Announcing Teaching the Skills That Matter (TSTM) in Adult Education Cohort 5!

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Teaching the Skills that Matter in Adult Education (TSTM) training for Cohort 5!  TSTM is an OCTAE-funded national training and technical assistance activity designed to build capacity by improving instruction in adult basic skills classes. In its 5th year, the TSTM project has provided training to adult educators from 31 states and has hosted two virtual conferences with attendance of over 1,000 adult educators each year. TSTM trains adult education teachers how to integrate the nine skills that matter to adult learners using three approaches that work across five critical topics areas of civics education, digital literacy, financial literacy, health literacy and workforce preparation.  

The training happens through state teams of four nominated classroom teachers and a state professional development leader.  The state teams participate in an 8-month cohort training along with other state teams.  In addition to training and instructional materials, teachers receive individual instructional coaching from experienced peer coaches familiar with TSTM.  

The application for Cohort 5 will open on Friday, June 3, 2022 and will be due on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Up to 10 states will be accepted to participate in the TSTM professional development training.

To support states in understanding the requirements for TSTM participation and in successfully submitting their state application, we will be hosting a TSTM Informational Webinar on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 3 pm ET. State adult education directors (or appropriate state designee) are invited to register for the webinar by Friday, May 27, 2022:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To learn more about TSTM please visit our website: . Please contact the project at with any questions.