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The West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) Program is funded by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, enacted August 7, 1998 as Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

WVAdultEd is administered through the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330.

The WVAdultEd Instructor Handbook is produced by the WVAdultEd Professional Development Program, whose fiscal agent is the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 3, 501 22nd Street, Dunbar, West Virginia 25064-1711.



For questions or concerns related to the content of the WVAdultEd Instructor Handbook, contact Cathy Shank at the WV Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670, or via email at cshank@k12.wv.us.

RESA 3 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in access to, employment in, or provision of any of RESA 3’s programs, benefits, or activities.


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West Virginia Adult Education: Programs and Resources


Program Overview 1

WEST VIRGINIA ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM 5

COMPONENTS OF THE West Virginia ADULT EDUCATION (WVAdultEd) PROGRAM 8

WVAdultEd SUPPORT SERVICES 12

PARTNERS IN ADULT EDUCATION, LITERACY, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT IN WEST VIRGINIA 18

APPENDIX 26




Program Overview


The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognizes that today's workplace presents numerous opportunities and challenges for adults in West Virginia. Employers need workers with strong basic skills and an ability to adapt to change. Today's families are faced with multiple responsibilities as they address their children's educational needs as well as their own. Special populations, such as the homeless and incarcerated, must deal with additional challenges in order to lead safe and productive lives.

To effectively serve the foundational learning needs of these diverse groups, a learning system that is flexible and responsive is necessary. The West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) program has developed such a system for adult learners.

WVAdultEd programs build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as workers, family members, and citizens. These programs play an important role in fostering productive employment, effective citizenship, personal and family growth, self-esteem, and dignity for adult learners.

Educational services are available at no cost to adult learners and are designed to meet the educational needs of each individual. Certified adult education instructors provide instruction.


Federal Role in Adult Education


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014 replacing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. WIOA reauthorizes Title II: the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

WIOA retains and expands the purposes of AEFLA. Under WIA, AEFLA aimed to help adults improve their educational and employment outcomes, become self-sufficient, and support the educational development of their children, but under WIOA, AEFLA’s purposes have been expanded to include assisting adults to transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathway programs. Further, WIOA formalizes the role of adult education in assisting English language learners to acquire the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy.

Title II of WIOA provides the framework for the West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) program. The federal Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) provides grants to states to fund adult education and literacy services, including workplace literacy; family literacy; English language acquisition and integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation, or integrated education and training.

Individuals eligible to receive services must be at least 16 years of age and not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law. Additionally, an eligible individual must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) be basic skills deficient, 2) not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or 3) be an English language learner.

The amount of funding each state receives is based on a formula established by Congress. States, in turn, distribute funds to local eligible entities to provide adult education and literacy services. In our state, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) distributes these federal funds to local programs.

The National Reporting System (NRS) is the accountability system mandated by the federal government. The NRS (http://www.nrsweb.org/) includes student measures to describe adult education students, program participation and assessment of the impact of adult education instruction, methodologies for collecting the measures, reporting forms and procedures, and training and technical assistance activities to assist states in collecting the measures.

States are required to report data to the NRS, to meet performance standards for student outcome measures, and to assess local program effectiveness using these standards.


State Role in Adult (Basic) Education


The West Virginia State Legislature also provides funding to support WVAdultEd. Both federal and state WVAdultEd funds are administered in accordance with an approved five-year state plan through the WVDE Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development. Funding is distributed to local programs through an annual competitive grant process.

The WVAdultEd state and regional staff based at WVDE and at Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) provide technical assistance to local programs in the areas of program administration; instructor training; student retention; delivery systems; assessment, curriculum; disabilities and other special learning needs; English Language Acquisition (ELA); technology; high school equivalency assessment; evaluation and monitoring; and other associated issues.



According to the West Virginia State Board of Education Policy 2420, the following are the Adult Basic Education (ABE): Essential Elements (§126-57-4):

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs will provide instruction in foundational skills related to employment, family, educational, civic and personal goals.

  • Each ABE program will develop a planning document that specifies program goals and objectives and is regularly reviewed and revised.

  • Each ABE program will develop and utilize a needs assessment system to determine the type of course offerings, preferred locations and class scheduling most appropriate to meet the needs of the community.

  • ABE programs will develop a system for obtaining continual community input and coordination to ensure that services are relevant, to avoid duplication of effort and to create a smooth transition of services for the adult learner.

