Advancing Innovation in Adult Education

Identifying Innovative Program Practices   

Local adult education programs help adult learners develop knowledge and skills, gain secondary credentials, and transition to further education and employment. To enhance program capacity to support learners’ success, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is funding a five-year project to identify and highlight innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved outcomes.


Defining Innovation in Adult Education

Adult education practices are instructional or supportive activities that facilitate learners’ knowledge and skill development, secondary credential attainment, postsecondary credential attainment, and/or employment.

Innovative adult education practices are new or significantly improved:

  • products or services, such as a curriculum (product) or inclusion of career and college advising (service), compentency-based or work-based instruction; and strategies for working with adults with learning disabilities or difficulties.
  • processes for delivering adult education services, such as online learning or other uses of technology to increase access to, quality of, and amount of instruction; 
  • ways of organizing adult education services, such as integrated education and training, Integrated English literacy and civics education (IELCE) in combination with IET, concurrent enrollment in adult education and credit-bearing postsecondary courses.

The new or significantly improved practices should result in outcomes for adult learners.

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The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project (Contract No. 91990018F0047) is executed by Manhattan Strategy Group and Abt Associates.

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