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Professional Development

Professional development ensures and empowers teachers to utilize current BEST practices in providing curriculum that meets the student’s ever changing needs. Professional development resources and opportunities will be provided as they become available.

Adult Literacy Research: Opportunities and Challenges
This paper identifies two goals that support the building of a stronger research base for the adult literacy field. The first goal is to interest researchers in pursuing rigorous scientific research in this field. The second goal is to identify challenges in pursuing research and approaches to overcoming them.

Education World
This site provides several articles, aids and lesson plan guides for teachers to use in the classroom. There are also links for professional development, technology integration, and school issues.

The Educator’s Reference Desk
This sited builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. It provides lesson plans, links to online education information and question archives.

Evaluating and Interpreting Research Syntheses in Adult Learning and Literacy
This article introduces the methods of research synthesis and meta-analysis to researchers and consumers of research in the field of adult learning and literacy.

Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future
This paper examines the comparative performance of U.S. adults and youth on international literacy assessments, the importance of literacy and numeracy proficiencies for labor market success, and the projected outlook for literacy proficiencies of U.S. adults.

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever
This site provides a link to articles discussing the benefits to using technology in the classroom. Among other items mentioned, the internet provides and encourages contact between students and faculty via email, web pages and course management systems. Communication is increased since the internet and email can be accessed at all hours. Reciprocity and cooperation among students also develops as they, too, can communicate and interact more effectively and at all hours. Learning also becomes more active as there are more opportunities to become interactively involved.

Intervention Central
This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. The site was created by Jim Wright, a school psychologist and school administrator from Central New York. Visit to check out newly posted academic and behavioral intervention strategies, download publications on effective teaching practices, and use tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.

Letting Learners Lead: Theories of Adult Learning and TV411
This article discusses a pilot study of TV411, which is a national television series that aims to reach learners not enrolled in adult basic education (ABE) and enhance the education of learners enrolled in such programs. In the groups of this study, a number of features ensured that instruction is either materials- or learner-centered rather than teacher-centered.

Making Adult Education Work for Individuals and America
This page has a link to several publications and resources prepared for the National Commission on Adult Literacy. Most may be reproduced and quoted with attribution.

Mountain Plains Adult Education Association
The Mountain Plains Adult Education Association serves members in an eight-state region. The original charter and founding policies were developed in 1945. The four original states were Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 1961, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada joined. Montana became the eighth state in 1988.

National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs
NAASLN is an association for those who serve adults with special learning needs. NAASLN members include educators, trainers, employers and human service providers. NAASLN’s goal is to ensure that adults with specific learning needs have the opportunities necessary to become successful lifelong learners.

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium provides professional development, policy analysis and dissemination of information important to state staff in adult education. The site provides information on national policy and legislation, professional development, national assessments and a job bank.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. This website contains several research reports and publications on adult literacy.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) exists to encourage more and different adults to engage in learning of all kinds. We campaign for – and celebrate the achievements of – adult learners, young and old, and in all their diversity. NIACE is the largest organization working to promote the interests of learners and potential learners in England and Wales. NIACE (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education - England and Wales) is a non-governmental organization working for more and different adult learners.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) for Adult Educators
This site provides information on video and print materials available for EL Civics curriculum, a collection of online articles and websites links, and information on workshops.

Persistence Among Adult Basic Education Students in Pre-GED® Classes
This paper examines the key difference between adult and child learners in that adults choose to participate in educational programs while children participate because of legal mandates that identify schooling as the proper “work” of childhood. Adults must make active decisions to participate in each class session and often must overcome significant barriers to attend classes.

Professional Development and the Internet
This article provides information on the advantages of networking, obtaining information and doing research on the Internet, as well as pursuing professional development.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
This site provides information that promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.

USOE Professional Development
For the latest information in professional development through out the state.

Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education
The mission of the Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE), as the primary advocate for lifelong learning, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities.

Utah Education Network Professional Development
UEN offers free in-person and online workshops that cover a wide variety of technology and curriculum topics, ranging from basics like how to create presentations and use the internet effectively to sophisticated online authoring with graphic animation.

The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for teachers of adults in Virginia. The website contains information on ESOL programs, learning disabilities, literacy programs, reading and technology, GED®, and workforce education. The site contains lesson plans, links to useful Web sites, and publications. It also contains a feature where questions can be emailed in and answers provided.

World Education: Online Professional Development
World Education offers online professional development opportunities that include self-paced tutorials or courses facilitated by prominent specialists in their field. The site includes course descriptions, schedules, fees, and how to register.