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2020 Census Resources – NCL

In the spring of 2020, households across the United States will be asked to participate in the census. The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) put together this collection of resources to help Adult Education professionals talk about the census and help learners understand why their participation is vitally important.

21st Century Skills Resources

The 21st Century Skills Resources from New World of Work offer a soft skills curriculum complete with lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and two video series.

Career Connections

This series of videos provides learners with the opportunity to hear a firsthand account of what it's like to be working in 100 different career fields. The videos could be used to embed career awareness into every day ABE and ESL lessons or to bring a particular career pathway to life for a stand-alone course.

Career Foundations Curriculum and Bridge Program Lesson Plans

The Career Foundations Curriculum, written for students who read at a 4th grade level or above, focuses on career exploration and goal setting. The Bridge Program lesson plans help students prepare for careers in healthcare, early childhood education, or transportation, delivery and logistics (TDL).

CareerKit Project (NYSED/CUNY)

The NYSED/CUNY CareerKit Project is a library of hundreds of contextualized high-quality lessons that instructors can pick and choose from to suit the needs of their learners and program. The kits were developed to introduce learners to careers in ten different sectors, while also building core reading, writing, research and math skills.

Culips

The Culips website houses over 400 audio episodes that can be used to teach "conversational English for everyday use." The searchable website makes it easy to find an episode that discusses themes related to a variety of common ESL topics, such as wellness, employment, and hobbies.

Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Education

This digital citizenship curriculum is helpful for teaching learners how to safely navigate online content. Lessons include topics such as why people publish misleading or false information online, how to interpret an online news article, and how to assess the validity of online information.

English as a Second Language Podcast

English as a Second Language Podcast was developed to help students learn English by listening to short, engaging conversations about high-interest topics. Use it with your ELL students to help them develop essential learning strategies such as making predictions, making use of background knowledge to understand new ideas and identifying main idea when reading and listening.

Film English

The Film English website is an expansive collection of video clips that can be used to teach a variety of effective communication skills by providing examples of gestures, body language, and other non-verbal communication that cannot easily be conveyed through sound alone. The searchable website also offers ESL lesson plans to accompany each video.

Growth Mindset Toolkit

This resource includes research about the benefits of fostering a growth mindset and videos and lesson plans that will help teachers talk about mindset with their students.

Integrating Career Awareness Curriculum Guide

This downloadable curriculum guide, including adaptable handouts, focuses on integrating career awareness skills into ABE/ESL classrooms. The curriculum is divided into four sections: The Cultural Context for Career Awareness, The Self-Exploration Process, Occupational Exploration, and Career Planning Skills.

Learning Network

This online resource was developed by the New York Times to help facilitate both teaching and learning with NYT content. It includes a huge variety of articles with question sets, photos and videos, writing prompts, and fully developed lesson plans with high quality downloadable materials.

LearningExpress Library

This online library is a comprehensive collection of resources geared towards helping adults achieve their education and career goals. It covers topics such as job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more.

Managing Stress to Improve Learning

The Managing Stress to Improve Learning project by the New England Literacy Resource Center strives to share resources, activity ideas, routines, and research that will help teachers empower their students to manage their stress in order to better focus on learning.

Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)

This Adult Education version of the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) provides tools and resources on a variety of skill and interest assessments, detailed information on over 500 careers, a resume creator tool, and tips for conducting a successful job search. MCIS is a very powerful and useful tool for programs doing Adult Diploma and for anyone wanting to build career awareness with adult learners.

NewseumED

The Tools for Teaching Media Literacy section of the NewseumED website includes activities, lessons, and case studies that explore how the language in news stories influence us and how to differentiate between fact and opinion, recognize bias, and make decisions that are informed by reliable evidence.

NYSED/CUNY CareerKit Project

The NYSED/CUNY CareerKit Project is a library of hundreds of contextualized high-quality lessons that instructors can pick and choose from to suit the needs of their learners and program. The kits were developed to introduce learners to careers in ten different sectors, while also building core reading, writing, research and math skills.

Paying for College Guide

According to the website, "For many people, how to pay for a college education is one of the first major financial decisions they'll make. These guides cover some of the big decisions you’ll face and will help you understand your options for financing your college education." 

ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization devoted, in part, to promoting critical thinking. They carry out this mission by providing research on controversial issues that help students learn how to question information, evaluate opposing views, and debate important topics.

Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers

The Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers website helps learners explore the field of healthcare. The website contains 175 readings, including pre-reading questions, target vocabulary, a text-dependent question set, and two prompts for writing practice.

Retrieval Practice

Retrieval practice is a learning strategy based on the idea that students need to practice recalling and using the information that they learn in class on a regular basis, and not just when it’s time for a test or quiz. The Retrieval Practice website was created by a cognitive research scientist to be “a hub of research, resources, and teaching strategies based on the science of learning.”

Right Question Institute

Resources to help students develop questioning skills that will enable them to get the answers that they need in order to navigate all of the systems in their lives.

Sample Lessons – Critical Thinking (CT)

Sample "Critical Thinking" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Sample Lessons – Developing a Future Pathway (DFP)

Sample "Developing a Future Pathway" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Sample Lessons – Effective Communication (EC)

Sample "Effective Communication" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Sample Lessons – Learning Strategies (LS)

Sample "Learning Strategies" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Sample Lessons – Navigating Systems (NS)

Sample "Navigating Systems" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Sample Lessons – Self-Management (SM)

Sample "Self-Management" lessons for various learner levels, plus a classroom video and accompanying viewing guide.

Schoology

Schoology is a Learning Management System that enables students to practice a variety of Self-Management and digital literacy skills, and enables teachers to create courses, organize materials and resources in folders, provide easy access to links, create assignments, and set up discussion boards.

Skills Commons

Skills Commons is a collection of Workforce Training-related open educational resources (OERs). The website is fully searchable, enabling users to look for materials by material type, institution, credential type, industry or occupation.

Skills to Pay the Bills

This resource from the United States Department of Labor was designed to teach “soft” or workforce readiness skills. The materials are organized according to six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Street Law

Street Law is a global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to developing classroom and community resources that educate people about law and government. The Street Law Resource Library contains a vast array of teaching activities, lesson plans, case studies, and articles that are organized according to topic, audience, and type.

TeachThought

The TeachThought website has many curated resources for teaching Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy skills, including a podcast and articles for teachers that describe best practices, new approaches, and ways to cultivate a 21st century classroom.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Critical Thinking (CT)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Developing a Future Pathway (DFP)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Effective Communication (EC)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Learning Strategies (LS)

TIF-Lens Webinars provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Navigating Systems (NS)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Self-Management (SM)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

Transitions Integration Framework

The TIF is the cornerstone of ACES and was designed to provide ABE programs and instructors with guidance on the effective integration of transitions skills into instruction at all levels of ABE.

Work Readiness Curriculum

A curriculum designed for use with low-level adult ESL learners (CASAS range 153-210), specifically adults with interrupted formal education. It has a speaking/listening and vocabulary-building focus.