Key Resources on Priority Professional Development Topics
The following provides a brief description and hyperlinks to several essential resources for adult education teachers and administrators.
Distance Learning and Teaching Resources
This page provides a set of curated resources to support adult educators in distance learning, ranging from online instruction, to digital literacy and inclusion, to mobile learning via smartphones. More >>
Competencies and Standards
- College and Career Readiness Standards (2013)
This document presents a set of college and career readiness standards (CCRS) of the content that is most relevant for preparing adult students to succeed in colleges, technical training programs, work and citizenship—in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These standards were derived from the Common Core State Standards.
- English Language Proficiency Standards (2016)
Designed to support effective instruction of adult English language learners, this document presents a set of correspondences to the college and career readiness standards (CCRS) for English language arts/literacy, mathematical and science practices.
- Adult Education Teacher Competencies (2015)
This document outlines the core knowledge and skills that adult education teachers need to succeed in their roles. The Adult Education Teacher Competencies help teachers improve their effectiveness and learner outcomes. They also assist instructional leaders, professional developers, and teacher preparation faculty prepare effective professional development activities for teachers.
Data and Accountability
- National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) [www]
The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is the accountability system for federally funded adult education programs, authorized by Section 212 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The NRS website provides numerous PD resources and includes state snapshots (see Nevada state snapshot).
- Using Data for Program Improvement (90 min.)
Archived webinar from Feb. 1, 2018
Dr. Larry Condelli, American Institutes for Research
The presenter discusses the many uses of data and explains how adult education administrators can use data for program improvement. The webinar features Nevada-specific data reporting tables.
- Using Data Improve Instruction (90 min.)
Archived webinar from Feb. 8, 2018
Amanda Duffy, American Institutes for Research
The presenter discusses the many uses of data and explains how adult education teachers can use data to improve instruction. The webinar features Nevada-specific data reporting tables.
- Recent Changes in the National Reporting System (52 min.)
Archived webinar from Nov. 27, 2018
Dr. Larry Condelli, American Institutes for Research
The presenter gave an overview of recent decisions to change to the National Reporting System (NRS) tables and outlined new requirements for adult education programs. These changes go into effect as of Jan. 1, 2019.
Workforce Preparation and Career Pathways
Integrated Education and Training
Integrated Education and Training (IET) is an innovative combination of education and job skills training, used to transition adult learners beyond adult basic education and through a career pathway that can offer them job training and eventual gainful employment.
Contextualized instruction connects basic skills education in meaningful ways to students’ career training, career goals, and life/family goals. This can be done by incorporating materials students use in their workforce training or workforce preparation activities into basic skills courses.
- Preparing English learners for work and career pathways: Issue brief. (2015)
Author: Wrigley, H. S.
This issue brief identifies several considerations for serving adult English language learners in the workforce. The brief also offers implementation models together with practical ideas for contextualizing instruction to career pathways.
Evidence-based Reading Instruction
- Applying Research In Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers (2005) (PDF)
The publication was developed through the National Center on Family Literacy’s Family Partnership in Reading Project. The extensive guide supports new and seasoned teachers in understanding what reading is, how to teach each of the components, how to assess students in reading and planning for the development of evidence-based reading lesson plans.
- Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner: Companion Learning Resource (2005) (PDF)
This Companion Learning Resource, Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner, presents numerous examples of instructional models, strategies, tools, and tasks for increasing the rigor of adult English language instruction. It also extends and expands upon these resources by offering many practical ideas and techniques that practitioners can use and adapt in order to increase rigor in adult ELA classes.
- Professional Development Videos:
- Newsela [www]
Continuously updated, this site provides free current events news stories at a variety of levels. Materials can be used to differentiate reading instruction by using high-quality, age- and level-appropriate texts.
Self-Directed Online Course for Teachers
Orientation for Nevada Adult Education Teachers
Description: This 3-hour online course is designed by the American Institutes for Research for new adult education instructors in Nevada. The course goal is to orient teachers to essential aspects of their jobs and to help them understand their work and responsibilities within the larger context of adult education instruction.
Course Platform and Location: This self-paced, self-directed online course is delivered through Moodle, an open-source learning management system. The login page appears here: https://airtslearn.airprojects.org/. To obtain log-in credentials, contact the course administrator to enroll (see below).
Enrollment: Teachers interested in taking this course should send their name, program and agency name, and preferred email address to course administrator. In the subject line of the message, teachers should write “Enrollment request, Nevada Adult Education Teacher Orientation”. Within one business day, teachers will receive individual log-in instructions.
Other Useful Links
Nevada Department of Education (NDE) [www]
The website serves all educators in Nevada and has several pages devoted to Adult Education, described at http://www.doe.nv.gov/Adult_Education/AE_Home/
Nevada Adult Education (NAE) [www]
Nevada’s professional organization for adult educators. Members are invited to join in a variety of professional learning opportunities.
Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA) [www]
A regional professional organization of adult educators from nine states, including Nevada.
Literacy Information and Communication Service (LINCS) [www]
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 LINCS website is intended to serve as an information and professional development hub for adult education practitioners. Materials and activities on this site were created using evidence-based research and aim to help practitioners design and deliver high-quality educational opportunities to adult learners.