World Education hosts webinars on a wide range of topics from integrating technology in instruction to college and career readiness. Below are recordings and resources for some of our webinars. To receive notification of upcoming webinars, follow us on Twitter @WorldEdUS or sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletters.


College and Career Readiness

Contextualized Instruction

Immigrant Integration and English Language

Integrating Technology

For a complete list of Integrating Technology webinars, view our list on the EdTech Center’s site



College and Career Readiness


Building Integrated Education and Training Programs:
Tested Strategies and New Endeavors

This series of webinars highlights 9 programs, drawn from around the country, that are developing new services or honing well-established programs that integrate education and training. Presenters describe their local context and program design, discuss the impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) on program choices, and describe their partnerships.

Webinar #1: Implementing IET in Rural Settings

Rural settings present particular challenges for IET programs, such as a limited number of jobs in any one sector, transportation and childcare barriers, or inconsistent internet access. This webinar focuses on varied strategies that have shown promise in three rural states: Virginia, Minnesota, and Maine.

Q&A Chat Box Responses

Recorded on November 9, 2016, World Education.

Webinar #2: IET within ESL Programs

English language learners arrive in this country with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. IET programs can accelerate their access to decent jobs by building on that experience in training and job-focused language and math classes. This webinar highlights programs in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Texas that are offering IET in culinary arts, building maintenance, and entrepreneurship.

Q&A and Resources

Recorded on December 1, 2016, World Education.

Webinar #3: Contextualized Variations of I-BEST

Jan. 26, 2017, 2:00-3:30 (EST)
The I-BEST model pioneered in Washington state continues to inspire and inform states and programs across the US.  The spirit of innovation is evident in the programs represented in this webinar through their customized approach to addressing the challenges of adult basic education students via team teaching, redesigned program structure, collaboration, and contextualized curricula. Programs are from Mississippi, Kansas, and New York.

Q&A and Resources

Recorded on January 26, 2017, World Education.


College and Career Ready Science Teaching Sampler

Science instruction is a perfect fit for the recent shifts in adult education instruction that focus on college and career readiness. These shifts include building knowledge through the use of complex, content-rich informational text and attention to coherence and rigor. It’s not always easy to find that content or to weave it into your curriculum, however. This interactive webinar provides a tour of free, high quality science teaching and learning resources available on the internet.

Additional webinar resources.


  • David Rosen, Newsome Associates
  • Meghan McNamara, Lehman College Adult Learning Center
  • Cynthia Zafft, National College Transition Network, World Education, Inc.

Recorded on October 21, 2014, National College Transition Network at World Education.



The ELA Instructional Shifts (2 webinars)

Webinar 1: Addressing the Shifts with High Level Readers/Writers
Webinar 2: Addressing the Shifts with Emergent Readers/Writers

These webinars introduce the three instructional shifts defined in the College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts: Complexity (of text), Evidence (from text), and Knowledge (from nonfiction text). Facilitators explain the meaning and purpose of each shift and their role in guiding instructional decisions in the classroom. Concrete examples of lessons that integrate the shifts are presented for high levels (webinar 1) and low levels (webinar 2).


Presenters: Peggy McGuire, Lenore Balliro and Cynthia Peters

Recorded March 12, 2014 and April 1, 2014, World Education.



Getting College and Career Ready in Science

Many adult education students are interested in entering health and other science-focused career pathways. For example, health careers are the largest majors in 2-year postsecondary institutions (NCES, 2013).  Few adults are ready for fast-paced, foundational science courses, however. What are the challenges? How can adult educators assist their learners to become college and career ready in science?

This interactive webinar focuses on changes occurring in adult education that bode well for science teaching and learning, especially inclusion of science as a content area for rigorous English and mathematics college and career readiness instruction and high school equivalency tests.  Learn more about these changes and how educators are responding.

Additional webinar resources.


  • Michele Bahr, Consultant
  • Amy Dalsimer, Director, Pre-College Academic Programming (PCAP), LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Facilitated by Cynthia Zafft, National College Transition Network, World Education, Inc.

Recorded Fall 2014, National College Transition Network at World Education.



