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A Partnership Responding to Community Needs
SPCLC is a community-based collaborative, building literacy in a collaborative, inclusive, comprehensive manner. Membership includes 10 community based non-profits, St. Paul Public Schools Adult Basic Education, and the St. Paul Public Library. Funded through the public and private sectors, SPCLC works collaboratively and cross-culturally to benefit adults and their families needing literacy services.
Serving a Community in Transition
St. Paul, Minnesota, is a community of over 294,000 residents in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Over the past 40+ years, the city has become a resettlement destination for refugees and immigrants from around the world. As many as 75,000 Hmong from Southeast Asia live in and around the city. Many Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, and others also call the city home.
In recent years, many refugees have arrived from Somalia, Ethiopia, and other parts of Africa. Latinos have emmigrated from other parts of the U.S. and foreign countries. In 2005-2006, several thousand Hmong who had lived for many years on the grounds of Wat Tham Krabok in Thailand arrived in St. Paul. The internationally known Center for Victims of Torture draws additional refugees. Significant numbers of Karen refugees from Thai refugee camps are currently arriving, as well as Karenni and Bhutanese.
New Americans contribute greatly to the cultural, economic, and artistic life of Saint Paul. They also bring many needs related to learning English, obtaining employment, and accessing basic human services.
Many lifelong St. Paul residents lack basic skills. Some dropped out of high school, or graduated without important skills and knowledge. Many are caught in a cycle of poverty as they move between low-wage jobs and unemployment. Facilitating effective processes to help individuals master basic and job skills, and gain meaningful employment, is crucial.
Service Accomplishments and Effectiveness
During program year 2015, SPCLC members served 12,155 students, delivering 1,210,624 service hours. Over 69% of those served completed 12 or more hours of instruction, qualifying as Participants under federal definitions. Of these, 70% studied English as a Second Language, 23% Adult Basic Education, and 6% Adult Secondary Education. The number of participants who completed a federal NRS level totalled 38%.
SPCLC is committed to continuously improving service quality. The Accountability and Quality Assurance Team includes a Quality Assurance Advisor, Instructional Support Consultant/Professional Development Advisor, and the SPCLC facilitator.
The Team works intensively with each member agency to monitor and improve service delivery. They support members in refining processes for assessing and monitoring student progress, identifying and sharing Best Practices for ABE, conducting site visits, and otherwise assisting members to provide high quality services. In program year 2015, the Instructional Support Consultant completed 51 Teacher observations for SPCLC agency members, organized Professional Learning Communities (ACES PLCs); participated in several CCRS trainings to better support SPCLC members in the adoption of the new standards; provided demonstration lessons; coached coordinators and managers in observation skills; assisted with teacher interviews; and assisted with special projects to enhance instruction.
Enhancing and expanding Distance Learning has been a strong SPCLC emphasis since 2009. Through these efforts, DL service provision grew significantly.
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An independent evaluation found that the collaborative approach used by SPCLC was a key factor in its success.
The Consortium plays a central role in advocating for expanded adult literacy services in St. Paul, bringing together resources representing and benefitting many different groups.