Instructional and Professional Development Materials
Internet Tutorials/Web Design Guides
Media Literacy/Web Literacy
Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse
Funded by the US Dept. of Education, this site is a repository for approaches to the development and implementation of various topic standards: math, reading, writing, college and career readiness.
Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
The federal Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) provides a well-designed, content-rich guide to fostering
collaboration among social service providers, with annotated links to research articles and websites covering professional development.
Dave's ESL Cafe
Now a tad heavy with job and sponsor links, the site still offers a treasure trove of useful student resources. Two other features of note: the ESL Idiom Page and the ESL Cafe Bookstore.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Once a system of 26 clearinghouses, ERIC was reconfigured in 2004 as a database-driven single site. You may check their list of selected topics, search the ERIC database, and print off ERIC documents.
English as a Second Language
Maintained by Rong-chang Li, a linguist and software developer, this site provides a simple gateway to websites of possible interest to intermediate and
advanced ESL learners and their teachers. Click on any of the broad skill areas listed and you'll be presented with a dozen-plus selections.
ESL Lesson Plans and Resources
Basically a meta-site (or pointer list) which connects you to nearly two-dozen sites chock full of lesson
plans for your perusal, complemented by links to ESL/ESOL organizations and associations.
GED Math Practice Program
In his copious free time, Alan Tubman, a Massachusetts adult literacy practitioner, writes shareware software
Health Literacy Special Collection
A well-annotated site with entries covering curricula, plain language and reference resources, and health education organizations.
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
Funded by the US Dept. of Education, this site offers screened resources for teachers, students and administrators, online communities of practice, and America's Literacy Directory.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services
The Massachusetts DESE is providing an increasing number of full-text documents online, including information on Curriculum Frameworks and Education Reform.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
From 1996–2006 NCSALL served as the national research center for adult literacy. In addition to
general information on their field-driven research projects,
this site provides an impressive array of NCSALL publications.
National College Transition Network (NCTN)
If helping ABE learners go on to college is one of your program's goals, this site is a truly grand "how to"
New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC)
The NELRC fosters innovative program development initiatives across the region. The site offers a major study on adult learner persistence and a collection on managing stress to improve learning, as well as The Change Agent, a classroom-focused topical newspaper, and the Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook.
Funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), this project is devoted
to researching, documenting and supporting effective professional development practices in adult literacy. The
online publications include detailed competencies for teachers and program directors.
A library of over 1,000 digital media resources mostly culled from public television broadcasts, covering a wide range of topics suitable for classroom use, and all available for free.
A cleanly-designed, well-organized Internet guide and tutorial.
The Top 15 Mistakes of First-Time Web Design
A short, pleasantly-humorous gloss on the temptations to avoid upon plunging into web resource creation.
W3C: Getting Started with HTML
From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the governing body for Web technical protocols, comes this very clear, accessible
intro to the wonderful world of Hypertext Markup Language.
Web Design Group
A fairly comprehensive yet down-to-earth aid, with the stated hope "that with this site as a reference,
you will be able to create Web sites that can be used by every person on the Internet, regardless of browser,
platform or settings."
Web Style Guide
One of the best-written, best-organized web design guides originally was hatched at Yale's Center for Advanced
Instructional Media and has now been updated in this third edition (2009). Whether you want to produce a
single Web document or an entire site, this extensive resource is invaluable.
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ALA Copyright Issues
The American Library Association offers their set of "copyright tools" which help explain matters of registration, Fair Use, electronic publications, and so forth.
ALA/RUSA Best Free Reference Websites 1999–2012
From the Reference and User Services Association (part of ALA) comes an
annotated guide to many dozen highly useful and just plain cool reference sites, covering dictionaries, directories, quotations, statistics, and beyond.
Alternative Press Index
Looking for the guide to all those small, funky, quirky, definitely-not-mainstream
publications? Here it is, complete with annotations, ordering information and online links.
If you have a passion for keeping abreast of the library and information science
literature, this site will provide satisfaction. On a monthly basis, extensive annotations, with links
to full-text articles in many cases, are posted.
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
The fine folks at Berkeley's Library drew up a succinct set of "finding aids" for souls launching themselves into online waters.
Virtual Reference Shelf
The staff at the Library of Congress have put together a very clean, comprehensive index of basic reference tools.
If you have time for only one reference visit, make it here.
Basically, a national library catalog. Search for an item, plug in your ZIP code, and you'll get a list of nearby libraries holding that title. Very useful.
Center for Media Literacy
From a California nonprofit comes a truly extensive set of links on media literacy issues, including articles, bibliographies and
professional development resources.
Critical Thinking in an Online World
A 1996 conference paper written by Debra Jones, Internet Librarian at Cabrillo College, which provides a good philosophical/theoretical starting point for making sense of the electronic domain.
Internet Evaluation Crib Sheet
Drawn up by Scott Brandt, a Purdue University librarian, this short checklist helps clarify the overall merit of any online resource.
Media Education Foundation
Founded by Sut Jhally, the MEF produces films and a host of resources — including classroom activities — on critically analyzing print, film and broadcast media.
Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
If "workforce development" is your mantra, this US Department of Labor site is definitely a place to stop, as it offers numerous factsheets, profiles, contacts and the SCANS reports.
Literacy Assistance Center (LAC)
Serving adult literacy programs across New York City, the LAC provides training and technical assistance.
Literacy Resources/Rhode Island
From one of the coolest, not to mention smallest, State Literacy Resource Centers around, some handy electronic compilations
are ready for your perusal: Adult Education Teacher Inquiry Projects and Related Research Resources and a Learner's Page.
Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE)
Home of the advocacy group for adult literacy practitioners in the state, this site offers
news and announcements, info about the annual statewide conference and an excellent, always timely curriculum,
Your Government, Your Taxes, Your Choices.
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)
This site allows you to search the online library catalogs
of many Massachusetts public and academic libraries. You'll also find a section covering
library-based literacy programs.
Here is the home base for the National Reporting System (NRS), the performance and accountability framework for adult literacy programs in the US. The site offers training courses online that may well lead to
US Department of Education
Besides allowing you to wander the electronic halls of a federal agency, this site also provides some research reports.
The site's full name: "Women Expanding / Literacy Education Action Resource Network." The site's mindful, heart-filled purpose:
to address women-centered literacy issues from a number of different angles, complemented by an extensive
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