WIOA: What Now? Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice Webinar Series

Webinar #1: College and Career Focused Program Models

This webinar explores two major shifts for the field of adult education and workforce training named in the WIOA legislation: 1) the need to develop and strengthen career pathways that integrate basic skills and career preparation and 2) a focus on preparing adult learners for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. It is a practitioner led dialogue designed for you to consider what these shifts mean for program design and classroom practice. Learn how two approaches, Minnesota Fast Trac and LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge to College and Careers Program, strengthen pathways and move more students into postsecondary education and the workplace.



  • Amy Dalsimer, Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Programming and the College and Career Pathways Institute (CCPI) at LaGuardia Community College
  • Judy Mortrude, Director of the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  • Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways at the National College Transition Network at World Education.

This webinar was recorded on December 5, 2014. The WIOA: What Now? Practice and Policy Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the National College Transition Network/World Education and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.


Webinar #2: Program Models and Resources for Serving English Language Learners

This webinar explores major shifts for the field of ESOL and adult education named in the WIOA legislation: 1) the need to prepare English Language Learners for unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; 2) focus on integrating instruction and other services with the local workforce development system. It is a practitioner-led dialogue designed for you to consider what these shifts mean for program design and classroom practice. Learn about successful program models and practices from LaGuardia Community College’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training and World Education.

The webinar will also provide an overview of a free resource, The Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness Guide for ESOL LearnersThis guide was developed to provide teachers with dozens of suggested classroom learning activities, at all ESOL levels that replicate the kinds of complex tasks that students will encounter at workplaces or in college classrooms. The extensive research that informed the development of the suggested activities also informed the development of the College and Career Readiness Standards.



  • John Hunt, Acting Executive Director for Adult Community Learning in the Division of Adult and Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
  • Hillary Gardner, Director of the Center for Immigrant Education and Training (CIET) at LaGuardia Community College
  • Carey Reid, Staff Developer for Curriculum and Assessment at World Education

Moderated by Silja Kallenbach, Vice President, U.S. Division, World Education

Recorded on January 30, 2015. The WIOA: What Now? Practice and Policy Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the National College Transition Network/World Education and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.


Webinar #3: Collaborations Between Adult Basic Education and Local Workforce Investment Boards

The final webinar in the WIOA: What Now? Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice Webinar Series presents promising models of local collaborations between Adult Basic Education programs and Workforce Investment Boards to align and strengthen resources and services to prepare adults for postsecondary education and workforce training. Collaborations, such as the ones presented, are an essential foundation for adult education and workforce training providers to effectively implement key shifts found in the WIOA legislation, which: 1) Promotes engagement of employers and alignment of education and training activities through career pathways; 2) Strengthens partnerships and investments in the One-Stop Career Center delivery system; and 3) Supports integrated education and workforce training activities.



  • Gina Frey, Director of Adult Basic Education at North Shore Community Action Programs in Peabody, MA
  • Gayle Goetz, Director of Next Step Alliance, a partnership of Goodwill Industries & Wichita Area Technical College
  • Tim Shenk, Adult Education Program Director for Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 in PA

Moderated by Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways at the National College Transition Network at World Education

Recorded on March 20, 2015. The WIOA: What Now? Practice and Policy Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the National College Transition Network/World Education and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.


Contextualized Instruction

Place-Based Education for Rural Communities:
Applying Lessons from the Youth Agricultural Project

Since 2006, The Tutorial Center, Inc. has reengaged dropouts and at-risk youth using gardening and community involvement. Their Youth Agriculture Project (YAP) recruits youth ages 16-24 for work crews that grow vegetables, earn ServSafe food handling certificates, work at farmers’ markets, donate food to community programs, operate a local Food Network, and complete community projects. Through this place-based education, participants gain confidence, improve soft skills, develop literacy and academic skills in real-world settings, build transferable job skills, earn an employment credential, and are re-energized about their educational paths. 90% re-enroll in education following their YAP experience! YAP has also greatly increased the public visibility of The Tutorial Center at local and state levels, and added organizational funding streams including workforce development funding and community development funding. This webinar speaks to the lessons learned from this innovative project and how they can be applied to ABE contexts.


Presenter: Jack Glade, Executive Director, The Tutorial Center, Inc.

Recorded on October 1, 2014, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education.



