The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) federal initiative for IELCE has been strongly supported by OCTAE. Taken from the EARN website,
"The Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans project provides resources and technical assistance to adult education state agency staff, local programs, and instructors who serve or are aiming to serve English learners in Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programming and are interested in using an immigrant integration approach. Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) requirements offer IELCE programs an opportunity to support learners’ linguistic, economic, and civic integration needs."
We are very fortunate to be able to bring a national EARN trainer to Connecticut for two virtual training opportunities this academic year. The EARN project funding will end by June 30, 2024, so the timing of bringing a trainer is of the essence. For all IELCE grantees, these will be considered mandatory sessions. At least one person from each IELCE-funded program must attend, including those agencies working in collaboration with another adult education provider. You will note in the first training that it would be beneficial to have both the IELCE grantees and the citizenship teacher attend together.