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Adult Basic and Family Literacy Education

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
A U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)  initiative to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education.

NSCALL Publications
Accessible, timely, and valuable source of pertinent information for the field of adult literacy education. All materials are available to download.

PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning
Collection of articles representing adult, community, continuing, and distance education.

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education

Pennsylvania is home to nearly 250 post-secondary and higher education institutions. This mix of public and private institutions provides a broad array of career choices for students to continue their studies on a full or part-time basis. Information about each institution is available through the EdNA (Educational Names and Addresses) database.

Pennsylvania Adult Education and Family Literacy Resource website
Developed by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide adult education information, webinars, toolkits, and lesson plans for adult learners and educators.

Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth Tutor Resource Site
Get information on tutoring techniques, online resources, professional development and more.

U.S. Department of Education – Office of Vocation and Adult Education
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

Career, College, and Workforce Resources

PA CareerLink®
The Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) provides access to Pennsylvania workforce development and independent living services provided by the Department of Labor & Industry and Public Welfare.

PDE Career Education and Workforce Resources
An electronic toolkit with resources, references, and other tools to assist educators in implementing the Pennsylvania (PA) Career Education and Workforce Standards.

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.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Career Pathways ESL Working Group Series
A list of ESL specific career oriented resources and activities, added recently to the Pennsylvania Adult Education Resources.

Citizenship Test Preparation
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers lesson plans with instructions and teaching strategies.

EL/Civics Online
El/Civics Online is a unique professional development opportunity for ESL instructors and volunteers who wish to incorporate EL/Civics content into their adult ESL classroom. This series of online courses will assist teachers in creating interesting, effective ESL lessons.

Learners Lives as Curriculum®
Each thematic unit includes narratives with a contextualized focus on themes relating to learners’ lives and language skills instruction.

This website allows learners to develop language skills by interacting with native speakers. LiveMocha offers classes in 38 languages.

USA Learns
This website includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening practice. It uses videos. Free registration into the system is required. If you sign up as a teacher and create a class, you can monitor your student’s progress.

GED® Test Preparation

McGraw-Hill Online Practice Tests:

Find a GED® Testing Center
Locate GED® Testing Centers near you.

GED® Testing Service
GED Testing Service offers the only learner-centric program that is recognized and portable from state to state. The program is based on the expectations and standards for college- and career-readiness and will lead to better outcomes in education.

Teaching Strategies – see Appendix A (PDF)
A GED® test prep handbook developed by New Readers Press as a curriculum to target critical test preparation skills needed to pass the GED® test.

Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
This site contains problems adapted from the Official Practice Test (PA). They are written as inquiry activities, designed to teach problem solving based on sample GED® problems.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Resources

Office of Immigrant Affairs

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is to promote the well-being of Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. >>>Learn More

PA Immigration Fact Sheet
Fact sheet published by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians about the characteristics of and trends in the flow of immigrants in Pennsylvania

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians accelerates immigrant integration and economic advancement through education and training, employment, and entrepreneurship. >>>Learn More

Technology Resources

Free Library of Philadelphia Computer Classes
Public computer classes offered at Free Library branches across the city.

Public computer access labs and training throughout 50 locations in Philadelphia. >>>Learn More 

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