Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)
National Leadership Activities Overview
The Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL), oversees national leadership activities, funded through Section 243 of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). These activities strive to ensure that all youth and adult students:
- Are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways
- Have effective teachers and leaders
- Have equitable access to high quality learning opportunities on demand
- Benefit from an expanding research and evidence base
DAEL is committed to ensuring that all of our resources are strategically managed and accountable to achieve these program goals.
College and Career Readiness
- National activities funds have promoted standards-based education to improve the quality of adult education and literacy programs nationwide, for over a decade. In recent years, OCTAE has supported technical assistance and leadership activities designed to better position states and programs to adopt standards for colleges and careers. The Implementing College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards project, for example, is producing necessary supports to help instructors teach CCR standards and to help administrators sustain CCR implementation. Learn more at the CCR Standards Project website. States and programs have also begun efforts to align their curriculum and instruction with the the CCR Standards for Adult Education, released in 2013. OCTAE’s newest initiative to support CCR standards-based education reforms in adult education is Preparing Adult English Language Learners (ELLs) for Rigorous CCR Standards. This project will identify a set of CCR-aligned English language proficiency standards for adult education that will be released in late 2016. Additionally, it will produce CCR-alignment resources for instructors and will contribute to the upgrading of the National Reporting System for Adult Education.
- The Technical Assistance for Developing Career Pathways project helps states further develop and scale their career pathways initiatives. The project will provide tiers of technical assistance for States to streamline, expedite and accelerate the implementation of career pathways as well as act as an information dissemination service to connect interested stakeholders to career pathways resources available across federal agencies, organizations, and pathway-focused initiatives. Find out more at Moving Pathways Forward.
- Through the Employability Standards in Career and Technical Education and Adult Education project, an interactive rubric was created for identifying and describing a set of common 21st century employability knowledge and skills as well as cross-referencing those skills to available assessments. Professional development modules and resources were created to train educators on integrating the employability skills. This project was co-funded with the Career and Technical Education branch of OCTAE.
Effective Teachers and Leaders
- Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) is expanding states' use of evidence-based reading practices by providing intensive training and coaching to teachers and local program administrators in 21 states.
- Research briefs from the Promoting Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education promoted teacher quality and effectiveness creating and validating a set of teacher competencies, as well as a teacher induction model with a supporting toolkit of resources. Find materials and more information at the Teacher Effectiveness website.
- The Improving Adult English Language Instruction project advances years of previous investments to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of teachers working with adult ELLs by facilitating innovative uses of these professional development resources as well as adding newly created professional development materials and learning opportunities. The English Language Learner University (ELL-U) Project developed an array of sustained professional learning opportunities to help teachers of adult English learners to master evidence-based instructional strategies to maximize student outcomes; the resources from this project have been incorporated into LINCS.
- Open Education Resources to Promote Adult STEM Teaching and Learning developed innovative approaches to the teaching of foundational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content to adult education students using open education resources (OER).
Learning Opportunities On-Demand
- National activities funds have supported states working toward making distance learning options available through funded adult education programs. Leadership funds underwrote the development of national policies on reporting distance education students.
- Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) offers adult educators a hybrid delivery model of on-demand evidence-based professional learning Resource Collection and a virtual community delivered on the Website, along with technical assistance and customized training coordinated four Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs). LINCS also hosts a Learner Center to connect adult learners to high-quality, online learning opportunities.
- Take Charge of Your Future: Get the Education and Training You Need offers a range of information to help formerly incarcerated adults and their families find appropriate services. The resource is designed to help people who have been incarcerated and those on community supervision to begin or continue on the path toward education and training. See the Correctional Education page for other initiatives for this population.
Advancing Research and Evidence
- The Impact of Adult Basic Skills Participation studies are analyses of the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learners. Findings are published for Economic Outcomes, GED Attainment, Literacy Growth, Postsecondary Engagement, and Voting.
- Research briefs from the Promoting Teacher Effectiveness in Adult Education project examined state administrative data on the adult education teacher workforce and consider how to relate teacher characteristics to student outcomes.
- The National Academies of Science released the 2012 report, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research. This report, funded by OCTAE, was followed with practitioner-friendly products that explore the findings and implications for classroom instruction.
- A place-based cohort project has implemented immigrant integration models that strategically coordinate across services and providers to promote immigrants' linguistic, civic, and economic integration.
- A study of demographic characteristics, educational attainment, and employment status of older adolescent and young adult English learners, ages 14-21, using relevant American Community Survey data. Watch for an Executive Summary, including an infographic that shares the key findings.
- A series of secondary analyses resulted in new insight into the labor market participation of immigrant professionals. See the full series.
- A series of secondary analyses examined the postsecondary and labor market outcomes and trajectories of GED-holders and high school diploma-holders. See the full series.