November 2017
The Self-Assessment and Asset Map Tools are Now Available
States can now track their progress toward meeting the state leadership activity requirements set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Section 223, with the new State Leadership Self-Assessment and Asset Map Tools. The LINCS Professional Development Center created these tools to help states develop and improve their professional development (PD) programs and to gauge priorities and implementation readiness. The Self-Assessment Tool is grounded in existing literature on state PD programs and systems. State staff can use it to examine the foundational components and key features of effective, high-quality PD programs and identify gaps and technical assistance needs. States can also use the tool to monitor their compliance with Section 223 and to build a strong statewide PD program. The Asset Map Tool helps state teams organize and plan how they will address gaps identified by the Self-Assessment Tool. The Asset Map Tool provides a process for teams to conceptualize existing and required resources, partnerships, key milestones, and actions for achieving goals.

Use of the tools is voluntary, but when used together, the tools help states:
  • Examine PD programs
  • Identify the presence and extent of PD components
  • Assess potential gaps
  • Determine next steps and priorities
  • Track compliance with required state leadership activities and progress toward identified goals
  • Develop plans to address identified gaps
  • Identify resources and actions that need to be taken to reach the goal of establishing high-quality professional development programs

The Self-Assessment Tool was pilot tested by eight states. Both tools were vetted by a representative body of state professional development leaders who found the tools easy to use and helpful. The PD Center recommends that they be used by teams of state staff and those involved in planning and executing PD for the state. Join us at 1:30pm (ET) on November 29, 2017, as we introduce the tools and hear from states that have piloted them. Register now for the webinar!

To access these and other tools now, visit the LINCS PD Center. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov
Standards-in-Action Training & Coaching
States can now request Standards-in-Action (SIA) training and coaching through the LINCS Professional Development Center! Foundational- and advanced-level professional development and training are available to support states’ implementation of academic content standards for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/Literacy) and Mathematics. Technical assistance is also available to help state and local programs in developing a long-range, step-by-step standards implementation plan. For the full description of the services available, see the LINCS Catalog or contact the LINCS Professional Development Center at: pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov.
SIA Lesson Videos
Four new classroom videos are now available. This collection of videos and associated lesson materials are designed to help adult educators implement the instructional advances required by states’ high-quality academic standards. They supplement the training and tools offered in Advanced Unit 3, Observing SIA. Each videotaped lesson includes descriptive annotations that identify lesson elements and teacher and student actions and behaviors that support college and career readiness learning. The video lessons demonstrate standards-based instruction. Each video includes a teacher interview and is accompanied by a lesson plan and a completed observation form. The lesson videos are available as part of SIA Advanced-Level Professional Development Units 3 for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics, and at the links below: 
  • The SIA ELA/Literacy Videos feature adult educators Donnie Osborne and Sarah Simpson from Martin County Adult Education in Kentucky.
  • The SIA Mathematics Videos feature William Walker and Richmond Onokpite from The Academy of Hope in Washington, D.C.
New Research from Power in Numbers: The Math Gap: Implications for Investing in America's Workforce
Power in Numbers just published the first of three research reports: The Math Gap: Implications for Investing in America’s Workforc e . The report explores the potential for technology to enhance the teaching and learning of advanced math skills to adults.

The research makes the case for the use of open educational resources (OER) in the adult education classroom. It delves into the adult math landscape, analyzing the key stakeholders — employers, learners, and educators — and exploring how technology solutions can meet their needs, with a focus on OER. Read the full report .
 
Power in Numbers is an OCTAE initiative to help adult learners receive the higher-level math skills they need to succeed in the real world. This first research report is a collaboration between the Power in Numbers team and its group of expert advisors
The PD Center's Services
The LINCS Professional Development Center assists states in meeting the state leadership requirements set forth in WIOA Section 223. By leveraging available LINCS resources, trainings, and train-the-trainer opportunities, states can expand their capacity to establish or operate a high-quality professional development program. Visit the LINCS PD Center to learn more about its services, including:
  1. Assess PD Program
  2. Access Training
  3. Obtain Technical Assistance
Please share information about the PD Center’s services with colleagues in your office and your neighboring states. Contact us with any questions or comments at pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov
Fall Webinar Activity
The PD Center offered the following Technical Assistance webinars:
  • Leveraging Libraries to Support Adult Education: The Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission partnered with local libraries to support adult learners in their state. [Archive Video Coming Soon!]
  • How Pennsylvania and Ohio Increased Access to Professional Development Using Virtual Offerings: This 45-minute webinar included promising practices from Ohio and Pennsylvania on how they used LINCS trainings to provide PD in their states. [Archive Video Coming Soon!]
Collaborative Learning Groups
Starting this fall, LINCS PD Center will offer Collaborative Learning Groups for state-level staff interested in exploring topics related to developing professional development programs. Collaborative Learning Groups are led by Subject Matter Experts who facilitate four to eight months of collaborative problem-solving activities, including webinars and private discussion groups.

The first Collaborative Learning Group, Creating High Quality Professional Development Programs in States with Limited Resources , will build state capacity for developing and maintaining a strong professional development system in states with limited funding resources. The four-month Collaborative Learning Group will be facilitated by Andy Nash, a professional development specialist at World Education and the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center.

The second Collaborative Learning Group, Evaluating Professional Development, will be facilitated by Kimberly Johnson. Future topics include Developing Instructional Leadership and Blended Professional Development . For information and to register for a Collaborative Learning Group, contact Mike Arnold at marnold@manhattanstrategy.com or 720-641-3934.
Summer Training Series
The PD Center held four webinars to help state and local trainers gain expertise in the delivery of LINCS trainings. Each webinar includes a content overview and tips and strategies for effective training delivery.
The webinars are publicly available on the LINCS_ED YouTube channel . Stay tuned for more train-the-trainer opportunities! 
Supporting Student Success
The Supporting Student Success project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, identified evidence-based promising practices to increase the college transition and completion rates of lower-skilled learners at community colleges. The project produced a series of videos and discussion guides.
The videos show how community colleges developed and applied successful strategies to drive students towards success. The discussion guides provide key concepts and considerations for implementation. Check them out today!
2017 Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference
November 13-15, 2017, in Warwick, RI ( http://collegetransition.org/conferences.overview.html)
  • Workforce Preparation Strategies for Adults with LD and Other Learning Challenges, November 14, 2017, 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm. Presenter: Juliana Taymans
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