Immigrant Integration and English Language

Civic Engagement Through Three Lenses

In this webinar, we look at immigrant civic engagement through three different lenses. Andy Nash introduces a framework that outlines the civic skills and knowledge adults draw from when they engage civically, and shares examples of how teachers have integrated this content into ESL instruction. Kien Lee builds on this by sharing indicators of civic engagement that align with the framework. She describes some of the existing ways in which the indicators can be captured and documented, as well as where the challenges are in measuring civic engagement of immigrants as part of their integration. Finally, participants hear about The American Place, a free program of the Hartford Public Library designed to welcome immigrants and promote their civic involvement by providing citizenship, a cultural navigator program, community dialogues, and story sharing.



  • Andy Nash, World Education
  • Kien Lee, Community Science
  • Homa Naficy, Hartford Public Library

Recorded on April 10, 2015, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education


Employer Engagement

Learn how organizations have engaged employers in advancing the economic integration of immigrants (through education, training, support activities, and being public champions) and how one hospital employer has worked to support the development of workers in health careers. Presenters share the strategies they have used to engage employers, and field questions to address the specific contexts of the five networks.


Additional Resources:


  • Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Outreach and Program Evaluation, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
  • Claudia Green, Director, English for New Bostonians
  • Joanne Pokaski, HR Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Engaging the Participation of Immigrants and Refugees

In this webinar, participants have the opportunity to hear the experiences and perspectives of four immigrants and refugees regarding their local community coalition work. All of the panelists have worked with receiving communities in networks to advance the integration and rights of arriving communities. They discuss a short list of questions about the dynamics of cross-community coalitions, and address questions and comments from the audience.



Recorded on June 26, 2015, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education 


The Network Advantage for Advancing Immigrants’ Linguistic, Economic, and Civic Integration

Networks for Integrating New Americans is a national initiative funded by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), Unites States Department of Education that is positioning adult education programs as key contributors to place-based, multi-sector networks working to advance immigrants’ civic, economic and linguistic integration. The Networks initiative has five networks located in California, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington State.  Each site features an adult education/ESOL program as a key stakeholder in its local network. As one of the first places newcomers turn to for support in navigating their new environments, adult ESOL programs are uniquely positioned to help immigrants build the skills and confidence that enable them to function in and contribute to the economic and civic life of their communities.

This webinar features work in progress and strategies employed by three of the five networks participating in the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative. The Lancaster County Refugee Coalition discusses how the network approach is helping them develop career pathways for refugees in Lancaster-Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Neighbors United Network shares their efforts to advance economic integration of high-skilled immigrants for whom English is a major barrier in Boise, Idaho. The White Center Promise Network focuses on ESOL strategies for civic integration led by Highline College in White Center, Washington.



  • Cheryl Hiester, Executive Director, Lancaster Literacy Council and member of the Core Team of Lancaster County Refugee Coalition in Lancaster-Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Linda Faaren, Special ESL Programs Manager at Highline College and member of the Core Team of the White Center Promise Network in King County, Washington
  • Tara Wolfson, Employment and Training Program Manager and Coordinator of the Neighbors United Network in Boise, Idaho

Moderated by Silja Kallenbach,  Director of the Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative and Vice President, U.S. Division, World Education.

Recorded on February 19, 2015, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education.



Preparing English Language Learners for Education and Training

In this webinar, hear how adult ESOL programs are preparing their students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and training. Presenters share effective strategies for classrooms, programs, and partnerships, and will field questions to address the specific contexts of the five networks.


Additional Resources:

  • Integrating Career Awareness into ABE and ESOL Instruction curriculum
  • The Transitions Integration Framework (TIF)
  • How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway: A Step-by-Step Guide Based on the Carreras en Salud Program in Chicago


  • Heide Wrigley, Senior Researcher, Literacywork International
  • Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways, National College Transition Network/World Education, Inc.
  • Eduardo Honold, Adult Education Director, Harris County Dept. of Education

Recorded on January 16, 2015, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education.



Staying Healthy for Beginners: A New ESOL Curriculum

This webinar is about an ESOL health literacy curriculum created by the Florida Literacy Coalition, Staying Healthy for Beginners: An English Language Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living. Aimed at a high beginning ESL level, this consists of a colorful student guide and accompanying teacher’s guide, which allow you to teach literacy and language acquisition skills in the context of health. It was created as a beginner level version of the 2008 Staying Healthy guide, which has been used all over the country with great success. Learn how this resource was created and pilot tested, and how teachers use it in their classrooms.  Hear directly from teachers in this short YouTube video.



