National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week will be celebrated September 23 – 29 this year.

The goal of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, leverage resources, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being. You might want to look at ProLiteracy’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Toolkit for some ideas on what you could plan for the week, what its significance is and so on.

2019 National Training Institute

We are pleased to announce the 2019 National Training Institute will take place October 21 – 24 in Seattle, Washington. The NTI is provided by the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE). The agenda was developed by a planning committee comprised of adult educators from several states and in consultation with the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Assistant Secretary Scott Stump will provide the opening address and share important updates from Washington. More information is available on our events page: click on NTI Announcement

Dear NASDAE Member States and Partners,

I am pleased and honored to begin my role serving as the NASDAE Chair for the next two years. I know that I have big shoes to fill as I step into this role following Reecie Stagnolia, but I’m fortunate that Reecie will be around for support through his new role as NASDAE’s Immediate Past Chair. I’m also very fortunate to have a dedicated and energetic Board of Directors and a talented Executive Director to work with, so I’m looking forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.

I have worked in the field of adult education for over 30 years as a teacher, local program director, in the state office, and, since July of 2014, as the Arizona State Director of Adult Education. These are truly exciting times for our field as we continue to navigate the multitude of changes and opportunities from many directions. My belief has always been, and continues to be, that when we keep our students at the center of our efforts we will succeed.

As your professional organization, it is NASDAE’s mission to support and advance the state leadership of adult education throughout the states and territories. Further, it is our purpose to respond to the needs of member states through resources and training activities, networking opportunities, and specialized services to develop and support leadership skills. NASDAE has many important initiatives underway that address our mission and purpose, while we continue to explore and plan future resources.

I hope to see you at the National Training Institute in Seattle, October 21-24, 2019. In the meantime, please feel free to communicate with me directly regarding your state’s needs and how NASDAE may be of service.


Sheryl O. Hart
NASDAE Chair, 2019-2021

NASDAE is the re-named organization that has supported State Directors of Adult Education and their staff for almost three decades under the name of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPEDC), since its incorporation in 1990.  While newly named to reflect the full body of our organizational work, the mission remains the same: to advance the leadership of state staff in adult education throughout the states and territories so that every program will be of quality and excellence as we together increase literacy and prepare adults for success as contributing members of our society through work, community and family; and, will be the leading voice in adult education for the nation.