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Professional Learning

Click on one of the topics below to find resources relevant to the areas of adult education and literacy that most interest you. In addition to these resources, you will also find two rubrics that can be used for the evaluation of Standards-based Instruction (SBI) and Integrated Education and Training (IET) resources and training. The rubrics were created to help assess the quality of online and other Professional Development (PD) resources. Rubric One is designed for PD resources, and Rubric Two is for PD instruction.

Note: The rubrics provide a baseline for discussion of how well these resources align with requirements for either IET instruction and programming and/or SBI instruction and programming. They are not intended to denote the quality of a resource or its usefulness for instruction other than in respect to its alignment to IET and SBI criteria.

We've included the rubrics here so that you can use them yourself when assessing new resources:

We’d also like to hear from the adult education field. If you are interested in submitting vetted SBI or IET resources to us, please fill out our Google Submission Form.

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Career Pathways/

Career pathways is an important component of both workforce development and access to postsecondary education.



As an ESOL teacher or program manager, you will want to have the tools to provide up-to-date content with current methodologies aligned with content standards to improve your students' learning. You will find resources that are worthwhile tools for teaching ESOL in this section.

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High School Equivalency

This section offers information about high school completion options for adults in Virginia and professional learning opportunities for instructors.

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Civics Instruction for ELLs

Included in this section are resources focused on immigration, data and statistics, civics instruction, and workplace preparation.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

This section contains a wealth of information on learning disabilities and, specifically, how learning disabilities affect our adult literacy learners.

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Numeracy is the word to know for today’s math teachers! It’s more than computation and devising mathematic formulas. Numeracy is the ability to use mathematical ideas, principles and procedures for a purpose in one’s life.

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This section is dedicated to resources that rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. You will find resources related to reading and adult basic education instruction.

Standards Based Instruction

Standards-based Instruction

This section contains resources to support standards-based instruction and links to Virginia's adult education standards: the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and Virginia's Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction.

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Tech Tools

Technology changes constantly, so our intent with the following links is to provide information about new resources, important links, and online resources you can use to help you integrate technology into your programs and lessons.

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Writing skills are demanded by employers, job training programs, and academic institutions. Technologies like email and social media make writing an even more integral part of daily life, both at home and in the workplace. In this section, you’ll find helpful links for educators who teach writing.

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