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The Office of Adult Education

Two Penn Center
1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1412
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone number: (215) 686-5250
Email Address: adultedu@phila.gov

Calendar

Oct
20
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Online) @ Online Course
Oct 20 – Dec 1 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!

Instructor

Sara Reckahn

Description

6-week course 

The Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online course) volunteer training course offers theory and techniques specific to tutoring learners for whom English is not the first language, and whose level of literacy in their native language ranges from pre-literate to highly advanced.

Participants will learn:

  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and lesson planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

Online Training Course
This online training allows volunteers to complete the work online at their own pace within the three-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Education (Online Course) @ Online
Oct 20 – Dec 1 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!

Description

6-week online course

The Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning training provides tutors with basic skills and strategies for tutoring adult learners. It is designed to ensure that tutors are not only teaching adult basic education skills (Reading, Writing and Numeracy) but also incorporating fundamental skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century workplace such as digital literacy skills. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Help adult learners set achievable goals
  • Lesson planning
  • How to integrate technology into instruction
  • Learner-centered tutoring
  • Formal and informal assessment and how to identify progress
  • Effective communication and facilitation

Online Training Course

The online training allows volunteers to complete the work online at their own pace within the six-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Dec
10
Tue
Adult ESL Round Table FY20 @ The Office of Adult Education
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at an Adult ESL Round Table on December 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. Come network with other providers and help formulate a plan for improving ESL services for adult learners in Philadelphia. The meeting is open to administrators, teachers and tutors of ESL programs.

Light refreshments will be provided!


About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings:
The Office of Adult Education (OAE) offers multiple professional development opportunities to strengthen the delivery of quality adult education services in Philadelphia. These offerings are free and geared towards adult education coordinators, administrators, teachers, tutors and mentors.

Dec
17
Tue
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting @ Municipal Services Building
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next quarterly meeting. Network with Alliance members and the board, learn more about Alliance committees, and join your colleagues for coffee and lunch. More details forthcoming.

Not yet a member of the Alliance? Become a member here! The mission of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance is: “To support the delivery of quality services to Philadelphia’s adult learners by offering professional development, encouraging collaboration and connectedness, and sharing information.” Membership offers unique opportunities to learn from, and lend your voice to, the adult education community. Alliance members have access to unique professional development opportunities, and members stay updated on trends and standards in adult literacy.
Dec
18
Wed
Volunteer Night
Dec 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing mentorship, support, and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers, who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

DESCRIPTION

Join the Office of Adult Education’s Volunteer Program to network with current volunteers, meet volunteer program coordinators, learn about volunteer trainings and new resources from the Office of Adult Education.

 

Jan
12
Sun
Tutor Now Fundamentals of Adult Education @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 12 – Feb 23 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Facilitator

Sara Reckahn

Description

Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning provides tutors with a foundation of how to effectively tutor adult learners.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use learner-centered tutoring techniques.
  • Use assessment to guide instruction.
  • Help their learners set achievable goals.
  • Create lesson plans.
  • Integrate technology in instruction.
  • Document learner progress.

This blended training is completed over a three-week time period. The blended training mixes traditional face-to-face classroom facilitated workshops with self-paced online modules. The class meets face-to-face twice. In addition, volunteers are required to read material and complete assignments online by the end of the class. Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate.

Schedule

Course Starts: Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wednesday, January 15 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Intro Meeting

Wednesday, January 29| 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Online Chat Available

Wednesday, February 12 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
In-Person Meeting

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

 

NOTE: The Office of adult Education reserves the right to cancel a Tutor Training class when the minimum capacity (8) has not been reached.

Tutor Now: English as a Second Language @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 12 – Feb 23 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of our FREE tutor trainings. Volunteer training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  For volunteers who may have teaching experience from K-12 education settings, this training will draw on your existing knowledge and help you prepare to work with adult learners in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. >>> Learn More

Facilitator

Ellen Polsky

Training Description

Tutor Now: English as a Second Language offers theory and techniques specific to tutoring learners for whom English is not the first language, and whose level of literacy in their native language ranges from pre-literate to highly advanced.

Participants will learn:

  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and lesson planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

This blended training is completed over a three-week time period. The blended training mixes traditional face-to-face classroom facilitated workshops with self-paced online modules. The class meets face-to-face twice. In addition, volunteers are required to read material and complete assignments online by the end of the class. Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate.

Schedule

Class Starts: January 12, 2020

Wednesday, January 15 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Introduction Meeting

Wednesday, January 29 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
In-Person Meeting

Wednesday, February 12 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Online Chat Available

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

NOTE: The Office of Adult Education reserves the right to cancel a Tutor Training class when the minimum capacity (8) has not been reached.

Jan
17
Fri
Supporting Returning Citizens in Adult Education @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION 

This session is designed to provide awareness and tools that can assist adult educators in teaching and working with returning citizens. A returning citizen is defined as someone who has been directly impacted by the criminal justice system; this does not necessarily have to be via incarceration. There are many complications that can impact an educator’s ability to effectively educate a returning citizen. Through interactive and exploratory exercises, educators will gain a better perspective of what uniquely can distract a returning citizen from his or her academic goals.

  • Participants will learn of tools, resources and program that are uniquely designed to assist returning citizens
  • Participants will be exposed to the complexities and commitments that can demand the attention of returning citizens
  • Participants will have had the opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and questions with those directly impacted by the criminal justice system

featuring 

Marcus Hall and Nathan Sallard

Instructors, Community Learning Center

9:30am – 12:30pm

REGISTER HERE 


ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

The Office of Adult Education (OAE) offers multiple professional development opportunities to strengthen the delivery of quality adult education services in Philadelphia. These offerings are free and geared towards adult education coordinators, administrators, teachers, tutors and mentors.

Mar
8
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Online) @ Online Course
Mar 8 – Apr 19 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!

Instructor

Ellen Polsky

Description

6-week course 

The Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online course) volunteer training course offers theory and techniques specific to tutoring learners for whom English is not the first language, and whose level of literacy in their native language ranges from pre-literate to highly advanced.

Participants will learn:

  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and lesson planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

Online Training Course
This online training allows volunteers to complete the work online at their own pace within the three-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep (Online)
Mar 8 – Apr 19 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing mentorship, support, and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers, who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE tutor trainings offered by the Office of Adult Education. The training is open to everyone – no teaching experience required!  For volunteers who may have teaching experience from K-12 education settings, this training will draw on your existing knowledge and help you prepare to work with adult learners. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

DESCRIPTION

The Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep Training provides volunteers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and resources to support adult learners who are working at a 9th grade + level.   Volunteers will learn tactics to help prepare students to take standardized tests like the GED® or HiSET® in order to obtain a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.

This online training is completed over a six-week period.
Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.

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