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Teaching empathy

Hello colleagues, Can there ever be enough empathy in our world? Do you look for ways to focus on empathy in your instruction? If so, what resources have you drawn upon? Here are two videos that might be useful in a lesson about empathy.

A Joy Story: Joy and Heron

Brene Brown on Empathy

You are invited to share your thoughts.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP

free online children's books in many languages

Hello colleagues, If you work with English learners who have children, you will be interested in sharing this wonderful resource with them. Storybooks Minnesota has freely available online books in 17 different languages, including English. Parents can read to their children in the primary language and also listen to the stories online.The stories can also be downloaded. This resource would be ideal for a family literacy classroom.

scholarship for Ph.D. Program in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education at Penn State

Please share this information with prospective under-represented minority applicants who are interested in a Ph.D. degree in Adult Education. Members of the LINCS discussion groups are also welcome to apply.


Esther (Professor-in-Charge, Lifelong Learning & Adult Education Program at Penn State;


Penn State Graduate School Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship (DDGS) Program

Effective Ways of Teaching Complex Expression in Writing

Please indicate your interest in participating in a small-group discussion related to the invitation posted in our Reading and Writing community, "Effective Ways of Teaching Complex Expression in Writing." Simply select Yes, No, or Other. If you select Other, open a comment in this section and share your interest otherwise.

Your Opinion Is Highly Valued!

We have been rather quiet of late. Please share your responses to several poll questions, starting today and throughout this coming week, so that I can promote your interests better in our community.

What engages you the most?

What engages you the most in our Reading and Writing Community of Practice?

16 Habits of Mind...Does this work in Adult Education

Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick  identified the habits of mind that are considered to be problem solving, life-skills designed to equip individuals with the skills needed to be successful. I invite you to check out this chart and read Costa and Kallick's description. How do these habits align with current ideas in the instruction of soft-skills? Does this align with current thinking about growth mindsets? 

How do you best create a classroom experience that addresses these 16 habits? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Got resources? Scaffolding, checklists, etc....

I'm an ESL teacher for adults in Northern Virginia and have just started to teach a workplace communication class.  Rather belatedly, I've decided to create an extension project for each of my learners to work on at their own pace on what I'm calling a Career Warm-Up.  I'm hoping students can be engaged in the process of taking an inventory of their English language/hard/soft skills, education, experience and values and develop some 5-10 year goals on how they'd like to develop their career pathway.   I'm interested in developing a checklist, some guidance and some language scaffolding to m

Amazon and COABE Work Together to Provide Jobs for Adult Learners

  • Date: 
    Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Online webinar


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