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Adult Education and Family Literacy Office

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Office (AEFL) administers the federally-funded adult education grant program in Colorado as authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) under Title II of the Workforce Investment Act, and the Adult Workforce Partnership Program established by the Colorado Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014.

Address: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
Room Number(s): 300

Unit Supervisor: Margaret Kirkpatrick
Administrative Lead: Matthew Sweeney
Lead Email Address:
Lead Phone Number: 303.866.6865


Office Responsibilities

  • Administer the federal grant program for adult basic education services in Colorado
  • Administer the EL/Civics grant program (integrated English literacy and civics education services to immigrant and limited English proficient adults)
  • Administer the Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014
  • Monitor and evaluate adult basic education programs for compliance and quality
  • Provide professional development and technical assistance to AEFLA-funded local providers of adult basic education services
  • Collect and report data on Colorado's adult basic education services and outcomes
  • Collaborate with Educator Licensing and Colorado Community Colleges to administer the credential for teachers of ABE, ASE, and Adult ESL (Authorization in Adult Basic Education (ABEA))

Major Projects

Regional Assessment Training
A new model for the Regional Assessment Training (RAT) has been adopted. RAT now comprises three components: Pre-Training Webinar, Training, and Post-Training Local Activity. RAT will be held in August and September 2014 for AEFLA- and EL/Civics-funded adult education programs.  

Making the Shifts...2014 and Beyond
Making the Shifts is a professional development opportunity for Colorado’s ABE/ASE teachers in preparation for the new GED® Tests to be released in January 2014. This is an extended, multi-session professional development initiative using a cohort model.

Adult Basic Education Training and Learning Center is the new professional development and assessment training resource center for Colorado's AEFLA funded programs.

Making the Shift to Standards Based Instruction
CDE/AEFL adopted the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education in FY2014. The integration of standards based instruction into adult education programs is a multi-year, multi-phase project. 

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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

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