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Adult Training & Development Network

The Adult Training and Development Network (ATDN) serves as the statewide professional development resource for all of CT's adult educators. Carrying out the high level of customer service of CREC staff, ATDN responds on an ongoing basis to all requests for service through a variety of methods. The staff, in collaboration with our colleagues at the CT Department of Education, plan a comprehensive array of activities on an annual basis. In addition, the staff meet requests by local adult education administrators for customized technical assistance and training at their work sites. This two pronged approach, keeps ATDN in close touch with our statewide practitioners and SDE staff.

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Job Bank

Having trouble finding literacy educators? ATDN allows you to post an opening for your agency free of charge, or browse available positions, all at the ATDN Job Bank page.

ATDN Specific Services

CASAS Functional Writing Assessment (FWA)

ATDN provides training in the use of the state-mandated CASAS Functional Writing Assessment (FWA). Learn how to administer, score, and utilize results to inform writing instruction.

Connecticut Adult Numeracy and Mathematics Institute

The Connecticut Adult Numeracy and Mathematics Institute (CANMI) offers professional development using the guidelines of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP) for content, instructional strategies, and teacher preparation.

Connecticut Competency System (CCS)

The Connecticut Competency System (CCS) Training exploits the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems' (CASAS) focus on learner strengths, and the measurement of skill growth in an instructional setting.

CT Reading Institute for Adults

A series of workshops designed to support teachers and administrators in acquiring the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence-based reading instruction & college & career readiness standards to assist their students in becoming better readers.

Integrated basic skills and training (IBEST) and Various Careers

IBEST is a model that concurrently provides basic literacy education and occupational skills training to ABE/GED/ESL students. This integrated approach prepares students for various careers in industries where support skills are in demand or part of expected job requirements.

National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

The NEDP Center provides technical assistance, portfolio reviews, and a variety of professional development trainings for Connecticut NEDP practitioners.

New Teacher Orientation for Teachers of Adult Education

An overview of teaching Adult Education in CT. Topics include background on adult learning theory from Malcolm Knowles and others, strategies for working with adult students, basic information on lesson planning, and using explicit instruction.

Supporting Adults with Disabilities

Tailored, cutting-edge workshops and consultations on disability issues that effect schools and employers, such as functional limitations of hidden disabilities, demystifying the ADA, and more.

Teaching ESL/Citizenship

Resources and training for teaching ESL and citizenship, access to organizations/agencies that provide support for teachers, and resources to incorporate English language/civics content into adult ESL classrooms.

Workforce Education: Adult Ed at Work

The workplace provider user group, Adult Ed at Work, provides a forum for the exchange of issues, ideas and best practices. The group welcomes all adult education programs offering workforce education.

Upcoming ATDN Events

Feb 3

Focusing on Comprehension in ESL Instruction REGISTER

Feb 3

FWA Inter-Rater Reliability (ATDN Scorers Only) REGISTER

Feb 6

Connecting Reading & Writing REGISTER

Feb 25

NEDP Refresher Training REGISTER

Feb 25

Strategies for Increasing Reading Comprehension for Students with Learning Disabilities REGISTER

Feb 27

CANMI "Operation: Rigor" REGISTER

Feb 27

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards - Alphabetics & Fluency REGISTER

Mar 10


Mar 12

CCS Program Facilitator Meeting REGISTER

Mar 13

CCS Program Facilitator Meeting REGISTER

Mar 19

CCS Program Facilitator Meeting REGISTER

Mar 20

CCS Program Facilitator Meeting REGISTER

Mar 31

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards~~Writing REGISTER

Apr 8

FWA Inter Rater Reliability (IRR) REGISTER

Apr 9

FWA Inter Rater Reliability (IRR) REGISTER

Apr 10

Using Area Models to Teach Math Concepts-CANMI REGISTER

Apr 30

23rd Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities REGISTER

May 15

NEDP Administrative Practice & Policies (1:00 - 4:00) REGISTER

May 15

NEDP Administrative Practice & Policies (9:00 - 12:00) REGISTER

May 28

Connecticut Competency System (CCS) Training REGISTER

May 29

NEDP Administrative Practice & Policies (9:00 - 12:00) REGISTER

May 29

NEDP Administrative Practice & Policies (1:00 - 4:00) REGISTER

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