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Learning Communities: Promoting Retention and Persistence in College

The NCTN Research to Practice Briefs are designed to disseminate emerging college transition research from a variety of sources in a user-friendly format. GED recipients and other nontraditional adult learners have very low retention and persistence rates in college. Often, this is because they lack connections to other students and to support services on campus….


Creating Videos to Tell the Story

The NCTN Promising Practice Series presents detailed descriptions of strategies from the field that are designed to promote the successful transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education. If a picture is worth a thousand words, you may find that creating a video is just what you need to get the word out about…


College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation

This facilitated online course is designed to assist educators, counselors, administrators, and postsecondary partners to better prepare their students for postsecondary education. Participants will identify, organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education and training. Then they will consider how to change…


Differentiated Instruction

Adult educators almost always face many different levels of learners in their classrooms, with all the attendant difficulties in teaching. In this facilitated, interactive online course, participants will learn how differentiated instruction can help produce effective teaching. Participants will learn to make the strong learning objectives required to keep multilevel instruction on target. Both research…


Addressing the Impact of Chronic Stress on Learning in the ABE/ESOL Classroom

This facilitated online course explores the ways in which chronic stress, trauma, and adverse life experiences affect learning. Participants are introduced to teaching approaches and strategies that promote emotional and psychological well-being to help students learn more efficiently. They examine their roles as educators in helping learners practice healthy coping skills, develop supports, and connect…


Team Teaching an Integrated Curriculum

Team Teaching an Integrated Curriculum is designed to prepare basic skills and professional-technical instructor teams to work together to provide low-skilled adults the basic and workforce skills they need to succeed along their chosen career pathways. Instructors’ collaboration entails communicating effectively to plan and deliver integrated curriculum, and to maintain a balanced, effective partnership. Register…


Team Teaching – Models and Practice

Team Teaching – Models and Practice is a free, self-paced online course aimed at guiding basic skills and professional-technical instructors in learning how to identify the six models of team teaching, to reflect on their own model preferences and what other models could offer, and to develop an awareness of how team teaching is an…


Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports

This facilitated online course aims to support coaches, advisors, and navigators to provide the comprehensive supports that enable adults to succeed in an integrated career pathway program. Topics include strategies for identifying and engaging adult learners’ aspirations, addressing barriers, and building a comprehensive network of support to promote persistence. Participants identify the key components of…


Finding True North – Role of the Navigator

This free self-paced online course identifies the types of supports that adult learners need to be truly prepared for college and careers. The course introduces the core functions and responsibilities of a navigator, such as coordinating and providing services that supplement academic instruction, which have been found to aid student persistence and success. It also…


Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes

Teaching students how to estimate, do mental math, and use calculators helps them to better understand how to use numbers. This facilitated online course focuses on how to help adult students answer key questions: When is it necessary to have an exact answer, and when is an estimate sufficient? When calculation is necessary, which tool…


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