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Planning for Integrated Education and Training: Tips and Tools

October 4, 2019

Integrated Education and Training (IET) is a useful career pathways strategy to help adult education and English language students accelerate occupational skill building and job preparation while building academic and language skills. This webinar will outline the essential steps needed to plan and implement IETs successfully in the context of WIOA as well as provide tips for building partnerships and addressing local system issues. A planning tool will be shared and discussed.


Dr. Carol Clymer: Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, College of Education at Penn State University. Dr. Clymer has over 40 years of experience implementing and evaluating programs to improve the education and employment prospects of low-income and/or low-skilled individuals. As a Senior Program Director at Public/Private Ventures, she participated in the design and implementation of professional development projects and large-scale evaluations and outcomes studies related to performance benchmarking, employment retention, sectoral employment, out-of-school youth, and college access. As the Director of Literacy and Workforce Development at El Paso Community College, her work focused on adult education, workplace and family literacy. She has also authored numerous publications including a guide to implementing IETs.

KayLynn Hamilton is a Senior Research Faculty Assistant at the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State. KayLynn has more than 24 years of experience in the field of education and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Penn State. For 20 years, Hamilton’s work has highlighted professional development for adult education practitioners, primarily as it relates to workforce development. She provides leadership to the field of workforce development in Pennsylvania through the Department of Education Division of Adult Education’s Workforce Development Liaison leadership project.

Ms Hamilton is a nationally recognized leader in aligning adult education and workforce development and accomplished in the development and delivery of research and evidence-based professional development opportunities for adult education practitioners and workforce development partners. KayLynn’s current focus is assisting adult education providers and workforce development partners with the development and implementation of career pathways strategies. In her role at Penn State, KayLynn leads collaborative efforts to align workforce development programming through product development, training and technical assistance, communication, strategic planning and visionary development at the local, regional, state, and national level. Additionally, KayLynn is the workforce preparation subject matter expert for the current Teaching Skills That Matter OCTAE initiative and a national LINCS trainer.


Planning for Integrated Education and Training: Tips and Tools (PDF)

New! Free Resources to Train Adult ESL Teachers and Volunteers

September 25, 2019

All ESL programs want their learners to experience high-quality teaching, whether it is delivered by a full-time professional teacher, a part-time teacher who is new to the field, or a classroom volunteer. This webinar will share resources that have been developed to increase the teaching skills and confidence of classroom teachers and volunteers who may have limited time for training and varying levels of expertise. Throughout the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to explore the Minnesota Literacy Council’s classroom activity videos, mini-trainings toolkit, and ESL small-group pull-out kits. These resources will support teachers and volunteers in areas such as giving effective feedback, delivering activity instructions, and using appropriate amounts of teacher talk. The presenter will recommend ways for programs to use these free resources to support teachers and volunteers, and participants will share their own ideas through facilitated discussions.


Andrea Echelberger is the ESL Training Coordinator at the Minnesota Literacy Council where she conducts professional development trainings and develops resources for teachers and ESL volunteer tutors throughout Minnesota and surrounding states. She also works as an adjunct professor with the Hamline University TEFL program.
Before she became a professional trainer, Andrea spent ten years working with refugees and immigrants from around the world in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also served as an English Language Fellow for two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Andrea holds a MA in ESL from Hamline University and an ABE Teaching License from the University of Minnesota.


Free Resources to Train Adult ESL Teachers and Volunteers (PDF)

The Future Is Here Rising to Higher Expectations for ESOL Instruction and Student Outcomes

September 6, 2019

“In order for English language learners to take full advantage of today’s career and educational opportunities, they need to rise to the higher expectations for academic rigor as outlined in the College and Career Readiness Standards, and achieve measurable outcomes as defined by the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act.

How can we meet these rising expectations in our general English language classes? We can accomplish this by enriching the content we teach, broadening the contexts of English to include workplace and academic communication, scaffolding rigorous tasks, and increasing the range and frequency of higher order thinking skills.

