National Community Literacy Summit

The The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) held its first National Community Literacy Summit on March 19th in Washington, D.C., "bringing together more than 80 community leaders, scholars, and literacy experts to begin a national dialogue on improving and expanding literacy efforts at the community level." The Community Literacy Journal was represented by co-editor Michael Moore as an invited speaker, who also used the opportunity to meet and discuss possible projects and publications with a range of community literacy program administrators, providers, and researchers. According to Sandra Baxter, Director of the Institute, "The Summit, the Institute's first, will provide an opportunity for community leaders to learn more about improving instruction in community-wide initiatives and how to evaluate them to document and improve outcomes for learners. While the field of community literacy is emerging, practitioners and experts say that defining the work that they do outside of the mainstream school setting or workplace to promote lifelong learning, is not easily or universally defined."