Compendium of Innovative Practices: Holistic Approach to Adult Education Services

This compendium describes nine innovative practices with a holistic approach to adult education services as selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project.

Judith A. Alamprese
I-Fang Cheng
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Abt Associates
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This compendium describes nine innovative practices selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. The practices featured in this compendium represent AE programs’ efforts to provide core AE program services—learner intake, assessment, and instruction—as well as a range of supportive services to engage, motivate, and enable learners to attain their goals for participating in AE. Although the implementation of supportive services such as referral of learners to community agencies for transportation, childcare, and other resources has been a feature of AE programs, what is innovative about the current efforts of the practices highlighted in the compendium is the range of activities they are conducting to assist AE learners and the assumptions of the AE programs implementing the practices about the necessity to support AE learners as broadly as possible to help ensure their success.

Benefits and Uses

This compendium describes the nine innovative practices selected from the third round of applications that adult education (AE) programs submitted in January 2021. These practices illustrate how AE programs can enhance the likelihood of learners’ success by implementing a holistic approach to adult education services. A variety of stakeholders will find this information useful, including AE state staff; AE program administrators, instructors, and staff; workforce development staff; federal agency staff; and AE researchers.

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