Adult literacy education is a burgeoning field and staying abreast of the research, best practices, and information is essential for practitioners at all levels of experience. To that end, there are many field-related resources (books, articles, websites, professional development workshops, and professional organizations) available to practitioners.
Educators of adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) continually seek resources to enhance their skills and knowledge. There are numerous colleges, universities, and professional organizations throughout New York City that offer professional development workshops, degree and certificate programs.
Here are three resources among many others that you will want to review:
- Adult Numeracy Network (http://www.adultnumeracynetwork.org/) states its mission: “We are a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, we encourage collaboration and leadership, and we influence policy and practice in adult math instruction.”
- “Reading Comprehension Requires Knowledge—of Words and the World” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is a fascinating, informative article in which he articulates the importance of fluency and domain knowledge, and explains the differences between expert and novice readers.
- Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers by Susan McShane (National Institute for Literacy): This resource “builds a basic understanding of research-based reading instruction” and “help instructors and programs become more capable of applying research-based principles for reading assessments and instruction.”