Fall 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Trish Harvey

Content Expert

Abigail Bennett


A significant number of instructors in adult education programs are volunteer, and the volunteer-led classrooms in which these volunteers serve face difficulties and challenges that staff-led classrooms do not (Belzer, 2006; Gomez, 2012). This project sought to answer the question: how can College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) be incorporated into lesson plans for an adult ESL intermediate volunteer-led class so that students may benefit from the same standards of instruction that staff-led classes follow? Research on the CCRS and various volunteer training methods was addressed to develop a project artifact intended to aid volunteers in their lesson planning. The project artifact is a series of eight lesson plans from a jobs unit in an intermediate English class that are intended to be used in congruence with in-person trainings with volunteers to demonstrate how they can create lesson plans from the curriculum that are rigorous and cohesive throughout the week. The goal of the project is to increase the quality of instruction in volunteer-led classes, which will be demonstrated by increased student persistence and level gains in standardized testing.

Project Type



Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Volunteer

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Education Commons