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Enhancing Professional Development and Staffing Patterns: We are passionate about adult literacy and helping students.

Consensus goal: A network of learning organizations with a culture of innovation that supports a community of dedicated and creative (full-time) professionals who implement evidence-based strategies and reflect on practice to improve outcomes.

How? Quotes lifted from survey responses:

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    Re-design the "system" so that the majority of teachers are full-time.

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      Would like instructional hour rates to support, where possible, the hiring of full time staff, and the provision of adequate paid time for all staff to enable them to participate in staff development and conduct lesson preparation, assessment, and curriculum development activities.

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    Would like programs that can support full-time staff who specialize in the field of adult education, increasing their expertise and deepening their ability to provide effective service to learners.

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      We have a “very dedicated to the adult learner”, passionately committed, socially-conscious field of practitioners (who may soon be retiring).

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    Instructors should have a couple of hours of professional development each week and focus on applications of lessons learned/best practices and home-grown innovations.

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      Additional resources for prep time and staff development for part-time teaching force. It is hard to move forward when we don't invest in this group.

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    Teachers in adult education generally have to train themselves, so we should provide a centralized

internet forum for teachers to access and share information.

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    I'm not convinced that the quality of teaching is at a high level throughout the system.

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      Should have minimum credentials/standards for teachers.

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      Increase counseling staff.

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      Helping programs provide support services such as case management, and employment services to

students would have a significant impact on student retention and achievement.

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    We have improved our tutor training by adding a basic literacy training component so tutors can be

truly prepared to teach either beginner, intermediate or advanced students.

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