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As states are moving forward with developing unified and combined state plans under WIOA, the needs of adult education classrooms are evolving. This presentation focuses on the high-level details of WIOA, why the law was written to include a customer focus, the influences globally on the workforce and the importance of career pathways. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the WIOA legislation, as well as strategies for implementation.

What makes a student learn faster? One aspect is engagement. Once your students are engaged, they’re absorbing material, not letting it slide over them. The Essential Education program is designed for engagement with virtual students your class can relate to, and with real-life, practical application of material. A second aspect is targeted learning and pacing. Students learn at their own pace with lessons tailored for them, and that equates to faster learning.

 
 

Libraries and Literacies are Synonymous:
Let's talk about WIOA and its impacts on libraries, adult education & workforce development programs.

Filling in the WIOA Gap:
An ESL/ABLE Live Binder with FREE Career, Civics, and Workforce Prep Curriculum for the WIOA Classroom.

 
 

Is WIOA Good for Adult Learners?  A Response to Amy Pickard's Forum Essay
Pickard’s essay offers a provocative analysis of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that is important for any educator to read, especially educators who work with adult learners in postsecondary education.

WIOA: Implications for Low-Scoring Adult Learners
A substantial proportion of participants in public adult education programs struggle with “basic” academic print literacy skills. According to the 2014-2015 National Reporting System (NRS) data, 48.7% of the national adult basic education/adult secondary education.

 
 

Integrated Education and Training: Model Programs for Building Career Pathways for Participants at Every Skill Level

The final Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act regulations released in July 2016 provide both assurance and incentives for adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary education partners to design and implement a key strategy in career pathways: Integrated Education and Training (IET).

IET is a promising practice based in adult learning theory. Through IET programs, participants seek goal-oriented, relevant, practical knowledge. The opportunity costs of education for individuals with family and work responsibilities can be offset by offering education that truly leads to educational and economic mobility.

With final regulations now complete, state and local leaders can begin to scale up their IET strategy and bring IET to all populations at every skill level.