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
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
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!
If you have working knowledge of computers and how they work, can use all the programs within Micro Office and navigate the Web like a banshee, you still might not be considered digitally literate. Say what?
Digital literacy is not only about possessing computer skills. According to the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, digital literacy comprises the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. So as you can see, digital literacy or readiness goes beyond the mere physical realm of accessing and manipulating information. Read more…
“The button was there and I pushed it. That was an action that will change my professional life.” — Cindy Holden, Vermont Adult Learning This is the comment of one brave participant in the New England Literacy Resource Center’s (NELRC) Technology Integration Project (TIP), a six-month professional development initiative designed to prepare adult educators to … Continue reading Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Technology in the Classroom
If you’re looking for a job, you’ll need to search and apply online. If you want to know about upcoming events at your child’s school, the current school calendar is online. If you’re interested in learning more about public services in your city or town, you’ll need to look online. If you want to learn … Continue reading Is Everyone On?