New Section 353 Training Activities for State-Administered Adult Education Programs.Report as inadecuate

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This report presents the findings of a rapid response inquiry about the new training opportunities afforded through an amendment to Section 353 of the Adult Education Act that increased the state set-aside for innovative demonstration projects and teacher training projects. The report also describes a number of activities supporting the newly established State Literacy Resource Centers (SLRCs) Program. Summaries of responses to three questions asked of State Directors of Adult Education are included for each of the participating states in Areas I-IV. The three questions concern the following: (1) what new training (professionalization) activities had been launched this program year, (2) how the decision was arrived at, and (3) how the effectiveness of what has been put in place will be evaluated. States within each area are arranged alphabetically. An introductory overview notes that certain recurring training programs are clearly emphasized in the responses--the learning disabled, SLRCs, English as a Second Language, the Pelavin teacher training modules, and training for new teachers and that the decision making process reveals how staff development activities were delineated in accordance with feedback from surveys, findings, and evaluations. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Decision Making, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, English (Second Language), Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Learning Disabilities, Literacy Education, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Resource Centers, Second Language Instruction, Staff Development, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education

Author: Office of Vocational and Adult Education ED, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.



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