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Professional Development

Professional Development covers ways to increase teacher effectiveness and fortify the skills of administrators and advisors/navigators.

NCTN RESOURCES

Publication - College Transition Toolkit
This Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to program planning and implementation that draws on the expertise of practitioners from The New England ABE-to-College Transition Project and from around the country. More details…

Publication - Program Administrator Trainer Manual: Building Integrated Pathways through Collaboration
This manual was developed by the NCTN for Accelerating Opportunity, a Jobs for the Future initiative. Its aim is to guide the emerging cadre of trainers working to help strengthen the skills of both the new and seasoned administrators responsible for the implementation, coordination, and sustainability of integrated career pathway programs. More details…

Online Course - Team Teaching - Models and Practice
This free self-paced course is aimed at guiding basic skills and professional-technical instructors in learning how to identify the six models of team teaching, to reflect on their own model preferences and what other models could offer, and to develop an awareness of how team teaching is an opportunity for professional growth.  More details…

Promising Practice - Math Curriculum Alignment
Based in Hartford and New Haven, CT, the Urban Corridor Project sponsored the development of a new curriculum designed to help adult students bridge the gap between the math skills they learn in adult education and those needed to succeed in college-level math courses. More details…

Online Course - Finding True North - Role of the Navigator
This free self-paced course identifies the types of supports that adult learners need to be truly prepared for college and careers and introduces the core functions and responsibilities of a navigator, such as coordinating and providing services that supplement academic instruction, which have been found to aid student persistence and success. More details…

Publication - College and Career Navigator Trainer Manual
This manual was developed by the NCTN for Accelerating Opportunity, an initiative of Jobs for the Future. Its aim is to guide the emerging cadre of trainers' efforts to help strengthen the skills of practitioners whose primary function (regardless of job title) includes providing direct students support and guidance, as well as coordinating campus and community support services. More details…

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Communities of Practice: A Brief Introduction
Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. This brief and general introduction by Etienne Wenger examines what communities of practice are and why researchers and practitioners in so many different contexts find them useful as an approach to knowing and learning.

Evidence-Based Professional Learning
Adult educators face new challenges as they adapt to the recent College and Career Readiness Standards. This CALPRO brief covers the common features of research related to results-based professional  learning and offers a guide for implementation. Common features include using data to inform instruction, backwards planning, and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning.    

How Teachers Change: A Study of Professional Development in Adult Education
This research brief by NCSALL reports how adult education teachers changed after participating in one of three different models of professional development, all on the same topic of learner persistence. The study also investigated the most important individual, professional development, program, and system factors that influenced the type and amount of teacher change.

LINCS
The Learning Information and Communication Systems (LINCS) is a professional learning community of the US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education for adult educators. LINCS provides access to resources, professional development, and a connected network of practitioners.

Pathways to Improvement: Using Psychological Strategies to Help College Students Master Developmental Math
This publication by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reports on the progress of Carnegie’s Pathways model in addressing not just the structural and curricular problems of traditional developmental math courses, but also the substantial socio-emotional and psychological hurdles many students face.

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