
  • Began working in collaboration with TN DHS on a longitudinal study of welfare recipients.
  • Dr. Mary Ziegler, Director, became a full time assistant professor in the College of Education. Jean Stephens hired in December to assist her in managing the Center.
  • "I've Come A Long Way": Learner-Identified Outcomes of Participation in Adult Literacy Programs published by NCSALL.

1999 [-]  
  • Research for Department of Human Services on Families First adult education began. Making Progress in Adult Basic Education: How Long does it take? completed.
  • GTE provided funding for a special online Lab Site for workplace education lesson plans.
  • The 1999 Families First Idea Book was published.
  • Action Research project completed on addressing welfare clients needs in the world of work. Published Making it on My Own: Helping Adult Learners Move Toward Self-Sufficiency.
  • Changes in Learners' Lives One Year After Enrollment in Literacy Program: An Analysis from the Longitudinal Study of Adult Literacy Participants in Tennessee published by NCSALL.
  • Conducted the Leadership Institute for Adult Basic Education Program administrators as a graduate course.
  • Wrote Families First: Implications of welfare reform for Tennessee Adult Basic Education.
  • Wrote study Tennessee Learner Identified Impacts.
  • Received grant to conduct more than 50 professional development activities, conduct action research projects, develop technology communications systems, and provide technical assistance from the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Adult and Community Education.

1998 [-]  
  • Received grant from GTE Foundation to develop the Web-based Workforce Education Learning Activities Bank . Published Real Lives, Real Results.
  • Research published by Teachers College Press, Life at the Margins.
  • Published Lessons from the Holocaust Educator's Resource Toolkit
  • Conducted the English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute.
  • Conducted the Management Institute for Adult Basic Education Program administrators as a graduate course.
  • Conducted the LEADERS Evaluation in Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas.
  • Conducted training for 250 ABE Teachers who conducted basic education programs for participants in Families First (Tennessee's welfare reform program.)
  • Received grant to conduct more than 50 professional development activities, conduct action research projects, develop technology communications systems, and provide technical assistance from the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Adult and Community Education.
  • Published interactive reporting system for 104 Adult Basic Education programs in Tennessee on the World Wide Web.
  • Conducted technology training events for practitioners in the southern region.
  • Funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services to evaluate the Bridges project.

1997 [-]  
  • Designated the Southern Regional Technology Hub for America's Literacy and Information Communication System (LINCS) through a grant from the National Institute for Literacy.
  • Published the inaugural issue of the Center's quarterly newsletter, The Big Idea
  • Evaluated a participatory family writing project in Washington, D.C.
  • Partnered with Friends of Literacy in Knoxville to develop the K-HELP AIDS Education Project.
  • Conducted training for 250 ABE Teachers who conducted basic education programs for participants in Families First (Tennessee's welfare reform program.)
  • Received grant to conduct professional development and research activities from the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Adult and Community Education.
  • Conducted technology training events for practitioners in the southern region.

1996 [-]  
  • Mary Ziegler became Director.
  • Received grant from OERI, US Department of Energy to be a research partner in the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy with Harvard and World Education.
  • Published Getting There, A Curriculum for People Moving Into Employment.
  • Conducted training for 250 ABE Teachers who conducted basic education programs for participants in Families First (Tennessee's welfare reform program) through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
  • Published "Building Connections: Classrooms & Communities in Rural Virginia" as a chapter in New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education.
  • Published "Reading the Word and the World" as a chapter in Communities and their Universities. . Received grant from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to develop Lessons from the Holocaust.
  • Funded for three years as a lead agency for Equipped for the Future by the National Institute for Literacy.
  • CLS lost funding for the Tennessee State Literacy Resource Center (Congress rescinded the funding for all state literacy resource centers.) Funding dropped to below $150,000.

1995 [-]  
  • Launched first Website.
  • Funded as a partner in Equipped for the Future, a system reform initiative of the National Institute for Literacy.
  • Received Sequoyah Award (Juliet Merrifield.)
  • Conducted HEAL Project (Health Education and Adult Literacy) through a grant from World Education.
  • Published Teacher as Learner.
  • Conducted Learner at the Center Institute as a graduate course.
  • Received grants for technology and performance accountability project from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Whirlpool Foundation.
  • Participated in international conference on Communities and Their Universities, University of Wales, Swansea.
  • Received grant to conduct professional development and research activities from the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Adult and Community Education.

1994 [-]  
  • Published the Longitudinal Study (Part 2.)
  • Published articles by Juliet Merrifield, M.B. Bingman and Connie White in Alpha 94: Literacy and Cultural Development Strategies in Rural Areas.
  • Published If Only I Could . . . Read, Write, Spell.
  • Conducted Literacy Trainers Institute as a graduate course.
  • Conducted the LEADERS Evaluation in Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas.
  • Conducted training for 250 ABE Teachers who conducted basic education programs for participants in Families First (Tennessee's welfare reform program.)
  • Received grant to conduct more than 50 professional development activities, conduct action research projects, develop technology communications systems, and provide technical assistance from the Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Adult and Community Education.
  • Published interactive reporting system for 104 Adult Basic Education programs in Tennessee on the World Wide Web.
  • Conducted technology training events for practitioners in the southern region.
  • Funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services to evaluate the Bridges project.

1993 [-]  
  • Center for Literacy Studies becomes the Tennessee State Literacy Resource Center.
  • Longitudinal Study (part 1) is published.
  • CLS staff attend UNESCO seminar in Spain.
  • TRIMS is funded by the National Institute for Literacy
  • Literacy Trainers Institute is held.

1988-1992 [-]  

1992

  • CLS receives AAACE Imogene Okes Award for Research in Adult Education.
  • Community in the Classroom project begins.
  • Life at the Margins: Profiles of Adults with Low Literacy Skills report is published.
  • Remembering Lonsdale: Our Community, Our Home published.

1991

  • ABE Supervisors' Handbook is published.
  • I'm Not a Quitter (based on participatory research with laid-off textile workers in JTPA training) is published.

1990

  • ABE Supervisors' Institute is held.
  • Teacher in a Different Way is published.
  • A Foot in the Door: Rural Communities Involved in Educational Change is published.

1989

  • Learning Differently: Meeting the Needs of Adults with Learning Disabilities is published.

1988

  • The Center for Literacy Studies was founded with funding from Adult Community Education.
  • Juliet Merrifield was named Director.
  • Tennessee County Profiles was compiled.