August 23, 2021
New Opportunities for Student Support Coordinators
Chrissie Klinger, Workforce Development Specialist with the Workforce Development System Liaison Project, is available to support adult education professionals in Division-funded programs throughout the commonwealth with student supportive services. Below are just some of the ways professionals can access continuous support and networking events related to topics such as overcoming barriers to participation, student persistence, career pathways exploration and planning, transitions to workforce or training, and working well with WIOA and other community partners.
  • Sign up for the new Student Support Coordinator’s Hub in the PD Portal to access links to weekly open office hours and find and share supportive services resources and tools. Weekly office hours are open to anyone that has questions, needs help with supportive services or collaborative case management, or just wants an opportunity to hear how other student support coordinators (SSCs) provide services. Open office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9-10 a.m. and Monday through Friday, 2-3 p.m.
  • Join the Student Support Coordinator Lunchtime Webinars on the fourth Friday of each month at noon to stay connected to other SSCs across the commonwealth. Log into the PD Portal to view the webinar link. 
  • Request a one-on-one meeting or customized technical assistance via Calendly or email Chrissie at
  • Talk with Chrissie about including partners in professional development and networking activities including the upcoming virtual Reentry Resources and Best Practice for Working with Ex-offenders training.
Teaching Tips and Resources
Remote ESOL Project Results
The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on adult ESOL learning was disruptive, but it ultimately accelerated program innovation and transformation as providers stepped up to develop feasible education opportunities remotely. It created an opportunity to learn from these approaches toward the goal of improving and expanding them to meet growing demand. World Education lead a project to reflect on what supports programs may still need to fully leverage the power of technology to increase the reach of those who can be trained and to accelerate learning through strategies such as personalization, differentiation, and embedding digital and other essential skills into ESOL instruction. Visit World Education's Remote ESOL Project website to access case studies of innovative remote ESOL programs, The Transformation of Adult ESOL Learning Practice and Policy Brief, and more.
How to Engage More Students in Classroom Discussions
Ensuring that all students have an equal chance to participate in class discussions can be a challenge. Many factors can cause one personality to dominate the class while another doesn't contribute at all. Research has identified two dimensions of classroom talk. One scale ranges from interactive to noninteractive and the other from authoritative to dialogic. The most engaging and equitable classrooms foster interactive and dialogic discussion, meaning that the class is working together to think about and discuss a topic. A recent Edutopia article, How to Engage More Students in Classroom Discussions, explores this idea and gives four tips to include more voices in the classroom.
High School Equivalency (HSE) Updates and Resources
Webinar: GED® Test Accommodations
GED Testing Service® will hold a webinar on Tuesday, August 24, 3:30-5:00 p.m., to discuss accommodations and the GED® test. Topics will include what accommodations are available and how to help your students find the documentation they need to request an accommodation as well as a question-and-answer period. Learn more and register online.
Professional Development Opportunities
PAACE Networking
The Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) will hold an all-inclusive networking event, open to anyone, regardless of PAACE membership status. It will be held on Friday, September 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m. You can register online to participate in the conversation on inclusivity. How can we make adult education programming more inclusive and accessible? How can we include other community programs in the work we are doing with adults in Pennsylvania? You do not have to be a PAACE member to join this networking session.
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.
Call for Learning Differences Articles
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Journal is asking for contributions from adult education practitioners to share best practices, research, innovations, reflections, and reviews focusing on the theme of the Spring 2022 edition, learning differences. Adults have unique characteristics, including how they take in, process, and make meaning of information. Various learner-centered factors may impact learning, such as their interest and experience with a topic, learning preferences, native language or cultural factors, or cognitive factors. Articles for consideration should focus on one of several suggested topics and follow the criteria for the type of article noted in the submission guidelines. Deadline for submission is October 12, 2021.
Call for COABE Conference Presentations
COABE is requesting submissions of presentations for the 2022 COABE National Conference. The April 11-13, 2022 conference will be a hybrid experience of in-person and virtual participation, and presenters can present in the format of their choice. Session lengths include one, three, or six hours. Presenters must complete the "Present with Purpose" credential by December 31, 2021 (see below for details). Learn more online about presenter resources and the submission process.
State and National Adult Education News
Present with Purpose Webinar
COABE and SkillsBuild will present the webinar Present with Purpose on Friday, August 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m. for COABE members who want to deliver presentations in engaging and collaborative ways. Join COABE and IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Leader Justin Gilbert for an overview of the "Present with Purpose" credential and a special demonstration on how to engage teams in this new way of virtual collaboration. Watch as this digital team explores user needs by understanding presenter feedback of the virtual working world and by brainstorming ideas to keep learners engaged.
Opportunity to Participate in Research
As a requirement for her dissertation in Drexel University's Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management program, Kimberly Chernesky, an adult education colleague, is conducting a study that focuses on the experiences and perceptions of professional development as it relates to online learning for ESL students. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of educator experiences and perceptions of the professional development received in their agency or with the Distance Learning Project. This research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Sheila R. Vaidya, Professor at Drexel University. Learn more, including eligibility requirements.
Survey for the Families Learning Conference
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking your feedback as it considers whether to proceed with an in-person Families Learning Conference, scheduled for October 25-27, 2021. Would you be comfortable attending in person? Please complete a short survey to help determine the path forward.
Grants and Scholarships
Grant for a National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education is soliciting proposals to establish and operate a National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities, focused on children in early childhood education programs through high school. View the grant and learn more online.
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 website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to

PA Adult Education Resources
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. 

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.