  • ABE programs will target student recruitment activities toward adults most in need of educational and life skill services.

  • Curriculum and instruction will be geared to a variety of student learning styles and levels of student needs.

  • Emphasis will be placed on the use of technology as an instructional tool and a learning skill for participant use.

  • Adults with special learning needs will be identified and provided with appropriate accommodations for learning.

  • Community support services will be identified and utilized to meet the adult learners’ needs.

  • ABE classes will be located in facilities that are safe, handicapped-accessible and conducive to learning.

  • Adult learners will be assisted to improve in foundational skills that: (1) support their educational needs; (2) enhance existing strengths; (3) enable them to function more effectively in their roles as worker, parent and citizen; and (4) prepare them for further education or training.

  • A data collection system will be utilized to document and record participant achievement.

  • ABE program instructors will participate in an ongoing process for professional development that considers the specific needs of its staff and adult learners.

  • A continuous improvement process will be executed to ensure that all services are of the highest quality and meet standards of accountability.


County/Local Role in Adult Education


Many WVAdultEd local programs are operated through county boards of education that designate one employee to serve as County WVAdultEd Director. This individual is responsible for determining the need for WVAdultEd programs within the county, promoting these programs, recruiting students, coordinating the scheduling of WVAdultEd classes, hiring instructors, and overseeing financial and attendance reports. In a few counties, the RESA performs these functions.

Programs are also offered through volunteer literacy programs, community-based organizations, and institutional education programs with their own local program coordinators.



For a list of adult education local program directors, check online at https://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/ADULT%20EDUCATION%20COUNTY%20DIRECTORS%20FY%202014%20-%202015.xlsx.

WEST VIRGINIA ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM


We Build Skills for Success

Our Vision


To be a highly valued provider of quality educational programs that offer every adult in West Virginia an opportunity to build skills for success.

To realize this vision, we will:

  • Increase the foundational skills and literacy levels of adults in West Virginia.

  • Focus on customer needs.

  • Be recognized leaders in adult literacy and foundational skills development.

  • Value and support dedicated skilled staff and volunteers in their literacy efforts.

  • Be a key player in the state’s workforce development system.

  • Enhance the design and delivery of flexible, affordable adult education programs and services.

  • Be a valued participant in the continuum of adult education opportunities.

  • Meet performance expectations through continuous improvement.

Our Mission


To enable adult learners to be literate, productive, and successful in the workplace, home, and community by delivering responsive adult education programs and services.

To accomplish this, we will:

  • Recognize and accommodate the varied learning needs, levels, and goals of diverse adult learners.

  • Use resources effectively and efficiently to provide a network of quality, affordable programs and services at the local, regional, and state levels.

  • Collaborate with other organizations and initiatives with shared purposes.

  • Recognize and support the important role that parents play in the educational success of their children.

  • Position basic skill development as an integral part of economic development.

  • Provide flexible opportunities for adults to obtain high school credentials and workplace skills.

  • Foster a talented, dedicated staff by offering ongoing support and professional development opportunities.

  • Provide research-based content, methods, and materials in meeting the expectations of our customers.

  • Utilize technology to deliver and expand innovative programs and services.

  • Monitor and continually improve our performance.

Our Core Values


 Quality  Integrity  Lifelong Learning  Teamwork  Service



The key words representing our core values spell out the word QUILTS. The design of WVAdultEd’s QUILTS reminds us of our commitment to reach our vision and fulfill our mission through valued guiding principles. Our values help cultivate highly satisfied customers, pride of accomplishment among staff, and a positive reputation for our organization and its work.

We take responsibility for QUALITY…

by being accountable for delivering effective and efficient programs, having a commitment to excellence, practicing continuous performance and process improvement, creating best practices, and individually pursuing professional growth.

We act with INTEGRITY in all we do…

by always being respectful, honest, truthful, and accountable; being good stewards of resources; demonstrating ethical conduct; and building trust as individuals and as an organization.

We cherish LIFELONG LEARNING…

by recognizing every adult’s inherent ability to learn, inspiring a quest for knowledge, ensuring access for all who desire to learn, fostering a positive learning environment, helping adults achieve their personal learning goals, acknowledging different learning styles, embracing diversity, and championing individual worth.

