The Ongoing Transformation of Adult ESOL Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a shock to the economy and our way of life.  Its effect on Adult ESOL learning has been equally disruptive, but ultimately, it has accelerated program innovation and transformation and possibly system level recalibration, potentially making learning more flexible and attractive to adult learners. Most importantly, ESOL providers stepped up … Continue reading The Ongoing Transformation of Adult ESOL Learning

Adult Education Eligible for School Relief Funds: Act Now to Support Adult Learners!

Funding could be available to your adult education program if you advocate for it.  As record levels of education relief funds flow into states, it’s critical for adult education leaders to understand what funds support adult education activities.  Both ESSER and GEER funds can support adult education. ESSER is The Elementary and Secondary School Relief … Continue reading Adult Education Eligible for School Relief Funds: Act Now to Support Adult Learners!

Six Tips for Hosting Virtual English Now! Learning Circles

English Now! learning circles like the ones offered at the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) program are multi-level, learner-led groups for English language and digital literacy practice. Last spring when the TJACE learning circles migrated quickly to a distance learning format, we found, through trial and error, that the flexible learning circles model … Continue reading Six Tips for Hosting Virtual English Now! Learning Circles

We’ve Come So Far: Returning to Fall Classes

Where Did We Begin? How did you come to teach in adult education? Was it “sideways” like many? Did you start out with a different career and somehow get connected to adult learners and were hooked? Adult educators are a diverse group with a range of backgrounds in a field that lacks common teacher preparation … Continue reading We’ve Come So Far: Returning to Fall Classes

Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2019

Celebrate the Innovations! Federal adult education policy and I are both well into our 50s.  Perhaps that’s why I’m entering 2019 Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in a reflective mood.  Adult education’s history reveals policy spurred by military preparedness, immigrant influxes, economic downturns, and historic inequities.   Today’s context is no less complex, and the … Continue reading Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2019

Engaging Adult Learners on Waiting Lists Using Learning Circles

David J. Rosen & Priyanka Sharma “I am getting better at reading my e-mail, and using English at work. Last week I didn’t need any help with translating at my job. Also, I was able to talk with the IRS and give simple information (in English).” ~ Mahdi, English Now! participant from Portland Adult Education, … Continue reading Engaging Adult Learners on Waiting Lists Using Learning Circles

Math and ESOL, A Winning Combination

Pam Meader is a math consultant for TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a national math trainer for LINCS. Pam is co-facilitator of the Mathematizing ESOL series serving as the math expert. She is co-author of the Hands on Math series from Walch Publishing and is a member of ANN, Adult Numeracy Network. Integrating curriculum is … Continue reading Math and ESOL, A Winning Combination

Mathematizing ESOL

Math skills are a critical part of everyday life that contribute to academic and workforce success. For English language learners, the struggle to learn math can be complicated by language and cultural barriers. In addition, math classes are not always readily available as math is often not a part of ESOL programs. Recently, the Workforce … Continue reading Mathematizing ESOL

Learning Circles Address Wait Lists for English Classes

According to the Adult Student Waiting List Survey conducted in 2010 by the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, seventy-two percent of programs had waiting lists across all 50 states. This equals about 160,000 potential learners who were not able to receive access to educational services. World Education, in partnership with Peer2Peer University … Continue reading Learning Circles Address Wait Lists for English Classes