Adult learners are resilient and skillful at navigating life and reaching their goals. Many of these life skills are “transferable". They are skills that an employer looks for in an employee and that learners can identify in themselves to build confidence, set goals, and achieve the goals they set.

Join us to learn how to help students of all levels identify these skills.You will also learn how to teach basic skills and job readiness using The Change Agent. The Change Agent is a publication written by and for adult learners. The current series features student-written stories and activities that help your students identify, affirm, and amplify the transferable skills that they are already using at home, at work, at school, and in the community. The content includes diverse student voices and is available in multiple formats (PDF, audio, and Google slides) that work well for the in-person or distance classroom. In addition, we share classroom strategies you can try that give students a chance to practice transferable skills.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers and tutors of intermediate to advanced ESOL and ABE learners

In this workshop, you will explore The Change Agent’s three-part series on transferable skills. We will start with accessing and exploring the resources, including the wide variety of stories and formats. You will then have time to work in small groups to adapt interactive digital resources to your classroom contexts, with the goal of helping students identify and write about their transferable skills. 

The content shared in this webinar uses the transferable skills framework developed by the Personal Workplace and Success Skills Library (at World Education). It includes 10 key transferable skills, each of which is illustrated in this series. The content and activities also align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)

Centering students’ voices and stories and taking a strengths-based approach to learning are also key components of culturally-responsive teaching and of fostering student leadership in the classroom and across a program. 

Several days before the event, Jane Brandt at jane_brandt@worlded.org will send you an email with the Zoom link.  

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    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use the student stories in this series and accompanying resources to help students see the transferable skills they already possess and consider ways to identify them for possible inclusion in a resume
  • Be transparent with students about how certain classroom practices amplify transferable skills that are important for the workplace
  • Access an interactive worksheet for students to identify their transferable skills, make a copy of it, and share it with students
  • Prepare your students to respond to the new Call for Articles
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/15/2024 - 1:00 pm to 03/15/2024 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center
Topic Area
Career Pathways
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
ESOL/English Learners