Resources and Tools

Iowa Adult ESL Instructor Needs Assessment
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Iowa Training
Observation Form
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Iowa Trainer
Self-Assessment Form

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Iowa Training Evaluation
for Participants

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Professional Development

State Activities: Iowa

As part of their first adult adult ESL-focused professional development plan, Iowa completed a comprehensive assessment of the characteristics and needs of practitioners serving adults learning English in 2008. Based on an analysis of the results, key professional development needs were identified, such as training on multilevel ESL instruction. Iowa selected seven veteran instructors and trainers from across the state to participate in a training of trainers (TOT) in the spring, 2009. The trainings were developed and delivered by CAELA Network staff. These newly trained professionals are creating and delivering two-part trainings, with follow-up, on multilevel instruction throughout Iowa and sustaining their community through an email distribution list and face-to-face meetings at conferences. Their goal is that Iowa adult ESL teachers will be able to better plan for and manage their multilevel classes.

Professional Development Activities

  • Develop, distribution, and analyze an adult ESL practitioner needs assessment

  • Select, train, and sponsor specialists who provide adult ESL content training to practitioners statewide

Desired Outcomes

  • Characteristics and professional development needs of practitioners working with adult English language learners are identified.

  • Qualified adult ESL trainers provide professional development throughout the state on an ongoing basis.

  • Teachers across the state are trained to provide high-quality multilevel instruction.

State contact

Phyllis Hinton
Adult Literacy Consultant
Bureau of Community College and Workforce Preparation
Phone: (515)-281-4723


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