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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

Apr
22
Sat
Two-Generation Learn and Lead Family Course @ Southwark Elementary School
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm

Sign your family up to take part in a FREE family learning course called Two-Generation Learn and Lead!

What is Two-Generation Learn & Lead?

Two-Gen Learn & Lead is a new 12-week course for whole families. Over 12 Saturdays, families will learn new skills and gain confidence together, as they choose and plan a service project to better their community. Parents and children who learn together build stronger bonds, and boost skills for work, school and leadership.

What are the benefits?

  • Gain job skills
  • Improve your resume
  • Meet new people
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Change your community for better

Who can enroll?

  • Parents or caregivers with at east one child can enroll
  • Parent or caregivers: 18 to 64 years of age
  • Children: pre-K to 6th grade

PROJECT START:
Saturday, April 22 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Southwark Elementary School | 1835 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Project runs Saturday mornings from 4/22 – 6/17.

Space is limited enroll today!

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For more information, contact Anne Gemmell at 215.685.2986 or  Anne.Gemmell@phila.gov.

May
17
Wed
Blended Basic Tutor Training @ Office of Adult Education
May 17 – May 31 all-day

Instructor:
Ellen Polsky

Description:
Basic Tutor Training provides tutors with a foundation of how to tutor adult literacy 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.

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.

The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.

About this training:

This training is completed over a three-week period. We have three obligatory face to face sessions: (Part 1) is an orientation, and (Part 2 and 3) are two Teaching Strategies Workshops where the cohort will practice tutoring strategies on two consecutive three-hour Wednesday evenings. During this period each participant must complete online coursework (Part 4). Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.  NOTE: Basic Tutor Training is a prerequisite for ASE Tutor Training.

Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Adult Educations Certificate of completion.

 

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May
24
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance – May Quarterly Meeting @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room Y
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Exploring Opportunities for Adult Education in the Rebuild Philadelphia Initiative

Join the conversation on Rebuild Philadelphia, one of Mayor Kenney’s priority initiatives. Rebuild Philadelphia is aimed at improving neighborhood parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds with the goals of promoting equality and encouraging economic growth across the city. Come learn more about the initiative and explore opportunities for the adult education community to get involved.

Guest Speakers:

Mary Stitt
Deputy Director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
City of Philadelphia

David Gould 
Deputy Director, Community Engagement and Communication
City of Philadelphia

What Is Rebuild?

Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) is a $500 million program to revitalize neighborhood parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries across the city.

Over the last decade, Center City’s public spaces have been reborn through significant investment. Now it’s time to invest in the rebirth of our neighborhoods as well.

Rebuild Values

Rebuild focuses on promoting equity and fairness across Philadelphia. Most of Rebuild’s community investment will go to distressed or struggling neighborhoods where concentrated poverty, elevated crime rates, and heightened health risks are impacting the lives of local residents.

Where possible, Rebuild will also look to invest in neighborhoods that may be growing and present opportunities to spur additional economic growth. These are neighborhoods where Rebuild projects can attract even more investment to serve and stabilize the community.

There are three major goals of this investment: revitalizing community spaces, engaging and empowering communities, and promoting economic opportunity. Learn more.

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

May
31
Wed
Digital Skills & Bicycle Thrills Cohort #5 @ People's Emergency Center
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills is back this Spring with it’s fourth cohort class!

Are You…

  • 18 or older?
  • Interested in improving your computer skills?
  • New to Indego bike share?

Sign Up Today for a FREE, four-week digital skills class!

  • 2 Hours per week
  • Join in one group ride
  • Gain confidence biking in the city
  • Learn digital skills like navigating the web and using Microsoft Word

Participants receive 6 months of Indego for Free!

The Office of Adult Education is excited to present the fourth cohort of the Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) program, a collaboration between the Better Bike Share Partnership, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems and the Office of Adult Education. DSBT is a free four-week online course that combines building digital skills with learning about Indego and bike safety.

Last year’s programs were so successful that Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills is back in April at Philadelphia FIGHT’s AIDS Library KEYSPOT. Individuals who complete the program will receive a free six-month pass to Indego! Please share this exciting program with your networks and let anyone interested know that they can sign up for this free class by calling Indego Customer Service at 1-844-446-3346.

Join us for orientation!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia FIGHT – AIDS Library
1233 Locust Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

CALL 1-844-446-3346 to sign up!

Jun
2
Fri
Site Coordinator Series: Budget and Fundraising for Adult Literacy Programs @ Office of Adult Education
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Training Dates
June 2, 2017 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
June 9, 2017 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Facilitator
Kate McGeever, Executive Director, Delaware County Literacy Council

Description
Participants will learn how to develop and manage a basic budget for an adult literacy program and review effective strategies for raising funds. Attendees of this training will be able to identify the elements of a budget, draw connections between mission and budgets, and identify the various audiences for budgets. By the end of this training, participants will have a mock budget and knowledge of how to test the strength of their budget through the use of ratios. Finally, this training will provide an overview of funding sources for adult literacy programs and an outline of the many fundraising strategies useful for adult education.

