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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.

Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education
A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting adult education through the support of providers and practitioners.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Division of Adult Education
Find adult education programs, policies, funding opportunities and more through the state’s Department of Education.

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

College and Career Readiness Standards-aligned Math Unit on Order of Operations
Lesson plans and Powerpoints that provide instruction on math with a focus on order of operations.

PA Career Coach
Free online tool to help Pennsylvania students and job seekers make lasting career choices. Find up-to-date local employment data and educational programs.

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.

Digital Literacy

Edutopia – Technology Integration
Explore new tools and strategies for empowering students to fully participate in a connected, technology-rich society.

GCF Learn Free
This site has over 750 lessons that teach technology, literacy, and math skills. Free registration is required for the online Microsoft® Office classes only.

Microsoft Integrated Lesson Plans
This site has integrated lesson plans that develop computer skills while teaching academic skills.

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.

OTAN – Teaching with Technology
Website that helps adult education teachers locate and learn about Web sites and other technology related to the lesson topic.

These lesson plans integrate technology. While the primary audience is K-12 education, lessons can be adapted for use with adult learners.

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.


Have you ever wondered why you get goose bumps? This site includes explanations to hundreds of questions that pique curiosity and teach science concepts.

Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Resources

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.

Lesson Plans and Instructional Resources 

Assessment Generator
Create your own informal assessments

Florida Literacy Coalition Tutor Help Center
This website includes lesson plans and teaching tips for Literacy, Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Learning Disabilities.

Graphic Organizers
Visual representations to help your students organize ideas

Standards Aligned System Lesson Plans
The Pennsylvania Department of Education created a website that includes lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Standards. While the lessons are geared towards K-12 students, the lesson plans can be adapted to fit adult learners’ needs.

Tutor Ready
Resources for tutoring adults in reading

Universal Design Toolkit
Teaching resources to make learning accessible for all learners

Research Resources 

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.

Technology Resources

Comcast Essentials
Low cost Internet access

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

Free computer labs and training throughout Philadelphia.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators
A network that that provides electronic collaboration and information, and support for instructional technology and distance learning to literacy and adult education providers.

Tech Tips for Teachers
Blog that provides tips and techniques for tutors and teachers integrating technology into instruction

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