June 2018
Make time for webinars this month!
Making Open Educational Resources Work for You
On Thursday, June 14, at 4:30pm EDT, the Power in Numbers team and the LINCS Professional Development (PD) Center are holding a webinar on how to use open educational resources (OER) to improve learning outcomes. For the past year, Power in Numbers has been working with 37 educators from 21 states to curate and design OER for adult math. The team will delve into how OER can serve the unique needs and learning styles of your adult students and identify what you’ll need to start using OER in your classroom. Brooke Istas, instructor of mathematics for Cowley College and a Power in Numbers group member, will discuss how educators can discover, adapt, and apply OER resources. Register now to join the webinar . WebEx dial-in and log-in information will be sent in advance of the session. Feel free to invite local program staff and instructors to join as well!
Coming Soon! Leveraging the OCTAE IET Checklist for Planning and Implementation
Join the LINCS PD Center for a one-hour webinar and learn how to use the Integrated Education and Training (IET) Guide, a tool developed with the U.S. Department of Education that helps states assess their IET programming implementation outlined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). State staff from Pennsylvania will share how they applied this tool to the benefit of their professional development system. Pre-register now .
Plan Next Year's Programs Today!
Want more online professional development opportunities? Get acquainted with our virtually facilitated courses ! States can request one of these online, facilitated courses at any point. Virtually facilitated courses can be run when it works best for states and offered to a cohort of up to 30 individuals of a state’s choosing. 

Request trainings for next program year, today! Check out the LINCS Catalog of Professional Development Offerings for a list of offerings and contact the LINCS PD Center with any state training requests at pdcenter@lincs.ed.gov .
New Collaborative Learning Groups to be Announced Soon!
The first Collaborative Learning Group (CLG) has wrapped up and we are gearing up to launch new ones! The LINCS PD Center recently concluded its first CLG, Optimizing your State Leadership Dollars. This facilitated peer group identified strategies and resources for developing and maintaining their professional development systems in an environment of limited funding. States also shared promising practices for developing a collaborative vision, collecting and using PD data for planning, and identifying freely available resources to enhance their programs.

Two new Collaborative Learning Groups are forming soon and will focus on Building Instructional Leadership and Blended Learning. Stay tuned for more details!
Meet the Kentucky Adult Education Skills U Lesson Bank
Adult education practitioners and instructors! Join the online discussion in the LINCS Community for an exciting three-day introduction to the Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U Lesson Bank, available on LINCS . Beginning on July 9, Bethany VanHoose Rudd and Susan Roberts, both developers with KYAE, will present the free resources published in KYAE, lead a discussion with hands-on exercises , and help participants develop integrated activities for engaging learners at all levels of instruction. They will also review KYAE lesson templates, discuss strategies for completing sections, and analyze rubrics that assess the performance of students. Participants are invited to review specific lesson plans on the KYAE website for use in their own classrooms. 

The three-day discussion will include the following:

  • On Day 1, after an interview with the presenters and an introduction to KYAE resources and lesson-plan templates, participants will be invited to contribute ideas on topics to cover, either individually or as a group.
  • On Day 2, participants will review a sample activity and share topics and ideas to develop together or individually. 
  • On Day 3, participants will evaluate sample rubric criteria for activities and develop sample rubric categories and criteria for proposed activities. 

To participate, join the LINCS Reading and Writing Group and participate in the conversation July 9-11.

Don’t forget! You can view the KYAE Lesson Plan Bank at any time on LINCS!

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The LINCS Professional Development Center is maintained by Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) and our partner World Education, Inc. with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), under Contract No. ED-VAE-16-O-0010. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred.