The Institute for Educational Leadership Announces the Selection of Three $ 100,000 Winners to Design Innovative Models of Adult Learner Education and Training through the Minds That Move Us Initiative

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2018 / PRNewswire / – According to the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, career paths can expand affordable options for high school, post-secondary and adult students and learners, as well as provide opportunities for youth and other people facing individual or institutional barriers to employment. . Career paths refer to a combination of rigorous, high-quality education, training and other services that match the skill needs of in-demand industries.

The Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) believes that 36M low-skilled adults in United States lack basic skills that prevent them from advancing both professionally and personally. In addition, eight in ten of these adults are parents, many of whom have children in public schools or young adults in community colleges, as the OECD’s Time for the US to Reskill report points out.

Creating career paths and systems is important in any community, but it is especially important in areas where adults with no post-secondary training or education do not have access to programs that are structured pathways to success. economic and mobility. The ECMC Foundation, a national foundation that invests in post-secondary programs to improve the educational outcomes of underserved populations, helps communities overcome these challenges through the Minds That Move Us initiative; Partners at the helm of Minds That Move Us include the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE), and the National Association for State Directors for Adult Education (NASDAE).

Minds That Move Us partners challenge communities to design innovative education and training models that create social equity and economic mobility for all. Driven by the market demands of business and industry as well as the needs of young and adult learners, these challenges engage the bright minds of public / private partners to examine the current gaps in education and training within of their communities, and then create models that can be scaled. and reproduced in various industries.

IEL President Johan Uvin said: “The Adult Career Pathway Design Challenge aims to find teams across the country who will work together to design out-of-the-box solutions to pressing educational and economic challenges for the improving their communities.

The Adult Career Pathway Design challenge is open to communities of United States, and encourages teams of educators, employers, community organizations and adult students to create innovative solutions that tackle common barriers preventing adults 26 and older from entering, persevering and successfully complete career development programs. The top 10 attendees will be involved in several activities, including a two-and-a-half-day design camp to hear from subject matter experts on the next generation career path design features and approaches that: 1) overlap and bring together learning experiences at different levels of education and industry credentials; 2) use prior learning assessments, competency-based assessments and / or micro-diplomas; 3) provide academic and comprehensive support; and 4) incorporate universal design principles to ensure that adult learners with visible and invisible disabilities can benefit from the programs. The top 10 entrants also receive ongoing coaching over three years to help them design their programs, culminating in a two-day Career Pathways festival where teams present their programs to a distinguished jury and a live virtual audience, including live performances. donors who may consider offering prior commitments to provide funding for the implementation of ideas they wish to support.

“We look forward to the innovations that will be developed as part of the Adult Career Pathway Design challenge and to provide $ 100,000 each for three winners ”, declared the president of the ECMC Foundation Peter J. Taylor. “This initiative is inspired by the creativity of talented individuals, and we hope it will redefine the way we think about career paths in post-secondary education. It is also an initiative where everyone will benefit and learn from all participating communities across the country.

Applications for the Adult Career Path Design Challenge are due friday 29 june. An information webinar will be held on Friday June 8 at 2 p.m. EST. For more information, visit

Since 1964, IEL equipped leaders to work together across borders to create effective systems that prepare children, youth and now adults for post-secondary education, careers and citizenship. COABÉ represents more than 55,000 adult educators who organize efforts to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all people. NASDAE Advances government staff leadership in adult education in states and territories so that every program is of quality and excellence to increase literacy and prepare adults to succeed as contributing members society through work, community and families.

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SOURCE Institute for Educational Leadership

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