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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

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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Nov
26
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online) @ online
Nov 26 – Dec 10 all-day

Instructor:
Sara Reckahn

Description:

Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online) 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

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 Adult Educations Certificate of completion.

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Tutor Now: Technology Skills Training (Online) @ online
Nov 26 – Dec 13 all-day

Instructor:
Kelly Sines

Description:

Tutor Now: Technology Skills. This training will equip you with tools, skills, and resources to support adults who wish to increase their technology skills. This training is designed with the principles of adult learning theory and technological instruction to suit a wide variety of learners.

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the barriers to digital inclusion and the wide variety of learners served in Philadelphia.
  • Understand and Apply adult learning theory and learner-centered strategies to motivate learners.
  • Demonstrate how to locate and access information and resources using technology

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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Nov
29
Wed
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning (Blended) @ Office of Adult Education
Nov 29 – Dec 13 all-day

Instructor:
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, 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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Dec
6
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance – Quarterly Meeting #2 @ TBD
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Save the date!

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the second Quarterly Meeting of the 2018 membership year. The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance meets quarterly to discuss updates, trends and opportunities in adult education.

More information coming soon!

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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 #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.”
Jan
30
Tue
Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #4 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor:
Naomie Nyanungo

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at an Adult ESL Round Table on January 30, 2018 from 2 – 4pm. 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.

Mar
14
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance – Quarterly Meeting #3 @ TBD
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Save the date!

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the third Quarterly Meeting of the 2018 membership year. The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance meets quarterly to discuss updates, trends and opportunities in adult education.

More information coming soon!

register here.jpg

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

Quarterly Meeting Schedule

Register in advance for additional Quarterly Meetings
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.”
Apr
17
Tue
Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #5 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor:
Naomie Nyanungo

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at an Adult ESL Round Table on April 17th, 2018 from 2 – 4pm. 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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