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NELRC’s professional development expertise is based on work with practitioners in the region since 1994. Currently, we focus on the following topics. They can be combined and adapted to different contexts. Please contact us to find out more about each topic and our fees.

Civic Literacy and Participation

College Transitions

  • Planning and designing college transition programs
  • Developing instructional content and support services
  • Serving students with learning disabilities
  • Creating program management & evaluation tools
  • Forming partnerships with postsecondary institutions
  • Developing program guidelines and funding programs
  • See the website

Computer Technology Integration

  • Using the Web in instruction
  • Using computers to teach reading
  • Using computers as a tool for project-based learning

Learner Persistence

  • Research-based strategies for improving persistence
  • Building program-based persistence plans
  • Implementing persistence strategies in classrooms and programs
  • Policies that support persistence
  • Engaging students in addressing persistence barriers
  • See our report


  • Participatory Adult ESOL Instruction
  • Putting the "Civics" into EL/Civics
  • ESL for the Workplace

Multiple Intelligences and Brain-Based Learning

  • Multiple Intelligences in Adult Learning
  • Multiple Intelligences in Adult ESOL Instruction
  • Building Community through Multiple Intelligences
  • Multiple Intelligences in Career Planning
  • Teacher Research in the AMI Study
  • Brain-based Learning

Organizational Development for Adult Literacy Programs

  • Strategic planning
  • Program improvement
  • Board development
  • Equipped For the Future (EFF) standards-based instruction and assessment
  • Using the EFF standards for program improvement
  • Implementing curriculum frameworks


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