Teaching Skills that Matter in Adult Education - Applications

Call for Applications

Apply Now! Apply for the Teaching the Skills that Matter in Adult Education Project through June 1, 2020

We’re excited to announce a new round of applications for Teaching Skills that Matter in Adult Education! We are currently looking for the nomination of five participants from each state, four teachers and a state PD adult education representative to participate in the second and third cohorts of this project. Teachers will get training and on-site coaching over a period of 8 months. They will learn ready-to-use, practical teaching strategies to help their students gain critical skills that matter for their overall success.

To apply, click http://sgiz.mobi/s3/c8e4bee33177

An alternative PDF of the Teaching Skills that Matter in Adult Education application is also available. This form can be printed and used to save your work prior to online submission. If an online submission is not feasible, please send the completed application as a PDF along with the four nominee resumes to tstm@air.org.

  • Applications must be filled out by the state adult education director (or appropriate designee)
  • Applications are due June 1, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits from participation in TSTM?

States and programs will benefit from the project’s development of tools and the provision of related basic skills education teacher training to teach necessary transferable skills that are useful to students in these critical contexts and increase overall program effectiveness. By participating, you can help train a core group of experienced instructors excited about learning and ready to sustain the knowledge gained from the project and share it throughout your state.

Participants will:

  • develop capacity to improve student outcomes by gaining content knowledge and technical skills.
  • meet online and in person with educators and trained facilitators in other states to share practical experiences and solve problems.
  • get training and technical assistance tailored to their own professional development needs.
  • be equipped to bring the resources and training back for state-wide implementation.

Who is eligible to participate in TSTM?

We are looking for the nomination of five participants from each state, four teachers and a state PD adult education representative. Participants will receive training and on-site coaching over a period of 8 months. States should nominate four experienced teachers who have shown an interest in one of the project’s focus areas and who meet the following criteria:

  • The teachers are currently teaching at least one ongoing class in an English as a second language (ESL), adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), high school equivalency (HSE), career technical education (CTE), or integrated English literacy and civics education (IELCE) adult education classroom.
  • The teachers have a minimum 5 years teaching experience.
  • The teachers have classes with a consistent, stable enrollment.
  • The teachers are involved in programs from a variety of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded adult education providers (community colleges, community-based organizations, and school districts, as applicable).
  • The teachers are effective instructors, presenters, peer leaders, trainers, or curriculum designers.
  • The teachers can meet the required TA training time and task commitments over the 8-month training period. This includes attending two in-person training meetings (a total of 5 days), participating in biweekly calls from coaches, hosting 2 full day site visits from their TSTM coaches, attending 3 one-hour webinars, and teaching TSTM lessons in their classroom. 

What are the TSTM Training Activities and Dates?

The TSTM training takes place over an 8-month period and includes two in-person training meetings (a total of 5 days), biweekly coaching calls, 2 full day site visits from coaches, and 3 one-hour webinars. States have the option to select their preference to participate in either Cohort 2 or 3 on the application.  See below for training activities and cohort dates below.


Training Activities Cohort 2 Cohort 3
One-hour orientation webinar August 5, 2020 August 5, 2020
Three-day in-person training August 26-28, 2020 September 23-25, 2020
Three 1-hour webinars October 21, 2020
December 16, 2020
February 17, 2021
October 21, 2020
December 16, 2020
February 17, 2021
Two site visits (between webinars) December 2020-February 2021 December 2020-February 2021
Ongoing coaching and participation in discussions through an online community of practice (CoP) September 2020-February 2021 September 2020-February 2021
Two-day in-person training March 11-12, 2021 April 15-16, 2021

Is there a cost involved in participation?

The training is provided at no cost.  However, the project requires a commitment from the state and the program director to provide release time and cover travel costs for all participants related to the training.  All reimbursements will be handled between the state and participants

Introduction to TSTM: Why and How to Apply

An introductory TSTM webinar will be offered for state adult directors and their appointees. This is an opportunity to find out more about the project and the application process, hear about the benefits of participation from pilot participants and get your questions answered. Please join us on:

  • April 1st, 2020 from 4-5pm ET

To register for the webinar, email your name, title and state to tstm@air.org by March 27, 2020.

Application Timeline

Activity Date
State directors (or appropriate designees) attend TSTM Introductory Webinar. April 1st, 2020
State directors (or appropriate designees) submit completed applications. By June 1, 2020
State directors (or appropriate designees) are informed of their selection. By June 26, 2020

Questions? Please contact the project at tstm@air.org