Statewide Release

February-April Professional Learning Opportunities
Below you will find a list of upcoming courses that are now available for enrollment in the PD Portal. For more information about any of these courses, please visit the PD Portalopen the course catalog, and review the syllabus. If you are interested in enrolling in a course, please consult with your in-house professional development specialist (IHPDS) to determine if the course meets your professional learning goals.

  • Download the PD Portal User Guide which includes directions for logging in, viewing course descriptions, and enrolling.
  • Visit the PD Portal FAQ page for answers to questions about enrollment, navigating and completing courses, and tech support.
Online Courses Beginning in March

Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (E-LAP) and Learning Accomplishment Profile - 3rd Edition (LAP-3) Assessment Implementation - enroll within first seven days of March and complete by April 1.

Supporting Adult Learner Transition: The Role of the Student Support Coordinator - starts March 1, enroll by February 26.

NEW! CCRS Foundations - Math Lesson Planning - starts March 2, enroll by March 2.

BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Training - starts March 8, enroll by March 4.

Using and Scoring ACIRI - course runs March 15 - April 15; enroll by March 22 to complete the course by April 15.
Online Courses Beginning in April

BEST Literacy Implementation Training - starts April 1, enroll within first seven days of April and complete by April 30.

Working With English Language Learners: The Role of Formative Assessment - starts April 1, enroll by March 31.
  • Prior to participating in this course, participants need at least one of the following: 1) to have completed the ESL Basics course in the PD Portal, and/or 2) to have a certificate or degree in TESOL or a related field, and/or 3) to have more than three years’ experience teaching English language learners in an adult education setting.

Using Labor Market Data Analysis for Program Planning - starts April 6, enroll by March 29.

Contextualizing Instruction Using Career Goals and Local Labor Market Information - starts April 12, enroll by April 8.

eData Courses - enroll by April 8.
  • Introduction to eData v2 for Adult Education - starts April 12.
  • Introduction to eData v2 for Family Literacy - starts April 19. Please note that participants who are new to the eData system should also register for Introduction to eData v2 for Adult Education.
Offered on Demand

Introduction to the Foundation Skills Framework
Enroll anytime and have 30 days from the enrollment date to complete the course.

PA CASAS Training Courses - Observations Delayed
Enroll anytime and have 30 days from the enrollment date to complete the course.
Choose from three course options:
  • PA CASAS Training Paper-Based for practitioners who will administer paper-based CASAS tests.
  • PA CASAS Training eTests for practitioners who will administer CASAS eTests.
  • PA CASAS Training Paper-Based and eTests for practitioners who will administer both paper-based CASAS tests and eTests.
Please note: The full 45-day PA CASAS Training requires participants to complete a final assignment: three administrations of the CASAS assessment performed under the observation of a trained peer and signed off by the agency administrator or IHPDS. This requirement has been temporarily waived due to COVID-19. Participants will complete all other activities in these courses and be asked to complete a test administration/ observation assignment at a later date.

PA TABE 11&12 Training - Observations Delayed
Enroll anytime and have 30 days from the enrollment date to complete the course.
Please note: The full 45-day PA TABE 11&12 Training requires participants to complete a final assignment: three administrations of the TABE 11&12 assessment performed under the observation of a trained peer and signed off by the agency administrator or IHPDS. This requirement has been temporarily waived due to COVID-19. Participants will complete all other activities in this course and be asked to complete a test administration/observation assignment at a later date.

Staff Induction Verification Course
New staff members who are participating in the staff induction process enroll in this course after they have completed the required activities.

Staff Induction Module Courses
This series of modules is designed for new agency staff members as part of a customizable onboarding process. Existing staff may also choose to complete these modules at any time.

On-Demand Modules
On-demand modules are offered in the PD Portal to provide participants with flexible learning opportunities on a variety of topics. Please note that these on-demand modules are not part of the series of modules designed for staff induction.

Tutor Training Module Courses
These modules cover the foundational skills needed by volunteers working in adult education programs. The eight modules serve as a component of volunteer tutor and classroom aide training and can be completed at any time.

Friday Lunchtime Webinar Resources
The Professional Development System offers Friday Lunchtime Webinars most Fridays at noon. Enroll in Friday Lunchtime Webinar Resources in the course catalog to access the complete schedule of webinars, the webinar link, presentation slides, and recordings.