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Professional Development and Associations

Professional Development

Professional development ensures and empowers teachers to utilize current BEST practices in providing curriculum that meets the student’s ever changing needs. Professional development resources and opportunities will be provided as they become available.

Adult Literacy Research: Opportunities and Challenges
This paper identifies two goals that support the building of a stronger research base for the adult literacy field. The first goal is to interest researchers in pursuing rigorous scientific research in this field. The second goal is to identify challenges in pursuing research and approaches to overcoming them.

Education World
This site provides several articles, aids and lesson plan guides for teachers to use in the classroom. There are also links for professional development, technology integration, and school issues.

Evaluating and Interpreting Research Syntheses in Adult Learning and Literacy
This article introduces the methods of research synthesis and meta-analysis to researchers and consumers of research in the field of adult learning and literacy.

Intervention Central
This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth. The site was created by Jim Wright, a school psychologist and school administrator from Central New York. Visit to check out newly posted academic and behavioral intervention strategies, download publications on effective teaching practices, and use tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.

Mountain Plains Adult Education Association
The Mountain Plains Adult Education Association serves members in an eight-state region. The original charter and founding policies were developed in 1945. The four original states were Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 1961, Arizona, Idaho and Nevada joined. Montana became the eighth state in 1988.

National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs
NAASLN is an association for those who serve adults with special learning needs. NAASLN members include educators, trainers, employers and human service providers. NAASLN’s goal is to ensure that adults with specific learning needs have the opportunities necessary to become successful lifelong learners.

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium provides professional development, policy analysis and dissemination of information important to state staff in adult education. The site provides information on national policy and legislation, professional development, national assessments and a job bank.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) for Adult Educators
This site provides information on video and print materials available for EL Civics curriculum, a collection of online articles and websites links, and information on workshops.

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)
This site provides information that promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.

Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education
The mission of the Utah Association of Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE), as the primary advocate for lifelong learning, is to meet the diverse needs of all Utahns by providing and supporting quality educational opportunities.

Utah Education Network Professional Development
UEN offers free in-person and online workshops that cover a wide variety of technology and curriculum topics, ranging from basics like how to create presentations and use the internet effectively to sophisticated online authoring with graphic animation.

The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for teachers of adults in Virginia. The website contains information on ESOL programs, learning disabilities, literacy programs, reading and technology, GED®, and workforce education. The site contains lesson plans, links to useful Web sites, and publications. It also contains a feature where questions can be emailed in and answers provided.

World Education: Online Professional Development
World Education offers online professional development opportunities that include self-paced tutorials or courses facilitated by prominent specialists in their field. The site includes course descriptions, schedules, fees, and how to register.