July 23, 2021
Projected Change in Pennsylvania Employment, 2018-2028
The healthcare and social assistance sector of the Pennsylvania workforce is expected to add 3,396,100 jobs in the current decade from 2018-2028. That is one major takeaway from a set of employment predictions by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The labor force is expected to expand at an annual rate of 0.5% for a total of 8.9 million new jobs by 2028. BLS also predicts that, like healthcare and social assistance, the areas of private educational services and construction will see over 1% annual growth.

Much of this expected growth in employment opportunities will happen in the urban areas of Pennsylvania. Urban counties may see employment rates rise 5.5%, while employment in Pennsylvania's rural counties may rise 3.0%.

A recent article, Rural Snapshot: Projected Change in Pennsylvania Employment, 2018-2028, in the July/August newsletter of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, illustrates some of these expected employment trends with maps, charts, and graphs. What sort of growth can your county expect to see? Which industries will develop most vigorously or sluggishly? This information can be found in the newsletter and is one source of labor market data that can inform your programs and support for adult learners.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report sheds further light on factors such as an aging population, population growth versus labor force growth, and the shrinking of the employment gap between men and women.
Teaching Tips and Resources
Supporting Students' Use of Google Workspace Features
During the past year, many agencies and instructors have begun to use Google products to keep their classes organized and connected as we negotiate remote, in-person, and hybrid instruction models. For all of their benefits, these programs can also present challenges, even to tech-savvy students. A recent Edutopia article, Easy-to-Use Supports for Students in Google Workspace, outlines several tips for instructors using Google products such as Docs, Classroom, and Forms.
Confidence Tips for New Teachers
Do you know someone who will soon be starting as a new teacher? The article New Teachers: How to Start Your First Year with Confidence outlines several tips that range from the simple to the complex, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Written from a K-12 perspective, these suggestions are easily translated to the adult education environment.
Professional Development Opportunities
Credentials Webinar
Credentials play an important role in workforce development from the perspectives of both the worker and the employer. What are the characteristics of quality credentials and how can they be found? A webinar on July 29, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Credentials: What They Are, Where to Find Them, and What Counts for Performance, will examine the benefits of credentials and other information.
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
Share Your Student Success Stories in This Newsletter
Submit your student success stories for inclusion in this newsletter by emailing the submission form and release form to Matt Manfred at mjmanfred@tiu11.org. Your colleagues across Pennsylvania can benefit from reading a success story from one of your students. There is also great value in simply celebrating our students' accomplishments (and our own). Please consider sharing a paragraph of 150 words or less highlighting a special success of a student. Include a photograph if possible. We will publish the stories as space allows, and they will also be available on the PA Adult Education Resources website.
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.
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 dschauer@tiu11.org

PA Adult Education Resources
Visit www.paadultedresources.org 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. 

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.