Curriculum Used as a Tool for Professional Development

The goal of TIAN is to develop, pilot, and field test an effective and sustainable in-service professional development model for teachers in a variety of adult basic education (ABE) and out-of-school youth program settings. The audiences for the model are the teachers and programs across the country who work with the two and a half million adults who are seeking the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will enable them to have the access to information, voice, independence of action, and learning skills to be more effective as workers, parents, and community members (Stein, 1995). This model for professional development aligns with two reform components in the adult basic education system—standards and curriculum—and addresses professional development as an essential component of comprehensive reform for adult basic education instruction.

Following in the tradition of K-12 reform mathematics curricula (e.g., Investigations in Number, Data, and Space; Connected Mathematics; and the Interactive Mathematics Program), Project TIAN focused on increasing the content knowledge and classroom instructional skills of adult basic education mathematics teachers by designing, testing, and disseminating a professional development model that involves teachers in learning how to bring their mathematics content standards to life using a new and innovative adult mathematics curriculum. The model focused on mathematics and numeracy standards that are research-based, developmental in nature, and written specifically for adult students, and will use the Extending Mathematical Power (EMPower) curriculum as a primary resource. A facilitator-training component will strengthen the infrastructure of adult basic education nationally.


The professional development model includes the following elements: