February 24, 2020
Sector Strategies for Career Pathways
With   entrepreneurial occupations   in every career cluster, adult educators need to have the resources available to help adult learners explore a career pathway that may involve entrepreneurship. The   Sector Strategies   section of PA Adult Education Resources is a good place to start exploring industry clusters, career pathway maps, and possible entrepreneurial occupation information. Having adults participate in group, project-based learning around industry sectors and starting a business is another way adults can explore career pathways while improving basic skills. To further support adult education practitioners on this topic, Workforce Development Project staff will present a webinar on March 26, 2020, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. They will share ideas on how to use Marie Foxwell’s Entrepreneurship Curriculum in the adult education classroom and its alignment to the Career and Readiness Standards, Foundation Skills Framework, and the International Society for Technology in Education student standards. For more information about the webinar or customized technical assistance around entrepreneurial career pathways, please contact KayLynn Hamilton ( [email protected] ) or Chrissie Klinger ( [email protected] ).  
Teaching Tips and Resources
Seven Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession
As a profession, teaching has very high turnover, and this is also true of adult education. A recent Edutopia article, Seven Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession , addresses the factors that might drive a qualified, talented teacher to leave teaching. What can school leaders and agency administrators do to ensure that teachers feel supported, valued, and motivated? This article provides general principles as well as specific ideas that can be utilized directly in the classroom. 
Google Applied Digital Skills Boot Camp
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) will host a free Google Applied Digital Skills Boot Camp during the upcoming Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) conference in Lancaster, PA. This single session will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Google's Applied Digital Skills is a free, online digital literacy curriculum that is video-based and project-based. Register for the Boot Camp online
Test-Taking Tips
Penn State University has a set of test-taking tips that the Distance Learning Project shared with their learners. This thorough and extensive list is broken down by question type and by subject. You can share it directly with students, use it as an in-class reading activity, or use it yourself to incorporate the tips and strategies into your instruction. 
Professional Development Opportunities
Webinar: Occupational Employment Statistics Data
The annual Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) will be published on March 31, 2020, and will reflect employment and wage data as of May 2019. WorkforceGPS will host a webinar, BLS Occupational Employment Statistics Data - New Employment and Wage Data , on Friday, April 24, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This webinar will discuss how the Bureau of Labor Statistics developed its estimates at the national and state levels, as well as for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Participants will also see highlights and examples from the new data. Learn more and register online
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 whether the course meets your professional learning goals.  
State and National Adult Education News
Advancing Innovation in Adult Education applications accepted
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) is excited to announce a new application period for the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. This project is identifying and disseminating innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved learner outcomes. The project is soliciting innovative adult education practices that are new or significantly improved products, services, or processes. The project is particularly interested in receiving applications regarding integrated education and training (IET) program models. Professional development practices are not eligible for this project. Applicants should be h igh-performing Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees that are implementing innovative practices in adult education. The selected innovative practices will be disseminated nationally through LINCS and other project activities. Before preparing an application, use the Advancing Innovation Checklist to think about the characteristics of your program’s practice and whether your practice meets the Advancing Innovation project’s definition of “innovative.” To learn more and access the checklist and application, visit the project   webpage .  Applications are due by April 15, 2020. Register for one of our application webinars on   February 28, 2020, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  or   March 9, 2020, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m . You can also Sign up  for our Office Hours on March 25, 2020 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Contact the project at  [email protected] with any questions .
PAACE annual awards
PAACE is seeking nominations for the annual awards given for outstanding members of the adult education community. Awards include Outstanding Volunteer , Partner , Leader , Student , and Practitioner of the Year, as well as the  PAACE Outstanding Adult Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award . PAACE will accept nominations (no self-nominations) through February 28, 2020.  
Grants and Scholarships
How to Spot a Scam Grant
A recent post from GetEdFunding.com addresses the issue of scams in the world of grants. In it, you can learn some things to be on the lookout for as you evaluate grant opportunities. Grants.gov has great   information on avoiding government grant scams .  
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 advertiseme nt to  [email protected]

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. 

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 Journal, 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 The Change Agent, College for Adults, E-Learning, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, National College Transitional network, and many others.