Announcements

New grant funded through the Institutes for Education Sciences

A new grant has been awarded from the Institutes for Education Sciences, Career Pathways Programming for Lower-Skilled Adults and Immigrants:  A Comparative Analysis of Adult Education Providers in High Needs Cities.

 Many adult education providers seek to develop career pathway programs that build low-skilled adult learners' core skills (e.g., math, reading)in preparation for specific careers or fields (e.g., health care). In this project, representatives of adult education programs in Chicago, Miami, and Houston will work with researchers to describe how providers in each city integrate career pathway components into their services. This information will help programs understand and improve practices as well as create the foundation for subsequent collaboration and research.

 This grant is in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy (Esther Prins & Carol Clymer), Houston Center for Literacy (Sheri Foreman Elder), Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Mark Needle), and Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (Rebecca Raymond).

New Practitioner's Guide on Parent Engagement and Leadership

Parent Engagement Leadership Family Literacy

Parent Engagement and Leadership Opportunities:  The benefits for parents, children, and educators
Toso & Grinder (2016)

This Guide discusses incorporating leadership training and opportunities into parent involvement and family literacy programs.  By doing this, parents can have a meaningful voice in social and educational issues, and educators can have a better understanding of the benefits of working with and supporting parent as equal partners in schools and communities.

New Policy Paper - Changing the Course of Family Literacy

family literacy policy Even Start Goodling Institute

Changing the Course of Family Literacy re-examines the importance and value of family literacy programming and offers several policy recommendations to focus attention on the four-component model used in Even Start.  This paper explores the current status of Family literacy and, after gathering information from 47 states, found that 11 states and the District of Columbia funded family literacy programs in 2015-16.  These states and local programs have fostered partnerships and braided funding to preserve and support family literacy programs and services.  This paper poses a rationale and recommendations to support family literacy programs as an essential strategy for assisting low-income families improve their education and employment prospects.

Register Now! Family Literacy Certificate Summer Course

REGISTRATION OPEN

for

ADTED 457: Adult Literacy

 

This course can enhance the work of educators, reading specialists, counselors, social workers, librarians, literacy volunteers, administrators, professional development specialists, medical workers, parents, and more.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy:

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • 3-credit post-baccalaureate courses.
  • Helps professionals gain high quality, research-based knowledge about family literacy.
  • Act 48 approved provider for PA educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Use credits toward electives for other World Campus online programs, including master of education programs in adult education and curriculum and instruction.

Adult Literacy (ADTED 457) provides practitioners with an overview of adult literacy issues, research, theory, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy and how they pertain to the many roles of parents, workers, and community members.

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Edith Gnanadass at eng113 @psu.edu or 814-865-6686 or link to http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/family-literacy-certificate/overview

Register Now! Course Offerings for the ABE Certificate

Registration Open

Adult Basic Education Certificate Summer Courses

May 15 to August 9, 2017

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate is geared toward professionals working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency. Penn State is one of the first universities to offer a fully online certificate in adult basic education.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • Three required courses and one elective tailored to student interests.
  • Approved Act 48 provider for Pennsylvania educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research based knowledge about ABE, especially literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • Use credits to fulfill requirements for the M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.

ABE Certificate courses available in summer 2017:

-     ADTED 460:  Introduction to Adult Education (required)

-     ADTED 470:  Introduction to Distance Education (elective)

-     ADTED 505:  The Teaching of Adults (elective)

-     ADTED 506:  Program Planning in Adult Education (elective)

-     APLNG802:   Focus on English:  Teaching Form, Meaning and Use (elective)

-     APLNG808:   Focus on Instruction:  Teaching and Assessing Language Learning (elective)

The required course ADTED 560 (Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults) is under development and will be offered in fall 2017.

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

For information about the Certificate, contact Edith Gnanadass at eng113@psu.edu or 814-865-6686 or link to http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-adult-basic-education- certificate/overview