We embrace TEAMWORK …

through effective collaboration with all partners, using participatory planning, open communication, and decision-making in pursuing common goals.

We are committed to SERVICE…



that is historically rooted in strong customer service by listening, understanding, and meeting the needs of those we serve; exceeding all expectations; being responsive and innovative to emerging adult educational needs; and staying focused on changing customer requirements.

Our Goals


  1. Sustain a high-performing, resource-balanced, flexible, and customer-focused organization by strengthening its structure and operations.

  2. Identify, design, and implement quality programs and services that address customer needs.

  3. Sustain organizational values and processes that develop, engage, and reward employees and cultivate a commitment to excellence.

  4. Establish and sustain collaborative relationships with other organizations to strengthen and expand adult education programs and services.

  5. Use technology to improve communication, efficiency, delivery of instruction, and ease of access to programs and services.

  6. Raise awareness of the organization and promote a positive image of its work.

  7. Use an effective continuous improvement process that ensures accountability balanced to the needs of the customers and staff.


COMPONENTS OF THE West Virginia ADULT EDUCATION (WVAdultEd) PROGRAM

What is Adult Education (AdultEd)?


Adult Education (AdultEd) is designed to satisfy the basic literacy needs of adults; to improve and/or upgrade information processing skills and computational skills leading to a high school equivalency diploma or entry into post-secondary education; to satisfy the continuing education demands of adults in the current labor market; to improve self-esteem of adults; and to empower adults to achieve their goals.

What are the target populations served by WVAdultEd?


  • Adults and out-of-school youth seeking a high school equivalency diploma

  • Adults preparing for college entrance or for enrollment in other post-secondary education or training

  • Unemployed or under-skilled workers seeking to obtain or retain a job, or to get a promotion

  • Adults seeking to improve basic academic and computer skills for daily living

  • Parents of young children

  • Adults with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) seeking to improve English language skills, or prepare for U.S. citizenship and naturalization

  • Teenage high school dropouts seeking to obtain or retain a driver’s license

  • Adults in correctional facilities and regional jails

  • Recipients of public assistance

  • Residents of homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters

  • Home-based adult learners seeking online basic skills study opportunities

What does the WVAdultEd program include?


  • Basic Skills Instruction in reading, writing, math, listening, and speaking

  • College and Career Readiness Instruction

  • High School Equivalency Assessment (TASC test) Preparation in science, social studies, mathematics, reading, writing, and calculator training in preparation for the state-approved high school equivalency assessment

  • High School Equivalency Readiness Assessment Administration for documenting readiness to take the state-approved high school equivalency assessment (TASC test)

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages in pre-literacy, reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, U.S. history and government, and cultural literacy

  • Preparation for Specialized Examinations such as the ACT, SAT, ASVAB, LPN Entrance, Civil Service, U.S. Citizenship exam, TOEFL, etc.

  • Critical Thinking Instruction in goal setting, coping with change, problem solving, decision making, and parenting

  • Interpersonal Skills Instruction in workplace professionalism, diversity, working productively, controlling anger, dealing with difficult situations, job retention, and conflict resolution

  • Resource Management Instruction in time management, money management, and maintaining balance in family and work

  • Personal Qualities Instruction in personal accountability, self-esteem, workplace ethics, substance abuse, stress management, employee accountability, and values, ethics, and character

  • Communication Basic Instruction in communication strategies, listening for understanding, communicating with the public, and communicating assertively

  • Information Use Instruction in workplace rights, job search, interviewing skills, and employment portfolio

What specialized programs are a part of WVAdultEd?


  • Distance Education
    Distance education makes it possible for adult learners to study outside the traditional classroom setting. Classroom instructors may apply to become a certified distance education instructor. Once they have completed the required Certified Distance Education Instructor Home Study Module, certified distance education instructors will be able to get credit for hours their students are working on a state-approved curriculum outside of the classroom. See Section 13 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Rebecca Metzger, Phone: 1-800-257-3723 ext. 202.
    Email: bkelly@k12.wv.us; rmetzger@k12.wv.us.

  • English Language Acquisition (ELA)
    The English Language Acquisition (ELA) program addresses the needs of adult English Language Learners (ELLs) including immigrants, temporary residents, and citizens of the U.S. whose native language is not English or who live in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language. See Section 14 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Cathy Shank, Phone: 1-800-257-3723 ext. 112.
    Email: cshank@k12.wv.us.

