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My Next Move
What do you want to do for a living?

Center on Education and Work
The Center on Education and Work seeks to enhance the quality of career-related learning for all individuals in schools, colleges, and the workplace.

Lifelong Learning Online
Lifelong Learning Online has been created for lifelong learners to explore information about family, community and work resources through interactive community-based activities.

Exercise About Jobs
A blog by Arlington Hills School.

Tips for Teaching 21st Century Workplace Skills
In coordination with their affiliates in APEC member economies, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) created a set of teaching tips that address the needs of the  21st Century Business English Learner. The teaching tips emphasize the skills necessary for success in a multinational business culture, including cross-cultural communication, language skills, leadership, diplomacy, and team building. Additional tips consider sustainable growth (green business), while others identify obstacles and opportunities for women.

Teacher/Tutor
Tutor Tips
Reading Instruction/Research
ESL
Family Literacy
Health Literacy
Corrections
Learning Disabilities
Workplace
Equipped for the Future - Classroom Activities
Math
Multiple Intelligences
Technology
International Resources
Financial Literacy
Career Pathways
Writing

 

Disability and Employment
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an online learning destination for public workforce system staff and partners, jobseekers, community-based organizations, grantees, and the business sector, who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. It is a “one-stop-shop” venue for workforce practitioners to find or share high quality information about how to better provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment

The Word Workshop
These materials are appropriate for students who need to improve their current academic performance, and may have hopes or plans for further schooling ... perhaps a college degree, but have a problem reading long words.

Strategies for Success in Career Development: The Career Coach Curriculum Guide
Provides community colleges, community organizations, and workforce development agencies with a high-quality tool to help guide clients or students through career exploration. Participants will learn how to match their skills, interests, lifestyle, and values with good careers, set a career goal, and make plans to reach it.

National College Transition Network
Integrating research into practice is an important method used by practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to improve the field of education. This section of the NCTN Web site is dedicated to disseminating emerging research from a variety of sources through a user-friendly format.

Crossing the Bridge - Effective Transitions in Adult E
This presentation discusses who enters postsecondary education, enrollment, persistence, and completion results.

LiteracyLink: Workplace Essential Skills
LiteracyLink's goal is to provide a link for underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers to quality adult basic education and GED preparation tools using technology. Combining video, the Internet, and print materials, LiteracyLink programs are relevant to the needs of the individual learner, adult instructional programs, and the workforce.

Upwardly Global
A resource for immigrant professionals and employers.

O*NET
O*NET is a unique, powerful source for continually updated occupational information and labor market research.

Workforce Education Lab
The LAB collects and distributes high-quality learning activities that focus on the basic skills and knowledge adults need to be effective in the workplace.

Worksupport.com
This site identifies factors that enhance or inhibit businesses from tapping into a pool of potential employees and serves as a gateway to information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

Workforce One3
Applying for ETA Competitive Grants: A Web-Based Toolkit for Prospective Applicant

National Employment Law Project: Health and Safety for Immigrant Workers
NELP works with community groups, legislators and lawyers to help provide a safe workplace for all workers.

New Census Bureau Interactive Map Shows Languages Spoken in America

Articles

Embedding Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace (2013)
This report is the follow-up to a three year program aimed at embedding literacy education in the workplace. The program sought to answer such questions as, “What are the different ways of achieving embedded literacy content?” and “Are different methods a better fit for some sectors than for others?”

Using Data to Improve the Performance of Workforce Training
Louis S. Jacobson, President, New Horizons Economic Research
Robert J. LaLond, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
This paper proposes a state-by-state solution, relying on a competitive framework to encourage states to help prospective trainees make better-informed choices. The plan will increase the return on training investments by developing the data and measures necessary to provide the information prospective trainees need, by presenting the information in user-friendly “report cards,” by providing help for prospective trainees to use the information effectively, and by creating incentives for states to implement permanent information systems once they prove cost-effective.

Improving Immigrants’ Employment Prospects through Work-Focused Language Instruction
This policy memo describes the range of policies available to improve immigrants’ economic integration through language acquisition, especially those focused on getting immigrants into jobs or moving into higher paying jobs.

Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning
This brief is written for practitioners—teachers, teacher educators, counselors, and program administrators—who work with adult English language learners in ESL classes at any level, and for education researchers focusing on general instruction or on instruction that promotes transitions for adult English language learners to postsecondary education and work.

Education for Adult English Language Learners in the United States: Trends, Research and Promising Practices
This paper, written by staff of the Center for Applied Linguistics, describes the adult education system in the United States — learner populations, programs serving them, assessment, professional development for practitioners, and research.

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom
Martha Oesch and Carol Bower
Designed to be used by teachers and counselors in ASE, ABE, ESOL, and College Transition programs this curriculum helps students understand and act on the critical link between education and careers. If your program seeks to support students to make and reach career goals, this curriculum is for you. It will not only help motivate students to keep attending a specific class, but also to persist in pursuing their education over time.

Getting There: A Curriculum for People Moving into Employment
Center for Literacy Studies at the U. of Tennessee at Knoxville
Getting There is a curriculum designed to meet the needs of adult students who are trying to make a transition from welfare to work or further education. It was developed through a process of consultation with students, educators, and community employers. The special focus is on individuals participating in the JOBS program who are enrolled in adult basic education (ABE) and/or life skills classes. The curriculum can also be used with any ABE students who want to plan a career and find jobs, or go on to further education once they obtain their high school equivalency diploma.

