(Pictured: Steven Jossell, Cheryl Keenan, Beverly Moon, Myrtis Tabb, Brenda Dann-Messier, John Green, and Doug Friedlander)
Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Mississippi, partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to host a regional engagement session to discuss data from an international study on the foundational skills of adults and to develop a national action plan for improvement. Taking place on January 15, 2014, this was one of five sessions held across the country.
Following welcoming remarks by representatives from Delta State University, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Cheryl Keenan (Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy) presented findings from an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey. The study showed the U.S. lagging behind other OECD countries on indicators including literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. (More information about the survey can be found at: http://www.oecd.org/site/piaac/surveyofadultskills.htm).
John Green, Director of the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies and Coordinator of the Institute for Community-Based Research, spoke as part of the Regional Responder Panel. Moderated by Myrtis Tabb, Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration at Delta State, the panel also included Steven Jossell (Workforce Development Center, Coahoma Community College) and Doug Friedlander (Phillips County Chamber of Commerce).
After the panel, all participants worked in small groups to share ideas for addressing the education and skill development needs of adults while also planning to improve education for youth.