March 22, 2021
Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference
The Technology in Adult Education Virtual Conference is June 7-9, 2021. Each day will include practitioner-led sessions highlighting strategies for incorporating technology, featured presentations by experts, and opportunities for networking. Sessions are free to attend for adult education practitioners and partners. More information, including a request for proposals, will be available by the end of March. This event is sponsored by the Professional Development System and coordinated by the Distance Education Technical Assistance Project. Please address any questions to Chuck Klinger at
Teaching Tips and Resources
How to Facilitate Remote Socratic Seminars to Teach CCRS Skills
A recent Edutopia article discusses the value of conducting well-planned, highly structured Socratic seminars. Written for teachers in virtual classrooms, the concepts translate very easily to in-person instruction as well. The best Socratic seminars are student-led discussions that stay focused on a central question. As such, this activity directly addresses several of the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), especially "building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (Speaking and Listening, Anchor 1) and "evaluating a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric" (Speaking and Listening, Anchor 3). This article discusses three steps for achieving the best results: preparing the students, coaching during the seminar, and reflecting afterwards. Each section holds tips and ideas. Explore the suggestions to see if Socratic seminars can help your students achieve the type of in depth discussions of fiction or nonfiction readings that you desire.
Using Vocational Theories to Support Students' Career Exploration
Many adult educators may be familiar with the My Next Move Career Interest Inventory located on, but did you know that it aligns to John Holland’s vocational theory? The Pennsylvania Department of Education has a nice one-page snapshot on a few different Career Development Theories (including Holland’s). Donald Super’s Life Rainbow (related to his vocational development theory) activity is something some adult learners have enjoyed since it helps them have a clearer understanding of the many life roles they play and how those roles affect their role as an adult education “student." If you are interested in learning more about the life rainbow activity or would like to see a sample CCRS-aligned lesson that includes the life rainbow, please email Chrissie Klinger at
High School Equivalency (HSE) Updates and Resources
HiSET® Exam At Home Video
With the HiSET® exam now available to be taken at home, you can help your students prepare with an informative video. The video gives information about the necessary equipment and test-taking environment , the registration process, and what to expect during and after the test. A flyer also covers much of the same information. You can find more information on the HiSET® exam at home website.
Professional Development Opportunities
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.
State and National Adult Education News
2021 Families Learning Conference Rescheduled
The national conference for the National Center for Families Learning will be held in Dallas, TX on October 25-27, 2021. Find more details and the latest news of the conference at the Families Learning Conference website.
ProLO Can Help Administer Assessments
Professional Learning Opportunities (ProLO) is now supporting agencies in remote administration of pre- and posttests for TABE 11&12 and CASAS. A request for assistance MUST come from the agency administrator. If you are interested, your administrator can reach out to your agency consultant for additional information.
Grants and Scholarships
Young Adult Reentry Partnership Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) grants. A total of $25 million will be awarded to approximately six organizations who will provide education and employment training. The target population is those ages 18 to 24 who left high school prior to graduation or who have been or currently are involved with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system. Focus industries for occupational training should be those with high local demand that offer a living wage. Find more information on the Department of Labor website. The closing date for this funding opportunity is April 26, 2021.
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 website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to

PA Adult Education Resources
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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. 

HiSET® Newsletter, Educational Testing Service® Features news and information related to the HiSET® test