Adults enrolled in adult education programs are among the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic: low-wage workers in the front line of the service sector, preparing and delivering our take-out food, stocking our warehouses and grocery stores, taking care of the elderly and ill. Much like children and youth now needing to … Continue reading Pandemic Pivots
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
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
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
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
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
By Laura Porfirio The 6 Drivers of Persistence offer a powerful framework for program improvement and learner leadership development. As a participant in Arizona’s Adult Education College and Career Readiness (CCR) Implementation Project, I knew I would learn a lot from the findings of the New England Adult Learner Persistence Project. The 6 Drivers of … Continue reading Adult Learners Engage with the Drivers of Persistence
June is a good time to reflect on the school year that is coming to a close. As I look over course evaluations and prepare reports, one thing that strikes me each year is how fortunate we are to have such excellent facilitators for our online professional development courses. Course participants have commented over and … Continue reading Three Cheers for the E-Learning PD Online Course Facilitators!
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!
Online learning is fast becoming one of the primary ways adult education practitioners are accessing professional development (PD). In 2005 when World Education launched Adult Multiple Intelligences, its first, facilitated online PD course, many of us in the field were new to online learning. That has changed dramatically in the past seven years as we’ve … Continue reading Online Learning