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ATLAS Awarded by National Coalition for Literacy

Hamline’s Adult Basic Education Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS), housed in the School of Education, was selected as one of four 2017 Literacy Leadership awardees by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL). ATLAS was recognized for its innovative, practitioner-centered program which provides professional development that trains national leaders in the field of adult education.

“We are so pleased that the National Coalition of Literacy has recognized our innovative ATLAS program with this prestigious award,” Hamline President Fayneese Miller said. “This is a wonderful testament to the vision, hard work, and expertise of our ATLAS faculty and staff.”

The NCL Literacy Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States. Past award recipients include Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This year, the NCL will also recognize Congresswoman Rosa Delauro, Dr. Stephen Reder, and Dr. Sharon Darling.

"We are so very honored to be among such prestigious company ​in ​receiv​ing​ this awar​d.  It ​recognizes the robust 25-year partnership between the Minnesota Department of Education and Hamline's School of Education​, ​which resulted in the creation of ATLAS 10 years ago," ATLAS Director Patsy Egan said. "Today ATLAS is in a strong position to continue fostering the development of teacher-leaders to positively impact adult learners. These learners ultimately benefit the most from​ our work by​ having ​highly qualified teachers​, trained in evidence-based best practices and supported by a vibrant ABE system."

Funded by the Minnesota Department of Education, ATLAS brings together Hamline University faculty and staff expertise in adult and ESL teacher education to provide best practice resources and professional development for adult basic education (ABE) teachers, staff, and administrators across the state. 

"When ATLAS was launched in 2007 with a faculty director, a faculty senior consultant, and one staff person, I never imagined we would be recognized a decade later with a national literacy leadership award, let alone one that counts Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edward Kennedy as past recipients," ATLAS Operations Manager Marisa Squadrito Geisler said. "This tremendous honor goes far beyond our co-founders and current staff; it is a testament to the many Adult Basic Education (ABE) practitioners who not only help adults achieve their literacy and life goals every day, but have also contributed their expertise and passionate leadership to make ATLAS what it is today."

Egan and Squadrito Geisler will accept the award on behalf of ATLAS and Hamline University at the October 4 awards ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.