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Adult education teachers are instrumental in helping students achieve their goals. This site, a service of the Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Team, was designed to inform, prepare, and support both new and experienced adult educators.


Mike Williams

WIOA Success: Fulfilling the WIOA IET Vision Through Integrated Education and Training
Integrated Education and Training programs represent the marriage of academic training with practical career preparation. During this presentation, we will explore effective use of labor market information, establishing employer relationships, and leveraging relationships with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners.

My Learning Plan

My Learning Plan is a system that assists local AEL programs with the management and support of the professional development needs of their staff while ensuring they are in compliance with the state's administrative professional development rules.

My Learning Plan Login

My Learning Plan Help Desk


Conference Presentations

Fourth Annual Adult Education and Literacy Virtual Conference - session recordings

2016 Conference
Common Core Presentation ABE Institute 2013
2013 ABE Institute Handouts

Policy and Standards

Policy Standards 2018
21st Century Skills Iowa Core Standards
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Instructor Standards
Professional Development Policy (Draft – March 19, 2013)
Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Professional Development Standards

Program Effectiveness Resources

Iowa Adult Literacy Leadership Guidelines
Iowa's Continuous Improvement Model
Individualized Professional Development Plan (Template)
CASAS Training Tracker Report
PY 2015 Instructor Handbook
Contextualized Instruction Research
College Completion Toolkit


Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Coordinators
Iowa ESL Regional Specialists (CAELA Trainers)
CASAS Training Participants 2012-13
Iowa Adult Literacy Leadership Committee
STAR Participants

Resources and Links

Burlington English Training Guide
Explicit Instruction with Adult Learners Video
OTAN Link to Lesson Plans Aligned to CASAS Competencies
OTAN Link to Lesson Plan Builder
Annenberg Content Resources for Common Core Standards
Cognitive Complexity - Depth of Knowledge Resources from the Iowa Core
LINCS Learner Web - Teaching Adults to Read
Principles of Adult Learners
Online Professional Development - ProLiteracy
System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research

Sector Partnerships
EMSI Definitions
EMSI Analyst Tips

Principles of Adult Learners
AndragogyYouTube Video
Principles of Adult Learning - YouTube Video
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 1
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 2
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 3
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 4
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 5
Contextualization Instruction - What is It - Part 6

National College Transition Network
The Change Agent
NCRC Statewide Employer Listing
Charting A Path
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

AEL Institute 2014 Presentations

Algebra Pre-Conference
Grocery Store Math Worksheet
Brainstormed Ideas for AEL Conference Themes
AEL Thinking Algebraically Group Math Worksheet

Common Core
Common Core Webinar Overview
College and Career Readiness Reading Webinar
College and Career Readiness Writing Webinar
Compacted Overview of CCR, Reading, and Writing Standards (4/14/14 Leadership presentation)
Learn Zillion - Webinars and Lesson Plans
Project-Based Design Elements
3000 Common Core Lesson Plans
Common Core Shifts in ELA from K012 to Compare to Adult Education and Literacy - Video
Common Core Standards - ipathways webinar

Civics Curriculum
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network
ESL Training Videos
Self-Paced Workshops - Free
MLOTS ABE/ESL Teaching Videos

CASAS Assessment
CASAS Low Level Curriculum
California's Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN)
Quick Search On-Line
CASAS On-Line Training

STAR Handbook

YAY Math Videos

Writing Resources - OWL - Purdue

Learning to Use the Computer
Technology Survey/Training
ABEIAL Web.20 Resources
LINCS Integration of Technology
Tech Integration 2.0 Iowa

Learners with Disabilities
Learning to Achieve
Minnesota's Website for Adult Disabilities
Audio Literature

Adult Basic Education - Overview - An overview of Adult Basic Education (ABE), recorded October 28, 2013
College and Career Readiness Standards - Overview - An overview of college and career readiness standards (Hinton), recorded March 6, 2014
ABE Program Profiles - Profiles of ABE Programs, recorded October 2, 2013

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 18, 2021 at 9:21am.