Professional Development Opportunities

Local and Statewide Workshops:

All VLF-funded programs and programs receiving Virginia Department of Education (VA DOE) grants are eligible to sign up for professional development (PD) workshops offered by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC). Staff of adult literacy programs not funded by the VLF, but who have developed a significant partnership with a public adult education program funded by the VA DOE may also attend. For eligibility, email Victoire Sanborn at

Click on:

  • Our Facebook page for weekly updates
  • Statewide Events for all professional development opportunities
  • Virginia Learning Center (VLC) to access the workshops (you must sign up first.) For help signing up for VLC, contact Page Stirrup,
  • VAELN (Virginia Adult Education & Literacy Network) for regular announcements about upcoming PD events. This listserv is free and you many unsubscribe at any time.

AE&L Conference, 2020

February 19-21, 2020, Hotel Madison Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA

VLF Conference, 2021

Since 2009 the VLF has offered a two-day professional development conference for Virginia’s nonprofit community-based literacy program staff and volunteers. All adult literacy programs with 501(c)(3) status (or partnered with a 501(c)(3) organization) are reimbursed, which depends on whether they are participants or workshop presenters. The VLF will join the AE&L Conference in 2021 in late spring (April/May).

National and Statewide Conference Calendar for FY 2019-2020


  • Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults (LESLLA) Annual Symposia, August 5-7, 2020, MALMÖ, Sweden – 16TH Annual Symposium:


  • AAACE Annual Conference (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, October 8-11, 2019, Hyatt Regency, St. Louis at the Arch
  • Virginia Community College System’s Hire Education Conference, December 4-6, The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA. Click here for information.