PD Opportunities

Grow your skills.

VALRC offers professional development (PD) opportunities for adult educators and staff in a variety of offerings to best serve your needs.

If you enjoy learning in a more structured environment, our facilitated online courses and webinar series provide you with experts from the field to guide your learning journey. For those of you who enjoy interacting with your peers, our virtual professional learning communities (PLCs) and online open discussions allow you to learn in and among other adult educators from across the state. We even have self-paced online tutorials where you can work at your own pace with what works best for your schedule.

Facilitated Online Courses

These online courses offer in-depth explorations of evidence-based practices in a variety of core adult education areas. All are facilitated by qualified leaders in their respective fields. Courses run anywhere from six to ten weeks and have closed enrollment. On-demand options are available upon request.

Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of learners. Like facilitated online courses, our PLCs offer in-depth explorations of evidence-based practices in adult education. The format differs in that peer-to-peer collaboration through professional dialogue is the focus of study.

Webinar Series

For individuals who want to develop their skills but may not have the time to dedicate to a course or PLC, our webinar series take our core educational content and provide it in an alternative format to accommodate busy schedules. These workshops are facilitated by adult education practitioners and while attending all sessions is recommended, it is not necessary in order to get the most out of each individual session.

Self-Paced Online Tutorials

VALRC offers a variety of foundational tutorials for adult educators that can be accessed and taken at one’s leisure. These virtual learning opportunities have been designed by VALRC educational specialists but are non-facilitated. Registration and content access is provided through the Canvas platform. For help with Canvas, including account set-up, contact VALRC at vdesk@vcu.edu or 1-800-237-0178.

Online Open Discussions

To facilitate communication and collaboration between regions, programs, and peers regarding specific areas of collective interest; VALRC hosts a variety of open online discussions. Participation expectations are determined by each group and VALRC welcomes recommendations from the field for potential new groups.

Our PD opportunities are offered free of charge to those who are affiliated with adult education programs funded through the Virginia Department of Education and/or the Virginia Literacy Foundation. If you are not funded through either of these organizations, please contact us directly at vdesk@vcu.edu or by phone at 1-800-237-0178 for more information and a fee schedule.

To receive continuous, up-to-date information about our PD opportunities, be sure to sign up for our VAELN listserv.