December 18, 2020
Let's Talk About Assessment
This year continues to require us to tap into our deepest reserves of resourcefulness, creativity, and innovation as we try to meet our students' needs.

One area where resourcefulness is needed is the methods we use to assess student knowledge. If you know a college student, you have probably heard how many higher education instructors are relying on open-note and open-book tests as their main method of assessment for remote instruction. But is this the best, most valid and reliable avenue for assessment?

If you want a primer on the assessment component of teaching and learning as well as its purposes, LINCS shared, A Primer: Diagnostic, Formative, and Summative Assessment. This academic article also discusses the topics of authenticity, validity, and reliability in regard to assessments.

A new Edutopia article, Four Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning, presents practical and proven assessment strategies for in-person, online, or hybrid classrooms. Some are primarily online strategies, such as digital quizzes and digital writing discussions, while others, like one-on-one conferences, are more traditional means of assessment that can be easily done through technology.
Professional Development Opportunities
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.
State and National Adult Education News
PD Portal Holiday Hours
PD Portal Tech Support will not be available from December 24, 2020 through January 1, 2021. In addition, course facilitators will not be grading assignments or responding to emails during that time. Participants can find answers to many commonly asked technical questions by visiting the PD Portal FAQ page. Tech Support will resume responding to requests sent to on Monday, January 4, 2021.
COABE National Conference to be Virtual
The national conference for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) has been reformatted into a fully virtual conference. Still to be held on March 21 - 24, 2021, the conference will maintain its 300+ presentations, general sessions, and networking events. Learn more at the COABE website.
PAACE Webinar Archive
Past webinars hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) will now be housed at for PAACE members only. To view a past recording, members need to enter the password that was shared in a recent PAACE email. Registration for future webinars will require PAACE Member ID numbers.
LINCS Community Moderator Positions
LINCS is hiring LINCS Community moderators for one-year terms to begin in February 2021. View the job description with instructions on how to apply. Applications are due by December 31.
Grants and Scholarships
Early Childhood Education Grants
The Frances R. Dewing Foundation gives grants to support projects in early childhood education for children aged two through sixth grade. Priority is given to new, untried, or unusual educational organizations or institutions experimenting with novel educational methods for young children and elementary-age students. Learn more online.
Be Ready for Grant Writing
There are two categories of information that you should prepare before you complete a grant application: documents that are always required for application and documents that are likely to be requested. A blog post can help you differentiate those two categories and gather your documents.
Job Posting
The following job posting was found outside of Pennsylvania's adult education system and may be of interest to those who qualify.

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
Visit for the latest PA adult education news and resources. Recent additions to the site include:

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

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.