Join this session to see how the new edition of Future has risen to today’s higher expectations. We will highlight how the new edition’s reading and writing strands scaffold challenging tasks from the start, and how the Future’s new workplace soft-skill strand engages students’ culture skills in collaborative problem-solving tasks.”


Sarah Lynn is an ESOL teacher, teacher trainer, author, and curriculum design specialist in the Boston area.



Federico Salas-Isnardi is a language educator, author, diversity trainer, social justice advocate and consultant in Houston.




The Future Is Here: Rising to Higher Expectations for ESOL Instruction and Student Outcomes (PDF)

Technology Tools for Teachers and Administrators

August 30, 2019

Get innovative with these easy to use, effective technology tools that can help improve student retention, declutter inboxes, and jazz up instruction. Learn about messaging systems that can be used to remind students of registration dates after the summer break, send teachers updates on upcoming training, or just remind them how awesome they are! Answer common how-to questions by using free programs such as Loom to record screen capture videos, freeing up your time to address other items. Also, improve morale by highlighting innovative teaching practices.


Neda is an adult education student and educator – obtaining her GED in 2001. Neda continued on in her career and returned to adult education as a data and accountability program manager, later obtaining her teaching credential and transitioning into the classroom, which led toward holding a position in administration as a coordinator for adult education for a CA county office of education. Education technology was always her passion and she is always ready to learn the newest and best way to teach her students and staff. Today, she works for a CA state leadership project, The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), as the Coordinator of Technology Projects where she practices her passion of education technology by training the adult education field in technology tools, resources, integration and leadership strategies, learning platforms, and more!

Beginning her career in education 10 years ago in the Texas K-12 system as a high school Biology & Chemistry teacher, Corina implemented technology into instruction to improve student engagement and success. She found great joy in learning about new tools and implementing them in a way that was meaningful; she was nominated for the Innovative Teacher award school year 2011-2012. After earning her master’s degree, she made the move from Texas to Arizona to teach online Environmental Biology for Grand Canyon University, where she could further develop her educational technology skills. While at GCU, she was Lead Investigator for a research project examining the effects of recreational activities on vegetation growth and presented at conferences locally and internationally. Currently, she serves Arizona Department of Education’s Adult Education Services team as the Director of Educational Technology where she helps local providers implement technology in a way that makes the delivery of instruction Faster, Easier, and More Meaningful (Operation FEMM as she calls it).



August 16, 2019

This webinar will help address some of the common challenges that teachers may encounter during the initial stages of implementation of TABE® 11 & 12 such as where to start, what materials to use, and how to help students succeed in this more rigorous test. This webinar will focus on teaching strategies and resources that align with the technology-enhanced items and format of the test. In addition, teachers will also explore how to allow students to take full advantage of all the available technology tools on the test. Lastly, teachers will walk away with a wealth of online teaching tools and resources aligned to the TABE® 11 & 12 Assessment Blueprints.


Ronald Cruz is an adult educator for the past 16 years, specializing in ABE and GED Mathematics. He is the lead trainer for the Florida Institute of Professional Development for Adult Educators (IPDAE), who has conducted many workshops across the state in the areas of Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED, and English as a Second Language (ESL) for the past 5 years. He is also a national trainer for GED Testing Service, featured in the last two GEDTS National Conferences and Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conferences. He has developed several instructional resources such as face-to-face workshops, webinars, online training modules, curriculum guides, video lessons, training activity books and lesson plans, posted in www.floridaipdae.org. His latest creation, the ABE Mathematics Curriculum Matrix and Instructional Suite, helped many part-time adult educators throughout the state of Florida. He is the president of Bucket, Inc., a company who delivers quality professional development opportunities across the United States. To learn more about Ronald Cruz and Bucket Enterprises, Inc., visit the website http://bucketPD.com. Please send questions and feedback regarding his session to rcruz@bucketpd.com



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