Adult educators have long looked to Washington State for inspiration. The Washington Integrated Basic Education and Skill Training (I-BEST) remains the Cadillac of Integrated Education & Training (IET) models, replicated in the Accelerated Opportunity initiative and continuing in states across the country. As of July 1, there is yet another reason to admire Washington’s Basic … Continue reading How Washington state is centering equity and justice in adult education
One question that drives our work is, “Can we make adult education accessible, affordable, and open doors to opportunities?” The answer comes in many forms from many different voices. After three days at the 2019 National College Transition Network Conference, one thing is clear: enabling adult learners with college and career readiness requires all hands … Continue reading 4 Big Ideas from the 2019 NCTN Conference
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
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
During a recent webinar about the importance of teaching about the census in the adult education classroom, a participant said this: “If I bring this topic into my classroom, my students will leave and not come back.” That’s how afraid some people are—and also how much misinformation there is—about the 2020 Census. During the webinar, … Continue reading Stand Up and Be Counted: Preparing Students for Census 2020
The results of the Census 2020 will have a deep impact on the lives of everyone living in the United States, yet the “count” will happen differently next year than it has in the past. The odds are good that you won’t receive a census survey in your mailbox. Instead, most people will receive a … Continue reading The Census Online
With a presidential election and the decennial census coinciding, 2020 is a big year for adult education students and programs. Each of these major civic events will determine a great deal about the future. For example, the census will determine how more than $800 billion in federal aid is distributed to states for housing, education, … Continue reading Stand Up and Be Counted!
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
This blog is based on a literature review written by Dr. Mina Reddy, Independent Consultant. Sandy Goodman and Ellen Hewett of the National College Transition Network contributed to its development Education and training have the potential for life-changing benefits for single mothers and their children. Single mothers are a growing segment of the postsecondary student … Continue reading Single Mothers’ Career Readiness and Success
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!