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Fall 2015
KEYSPOT Earns National Recognition


At the National League of Cities' Congress of Cities event last week, Philadelphia was  selected as one of six winners of the inaugural Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards, presented by Next Century Cities, the National League of Cities, and Google Fiber. These awards celebrate city governments who are leading programs or empowering community-based organizations to tackle barriers to Internet adoption. >Read more   


ReadSpeaker Supports Philadelphia's Adult Learners
ReadSpeaker ReadSpeaker®, a leading provider of text-to-speech software, has partnered with the Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL) to help adults improve their basic literacy skills. ReadSpeaker donated its best-selling software for use in myPLACE Online, MCOL's path-breaking reading, writing, and math courses for low-literate adults.

Using state-of-the-art cloud-based text-to-speech technology, ReadSpeaker provides myPLACE Online learners with the ability to listen to course content, thereby helping those with reading challenges or learning disabilities better comprehend material to become confident, autonomous readers. Research shows that text-to-speech technology improves word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and recall. Because ReadSpeaker's technology requires no downloads, it integrates seamlessly on all supported devices and operating systems, including Canvas, the learning management system used by MCOL.

"ReadSpeaker is a phenomenal tool," said Diane Inverso, Interim Executive Director, MCOL. "It improves the accessibility of myPLACE Online content for our Adult Basic Education students. For those with fluency issues, ReadSpeaker allows them to better understand text by hearing high-quality audio which helps to reduce barriers to learning. I commend ReadSpeaker's leadership team for their willingness to donate this program to support the educational pursuits of Philadelphians."

"We could not be more pleased to contribute to the work of the Mayor's Commission on Literacy. Addressing Philadelphia's high poverty and low literacy rates requires partnerships across sectors. ReadSpeaker is proud to work with MCOL to make learning possible for adults," said Steve Moore, General Manager ReadSpeaker North America.  >Read more
GED Testing Service Launches New Program
GED Testing Service has partnered with some of the nation's largest employers and most recognizable brands including Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell, and Southeastern Grocers, to create GEDWorks, a comprehensive program free for employees who want to earn their GED credential. >Read more.
Recent Events
MCOL hosted its annual adult literacy volunteer conference at District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Read about the event, access handouts, and view photos here. 
Partners, friends, and supporters gathered at MCOL's new office space for an open house last month. The event doubled as a retirement party for MCOL Executive Director, Dr. Judith Renyi. View photos. 

Support MCOL Every Time You Shop
The Commission is teaming up with area retailers to raise critical funds to support adult education. Shop this holiday season knowing that a portion of sales are benefiting local adult learners and their families!

Join us at the Barnes and Noble in Rittenhouse Square (1805 Walnut Street) from 5 - 7 pm for a special evening featuring poetry recitation by adult learners and Commission-trained volunteers.

The more you shop, the more you give! 
  • Barnes & Noble will donate 10% of total sales under $2,000 to MCOL 
  • Barnes & Noble will donate 15% of total sales ranging from $2,000 - $10,000
  • Barnes & Noble will donate 20% of total sales over $10,000 to MCOL
Can't attend the in-store event? Shop online at www.bn.com. On the bottom of the payment page, check the box "Check this box if this is a Bookfair order," and use voucher ID 11756384

Join MCOL staff at our new office at 990 Spring Garden Street (Suite 300) from 5 - 7pm for a trunk show featuring Younique cosmetics and Stella & Dot jewelry and bags.  
Start your holiday shopping season off right with complimentary refreshments and give-a-ways!     
Mitchell & Ness' flagship store in Philadelphia, located at 1201 Chestnut Street, is your go-to spot for incredible sports merchandise.

The Center City location features sports merchandise and memorabilia like authentic jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats, and more.

Mitchell & Ness will collect donations at check-out for MCOL!  
Upcoming Professional Development and Trainings
How to Help Job Seekers Effectively Use Mobile Technology

Fri., November 20, 2015
Mayor's Commission on Literacy
990 Spring Garden Street
Suite 300 (Computer Lab)

GED Instructors Boot Camp

Fri., December 4, 2015
9:30am - 4:30pm

1 Parkway Building
The Glassroom

Lunch will be provided.
Basic Technology Skills For Adult Educators

Fri., December 11, 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Mayor's Commission on Literacy
990 Spring Garden Street Suite 300 (Computer Lab)  

Online GED Tutor Training

December 2-16, 2015
January 13, 2016 (6-8pm)
January 20, 2016 (5:30-8:30)
January 27, 2016 (5:30-8:30)

MCOL in the News
The Numbers That Make KEYSPOT a Leader in Digital Inclusion (Technical.ly Philly)

Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis with Innovative Program (HuffPost Education)

Join the Alliance

The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance brings together over 250 active members from the adult education community.


The mission of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance is to support the delivery of quality services to Philadelphia's adult learners by offering professional development, encouraging collaboration, and sharing information. 


Why join the Alliance?

  • Represent your organization and learners
  • Stay updated on adult literacy and workforce trends, standards, and public policies
  • Grow in your profession and take advantage of leadership opportunities 
  • Tap into new resources to enhance the quality of adult education programs
  • Network and meet interesting people committed to improving adult literacy city-wide

Become a member today, it's free and simple!

  Help Learners Get the Skills They Need

myPLACEsm, myPLACE Onlinesm, and our other offerings are expanding to meet the extensive needs of Philadelphia's job-seekers.  

We need your support.

Give to the Mayor's Commission on Literacy. Together, we can help Philadelphia's adults improve their literacy skills so they can participate in the workforce, support their families, and contribute to the local economy.

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Share Your Story

Sharing your story about your personal experience as an adult learner, volunteer, or educator is a great way to enco
urage others to return to learning or give back to their community.

Share inspirational content with the Commission such as testimonials, messages, or poetry.  Submit online.