CALPRO (California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project): This is the primary, state-supported source for professional development for adult educators. The CALPRO web site is a rich resource for teachers, making many online materials, workshops, and useful links. One of the most valuable resources are the Video Library, Webinars, Virtual Workroom, and CALPRO Electronic Community of Practice Webinars pages, where you will find archived webinars and workshops. Visit the Online Courses page for a list of opportunities and links. Some of the most helpful of these include:

          Guiding ABE Learners toward College and Career Readiness

          Building College and Career Readiness for ESL Learners

                   Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors

          Virtual Workroom on Workforce Readiness

          Virtual Workroom on Best Practices in ABE Reading Instruction

OTAN: OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK FOR ADULT EDUCATORS. The OTAN website offers a wide range of materials for  adult education professionals, including teaching tools and resources, tips on instructional uses of technology, and links to professional organizations and learning communities.

LINCS: LITERACY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM: LINCS is a professional learning community that gives adult educators an opportunity to take online courses and engage with other practitioners in discussing topics of interest to all teachers. LINCS ONLINE COURSES is the starting-point for enrolling in a wide range of courses.

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS STANDARDS: This report presents a set of college and career readiness standards that reflect the content most relevant to preparing adult students for success in colleges, technical training programs, workforce and citizenship, in the areas of English language and mathematics. The College and Career Readiness webinar provides a great introduction to ways of integrating these standards in classroom instruction.

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: The CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION web site provides the text of the Common Core Standards and supplemental materials for implementation. The ADULT EDUCATION CONTENT STANDARDS WAREHOUSE is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, and provides resources for adapting the Common Core Standards to the needs of adult learners. Specific recommendations for implementing the Common Core Standards are contained in STANDARDS IN ACTION: INNOVATIONS FOR STANDARDS-BASED EDUCATION, published by the Office of Vocational and Adult education.

DON’T CALL THEM DROPOUTS: this is a recent research study about students and their reasons for not completing high school. The study offers useful reflections on the support that students need when they take the initiative to return to school.

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INTEGRATING CAREER AWARENESS INTO THE ABE & ESOL CLASSROOM: This curriculum guide provides many lessons and activities designed to help students explore their interests and skills, set goals, investigate careers, and acquire skills for success in college and the workplace.

INTEGRATING CAREER AWARENESS This is the PowerPoint presentation that Debra Burdman and Chuck Smith developed for our professional development day in December 2012.

STANDARDS FOR CAREER READY PRACTICE This document, issued by the California Department, provides a brief summary of twelve skills that students need in order to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. Similar resources and information about trends in education can be found on the web site of EdSource.

ADULT CAREER PATHWAYS TRAINING AND SUPPORT CENTER: This site includes an extensive collection of instructional resources, best practices, research, and useful tools for developing career pathways. It offers professional development opportunities and participation in communities of practice with others engaged in designing and implementing career pathway programs.

THE LANGUAGE OF OPPORTUNITY – EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOR ADULTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH SKILLS: This recent study suggests ways of integrating language and literacy instruction with job skills training. It includes recommendations for developing career pathways for English language learners, and creating bridge programs for transitioning adult students to job training and higher education.

ADULT COLLEGE COMPLETION TOOLKIT This report gives an overview of strategies for ensuring students’ success in college. Much of the report is addressed to state administrators, but there is a valuable section designed for use at the local level. There is an extensive list of online resources.

PROMOTING LEARNER TRANSITIONS TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND WORK This valuable study in the series of CAELA NETWORK BRIEFS offers good, practical suggestions for integrating academic and workforce-readiness skills in classes for adults.

BASIC SKILLS INITIATIVE: This is a resource developed by the California Community Colleges. It will be helpful to adult education instructors in identifying the skills that students need in order to succeed in their transitions to college, and suggesting the instructional practices that will prepare students for college.

