Southern Illinois Professional
Development Center, SIPDC, provides professional/staff
development services to enhance the effectiveness of those serving
adult learners. This site provides a sample of what is available
through the SIPDC, links to other resources and programs, and an
opportunity for you to contact us
with your needs and requests.
Our mission is to provide quality staff development, focusing on
transitioning and special learning needs, to all instructors
affiliated with the Illinois
Community College Board (ICCB) Adult Education and Literacy program.
held in a variety of venues: on-site, regionally, and online.
What is Adult Education?
Education refers to programs that help American adults obtain
the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members
and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic
Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second
Language. These programs emphasize basic skills such as
reading, writing, math, English language competency and
What is Transitioning?
SIPDC provides professional
development in the areas of Bridge development, integrated model
development and sustainability. Additionally, career development,
transition services and contextualized instruction are focuses of
professional development to assist programs in transitioning adult
education students to post-secondary and/or the workforce.
What is Special Learning Needs?
conducts year-long trainings (in person and online) for Special Learning Needs Resource
Specialists. This enables the certificate holder to administer and
interpret the Payne Learning Needs Inventory, make recommendations on
instruction improvement and enable the program to effectively address
the needs of all students.
Adult Education Programs
SIPDC provides support, service, and staff development to
adult education programs across the state of Illinois. Specific program information may be obtained by visiting the
Adult Education Provider Locator at http://www.ilcco.net/AdultEd/index1.cfm