PD Opportunities

RIAEPDC  The RI Professional Development Center (PDCenter) delivers high-quality, research-based professional development and technical assistance to Rhode Island’s adult education programs and practitioners. Through its leadership and partnerships, the PDCenter seeks to support, enhance and promote the network of quality educational opportunities for RI’s adult learners. Our website provides resources for content area teachers, case managers and other practitioners working with adult learners across a range of programs, as well as a calendar of upcoming trainings and events. http://www.riaepdc.org

LINCS – Literacy Information and Communication System, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, offers a professional learning platform for adult educators, including free professional development opportunities in the Learning Portal, online content-area discussion groups, and a range of collected resources . You can also explore related federal initiatives and contact the LINCS Professional Development Center for additional opportunities. https://lincs.ed.gov

NELRC  The New England Literacy Resource Center works to strengthen adult literacy services in New England through sharing and collaborative projects among adult literacy professional development providers, practitioners and policy-makers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Rhode Island practitioners have benefited greatly from numerous face-to-face and online learning opportunities, as well as through the NELRC’s collaboration across states, enabling us to share information and resources across numerous areas. Their website links to recorded webinars, research papers, and The Change Agent (free to RI Practitioners here) http://www.nelrc.org

CAELA  The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition, part of the larger Center for Applied Linguistics, offers numerous resources for ESOL practitioners – from brief digests, to more robust and detailed training, content and reference articles, digests and manuals. http://www.cal.org/caela/index.html

TESOL – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – is an international professional organization for teachers of English across ages and interests. Its annual conference brings together thousands of participants and hundreds of workshops, papers and interactive sessions enabling practitioners to share ideas, learning and resources. http://www.tesol.org

COABE  – Coalition on Adult Basic Education offers online webinars and workshops to its members (all RI Practitioners are members in ’16-’17). http://www.coabe.org    COABE holds an annual conference in the Spring, which is the only national one that covers all aspects of Adult Education. Their website also lists ABE credentialing and degree programs from around the ocuntry (and online):   http://www.coabe.net/credentialingprograms/portal/HTML/index.html        Contact the PDC for more information on being a part of the RI Large Group COABE membership.

Ed Tech – World Ed  The Educational Technology Center at World Education seeks to meet the evolving education and training needs of under-educated adults and youth through high-quality, innovative services aimed at increasing local staff skills and program capacity. The Center supports educators and local partners in the integration of digital technologies into instruction, promotes digital literacy and access to accelerate learning, college and career readiness, and offers mobile and online learning opportunities. Sign up for their Tech Tips for Teachers newsletters! http://edtech.worlded.org

SABES – our counterpart in Massachusetts, the System of Adult Basic Education Support provides face-to-face, online and print resources to adult educators and learners in the state. RI practitioners can attend online or F2F trainings for free, if there are seats available after the deadline for MA practitioners. Check them out on every topic! http://www.sabes.org

Workforce GPS Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), WorkforceGPS is an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance (TA) platform designed to communicate with and build the capacity of the public workforce investment system to develop and implement innovative approaches to workforce and economic development in the 21st Century economy. Its website offers resources and peer-to-peer connection, supplements other TA provided by ETA’s national and regional staff to help the public workforce system, education professionals, and business. https://www.workforcegps.org/

CLASP  The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. Working at the federal, state, and local levels, CLASP develops strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic security, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. http://www.clasp.org

National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. The Coalition engages in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members, and offers numerous resources and events designed to further the work of those supporting the good of all workers. http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org 

An online Graduate Certificate in ABE (Adult Basic Education) is available through the Goodling Institute of Pennsylvania State University. Course decriptions and costs are available at https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-adult-basic-education-certificate/overview

The University of RI also has a Graduate Degree in Education, in which one can specialize in Adult Education: https://web.uri.edu/catalog/education-grad/