June 23, 2022
Wanted: English as a Second Language (ESL) Coaches
The Professional Learning Opportunities Project (ProLO) is currently recruiting adult education practitioners to work as English as a second language (ESL) coaches during the 2022-23 program year. In the upcoming program year, ProLO plans to utilize coaches and individuals with content expertise to support training and courses. Two groups are being specifically recruited:

  • Instructors with experience and expertise in ESL who would be interested in facilitating online courses, revising existing courses, or who could help in the development of instructional design plans for new courses.

  • Instructors with teaching experience and/or teacher mentoring experience in ESL to work as coaches to support the implementation or instruction at the agency level, with both groups and individual instructors.

ProLO will provide coach training to support the demands of the coaching role and coaching hours are dependent on the coaching role and your availability.

If you are interested, complete the questionnaire. Then email your questionnaire and your resume to Sara Cole (scole@tiu11.org) and Chelsea DeLeo (cdeleo@tiu11.org) by July 10, 2022. Questionnaires will be reviewed, and candidates will be contacted by July 22, 2022.
Teaching Tips and Resources
English for Heritage Language Speakers Program
Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the U.S. government. The English for Heritage Language Speakers Program (EHLS) trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. The EHLS Program is designed to maximize learning opportunities throughout the eight months of instruction. The program is designed to take you from advanced to professional-level English proficiency within eight months. All EHLS participants receive a full scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) that includes tuition and a living stipend. Learn more about the criteria and application process for this program.
Public Speaking for Students
A recent Edutopia article, "Guiding Students to Be Comfortable with Public Speaking," discusses small steps that can help high school (and adult education) students lessen their anxiety from public speaking. A strong classroom community is most important, a place where students can feel safe and supported. This is because most people's fear of speaking in front of an audience is actually a fear of being judged. The author lays out a method by which you can ease this fear and develop public speaking success in your students.
Summer Learning for Families
Summer break is here, and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has suggested six resources to support families learning together all summer long. The list is a mix of engaging activities like tool kits, podcasts, and online resources that all encourage students and their families to keep learning throughout the summer months.
Tips for Floating Teachers
Often in K-12 education, some teachers will be "floating." They do not have their own classroom, so instead, they float among rooms to teach their classrooms. While this exact arrangement may not be your situation, many adult education instructors lack their own dedicated classroom and share space with other instructors. An Edutopia article, "Three Tips to Make Life Easier as a Floating Teacher With No Set Classroom," lays out suggestions for things such as staying organized with technology and fostering your relationship with your host teacher.
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.
Webinar: Refugee Resettlement Services 101
This webinar will provide workforce development professionals the fundamentals of available services through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and examples of collaborative approaches to best serve newly arriving refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) entrants. It will be held on Monday, June 27, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Learn more about the presenters and register online.
State and National Adult Education News
Mark Your Calendar: 2023 COABE National Conference
The 2023 national conference for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) will be held in Atlanta, GA, April 2-5, 2023. The theme will be "Elevate to a Higher Level." Early information is available on the conference website.
COABE 2021 Collective Impact Report
COABE has published its annual Collective Impact Report for 2021, which gathers information on how the organization has progressed in its mission "to inspire educators so adults succeed and communities thrive." Information included describes COABE's leadership roles, partnerships, awards, initiatives, professional development, and advocacy.
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.  

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. 

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. 

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