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

Single Mothers’ Career Readiness and Success

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

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!

And the Literacy Leadership Award Goes to… Minnesota ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) @ Hamline University

When it comes to adult literacy education, professional development is not just a nice thing to offer teachers, it’s essential.  In order to provide high quality instruction in literacy, numeracy, and high school equivalency, and prepare adults for success in college and careers, we must provide in-service training.  Many adult educators do not have a … Continue reading And the Literacy Leadership Award Goes to… Minnesota ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) @ Hamline University

Education and Training Strategies that Serve All Workers

The federal Workforce Investment and Innovation Act (WIOA) has changed the landscape of adult education, focusing the field on workforce development outcomes and programming that supports the integration of education and training (IET) and career pathways. Programs are intensifying their focus on job preparation because adults need work-related math, communication, and technology skills for middle-skill … Continue reading Education and Training Strategies that Serve All Workers

Facing The Tech Revolution In Adult Education

In the closing speech at COABE 2017, XPRIZE Foundation CEO Marcus Shingles gave a wake-up call to adult educators warning that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will change learning at speeds and in ways we could never imagine. Showing a chart similar to Ray Kurzweil’s on the growth of computing, he illustrated how digital technologies develop … Continue reading Facing The Tech Revolution In Adult Education

Adult Learners Engage with the Drivers of Persistence

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

Teacher Appreciation: Christopher Bourret

How did you get started in adult education? A long time ago, in a universe far, far away…I was getting a Master’s Degree in Political Science and taking a college class on Immigration Politics. As part of the class requirements, I interned at two community agencies that provided ESOL for recently arrived immigrants. I got … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation: Christopher Bourret

Using Study Circles to Jump Start Professional Learning Communities

Pennsylvania’s Adult Education uses job-embedded professional development (PD) opportunities to help adult educators learn new teaching skills and implement those new practices into their teaching.  Those PD opportunities include not only typical offerings, such as online courses and face-to-face workshops, but also those that encourage teacher collaboration.  Study circles and professional learning communities are two activities … Continue reading Using Study Circles to Jump Start Professional Learning Communities

Adult Basic Skills Programs: A Crucial Tool in Fighting Poverty

By Stephen Reder, Portland State University

Literacy has long been a connector that helps hold us together as a society. General health and key markers of social cohesion such as trust in others, feelings of political empowerment, and willingness to volunteer are closely tied to adult literacy, as are more direct economic indicators such as employment and earnings. Continue Reading →