April 20, 2021
Using Online Whiteboards in Math
A recent Edutopia article titled Using Online Whiteboards to Boost Student Engagement and Confidence in Math describes the benefits and methods of using online whiteboards with students. If you have ever used dry-erase boards in the classroom, you may like the virtual features of online whiteboards. This article walks through the logistics of making them work, gives several free options, and gives tips on how to be successful with this technology tool either virtually or in-person.

An online search will yield many more online whiteboard options, each with slightly different capabilities or characteristics. The website Ditch That Textbook has summarized 15 online whiteboards and how to stream them to your remote students.

Whatever you choose, online whiteboards are a good resource that can bring you closer to your students even when you are far apart. You can even use them in the classroom to increase technology use and enable easy sharing of examples in Math instruction.
Teaching Tips and Resources
Personal and Workplace Success Skills Library
The National College Transition Network (NCTN) has produced the Personal & Workplace Success Skills Library. This collection of resources is meant to foster the integration of these skills into areas of curriculum and instruction, advising and coaching, assessment, and program design. The resources come from the areas of adult education, higher education, workforce development, and career and technical education programs. The target audience is adult and older youth learners and workers, including English language learners. Visit the library online. There will be an online guided tour of the Library on Thursday, April 29, at 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Register for this free webinar.
Pennsylvania One Book Program
The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book Program is intended to emphasize the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature. Young readers across Pennsylvania will be exposed to a number of titles through two booklists (for ages 0-2 and ages 3-6), cultivated by youth services librarians and early learning caregivers, with a focus on understanding emotions and feelings. Two family fun guides and two activity guides for librarians and caregivers, all of which contain activities that align with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Childhood, will also be made available via the One Book website to encourage family engagement and positive learning experiences. All booklists and guides will be made available via the Pennsylvania One Book website in April 2021. 
Many Books: One Pennsylvania Community
A webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 1-2 p.m. for “Many Stories, One Pennsylvania Community: Understanding Trauma and Supporting Resilience” with Janet Pozmantier, M.S., LPC, LMFT, RPT. Adverse childhood experiences touch us all, but they don’t have to take a toll. This interactive webinar will explore nine trauma-informed strategies to alleviate the impact of adverse experiences and enhance emotional regulation in young children; examine the use of empathy and empowerment to address toxic stress and trauma in families; and engage in simple approaches for self-soothing to mitigate the effects of secondary trauma and burnout and build resiliency in ourselves and others.
Professional Development Opportunities
Webinar: Addressing Racial Equity
The third webinar in World Education's three-part series on racial equity is titled Action Steps for Programs and the Field Addressing Racial Equity. This free webinar will be on April 27, at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Explore how your agency can use program-wide policies and practices like orientation, hiring, and staffing to address equity. The discussion will also cover how to advocate for changes in our field. Register online.
Proposals for the Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference
The Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference will be held online on June 7-9, 2021. The Conference is accepting proposals through Friday, April 23. If you use technology in a way that might benefit your adult education colleagues, please consider sharing your ideas in a presentation. If you are unsure about presenting or would like help to develop your proposal or presentation, contact Chuck Klinger at cklinger@tiu11.org. Submit your proposals online.
Professional Learning for Adult Education and Family Literacy Staff
Staff at PDE-funded adult education and family literacy agencies can view a list of upcoming courses now available for enrollment in the PD Portal. For more information about any of these courses, please visit the PD Portal, open the course catalog, and review the syllabus. If you are interested in enrolling in a course, please consult with your in-house professional development specialist (IHPDS) to determine if the course meets your professional learning goals.
Using the Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum Guide
During a Friday Lunchtime Webinar in March, Chrissie Klinger of the Workforce Development System Liaison Project presented How the Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum Guide Can Support Student Career Goal-Setting and Planning. Participants had an opportunity to explore how administrators, teachers, student support coordinators, and volunteer tutors might all use the Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum Guide (ICA) differently. Additionally, participants explored various ways to use the ICA materials digitally including through email, collaborative Google Docs, Google Classroom, and Wakelet. The webinar recording and resources are located in the PD Portal and customized technical assistance is available to help adult education practitioners determine how to use this resource with workforce partners, within the classroom to enhance CCRS-aligned lessons, and/or as classroom extension activities that better prepare adult learners for transitioning to employment or training. Please contact Chrissie Klinger (cok5111@psu.edu) or KayLynn Hamilton (klh267@psu.edu) for additional support with this versatile resource.
Webinar Recording: Implicit Bias
World Education has shared the recording from the April 13 webinar, Implicit Bias. This webinar investigates racial bias in ourselves and in the field of adult education and propose steps that we can take toward short- and long-term solutions.
State and National Adult Education News
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Learn more, including who qualifies, on the program website.
Temporary Nurse Aides
Does your agency have any students who have worked as a temporary nurse aide during COVID-19? Under Act 138 of 2020 (Act 138), individuals who became employed as a temporary nurse aide (TNA) during the declared Federal COVID-19 emergency may be enrolled on the PA Nurse Aide Registry if they satisfy certain requirements. Learn more online.
Call for Articles: Technology and Digital Literacy
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is requesting articles for its Fall 2021 edition of the COABE Journal. The theme for this edition will be technology and digital literacy for adult educators and students. Learn more or submit an article by May 16, 2021.
Grants and Scholarships
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it is accepting applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants program. The DLT program helps fund distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas to increase access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable. USDA plans to make $44.5 million available in fiscal year 2021. Of this amount, $10.2 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. Eligible applicants include most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov no later than June 4, 2021. For additional information, please visit the DLT webpage.
Job Posting
The job postings below are for adult basic education programs funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and, at least in part, by WIOA Title II funds. You can also find the postings on the paadultedresources.org website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to dschauer@tiu11.org

There are currently no job postings.
PA Adult Education Resources
Visit www.paadultedresources.org for the latest PA adult education news and resources. Recent additions to the site include:

Upcoming State and National Conferences
State and National Newsletters
State and national organizations' newsletters are listed below and may be of interest to you. To receive the most recent editions by email, please subscribe directly to the newsletter. 

OCTAE Connection, US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education Features news and resources for adult basic, career, and technical education

Families Learning: News of the Week, National Center for Families Learning
Features information and resources for family literacy, early childhood education, and parent education.

WorkforceGPS, Workforce3 One Features career pathways and workforce development information.

COABE Connections, Coalition On Adult Basic Education Features national information, resources, and initiatives for adult basic education.

World Education/U.S. Features resources and information from World Education projects including EdTech Center News, The Change Agent, College for Adults, E-Learning, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, National College Transitional network, and many others.