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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

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
24
Thu
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Working Meeting – August @ Office of Adult Education, Conference Room
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the members of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next working meeting. Be part of the solution! Actively participate in hands-on group work and discussions around the Survey of Adult Education Services conducted by the Alliance.

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


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.

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
8
Fri
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Working Meeting – September @ Office of Adult Education, Conference Room
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the members of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next working meeting. Be part of the solution! Actively participate in hands-on group work and discussions around the Survey of Adult Education Services conducted by the Alliance.

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


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.

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

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:
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
13
Wed
Word of Mouth Adult Literacy XPRIZE Team Training @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room Y
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We need your help spreading the word about new free mobile learning apps!

The Office of Adult Education is excited to partner with Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a $7 million global competition to transform the lives of low-literate adults. The vision is to empower nearly 1 in 10 low-literate adults living in the United States with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

Join us for a Word of Mouth (WOM) Team Training to learn how you can support these efforts by becoming an Adult Literacy XPRIZE champion and help connect people with life changing apps! The Word of Mouth  Team helps get the word out, on the block and on the bus. Be in the know, win prizes, and get skills. Join the Adult Literacy XPRIZE WOM Team!

Free lunch and a $25 Visa prepaid card are available for those who attend the Word of Mouth Team Training.

What is XPRIZE?

Presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, XPRIZE challenges teams to develop mobile applications that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention and scaling to meet demand.

For a full overview of the project, please watch this Adult Literacy XPRIZE video.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Gemmell at Anne.Gemmell@phila.gov or 215-686-2986

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.

Sep
23
Sat
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Blended Format) @ Southwest Community Development Corporation
Sep 23 – Oct 7 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, English as a Second Language (ESL) training covers theory and techniques to work with adults who are learning English as an additional language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will learn:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

About Blended 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.

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