Professional Development

FY20 PD Webinars




Census 2020 and Adult Education: a Call to Action (register here)

Dec. 4, 2:00-3:00 EST

Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community — featuring California’s Adult Education Program (listen here)

Oct. 11, 2:00-3:00 EST 


Below is a list of the webinar offerings by theme, followed by a chronological listing with archived recording links from our FY19 PD Calendar.

FY19 PD Webinars by Theme

Theme: The Evolving Role of Program Managers

Building a teacher pipeline (listen here)                                                         Jan. 11, 1:00-2:00

Differentiated supervision and support (view slides here)                          May 13, 2:00-3:00

Communicating/marketing adult education’s value (listen here)             May 21, 2:00-3:00

Getting more from your data (listen here)                                                      May 30, 2:00-3:00


Theme: Integrating instructional mandates

Where math and ELA skills overlap  (listen here)                                         Jan. 18, 2:00-3:00 

IET programs: how are they evolving? (listen here)                                     March 8, 2:00-3:00  

Incorporating technology to support workforce skills (listen here)          May 2, 2:00-3:00


Theme: Teaching critical thinking in polarized times

Teaching critical thinking and argumentation (listen here)                      Feb. 21, 2:00-3:00

Addressing implicit bias in the classroom (listen here)                              April 9, 2:00-3:00

On the Horizon

Preparing for the XPRIZE Communities Competition                               Feb. 7, 2:00-3:00

[in partnership with the IDEAL Consortium(listen here)]   

Preparing for the 2020 Census (listen here)                                                 June 4, 2:00-3:15

Webinars listed chronologically

Building a Teacher Pipeline

Jan. 11, 1:00-2:00 (listen here)     

The field is facing a wave of staff retirements and the on-going challenge of teacher retention. Many programs are also committed to building a staff that reflects the diversity of their students. Hear how two programs – one primarily ABE and college prep, the other primarily ESOL at all levels – are nurturing teacher pathways for their graduates, moving them from volunteers all the way up to certified teachers.


Don Sands and Manny Knaggs, X-Cel Education
Kevin O’Connor and Luby da Silva, Framingham Adult ESL Plus


Where Math and ELA Skills Overlap

Jan. 18, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)     

Did you know that certain math standards reinforce the standards for reading and writing and vice versa? For example, the math standard #3 — construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others — is very similar to the reading and writing standards that push students to be able to say *why* they think what they think and to make arguments using evidence. Furthermore, math and ELA present overlapping opportunities to teach key basic skills, including: learn complex/nuanced vocabulary, read directions carefully and respond appropriately, organize information, and describe/narrate steps for solving a problem. In this webinar, we will explore these areas of overlap and give you some activities to try out in the classroom.


Cynthia Peters, World Education


Accessing Free Mobile Learning Apps for ESOL and Literacy

Feb. 7, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the requirements, strategies, and timeline of the XPRIZE Communities Competition for those who have joined or are thinking of joining Team WorldEd. We’ll hear about the recruitment strategies being planned and implemented by team members and check in about what assistance and recruitment materials team members would find helpful. 


Silja Kallenbach, World Education
Jen Vanek, World Education

Pre-webinar: Read about the Adult Literacy XPRIZE finalist apps at


Teaching Critical Thinking and Argumentation

Feb. 21, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

There is solid guidance available to help instructors use evidence-based practices to teach math, ELA, or ESOL. But what do we know about teaching critical thinking? Join us to learn specific ways to sharpen analytic skills and help students develop an argument, evaluate evidence, and spot the “logical fallacies” (slippery slope, strawman, etc.) that mislead people and reflect poor argumentation.


Amy Trawick, CALLA

Pre-webinar: A lesson example will be sent out for review in advance of the webinar.


IET programs: how are they evolving?

March 8, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

Two years ago, many adult education programs were implementing their pilot rounds of IET programming. In this webinar, we reconnect with programs that contributed to our IET webinar series in 2016 to find out how their IET programming has developed as they adapt to changes in the economy, learn from past mistakes, build on their strengths, and form new relationships.


