Summary: ODC’s Labor and Workforce Development Issues Group is developing a series of “Can-Do” Guides aimed at various stakeholders (e.g., employers, labor unions, prisoner re-entry agencies, and others). Each guide explains why basic skills are important for the individuals that stakeholder works with (e.g., employees, union members, former inmates) and how that stakeholder can work with adult basic education providers to strengthen and expand basic skills development services in their community and state. ODC encourages users of this web page to read the guides, download them, and adapt the information and guides in their communications with various stakeholder groups. The guides are based on experience and research in collaborative efforts with various stakeholder groups and are in keeping with ODC’s goal of strengthening and expanding adult basic skills services through informed, creative collaboration.
An Archive of Work-Related Basic Skills Resources September 18, 2018 Edition
This archive is an annotated mix of resource materials related to various aspects of work-related adult basic education:
• Work-Readiness, College Transition, and Career Pathways for Job Seekers: Program Models and Practices; • Work-Readiness for Particular Industries; • Workplace Education for Incumbent Workers: Program Models and Practices; • Tools for Assessing Worker Basic Skills; • Tools for Program Planning and Evaluation; • Work-Related Basic Education in the U.S.: Local, State, and National Policy; • Interpretations of How to Make Workplace Education Relevant and Effective; • Employer Perspectives; • Labor Union Perspectives; • International Perspectives.
These resources include both relatively recent documents and “oldies.” This inclusion of older resources is done to help newcomers to the field to (a) understand that work-related basic skills development is not a new topic and (b) access valuable resources they otherwise might not be aware of or able to locate. While most of these resources support a “contextualized” approach to work-related basic education, they are not unanimous in the particular contextualized applications they focus on nor in how they develop and run their programs.
While the Open Door Collective (ODC) advocates for worker basic education as a tool to help workers attain, perform, and advance in family-sustaining employment, not all of the documents here explicitly focus on that particular goal. They are nonetheless included here because we feel it is important to learn from a range of perspectives and experiences in this evolving field.
ODC’s Labor and Workforce Development Issues Group will continuously refresh this archive. We welcome suggestions for additional resources and how we might otherwise make this collection useful.