If there’s one thing we hear over and over again, it’s that adult literacy and adult basic education programs are looking for quality educational materials for their students and professional development for tutors and staff. ProLiteracy works continuously to provide up-to-date materials and training through the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Education, the National Book Fund grant program, and ProLiteracy Education Network to help meet this need.
Recently, ProLiteracy received a grant from Cornerstone OnDemand, valued at $1 million, to update and expand Education Network. This is great news for adult literacy and adult basic education programs nationwide.
What is ProLiteracy Education Network?
Education Network was first launched in 2011 to provide free instructional resources to adult education practitioners, administrators, and learners. The website houses a collection of courses, videos, lesson plans, and classroom activities designed to facilitate teaching and learning, reading, writing, math, citizenship, and basic life skills.
What’s the NEW ProLiteracy Education Network?
The new Education Network has an even more robust and user-friendly platform to provide online adult education resources. The site has been overhauled from top to bottom, consolidating all of ProLiteracy's resources into one place to improve the user experience and seamlessly connecting the learning management system with the courses and other resources.
Resources that can be found on Education Network include:
- Online courses that are updated and more engaging
- PDFs, links to relevant websites, and interactive classroom activities and exercises
- Demonstration videos and lesson plans
- ProLiteracy's National Quality Standards for Program Management. This is a collection of standards and resources designed to help programs improve their quality and effectiveness
- Topical discussion forums. The emphasis of the forums is to provide a platform for adult literacy advocates to be able to network across the country, share ideas and upload resources. The forums increase the accessibility of quality educational materials and training, and help serve students more efficiently.
Who can use ProLiteracy Education Network?
Most of Education Network’s resources are available for public use—you just have to create an account. But because we consolidated all of ProLiteracy's resources in one place, some of the resources on Education Network are only available to members as a benefit of ProLiteracy membership. A few of the longer online courses have a fee. These will be free to ProLiteracy members.
We are still in the process of updating courses and migrating them to the new site. You will continue to see new, updated courses added over the coming months.
Take a look around the new Education Network and get acquainted with all that it has to offer. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.