  • Hit the Ground Running (HTGR)
    Hit the Ground Running is an intensive 4-week, 120-hour job readiness course that integrates applied academics, computer literacy, and work process skills that is provided by WVAdultEd in collaboration with WorkForce WV. See Section 16 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Julie Hagan, Phone: 304-485-6513 ext. 1320.
    Email: jhagan@k12.wv.us.

  • Institutional Education
    Correctional facilities and regional jails offer a full-range of basic education services. See Section 15 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Jacob Green, Phone: 304-558-8833.
    Email: jgreen@k12.wv.us.

  • Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IEL/CE)

The goal of Integrated English Language and Civics Education (IEL/CE) is to prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment with in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency. See Section 14 of this Handbook for more detailed information.

Contact: Cathy Shank, Phone: 1-800-257-3723 ext. 112.
Email: cshank@k12.wv.us.

  • SPOKES
    Strategic Planning in Occupational Knowledge for Employment and Success (SPOKES) is an academic and job preparation skills program under contract between the WVDE Office of Adult Education and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). The SPOKES class is a 10-week program consisting of assessment, job readiness, work process skills, computer skills, WorkKeys academics, and vocational training in Customer Service 1 and 2, Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)®, Microsoft® Office Certifications, and Intuit® QuickBooks, and Adobe Certified Associate (ACA). See Section 16 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Debi Conrad, 304-558-0280 ext. 53530.
    Email: dkconrad@k12.wv.us.

  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Testing
    Testing facilities throughout the state offer the TASC test to adults who want to attain the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma. Readiness assessments (TRA, OPT, etc.) to verify readiness for this testing are offered in every WVAdultEd classroom. See Section 12 of this Handbook for more detailed information.
    Contact: Debra Kimbler, Phone: 1-800-642-2670 or 304-558-6315 ext. 53529.
    Email: dkimbler@k12.wv.us.

  • Workplace Education
    Workplace Education provides customized basic skills instruction for incumbent workers and/or potential workers. Training can be in applied basic skills (such as workplace English as a second language, pre-statistical process math, report writing) or in specified workplace essential skills (such as problem solving, communication, goal setting) depending on the expressed needs of the company/business. Additionally, the Workplace Education program can provide ACT WorkKeys® Job Profiling. Most workplace education services are fee-based.
    Contact: Robin Asbury, Phone: 304-695-1182
    Email: wvworkplace@gmail.com.

Where are WVAdultEd programs and services located?


In order to reach its target populations in the most convenient locations, West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) services are offered in numerous settings throughout the state.

Full-time and part-time WVAdultEd programs are usually located in:



  • Adult Learning Centers

  • Career and Technical Centers

  • Community Centers

  • Community and Technical Colleges

  • Correctional Facilities

  • Public Libraries

  • Public School Buildings

  • WorkForce West Virginia Career Centers

Other potential settings for WVAdultEd programs include:



  • Churches

  • Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)

  • Department of Health and Human Resource (DHHR) Facilities

  • Homeless Shelters

  • Hospitals

  • Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Facilities

  • School Board Offices

  • Senior Centers

  • Storefronts

  • Work Sites

To locate a class:



  • Class Location Directory

http://www.wvabe.org/class_directory/index.cfm.

  • Adult Education/Literacy Directory by County

https://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/Connections_pdf/adult%20education%20literacy.pdf.

  • Toll-Free Adult Education Hotline

1-800-642-2670

What is the meaning of all these acronyms?


As with any organization, there are many acronyms connected to the program. A list of Commonly Used Acronyms associated with the WVAdultEd program is found in the Section 1 Appendix.

WVAdultEd SUPPORT SERVICES


The WV Adult Education (WVAdultEd) program offers a variety of resources and services to adult education and literacy instructors, volunteers, and students throughout the state of West Virginia. You may call the toll-free Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670, for assistance in any of the areas below or contact the resource person listed.

AEMIS Technical Assistance


The Adult Education Management Information System, better known as AEMIS, is a web-enabled management information system (MIS) developed to meet the individual needs of WVAdultEd programs, while meeting the guidelines of the National Reporting System. Grantee data managers and assistant grantee data managers are responsible for “managing” AEMIS to ensure that student data (enrollment, exit/withdrawal, attendance) is entered into AEMIS accurately and timely. To learn more about AEMIS, refer to the AEMIS User Guide at http://www.wvabe.org/UserGuide.htm.

