Do you want to hone your teaching and leadership skills in a professional environment? Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors help adults learn basic reading and writing skills to prepare them for their GED or High School Equivalency exams. ABE Instructors help adults compete in the workforce with the tools of literacy and education. Classes are typically small, with one-on-one instruction common. Times of classes may vary, depending on clients' needs.
Adult Education Instructors' service activities look different depending on what site you are placed at. However, generally speaking, these members will be heavily involved in:
- Leading and teaching classes
- Curriculum development
- Lesson planning
- Leading the intake and outtake process
- Administering education evaluations to clients
- Collecting, tracking, and organizing student data and learning gains
- Constant communication with students
- Outreach events
And that is just to name a few! Our AmeriCorps members take up diverse roles that strengthen their adaptability and problem-solving skills.
Community Need Addressed
Literacy efforts in Central Texas face two challenges: the number of people needing literacy services and the ability of local providers to respond.
• 1 in 5 native English-speaking adults in Central Texas can’t read or write well enough to fill out a job application, and the trend of illiteracy is growing.
• Texas ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in adult literacy levels and spending on adult literacy per capita.
• Over 160,000 adults (14.4%) in Central Texas lack a high school diploma or GED. High school graduates in the US averaged $31,286 in annual earnings, compared to $21,484 for those without a high school diploma.
In sum, these individuals seeking education rely on community-based literacy services. However, efforts to improve literacy levels in Central Texas fall short because the number of people needing literacy services far exceeds the ability of local providers to respond.
Adult Basic Education Instructors will assist clients in preparing for the GED or High School Equivalency exams, in turn making them more competitive in the workforce. Educational and personal development take front and center for client relations.
AmeriCorps members will provide vital, high-quality, evidence-based literacy and employment instruction to low-income adults in the Austin and Houston regions of Texas. Members will be trained to adapt the curriculum to every student and class while fostering educational, professional, and personal growth for our clients. In addition, the ABE Instructors are providing an essential service to the various nonprofits that make up The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. By committing to a year of service, ABE Instructors build the capacity of the nonprofits and allow them to meet the needs of the communities around them. Without AmeriCorps, a lot of these programs would be overwhelmed and not able to keep pace with the communities' demands. Their work is essential, and nothing less.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance
We offer plenty of mentorship sessions and professional development training. For ABE Instructors, they will all be trained in the Literacy Forward curriculum. In addition, all AmeriCorps members will receive Motivational Interviewing training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, and plenty more.
Literacy Forward Certification, Training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Strength-Based Training.
Skills you will gain
time tracking, keeping, and management, teaching, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, data tracking and management, lesson planning, mentoring, project management
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment