PULSE symposium focuses on improving adult literacy

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November 1, 2017

More than 100 adult literacy practitioners are expected on campus Friday to learn strategies that will help them better address the issue of adult illiteracy in metro Detroit.

Sponsored by the Office of Educational Outreach’s Harris Literacy Program and Reading Works Detroit, Practice-Based Updates for Literacy Strategies and Education (PULSE) provides a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn practical, evidence-based applications to improve adult literacy, thereby helping literacy learners move toward greater self-sufficiency.

Naimah Wade, program manager for the Harris Literacy Program, says the third annual conference is offered as an extension of Wayne State's strategic focus on community engagement.

“As literacy service providers, we encourage our students to never stop learning and evolving,” Wade says. “PULSE provides adult literacy educators – teachers, tutors and administrators – an opportunity practice what they preach, to become a student again and engage with new approaches that enhance the quality and effectiveness of their services. 

“Through this conference, the impact that the Harris Literacy Program is making in Detroit expands beyond its own classrooms to reach community agencies and organizations that are equally committed improving adult literacy through high-quality teaching and learning strategies.” 

The full-day, holistic forum features keynoter Lennox McLendon, who has more than 30 years of experience in adult education. He is the former chair of the National Coalition for Literacy and was an advisor for the American Bar Association’s Law and Literacy Initiative.

Concurrent workshops will focus on research-based applications for adult literacy improvement, and review best practices in the field. Among the topics: creative approaches for cultivating math competency; integrating basic reading and math education with workforce and career training; unpacking the issues and challenges that compete with learning; and innovative strategies for promoting reading comprehension.

A few seats remain. State Continuing Education Clock Hours are available, as are CEUs.

Learn more at go.wayne.edu/pulse.