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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
5
Sun
Tutor Now: GED® & HiSET® Prep Volunteer Training @ Office of Adult Education
Nov 5 – Nov 19 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.

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 Blended Training
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.

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 blended Tutor Now: GED® and HiSET® Prep training requires participants to attend one face-to-face session (3 hours) and complete online components (4 to 7 hours).
  • 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.

Nov
26
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Volunteer Training (Online) @ online
Nov 26 – Dec 10 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 (ESL).

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.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma
  • Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online) is a three-week training and will require 10 to 13 hours of participation (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.

Tutor Now: Technology Skills Volunteer Training (Online) @ online
Nov 26 – Dec 13 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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Nov
29
Wed
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning Volunteer Training @ Office of Adult Education
Nov 29 – Dec 13 all-day

Help adults in your community gain 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 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
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.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with at least a High School or Equivalency Diploma.
  • Tutor Now, Fundamentals of Adult Learning training is a three-week course and requires participants to attend three face-to-face sessions (8 hours) and complete online components (4 to 7 hours).
  • Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate.

About this training
This training is offered in blended format and 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.

*Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning is a prerequisite for Tutor Now: GED® and HiSET® Prep. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Dec
1
Fri
TABE® Implementation @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Assessment Training Series 

Learn how to assess your students accurately and use assessments to promote student learning. Offerings in this series will teach practitioners to administer and interpret the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE ®).  The training series is ideal for both new educators wanting to learn new skills, and seasoned educators who would like to refresh their skills.

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Maribel E. Ojeda

Description 

This offering will cover basic skills for accurately administering the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE®); maintaining test material security and integrity; explaining test results to students and other stakeholders and utilizing test data to inform instruction.

 

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Also See
Using TABE® to Inform Instruction (December 8, 2017 | 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Informal Assessment Guiding and Evaluating Learner Outcomes (December 8, 2017 | 1:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)



About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings:

The Office of Adult Education 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.

Dec
6
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance – Quarterly Meeting #2 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room Y
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Philadelphia Story Project

Join us at the next Quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance on December 6 to hear an update on the ‘Philadelphia Story’ that the Alliance has been working on the past year. You will hear about the progress made from the Alliance Working meetings and the future of the project.

Guest speakers for the meeting are Anne Gemmell, Director of Family Learning at the Office of Adult Education and Michelle Atherton, Senior Policy Writer at the Center on Regional Politics. We have invited Michelle and Anne to present on ‘White Paper on the State of Adult Education’ (tentative title) that will be released by the Office of Adult Education soon. This is your opportunity to get a ‘sneak peek’ prior to the release of the paper.

Lunch will be served!

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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.”
Dec
8
Fri
Using the TABE® to Inform Instruction @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn how to assess your students accurately and use assessments to promote student learning. Offerings in this series will teach practitioners to administer and interpret the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE ®).  The training series is ideal for both new educators wanting to learn new skills, and seasoned educators who would like to refresh their skills.
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Instructor 
Maribel E. Ojeda

Description 

Participants will learn about the TABE® assessment’s features, how to create a learner profile, and how to incorporate assessment into instruction.

Prior completion of: “Introduction to the TABE®”, or experience administering, and evaluating the results of the TABE® is a prerequisite to registering for this offering.  

This is NOT a PDE PDS sponsored activity.

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Also See
Informal Assessment Guiding and Evaluating Learner Outcomes (December 8, 2017 | 1:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)



About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings:

The Office of Adult Education 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.

Informal Assessment: Guiding and Evaluating Instruction and Learner Outcomes @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Dec 8 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn how to assess your students accurately and use assessments to promote student learning. Offerings in this series will teach practitioners to administer and interpret the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE ®). The training series is ideal for both new educators wanting to learn new skills, and seasoned educators who would like to refresh their skills.
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Instructor 
Maribel E. Ojeda

Description 
Participants will learn how to use formal and informal assessments to guide and evaluate instruction and learner outcomes.

Requirements

  • Prior completion of: “Introduction to the TABE®”, or experience administering, and evaluating the results of the TABE® is a prerequisite to registering for this offering.

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About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings:

The Office of Adult Education 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
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.

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