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Adult Literacy Education Wiki
The ALE Wiki is a community of practice with links to research for practitioners, researchers, learners and others. Add knowledge from your experience teaching or tutoring adult learners, from research or professional wisdom, or from your experience as an adult learner.

Build Literacy
BuildLiteracy is the American Library Association's partnership building web site. The website features information, materials, and resources about how libraries, literacy programs, and corporate partners work together to build stronger literacy partnerships and more literate communities. is funded by Verizon.

California Library Association
California Library Association (CLA) is the non-profit membership organization of library staff and supporters throughout California. It provides professional development and advocacy support for California libraries. Literacy is one of its Interest Groups.

Literacy Powerline
Literacy Powerline helps to increase literacy levels by supporting effective and sustainable community collaborations and coalitions. It helps communities to bring together local educators, business and labor leaders, philanthropies, civic and faith-based groups, policymakers and literacy providers and students to work together on reaching 100% literacy.

National Center for Family Literacy
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is a national organization dedicated to promoting family literacy. It provides an annual conference, leadership and information on family literacy, and professional development through Wonderopolis,

National Center for the Study for Adult Literacy
The research dissemination efforts of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) ended in 2007, with the end of federal funding. However, the research publications, Focus on Basics, training and teaching resources, and other materials continue to be available on the NCSALL Web site.

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) sponsored and published the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) in 2003. Its findings are widely used in programs nationwide.

National Coalition for Literacy
The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) was created to increase public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs, promote effective public policy and serve as an authoritative resource for the field on national adult education issues.

New Readers Press
A division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, New Readers Press publishes materials directed at adult learners starting at basic skills levels through GED. Here are materials for reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies and a variety of life skills.

Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
The Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is a division of the American Library Association. Its mission is to identify and promote library services to traditionally underserved populations, including non-readers, people geographically isolated, people with disabilities, rural and urban poor people, and people generally discriminated against.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) provides electronic collaboration and information, support for instructional technology and distance learning. The site includes a clearinghouse of teaching tools and resources and a searchable database of adult education and literacy funders.

The home of the largest adult literacy organization in the United States, ProLiteracy. It helps build the capacity and quality of programs to teach adults to read, write, compute and use new technology. Its services include: advocating for public policy to support programs; professional development and training; publishing educational materials; and sponsoring an annual conference. It provides on-line professional development through the ProLiteracy Education Network at

United Literacy
United Literacy is a website established to bring literacy and technology together to support adult learners and literacy organizations. It features a bi-monthly newsletter, The Literacy Tribune, which can be downloaded and duplicated free of charge. The newsletter can be accessed directly at

Volunteermatch is an online resource for recruiting volunteers. It also provides free training webinars to assist you in recruiting and managing volunteers, creating effective recruitment ads, and more. It is effective and easy to use for volunteer recruitment.