Adult Literacy & Adult Education SIG 4
Adult Literacy & Adult Education SIG 4
SIG Purpose

The Adult Literacy and Adult Education SIG (ALAE) is dedicated to research, development, policy, and practice in adult literacy and adult education. The group takes an interdisciplinary, lifespan perspective on learning and instruction among diverse populations. 


The Adult Literacy and Adult Education (ALAE) SIG is one of the few places in AERA to connect with researchers working with adult populations. We also offer opportunities to be a part of the community of adult education researchers, to meet people who work with or have connections to institutions that fund research, hire adult education researchers, and publish adult education manuscripts. We are always growing our vibrant scholarly community. Please invite your colleagues and graduate students to join our SIG. If you are not already an AERA member, go to the website.  Be sure to select the ALAE membership ($10). If you are already an AERA member, you can update your existing membership online through the AERA site and by selecting our Special Interest Group as one of your SIGs (note: we are ALAE SIG #4).

Message from SIG Chair


Are you an adult literacy/adult education researcher or practitioner? Are you passionate about the work that you do? Are you looking forward to increasing your network of like-minded colleagues? If so, you have found the right SIG to join. Our SIG is comprised of international researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among people who work with heterogeneous populations in diverse contexts. We hope to meet you at our next SIG meeting (to be scheduled during the annual AERA conference) and/or to read your posts on our discussion list (please email Daphne at to have your message posted). Please feel free to reach our to to any of the SIG officers (contact information listed above) with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Best Wishes, 

Daphne Greenberg (email:

ALAE SIG Chair  


Call for AERA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Q&A Facilitators

AERA is inviting you to serve as a Q&A facilitator for the 2021 AERA Virtual Annual Meeting. The Q&A facilitator is a new role established for Virtual Meeting sessions where a sizable number of attendees is anticipated. The role, as implied, is to monitor Q&A and synthesize or select questions submitted by attendees and present them when called upon by the session chair. We are creating this role for the virtual meeting to support a dynamic session when attendance runs high.


We estimate that we will need to assemble a team of approximately 150 Q&A facilitators to cover approximately 500 sessions, including a number of prominent lectures. We see this as a function that needs to be staffed. Therefore, AERA will pay those who take on this task.


We are seeking to identify persons who are ideally willing to do 5 sessions for $150. If you are willing to participate but cannot commit to 5, we will pay the prorated amount of $30 per session. In staffing for this function, we much prefer 5 so that the size of the Q&A facilitator team is as manageable as possible in the midst of a virtual meeting.


We hope the task and the payment will be enticing. This is a great opportunity for further engagement in virtual meeting activities. Facilitators will be assigned to sessions, to the greatest extent possible, based on their interests and expertise. Preference will be given to graduate students and early career doctorates. We encourage you to sign up to be a Q&A Facilitator. To do so, you must be

  • a 2021 AERA member (if you are not a current member you can join now )
  • registered to attend the 2021 Virtual Annual Meting
  • available between 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for at least two days (Friday – Monday) during the Annual Meeting

Please use the link below to sign-up by March 30. If you are selected to join our team of Q&A Facilitators, we will notify you by April 3. If you have questions about this opportunity email and include “Q&A Facilitator” in the subject line.


Q&A Facilitator Sign-up:


If you have an interest in being selected, please sign-up as soon as possible. We will be reviewing applications as they come in, as we want to complete our roster of Q&A facilitators as early next week as we can manage.


We hope this opportunity signals our commitment to support presenters and attendees in sessions that we anticipate will have a very large turnout. We are turning to you our members as we think you will in particular value and appreciate why we have added this function and role in virtual space.


ProLiteracy Sponsors our SIG Paper Awards

A BIG thanks to ProLiteracy for sponsoring our SIG awards. Their support is greatly appreciated. Please visit ProLiteracy at to learn about the great work they're doing in adult basic education. Submissions to their peer reviewed journal, Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy are always welcome:


Contact Information:

Chair: Daphne Greenberg (

Program Chair: M Cecil Smith (

Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth Tighe (

SIG Webmaster: Christine Miller (

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