To connect and equip literacy programs through resources, training, networking, and advocacy.
Our vision is that every literacy organization in Texas will have the resources it needs to help as many people as possible learn basic literacy skills in order to participate fully in society.
We believe every person in Texas has a right to literacy. We understand that literacy is more than just reading and writing: it is competency and understanding; it is achieving goals to reach our full potential as members of our society.
Literacy Texas members work tirelessly across all corners of this great state. We support them through strong key services including:
- Our annual conference, featuring best practices for adult educators;
- A series of free, one-day symposiums held throughout the state in partnership with local literacy organizations;
- Leadership training for new directors and emerging leaders;
- Quality resources;
- Opportunities for networking and learning from literacy peers.
We have a special focus on providing professional development for tutors, staff, instructors, and volunteers at nonprofit organizations providing adult literacy services.
Literacy Texas encourages and incubates literacy groups around the state to increase their capacity through collaboration. At the state level, we advocate on behalf of the adult education community to ensure their voices are heard in all areas of business and government.
We provide leadership to community-based organizations providing literacy services, literacy coalitions, and adult education programs throughout the state to build capacity and improve literacy levels in Texas.
On April 24, 1989, Texas Adult Literacy Laubach (TALL) incorporated in Austin, Texas, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of the national Laubach Literacy Action (LLA). TALL’s purpose was to address the needs of established and evolving literacy programs through communication, education, and public awareness.
In August 2000, a joint task force of Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) and LLA formed the Texas Association of Adult Literacy Councils (TAALC). On August 24, 2001, the TAALC Task Force agreed to operate under the name of TAALC and to retain the 501(c)3 status of TALL.
In February 2008, the Board of Directors voted to update the name of the organization to LITERACY TEXAS. The new name reflected a new mission of inclusion to partner with city and county libraries, community colleges, universities, school districts, reading coalitions, community-based literacy councils, and faith-based literacy programs.