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About EdNet


ProLiteracy Education Network (EdNet) provides free instructional resources to adult literacy and ESOL instructors, learners, and program staff. Formerly known as Thinkfinity Literacy Network, EdNet was launched by ProLiteracy in 2011. Major support for the development of the site and its content was provided by the Verizon Foundation.

EdNet helps instructors learn new techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, math, citizenship, and basic life skills. It offers opportunities for program managers to learn how to improve or expand their services. EdNet also allows people to choose how they want to learn by offering resources in many different formats, including lesson plans, online courses, tip sheets, podcasts, and interactive web-based exercises.

Some of the most popular resources on EdNet include:

  • Short self-paced courses on topics such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and citizenship. Many programs use these courses to supplement their tutor training or provide ongoing professional development for all instructors.
  • PDFs of lesson plans and classroom activities that can be printed out and immediately used in the classroom.
  • Interactive activities that allow ESOL learners to practice survival vocabulary.

New resources are always being added. EdNet is currently expanding the number and type of resources for adult learners. Interactive exercises and stories with audio components will help students read independently and reinforce what they are learning in their classes. EdNet is also developing an organized video library that will allow instructors to see and reflect on demonstrations of effective teaching techniques. All EdNet resources are available free to the global literacy community. Keep up with what's new on EdNet by following us on Twitter or Facebook.



ProLiteracy is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education in the United States. With nearly 1,200 member organizations, ProLiteracy works in all 50 states in the United States and in more than 30 developing countries to help local organizations change lives and communities through adult literacy and basic education. ProLiteracy works with local literacy programs to help adults gain the reading, writing, math, computer, and English language skills they need to be successful in our competitive and fast-paced society. We help build the capacity and quality of these programs through training, technical assistance, and the development of materials and other resources. We advocate for public policies and legislation on behalf of adult learners, their families, and the programs that serve them. Our publishing division, New Readers Press, publishes materials used by literacy instructors and programs.

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Verizon Foundation

Verizon is a long-standing partner in national and global campaigns to improve educational attainment. The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, invests in initiatives that leverage innovative technology and interactive learning to increase teacher effectiveness and advance student achievement.

The Foundation is one of the largest cash contributors of education initiatives in the United States. Its generous support helped ProLiteracy create EdNet to help meet the needs of the adult literacy field. The Foundation's signature K-12 activity is Verizon Thinkfinity - an award-winning web site of free K-12 teaching and learning resources for teachers, students and parents.

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