March 20, 2018
Teachers Are Coaches
Some adult students have participated in organized sports at some point in their education. They understand sports, and they understand the relationship between an athlete and a coach. They respect a coach as an integral part of a team who guides the team towards its goal.

The same is true about teachers, and yet many adult students have had negative experiences with teachers that they still carry with them; however, everything that can be said about a coach is also true for teachers.

A coach knows the game inside and out and knows how to get you ready to succeed -- just like a teacher.

A coach will offer constructive criticism not to show you how bad you are, but to help you become better -- just like a teacher.

A coach looks back at your past performances to identify areas for focused practice -- just like a teacher.

A coach always believes that you are able to improve -- just like a teacher.

As teachers, we can benefit from viewing ourselves as coaches of sorts. Perhaps that perspective can also help some students to understand that you and they are on the same team, and want the same things. Edutopia's article, Thinking Like a Coach, looks at the task of providing feedback on students' writing through the lens of coaching and examines ways that our feedback can be more effective.
Teaching Tips and Resources
New Skill Check app from FastForward
Many educators around the state are familiar with the FastForward online curriculum. Among others, the PA Distance Learning Project uses FastForward with their students. The new   FastForward Skill Check app   from KET can help your students to decide if they are ready to take the GED®, HiSET®, or TASC test. Just click on a subject in the app to practice skills in language arts, social studies, science, or math. Questions include lots of hints and images to help the student to arrive at the right answers.  Check out the video  to learn more about the Skill Check app.
Women's History readings
March is Women's History Month. If you are interested in highlighting in your classroom the achievements and experiences of women from the past and present, check out the resources gathered at .
The Power of Empathy
Edutopia recently shared an article titled The Power of Empathy, in which the author describes an experience that many teachers have had: a particularly challenging student with a challenging attitude towards class; however, upon learning more about the student's challenges, the teacher discovered an important truth about empathy: It may do nothing to help the student's situation or even their behavior, but it can make a big difference in how we look at our students and how we feel about helping them.
ReadWorks offers human voice audio for some articles
Many people enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Listening to spoken information is a great way to learn and also a great way to reinforce reading skills or a love of reading. now offers new audio for some of their articles -- real human voices. Find a list at .
Professional Development Opportunities
Online professional learning opportunities through World Education
Since the PA Division of Adult Education is an IDEAL member, we have the opportunity to receive a 20% discount for educators to take any scheduled World Education E-Learning courses coming up this spring. Interested participants can register for the following courses: Mathematizing ESOL II, Blended Learning for English Language Learners, Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning , and Contextualized Instruction . These courses start in April. Learn more...
PACTA Conference review
The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy has submitted a review of the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators (PACTA). The conference, titled Pathways to Career Readiness: An Education and Workforce Symposium, focused on
how business and education can work together more effectively, both regionally and statewide. Read more...
Penn State Certificate Programs
Registration is now open for Penn State University's summer courses (May 14 to August 8) for the  Family Literacy Certificate  and  online Certificate in Adult Basic Education .  
Mark your calendar for PAACE 2019
Save the date for the 2018 PAACE Conference on March 11-12, 2019. 
State and National Adult Education News
TABE 11/12 updates
There is updated information that those who work closely with TABE assessments should be aware of. The TABE is now aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards. The TABE 11/12 will go into eff ect July 1 and the locator and three subject tests will take approximately six hours. For more information, visit the TABE website.
Nominate adult education alumni for a Power in Numbers video
The Power in Numbers initiative is looking for successful adult education students to feature in a series of videos showcasing the unique journeys of adult learners. Do you know of someone who transformed their life and career through completing their education? You can share information with your successful students who would like to motivate and inspire students around the country. Interested parties can fill out  this short form  or reach out directly to .
Grants and Scholarships
Tips for grant writing "newbies"
The blog has shared a bulleted list of tips for anyone who has been tasked with writing a grant proposal but has never done it before. Titled How to Get Started Writing Grants , this post can help you to begin an organized and successful proposal.
Job Postings
The job postings below are for adult basic education programs that are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and, at least in part, by WIOA Title II funds. They can also be found on the website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to
No jobs are currently posted .
PA Adult Education Resources
Upcoming State and National Conferences
State and National Newsletters
These are state or national organizations' newsletters that 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  

GED® In Session, GED Testing Service®
Features news and information related to the GED® test

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

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

Workforce GPS, Workforce3 One  
Features career pathways and workforce development information