Learner Experience

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist is a chapter in the 2012 book Improving Adult Literacy

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist is a chapter in the 2012 book Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation. At the request of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Research Council convened a committee of experts from many disciplines to synthesize research on literacy and learning in order to improve instruction for those served in adult education in the U.S.  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation, which is based on the report, describes principles of effective instruction to guide those who design and administer adult literacy programs and courses.

Virginia Wizard: Workforce

Use this resource from the Virginia Community College System to access skill and interest assessments,

Use this resource from the Virginia Community College System to access skill and interest assessments, build a resume and job portfolio, locate training opportunities, build a workforce network, and find career resources in learners’ local areas.

Virginia CareerWorks: Workforce Services

The Referral Portal quickly and easily connects individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia to critical

The Referral Portal quickly and easily connects individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia to critical training, career, and support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. A Help Center and video tutorials guide the user through the site. A free account is required to access resources.

Supporting English Language Learners

This resource provides IET programs with instructional supports, career supports, instructional materials, and technology tools

This resource provides IET programs with instructional supports, career supports, instructional materials, and technology tools that can be used to support English language learners in IELCE/IET programs. In addition, it includes a video series in which Virginia IELCE/IET practitioners share their strategies for supporting ELLs in IELCE/IET programs.

Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Region 7

In this video, Brandi Millar, Lord Fairfax Community College Adult Education Instructor, and Kelsey Myers,

In this video, Brandi Millar, Lord Fairfax Community College Adult Education Instructor, and Kelsey Myers, Lord Fairfax Community College Adult Education IELCE and ESL Instructor, discuss how their IELCE IET was designed to support their English language learners by leveraging their employer partner collaborations to offer their learners employer specific contextualized instruction and additional opportunities including internships and industry specific job opportunities. Other supports that they discuss include a thorough vetting process, chunking content, and providing  supplemental instruction in identified content areas.

For more information, please contact Sharon Hetland at shetland@lfcc.edu.

Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

In this video, Melissa Rea, the Associate Director of Academic Operations and Student Supports, highlights

In this video, Melissa Rea, the Associate Director of Academic Operations and Student Supports, highlights some of the supplemental supports that are available for IELCE participants and English language learners at the literacy council including student advisors, supplemental tutoring, conversation classes, and study halls. This program exemplifies how to support ELLs throughout the duration of a program and how to effectively transition learners to their next step in the career pathway.

For more information, contact Melissa Rea at mrea@lcnv.org.

Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Region 21

In this video, Danielle Perry, the IET Coordinator, explains their four step process for supporting

In this video, Danielle Perry, the IET Coordinator, explains their four step process for supporting English language learners in their IELCE program. This process takes learners from ESL classes to workforce training by providing industry bootcamps, tutoring, and career support.

For more information, contact Danielle Perry at Danielle.Perry@nn.k12.va.us.

Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Region 15

In this video, Melinda Dart, the Adult ESL Support Specialist/Assistant Coordinator, shares how their IELCE

In this video, Melinda Dart, the Adult ESL Support Specialist/Assistant Coordinator, shares how their IELCE program supports English language learners. The strategies that are highlighted in this video are creating career pathways, providing tutoring support, and listening to student voice.

For more information, contact Melinda Dart at melinda_dart@ccpsnet.net.

Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Region 6

In this video, Katy Parrish, the Waynesboro Adult Education and Region Six Adult Education Manager,

In this video, Katy Parrish, the Waynesboro Adult Education and Region Six Adult Education Manager, highlights the strategies of leveraging dual-enrollment, creating career pathways, and using a cohort structure to support ELLs in their healthcare and manufacturing IET programs.

Learner Experience

How can we effectively connect with our partners to integrate supportive services for more of

How can we effectively connect with our partners to integrate supportive services for more of our learners? How can we enhance motivation and retention through program supports? Check out these resources for tools and strategies to enhance learners’ experience in an IET.

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