IS COLLEGE WORTH IT FOR ME? This report contains important findings on the ways in which adult students without college degrees think about coming back to school. The findings will help teachers support their students in setting priorities and making wise decisions about continuing their education.



IMPROVING READING INSTRUCTION FOR ADULTS PREPARING FOR THE GED AND TRANSITIONING TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION: This report from the U. S. Department of Education examines ways of improving GED reading instruction so that test-takers are ready for the demands of postsecondary education.

BUILDING COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS FOR ESL LEARNERS This is the handout from a CalPro webinar that attempts to give teachers help in integrating College and Career Readiness Standards  in the ESL classroom.

TEAL JUST WRITE GUIDE published by TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN ADULT EDUCATION, is a resource guide for instructors that is intended to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and to suggest ways of translating research into classroom practice.

ADULT LITERACY – SUPPORTING LEARNING AND MOTIVATION A guide to improving adult literacy instruction by instructional design, motivating adult learners to persist, and employing technologies to support adult literacy.

CAELA NETWORK: This project is no longer active, but the website maintains an archive of valuable resources for teachers of adult English Language Learner. Especially work exploring are the CAELA NETWORK BRIEFS, a series of concise studies of major issues in adult literacy education. including specific issues such as teaching grammar, pronunciation, and use of technology, as well as policy and professional development concerns. There is also a very extensive ESL RESOURCE DATABASE, which includes a large number of documents on issues of English-language instruction for adults.

ESL DRAFT STANDARDS 2007: Since 1992, when the last official Model Standards for ESL were released, there has been no official revision that brings them up to date. The Draft Standards were sent to adult schools for review in 2007, but they have not received final approval. However, they give a good sense of the state of thinking on research-based instruction.



BUILDING ON FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS: GUIDELINES FOR IMPROVING ADULT MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION Guidelines developed by the ADULT NUMERACY INSTRUCTION PROJECT:  for adult mathematics instruction, based on an analysis of recommendations from the National Mathematics Advisory Panel for K-12 instruction and their relevance to adult math instruction. The report has three main sections – content, instructional strategies, and teacher preparation – describing the guidelines, relevant research, and implications for adult education.

ALGEBRAIC THINKING IN ADULT EDUCATION: Published by the NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY, is a research-based study of algebra and mathematics instruction in adult education.



INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN ADULT EDUCATION CLASSROOMS This self-paced online course considers the importance of technology for teaching and learning, and ways of integrating technology into the classroom.

EXPANDING EVIDENCE APPROACHES FOR LEARNING IN A DIGITAL WORLD: This is a draft report published by the United States Department of Education. It includes the results of research on the effective use of technology in the classroom.

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN ADULT LITERACY AND LANGUAGE EDUCATION: This research paper contains interesting suggestions for integrating technology into classroom instruction, and it specifically targets the needs of adult learners, with recommendations for collaborative writing and use of developing technologies, including social media and cell phones.



These are some online resources that will help your students improve their skills:

IMPROVE YOUR READING SKILLS: The Reading Program of the Santa Clara County Library offers personal tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading skills. Visit the READING PROGRAM web site or call (408) 262-1349.

KHAN ACADEMY: Free online tutoring and resources for math, sciences, and humanities, with many opportunities to practice your skills.

HIPPOCAMPUS: Free resources for Math, English, Social Studies, and Sciences.

PURPLEMATH: Free online tutoring that will help you develop skill and confidence in Algebra.

COOLMATH: Bored by Math? Confused by Math? Hate Math? This site provides lots of lessons, practices, and references that try to make it fun to improve your Math skills.

AAA MATH: thousands of interactive arithmetic lessons that will help you improve your skills and confidence.

FREERICE: This site gives you a chance to practice your vocabulary. You can start with beginning-level vocabulary, and choose higher levels to challenge yourself.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S LEARNER’S DICTIONARY: An online American English dictionary for students of English as a Second Language and other students who want to improve their language arts skills.