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Adult Education Teacher Competencies

Instructor Competencies Self-Assessment and Individual Professional Development Plan - This webpage, from CALPRO, has updated teacher competencies for adult education teachers, which are the standard for instructor self-assessment and evaluation at CACE.

California Department of Education, Adult Education Office

The page includes information on a Program Overview, Federal Grants Administration, Governance and Accountability, Instructional Support, Resources, Students, and a Directory of Schools.

CASAS Resources

Level A Test Prep Materials Reading: Life and Work 81R, 82R, 81X, 82x - This PDF has well-planned lessons that address a few commonly missed competencies for Level A CASAS tests.
Level B Test Prep Materials Reading: Life and Work 83R, 84R - This PDF has well-planned lessons that address a few commonly missed competencies for Level B CASAS tests.
CASAS Life and Work Reading Sample Test Itemsthese sample test items can be used to familiarize students with CASAS items, give students practice in taking a CASAS test, make future testing go more smoothly, and help reduce student test-taking anxiety. This page has links to sample test items for CASAS tests Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D.
CASAS Life and Work Listening Sample Test Items -  This page has links to sample test booklets and audio files for CASAS tests Level A, Level B, and Level C.
CASAS Test Prep Activities
CASAS Test Prep Packet from Blue Ridge Literacy Council  
27/28 Literacy Level

The Change Agent


Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy A vast library of web-based texts and excellent materials.  This site can be used as a tool and idea support center to help students of all adult reading levels excel at reading.  There are a list of sites within the page that contain many out standing resources that can be used in the classroom. 

Creating Online Quizzes 

Quizlet - a versatile online tool to help students review and practice vocabulary.  You and your students can find or make flashcards with text, images, and automated audio.  Use this site for a whole-class review of vocabulary or assign students to use the vocabulary lists you enter for test taking.  Students can test themselves on vocabulary, practice spelling, listening, and pronunciation. Click here for a step-by-step description from an OTAN trainer on how to use this free online tool.
ProProfs Quiz Maker - a website that allows you to create online tests and quizzes with a variety of response formats (multiple choice, check boxes, true/false, fill in the blank, essay, or matching). Select the green "Try it FREE" link, sign up, and click on "Create A Quiz" to get started.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

FAQs on DACA from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Financial Aid - FAFSA

Federal Student Aid - a website from the U.S. Department of Education that provides resources on preparing for college or career school, applying for aid, consumer protection, and more.
Federal Student Aid for Adult Students - a 4-page, easy to read, downloadable PDF with information for Adult Students who are seeking Federal Student Aid.
Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2012-13 a 2-page, downloadable PDF about Federal Student Aid that delineates Federal Student Aid programs that are available during the 2012-13 academic year.
Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2013-14 - a 2-page, downloadable PDF about Federal Student Aid that delineates Federal Student Aid programs that are available during the 2013-14 academic year.
Federal Student Aid Adult Student Checklist - an online tool for adult students who need to improve their skills or knowledge about attending college or a career school.

Financial Literacy

Consumer.govAn online resource from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Center for Applied Linguistics that deals with issues of credit and debt, identity theft and avoiding scams, budgeting, opening a bank account, shopping for prepaid cards, and managing money in general. The information is written in a plain and simple style appropriate for people with various levels of literacy, including English language learners. The same online resource from the FTC (see above), en español.

Goal Setting Activities

Goal Setting Worksheets (at bottom of page)

LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System


The LINCS Community is an interactive online social learning space for adult educators where you can join groups of interest to participate in conversations, find information you need in the community’s high-quality resources, and become inspired by the knowledge you gain from fellow members and professional development activities.

Groups of interest: Adult English Language Learners, Career Pathways, College and Career Standards, Correctional Education, Disabilities in Adult Education, Diversity and Literacy, Evidence-based Professional development, Financial Literacy, Formative Assessment, Health Literacy, Math and Numeracy, Post-secondary Completion, Program Management, Reading and Writing, Science, and Technology and Learning.

Media Library of Teaching Skills A free, online, digital library of short videos of adult education teachers and their classes or tutorials, intended for use in professional development.

Developed by World Education as part of their Managing Stress to Improve Learning project.  This report offers ideas and resources for adult educators to help learners affected by stress and trauma to focus on learning and build their resilience.

Note Taking Video

Here's a resource for note-taking, appropriate for High School/GED students and higher level ESL students.  There's a 12-minute video of a teacher explaining how to take concise, 2-column notes, and there's an accompanying article.

Here's a link to the video directly on youtube: 

Technology Resources

OTAN's vision is to lead California Adult Education in the integration of technology into the educational process; OTAN's three major components are Electronic Collaboration and Information, Instructional Technology, and Distance Learning (including online education and blended classes).
The OTAN website has many useful resources for Adult Education teachers, including classroom resources for using educational technology and media in the classroom, information and resources on teaching with technology, online tools for teachers,  research and reference, people and organizations, state and federal laws and legislation related to Adult Education, and funding and jobs.  They also offer free "webinars" (online professional development workshops). You'll need to log in to access some of the resources, but membership is free.
An extensive new resource from OTAN that helps you search for activities based on program (ABE,ESL, GED, or HS Diploma), level, subject, competency, and keyword. Each program area includes a video tutorial to help you navigate.
Tech Tips For Teachers - A new blog for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction.
Integrating Technology in the Classroom - A Multimedia Tutorial -This toolkit, from World Education, was created to help teachers who are new to integrating technology into teaching and learning.  In four 20-minute modules, it illustrates various methods of integration and provides tools and sample activities. a safe, free website that allows teachers to easily send text messages to their entire class.  Go to this page to learn more.
YouTube in the Classroom - An interesting article on AlphaPlus's technology blog that describes ways to use YouTube to provide real-life examples and context, develop students' digital technology skills, set up a YouTube Center in your classroom, or use YouTube to try out the "flipped-classroom" approach.
Bio. YouTube Channel A free YouTube channel with short (5 minutes or less) videos about the lives of some of the world's most fascinating people.
Teacher Tube - An online community for sharing instructional videos.  Like YouTube, for teachers.