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Hello LINCS Colleagues,

Today's Webinar: Readworks and Google Classroom

Do you use free online classrooms with your learners? I use Moodle a lot, but administering that app requires some effort and server space. is a site that holds free, wonderful reading materials categorized by K-12 grade level. Despite the K-12 labeling, many, many of the readings will engage adult learners at different levels as well.  Each reading can be read aloud with  additional links to instructional content. 

It's Back to School Time

It's back to school time all over the country. This is a busy time for students, teachers, program administrators, etc., and the flurry of activity can be stressful for everyone. Students can be nervous to start school or go back to school, classroom dynamics are new, and teachers have new plans and new teams. For adult learners specifically, they might be haunted by "ghosts in the classroom," or past negative experiences from K-12 education where they were unsuccessful and/or where they might have been failed by the system or the teachers.

Register now for September's LINCS Virtually-Facilitated Courses on Self-Regulated Learning, Strategy Instruction, and Differentiated Instruction!

The LINCS Professional Development Center is offering three virtually facilitated courses from the TEAL suite beginning in September 2018:

Where Are The STEM Jobs


I want to draw your attention to a new report from the American Association of Community Colleges about the STEM jobs. The employment sectors for STEM jobs demonstrate an advantage growth rate. The employment sectors include Wind Turbine service technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, computer user support specialist, health technologies, automotive mechanic, and home care aids. 

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Aretha Franklin Memorial: Meeting the Need for RESPECT

From Tom Sticht, A Memorial Tribute to Aretha Franklin: Meeting the Need for RESPECT with Adult Basic Skills Education

5-Day ESL EdTech Jumpstart Challenge

Hello ESL Instructors - 

ESL EdTech Course
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Comfort vs Learning?

COMFORT...that seems to be a word I hear so often when working with educators. "I'm not comfortable with ...", "I need more time to get comfortable with ...", "Do you think the kids will be comfortable with ..." Well, it turns out that discomfort may just be our canary that helps us indicate that learning of some sort is actually taking place instead of simply enduring and event. Perhaps for that 'life long learning' we espouse, one needs to learn how to establish at least some level of discomfort in all that we do?

online resource for teaching grammar

Hello colleagues, I've never been one to use a lot of worksheets in my instruction; however, I think that a worksheet can be useful for giving students practice with grammar. I'll sometimes use a worksheet as a homework assignment.

Are you familiar with All Things Grammar? At this site, there are lots of free resources, including Find Someone activities, Question strips, and games for speaking practice. Most of the materials seem to be relevant to adults.

Tips to Engage and Inspire Adult Learners

Hello colleagues, What would you say are the most important principles of adult learning that guide your practice? I recently read a list of "tips to engage and inspire adult learners," and I found many of the tips on the list to be in line with my own principles of adult learning.

Christopher Pappas' blog is specific to an online learning context, but for me most of the ideas are relevant to any group of adult learners whether online or face-to-face. Do you agree?


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