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What We Do

MCAEL strives to expand opportunities for high-quality English language and literacy instruction in the community through two programs: Capacity Building and Public Engagement. MCAEL works not only to advance adult literacy and language learning, but to bring the vision and principles of these disciplines to our work. Research has demonstrated that adult education is most effective when it builds from the experience of the learners and connects directly to the needs and interests of learners. Likewise, in our capacity building work, MCAEL draws upon the knowledge that already exists in the community, while also introducing adult English literacy practitioners and volunteers to research and evidence-based practices.

Capacity Building

MCAEL undertakes the following activities with the goal of strengthening the capacity of adult English literacy service providers to deliver high quality, effective programs that meet the needs of learners.

For Providers For Instructors
  • Community Grants
  • Workshops
  • Technical Assistance
  • Networking Meetings
  • Resource Library
  • Provider E-News List
  • Online Tools
  • Trainings
  • Resource Library
  • Awards (Dr. Debbie Bhattacharyya Memorial Fund)
  • Networking Meetings
  • Instructor E-News List
  • Job/Volunteer Postings
  • Online Tools

Public Engagement

MCAEL also serves as a community resource and knowledge center for information on adult English literacy in Montgomery County. MCAEL works in the following ways to engage the broader community in supporting and addressing English literacy:

Knowledge Center Advocacy and Outreach
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Reports
  • Provider Directory
  • Learner Stories
  • Promoting Community Literacy
  • Coalition Building
  • Connecting Business, Government, Nonprofits and Individuals
  • Local, State and National Policy Advocacy

MCAEL sees a diverse professional community as a significant asset to the County, and believes our community can achieve more for adult learners by activating the talent, knowledge and passion of instructors and program managers. MCAEL encourages collaboration and community building. MCAEL exists not only to connect professionals to knowledge and information, but to each other, as resources for learning and support. By investing in the skills, talent and capacity of adult English literacy instructors and providers, MCAEL's work leads to sustainable, long-lasting results.

"Literacy is a human right. In Montgomery County, literacy leads to community members who are self-sufficient and able to give back to the County."
Sissy Kegley
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