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About TEAL

The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center, funded by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to improve the quality of teaching in adult education in the content areas. Focusing on the content area of writing for Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, the TEAL Center offers an intensive program of professional development and individualized technical assistance to participating local staff in 12 states. The TEAL Center supports quality instruction in adult education programs through the following:

  • Professional development and technical assistance.

    State teams participate in online professional development as well as a four-day face-to-face institute in research-based instructional approaches and components of effective teaching, with an emphasis on writing instruction. Participating instructors receive ongoing technical assistance for implementing new practices via site visits and distance support.

  • Materials and strategies for professional development.

    TEAL Center materials, which are adaptable to a variety of program environments and instructional levels, are designed to help instructors learn to integrate practices within the content area of writing instruction. TEAL professional development opportunities provide opportunities for instructors to practice new skills, receive feedback on their performance, and collaborate and problem solve with peers cohort as they incorporate new ideas into their teaching.

The participating states include: California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. Four teachers and a state-level coordinator team up from each state to participate in a year of online and face-to-face training. In the second year of the project, teams continue to apply the new learning and instructional strategies they have gained through the online courses to apply in adult basic education (ABE) classes. Technical assistance and online communication offered by project staff will help the teachers to apply new approaches and the project team to refine their professional development activities. Throughout this project, new resources will be developed and shared with the larger adult education and literacy teaching profession.