National Coalition for Literacy 2016 Awards

Johan Uvin speaking at podium after accepting award.

Johan Uvin accepting National Coalition for Literacy award.

OCTAE is proud to have witnessed the Literacy Leadership Award given by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) to our own Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin on September 27, 2016. The ceremony is held in honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which is celebrated at events in communities across the country to help raise awareness about this issue.  Follow along on Twitter at #AEFLWeek.

During the ceremony, NCL President Jeff Carter said, “Many in this room and around the country know Johan from his tireless work at OCTAE over the last seven years, but Johan would be deserving of this award even if he had never come to Washington: his years of dedication to adult learners, and his accomplishments as a leader in our field, are that impressive. Johan possesses all of the most critical characteristics of a great leader: focus, passion, honesty, intellectual curiosity — and most of all, he truly cares. That is also why he is a great educator.”

Also honored at this year’s event were:

  • Senator Jack Reed, who has been a champion for adult education funding in the U.S. Senate, and at the forefront of legislative efforts to strengthen adult education research and adult education’s role in the workforce system and career and technical education.
  • The Division of Consumer & Business Education at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, for its commitment to serving and guiding adults with limited reading ability, and for its outreach to those working with them, particularly teachers in adult basic education and ESL programs. See an OCTAE blog post from earlier this year sharing the many resources from the FTC, and the FTC blog announcing the award.
  • Margaret Becker Patterson, of Research Allies for Lifelong Learning, and Marty Finsterbusch, of VALUE USA, for ALLIES, a groundbreaking research study on adult learner leadership.
  • John Y. Cole, Library of Congress Historian and founding Director of the Center for the Book, who has been instrumental in shaping numerous literacy and reading-promotion programs during his 50-year tenure at the Library, including the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.
  • Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), the co-chair of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, received special recognition for his life-long commitment in support of adult education, and for outstanding leadership in advocating education as a congressional and national priority.