  • Julie McKinney, Subject Matter Expert (SME) of the Health Literacy Community of Practice (COP), LINCS
  • Greg Smith,  Executive Director of the Florida Literacy Coalition

Recorded on December 4, 2014, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center at World Education.



Strengthening our Networks

In this webinar, Madeleine Taylor addresses questions that are emerging from the five immigrant integration networks as they consider ways to strengthen their collaborative efforts. The webinar includes participants’ follow-up questions and discussion of context-specific factors that impact network development.


Presenter: Madeleine Taylor, CEO, Network Impact

Recorded on June 12, 2014, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education



Sustaining our Networks

This webinar is about how networks can position themselves for sustainability by attending to their structural health, making their case for collective impact, and understanding funder expectations. From our presenters, we will hear concrete steps networks can take to support sustainability and learn about how and why the United Way and other funders are shifting toward funding based on collective impact and network approaches.

PDF of Webinar Slides
Network Health Scorecard


  • Madeleine Taylor, CEO, Network Impact
  • Adrienne Washington, former VP and COO, United Way of Lancaster County
  • Silja Kallenbach, VP, World Education, and Project Director, Networks for Integrating New Americans

Recorded on September 25, 2015, Networks for Integrating New Americans at World Education.



Integrating Technology


Improving Literacy Using Mobile Technology

Many adult education practitioners are recognizing the potential use of mobile devices as tools to augment teaching and learning. The four presenters not only review devices, tools, and apps, but focus on teaching methods and ways to increase motivation and learning.

Pre-webinar assignment: Read the “Technologies to Support Adult Literacy” section of Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation and review the research on the use of cell phones.

Presenters: Nell Eckersley, Susan Gaer, Steve Quann, and Lisa Robertson

Recorded on June 6, 2014, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center at World Education.



Open Education Resources

This webinar provides adult education teachers information and hands-on opportunities to learn about OER and their value in adult education. During the webinar facilitators demonstrate how to identify OER, share suggestions about where to find OER, and provide examples of how to incorporate OER into instruction. Hear from current adult educators who regularly use math and science OER in their classrooms.

Pre-webinar assignment: Go to https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/oer-day-one-definition-and-value-oer and watch the short (8 min, 30 sec) presentation about what OER are and why they are valuable.

Presenters: Delphinia Brown and Amanda Duffy from the American Institutes for Research

Recorded on September 24, 2014, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center at World Education.



Reboot Your Digital Strategy

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education are working together to encourage effective collaborations between libraries and federally funded adult education programs. The goal of this joint effort is to enhance the skills, employability, and quality of life of youths and adults with low skills.

This webinar supports state and local level efforts to cross-train staff on digital literacy and builds awareness about national and regional Internet access expansion efforts. The webinar features a welcome by Susan H. Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a panel of representatives from the IMLS, OCTAE, and Everyone On. Learn how your library and adult education program can take advantage of national developments in digital literacy.


Additional Resources:


  • Susan H. Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Ph.D., Team Leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Sandra Toro, Ph.D., Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Amber Petty, Program Associate, Everyone On

Recorded on December 18, 2014. LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center at World Education.





How to Use Infographics to Build a Deeper Understanding of Data

After an introduction to infographics, data, and statistics, learn to evaluate the infographics you encounter in your daily life. By probing deeper into these colorful images of information, you will be pushed to discover the deeper meaning of the visual data.


PresenterBrooke Istas, Math faculty, Cowley College

Recorded on March 19, 2015, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center at World Education.



The Change Agent
Issue #39 Webinar “All About Food”: Focus on Fluency and Comprehension 

Learn about using leveled texts from the “All About Food” issue of The Change Agent for evidence-based reading instruction. This webinar features special guest, Carey Reid, who demonstrates how to use Change Agent articles to build students’ reading fluency and comprehension skills. View more Change Agent webinars.


Additional Resources:


  • Carey Reid, Staff Developer for Curriculum and Assessment at World Education
  • Cynthia Peters, Editor, The Change Agent, World Education

Recorded on March 27, 2015, World Education.



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