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Has anyone/any district/ any state worked on reorganizing the CCRS so that its flow is more logical than the original document? If so, I would like to have links and/or information. We are looking (for the 70-11th time) at our Adult Learning Standards and thinking someone somewhere has encountered the same issues of redundancy and jumping from one topic to another, then back to the first topic.

COABE Announcement about Financial literacy

COABE's partnership with their national partner, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), is offering free financial workshop kits to help you teach money management skills. Click below for more details.

What are you reading?


We are wrapping up another calendar year and with that comes time for many "Top Ten" lists. I'd like to request our participants share one 'must read' book that every adult educator should try to read this year. Share a brief summary of the book and share why you would recommend it for educators. 

To start, here are a couple of book lists. Have you read anything from these? 

Writing as a Basis for Reading and So Much More! Guest-led Discussion with Dr. Rebeca Fernandez

Welcome, Rebeca Fernandez!

We are delighted to have Dr. Rebeca Fernandez with us to lead a follow up discussion after today's fantastic webinar -- the third in our series on teaching academic writing to English Learners --  in which Rebeca highlighted the many ways writing can support other components of language including reading, listening and speaking, vocabulary and grammar.

Thank you for sharing your expertise with the field, Rebeca! We're looking forward to a great discussion on Monday and Tuesday, December 10 & 11.

K-1 Phonetics-First Writing and Reading with Truespel and Beyond

It has been found that children make up their own phonetics in order to write, and those that do are among the best readers.  Now it is possible to use truespel phonetics for initial writing and reading to enhance phonemic awareness as well as making writing easy to do in regular letters phonetically.  There are many other uses, such as interventions, assessments, and ESL.  Truespel is free on the internet at and links to phonics because it's phonics based with many phonics studies to show frequency of spelling of the 40 US English phonemes.  See 

Today! Writing as a Basis for Reading and so Much More (Webinar)

Join the LINCS Community today at 1:00pm ET for “Writing as a Basis for Reading and so Much More.” Dr. Rebeca Fernandez, an assistant professor at Davidson College, will draw on 25 years of experience in the field of language and literacy to present new and effective strategies to integrate writing with reading activities to support English learners as they work to enhance their academic language skills. Participants will be able to:

Using Relevant Data to Teach Percentage, Pie and Bar Graphs

The Center for Workforce Education (CWE), at Georgetown University, recently published the report, Balancing Work and Learning Implications for Low-Income Students.  This report shares survey data from the U.S. Census, as well as CWE director, Anthony Carnevale.  The numbers are sobering for low-income, adult learners who work and attend college.  Below are several highlights from the report:

Gerunds and infinitives can be confusing!

Hello colleagues, I'm teaching a high intermediate class right now. It's not surprising that a lot of the texts we are reading in class feature gerunds and infinitives.My approach to teaching grammar at this level is to teach the grammar contextually in order to better understand the texts we are reading.

Focus on Civics

Hello colleagues, There has been a lot of talk about the importance of civics education recently. Some members may be familiar with the amazing civics resources online that were created as a project of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. At the iCivics website, you can find fully developed lesson plans on a wide range of civics topics, complete with student handouts. The lessons are tailored at the middle school and high school levels, but can be easily adapted for adults; some are even designed for English learners.

Advice on drafting curriculum to align with CCRS and TABE 11/12

Virginia Department of Corrections plans to update its academic Adult Basic Education curriculum to further align with College and Career Readiness Standards as well as TABE 11/12.  Have any other state correctional education programs recently engaged in this process?  What's your advice?


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