NRS eNotes

February 2014   

Welcome to the February 2014 NRS eNotes !

Every few months NRS eNotes highlight additions and attractions of the NRSWeb site, as well as inform you of any upcoming events. Forward this on to other adult education staff in your state and encourage others to sign up to eNotes by emailing! Targeted Training on Data Visualization

The NRS project wrapped up a successful targeted training in January on using NRS data to communicate messages about adult education using advanced data presentation tools.  States learned about the latest data presentation software; tools for organizing and displaying data, including dashboards and infographics; and publicly available data sources that can be used to enhance their NRS data.  Participants developed messages for audiences about their adult education program and designed infograhpic data presentations that support their messages.  States also developed a plan for improving their data management and presentation approaches.  Thank you to all the states who participated in this training!  Evaluation results indicate that the training was successful and participants found the information timely and useful.  If you are interested in accessing the training materials, please email the NRS mailbox at Regional Training: Evaluating and Improving Local program Performance

The quality of local data varies significantly within and across states and the cohort changes have created additional challenges.  This training will focus on ensuring data quality at the point of data collection and will review current data quality issues, and suggest solutions. It will also offer a problem solving framework for states to work collaboratively with local  programs to improve performance in identifying cohorts and collecting data.  Please stay tuned for more details on the regional training planned for June and July 2014. on "Data Use in the Classroom: A Teacher's Perspective"

The NRS project offers a webinar series to help states and programs improve their use of data for program improvement, we have started a new webinar series on “Promising Practices in Program Management and Data Use.”    Our most recent webinar, held in November, was on “Data Use in the classroom.”  Thank you to Oklahoma and Missouri state and local staff for sharing with us what your states have done to promote data use in the classroom.  The presentation materials from this webinar can be found here:


Next, the fourth webinar in the series, “Data Use in the Classroom: A Teacher's perspective,” will be held on March 6, 2014, at 3:30–5:30 PM EST.  We will hear from programs in Washington, DC and Rhode Island about how they are using data to improve instruction. We hope you will join us!




online coursePilot Online Facilitated Course:  21st Century Learning: Building an Online Adult Learning Program in Your State

In March, the NRS Support project will begin a pilot of the new online facilitated course about developing statewide online programs.  The 8-week course titled, 21st Century Learning: Building an Online Adult Learning Program in Your State, is intended for states that want to expand or revise their existing distance learning or online learning program. As part of the course, states will review the NRS distance learning policy, learn about how some states have implemented online distance learning programs, and create a plan for delivery of online distance learning in their state.  The course will be fine-tuned based on feedback from the pilot and offered in the fall of 2014.


 State Videos and Snapshots

We have added two new state pages for Ohio and Oklahoma that include interviews with the State Directors on the role of NRS in their state.  In addition we are continuing to develop new state snapshots for NRSWeb.  Check out these two new videos and the twenty-two states we have so far at:                          




You Don't Say!

Infographics often include insightful numbers or fun facts. But to make their point clear, a clever tag line can make the difference between acceptance with key audiences and apathy.

In this edition of NRS eNotes, we invite you to create an attention-getting tag line for the infographic below. We will share your responses in the next edition of eNotes.


For example, a call-to-action for the infographic above might be:

  STEM education prevents some ROOT causes of unemployment.

Click Here to enter your tag line for the infographic above.

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