Tyla McCaffrey-Pimentel, Genesis Center, Providence, RI
Lyn Warne, RSU 39, Aroostook, Maine
Maureen Moreira, Asian American Community Association, Boston, MA

Pre-webinar: Please listen to our presenters describe their IET programming in 2016.

Tyla presents about their culinary arts and healthcare programming (19:10-30:00)

Maureen presents about their building maintenance (30:20-42:10)

Lyn presents about their boiler operator program (48:25-1:04:00)


Addressing implicit bias in the classroom

April 9, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

We all harbor implicit, unconscious bias based on the images and messages that have surrounded us throughout our lives. These biases follow us into the classroom, as do our political views, spiritual beliefs, and cultural assumptions. This webinar focuses on how to become aware and acknowledge our biases, and how to deal with their appearance in the classroom.


Cynthia Peters, World Education
Andy Nash, World Education

Pre-webinar: Please come to the webinar prepared to share one example of implicit bias that you have either: 1) witnessed, 2) experienced yourself, or 3) expressed yourself. If you would like to take one of Harvard’s implicit bias tests, you can find them here:


Incorporating Technology to Support Workforce Skills

May 2, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

How does a focus on workforce skills shift the way we incorporate technology into instruction? What tools are most useful and how do they prepare adults for the workplace? This webinar will share digital strategies for improving learning and training, mentoring and support, assessment, and job search and placement. We’ll discuss innovative program models and lessons from integrating technology tools in programs across the country.


Priyanka Sharma, World Education
Kathleen O’Connell, World Education

Pre-webinar: In preparation for the webinar, think about a) what tech tools you are currently using in your program/class, and b) in what capacity (for communication, extended learning, career exploration, etc.)


Differentiated supervision and support

May 13, 2:00-3:00 

Changes in the field have given rise to new positions (such as career navigator or transitions counselor), new courses (such as IET), and new instructor qualifications (such as digital literacy), adding complexity to the supervision demands on program managers. This webinar will focus on differentiated supervision of an occupationally diverse staff as the field changes.


Luanne Teller, World Education
Kristin Hempel, EastCONN
Pesha Black, Holyoke CC

Pre-webinar: Before the webinar, please review these Characteristics of Differentiated Supervision and reflect on how they show up in your own program.


Communicating/Marketing Adult Education’s Value

May 21, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

Under WIOA, the job description of program managers has changed in many ways. Directors now need to be able to network with workforce, education, and other community partners; “market” adult education’s value; build partnerships; and braid funding. Hear from program directors that have made this transformation and have things to say about it. Bring your thoughts and questions.


Deanna Strand, Dover Adult Learning Center
Karisa Tashjian, RI Family Literacy Initiative, Providence Public Library

Pre-webinar: Find related resources in NELRC’s archive, specifically:

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock presents on how to talk to employers to place immigrant job-seekers (32:00-47:00)

The Director of Workforce Development at a Boston hospital discusses what they look for and how to engage them (57:00-1:17:30)

Karisa Tashjian talks about marketing workplace education to employers (5:45-21:30)


Getting more from your data

May 30, 2:00-3:00 (listen here)

Data can help demonstrate your program’s effectiveness as help you solve persistent challenges. But you need to ask it the right questions. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies to use your program data to help you strengthen programming, address equity, and improve marketing and promotion.

Priyanka Sharma, World Education

Pre-webinar: Please prepare for the webinar by thinking about a) what data you collect, and b) how you are using your data (beyond state reporting requirements).


Preparing for the 2020 Census

June 4, 2:00-3:15 (listen here)

The Constitution requires that a census of US residents be taken every ten years in order to determine each state’s number of Congressional representatives and the apportionment of billions of federal dollars (including adult education funding). This webinar will review how the 2020 Census works, why it matters, challenges that threaten a full population count, and how adult education programs and libraries can help adults understand and participate in the 2020 Census. 


Andy Nash, World Education

Pre-webinar: TBA