April 29, 2022
New Search for Lessons and Curricula
The PA Adult Ed Resources website has two new features that can help you find resources to meet the needs of your students.

The Approved Supplemental Distance Learning Curriculum search contains over 100 established curricula that we have vetted for quality and organized in a searchable collection. If you need to find a curriculum for your distance learning students, this search can help you. You can filter the collection by format, subject, or NRS level. Search results update in real time on your screen as you narrow your selection. Information about your next distance learning curriculum is available for you to find.

The Lesson Bank contains the dozens of teacher-created lessons that were previously available on our Lesson Bank page, along with many others, all fully searchable. The database of lessons can be filtered by class type (asynchronous, classroom, hyflex, or remote real-time), lesson format (online, print, or fully mobile phone compatible), academic subject, or specific skills. You can also search by NRS, CCRS, or ELPS level, or any of a long list of standards. This collection is continuously growing as more lessons are submitted and collected.

If you would like to submit a curriculum to add to the curriculum search, visit our Distance Learning page and click on the Submit DL Curriculum button. To add a resource to the Lesson Bank submit if for approval using our Submit page.

Our tutorial video may answer any questions you have about where to find these searches or how to use them.
Teaching Tips and Resources
Cellphone Use in the Classroom
A recent Edutopia article, "Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Cell Phone Use," is written for a K-12 audience but can give adult educators a lot to think about. The author pushes back against the view that cellphones are nothing but a hindrance to education and should be banned from the classroom. Engage with your students to cooperatively create guidelines on when cellphones should or should not be used. You might even lean into the situation by designing lessons that utilize the amazing technologies available to students on their phones.
Tech Tools for Giving Feedback
Whether your adult education is at a distance or in the classroom, there are resources that you can use to efficiently and effectively give and receive feedback with your students. "Tech Tools That Help Teachers and Students Exchange Feedback" is an Edutopia article that describes various methods and specific tools that you can use to communicate, including Google Docs, Slides, and Forms, as well as Pear Deck and Mote.
Professional Development Opportunities
Financial Aid Optimization Training
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) wants to ensure that their partners in adult education know how to get financial aid to their customers who may be seeking training as part of their job search. To do this, a Financial Aid Optimization training will be held virtually or in person on several dates in May, including an in-person training session prior to the official start of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Conference on May 4 at the Hershey Lodge. Learn how to help customers navigate financial aid resources, particularly the FAFSA. This training is not limited to staff that are working within a PA CareerLink but is open and available to all staff in the one-stop system, including those in adult education. Learn more or register online.
Families Learning Conference
The 2022 Families Learning Conference, held by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will be held virtually October 25-26, 2022. In addition to the two-day virtual conference, NCFL will host two optional in-person meetups in Nashville on November 4 and in Phoenix on December 2, 2022. The virtual conference will offer dozens of highly relevant curated presentations from experts in our field plus virtual networking opportunities. The Regional Meetups will be a space for connection, idea sharing, and action planning amidst a smaller group. Each Regional Meetup will be capped at 150 registrants. To learn more or register, visit the conference website.
Professional Learning for Adult Education and Family Literacy Staff
Staff at PDE-funded adult education and family literacy agencies can view a list of upcoming courses now available for enrollment in the PD Portal. For more information about any of these courses, please visit the PD Portal, open 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.
Citizenship Education Training Seminar
The Office of Citizenship would like to invite you and your network to an in-person, free adult citizenship education training seminar on June 21, 2022. This seminar will be held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics will include the naturalization process and eligibility requirements, an overview of the naturalization test, and instructional strategies and resources for citizenship classrooms. For more information and to register for the event, please see the seminar's flyer.
State and National Adult Education News
Suggestion Box for Volunteer Tutors and Classroom Aides
The Professional Learning Opportunities Project (ProLO) is looking for ways to improve their professional development support for volunteer tutors and classroom aides in Pennsylvania adult education programs. Please take a moment to let them know what would help you and your program. Click on the Make a Suggestion button on the PA Adult Ed Resources Tutoring page.
Family Teacher of the Year Nominations
The nomination process is now open for the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, through which the National Center for Families Learning recognizes school- and community-based teachers across the nation who best engage families in family engagement, family literacy, and/or family leadership programming. The first prize winner is awarded $20,000 with up to $5,000 for the runner up. Review the award criteria and access the application online.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Symposium
This one day symposium on June 8, 2022, will focus on the following high-need topical areas: Justice-Informed Racial Equity and Immigrant Integration, Students as Leaders, Digital Equity, Learning Differences and Difficulties (accessibility, mental health etc.), and Local Program Improvement. Each session will include a follow-up opportunity for dialogue about implementation of actionable strategies and resources that will help remove barriers, promote inclusion, and increase diversity of practice at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more on the symposium website.
Corrections Education Association's Leadership Forum Review
On March 20-23, 2022, Chrissie Klinger, Workforce Development System Liaison Project staff, attended the Corrections Education Association’s Leadership Forum in Long Beach, CA. The focus of the forum was Transforming Lives Every Day. Klinger presented a session on building, sustaining, and transforming reentry partnerships. The presentation highlighted some of the ways programs in Pennsylvania have worked collaboratively with each other and with partners to transform the lives of individuals touched by the justice system. Throughout the conference, Klinger was able to gather some new ideas and materials that might be beneficial for any student support coordinator (SSC) working with learners with multiple barriers. During one of the sessions, strategies and resources related to helping individuals obtain vital documents were shared. The session presenters noted that the cost for vital documents was the biggest barrier to helping individuals in their area obtain the documents they needed to progress in their educational and career pathway. Klinger will be adding information and resources gained from the session onto the Student Support Coordinator Hub to help SSCs identify partners in their local areas that may be able to help individuals complete vital document paperwork and help with fees. Additionally, Klinger picked up a sample picture-based career interest inventory at the vendor booths. SSCs are encouraged to contact Chrissie Klinger at cok5111@psu.edu to get a sample of the inventory.
Job Posting
The job postings below are for adult basic education programs funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and, at least in part, by WIOA Title II funds. You can also find the postings on the paadultedresources.org website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to mjmanfred@tiu11.org.  

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Upcoming State and National Conferences
State and National Newsletters
State and national organizations' newsletters are listed below and may be of interest to you. To receive the most recent editions by email, please subscribe directly to the newsletter. 

OCTAE Connection, US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education Features news and resources for adult basic, career, and technical education

Early Childhood Education Recap, PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning Features weekly and monthly news and information relating to early childhood education.

Families Learning: News of the Week, National Center for Families Learning
Features information and resources for family literacy, early childhood education, and parent education.

WorkforceGPS, Workforce3 One Features career pathways and workforce development information.

COABE Connections, Coalition On Adult Basic Education Features national information, resources, and initiatives for adult basic education.

World Education/U.S. Features resources and information from World Education projects including EdTech Center News, The Change Agent, College for Adults, E-Learning, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, National College Transitional Network, and many others. 

Behind Every Employer Podcast Features interviews with employers and discussions of adult education, training innovations, immigration law, etc.

COABE's Advocast An adult education podcast