The Mayor’s Office of Adult Education works to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers by promoting a state-of-the-art adult education system. We want a system that serves more people with greater results. We are helping programs to use best practices to help learners reach their goals. We work with adult learners, educators, and government agencies to achieve this vision. We also work with new partners who can enhance the system.
An adult education system that serves more people with greater results:
- offers more classes with more hours of instruction;
- features programs with different areas of expertise and helps learners find the right program for their needs and strengths;
- involves learners and alumni in meaningful ways to strengthen programs;
- uses television and the internet for learning opportunities outside the classroom;
- prepares adult learners for college education and job training opportunities;
- broadens civic participation, improves health of families, enhances the competitiveness of the City’s workforce, improves community reentry of formerly-incarcerated persons, and expands economic opportunity for low-income individuals and families.
An adult education system that uses best educational practices:
- emphasizes intensity and quality of instruction;
- supports well-trained full-time teachers, volunteer tutors, counselors, and support staff
- strengthens communities of practice and expands professional development opportunities;
- funds programs and holds them accountable in ways that continually improve outcomes;
- works with government agencies, community-based organizations, and other partners.
An adult education system that helps learners reach their goals:
- reflects a wide variety of interests, cultures, and educational needs;
- incorporates curricula and instructional practices that help adult learners be more effective members of families, communities, and the workforce;
- helps learners continue education and training after completing a level of instruction;
- promotes life-long independent learning.