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The Program Management pages are designed to provide managers and staff with information, links, and publications to manage program resources and improve program performance. Here you'll find news and research related to program operation, professional development, and the field of adult education.

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Adult Education State and Federal Requirements:

Adult Education, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, Virginia Department of Education
OAEL's pages on the VA DOE's website
Policies:
  • DATA, MONITORING & EVALUATION
    Includes required National Reporting System (NRS) data, including but not limited to: Staff Information, Class Information, Student Demographs, Tests, and Goal Information, Student Attendance
  • Program Income and Match Reporting
    OAEL’s presentation from the March 2014 Regional Program Managers Meeting.
Policy Training:
  • From Intake to Achievement
    Online: From Intake to Achievement is a one-stop shop for training on VALRC to effectively manage students' progress from entering your program until they accomplish their goals and exit. You will find all of our non-facilitated, self-paced policy and certification courses housed within From Intake to Achievement on Blackboard, including: Virginia Assessment Policy Training, Goal-setting Policy Training, TABE Certification Training.
  • Face-to-Face learning
    Find information about VALRC's current training list, including: Introduction to the 2014 GED, 2014 GED Math, 2014 GED Social Studies and Science, 2014 GED Quantitative Problem Solving, 2014 GED Algebraic Problem Solving, Teaching Stratgegies for the Extended Response Items on the 2014 GED, and 7 Things to Know About the Common Core Standards.
Standards:
  • College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, Susan Pimentel, 2013.
    Report released by OVAE which examines the Common Core State Standards from the perspective of adult education. It was funded to provide a set of manageable yet significant CCR standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what is desirable for adult students to know to be prepared for the rigors of postsecondary education and training. (PDF document from OVAE)
  • Handbook for Sustaining Standards-Based Education in Adult Education, Susan Pimentel, 2014.
    This handbook helps state leaders improve the odds of generating sustained organizational support for standards-based reforms. (PDF document from LINCS)

Grants in Virginia:

Facts and Statistics for Adult Education and Literacy in Virginia and the U.S.
Find links, reports, statistics, and current information about the state of adult literacy today.
Virginia Adult Education Grants & Funding
The Office of Adult Education makes funds available for grants to support adult basic education and literacy workforce development activities.
Guidelines for Writing an El/Civics Grant
This guide was designed to assist you in satisfying EL/Civics grant requirements and to help you keep your narrative strong and relevant.

Program Improvement & Strategic Planning:

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research (U.S. Department of Education)
Available evidence-based knowledge—from the multidisciplinary perspective of education, cognitive and behavioral science, neuroscience and other disciplines—offers a strong foundation for understanding the main factors that affect adult literacy learning to inform curriculum and instruction for adult education practitioners and service providers.
Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results
Jacquelyn Hadley, Laura Lanzerotti, and Adam Nathan, the Bridgespan Group. This six-step guide can help you and your organization create a path toward implementation. It provides strategies and tools nonprofits can use to implement their strategic plans in an effort to achieve impact year after year.
National Reporting System: Training and Activities
The NRS project provides technical assistance and support to states through face-to-face training, national meetings, webinars, and online training courses.
Smart Chart: An Interactive Planning Tool
Smart Chart provides programs with a free interactive planning tool that helps organizations hone their communications goals and craft a strategic plan for achieving them. This pdf document will take you step by step into making smart communication choices. (.pdf)

Instruction & the Classroom:

New Teacher Handbook
This handbook was created as a resource for teachers and staff who are new to the field of adult education.
Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy Classroom
This handbook is based on the results of "The Literacy Practices of Adult Learners Study" which focused on the nature and impact of two dimensions of classroom practice in adult basic education. (.pdf)

Technology & Online Training:

Apps and Websites for Teachers and Students in Adult Education and Literacy Programs
The blog post includes links to Apps for Students, Apps for Teachers, Contextualized game apps, Lists of Apps by Teachers and Other Reviewers, Useful Websites for Technology Instruction, as well as matrixes for assessing apps.
Online Tutor Training Workshop
14-hr Self-guided training. Before beginning this workshop, please sign up with a literacy program first.

Workforce and Career Pathways:

PluggedInVA
PluggedInVA is a career pathways program that provides motivated adult learners with a contextualized General Educational Development (GED®) curriculum integrated with industry-specific technical training as a means to develop essential workplace skills for entry-level jobs in targeted industries.
WIOA
Career Pathways Resources Page from VALRC
At the state and local levels, local programs, state agencies, government organizations, community colleges, and employers are developing new strategies to fill the need for a better educated or more currently trained workforce. This section is updated regularly with information on career pathways and postsecondary transitions. In the Links and Resources sections are tools and information that are helpful in facilitating career pathways for our adult learners.
Adult Career Pathways Resources
Adult Education Resources
Career Ready Definition
The Association for Career and Technical Education outlines three broad sets of skills students need to be career-ready: core academic skills, employability skills and technical skills. (.pdf)
National College Transition Network
Resources for the development and management of college transition programs.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - U.S. DOL
The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.
Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
New Opportunities to improve economic and career success for low-income youth and adults
Workforce Strategy Center
WSC consults with education, workforce and economic development organizations, employers and funders to develop strategies that help workers succeed and regional economies grow.

General Information:

The Adult Literacy Education Wiki
A comprehensive portal of adult education resources.
PIAAC 2012 Results Portal
The PIAAC Results Portal allows you to produce figures and tables that compare the performance of U.S. adults to adults in other participating countries.

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