AEMIS technical assistance managers (Section 1 Appendix) provide technical assistance to data managers and provide technical assistance to local AEMIS users as needed via phone or email.
Contact: Louise Miller, lbmiller@k12.wv.us.

DHHR Special Services (SPOKES and SPOKES Assessment)


The SPOKES coordinator is the liaison between the West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) program and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and coordinates SPOKES classes; basic skills assessment; and learning needs and mental health screening for DHHR clients. The curriculum and instruction coordinator assists SPOKES instructors and career development consultants in serving WV Works students enrolled in SPOKES classes. The SPOKES specialist maintains required statistical reports, manages software licenses and vocational certificates specific to SPOKES, and provides technical assistance to both instructors and coordinators in programmatic activities.

Contacts: Debi Conrad, Coordinator (SPOKES and Assessment Programs), dkconrad@k12.wv.us, Pat Johnson, Coordinator (Curriculum and Instruction), pejohnson@k12.wv.us, Christina Harper, SPOKES Specialist, cdharper@k12.wv.us.

Distance Education Services


The distance education coordinator oversees the activities of West Virginia’s adult distance education program. Office personnel refer students who call the WV Adult Education Hotline to local programs for orientation to distance education. The distance education coordinator is also responsible for the training of classroom instructors who wish to become certified distance education instructors; for developing and monitoring program procedures; for reviewing and piloting online software; and for developing state and federal reports related to distance education.

Contact: Rebecca Metzger, rmetzger@k12.wv.us.

Listservs


The WVAdultEd program has one main listserv. The WVABE-Updates listserv was created to reach all adult education personnel throughout the state. WVABE-Updates is an “announcements only” list. All new practitioners are automatically added to WVABE-Updates after completing pre-service. Postings to this listserv are limited to messages considered essential information for all WVAdultEd personnel. Members cannot reply or post to this listserv without going through the list manager. The types of information sent include:

  • Program Directives and Policy Changes

  • AEMIS Updates and NRS Policy Changes

  • TASC Updates and Scholarship Information

  • WIOA Updates

  • Professional Development Announcements

  • Conference Announcements

  • Our Newsletter or Information Exchange

Listserv members may request that their email address be changed or removed at any time by contacting Cathy Shank at 1-800-257-3723 ext. 112 or cshank@k12.wv.us. It is not polite to reply to the whole listserv when you want to be removed.

The West Virginia Adult Education Association (WVAEA, Inc.) and the West Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Association (WVTESOL) also have listservs with specific information for their members that you may join when you become a member.
If you are a member of one of these listservs and would like to post a message to a listserv, use the correct address:


  • WVAEA-L (WV Adult Education Association members)

WVAEA-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU

  • WVTESOL-L (WV Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages members) WVTESOL-L@listserv.WVNET.EDU

You can reply to any message you receive on any of these listservs by simply hitting reply. It is suggested that before replying to a listserv, you consider whether your reply is information that others will find important, or if you should be replying only to the individual who posted.



Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@k12.wv.us.

LiveBinder


WVAdultEd personnel have compiled a collection of instructional resources that have been organized in an online binder known as the WVAdultEd LiveBinder (http://www.tinyurl.com/wvabe.) These resources are divided into the following topics:


  • Career Awareness

  • Career Pathways

  • College and Career Readiness Standards Resources

  • College Prep

  • Computer Skills Resources

  • ESL

  • Financial Literacy

  • GED® Info

  • Learning Styles Inventories

  • Lesson Plans – Other Resources

  • Lesson Plans – WVAdultEd

  • Life Skills

  • Mark Moore’s Suggested Resources

  • Math

  • Reading

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Special Learning Needs

  • TASC Test Info

  • Teacher Tools/Resources

  • Test Preparation

  • Universal Design and Differentiated Instruction

  • WIOA

  • Writing

  • WVAdultEd Program Links

  • Youth

If you have online resources you would like to share on the WVAdultEd LiveBinder, you may submit your link(s) by completing the online suggestion form at https://wvabepd.wufoo.com/forms/suggested-links-for-live-binder/.



