Adult Basic Education
Program Development

Program development training opportunities are offered through the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Office, which is part of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The ABE Office sponsors and coordinates program development activities to support providers in meeting their objectives to move student students further and faster towards their goals. Please contact the ABE Office at (360) 704-4323 if you have questions, comments, or requests regarding these resources.

ABE Program Development Calendar

Searching for current training offerings? The ABE Program Development Calendar will provide you with dates of trainings, location and maps, training description, and additional information.

Basic Skills Resources


Rendezvous 2014 Conference - Pathways to College and Careers. The conference will be held at the Yakima Convention Center, July 28-30,2014.  “The adult education system will provide research-proven instruction and college and career readiness pathways that allow adults to master academic and technical skills to attain their career and educational goals and successfully navigate education and employment opportunities.” WA State Adult Education 5-Year Plan.

With that in mind, ABE staff have reviewed the Rendezvous format, read the research, and made some exciting modifications to the event. Each participant will choose a specific path to follow through the entire conference. Opportunities will include increasing skills in contextualizing instruction, teaching as a teaching-team member, and applying the principles of Reading Apprenticeship. Administrators and other staff may choose to follow an administrative pathway to learn more about developing and implementing HS21+ or expanding I-BEST. This format will allow participants to gain deeper knowledge about the topic they are most interested in and enhance their skills to help students be successful.

Participants are responsible for making their own transporation & hotel arrangements. We have blocks of rooms at these two hotels that are right next to the Yakima Convention Center.

Data Trainings

The ABE Office offers data training for local providers to learn about systems that allow them to analyze how students are doing and it is useful to teachers and administrators for making program improvement decisions.

Learning Standards

Learning Standards 101 is a three week online course designed for teachers and program directors with minimal knowledge of the Washington Adult Learning Standards. The course is designed to build a basic understanding of the Learning Standards with a goal of implementing Learning Standards in instruction. Please contact Susan Kidd if you have questions.


The New Administrator Online Training Modules are to assist ABE Program Administrators who have been in their current positions for two years or less as they learn the ropes.

 The New Teacher Orientation is a five week online course designed for ABE, ESL, GED, Corrections, WorkFirst, and El Civics instructors who have recently entered the field of adult education or are new to the Washington adult basic education system.

Technology/eLearning Resources

The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.

SBCTC eLearning Services

Information about an initiative that provides tutoring is available at - eTutoring.

The Washington State Workforce Exploration Tool

Learn about an occupation (formerly known as Workforce Explorer) is a tool from the Washington State Employment Security Department that provides data about which occupations are in demand or decline--essential information for developing career and education pathways and plans. When you click on an occupation title you will be able to view the job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements, and more. The site has additional how-to-use guidance as well.


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