Professional Development

In addition to onsite training seminars, USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. These resources are designed to help instructors better prepare students for citizenship and the naturalization process. In the section below you will find videos, podcasts, publications, and online courses. To find a seminar in your area, please see our Training Seminars page.

Tip Sheets and Idea Boards

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This tip sheet discusses some ways programs can encourage and incentivize the post-testing process.

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Accompanies the Professional Development Guide for Adult Citizenship Educators to help administrators and teachers implement organizational and individual professional development programs.

Podcasts

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Rachael Shaw, USCIS Office of Citizenship
A discussion of building vocabulary to help students prepare for the naturalization interview and test.
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Paul Kim, USCIS Office of Citizenship
A discussion of using sentence structure to build comprehension and confidence and how to help students prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test.

Online Training

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Adult Citizenship Education Strategies for Volunteers

These training modules are designed to provide volunteers with a basic understanding of adult second language acquisition and the naturalization process, including the interview and test.

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These videos provide teachers with basic information about managing time and space in an adult citizenship education classroom.

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This easy-to-use, free learning portal provides ESOL practitioners with unlimited access to high quality online professional development and learning opportunities.

Publications

The Professional Development Guide for Adult Citizenship Educators

This guide helps adult citizenship education program administrators and teachers in identifying instructional domains and establishing a system of professional development for adult citizenship educators. Check out the accompanying tip sheet for how to use this guide.