October 26, 2021
National Apprenticeship Week
November 15-21, 2021, is National Apprenticeship Week. Whether your adult education program is part of the apprenticeship pipeline or still trying to figure out how to help learners get connected with apprenticeships, the Workforce Development System Liaison project has resources to help! The November 12 lunchtime webinar Helping Adult Learners Explore Multiple Career Pathway Options will include guests from Northampton County Community College. NCCC recently won the national ReThink Adult Ed Pre-apprenticeship Challenge and will be sharing ways to work with partners to help adult learners with career planning and navigating various career pathway options, including apprenticeships.

New to apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships? Start by reviewing the Exploring Apprenticeships document.

Want to have more learners getting into local apprenticeship opportunities? Use the Coordinating Marking, Recruitment and Intake document to help guide conversations and referral processes with local partners.

Want to have current apprentices share their experiences? Use the Integrating Career Awareness informal interview lesson (pp. 81-85) to help adult basic education and English language learners interview current and former apprentices.

Need customized technical assistance around pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships? Contact KayLynn (klh267@psu.edu) or Chrissie (cok5111@psu.edu).
Teaching Tips and Resources
Teaching Students to Estimate
Possessing the ability to estimate can improve a student's math ability overall. They can have some idea if the answer they came up with is "in the ballpark;" however not everyone has the ability to estimate well from the start. How do you teach it? A recent Edutopia article, Strategies for Teaching Students to Estimate, contains practical tips for teaching students how to estimate, from how to discuss estimation to how to extend that knowledge even further.
Professional Development Opportunities
Webinar: Who are the Afghan Newcomers?
Switchboard will host a free webinar today, October 26, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., titled "Who are the Afghan Newcomers?: Understanding the Background and Socio-Cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the United States." This webinar will cover the events that have led this population to the U.S. as well as what makes them culturally distinct from other refugee groups. Facilitators and a Q&A panel will discuss "dos" and "don'ts" and tips and guidelines for interacting with and providing help to evacuees from Afghanistan. Learn more and register online.
Featured Sessions for the Families Learning Conference
The National Center for Families Learning has shared the featured sessions for the October 25 - 27, all-virtual national conference. Check out the listings and find the code to save $100 on registration.
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.
Intersect 2021: A Workforce Symposium Connecting Educators and Business
This virtual symposium will be held on November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Educators and workforce professionals will connect to learn how to prepare students and workers for the demands of business amid the ever-changing pandemic environment. Leaders and practitioners from community colleges, adult education, Workforce Development Boards, and business and industry will come together to learn, collaborate, and network. Learn more and register online.
State and National Adult Education News
COABE National Awards and Grants
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is accepting nominations for their national awards. Nominations should be submitted by December 21, 2021. These national awards include Outstanding Adult Learner, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Administrator, Local Excellence in Advocacy, the Advancing Workforce Development for Adult Learners Award, and State Innovation. Grants include Scholarship Grant, Incentive Grant, and the Programs Succeed When Learners Lead Incentive Grant. Cash awards come with some of these awards. Each winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2022 COABE conference, and the successful nominator's registration will be paid in full.
COABE Podcast Naming Competition
COABE will launch a podcast that will be led by SAAEF fellows Erin Vobornik and Sara Haghighi starting in January 2022. It will highlight the importance of adult education, share success stories, and discuss the value of advocacy. You can name the podcast! Submissions will be accepted through October 31st. If your name is selected, you will win a $100 Amazon gift card. Submit your idea online.
COABE Board Nominations
COABE is also accepting nominations for positions on their national board. Open positions include Vice President for Membership and two regions that do not include Pennsylvania. Nominate or learn more online.
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
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.