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ABE Resources

Program Information

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program provides instruction in basic reading, writing, and math.

The program serves:

  • Native English-speakers with limited literacy or math skills (below 9th-grade level)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) transition students
  • Concurrently enrolled high school students

ABE classes use research-based teaching methods to build essential reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and problem solving skills using whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction. 


► CALPRO (California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project) - Provides training and technical assistance to local adult education and literacy providers.

CALPRO's ABE New Teacher Resource Guide

Commission on Adult Basic Education

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

Managing Disruptive Student Behavior in Adult Basic Education This brief article provides an overview of the growing problem of disruptive behavior among young adult students in Adult Ed classrooms, and offers ideas for ways to limit disruptive student behavior.

National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)

National Center for Study of Adult Literacy and Learning (NCSALL) Back issues of the excellent publication Focus on Basics, Connecting Research and Practice.

OTAN (The Online Technical Assistance Network). A wealth of resources for teachers including lesson plans, suggestions for using the Internet in the classroom, links to media and other resources, and innumerable articles on instruction and teaching.  OTAN requires registration but the registration is free.

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