Adult Numeracy Network (ANN)
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Welcome to the Adult Numeracy Network!
This is an area for both non-members and members of ANN to get acquainted and to stay connected to each other. What is the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN)? We are a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, we encourage collaboration and leadership, and we influence policy and practice in adult math instruction.
The Adult Numeracy Network was formed by adult education practitioners at the first national Conference on Adult Mathematical Literacy in March 1994. Researchers, program administrators, government officials and others joined together to discuss the status of adult numeracy education and to determine future directions. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL), and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education (now OCTAE).
As practioners at the grassroots level, we formed the Adult Numeracy Network to continue the work initiated at the conference. We adopted a constitution and by-laws in 1995, at our first annual meeting.
Since its founding, the ANN:
- Conducted annual meetings with professional development in conjunction with the annual NCTM national meetings and in conjunction with the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)
- Sponsored numeracy strands at COABE
- Co-sponsored the Adults Learning Maths (ALM) international researchers conference
- Became an affiliate of NCTM, COABE, and ALM
- Began publishing a newsletter, The Math Practitioner, for ANN members
- Obtained funding to enable adult ed math teachers, learners, and other stakeholders to participate in a national planning project for system reform
- Published A Framework for Adult Numeracy Standards: The Mathematical Skills and Abilities Adults Need to be Equipped for the Future
- Submitted a policy statement on numeracy to the National Literacy Summit Initiative
- Consulted with U.S. Department of Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, about a strategic plan for numeracy
- Published The Teaching and Learning Principles
- Testified before The National Mathematics Advisory Panel
- Provide grant money to support practitioner research projects for teachers
For more information about ANN, please visit our webpage at AdultNumeracyNetwork.org.