New York City Regional Adult Education Network

This program seeks to plan and deliver quality, research-based professional development and training, and effective communication links to State and federally-funded agencies providing adult literacy services below the post-secondary level. The goal of the RAEN system is to provide staff development resources to improve the skills of adult education practitioners to improve the quality of the adult education and family literacy programs funded by NYSED. The RAEN will provide the technical assistance in coordination with the NYSED Office of Adult Education Program and Policy Unit to assist adult education programs in meeting statewide benchmarks on the National Reporting System’s (NRS) core indicators.

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II, Section 223, provides the authority for NYSED to fund one or more of the following activities:

  • The establishment or operation of professional development programs to improve the quality of instruction provided pursuant to local activities required under section 231(b) which include adult education and family literacy services, workplace literacy; and/or English literacy services.
  • The provision of technical assistance to eligible providers of adult education and literacy activities.
  • The provision of technology assistance, including staff training, to eligible providers of adult education and literacy activities to enable the eligible providers to improve the quality of such activities.
  • The support of state or regional networks of literacy resource centers.
  • The monitoring and evaluation of the quality of, and the improvement in, adult education and literacy activities through the National Reporting System (NRS).

The dissemination of research-based curricula, including curricula incorporating phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency and reading comprehension.

Contact Us

475 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 622-3200

RAEN Personnel

Lavern Nelson, Director of the New York City Regional Adult Education Network, comes to the NYC RAEN with over twenty-four years’ experience as an educator, in pre-K through adult education.ᅠ She comes with a wealth of knowledge in supporting teachers and administrators on shifts and implementation of the Common Core Standards for Adult Education. Ms. Nelson a CAL-certified BEST Plus trainer, a Certified TABE Administrator, and is experienced with ASISTS and NRS, all of which inform her support of adult education programs in New York City.ᅠ She is also a member of COABE, NYACCE, LINCS, and the Family Literacy Network.ᅠ Ms. Nelson is versed in presenting at regional and national adult education conferences.

Raheem Miller, Deputy Director, comes to the RAEN with an extensive background in Information and Technology and Graphic Design. After spending two years at CUNY’s Hunter College IT Department, Mr. Miller will now use his technical talent to serve the NYC RAEN.

Anthony Fippinger, Program Support Coordinator, comes to the NYC RAEN with over 7 years of experience in the field of social services. He has served individuals with special needs in various capacities, and will now use his skill set to support the NYC RAEN.

Jezel Nicholas, Program Support Manager, comes to the RAEN with over 5 years experience in case management. She has worked with young adults and at-risk youths helping them with furthering their education and finding internships and employment. After spending eight years in the non-profit area, Ms. Nicholas will now use her experience to support the RAEN and all of its programs.