Resources for Adult Educators

1. Professional Development Training and Workshops

CALPRO LogoCALPRO (California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project) provides professional development opportunities and resources for adult educators throughout the state.

These include institutes and workshops, online courses, research-based publications, study circle facilitator training, among others. Visit the CALPRO Web site ( frequently for additional details and news about upcoming activities.

2. Online Adult Education Information

OTAN LogoOTAN - Outreach & Technical Assistance Network - houses the largest database of adult education materials in the world. Registration is required, but it’s free. Visit the OTAN Web site at to access a variety of materials and other resources for classroom use.

3. Data Collection for Adult Learners

CASAS LogoCASAS - The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System — provides the California Department of Education with a standardized, electronic system for collecting student demographic data and student learning gains.

4. Professional Associations for Adult Educators

ACSA ACSA - Association of California School Administrators
CAEAA CAEAA - California Adult Education Administrators’ Association
CCAE CCAE - California Council of Adult Educators
COABE COABE - Commission on Adult Basic Education

5. Internet Resources

  • Cyberstep
    A partnership of four literacy service innovators addressing the challenge of creating and distributing multimedia learning materials for the hardest-to-serve ABE and ESL adult learners.
    The literacy community's gateway to the world of adult education and literacy resources on the Internet. The goal of LINCS is to bring adult literacy-related resources and expertise to a single point of access for users throughout the world.
    A gateway to electronic resources and tools for the national and international youth and adult literacy communities. This site is jointly sponsored by the International Literacy Institute (ILI) and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
    The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy offers numerous publications and teacher training materials, include Study Circle guides on a variety of topics.
  • The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
    This resource center offers useful online guides for ESL and ABE teachers.

Resources for Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities


  • Adult Learning Quarterly, KET Enterprise Division, 560 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502
  • Focus on Basics, Connecting Research and Practice, World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1211,; The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
  • Focus Bulletin, Focus Publications, 1938 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. Reviewed and funded by the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, International Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714.

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