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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 : HyBrid Pedogogy and an Urgency of Teachers: A Book Discussion May 26, 2020
Discussion : TABE Assessment process during COVID-19 2 May 26, 2020
Discussion : "Motivating Adult Learners to Persist" online course 72 May 21, 2020
Bulletin : Free Webinar: Innovative Digital Learning Models for ELL Immigrant Adults 3 May 21, 2020
Discussion : Dificult conversations and conflict May 20, 2020
Bulletin : May 18 - 22: Integrating Technology discussion with members of the Illinois Digital Learning Lab professional development project 2 May 18, 2020
Discussion : Moving from Webinars to Virtual Events May 9, 2020
Discussion : Self-Study Guide for Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Literacy Education May 6, 2020
Discussion : Leading in a time of crisis 2 May 5, 2020
Discussion : Research on education software, including apps 3 May 2, 2020
Discussion : Support Services for Remote Learners during COVID-19 and beyond May 2, 2020
Discussion : COVID documents for adult learners 1 Apr 30, 2020
Discussion : "Principles of Learning for Instructional Design" online course 37 Apr 29, 2020
Bulletin : SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a webinar to hear “Teachers’ Stories: Moving Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19” Apr 27, 2020
Discussion : From and Idea to reality: Creating stories for adult learners with Sarah Goldammer 5 Apr 24, 2020
Discussion : Educator vs. Personal Accounts on Zoom and Google Classroom 15 Apr 22, 2020
Bulletin : New issue of the Adult Literacy Education Journal Apr 22, 2020
Discussion : When staff are resistant to change.... Apr 16, 2020
Bulletin : Regularly Updated List of Resources (mostly) from the LINCS Discussion: Preparing for and offering adult basic skills online during the pandemic 4 Apr 13, 2020
Discussion : Moving forward: What are the key lessons learned? 2 Apr 13, 2020
Bulletin : Last chance to register for Contextualized Instruction online course! 1 Apr 10, 2020
Discussion : Link Shorteners 1 Apr 6, 2020
Discussion : Going "old school' in a time of technology options Apr 5, 2020
Discussion : One Sentence Solutions, One Observation, One Resource 8 Apr 1, 2020
Bulletin : EdTech Center Distance Education Strategy webinar Friday March 27th 5 Mar 31, 2020