Top 10 Resources for Adult Education Teachers

I talk to ABE instructors many times a day, and over the years have assembled a list of helpful resources that can offer inspiration, how-to advice, and professional guidance. I’m going to share my top 10 resources for adult education teachers. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section below.

  1. The Official GED Practice Test Administrator’s Guide: Distributed by Steck Vaughn, this “must have” resource for GED preparatory instructors outlines the content, context, and cognitive demands of all five content areas of the current GED Test.
  2. Learning to Think, Learning to Learn:  What the Science of Thinking and Learning Has To Offer Adult Education: This volume contains 18 Fact Sheets that explore the cognitive revolution in the classroom and provides insight into best practices of the most effective instructional strategies for adult learners.
  3. Focus on Basics: Although this quarterly newsletter addressing best practices in adult learning theory is no longer in print, past issues are archived at the website. 
  4. Literacy Information Communication System: LINCS is a professional learning community for adult educators that provides access to resources, professional development, and a connected network of practitioners.  Sign up today for the virtual communities that reflect your interests.
  5. Applying Research In Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers: Using “teacher friendly” language and format, this monograph explores scientifically based reading instruction in the ABE classroom.
  6. Jobs for the Future Newswire Newsletter: View the current newsletter, search archived newsletters, and sign up for your subscription.
  7. Chomp Chomp: Access free online grammar exercises geared to adult learners.
  8. Purdue Online Writing Lab: The Purdue OWL houses free online writing resources and instructional material.
  9. Alliance for Excellent Education State High School Report Cards: Examine your state’s high school graduation rate and the economic impact of drop outs. Archive this site for invaluable information you’ll need in talking with legislators about the importance of sustained educational funding.
  10. Khan Academy: This site has a tremendous amount of educational resources available to anyone and is free of charge. It has an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our webinars. We host several free, live Professional Development webinars for the Adult Education instructor. You can find the full list of available sessions here.

What are your favorite teaching resources?


This is a great list of resources. For math instruction, this manual, Changing the Way We Teach Math, has some very good suggestions to help adults including how to use manipulatives and how to handle emotions around math. Here's the link:

Thanks, Ben, for mentioning my book. Did you say it was a free download? It's free because I got a grant for writing it and posting it).

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