Welcome to the web site for the Adult Education Academy for Professional Development, housed at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. The Academy was created with funding from the Adult Education and Literacy Trust Fund, funds set aside by the General Assembly to support professional development of adult educators. Funds flow from Kentucky Adult Education at the Council on Postsecondary Education to Morehead State University.
Our purpose is to assist the Kentucky Adult Education in preparing approximately nine hundred adult educators to serve the Commonwealth’s adult learners.
Kentucky and specifically Morehead have a rich history in the adult literacy movement, beginning with the work of Cora Wilson Stewart, who founded the Moonlight Schools Movement in Rowan County. The Moonlight Schools began on September 5, 1911, called by Stewart “the brightest moonlit night the world has ever seen.” She and her volunteer teachers expected 150 studentsto come on that first night, but more than 1,200 men and women came to the county’s 50 schools. Other counties and then other states replicated the Moonlight Schools movement. Stewart wrote The First Book for Mothers so that mothers would have a source of information for raising healthy children, The First Book for Prisoners because she believed prisoners would have no future without literacy, and The First Book for Soldiers because she believed soldiers needed to be able to read letters from home. As editor of the local newspaper, she published reading lessons in the daily paper. Later she was the first female president of the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky Illiteracy Commission. She chaired a national literacy campaign established by President Hoover.
Morehead State University continued a tradition of leadership in adult basic education when, along with Murray State University, it provided orientation and training for all Kentucky Adult educators in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Beginning in the 1970's, the University was home to Kentucky’s only graduate program in Adult Education, which continues today.
It is this history and commitment that makes it fitting that professional development for the Commonwealth’s adult basic educators is offered through an Academy housed at Morehead State University.