At the Office of Adult Education (OAE) we believe learning is lifelong for both learners and educators. This Spring we welcome new and existing adult educator, administrators and coordinators to join us for free professional development and training opportunities that will explore what it takes to establish and maintain a successful adult literacy program. The Office of Adult Education offers a variety of professional development offerings to ensure the delivery of quality adult education services throughout Philadelphia. These offerings are free and geared towards adult education coordinators, administrators, teachers, tutors and mentors. We hope to see you at one or all of our professional development or volunteer trainings.
The Office of Adult Education is offering a special professional development training series geared towards administrators and coordinators looking to establish a new program or seeking to revitalize existing adult education programs. Anyone coordinating a community-based adult literacy program will benefit from this series. Participants may choose to attend all the trainings, or pick specific trainings. Each training will take place in two interactive workshop sessions (each 3 hours), participants may pick and choose the workshops they would like to attend. To successfully complete a training, participants must attend both sessions and complete all assigned activities. Please note the expectation is that you complete 6 hours of training to receive credit for training.
Planning for Quality
February 10 & February 17 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM both dates)
Facilitator: Michael Westover, President/CEO, Center for Literacy
Participants of this training will receive a comprehensive view of the adult literacy landscape in Philadelphia. The training will include how to assess the literacy needs in your community and design a program based on those specific needs. The facilitator will outline the characteristics of a quality adult education program and how to create and articulate a philosophy and mission. Finally, attendees will get an overview of College and Career Readiness Standards and the National Reporting Standards used in reporting outcomes for adult learners.
March 10 & March 17 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM both dates)
Facilitator: Lynette Hazelton, Manager of Communications, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund and Kelly Sines, Tutor Coordinator/Literacy Instructor, Temple University WELL Program
This training will provide participants with techniques and strategies for recruiting, managing and supporting literacy volunteers. Attendees will learn best practices in recruiting and selecting appropriate adult literacy volunteers and how to provide training once selected. The facilitators will explain how to properly motive volunteers and provide constructive feedback to increase retention. Finally, participants will gain techniques to handle difficult volunteer situations.
Helping Adult Learners Succeed
March 31 & April 7 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM both dates)
Facilitator: Tina Baker-Gee, Director of Student Success Services, Center for Literacy and Judy Johnson, Director of Programs, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
This training will explore key techniques and strategies for recruiting and supporting adult learners meet their educational goals. Participants will walk away with the knowledge of how to intake learners and provide an effective learner orientation. Facilitators will provide attendees with examples of how to help learners set attainable goals, stay motivated and address any barriers to educational participation.
Supporting Instructional Practices
April 21 & April 28 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM both dates)
Facilitator: Dawn Hannah, Director of Education, Community Learning Center
This training will give site coordinators an inclusive view at what it takes to support staff and volunteers to best teach adult learners. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to use learner assessments and goals to plan instruction, how to integrate technology into instruction, and an overview of the pros and cons of single skill level classes or multiple skill level classes. The training will detail how to create a class schedule and how to document and maintain learner participation and performance records. Facilitators will also cover best practices in supporting tutors and instructors in on going professional development.
Budget and Fundraising for Adult Literacy Programs
June 2 & June 9 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Facilitator: Kate McGeever, Executive Director, Delaware County Literacy Council
Participants will learn how to develop and manage a basic budget for an adult literacy program and review effective strategies for raising funds. Attendees of this training will be able to identify the elements of a budget, draw connections between mission and budgets, and identify the various audiences for budgets. By the end of this training, participants will have a mock budget and knowledge of how to test the strength of their budget through the use of ratios. Finally, this training will provide an overview of funding sources for adult literacy programs and an outline of the many fundraising strategies useful for adult education.
Burlington English: ESL Instruction in the Classroom and Beyond
March 3 (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Facilitator: Robert Brietbard
Participants will hear from a representative from Burlington English, an English as a Second Language publisher, about best practices for ESL instruction in the classroom and online.
Adult ESL Students Transitioning to College Workshop
March 3 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Facilitator: Tom Ahart, Director, Student Success Services, Graduate! Philadelphia
Adult immigrants coming to Philadelphia display widely divergent educational backgrounds. While some English as a Second Language (ESL) learners with graduate degrees seeking to just improve their language skills, the reality is that most need both language and adult education services. Transitioning these ESL learners from the non-credit ESL program to the credit-bearing college academic, vocational or technical programs is a challenge that many instructors and administrators of adult literacy programs face. This interactive workshop will guide literacy coordinators and administrators through the process of assisting their ESL learners transition to post-secondary education in the United States. Hear from both a representative from Graduate! Philadelphia and an International Student Adviser from a Peirce College.
Supportive Services Panel
March 31 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
At the Office of Adult Education we understand that adult learners returning to school have other life responsibilities besides going to class. These responsibilities can sometime make attending class and completing assignments challenging and can deter learners from completing their education. During this panel we will review a number of services and resources to help adult learners succeed in the classroom while still handling their responsibilities at work and at home.
All dates reflect in-person trainings held at the Office of Adult Education’s Training Room (990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19123). Please note you must attend both dates of the offering you’re registered for.
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.