Contact: Lee Ann Browning, leeann.browning@k12.wv.us.
Professional Development (PD) Services
The professional development (PD) office oversees pre-service and in-service professional development opportunities for WVAdultEd practitioners and tracks attendance at conference and training sessions using the AEMIS professional development database. To see the PD training sessions being offered, go to our website at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/. Click on Calendars and choose: Professional Development Calendar. For more information about PD requirements, see Section 2 of this Handbook.

Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@k12.wv.us or Pam Young, pbryan@k12.wv.us.

Publications


  • ConXtions
    The Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development and Regional Education Service Agency 3 (RESA 3) collaborated to provide the 2006 version of ConXtions. A PDF version (divided by topic area) may be downloaded at the following web address: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/connections.htm.

The Adult Education/Literacy section (updated February 2015) provides locations and contact information for West Virginia Adult Education (WVAdultEd) and literacy programs, state-approved high school equivalency testing centers, public libraries, and information on financial assistance for continuing education. It may be downloaded at the following web address: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/Connections_pdf/adult%20education%20literacy.pdf



Contact: Lee Ann Browning, leeann.browning@k12.wv.us.


  • Instructor Handbook
    The WVAdultEd Instructor Handbook is revised and published annually. A PDF version of each section of the Handbook may be downloaded from the WVAdultEd website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/teacherhandbook.htm.
    Contact: Cathy Shank, cshank@k12.wv.us or Rebecca Metzger, rmetzger@k12.wv.us.

Schoology WVAdultEd Teacher Group


Schoology is an online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that WVAdultEd uses to provide pre-service and in-service activities. Pre-service and In-service PD activities are found on Schoology. Each Course has a specific access code. Practitioners also interact on Schoology via Groups. For the WVAdultEd Teacher Group, the Access Code is: GBBPW-422T9. This group allows practitioners to interact and share materials and ideas.

Contact: Pam Young, pbryan@k12.wv.us or Cathy Shank, cshank@k12.wv.us.
Special Populations Services
The professional development office provides special population services in the areas of literacy, disabilities and other special needs, as well as access to specialized assessment instruments, educational materials, and instructor training opportunities.

Contact: Pam Young, pbryan@k12.wv.us or Cathy Shank, cshank@k12.wv.us.


  • Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs
    Assessment instruments and materials are available in Braille, large print, and audiocassette versions. See the WVAdultEd Special Learning Needs LiveBinder for links to the following: vision resources, hearing resources, family literacy resources, legal information, health services resources, and regional family resource networks.




  • English Language Learners (ELLs)
    English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment instruments, texts, and other educational materials are available for loan. In addition, assessments and test preparation materials are available in Spanish.




  • Family Literacy
    For information regarding family literacy, visit the following web page: http://wvde.state.wv.us/abe/file-cabinet/index.html#familylit




  • Low Level Readers
    Literacy level assessment instruments and educational materials for low level readers are available for loan through the Special Populations Coordinator. Join the WV Literacy Providers Listserv to communicate with other adult literacy providers about issues related to low level readers.




  • Special Learning Needs Resources for the Adult Educator

The WVAdultEd LiveBinder, located at http://www.tinyurl.com/wvabe, contains resources for the adult educator. Click on the Special Learning Needs tab on the WVAdultEd LiveBinder to access resources for the following topics:


    • National and State Hotline Directory

    • College Resources

    • Health Services Resources

    • Hearing Resources

    • Vision Resources

    • Legal Information

    • Family Literacy Resources

    • Regional Family Resource Networks




  • Toll-Free Adult Education Hotline, 1-800-642-2670
    Call the hotline to find out about appropriate programs and services in your local area. You may also call the hotline to connect with state level program personnel without incurring long distance charges.




  • Volunteer Literacy Services
    West Virginia's adult literacy organization, Literacy West Virginia, has a network of trained volunteers that provide confidential, individualized one-on-one and small group tutoring in literacy, basic skills, computer, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Technology Integration Specialists (TIS)
WVAdultEd Technology Integration Specialists (Section 1 Appendix) are classroom instructors who were selected because of their interest and expertise in the area of technology. Once selected, the instructors enter an intensive technology training program that is designed to provide them with the 21st century skills and tools necessary to assume the role of a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS). Participants in this initiative receive the equivalent of 320 hours of professional development over the course of a program year. Completers of the program may then apply for the TIS advanced credential awarded by the Office of Professional Preparation.
Contact: Louise Miller, lbmiller@k12.wv.us.




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