Our Experience

Contextual Literacy

Contextual Literacy

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Karl is a nationally recognized expert in workforce and adult literacy. His passion stems in large part from his work supporting Barbara Bush in her tireless dedication to improve literacy for millions of Americans.

Literacy Matters

Improved Literacy Means a More Competitive Workforce

The Baseline – Measuring Adult Literacy. Among many initiatives in this area, Karl spearheaded the development of the nation’s first National Adult Literacy Survey (1992 NALS) while serving at the U.S. Department of Education as Director of Adult Education and Director of the President’s Adult Literacy Initiative.

The NALS was a forerunner to today’s PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). For more information: https://oecd.org/skills/piaac/

Texas Standards 2.0.  Haigler Enterprises principals served as project managers and key strategists for the Texas Standards 2.0 initiative. Sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission, Standards 2.0 aligns the 2016 Texas Adult Education Literacy and Content Standards to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in in-demand entry- and intermediate-level jobs. This process brought together employers and adult educators across Texas to evaluate what entry and middle skill work requires with a focus on four industry clusters:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Construction and extraction
  • Healthcare sciences
  • Transportation, distribution, and logistics

You can't have an industrial revolution, you can't have democracies, you can't have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy.

Howard Rheingold, American writer and teacher

Plan Of Action

A Sample of Our Work

After convening representatives from various high growth industries in Texas, our work with the Texas Workforce Commission resulted in a comprehensive set of standards that you can find here.


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