Enhancing Learner Persistence

What’s all the excitement surrounding the topic of learner persistence, how does it differ from student retention and motivation, and how do I encourage my students to persist in their learning? Based on research on factors that promote learner persistence, this workshop engages participants in brainstorming implications for changing practice in the four areas of intake, orientation, instruction, and program activities. Come see what all the excitement is about!



The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of current research on factors that contribute to learner persistence in adult literacy programs and to help participants identify program changes that can be made to enhance learner persistence.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between learner persistence and learner retention;
  2. Describe research findings related to learner persistence and retention in adult literacy programs; 
  3. Discuss implications of research on policy and practice related to enhanced learner persistence;
  4. Plan for systemic changes intended to enhance learner persistence in their programs; and
  5. Identify relevant resources to support program efforts to implement change.