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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

Mar
8
Sun
Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Tutor Training (Online) @ Online Course
Mar 8 – Apr 19 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. 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!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!

Instructor

Ellen Polsky

Description

6-week course 

The Tutor Now: English as a Second Language (Online course) volunteer training course 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

Online Training Course
This 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.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep (Online)
Mar 8 – Apr 19 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing mentorship, support, and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers, who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

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. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

DESCRIPTION

The Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep Training provides volunteers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and resources to support adult learners who are working at a 9th grade + level.   Volunteers will learn tactics to help prepare students to take standardized tests like the GED® or HiSET® in order to obtain a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.

This online training is completed over a six-week period.
Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.

Mar
18
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting @ TBA
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next quarterly meeting. Network with Alliance members and the board, learn more about Alliance committees, and join your colleagues for coffee and lunch. More details forthcoming.

Not yet a member of the Alliance? Become a member here! 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.” Membership offers unique opportunities to learn from, and lend your voice to, the adult education community. Alliance members have access to unique professional development opportunities, and members stay updated on trends and standards in adult literacy.
Mar
20
Fri
Census 2020: Materials and Resources for Adult Education Practitioners @ Office of Adult Education
Mar 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

DESCRIPTION 

As part of the National Coalition for Literacy’s Census Initiative, the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State will share resources and activities aimed at mobilizing adult education students and their communities to get a full and accurate count for Census 2020. The teaching resources will address census basics (what it is, why it matters, and how to participate) as well as census issues (such as past misuse of census data and what’s different now) to help build language, literacy, and numeracy skills.

Please complete this short survey about your adult education program:

https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6R3nJj7Bawton1X

featuring 

Tabitha Stickel and Carol Clymer, Ed.D

Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy 

12:30pm – 2:30pm

REGISTER HERE 


ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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.

Apr
17
Fri
Integrating Digital Literacy in the ESL Classroom @ Office of Adult Education
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

 

DESCRIPTION 

Digital literacy skills are so much more than discrete computer skills.  Come join this session to learn about technology integration within the ESL classroom and how to build digital literacy skills with all levels of language learners.  In this interactive workshop, participants will be engaged in discussions and activities to learn about what digital literacy skills to teach and how to teach them in an ESL classroom.

featuring 

Hanna Schlosser

Manager, Professional Learning Opportunities Project 

9:30am – 3:00pm

REGISTER HERE 


ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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.

Apr
19
Sun
Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Education (Online Course) @ Online
Apr 19 – May 31 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing, mentorship, support and academic guidance. 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!  After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up to become an adult education volunteer tutor today!

Description

6-week online course

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

Online Training Course

The online training allows volunteers to complete the work online at their own pace within the six-week period. An online facilitator will provide guidance, clarification, support and evaluate the work submitted by potential volunteers.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

May
3
Sun
Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep (Online)
May 3 – Jun 14 all-day

Our volunteers are at the heart of our work. In Philadelphia, volunteer adult education tutors serve multitudes of adult students every year providing mentorship, support, and academic guidance. They aid staff, especially adult education teachers, who rely on them to help facilitate lesson plans and hone in on students who benefit from more focused support.

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. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program.

DESCRIPTION

The Tutor Now: GED® / HiSET® Prep Training provides volunteers with the knowledge, tools, skills, and resources to support adult learners who are working at a 9th grade + level.   Volunteers will learn tactics to help prepare students to take standardized tests like the GED® or HiSET® in order to obtain a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma.

This online training is completed over a six-week period.
Completion of all components is required to receive the Office of Education’s Certificate of Completion.

May
8
Fri
32nd Annual Technology & Adult Ed Conference @ Temple University Tuttleman Learning Center
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

 

The Office of Adult Education in collaboration with Temple University’s Center for Community Partnerships, invites you to the 32nd Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Access, Create, Explore: Digital Literacy in the New Decade”. This one-day conference will be held May 8, 2020 on Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia, PA from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Coming into a new decade, the concept of literacy is changing to capture more skills than ever before. Multiple literacies now include reading, writing, numeracy, problem solving, information and digital literacy. In 2020, digital literacy has become less of a preferred skill, and more of a requirement for successfully navigating all aspects of life and work. Our conference theme “Access, Create, Explore: Digital Literacy in the New Decade,” invites adult educators and digital literacy practitioners to think about creative, student-centered, inclusive teaching strategies that assist adults to integrate technology into their lives and obtain the skills needed to use computers and other devices for accessing opportunities, creating content, exploring options that enhance the many roles they fulfill as learners, employees, parents and citizens.

The goal of the Technology and Adult Education Conference is to equip practitioners with tools to effectively support adults and opportunity youth and adults (age 16 and up) to be successful in life and work. The conference will be attended by a variety of practitioners from organizations across the Philadelphia region; including Administrators, Teachers, Case Managers, Learning Coaches, and Volunteers. Computer Instructors and Trainers, and Digital Resource Specialists.

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Register Here

 

May
15
Fri
Educating After Trauma: Trauma-informed practices for adult educators @ Office of Adult Education
May 15 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

DESCRIPTION 

Are you an educator working with adults who have experienced trauma or violence? As an educator, are you sometimes frustrated or confused by your students’ behavior in your classroom? Do you want to learn new ways to create a welcoming environment in your classroom that addresses some of the barriers to learning your students bring?

This workshop will help you understand some of the causes of student behavior and offer some possible solutions.  We will learn basic information about trauma, its impact, and trauma-informed practices for tutoring and classroom settings.  We will commit to an action plan for shifting our work to be more trauma-informed.

featuring 

Susanna Gilbertson, MSW

9:30am – 4:30pm

REGISTER HERE 


ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

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.

May
20
Wed
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting @ TBA
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance for the next quarterly meeting. Network with Alliance members and the board, learn more about Alliance committees, and join your colleagues for coffee and lunch. More details forthcoming.

Not yet a member of the Alliance? Become a member here! 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.” Membership offers unique opportunities to learn from, and lend your voice to, the adult education community. Alliance members have access to unique professional development opportunities, and members stay updated on trends and standards in adult literacy.

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