Going Online with Professional Development!

The U.S. Division of World Education is seeing increased use of online courses, webinars, virtual professional learning communities (PLC), and other virtual resources for professional development. How might these resources be used in ways that enhance their effectiveness and assure changes in practice by adult educators? We’d like to share some models and best practices … Continue reading Going Online with Professional Development!

Mobile Apps Make Learning Accessible for Adult Students

Steve Quann is a former adult education instructor who now does professional development on technology integration and designs e-learning projects for World Education. Digital Promise talked to Steve about Words2Learn, a vocabulary app for adult learners, and why innovation in adult education is important. Q. Explain the Words2Learn approach in a nutshell. The approach is … Continue reading Mobile Apps Make Learning Accessible for Adult Students

Career Readiness: In Theory and In Practice

Most ABE practitioners would agree that conceptually college and career readiness is critically important for adult learners. In addition to the academic rigor laid out by the newest College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, students will need comportment skills to secure and hold jobs. As we think about how to translate such concepts … Continue reading Career Readiness: In Theory and In Practice

Promising Practices for Adult Student Persistence

Nationwide, almost half of the adults enrolled in adult education classes leave before completing at least one educational level or achieving their goals. Many stop attending due to changing work schedules, lack of reliable child care or transportation, poor health, need to take care of other family members, or just simple exhaustion. Others falter because … Continue reading Promising Practices for Adult Student Persistence

Mentoring for Student Success

January marks National Mentoring Month! Formed in 2002, National Mentoring Month celebrates the evidence-based, positive impact of mentoring in the United States. Although most of January’s activities focus on youth, mentoring can have a positive effect on adult student success, too. Returning to Learning: Adults’ Success in College is Key to America’s Future (Lumina Foundation, … Continue reading Mentoring for Student Success

What Good Teachers Already Knew about the CCRS

Several months back, many of us who labor to design professional development in Massachusetts were assuming that the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (Pimental 2013) were going to hit our adult basic education (ABE) teachers like a tsunami. Whenever we intoned the new terminology–“instructional shifts,” “the new rigor”– we usually did … Continue reading What Good Teachers Already Knew about the CCRS

Math Professional Development, or Why Invert and Multiply Doesn’t Have Any Staying Power

Invert and multiply. Does this ring a bell? It probably does for most adult education math teachers because this is how we were taught to divide fractions, and this is how many of us still teach this algorithm. Does this approach to teaching fraction division work? For the most part, no, or we wouldn’t be … Continue reading Math Professional Development, or Why Invert and Multiply Doesn’t Have Any Staying Power

Adult ESOL Programs as Agents of Immigrant Integration

Immigration defines the past, present, and future of the United States. Immigrants’ contributions to U.S. society and their integration underlie the nation’s progress to date and its ability to thrive in the future.* Immigrants and their children will account for 85% of the net growth in the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years; by … Continue reading Adult ESOL Programs as Agents of Immigrant Integration

Using the Technology Issue of The Change Agent to Teach to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards

The Change Agent has heard from teachers and programs that they need materials to help them teach to the new College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards, and we have engineered our lesson plans and activities accordingly. For example, turn to the story called “Finding Felix” in our latest issue, and on the surface, it is … Continue reading Using the Technology Issue of The Change Agent to Teach to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards