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Welcome to the LINCS Evidence-based Professional Development Group.

The group is a community of practice for adult educators to discuss issues and evidence-based practices related to designing, implementing, and evaluating adult literacy professional development.  As a network of those working or interested in staff development, the group shares fresh ideas and promising practices; provides professional development for professional developers based on needs or interests; and contributes the voice of the field in shaping policy initiatives.

Topics include:

  • State capacity to establish or operate a high-quality professional development program
  • Evidence-based practices related to designing, implementing, and evaluating adult literacy professional development either at a local program or through a high-quality professional development state program
  • Teacher quality and effectiveness
  • Professional development systems
  • Approaches and methods
  • Factors that influence the effectiveness of professional development
  • Related policies
  • Provision of professional development for eligible providers that meet the requirements set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Delivering professional development through electronic means (e.g. online, virtual, blended experiences)


Recent Activity

Here are the 25 most recent posts in this group.

Title Replies Last Post
Discussion : Betty White is my Grandma and the importance of a shared vocabulary 2 Jan 28, 2020
Discussion : Seeking an expert on working with students with autism Jan 26, 2020
Discussion : Casual Conversation about Linkedin and student outcomes with Bernie Floresca 19 Jan 26, 2020
Discussion : "Motivating Adult Learners to Persist" online course 60 Jan 20, 2020
Discussion : "Principles of Learning for Instructional Design" online course 31 Jan 20, 2020
Discussion : Considering an adult education Master's degree program? Want to comment on this list of the "best 30" ? 5 Jan 12, 2020
Discussion : A year in review: Professional Development Top 10 Jan 2, 2020
Discussion : Why don't we differentiate instruction...for teachers? 8 Dec 31, 2019
Discussion : Chronic Absenteeism in Adult Education 6 Dec 19, 2019
Discussion : Journal Article: Review of The Open Door Collective: The Workforce Basic Skills Resources Collection Dec 17, 2019
Discussion : Journal Article: The PIAAC Numeracy Framework: A Guide to Instruction Dec 17, 2019
Discussion : Journal Article: Journeys of Transcultural Literacies: Working Toward Transformative Learning in Adult Literacy Education Dec 17, 2019
Discussion : Providing quality PD in a rapidly changing world 1 Dec 15, 2019
Discussion : Penn State ABE Certificate Spring Courses - Register Now! Dec 5, 2019
Discussion : Register Now! Penn State Family Literacy Certificate Spring Course Dec 5, 2019
Discussion : Privacy in a world of technology driven personal assistants. 4 Dec 5, 2019
Discussion : ICYMI: November in Review Dec 3, 2019
Discussion : input into this Course Design Structure? 4 Dec 3, 2019
Discussion : Texting in the Workplace 2 Dec 2, 2019
Discussion : Build Your Own Toolkit With CrowdED Learning: Summary 2 Nov 27, 2019
Discussion : "Deepfakes": How to teach students about a world in which things are not as they appear to be 1 Nov 25, 2019
Discussion : Build Your Own Toolkit With CrowdED Learning Week Five, Topic Two: Integration and Sharing 2 Nov 19, 2019
Discussion : Program Manager/leader training or preparation for integrating technology Nov 17, 2019
Discussion : November's LINCS Monthly Tips: How to Add Images to a Post Nov 15, 2019
Discussion : Webinars that Work! 9 Nov 13, 2019

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