World Education is home to the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Professional Development Center for Region 1. LINCS is a national leadership initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education. The WEI/LINCS Region 1 Professional Development team has a Shout Out for Vermont’s Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) system at the Vermont Agency of Education, and its Coordinator of Professional Development, Kate Nicolet. AEL, through Kate’s leadership, has partnered with LINCS Region 1 to:
- embed online courses from the LINCS Learning Portal into the state’s professional development system. For example, Vermont AEL now requires that anyone who does testing and program administration take the Assessment for ABE online course and that all teachers take one of the TEAL Formative Assessment courses focusing on English language arts or mathematics or a similar course for teachers of English language learners (ELL-U);
- provide customized, extended professional development to teachers through the Technology Integration Project (TIP Project) hosted by LINCS Region 1 and the New England Literacy Resource Center;
- use the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR) implementation guides available through the LINCS Resource Collection to train teachers and program administrators throughout the state;
- conduct the first-ever in the nation LINCS membership drive to increase the number of adult education practitioners enrolled in the LINCS Community of Practice and incentivize participation with PD credit; and
- provided the LINCS Adult Numeracy Instruction professional development series for 33 participants, serving almost all of the learning centers in the state.
Thank you, Kate Nicolet and the Vermont Adult Education & Literacy system!