July 2017
Summer Training Series

The LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center is offering a Summer Training Series in late July and the first two weeks of August for state and local trainers. The virtual training consists of remotely accessible one-hour webinars, hosted by LINCS training developers. Each training will focus on the delivery of a LINCS training that can help states meet PD requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Each webinar will include an overview of the training, unique preparation requirements, and training tips for state and local trainers to use during teacher training in their states and local programs. Webinar participants will learn how to deliver these trainings. States can share this announcement with local programs or recruit potential trainers individually. Register for each session below.

If you require special accommodations to participate in any of the following webinars, please contact the LINCS PD Center as soon as possible, and we'll do our best to assist you.  

“Learning to Achieve: Workforce Preparation Strategies”
Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:00 pm (ET)
This course will train trainers about practical strategies that adult basic educators can use to help their students with learning disabilities (LD) develop effective skills for finding and retaining employment. Register Now

“First Steps in Preparing for College Math”
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 3:00 pm (ET)
Trainers will learn how to deliver this two-part training that shares skills and strategies for teaching “soft skills” to adult learners. The soft skills and strategies selected are necessary for success in the college-level math classroom, such as collaborative and interpersonal skills. During the second part of the training, trainers will learn how to teach instructional strategies that build on conceptual understanding and strengthen the mathematical foundation that adult learners will need to succeed in higher-level mathematics. Register Now

“Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Writing Instruction”
Monday, August 7, 2017 3:00 pm (ET)
This three-part study circle will educate trainers about current research on writing for application in the classroom so they can share it with teachers during their training events. Register Now

"Working with Youth/Millennials: Instructional Implications from Generational Research"
Thursday, August 10, 2017 3:00 pm (ET)
Youth represent a significant portion of learners in adult education programs. This training expands the capacity of the LINCS National Training Cadre, as well as state trainers, to deliver effective training. Register Now

CCR SIA: New PD and Training Opportunities

Now available on LINCS! New College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action (CCR SIA) Advanced-Level Professional Development (PD) Units. Find these new courses alongside the CCR SIA Foundational-Level PD Units located at https://lincs.ed.gov/programs/ccr in the Federal Initiatives section of LINCS.

There are six advanced-level units—three in English language arts and literacy standards and three in mathematics. The advanced-level units delve into the instructional implications of your level-specific standards to shape the approach instructors and program leaders take to implement standards. These units build on and extend learning from the CCR SIA Foundational-Level Units. Expert CCR SIA trainers from OCTAE’s CCR SIA Project, 2013-2016, will facilitate the trainings.

For more information, see a related announcement in the LINCS Community or access the LINCS training catalog: https://lincs.ed.gov/sites/default/files/lincs-pd-offerings.pdf. Please contact the PD Center to request training: pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov.  

Requesting Virtual Training & TEAL Courses
To improve the quality of adult education instruction in your state, partner with the LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center for virtual or in-person training. The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) series provides evidence-based instructional practices that promote student learning. It is contextualized to writing or numeracy instruction and facilitated by National LINCS Trainers. Facilitators are paid by the LINCS PD Center.

These 3-week, 6-hour courses cover the following topics:

  • Deeper Learning through Questioning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Effective Lesson Planning
  • Formative Assessment
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Strategy Instruction
  • Student-Centered Learning: Keys to Motivation and Persistence
  • Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Barriers
Contact the LINCS PD Center ( pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov) to arrange TEAL training for a cohort of adult educators from your state.  
Explore Professional Development with Colleagues

The LINCS PD Center will launch a series of Collaborative Learning Groups starting this fall. Collaborative Learning Groups convene state staff and professional developers from across states to discuss and share challenges and opportunities in establishing and operating high-quality PD programs. Collaborative Learning Groups are facilitated by topical subject matter experts to elicit collaborative thinking on common and state-specific concerns, incorporate opportunities for one-on-one coaching and peer mentoring, and provide opportunities for networking and peer sharing.

The first Collaborative Learning Group will focus on assisting States with Minimal Resources. The LINCS PD Center will offer a dedicated Collaborative Learning Group to explore issues that are unique to states solely receiving federal AEFLA funding and need to leverage available assets to meet guidelines set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 223. If you or a colleague are interested in participating, please contact the PD Center at pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov.

Disability Playlists
The Disability Playlists are new resources for adult educators working with learners with disabilities. The Disability Playlists are a curated collection of resources and a great source of practical information to help teachers provide high-quality services to individuals with disabilities. The Disability Playlists include resources on 10 topics, including Technology Access for Individuals with Disabilities and Employer Engagement Strategies to Recruit and Retain Individuals with Disabilities. Three mini-webinars provide an overview of how the Disability Playlists can be used and showcase a few of the playlists. 
Help Meet State Leadership Requirements for High-Quality PD

At the Adult State Director’s Meeting (ASDM) on June 26-28, 2017, in Arlington, VA, the LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center and the LINCS Resource Collection teams led the Meeting State Leadership Requirements for High Quality Professional Development, a mini-institute, to profile ways in which LINCS can be used to build state capacity and support states in establishing or operating a high quality professional development program. The team shared an overview of LINCS, provided guidance on the features and components of high-quality and effective professional development, previewed the self-assessment tool, and shared best practices for utilizing LINCS resources. 

The LINCS PD Center and Resource Collection teams also had a table at the “Adult Education Marketplace of Ideas” to increase awareness about the many resources that LINCS offers the adult education field. The LINCS teams answered questions and distributed flyers outlining the resources and courses available on LINCS.

If you require technical assistance, would like LINCS to provide training in your state,  or to  request a flyer and learn more about the LINCS resources that support Adult Education populations, including Career Pathways, Correctional Education, English Language Acquisition, and many others, contact the PD Center helpdesk (pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov).

New NETP Update and Supplement

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Education Technology, updated the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP) in January 2017 when it published “Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Education Technology Plan Update.” The update builds on the 2016 NETP and helps set a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology. The update’s chapters also focus on learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure, and each includes recommendations for stakeholders across the education field. It is worth reading it its entirety, but, for those short on time, all the recommendations are available beginning on page 87.

Additionally, “Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education,” a supplement to the 2016 NETP, was also published in January of this year. It aligns the role of technology with the needs of serving diverse student groups seeking access to high-quality postsecondary learning experiences. The supplement also aligns the five core sections highlighted in the recent NETP with themes of lifelong learning, equity, and accessibility. Enjoy!

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