The Case For Investment in Adult Education

Is funding Adult Literacy programs worth it? Can you prove it? 

At Joplin NALA Read we know first-hand the impact that increasing essential skills has on our students and their families. There is a significant connection between participation in adult basic skills programs and increased employment and income levels, high school equivalency and postsecondary education attainment, and civic participation. This return on investment, however, remains mostly unknown to policy makers, funders, and the general public. 

ProLiteracy’s new report, The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education, provides the evidence for supporting a very critical education segment in America.

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Welcome New Tutors!

Six people attended our Tutor Workshop. We welcome new tutors Stephanie Mackensen, Christie Solorio, Camara Kurch, Christain Shultz, Matt Nowalk, and Laura Dolan Teverow. Our volunteer tutors give students another chance. They develop respectful and ecnouraging relationships with the learners and create a safe environment for learning. This is what one of our student's shared with her tutor, "I have a lot I want to tell you. I am so glad I let you be my teacher. I couldn't of had a better teacher than you. You don't know how you have changed my life for the better . . . I will never forget who taught me to read, to write a sentence, learn math, tell time, and oh so much more. . .  Just think ten years ago I couldn't have wrote this letter. Look how much you have taught me."

Tutor Workshop April 22, 2017

When You Help an Adult Increase Essential Skills - You Provide their Families Access to a Better Life!

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017

             9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Joplin NALA Read

                123 S. Main Street

WHO:  YOU – if you want to enrich someone’s life!


RSVP: by phone: (417) 782-2646 or

            by Email:

We hope you will attend and become a volunteer tutor – changing lives one word at a time!

Tutor Workshop September 24, 2016

Be the change you wish to see in the world is stenciled on Ella's bedroom door at home and the theme seemed fitting for NALA's upcoming Tutor Workshop!

When NALA board member Brooke Schroeder volunteered to put up a bulletin board at the Joplin Public Library advertising our workshop, she enlisted the help of her children Ella and Luke. Ella is in 5th grade and Luke is in 3rd grade and attend school in  Carl Junction. They rose to the task of designing a bulletin board that would get the attention of folks interested in tutoring adult learners in reading, math, and English.

The Tutor Worskhop will be held Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 9:00 to 3:30 at Joplin NALA Read. The workshop is free and will prepare volunteers to become successful teachers of adult literacy students. To register, call us at 782-2646 or email We hope you will attend and become a volunteer tutor - changing lives one word at a time!