News & Announcements

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Increase in Adults Attending English Language Classes 
Continues in Montgomery County
(September 4, 2014, Rockville, MD)
Recognizing the escalating demand for professional educators, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult Literacy (MCAEL) today announced that Charlotte van Londen has been named Instructional Specialist for the organization, according to Kathy Stevens, Executive Director, MCAEL.
“The need for English language instructors continues to increase in Montgomery County. Our goal is to strengthen the countywide adult English literacy network with resources, training and professional collaborations.   As Instructional Specialist, Charlotte will work with Heather Ritchie, Director of Programs, to implement MCAEL’s programs to the network of over 60 English literacy programs,” said Ms. Stevens
In Montgomery County there are over 130,000 adults who are identified as limited in their English proficiency.  MCAEL currently serves almost 15,000 and is working to serve more.  Quality instruction is key to learner success.
Prior to joining MCAEL, Ms. van Londen was an Instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she designed and delivered programs for adults who are speakers of other languages (ESOL) and in need of English language education and facilitated ESOL teacher training.  In addition, she completed a a specialist assignment for the United States Department of State, evaluating English language programs in Turkey.  She also served as the ESOL Adult Education Specialist for the State of Maryland.
“In addition to her professional expertise, Charlotte has lived in Turkey, and Indonesia, and understands the complexity of learning a language as an adult, and the diverse skills to train those who teach ESL.   There are almost 700 English language instructors in the MCAEL coalition network, and Charlotte’s experience will insure these professionals have the resources to achieve success,” added Ms. Stevens.
MCAEL conducts two major programs.  First, it provides literacy instructors’ professional development workshops using national best practices, it maintains a library of teaching materials, and administers County and private grant funds to adult English literacy programs.   In addition, MCAEL coordinates public engagement on the issue of adult English literacy in Montgomery County by collecting and analyzing data, publishing reports, and facilitating communication within the coalition and with the community at large.
MCAEL traces its beginnings back to 2002 when the Montgomery County Council, adult English literacy service providers and community stakeholders worked to address the growing demand for programs and services. MCAEL incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2006 and received its 501(c)(3) tax status in 2008.
Contact: Kathy Stevens, Executive Director
"With such a diverse population as there is in Montgomery County, it would be a sound investment for the future to have that population well educated."
Jose Gonzalez
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