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Building Bridges of Trust for Virginia’s Newest Refugee Families: A Practical Guide

by Kate Ayers Virginia doubled the number of refugees that it resettled in this fiscal year, resettling 4,381 people in Charlottesville, Richmond, Hampton, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, and Northern Virginia (Refugee Services, n.d.). The majority were from Afghanistan, making Virginia one of the top 5 states across the… Read More

Wait, What!?! Fractions in a Reading Class?

by Janet Sodell At The READ Center in Richmond, Virginia; our classes include a mixture of low-level readersβ€”all reading below the 4th grade equivalent. In addition to reading, our classes also incorporate numeracy and digital skills. But how to include math in a reading-focused class which, in addition to… Read More

Do You Know Alice?

by Jim AndrΓ© & Caroline Lane β€œ33% of our fellow Virginians have an income below the realistic cost of basic necessities.” You know ALICE. You teach ALICE. You work with ALICE. Some of you may be ALICE. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. Read More

The Mysterious World of Math

by Kathaleen Shelor Mathematics, in a sense, is logic let loose in the field of the imagination. I’m Trying to Love Math, a picture book by Bethany Barton (2019), is on display in my adult education classroom. Whenever I hear the infamous question, β€œWhen am I… Read More

Math Boot Camps: From Struggle to Success

by Letisha Woods “Learners would be more likely to pass their exam if their deficiencies were targeted and specific interventions created to maximize their engagement, reduce their preconceived dislike for math, and provide an alternative venue with different peers.”    … Read More

A Learning Circle Blueprint for High School Equivalency Instruction in Adult Education

by Hali Massey Learning Circle Introduction World Education has been piloting and implementing learning circles in adult education programs since 2016. Learning circles aim to expand learning opportunities while facilitating online and peer-to-peer learning. Learners typically meet synchronously once-a-week for ninety minutes to two hours,… Read More

Virtual ESOL Classes for Afghan Women

by Darlene Fahrenkrug Last year, I taught two virtual English classes for Afghan women at a beginning level (including emergent readers). They studied on Zoom four hours a day, four days a week to develop their English, digital literacy, and workforce skills in the Literacy… Read More

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) & Virginia Initiative for Education and Work (VIEW)

by Mark Golden TANF The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program referred to as the TANF program, provides monetary assistance to poor families. In 1996, the TANF program was created, replacing the depression-era Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Under TANF, states are given a… Read More

Immigration Services: A Roadmap for Adult Education

by Hali Dayberry-Massey Due to the fact that adult education programs serve a large number of English language learners, it is important for programs to have a basic understanding of the immigration services that these learners may have to navigate. In addition, language learning is typically a requirement of or… Read More