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IEL/Civics Education

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"The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples." ― Lyndon B. Johnson

Included in this section are resources focused on writing grants, immigration data and statistics, IEL/Civics instruction, and workplace preparation.

Spotlight Resources


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Civics It Up!
An instructional tool for teachers of Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE). The purpose of the site is to help teachers plan and implement instructional units and lessons that integrate language learning with rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civic participation, and workforce training.

IEL/Civics Gateways for Teachers
A collaborative professional development website for adult English Language and El/Civics programs and teachers. The purpose of the site is to help teachers plan and implement lessons supporting students in their efforts to integrate into their communities and make successful transitions to work and education.

Migration Policy Institute
MPI provides access to the latest information on immigration statistics, issues, maps, and numbers for states and countries.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
You will find educational resources including lesson plans and information concerning the naturalization process along with professional development opportunities.

VA Adult Education Content Standards for ESOL Instruction
The Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction are organized by levels of proficiency described by the National Reporting System (NRS). These levels are further organized by language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Within each language skill, benchmarks and progress indicators describe what a learner should know and be able to do in order to exit to the next level.

Teacher resources for implementing the standards are provided at each level of proficiency and skill. These include suggestions for classroom activities and examples of student performance for each progress indicator. Helpful checklists for both teachers and students are, also, provided.

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