Former Obama education official and IEL head, Johan Uvin, joins former Director at Upwardly Global, Tadd Wamester, to launch ambitious new initiative at Voxy
Working-age adults with limited English proficiency, most of whom are immigrants, earn 25 to 40 percent less than their English proficient counterparts. But the current adult education system meets less than 4 percent of the national need for English language instruction. Recent research suggests that personalized English instruction can address critical language skill gaps to spur economic mobility for this large – and growing – population of new Americans.
“English language acquisition presents both a profound barrier – and opportunity – for new Americans. But our language training infrastructure is both outdated and insufficient to address the challenge,” said Johan Uvin, President of the Institute for Educational Leadership. “Voxy is uniquely positioned to translate the potential of emerging technologies into social impact through responsible collaboration with community based organizations.”
Rooted in advanced learning science, Voxy’s unique, adaptive learning platform is already used by a growing number of NGOs, community colleges, labor unions, and other nonprofits, including adult learning nonprofit ProLiteracy, to reach immigrant communities with limited access to supports for learning to read, speak, and write English.
“English proficiency is critical to making good on the promise of economic opportunity, employment, and full participation in civic life for new Americans,” said Tadd Wamester who will serve as the Director of Voxy’s New Americans Initiative. “Voxy has already demonstrated the potential and impact of its transformative technology in the developing world. This is about translating that experience to support, and amplify, the impact of its groundbreaking technology through new partnerships and applications here in the U.S.”