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!

A WIOA Career Pathway Promise Fulfilled (sort of)

A January 2021 update to federal adult education performance accountability has opened up new ways to document learning in Integrated Education & Training and workplace education programs and new ways to show the impact of our work to our communities and other stakeholders. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Hard to believe, but the Workforce Innovation … Continue reading A WIOA Career Pathway Promise Fulfilled (sort of)

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

Making Math Meaningful in the ESOL Classroom

By Sherry Lehane Math in ESOL Coursebooks Did you ever start a home do-it-yourself project and suddenly realize you were in over your head? Maybe you didn’t have the carpentry skills or the right tools to do the project? This is how I felt many years ago when I attempted to teach math to my … Continue reading Making Math Meaningful in the ESOL Classroom

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

The Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success Project

Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement is the first Pay for Success project to focus exclusively on adult education and workforce development for low-skilled adults. This innovative program model is being implemented by Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) at five program sites in Greater Boston. Pay for Success program models are unique because private investors provide up-front … Continue reading The Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success Project

Why Everyone Should Care About Adult Education

This week is the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. In most communities, it is much like every other week of the year when it comes to adult education – away from the limelight, without resources to shine the light on why we would even have a national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.  After … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Care About Adult Education

Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day, here are stories from 3 women who against all odds are pursuing an education to better not only their lives but, their children’s lives too. Education Provides New Opportunities By Mary Crumble, GED/College Transition Student My name is Mary and I was born and raised in Washington, DC along with … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!