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Microsoft Digital Literacy: Basic Curriculum 
Recommended for use with adult learners, the first 2-hour course shows how to use the mouse and introduction to the keyboard.  The next step is Computer Basics, a course on the Internet, and a series on productivity tools most used in the workplace.

PA Common Core Standards
The State Board adopted Common Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of PA Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These new state-adopted standards mirror the content and rigor of Common Core, but reflect the organization and design of the PA Academic Standards.

Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE)
A nonprofit membership  organization dedicated to promoting adult education through the support of providers and practitioners. PAACE’s services are guided by research and the changing needs of the field as well as the desire to make adult education available to all adult learners so that they can increase their self-sufficiency and be active members in society. PAACE values lifelong learning and the potential impact it can have on adults.

The National Reporting Standards, Implementation Guidelines
From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), contains everything one needs to know to design curriculum and measure outcomes, complete with measures and methods for the national reporting system for adult education.

Philadelphia Workforce Education Standards for Adult Education Teachers, Tutors, and Programs
The Workforce Education Standards define components of high quality work-based basic skills programs, and can provide a framework for delineating outcomes, competencies, benchmarks, expectations, or indicators for educational programs both in the classroom and in the workplace.

General Research and Data

Adult Education in America (2007)
The most recent survey of learners, programs, and information about literacy and ESL available (significantly post-dates the 2003 NCES study).

Adult Literacy Development and Economic Growth (2010)
Provides data on this topic based on Portland, Oregon research.

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education
This report is the result of a nine-month process that examined the Common Core State Standards from the perspective of adult education.

Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs 
The Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC) has a new free, federally-funded issue brief on partner engagement.  Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs offers practical strategies on engaging employers and building business-education partnerships to support Adult Career Pathways (ACP) programs.  The brief highlights promising examples from adult education providers in three states, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Literacy Information and Communication System 
A free repository of research of all kinds in adult literacy and ESL; sponsors informative discussion groups on major topics in adult education.  Groups are managed by leading researchers and providers appropriate to each topic, and include people with a broad range of experience and knowledge.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) 
The research of NCSALL ended in 2007, with the end of the federal funding. Their research publications, Focus on Basics, training and teaching resources, and other materials continue to be available for download on their website.

Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce (2008)
A recent research report on literacy in the U.S. from the National Commission on Adult Literacy.

Resources on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 
A WIOA Game Plan for Low-Income People from CLASP

Workplace Literacy & Essential Skills: Shaping a New Learning Culture 
The 10-year investment made in the U.K. called “Skills for Life” was reviewed for its return on investment.  This program is a major contribution to workforce literacy.

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