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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

Jun
4
Sun
Online Basic Tutor Training @ Online
Jun 4 – Jun 25 all-day

Instructor:
Kristyn Stewart

Description:
Online Basic Tutor Training will provide you with the knowledge, tools, skills and resources to support adult learners enrolled in adult basic (ABE), pre-GED® courses and adult secondary education (ASE). The training addresses the different aspects of instruction and support for learners wishing to improve their literacy skills: numeracy, language, and digital.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use learner-centered tutoring techniques
  • Assess learners and set learner goals
  • Create lesson plans
  • Provide both face-to-face and online instruction
  • Write progress notes.

The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.

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. To successfully complete this training, you are expected to devote seven to eight (7-8) hours per week for three weeks (approximately two [2] hours per day, four days per week).

 

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Jun
14
Wed
Free Mobile Learning App (Pre-Registration)
Jun 14 – Jul 14 all-day

 

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Call 215-686-5250 to find out more about this free reading app program in Philly.

Also See…

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Philly Kickoff Event

Ambassador Training

About the Adult Literacy XPRIZE

 

Jun
28
Wed
Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) Graduation @ Mitten Hall, Temple University
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Congratulations!

Celebrate earning your GED®, HiSET® or Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) by attending the City of Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual CSSD Graduation Ceremony for Philadelphia residents.

Register for the ceremony is easy! See requirements and registration process below:

Requirements:

  • Passed all sections of the GED®, HiSET®, or receive your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD)
  • Resident of Philadelphia

Registration Process:

To receive an invitation to participate in the Ceremony, send your mailing address, phone number and proof that you passed the GED®, HiSET® or received your CSSD between January 2015 and May 2017. Email, mail or fax one of the following by June 16, 2017 (deadline extended):

About the 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony is the third annual ceremony hosted by the Office of Adult Education in collaboration with community partners to celebrate Philadelphia residents who have passed the GED®, HiSET® or received their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. This year’s graduation will take place at Temple University’s Mitten Hall. For more information on the CSSD Graduation Ceremony, please call 215.686.6044.

Commencement Speaker 

Michael Banks | President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce
Michael Banks is the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of PA, NJ and DE, a membership organization committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of African-American businesses. Prior to assuming his current role, Michael was a financial controller for a Philly start-up that he helped position for national growth, and has more than 10 years of capital and derivatives market experience, managing investments with Citibank where he was a Vice President and led their equity trading desk.

Additionally, he was the first African-American stock option specialist in the history of the then Philadelphia Stock Exchange and now Nasdaq OMX. Banks is an Urban Studies graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on urban economics and has served on the board of Bebashi where he chaired the finance committee.

He also currently serves on the boards of: The African American Chamber of Commerce, PHL Diversity, The Mann Center, The American Red Cross Diversity & Inclusion committee, The advisory committee for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the city of Philadelphia’s Commerce department, and the city of Philadelphia’s Vision Zero task force.

Watch the 2016 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

Jun
30
Fri
Immigrant Heritage Month Closing Ceremony: Unveiling of ESL Class Map @ City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As a closing event to Immigrant Heritage Month, the Office of Adult Education, in partnership with the Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Temple University, will release an online interactive English As a Second Language (ESL) Class Locator Map. The ESL Map is an online and living interactive map that includes English language class providers throughout the City of Philadelphia.

This press conference will include remarks from Mayor James F. Kenney, an overview from the Office of Adult Education on how residents can sign up for English classes in Philadelphia, and a walk through of the locator map itself. 

 

 

View Immigrant Heritage Month Events

Jul
12
Wed
Adult Literacy XPRIZE Ambassador Training @ Office of Adult Education
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Join the team! The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is testing literacy apps for adult learning across the U.S. in three cities: Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. We need your help to make this very important mission a success. Become an ambassador today to make a difference in the lives of nearly 36 million adult learners facing low-literacy. Our ambassadors will amplify our outreach by actively recruiting learners and volunteers, as well as provide facilities or equipment for testing.

Contact Anne Gemmell, Director of Family Learning at Anne.Gemmell@phila.gov to register for the Ambassador Training.

For more information on the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, or how you can get involved call 215-686-5250.

Jul
14
Fri
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Working Meeting @ Congreso de Latinos Unidos, General Use Room
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This meeting is taking place at: Congreso de Latinos Unidos’s General use Room @ 2800 N. American Street 

Join the members of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance at a working meeting. At this working meeting we will review and analyze survey data, define the crises that we are addressing with our work, and identify groups and causes that are aligned to the work of adult literacy.

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.

Jul
31
Mon
Blended English as a Second Language Tutor Training @ Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
Jul 31 – Aug 8 all-day

Instructor

Ellen Polsky

Description:

(ESL) training 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:

  • Patterns of immigration in Philadelphia
  • Second language acquisition theory
  • Goals setting and lesson planning
  • Strategies for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

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.

The Training is designed to meet competencies derived from:

  1. 2008 Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  2. 2003 Standards for adult education ESL programs, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

About this 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.

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
Online Basic Tutor Training @ online
Aug 13 – Sep 3 all-day

Instructor:
Sara Reckahn

Description:

ONLINE Basic Tutor Training provides tutors with a foundation of how to 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. The training is designed to meet tutor competencies derived from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Adult Teacher Competencies Project, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps’ Tutor Competencies, and Pennsylvania Workforce Education standards.

 

About this training:

This training will be delivered and facilitated completely online. You are expected to read text material, watch and react to videos, submit responses to discussion prompts and quizzes, and provide thoughtful feedback to other volunteers in the class. A tutor trainer will be available to monitor, facilitate the course, and provide feedback as needed. To complete this training, you are expected to devote seven to eight (7-8) hours per week for three weeks (approximately two [2] hours per day, four days per week).

Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.  NOTE: Basic Tutor Training is a prerequisite for GED® / HiSET® Prep  Tutor Training.  Volunteers must complete all online assignments in order to complete training and receive a certificate.

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Aug
27
Sun
Tech Skills Tutor Training @ online
Aug 27 – Sep 13 all-day

Instructor:
TBD

Description:

Tech Skills Tutor Training will equip you with tools, skills, and resources to support adults who wish to increase their technology skills. This two-week online course follows an asynchronous instructor-facilitated, cohort-based model.

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

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