Through the use of leadership funds, the state provides opportunities throughout the commonwealth for professional development, technology and technical assistance, and state and regional networks of literacy centers.
Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC)
The VALRC at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) serves over 3,500 of Virginia's adult education administrators and practitioners annually. As a division of the Literacy Institute at VCU, the VALRC assists in the Institute's research and development projects and disseminates research-based best practices to the field. The VALRC offers on-site training sessions, web-based workshops and courses, a website that serves as a clearinghouse of adult education resources, a toll-free GED help-line, a listserv open to all adult education professionals, a printed quarterly newsletter, three monthly electronic newsletters, and a wide variety of printed and online publications.
Virginia Adult Education Summer Institutes
The Institutes provide summer staff development opportunities for adult education teachers and other practitioners through in-depth sessions on a specific topic in a two- to three-day format. Institute themes focus on adult basic education, English literacy, General Educational Development (GED), and other related fields and are held at individual colleges or universities throughout the state annually.