All over the city, there are adult education programs to
help you improve the skills of our D.C. residents. “Read
Out Loud” is trying to get the word out about these
programs. We are getting the word out with ads on TV, radio,
subways, and buses.
On this site, you can look for a program
where you can get a tutor, or where you can go to class to
study reading and writing, GED, or English-as-a-Second Language.
Creating a City of Learning Begins with Adult Education
The District of Columbia is a world-class city with a vibrant
economy that cannot afford to forgo the skills, talent and
hard work of any Washingtonian. However, one in three of the
adults in Washington read only at or below a third grade level.
These adults struggle to fill out a job application, have
a hard time reading a prescription bottle or food label, and
cannot read to their kids. Washington has thousands of residents
who lack the basic skills they need to get and hold a job.
In addition, there are also many residents who have jobs but
need an opportunity to improve their skills in order to truly
succeed in today’s workplaces.
To address this need, Mayor Anthony Williams has set forth
a bold vision for the nation’s capital—to create
a City of Learning where all D.C. residents can grow and our
economy can thrive. The mayor’s vision embodies a long-term,
multi-faceted effort to boost literacy for residents of all
In order for this education effort to be successful and for
our economy to be strong, the entire community must share
the responsibility and make a commitment to a critical first
step—helping adults in the District of Columbia get
the skills needed not just to function—but thrive—in
today’s workforce. With strong literacy skills, adults
can create strong families and be leaders in the workforce
of the future.
The Lifelong Learning Initiative
Corporations and organizations are joining the District of
Columbia to tackle the city's crucial need for adult literacy
services by launching the new Lifelong Learning Initiative.
The initiative is a transformational effort with an ambitious
target: to help 10,000 citizens achieve their learning goals
over the next three years.
The Lifelong Learning Initiative takes an innovative approach
to adult learning, and will bring important new resources
and accountability to the city's adult literacy programs.
The initiative supports training in reading, writing, math
and language skills, computer instruction and technical job
training in learning centers across the city. The services
will be free or very low cost, and are easily accessible via
Programs participating in the initiative will emphasize skill-based
learning that addresses real-life needs in accordance with
a set of new, citywide program framework called Equipped for
the Future. These standards were developed through the National
Institute for Literacy as a collaborative, nationwide effort
to guide instruction and assessment and improve the quality
and results of adult learning programs. Equipped for the Future
is a voluntary initiative being put into practice in nearly
600 adult literacy programs in 38 states.
The Read Out Loud initiative is a public service campaign
designed to help adults looking to improve their literacy
skills find opportunities and services available through Washington,
DC’s Lifelong Learning Initiative. The campaign’s
television, radio and print public service announcements are
designed to engage every citizen in the effort and alert adult
learners who need help with reading, math or computer skills—or
with getting a GED—to the services available throughout