About Site Coordinator Series
The Office of Adult Education is offering a special professional development training series for administrators and coordinators looking to establish adult education programs or seeking to revitalize existing programs. Anyone coordinating a community-based adult literacy program will benefit from this series.

Participants may choose to attend all the trainings, or pick specific trainings. Each training will take place in two interactive workshop sessions (each 3 hours). To successfully complete a training, participants must attend both sessions and complete all assigned activities.


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.

Jun
3
Sat
Blended Basic Tutor Training @ Southwest Community Development Corporation
Jun 3 – Jun 17 all-day

Session Dates:
June 3, 2017  (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
June 10, 2017 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
June 17, 2017 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Instructor:
Janice Saunders

Description:
Basic Tutor Training provides tutors with a foundation of how to tutor adult literacy 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.

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.

The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.

About this training:

This training is completed over a three-week period. We have three obligatory face to face sessions: (Part 1) is an orientation, and (Part 2 and 3) are two Teaching Strategies Workshops where the cohort will practice tutoring strategies on two consecutive three-hour Wednesday evenings. During this period each participant must complete online coursework (Part 4). Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.  NOTE: Basic Tutor Training is a prerequisite for ASE Tutor Training.

Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Adult Educations Certificate of completion.

 

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Jun
4
Sun
Online Basic Tutor Training @ Online
Jun 4 – Jun 25 all-day

Instructor:
Kristyn Stewart

Description:
Online Basic Tutor Training will provide you with the knowledge, tools, skills and resources to support adult learners enrolled in adult basic (ABE), pre-GED® courses and adult secondary education (ASE). The training addresses the different aspects of instruction and support for learners wishing to improve their literacy skills: numeracy, language, and digital.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use learner-centered tutoring techniques
  • Assess learners and set learner goals
  • Create lesson plans
  • Provide both face-to-face and online instruction
  • Write progress notes.

The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.

About this training:
This training will be delivered and facilitated completely online. It will prepare you to make a difference in someone’s life from the convenience of your home or office. You are expected to read text material, watch and react to videos, submit responses to discussion prompts and quizzes, and provide thoughtful feedback to one another. A tutor trainer will be available to monitor, facilitate the course, and provide feedback as needed. To successfully complete this training, you are expected to devote seven to eight (7-8) hours per week for three weeks (approximately two [2] hours per day, four days per week).

 

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Jun
8
Thu
Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #2 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor:
Naomie Nyanungo

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at a second Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Round Table on June 8, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.

Jun
16
Fri
The Multi-Level ESL Classroom: Transforming Weakness into Strength! @ Office of Adult Education
Jun 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Description:
In reality, every adult English as a Second Language (ESL) class is made up of learners at a variety of education levels. The presenter from Cambridge University Press will demonstrate a method to turn this from a weakness into a strength!  The activity is called like-ability-cross ability, and it uses the students themselves as the secret ingredient to making multi-levels work! It uses the students experience in learning their first language to great advantage!

Free materials will be available to all participants!

 


About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings
The Office of Adult Education 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.

Jun
28
Wed
Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma Graduation @ Mitten Hall, Temple University
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Congratulations!

Celebrate earning your GED®, HiSET® or Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) by attending the City of Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual CSSD Graduation Ceremony for Philadelphia residents.

Register for the ceremony is easy! See requirements and registration process below:

Requirements:

  • Passed all sections of the GED®, HiSET®, or receive your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD)
  • Resident of Philadelphia

Registration Process:

To receive an invitation to participate in the Ceremony, send your mailing address, phone number and proof that you passed the GED®, HiSET® or received your CSSD between January 2015 and May 2017. Email, mail or fax one of the following by June 1, 2017:

About the 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony is the third annual ceremony hosted by the Office of Adult Education in collaboration with community partners to celebrate Philadelphia residents who have passed the GED®, HiSET® or received their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. This year’s graduation will take place at Temple University’s Mitten Hall. For more information on the CSSD Graduation Ceremony, please call 215.686.6044.

Commencement Speaker 

Michael Banks | President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce
Michael Banks is the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of PA, NJ and DE, a membership organization committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of African-American businesses. Prior to assuming his current role, Michael was a financial controller for a Philly start-up that he helped position for national growth, and has more than 10 years of capital and derivatives market experience, managing investments with Citibank where he was a Vice President and led their equity trading desk.

Additionally, he was the first African-American stock option specialist in the history of the then Philadelphia Stock Exchange and now Nasdaq OMX. Banks is an Urban Studies graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on urban economics and has served on the board of Bebashi where he chaired the finance committee.

He also currently serves on the boards of: The African American Chamber of Commerce, PHL Diversity, The Mann Center, The American Red Cross Diversity & Inclusion committee, The advisory committee for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the city of Philadelphia’s Commerce department, and the city of Philadelphia’s Vision Zero task force.

Watch the 2016 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

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