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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
26
Fri
Getting Ready for 2018: A GED® Test Mini Conference with GED® Testing Service @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room X
Jan 26 @ 4:05 pm – 5:05 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.

Mar
3
Sat
Mentoring Through Reading
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor:
Lynette Hazelton

Description:
By reading great books and discussing the important issues in the books, adult learners sharpen their reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Carefully selected literature provides opportunities for learners to identify, share and address personal challenges and barriers hindering their education. The Mentoring through Reading training will discuss and share useful tips on how tutors and teachers can use books as a tool for mentoring and learning.


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.

Mar
9
Fri
Educating After Violence: Trauma-Informed Practices for Adult Educators @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor
Susanna Gilbertson
Professor, Community College of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania

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.

The workshop is facilitated by Susanna Gilbertson, MSW.  Ms. Gilbertson an adjunct professor at the Community College of Philadelphia in the Behavioral Health and Human Services Department and a lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Gilbertson is a founding partner of The Blue Door Group, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations engage more meaningfully with their constituents.


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.

HiSET® Information Session @ Office of Adult Education, Training Room
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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.

Apr
7
Sat
Tutor Mentors
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor:
Bonnie Soriano

Description:

Mentors serve an important role addressing skill gaps, acknowledging emotional needs and providing the foundations adult learners need for future success. By providing both professional and personal support, mentors foster supportive and nurturing relationships that actively promote learning.

“While adult learners work to reach educational goals, mentors provide support and encouragement in other areas of their lives.  Addressing barriers that can prevent educational  attainment allows students to not only reach educational goals, but also to build skills needed to obtain jobs, provide for families, address health needs, secure child care, and so much more,” says Bonnie Soriano, the Mentor Tutor Facilitator.

This training will discuss the purpose and meaning of mentoring adult learners, the limits of mentoring, learner-centered mentoring strategies, communication, life goal setting, career awareness and workplace skills.

Are you currently tutoring adult learners and want to improve your mentoring skills? This training is for you.

 


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.

Apr
17
Tue
Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #5 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor:
Naomie Nyanungo

Description:

Please join the Office of Adult Education at an Adult ESL Round Table on April 17th, 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.

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