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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

Dec
2
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Training @ Online Course
Dec 2 – Dec 16 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

3-week course 
Participants should expect to complete this training course in 10 to 13 hours (4 to 5 hours per week).

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.


 

Dec
14
Fri
Educating After Trauma: Trauma Informed Practices @ Office of Adult Education
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

FACILITATOR 
Susanna Gilbertson
Founding Partner, The Blue Door Group

DESCRIPTION
Are you an educator working with adults who have experienced trauma or violence? Learn new ways to create a welcoming environment in your classroom, that addresses some of the barriers to learning your students bring with them due to traumatic experiences.  This workshop will help you understand some of the causes of student behavior, classroom issues and offer some possible solutions.


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

Dec
19
Wed
Quarterly Meeting #2: Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room Y
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance at their December Quarterly Meeting. This will be the first meeting led by our new Board Chair, Tara Mullen. Mullen will provide updates regarding the direction of the Alliance and present members with the recently ratified Bylaws of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance. At the last Alliance meeting, members expressed interest in knowing more about programs represented in the Alliance. Based on this input, we have invited a few programs to present at the meeting. The agenda for meeting also includes discussions on proposed committees for the Alliance.

The mission of the Alliance is to support practitioners and organizations in delivering quality services to Philadelphia’s adult learners through connection to professional development, collaboration opportunities, sharing resources and information, and advocacy. We need your ideas on how we can make it happen!

Details for the meeting are as follows:
December 19 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd
16th Floor, Innovation Lab

Coffee and Lunch will be served


About the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance 

A membership organization for individuals and agencies in the adult literacy community.

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.

The quarterly meetings of the Alliance are an opportunity for members to hear about some of the current events in adult literacy, to network with other providers, and to have their voice heard.

Jan
11
Fri
Writing the HSE Essay: Tools for Instructors & Tutors @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 11 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

 

DESCRIPTION

Are you tired of teaching writing the same old way? Interested in learning some new strategies to invigorate and align your lessons with the CCRS standards and HSE essay styles? Join us for “Writing the HSE Essay: Tools for Tutors and Instructors.” The session will focus on scaffolded writing tools that are strategy based, common core and HSE testing aligned, and easy to use and follow by both instructional staff and their students. The session will include an overview of CCRS Writing Standards, the HiSET® and GED® essay styles, tools for teaching writing strategies for both exam styles, and resources for incorporating these ideas into your classroom.

FACILITATORS

DiAne Spencer
Literacy Instructor, Temple University WELL Program 

DiAne Spencer has worked in the fields of education and publishing for over 15 years. She has taught in both Philadelphia public and private schools. DiAne is currently a Literary Instructor for the Temple University WELL Program. Her role includes implementing writing strategies and curriculum development for Adult Education

Kelly Sines
Get Healthy Philly, Philly FIGHT

Kelly Sines has worked in the adult education field for over 10 years and has served in various roles within several organizations in the city. Of all their roles in the field instruction is their favorite. Kelly enjoys exploring strategies for effective, relevant, and fun lessons and looks forward to sharing some writing ideas during this training.


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.

Jan
18
Fri
How to Start a Mentoring through Reading Program: A Step by Step Guide @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

DESCRIPTION 

Are you a program manager, volunteer coordinator or adult education teacher looking for ways to promote and sharpen your learners’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills?

This training will provide an overview, and a step by step guide, to help you establish a mentoring through reading program at your organization.

By reading great books and discussing the essential issues in the books, adult learners develop and improve their reading, writing, critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Carefully selected literature provides opportunities for learners to identify, share and address personal challenges and barriers hindering their education.

FACILITATOR 

Lynette Hazelton
Volunteer Coordinator, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund


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. To learn more about professional development opportunities, click here.

Jan
20
Sun
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Education (Online Course) @ Online
Jan 20 – Feb 10 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

3-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 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 @ Office of Adult Education
Jan 20 – Feb 3 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 in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language. 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

Mary Wilson

DESCRIPTION

The Tutor Now: GED® and 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.

Blended Training Course

The blended training allows volunteers to 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. 

SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 24, 2019 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Participants are required to attend one face-to-face sessions and complete online coursework.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Feb
6
Wed
Tutor Now Fundamentals of Adult Education (Blended Course) @ Office of Adult Education
Feb 6 – Feb 20 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!

Facilitator

Sara Reckhan

Description

3-week course
Participants are required to attend all 3 face-to-face sessions and complete online coursework.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

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

Blended Training Course
The blended training combines in-person workshops with online work that will be completed at home. Online work includes reading, watching videos, and participating in online discussions. This class meets two times and all work needs to be completed within the 3-week period.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

 

Feb
8
Fri
Enhance Learning by Incorporating Movement Breaks into your Work @ Office of Adult Education
Feb 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

DESCRIPTION 

This training will introduce professionals to concept of movement breaks, explain why the practice of integrating movement into lessons for adult learners can enhance learning, how instructors can promote a healthy environment for learning, and provide practical recommendations for implementation.

featuring

Kelli McIntyre
Get Healthy Philly
Physical Activity Coordinator

In this role Kelli leads department efforts to make staying active the easy choice for all Philadelphians by engaging with communities to promote physical activity and improve community design to promote health. Kelli transitioned into public health after 10 years in corporate wellness and athletic training. She holds a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University, a MA in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is honored to be a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows, currently earning her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mica Root
Get Healthy Philly
Senior Projects Coordinator

In this role, she manages staff, projects and partnerships, especially those related to youth and families. She values opportunities to build shared agendas among City departments and other public entities; a current example of this is the work that Get Healthy Philly, the Mayor’s Office of Education and the School District of Philadelphia are doing with the Healthy Schools component of the City’s Community Schools initiative. Prior to joining the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Mica spent twelve years doing economic and social justice organizing, including as a co-founder and first executive director of Media Mobilizing Project.

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.

Feb
10
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Online) @ Online Course
Feb 10 – Mar 3 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

3-week course 
Participants should expect to complete this training course in 10 to 13 hours (4 to 5 hours per week)

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.

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