May 26, 2020
Summer Slide: More Important Than Ever
Losing the skills or forgetting the information learned throughout the year is a danger for any student in summer, but this "summer slide" is an even greater danger this year when so much of our educational system has been disrupted.

And summer slide isn't just for kids. Adult students who need to step away from their studies for one reason or another during the summer months can lose the progress that they've made just as easily; however, there are resources available that can help you find a solution for your students. Some may work well for adult education students and others may be more suited to family literacy programs and families.

Camp Wonderopolis is a free online destination created specifically for "keeping kids and their families learning throughout the summer and out-of-school time." There are multiple camps to choose from, each with its own focus, all of which build vocabulary, science knowledge, reading comprehension, and literacy skills.

With the status of summer reading programs unknown, the Collaborative Summer Library Program has shared a large list of additional resources for parents to use at home. To download it, go to the CSLP website and click on the red box labeled "Summer 2020 Additional Resources in Response to COVID-19." This printable PDF includes everything from songs and printable cut-outs for young children to hands-on science experiments and ghost story writing tips for teens. There are also sections for adults and families.

PA One Book will continue this summer with two selections. Parents can use the order form on the website to order affordable copies of the books with free shipping.
Teaching Tips and Resources
COVID-19 Program Resources
The website now has a COVID-19 Program Resources page that includes remote test administration, distance learning, and eData data-entry resources.
Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors
Edutopia recently highlighted a study of eight award-winning online instructors. Their experience and expertise is summarized into five insights which can easily be adapted to adult education. They include the importance of student reflection, explanation of purpose, and variety in multimedia resources.
Formative & Summative Assessment in Distance Learning
Even though you may be teaching your adult students at a distance, it is still important to know if they are learning. Formative assessments are as critical as ever, maybe more so as you teach in an unfamiliar way. Edutopia published an article, Formative Assessment in Distance Learning that discusses this need as well as useful tools, resources, and strategies for checking for understanding. Another article discusses summative assessments via distance learning.
State and National Adult Education News
Research for Action
Research for Action recently concluded a three-year external evaluation of the Blueprint for Early Literacy curriculum and professional development that constitute Children's Literacy Initiatives' support for pre-K language and literacy, with funding from the William Penn Foundation and Anne E. Casey Foundation. Read more...
Fall Semester for American Colleges
We don't yet know what the Fall 2020 semester will look like for colleges and universities across the nation, but the Chronicle of Higher Education is keeping an up-to-date list of the decisions and actions of the nation's colleges.
Families Learning Conference rescheduled for 2021
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has postponed the Families Learning Conference until 2021. The new date will be October 25 - 27, 2021, in Dallas, TX. NCFL may offer virtual learning experiences this fall. Details will be shared via email or on the conference website .
COABE National Conference Goes Virtual
The 2020 National Conference of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) has changed to a fully online format. It will now be held June 29 - July 2 and July 6 - 9. The schedule of the 400+ presentations and 17 networking events will be shared soon.
COABE Journal
The Spring 2020 Journal of COABE has arrived. This edition focuses on workplace literacy and features adult education leaders sharing their perspectives, innovations, and successful practices for helping adult students with their goals.
GED ® Annual Conference
The 2020 GED® Annual Conference has been postponed until July 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 advertiseme nt to

There are not job postings at this time.
PA Adult Education Resources
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Upcoming State and National Conferences
State and National Newsletters
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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 Journal, 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 The Change Agent, College for Adults, E-Learning, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, National College Transitional network, and many others.