(Washington, DC) The State Education Office (SEO) is soliciting applications from qualified service providers and/or qualified consortia interested in developing, implementing, and sustaining a Program and Staff Development Resource Center for adult literacy, basic education, GED preparation, workplace literacy, family literacy, and adult English language learning providers in the District of Columbia. The State Education Office (SEO) will award $100,000 to a non-profit organization, with an additional $100,000 expected from private partners. SEO will budget awards for subsequent years based on availability of funds from DC government and other philanthropic organizations and private partners.
Over the past three years at the request of the Mayor, SEO collaborated with the State Agency for Adult and Family Education (SEA) at the University of the District of Columbia, and other public and private partners to increase the availability and quality of adult literacy services across the District. The result: a new vision for a system which markedly increases availability of services, while responding to a range of adult learner needs. The District must now initiate a DC Adult Literacy Initiative for Program and Staff Development to support adult education leaders, teachers, and programs as they make a transition from a place-based system of literacy providers to a more consumer-centered model that incorporates research-based best practices and technology. This method then provides greater access and opportunities for success for adult learners.
A pre-application conference will be held at the SEO, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 350 N, 5:00-6:00 pm on August 10, 2006.