March 22, 2022
Learning is Everywhere: Activities to Do With Your Young Child
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children shares a monthly newsletter as part of their Learning is Everywhere program. Family literacy practitioners and families can use Learning is Everywhere to help young children prepare for school. The monthly newsletter gives families early learning activities they can do together in a variety of settings, as well as book recommendations, resources, and more. The activities are aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards (ELS). These guidelines can be used to determine what infants, toddlers, prekindergarten, and kindergarten children may know or be able to do within specific age ranges.

The topic of the March Learning is Everywhere newsletter is "in the bedroom" and focuses on bedtime. Written directly to the audience of parents or caregivers, the sections include:

  • Nine Bedtime Books
  • Language Development and Young Children
  • First Step: Kindergarten Registration!
  • Sleepy Time, Bed Time: Ways to Help Your Child Sleep
  • MyPlate Food Quizzes
  • Financial Help with Your Child's Medical Expenses
  • Bedroom Safety for Children of All Ages
  • Keeping Your Child Healthy
Teaching Tips and Resources
Making Math Concepts Feel Relevant
An excellent way to motivate and engage adult learners in math is to connect their learning to their lives. A recent Edutopia article, "How to Make Math Concepts Feel Relevant to Students," offers several tips for doing that. While the article is specifically focused on high school students, everything also applies to adults. Read the article to learn advice for connecting students' learning to the topics of self-relevance, the community, culture, and real-world relevance. Then continue on to read the Edutopia article, "5 Ways to Motivate Students to Learn Math Effectively."
Free Resources: Implementing Distance Education
Essential Education released a new Distance Education Guide, a robust resource for adapting adult education services in changing circumstances and a wider array of client expectations. You can also see other free resources that Essential Ed offers.
Behind Every Employer Podcast
In the Behind Every Employer podcast hosts Anson Green and Jeffery Abramowitz sit down with future-focused employers to discuss innovations that are advancing frontline worker talent. These employers and their partners are challenging the status quo of education and training, and they are delivering scalable solutions. Discussions cross the intersections of adult education, digital resiliency, training innovations, immigration law, and other topics. New episodes will air on the third Monday of each month.
Professional Development Opportunities
Using a Community of Practice to Keep Reentry Collaborations Strong
Chrissie Klinger will present this free webinar on Friday, March 25, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Participants will explore how a professional community of practice with adult education practitioners, correctional staff, workforce development system staff, and community partners can increase collaboration and provide more seamless services to returning citizens. 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 if the course meets your professional learning goals.
Children and Families Webinar Series
The Office of Children and Families Adult Education, City of Philadelphia, will hold a series of free workshops on dates ranging from March 25 to June 30. Upcoming topics include "Northstar 201: Customizing Learning Beyond the Basics" (March 25), "Implementing the College and Career Readiness Standards" (March 25), "Learning in the Virtual Environment" (April 1), and "Instructional Strategies for High School Equivalency" (April 8). For more information or to register for a workshop, see the full listing online.
COABE Call for Articles: Lessons from the Pandemic
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Journal is a theme-oriented and practitioner-focused journal that is published semi-annually. The COABE Journal seeks contributions from adult education professionals to share best practices, research, innovations, reflections, and reviews for the Fall 2022 edition, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult education. COVID-19 has had a profound worldwide impact. The “Lessons from the Pandemic” edition seeks article submissions focusing on how adult education programs, classrooms, practitioners, and students have been impacted by COVID and how the pandemic has resulted in innovations in instruction, program delivery, budgets, and teacher development and training. Articles for consideration should focus on one of the suggested topics and follow the criteria for the type of article noted in the submission guidelines. The submission deadline is May 17. Learn more or submit an article.
State and National Adult Education News
PA Association of Career and Technical Administrators Symposium
The 31st Annual Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators Symposium was recently held in Hershey, with a conference theme of Pathways to Career Readiness. Rachael Mann, keynote speaker and author of Martians in Your Classroom, shared statistics related to the out-of-school youth (OSY) population that many adult basic education providers serve. This group of adult learners are sometimes called “digital natives” or “the mobile-only generation.” Although these young adults have grown up with technology at their fingertips and about 51% use social media constantly, Rachael noted that many do not like to check email. OSY are believed to be on social media frequently due to FOMO or “fear of missing out.” Read more ...
PAACE Conference Taking Safety Precautions
The health and safety of our attendees and staff are the number one priority of the PAACE Conference organizers as the COVID 19 Global Pandemic continues. PAACE would like to take a moment to address the "elephant" in the room. While it is exciting to come together in person again, May 15-17, for the 2022 PAACE Conference, PAACE is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for attendees to gather. All PAACE Board members, vendors, and attendees are required to follow the current CDC guidelines. Learn more about the conference COVID 19 protocols.
COABE National Conference Volunteers
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education needs volunteers to help with certain roles during the conference. If you are attending the April 11-13 conference in-person in Seattle, WA and want to help, learn more about the volunteer roles online.
Grants and Scholarships
Pathway Home Grant Round Three
The newest "Pathway Home" FOA is the third round of funding to help ex-offenders, both pre- and post-release, improved employment outcomes and reduce recidivism. Learn the details of this opportunity.
Growth Opportunities
Through the Growth Opportunities FOA, participating agencies will introduce and prepare justice-involved youth and young adults for the world of work through placement into paid work experiences. These grants focus on youth and young adults most impacted by community violence, particularly in areas of concentrated crime and poverty as well as communities that have recently experienced significant unrest. Learn more about this grant.
Strengthening Community College Training Grants
The Department of Labor will fund applications that address, in their proposals, the following SCC core elements: advancing equity, accelerated career pathways, results-driven project design, and sustainable systems change. Ultimately, these grants should build the capacity of community colleges to address identified equity gaps and meet the skill development needs of employers in in-demand industries and career pathways leading to quality jobs. Learn more about this grant opportunity.
Summer Youth Grants for Nonprofits
The Workforce Pathways for Youth demonstration grants support national out-of-school time (OST) organizations that serve historically underserved and marginalized youth ages 14 to 21. These grants will place an emphasis on age-appropriate workforce readiness programming to expand job training and workforce pathways for youth, including soft skill development, career exploration, job readiness and certification, summer jobs, year-round job opportunities, and apprenticeships. Funding will also support partnerships between workforce boards and youth-serving organizations. Applications are due April 25. Learn more about this grant opportunity in the announcement.
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 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.