Adult Basic and Literacy Education Fact Sheet
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The Department of Education is committed to improving teacher effectiveness as a key lever to improve student outcomes at all levels of education. Through Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education manages a State-administered system of adult basic education and English language instruction that annually serves over two million students. The Literacy Information and Communications System (LINCS) serves adult educators through a hybrid delivery model of on-demand evidence-based professional learning resources and a virtual community delivered on the Website, along with technical assistance and customized training coordinated by Regional Professional Development Centers. These coordinated resources are designed to support instruction and program design that results in college and career readiness by adult students and their successful transitions to further education and training.
The three major components of LINCS, funded from September 2011 through September 2014, include:
LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers, which work with States to deploy evidence-based professional development activities and materials to adult educators. The regions are aligned to correspond with OVAE's administrative regions, under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). Grants were awarded to the following entities in the regions:
- Region 1 (Northeast): World Education, Inc.
- Region 2 (South): University of Tennessee Center for Literacy Studies.
- Region 3 (Midwest and Great Lakes): Kent State University.
- Region 4 (West and Outlying Areas): Peninsula Library System.
LINCS Resource Collectionmanages a centralized repository of evidence-based and expert-reviewed material categorized into sub-topics and is implementing a quality control process to ensure high-quality training and professional development. This contract was awarded to Kratos Learning Solutions.
LINCS Online Portalprovides an updated technology platform to support professional learning through the searchable Resource Collection and the Community, a state-of-the-art virtual community of practice in which educators engage in peer-to-peer and subject matter expert-led discussions. This contract was awarded to Quotient, Inc.
Mary Jo Maralit: Maryjo.Maralit@ed.gov
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