Adult Education Equity Policy Considerations

Please review this document: Adult Education Equity Policy Considerations

LEAD Institute for Adult Educators

The National Association of State Directors of Adult Education and the American Institutes for Research have partnered to offer the LEAD Institute for Adult Educators. Learn more about it in this brochure: LEAD_Institute_Flyer

NASDAE Adult Education Fact Sheet

The National Association of State Directors of Adult Education developed some Adult Education Fact Sheets that are available on a public tableau site available here. When you go to the site you see a Fact Sheet for the US and at the top there is a pull down menu to select any state.

Also, see: NASDAE Webinar on Fact Sheets Recording 

Distance Learning Resources

  • The U.S. Department of Education-supported LINCS adult education professional development system has a helpful resource in the Integrating Technology group: Preparing for and offering adult basic skills online during the pandemic. For those who are not yet members of the LINCS Integrating Technology group, here are some directions for joining LINCS, and here are directions for joining the Integrating Technology group once you are a LINCS member.
  • EdTech Center @ World Education Launches New Website for Distance Education Support
    • In response to the need for adult educators to transition from in-person to distance teaching, the EdTech Center @ World Education has created a new website called Tips for Distance Learning, with resources to help adult basic skills programs scale up or launch distance education programs.
    • The site includes guidance on the first steps to take in planning, successful implementation (recruiting, onboarding, teaching, and assessing learners), and locating and evaluating online learning resources. We include information on how to meet virtually with students, links to offers for free or reduced online courses or curricula from publishers known to provide quality ABE learning resources, and a professional development events calendar
    • Join us for the first of weekly webinars this Friday at 10:00 Pacific, 12:00 Central, 1:00 Eastern. The first webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and other practitioners, will cover a preview of the support site. We will feature lightning talks about LINCS resources and guidance on choosing online curricula. We will offer break out discussion on these and other topics participants have about getting started with distance education.
    • The link to register and join the webinar is the same:
  • David Rosen has assembled a summary of resources to share with adult basic education programs dealing with closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. As more programs move instruction online, you may wish to join a LINCS moderated discussion on this topic.
  • AIR created Plain Language FAQs on COVID-19 (508 compliant) – “We know that the public is being directed to the CDC and WHO websites for information; however, this information is not presented in plain language that can be easily understood by the public at large. Also, not all individuals have access to the internet, and not all are tech savvy (e.g., older adults). To address these issues, we have created a plain language FAQ sheet about COVID-19.” Download it here
  • Kentucky Educational Television (KET)To aid those in need of immediate access to new or expanded online coursework, KET is pleased to offer free access to FastForward and Workplace Essential Skills programs for a 30-day period. To learn more, click here
  • There is also a message from BurlingtonEnglish which can be viewed here
  • Aztec Software are offering the following:
    • For organizations not already an Aztec customer: Aztec is offering FREE access for a limited number of concurrent students in a simple administration system, which allows you to easily track student progress and securely manage user access.
    • For existing customers with the full administration system: Aztec will provide you with some flexibility, which may include payment deferrals and/or discounted licenses to address your increased capacity needs.
  • PBS resources are below.  Family Literacy programs may appreciate the items below on speaking with children.
  • Essential Education has these great free resources:

NASDAE Issue Briefs

High School Equivalency Options


National Training Institute Archived Resources

2017 and onward NTI resources can be found here. Scroll down the linked page to view them.



ProLiteracy’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Toolkit

The Digital Literacy Act

  • The Digital Literacy Act, introduced by Senator Murray of Washington state, would provide Internet access for remote areas and also would provide hardware for low income populations.

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

National Reporting System

Literacy Information and Communication System

 Coalition on Adult Basic Education

National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors

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