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom
National College Transition Network and SABES
Designed to be used by teachers and counselors in ASE, ABE, ESOL, and College Transition programs this curriculum helps students understand and act on the critical link between education and careers. If your program seeks to support students to make and reach career goals, this curriculum is for you. It will not only help motivate students to keep attending a specific class, but also to persist in pursuing their education over time.

Complete College America
Complete College America’s work is supported by an extensive body of research, and this page is not intended to be an exhaustive archive of that literature.  However, as our funders and partners produce research that directly informs the core aspects of Complete College America’s work with states, this section will highlight those resources.

Buiilding Effective Green Energy Programs in Community College
Maureen R. Bozell and Cynthia D. Liston
In this paper, Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) examines how community colleges leading the field in green energy education are grappling with these issues. It also makes thecase that community colleges should be substantially involved in training low-income individuals, especially the low-skilled, if in fact the goal is to help them lead self-sustaining lives. Our aim is to help community colleges across the country navigate a path forward through evolving terrain as they develop green energy education and training programs for lowincome populations. Their success will enable national and state policies incentivizing growthin the green economy to propel disadvantaged people towards family-supporting employment.

Tuning In to Local Labor Markets
Sheila Maguire, Joshua Freely, Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway and Deena Schwartz
Findings from the sectoral employment impact study.

The Importance of Culture: Four Models for Workplace Basic Skills
Bonnie Barnard & Susan Bannan
Four models that provide a starting point for planning workplace basic skills programs are described and discussed.

Workplace Literacy Best Practice Guidelines
National Workforce Assistance Collaborative
The National Workforce Assistance Collaborative enumerates characteristics shared by the most effective workplace literacy programs.

Context Matters: Teaching and Learning Skills for Work
Beth Giddens & Cathy Stasz
This article explains why educators worry about workplace skills as well as how academic skills are transformed at work.

Workplace Literacy Assessment Tools
Maurice C. Taylor
Evaluating the appropriateness of existing literacy instruments for use in workplace basic skills programs may provide some insight into further test development strategies. A technical review of three such instruments is presented here.

Resources

Workplace Health and Safety ESOL Curriculum
This curriculum is designed to help ESOL students (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learn about and exercise their workplace health and safety rights. The curriculum uses learner-centered activities that engage students in discussion elicit and build on their experiences and encourage critical analysis and strategies. Teachers can use these lessons to create a participatory curriculum with students, in which teachers and students analyze issues that they have identified together, and develop strategies to address them.

English Vocabulary for Business and English for Special Purposes
Business English vocabulary reference lists for ESP (English for Special Purposes) classes and students. Vocabulary for advertising, banking and stocks, bookkeeping and financial administration, business and commercial letters, human resources, insurance, legal, logistics, marketing, production and manufacturing and sales and acquisitions.

How Non-Academic Supports Work: Four Mechanisms for Improving Student Outcomes
This research brief provides a review of literature and research focused on non-academic supports and success factors for post-secondary students. A synthesis of the literature describes several key themes that emerged in providing support mechanisms to improve student persistence and outcome.

Webcast: Achieving Student Success: Transitions to Post-Secondary Education
Transitioning students through their educational experience and on to post-secondary education can be a challenging process.

Learn what local programs, in partnership with colleges, are doing to ensure that students are ready to move from adult literacy classes to post-secondary education and beyond. In this Webcast, designed for program administrators, experts explore successful student transitions as well as discuss current research, state office technical assistance, and adult education program perspectives.

Workface Education Products and Materials

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Background and Supporting Evidence for Adult Education for Work
This paper provides specific steps the adult education system can take to develop and implement career pathways systems of learning that move low-skilled adults through work-oriented adult education programs and onto postsecondary programs.

Guide to Adult Education for Work: Transforming Adult Education to Grow a Skilled Workforce
In Fall 2007, the WDSG at the National Center on Education and the Economy received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to identify a set of quality indicators for Adult Education for Work—programs geared to helping low-skilled workers acquire the basic skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century workplace and to enhance U.S. firms’ competitiveness.

National Council of State Directors Releases Adult Education Volume II: Supporting the President’s Workforce & Graduation Initiatives
This document includes materials from 43 states that focus on the ongoing connections between adult education programs and workforce development.

Career Pathways
This Library includes materials to help educators develop and implement work-based education programs and career pathways for adult learners in their Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development programs.

Role and Goals Curriculum

Preparing Workers for the 21st Century

Return on Investment Approach
This publication describes the Return on Investment Approach as a means of soliciting companies to fund literacy programs at their worksites.

Communicating at Work: Building a Successful Team
Working in teams, learners will participate in the "Lifeboat Game." Discussion following the game will help learners process the activity to realize teamwork skills they used to facilitate meeting their game goal.

Brainstorming Job Ideas
As a class, learners will brainstorm ideas for different kinds of jobs. From this list of ideas, each learner will choose one job or career to research further. Learners will recognize their use of the GED skills of writing, spelling, using written resources, reading a variety of texts, working together, and organizing as they work together and make individual decisions.

Choosing an Appropriate Employment Ad
Working individually and using the classified ads of a local newspaper, learners read descriptions of people's goals, interests, experience, and skills, then find an appropriate employment ad for that person. Next, learners find an appropriate ad for themselves.

Communicating at work: Five basic human needs
Learners will become aware of five Basic Human Needs and reflect on how to address these needs in the workplace.

Using the public library for career search
ABE/GED students are introduced to the public libraries and research a question they have regarding career choice.

Planning a Workplace Literacy Program
This overview was written for volunteer-based literacy organizations that are thinking about providing literacy services to business and industry.


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