September 20, 2019
Workforce Development Month
September is National Workforce Development Month, and it is a good time to highlight the importance of the workforce development system and new resources available in Pennsylvania. You can also check out the Workforce GPS September Newsletter to see customer service-focused resources.

The Workforce Development Project has added new career pathway resources to the Career Pathways area of PA Adult Education Resources for adult educators to use within the classroom and also with partner staff. The blank career maps are available in both PDF and Word versions and are designed for both electronic and paper-based use. KayLynn ( ) and Chrissie ( ) are available to provide customized technical assistance on using the new career maps with partner staff.

The Reentry Resources section provides adult education practitioners, case managers, and other partner staff (e.g., correctional facility employees, workforce development, probation and parole employees, drug and alcohol agencies, etc.) with tools to improve collaboration, resources for providing employment-focused services to offenders and reentrants, and evidence-based materials to assess reentrants and provide appropriate intervention strategies while aiming to reduce recidivism. Please contact Chrissie ( ) for support related to corrections education, reentry, or best practices for serving individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system.  
Teaching Tips and Resources
Build better student relationships
The start of the school year always inspires the world of K-12 education to share a lot of ideas and best practices. We adult educators can benefit from this excitement as well. Edutopia recently shared an article, Six Strategies for Building Better Student Relationships , which has some tips that easily translate to the adult education classroom. These include listening, learning names, and connecting with students in small ways.
Increasing student resilience
Feelings of frustration are common. However, our students can face especially frustrating circumstances and events in life. Sixteen Habits of Mind, outlined in a recent Edutopia article , can guide your students to develop a stronger sense of resilience when confronted by adversity. In addition to sharing the Habits of Mind, the article gives four specific strategies that you can use to build these skills in your students.
Getting started in making your own videos
Perhaps you have thought of places in your instruction that would benefit from an instructional video. Maybe there is a topic that a lot of students commonly struggle with or a basic skill that some people need to review, and a short video is just what you need. If you know that your students would benefit, but the idea of recording and posting a video intimidates you, a recent Edutopia article can help you get started. A 5-Step Guide to Making Your Own Instructional Videos will give you some ideas for how short instructional videos can enhance your students' learning, as well as some helpful how-to tips.
Professional Development Opportunities
eData 2019-20 Opening Webinar: Introduction and What's New
The eData Tech Support Project will hold a webinar on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 2:30-3:30 p.m., to share what you need to know about eData for the 2019-20 program year. This webinar will be for agency administrators, data quality specialists, and eData entry staff. You can join the webinar or view the recording of the we binar afterwards when it is posted on the PA Adult Education Resources  homepage  and  eData Help Documents page
Webinar: Free Resources to Train Adult ESL Teachers and Volunteers
Whether your adult ESL instructors are full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer, they deserve to have the best training and preparation that you can provide. The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m., that will explore some resources that can boost instructors' confidence and skills while using their time wisely. These free resources will include the Minnesota Literacy Council's classroom activity videos, mini-trainings toolkit, and ESL small-group pull-out kits. Learn more and register online .
New workshops and sessions added to NCTN Conference
The National College Transition Network (NCTN) Conference has been adding new conference workshops and pre-conference sessions to its list of offerings. The conference will be held in Cambridge, MA, on November 11-13. Many of the workshops relate to the positive use of technology in education or career pathways, with topics such as digital literacy, email skills, and supporting online students who are parents. Learn more about the conference offerings online.
State and National Adult Education News
TABE 11&12 times adjusted
The publisher has adjusted the TABE 11 & 12 assessment times, as of July 2019. Please note that the Test Directions book contains scripting for the administration of the assessment. The test times are incorrect. Review the new  Maximum Allowable Times Chart  available on . The adjusted times will be updated in the PA TABE 11 & 12 course in the PD Portal by October 1, 2019.   
Webinar: Preparing for the 2020 United States Census
The National Coalition for Literacy is sponsoring a series of three webinars to highlight the importance of the 2020 Census for the adult education community. The first webinar will be on October 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., and is titled Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community. It will feature an explanation and discussion of the efforts of California's Adult Education Program. Register online .
Free books and magazines
World Education is giving away books and past issues of Change Agent magazine at the cost of shipping. The books available include: Learning to Achieve, A Professional's Guide to Educating Adults with Learning Disabilities ; Various NCSALL research publications, including Annual Reviews of Adult Learning and Literacy Health Literacy Study Circle Guides Adult Multiple Intelligences Sourcebooks ; and HEAL: Breast and Cervical Cancer student workbooks and teacher guides. Check the LINCS discussion board for details if you are interested.
Grants and Scholarships
Federal grant application tips
When applying for federal grant funds, it is important to get all the details exactly right. A recent blog post from sheds light on three tips to help you succeed.
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 advertiseme nt to

PA Adult Education Resources
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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

World Education/U.S. Features resources and information from World Education projects including The Change Agent, College for Adults, EdTech Center, National College Transitional network, and many others
August 20 Updates

Families Learning: News of the Week, National Center for Families Learning
Features information and resources for family literacy, early childhood education, and parent education

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

COABE Journal, Coalition On Adult Basic Education Features national information, resources, and initiatives for adult basic education