World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Professional Development

World Education's approach to improving practice in the adult education field is guided by research suggesting that effective professional development should promote active, collaborative learning; be sustained over time; be job-embedded and data driven; and assess changes in participants' knowledge, skills and practices.

World Education’s professional development moves participants along a continuum: becoming aware of needs in current practice, exploring new approaches, and applying what they have learned.

We work with a broad range of constituents to assess professional development needs and to design and deliver a customized approach. Our approach considers context, makes connections to standards and other initiatives, and uses data for greatest impact. We promote active and collaborative learning that participants can incorporate into their jobs and sustain over time.

Our professional development typically blends multiple methods and modes of delivery:

  • Workshops, institutes, and conferences
  • Face-to-face and online courses (self-paced and facilitated)
  • Study circles
  • Teacher inquiry and action research projects
  • Virtual communities of practice
  • Webinars

For a detailed listing, please review the catalog of our Professional Development Offerings and contact us for more information at


Featured Projects

View details: SABES Program Support Professional Development Center

SABES Program Support Professional Development Center

The SABES Program Support PD Center provides support in program management and educational leadership, career pathways, advising, digital literacy, cultural competence, ADA resources and training, and professional licensure support

View details: LINCS Professional Development Center

LINCS Professional Development Center

The LINCS Professional Development Center helps build state capacity to establish or operate professional development programs.

View details: New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC)

New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC)

NELRC strengthens adult literacy services in New England through sharing and collaborative projects among adult literacy professional development providers, practitioners and policy-makers.


Featured Resources



View details: Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Technology in the Classroom

Navigating the Shifting Terrain of Technology in the Classroom

The New England Literacy Resource Center’s (NELRC) Technology Integration Project (TIP) is a six-month professional development initiative designed to prepare adult educators to understand, choose, and effectively incorporate technology into instruction.

View details: Going Online with Professional Development!

Going Online with Professional Development!

The U.S. Division of World Education is seeing increased use of online courses, webinars, virtual professional learning communities (PLC), and other virtual resources for professional development.

View details: Mentoring for Student Success

Mentoring for Student Success

Mentoring can have a positive effect on adult student success.