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The Office of Adult Education

990 Spring Garden Street
Third Floor, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

Calendar

Sep
10
Sun
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning Training (Online Format) @ Online
Sep 10 – Oct 1 all-day

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners.  Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.  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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Instructor:
Janice Saunders

Description:

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

About Online Training:
The online training allows volunteers 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.

Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education. Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for the Tutor Now – GED®/HiSET® Prep Training. 

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Sep
22
Fri
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Working Meeting – September @ Office of Adult Education, Conference Room
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the members of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next working meeting. Be part of the solution! Actively participate in hands-on group work and discussions around the Survey of Adult Education Services conducted by the Alliance.

Not a member of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance? Join today!


About the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance 
The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance is a membership organization for individuals and agencies in the adult literacy community. The mission of the Alliance is for Philadelphia’s public and private organizations and individuals work together to ensure the City’s out-of-school adults are prepared for post-secondary learning, employment, and active citizenship.

Sep
23
Sat
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Blended Format) @ Southwest Community Development Corporation
Sep 23 – Oct 7 all-day

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners.  Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.  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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Instructor
Ellen Polsky

Description:
The Tutor Now, English as a Second Language (ESL) training covers theory and techniques to work with adults who are learning English as an additional language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn:

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

About Blended Training:
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.

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For more information on volunteer tutor training, call 215.686.6079.

Sep
24
Sun
Tutor Now: ONLINE GED® / HiSET® Prep Training @ Online
Sep 24 – Oct 8 all-day

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners.  Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.  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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Instructor:
Jill Gates-Smith

Description:
Tutor Now, GED® / HiSET® Prep training offer tutors the skills to help students achieve success in passing the GED® or HiSET® exams to obtain their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD). The training provides specific information regarding the tests, tools to help students organize information to effectively answer test questions and tools to help learners develop and use testing skills strategically to maximize outcomes. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

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

Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education. Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for this training.

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Sep
27
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance – Quarterly Meeting #1 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room Y
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Growth with Equity: A Philadelphia Workforce Strategy
Join fellow members on September 27, to learn about a citywide workforce strategy to create pipelines into living wage jobs for opportunity youth, returning citizens and adults lacking literacy and foundational skills.
Catie Wolfgang, Director of Workforce Strategies at the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity from the Workforce Development Steering Committee will be looking for ways the Alliance can participate in this strategy to ensure the needs of adult learners are being met.
We are also looking forward to updating the Alliance on the State of Adult Literacy Report and informing the Alliance of ways to get involved!
The meeting will take place at the Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room Y. Lunch will be served!

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Not a member of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance? Join today!

Quarterly Meeting Schedule

Register in advance for additional Quarterly Meetings
Quarterly Meeting #2
Quarterly Meeting #3
Quarterly Meeting #4


 About the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance
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.”
Oct
4
Wed
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning (Blended) @ Office of Adult Education
Oct 4 – Oct 18 all-day

Instructor:

Janice Saunders

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, and document learner progress.

About this training:

This 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.

We have three obligatory face-to-face sessions and online coursework to complete by the end of the class.  Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate.

*Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for Tutor Now, GED© /HiSET© Prep. 

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

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Oct
14
Sat
2017 Tutor Institute @ District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, 10th Floor
Oct 14 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join the Office of Adult Education in collaboration with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund for our annual Tutor Institute, a one-day conference for adult education volunteers and providers. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Stronger, Skillful Learning Communities”, celebrating the role of community in the work of tutors and other practitioners in adult education. In community, we find and share resources—materials, strategies, tools, connections, collaborations—that enables us to better serve adult learners. In community we connect with others, share and reflect on our experiences. It is this strong sense of community that motivates voluntarism and it is the sense of community and the sense of belonging what gives purpose to our work.

Join fellow adult practitioners, educators and tutors as we strategize, network, create and share resources. Through workshops and expert speakers we will explore innovative techniques and creative teaching approaches to meet the needs of a variety of adult learners.

More information coming soon!

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Interested in presenting a workshop at Tutor Institute?

Now through September 8, you can also submit a proposal to present a workshop session at Tutor Institute. Visit the Request for Proposal Form to learn more about becoming a presenter.

Oct
29
Sun
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning Training (Online Format) @ Online
Oct 29 – Nov 19 all-day

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners.  Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.  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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Instructor:
Ellen Polsky

Description:

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

About Online Training:
The online training allows volunteers 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.

Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education. Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for the Tutor Now – GED®/HiSET® Prep Training. 

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Nov
3
Fri
ESL Teacher Resource @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room A
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Instructor:Nicole Daker

Description:

The ESL Teacher Resource is ready!  Alicia Porter spent a good portion of the summer working on an online resource for ESL tutors and instructors.  We can’t wait for you to see it! Join us on Friday, November 3 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. to review and explore this new resource.

The ESL Teacher Resource features the following:

  • Overview of ESL Levels and Competencies
    • Low literacy
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Classroom Tips for each skill level
    • Topics
    • Lesson plans
    • Instructional activities
  • Technology and Free ESL Websites
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Pronunciation & Phonics

 


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.

Nov
5
Sun
Tutor Now: ONLINE GED® / HiSET® Prep Training (Blended) @ Office of Adult Education
Nov 5 – Nov 19 all-day

Volunteers play an important role in providing educational services to adult learners.  Your volunteer contribution supports the Office of Adult Education mission to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to high-quality education leading to personal and career advancement, and increased economic and social opportunity.

If you are 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer tutor.  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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Instructor:
Jill Gates-Smith

Description:
Tutor Now, GED® / HiSET® Prep training offer tutors the skills to help students achieve success in passing the GED® or HiSET® exams to obtain their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD). The training provides specific information regarding the tests, tools to help students organize information to effectively answer test questions and tools to help learners develop and use testing skills strategically to maximize outcomes. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

About Online Training:
The blended training allows volunteers complete the work online at their own pace within the two-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education. Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for this training.

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