Administrators and Teachers



The Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center is dedicated to providing Adult Education and Literacy practitioners with the most comprehensive slate of professional training, workshops, courses and seminars available anywhere. Each year over 500 Adult Education and Literacy Professionals arrive at the AALRC to expand their expertise in areas such as Learning Disabilities, English as a Second Language, Distance Education and technology access. The Resource Center is also utilized by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Adult Education Section, for meetings and professional development.

Our facility boasts a state-of-the-art networked computer lab, which accommodates up to twenty learners at a time. Our large training room can handle up to 100 attendees, utilizing a variety of multi-media tools for instructional delivery. The Center also addresses the need for breakout sessions and multiple, simultaneous events with two additional conference rooms and two smaller meeting rooms.

The AALRC library, staffed by a full-time media coordinator, boasts an extensive inventory of books, videos, and other materials loaned to Adult Education Centers and Literacy Councils upon request. Video duplication equipment is available, and the library resources are automated for your convenience.

Utilizing the AALRC web site, practitioners can view event calendar, register online for training courses, request media materials, and receive instructional tools from across the United States. As a partner with LINCS Literacy Information and Communication System, the AALRC links our state’s professionals with access to free instructional tools, learner activities, software and more.

Our goal in Professional Development at the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center is to be an integral part in the development of our state’s Adult Education and Literacy providers.

For more information contact the Professional Development Coordinator:

Dr. Shelia Wilkerson
Professional Development Coordinator

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Teacher Summit 2024 at the embassy suites

July 17-19th, 2024 – 521437

This training will combine topics relative to ALL teachers (ABE, Lower-Level ABE, ESL, and Corrections), including exploring a systematic approach to using content, instructional processes, and products or assessments of learning outcomes that ensure success for learners with varying backgrounds, levels, and needs. Participants will be exposed to various strategies and tasks that can be easily integrated into classroom lessons and curricula.

Canvas Basics and Growing with Canvas (Online / self-paced)

Canvas Basics 525897

Growing with Canvas 524097

These self-paced/online workshops have been offered quarterly since July 1, 2023. Participants may contact Ashan Hampton (, state Distance Learning Liaison, if you have questions or issues logging into the Canvas courses.

Online Learning

Advance Iet



The ADVANCE IET project provides new training opportunities and resources to assist state adult education offices, professional development providers, and local program staff in enhancing and expanding IET programs for adult education participants.


Growing with Canvas

Self-Paced/Online –


The course emphasizes how to use a combination of the Canvas Guides, including the Video Guides, and Adult Education content; to familiarize users with the nine modules of content.

Canvas Basics

Self-Paced/Online –


The course focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using Canvas; the state’s official Learning Management System (LMS) for Adult Education.

Learning Disability (LD): Applications

In this LD: Applications course, Ms. Wendy Bryant, the Disabilities and Online Learning Coordinator for the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center, discusses disabilities that adult educators may meet and the legal requirements that adult education centers are required to meet concerning adult learners with disabilities.  Ms. Bryant also shares applications, websites, and other resources for adult educators to use when providing accommodations for their adult learners. 

Providing WOW Customer Service in Adult Education

According to Ms. LaTasha Dale-Warren, College and Career Coach for the state Adult Education Division, providing the best opportunities for adult learners begins with making connections and treating those adult learners with respect and professionalism. In this course, Ms. Dale-Warren discusses approaches and things to consider when helping adult learners from the smallest gestures to the big moves that could make all the difference.