September 22, 2020
Should We Require Cameras to be On?
In the article Cameras Be Damned for LinkedIn, author Karen Costa makes the argument that, no, we should not require our students to appear on camera when holding class on Zoom. Two thirds of students have suffered some trauma in their lives and that does not include the stress and trauma of living through 2020. With that in mind, it is not in the best interests of students and their learning to require them to turn on their camera. Costa makes several strong arguments and shares many insights, such as ...

"Our brains are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing during this crisis: focusing on survival. Fewer resources are available for the type of thinking processes that higher education demands."

"Consider a student living with depression, who has not had the energy to shower or change her clothes this week."

"Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) models ask us to consider that students might not feel comfortable or safe appearing on camera and revealing their home environments for a variety of reasons ..."

Costa then goes on to note that "a camera does not guarantee engagement," and gives ten tips for how we can achieve high levels of student engagement even without a view of our students.

Teaching Tips and Resources
Digital Tools That Support Career Awareness, Exploration, and Goal-Setting
Since face-to-face time with students may be limited (or non-existent) right now, providing career awareness, exploration, and goal-setting may be difficult for adult education programs. "Digital Tools That Support Career Awareness, Exploration, and Goal-Setting" was created to provide adult education practitioners with ready-to-go materials that can be used with adults in remote, virtual, blended, and/or face-to-face learning environments. Chrissie Klinger is also available to provide support and technical assistance around this and other career-focused resources. She can be reached via email at
How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging
Some of the instructional methods that are the most effective are also the hardest to do at a distance. In this time of remote teaching and hybrid classrooms, things like experiments, simulations, and hands-on learning are easily cast aside. Edutopia recently shared an extensive list of resources and strategies that can help you build high-quality instruction into your hybrid or distance learning this fall.
Free Issues of The Change Agent to Help Begin Conversations
The year 2020 has been, and will continue to be a momentous year. Adult education students are interested to learn more about what is going on around us all. The Change Agent is offering two important issues of the magazine available for free: "Talking about Race" and "Stand Up and Be Counted." Use these links to request free copies of each and use the student-written articles to work on critical thinking skills and have constructive class discussions.
How to Fix Seven Classroom Management Mistakes
Some adult education classrooms run very smoothly, but sometimes instructors have challenges in managing the habits and attitudes of adult students. A recent Edutopia article, 7 Classroom Management Mistakes -- and the Research on How to Fix Them, sheds light on some things that can go wrong in the classroom, why teachers might make those mistakes, and what can be done to address them constructively.
Tips for Teaching with Zoom
LINCS Community recently shared a Twitter thread with creative tips for using Zoom in education. Compiled by a college instructor of elementary math, they have been tested by teaching future teachers.
High School Equivalency (HSE) Updates and Resources
Diverse Voices of GED® Blog
A new blog will showcase the accomplishments, personal reflections, and educational experiences of educators, students, and GED® graduates from Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other diverse communities. If you or someone you know would like to share a story or learn more about this project, email
GED® Graduate of the Month
Do you know a recent GED® graduate with an inspiring story of achieving his or her goals? Nominate him or her to be selected as the GED® Graduate of the Month. Winners each month receive an iPad and are featured on GED Testing Service's® social media channels.
HiSET® Statistical Report
The 2019 HiSET® Statistical Report is out. Look it over to discover how Pennsylvania's test takers performed last year.
Professional Development Opportunities
CANCELLED: PAACE Conference, October 18-20
The Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) Conference that was scheduled for October 18-20, 2020, in Lancaster, PA has been cancelled for the health and safety of all members. PAACE is looking into rescheduling in 2021. If you have already registered, your conference registration will automatically be applied to the next PAACE Conference. To cancel the booking of your hotel room, you should contact the hotel directly.
COABE National Conference Asks for Presentations
The Coalition On Adult Basic Education (COABE) will hold its national conference in Nashville, TN on March 21 -24, 2021. They have called for presentation submissions for sessions of 75 minutes, three hours, or six hours. Submit your presentation online by October 16, 2020.
Webinar: Using CareerOneStop to Provide Virtual Career and Job Services
This webinar will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Staff from CareerOneStop will present and discuss how to use CareerOneStop for career exploration and job services. 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.
State and National Adult Education News
Report: How the Pandemic is Affecting Adult Education
A new report details adult education's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides useful suggestions that adult education and literacy practitioners can use to improve performance in the future. COVID-19 Rapid Response Report from the Field is a collaboration of ProLiteracy, the E-BAES Taskforce, and the EdTech Center @ World Education and was written with two goals in mind: "1) describe the instructional and programmatic shifts programs made in response to stay-at-home orders, and 2) illustrate the challenges and successes they experienced."
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
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.

HiSET® Newsletter, Educational Testing Service® Features news and information related to the HiSET® test.

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.