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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

Jul
6
Thu
Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance @ Office of Adult Education
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm

Enrollment is now open for the Fiscal Year 2018!

We would like invite you to join or renew your membership to the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance. The Alliance, a program of the Office of Adult Education, is the foremost professional membership for adult educators and providers in the city of Philadelphia. Its mission is “to support the delivery of quality services to Philadelphia’s adult learners by offering professional development, encouraging collaboration and connectedness, and sharing information.”
Yearly membership is available to individuals from non-profit, government, or for-profit organizations, located or carrying out the majority of their work in the City of Philadelphia.If you are providing, coordinating, funding, regulating, supporting, and/or benefiting from adult literacy and workforce preparation services in the City, we would love for you to join us.
The Alliance membership is free and valid of a year providing access to quarterly meetings and events. Registration for the Fiscal Year 2018 is now open through August 1, 2017.
Join today to become part of an organization that works for you!
Should you have any questions about the Alliance events and programs, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Adult Education at 215-686-5250.


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.

 

Jul
25
Tue
Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE Philadelphia Launch @ Philadelphia City Hall, Courtyard
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please join the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to celebrate the launch of our Philadelphia Field Test, our partners and program champions that are helping transform the lives of adult learners, right here in Philadelphia!

You’ll hear inspiring speakers and stakeholders as they share their vision for adult education and the impact of this powerful, first-of-its-kind collaboration of mayors, community-based organizations and public education institutions.

Field Test Launch Event: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Philadelphia City Hall, Courtyard

No RSVP required. For more information call 215-686-5250.


Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Organizer of Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE Philadelphia Launch Event

A competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners.

About XPRIZE
XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs. 10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world.  XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges.

Jul
31
Mon
Blended English as a Second Language Tutor Training @ Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
Jul 31 – Aug 8 all-day

Instructor

Ellen Polsky

Description:

(ESL) training 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:

  • Patterns of immigration in Philadelphia
  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and lesson planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

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.

The Training is designed to meet competencies derived from:

  1. 2008 Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  2. 2003 Standards for adult education ESL programs, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

About this 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.

Aug
1
Tue
Digital Skills & Bicycle Thrills Cohort #6 Orientation @ APM Community Room, Paseo Verde Apartment
Aug 1 @ 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 next cohort of the Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) program. DSBT is a free four-week online course that combines building digital skills with learning about Indego and bike safety.

The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) is an effort led by the City of Philadelphia that works to ensure that Indego is accessible to all Philadelphians.  Indego helps Philadelphians get to all kinds of places, and as we expand to new neighborhoods, we are working with partners to create opportunities for residents to connect with resources in their communities. Indego is new and exciting, and we are committed to offering educational opportunities to help everyone learn to use the system.

Join us for orientation!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
APM Community Room, Paseo Verde Apartment
1950 N. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

CALL 1-844-446-3346 to sign up!

This program is a collaboration between Indego, the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, the Better Bike Share Partnership, the Office of Innovation Technology, the Office of Adult Education, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the KEYSPOT network. The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by the JBP Foundation.

Aug
6
Sun
ONLINE English as a Second Language Tutor Training @ online
Aug 6 – Aug 20 all-day

Instructor:
Sara Reckahn

Description:
Online English as Second Language (ESL) Tutor Training provides adult literacy volunteers with the tools, skills and resources to support adult English language learners. The ESL Tutor Training adds 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 non-literate to highly advanced.

 

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. It starts with online coursework the cohort will be required to complete remotely. To successfully complete this training, you should expect to devote 7-8 hours per week on this course.

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

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Aug
13
Sun
Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning (Online format) @ online
Aug 13 – Sep 3 all-day

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 Trainings:
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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Aug
27
Sun
Tutor Now: Technology Skills Training @ online
Aug 27 – Sep 13 all-day

Instructor:
TBD

Description:

Tutor Now, Technology Skills. This training is designed for volunteers that are interested in bridging the digital divide through education. Volunteers will be equipped with an understanding of adult learning theory as well as strategies for improving technology skills of adults.  After completion, trained tutors are placed at KEYSPOT open access computing labs and adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn:

  • the barriers to digital inclusion and the wide variety of learners served in Philadelphia
  • how to apply adult learning theory and learner-centered strategies to motivate learners
  • tips to locate and access information and resources using technology
  • Lesson building and resources

About Online Training:
The online training allows volunteers complete the work online at their own pace within the two and a half-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. No prerequisites required.

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Sep
9
Sat
Mentoring Through Reading @ TBD
Sep 9 all-day

Instructor:
Lynette Hazelton

Description:
Mentoring through Reading will discuss and share useful tips on how tutors can use books as a tool not only to improve academic skills and role modeling how an expert reader tackles reading but to support and mentor the learner on the issues that come up on the reading like time management, critical thinking, problem-solving, etc.

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

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
19
Tue
Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #3 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor:
Naomie Nyanungo

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at a third Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Round Table on September 19, 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.

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