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Foundational Skills

This section covers curriculum and programming, and technology innovations aimed at providing adults with the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century economy.


Webinar - Focus on Science series
This interactive webinar series focuses on changes occurring in adult education that bode well for science teaching and learning, especially inclusion of science as a content area for rigorous English and mathematics college and career readiness instruction and high school equivalency tests. The second webinar in the series provides a tour of free, high quality science teaching and learning resources available on the internet. More details...

Promising Practice - Integrating Core College and Career Readiness Skills
This promising practice presents the approach of the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) to provide consistency in educational services for the variety of adult learners they serve. Through a series of staff workshops led by department managers, a set of Core Skills were identified that all JVS education and training departments must address, instructors and coaches alike, appropriate to the skill level of their particular students or clients. More details…

Webinar - Improving Literacy Using Mobile Technology
This webinar, supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s OCTAE-sponsored LINCS service, focuses reviewing devices, tools, and apps and also focuses on teaching methods and ways to increase motivation and learning. More details...

Promising Practice - GED Bridge to College Careers Program
This promising practice describes the Bridge to College Career Program at the LaGuardia Community College. The Bridge to College Careers Program is an intensive 14-week program that serves adults and integrates GED preparation with rigorous college-level material using a career-focused curriculum. More details...

Webinar - ESOL Transitions Framework
This webinar introduces the Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners (The Guide), a resource that is a collection of tasks that teachers can use in their classrooms to build the skills that students need to succeed in their next steps.  The guide provides dozens of suggested activities at all three NRS class levels, but it can be adapted in ABE classrooms as well. Play archived recording.

Blog - Tech Tips for Teachers
This is a blog for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction. The blog includes step-by-step lesson ideas that demonstrate ways to weave technology into lessons without losing sight of the original lesson plan. More details...

Webinar - Helping Learners Problem Solve Using Technology-Rich Environments
This webinar, supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s OCTAE-sponsored LINCS service, was designed primarily for technology coordinators, computer teachers and lab assistants. It is also relevant for teachers and professional developers who integrate technology in instruction. More details...


College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
This 2013 study, led by S. Pimentel, describes how selected College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) can enable adult education programs to establish a framework for developing or updating their own standards. Key shifts required in English Language Arts and Mathematics are explained.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research
A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st-century life. This publication from the National Academies Press synthesizes the research on literacy and learning, draws implications for instructional practices used to teach reading in adult literacy programs, and recommends a more systemic approach to research, practice and policy.  

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning
This CAELA Network Brief reviews the literature on the skills needed for adult English language learners to transition to academic study and employment. Results of authors Johnson and Parrish’s  survey revealing the instructors’ perceptions of learners skills that needed for learners academic success and strategies to help ESL learners at all levels of instruction are also shared.

Time for US to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report shows that the U.S., has a large number of low skilled adults needing further education to address gaps in literacy, mathematics, and problem-solving in a technology-rich environment. This report sits alongside the main report, Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

What Does It Really Mean to be Ready? The Mathematics and English Literacy Required of First Year Community College Students
This study by the National Center on Education and the Economy examines the level of mathematics and English literacy needed to succeed in the first year of study in community colleges. Findings show little is initially required of students; however, the bar moves quite high if students are going to complete challenging programs and receive credentials.  

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