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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

Jan
14
Sun
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning Volunteer Training (Online) @ Online
Jan 14 – Feb 4 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.

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

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma.
  • The online Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning training is a three-week course and requires participants to complete 12 to 15 hours of online training (4 to 5 hours a week).
  • Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate.
  • Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for the Tutor Now – GED®/HiSET® Prep Training. 

About Online Training:
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Note: The Office of adult Education reserves the right to cancel a Tutor Training class when the minimum registration has not been reached.

Tutor Now: Technology Skills Volunteer Training (Online) @ online
Jan 14 – Jan 31 all-day

Help adults in your community gain important computer skills!

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.

The first step to becoming an Adult Education Tutor is to attend one of the FREE volunteer 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 (ESL).

Instructor
Kelly Sines

Description
Tutor Now: Technology Skills volunteer 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
Tutor Now: Technology Skills volunteer training is available online only training allows volunteers to 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.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma
  • Tutor Now: Technology Skills is a two-week training and requires 7 to 13 hours to complete (4 to 5 hours a week).
  • Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education.
  • No prerequisites required.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Jan
21
Sun
Tutor Now: GED® & HiSET® Prep Volunteer Training (online)
Jan 21 – Feb 4 all-day

Help adults in your community finish their diploma!

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® 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. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

About Online Training
The online 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.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma.
  • Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for this training.
  • The online Tutor Now, GED® and HiSET® Prep course requires participants to complete 7 to 13 hours of training (4 to 5 hours a week).
  • Volunteers are required to commitment to six-months of volunteer tutoring after being referred to a volunteer partner agency (2 to 3 hours per week).
  • Must have basic computer and Internet skills, with access to a reliable computer and Internet.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree may be required by some volunteer partner agencies upon referral. Please contact volunteeradultedu@phila.gov for more information.
  • Completion of all components is required to receive a Certificate of Completion from the Office of Adult Education.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Note: The Office of adult Education reserves the right to cancel a Tutor Training class when the minimum registration has not been reached.

Jan
25
Thu
2018 Faith Leaders and Civic Breakfast @ City Hall
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

For more information and to learn how you can get involved contact, Chelsea Reed at Chelsea.Reed@phila.gov or call (215) 686-5250.

Jan
26
Fri
Getting Ready for 2018: A GED® Test Mini Conference with GED® Testing Service @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room X
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Instructor
Daphne Atkinson
Senior Director of State Relationships, GED® Testing Service

Description
This mini conference will feature four sequential workshops each focused on a specific approach or strategy for helping adult learners succeed on a high school equivalency (HSE) exam.  Topics covered (not necessarily in this order) will be:  data literacy basics, teaching inference across content areas, developing sequencing skills, and making thinking processes visible. Presented by a Daphne Atkinson from GED® Testing Services, the conference is targeted to teachers and tutors who help adult learners prepare for the GED® examination.  Participants are expected to attend all four sessions that day.

Topic 1
Focusing on Data Literacy

Learn strategies to help adult learners enhance their ability to extract information from infographics, charts, tables, graphs and various kinds of data plots and to draw conclusions, make inferences, and determine solutions.  This workshop will introduce data literacy basics and how these skills are a critical stepping stone for all adult learners.

Topic 2
Teaching Inference Across the Content Areas

Whether reading non-fiction text or interpreting graphics, students need to be able to make inferences. Drawing conclusions and making inferences remain two of the most challenging reading skills for students. This session will introduce participants to scaffolding as an approach to teaching inference.. Teachers will work with differentiated strategies for teaching inference in multi-level classrooms and helping learners to  “read between the lines.”

Topic 3
“Knowing” What The Next Step Is:  Developing Sequencing Skills
Sequencing is one of the thinking skills that is assessed across the content areas.  It requires that students engage in logical reasoning, be proficient close readers, and ultimately, be able to understand cause and effect.  Although it may feel different to students in the various content areas, it is all related to the same higher order thinking skill.  We will explore teaching and practicing sequencing from the simple and concrete to the complex and abstract.

Topic 4
Making Thinking Processes Visible: A Key Teaching Strategy Across the Content Areas
One of the best ways to teach higher order thinking skills is to model them; in other words, invite your students to “see” and emulate your thinking processes. The goal is to provide enough practice for them to internalize good thinking skills. This mini-workshop will focus on higher order thinking skills and how content focuses and extends skill development.  The mini-conference is facilitated by Daphne Atkinson, Senior Director, State Relationships, at GED Testing Service®. Ms. Atkinson has spent 19 years in education—seven years with GED Testing Service®; three years as a consultant; and more than nine years at the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) as Vice President, Industry Relations.


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.

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.

Feb
4
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online) @ Online
Feb 4 – Feb 18 all-day

Instructor: Ellen Polsky

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.

Time Requirements

10 to 13 hours in the span of 3 weeks (4 to 5 hours a week)

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

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Feb
7
Wed
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning (Blended) @ Office of Adult Education
Feb 7 – Feb 21 all-day

Instructor:

TBD

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.

Time Requirements

3 face-to-face sessions (8 hours) and complete work online (4 to 7 hours)

 

February 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

February 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

February 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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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Feb
9
Fri
HiSET® Information Session @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Instructor
Douglas Garcia
Senior Director, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) at Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Description
In February 2016, Pennsylvania approved the HiSET® as an alternative exam for Pennsylvanians to attain their high school equivalency.  This means that students now have two exam options: GED® or HiSET®.   Built on the College and Career Readiness Standards, the HiSET® exam gives out-of-school youth and adults an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential. The exam features paper- and computer-based formats, in English and Spanish. This session will provide an overview on all ETS HiSET® Program updates and new teaching resources. Information about new partnerships with preparation providers such as Essential Education will also be highlighted.  During this session, participants will gain an understanding of the content of the test and will receive up-to-date information regarding the HiSET® informational website and free instructional materials, as well as participate in a question and answer session.

The session is facilitated by Douglas Garcia, Senior Director, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) at Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Mr. Garcia is the HiSET® representative for Pennsylvania.


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.

Feb
16
Fri
Help Learners Succeed on GED® and HiSET® Exams (Workshop 1: Language Arts, Writing, and Social Studies) @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor

Lynette Hazelton
Instructor, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund.

Description

How can you custom design, implement and evaluate a high-impact HSE (GED®/HiSET®) instruction that’s best for your adult students and most likely end in success?

The object of this winter workshop series is to help you answer this question. These workshops will challenge you to think critically about your practice and about cultivating an environment that both sets high expectations and is supportive of student success. By discussing and sharing course structure, classroom practices, assessment strategies, test prep skills development and best pedagogical practices, you’ll further develop tools to enhance your students’ ability to prepare for and to pass the HSE (GED®/HiSET®).

In addition to focusing on the subject content matter required to pass the examination, the workshops will focus on proven student support strategies that help adult students persist towards their high school equivalency diploma goal. You will also get the chance to learn about the differences between the GED® and HiSET® exams and how to help learners make the best decision for them.

The two workshops have been scheduled to come after the GED® Mini-Conference and HiSET® Information Sessions to provide opportunities for instructors and tutors to continue to reflect on strategies and best practices.  Participants can attend one or both workshops, and are encouraged to bring questions and/or strategies to share at these interactive sessions.


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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