The Change Agent

World Education, Inc.

The Change Agent is a social justice-themed, biannual online magazine written by and for adult learners and educators.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Resilience, Written Communication, Problem Solving, Diversity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement, Stress Management

Learner resources

  • Social justice-themed magazine containing news articles, opinion pieces, and poems written by adult learners and educators
  • Readings can be selected by theme or reading level
  • Audio files accompany many of the readings
  • Opportunity to write for the magazine and join the editorial board

Instructor resources

  • Lesson plans and learning activities for each reading
  • Index with article reading levels, along with audio files for selected readings
  • Lesson packets by theme, with some adapted for distance learning in PowerPoint format
  • Grid showing alignment between articles and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
  • Tips and strategies on how to use The Change Agent in instruction

Key Takeaways

  • Writing by adult learners provides high-interest reading material for grade-level equivalencies 2–12 and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) learners.
  • Relevant issue themes, such as “Good Jobs, Not Just Any Jobs,” “Career Pathways,” “Talking About Race,” “Pandemic and Mental Health,” provide class-ready materials for talking about and building learner resilience, problem solving, and other personal and workplace success skills.
  • Subscription provides access to all issues, including back issues, as well as audio files for selected articles that can be downloaded and shared with learners and housed on a learning management system.
  • Webinar recordings for professional development and guidance for teaching with The Change Agent can be accessed as part of the subscription.
  • Free materials for teaching about race and other social issues help teachers facilitate discussions to raise awareness and connect issues to learners’ experiences.

The Change Agent magazine was first developed in 1994 by the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education to help teachers and learners read about and develop skills to advocate for adult education funding. After a receptive response from the field, World Education decided to produce more issues and continues to do so. Each issue explores a different topic and features writings by adult learners. Learning activities and additional resources, such as graphics and cartoons, provide teaching materials for the classroom. The website includes audio recordings of articles, leveled texts, and links to activities aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards. The Change Agent is currently only available as an online magazine.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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