2018 In Memoriam
Barbara Bush has been a catalytic and tireless creator of programs, foundations, and movements designed to provide individuals and families throughout the United States with the opportunity for literacy education. As this nation's First Lady from 1988 to 1992, her commitment to people and to issues of empowerment was so genuine and so credible that many of those who otherwise would not concern themselves with a literacy movement recognized its importance and took action.
As Dean and Vice President at Syracuse University, Alexander Charters developed a comprehensive array of learning opportunities for adults. In addition to programming for adults, he worked to enhance theory and practice in the field of adult education.
Peter Jarvis, internationally known as a scholar and a speaker in the field of adult and continuing education, was a Professor of Continuing Education at the University of Surrey, UK, and honorary Adjunct Professor in Adult Education at the University of Georgia, USA. Professor Jarvis has authored nine books. Among them, Adult Learning in the Social Context has appeared in a revised edition and received the Cyril O. Houle Award.
As a member of the Adult Performance Level (APL) Project at The University of Texas at Austin, Elaine Shelton was the major developer of the APL Competency-based High School Diploma Program. The last six of her ten years with APL were spent as Director of the Project's National Diffusion Network grant.