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"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch

If you are interested in taking any of these trainings please contact your Regional Program Manager or Regional Adult Education Specialist.


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2014 GED Math Extended Training
This training has four components covering an extended period of time. The first component is a self-assessment for instructors based on the new content topics identified by GEDTS. From this information, a 6 hour face-to-face session is developed covering all of the content topics, but with significant emphasis on topics revealed by the assessment as the most in-demand. The face-to-face session will be followed in the short term by an 8 week online forum designed to facilitate communication among participants, reflection on learning, and each individual's next steps toward becoming an instructional expert. In the long term, voluntary participation in the greater online learning community (Virginia's 2014 GED Forum) through information/resource sharing and participation in conversations would be strongly encouraged. Audience: ABE & GED® instructors. 6 hours

2014 GED Math Quantitative Problem Solving 1
To pass the GED® test, students need much more than the ability to accurately do arithmetic. They need a level of competence and understanding that allows them to apply arithmetic to real-life situations. Our numeracy courses introduce instructors to concepts and activities that cultivate this competence in adult ABE and GED® students. Numbers and Number Sense covers GED Assessment Targets from Quantitative Problem Solving: Q.1, Q.2, Q.3, Q.7, Q.8, and Q.9. Content of this training may be an effective bridge between ABE and GED level math. 3 hours

2014 GED Math Quantitative Problem Solving 2
2014 GED Numeracy: Quantitative Problem Solving 2 covers 2014 GED Math assessment Targets Q4, Q5, and Q6. Geared towards instructors with lower comfort levels for math instruction, this workshop addresses mechanics of content area math items, instructional planning and delivery, fostering a sense of numeracy in students, alignment with College and Career Readiness Standards, and specific 2014 GED test preparation. Particular attention is paid to using digital resources for personal development and instructional delivery. Topics included in QPS 2 are ratios and proportions, measurement, and geometry. Audience: Instructors and tutors of ABE and GED® students. 3 hours

2014 GED Numeracy: Algebraic Problem Solving 1
2014 GED Numeracy: Algebraic Problem Solving 1 covers 2014 GED Math assessment Targets A.1 through A.6. Geared towards instructors with lower comfort levels for math instruction, this workshop addresses mechanics of content area math items, instructional planning and delivery, fostering a sense of numeracy in students, and specific 2014 GED test preparation. Particular attention is paid to using digital resources for personal development and instructional delivery. The content of this course focuses on transforming expressions and solving equations. 3 hours

2014 GED Numeracy: Algebraic Problem Solving 2
2014 GED Numeracy: Algebraic Problem Solving 2 covers 2014 GED Math Assessment Targets A.7 through A.12. Geared towards instructors with lower comfort levels for math instruction, this workshop addresses mechanics of content area math items, instructional planning and delivery, fostering a sense of numeracy in students, alignment with College and Career Readiness Standards, and specific 2014 GED test preparation. Particular attention is paid to using digital resources for personal development and instructional delivery. Topics included in APS 2 are graphing, equation of a line and slope, and functions. 3 hours

Graphics Literacy
This workshop discusses ways to improve students' ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meanings from information presented in the form of graphic images. The workshop focuses on GED science and social studies graphics including the creation and interpretation of tables, graphs, maps (resource, physical, and political), drawings, diagrams, flow charts, timelines, and editorial cartoons. Audience: instructors and tutors of ABE and GED students. 4 hours

2014 GED Science and Social Studies through Project-based Learning
The 2014 GED will present new challenges to instructors, but it will also open up new opportunities for creating dynamic 21st century learning experiences in the adult education classroom. This training explores changes in the Science and Social Studies tests and looks at how these tests can be used as a basis for cross-content project based learning in a multi-level classroom Audience: Instructors and tutors of ABE and GED® students. 3 hours

Science Projects for the Adult Ed Classroom
This workshop is a basic introduction to Scientific Method and it’s application. The beginning of the workshop is an overview of Scientific Method. The overview is followed by 4 experiments you can do with your students to build understanding of SM and it’s application. 3 hours

Talk Moves
Based on classroom-tested ideas and promising practices, the Talk Moves training is designed to guide students in talking through the issues presented by complex nonfiction readings and in applying those thinking skills to their writing. It gives strategies for facilitating high quality, formal in-class discussions and hands-on practice creating sentence frames to support student writers. It's a great follow-up to the extended response training or first language-arts-focused workshop for teachers who are familiar with the basic expectations of the new test. 3 hours

Unpacking the 2014 GED
This session serves as a broad introduction to the 2014 GED Test Assessment Targets, which are based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In the session we will compare the 2002 GED Test Standards with the 2014 GED Test Assessment Targets and look ahead at changes for both test takers and GED test instructors. 3 hours

Goal Setting
Setting clearly defined and meaningful goals and monitoring progress toward goal achievement are two of the most powerful factors influencing retention and persistence in adult students. With persistence, comes success. In this training, participants will explore values and perceptions effecting goal-setting, ways to set meaningful short-term and long-term goals, and monitoring progress. Audience: Adult Education instructors, tutors, counselors, and managers. This training is no longer mandatory. Self-paced online course. Click here to register.

VAECP ABE/ASE Instructor L1
VAECP Instructor Level 1 focuses on basic awareness of the landscape of adult instruction in ABE/ASE. This includes the history of adult education and its relevance to today’s ABE/ASE programs, the field of adult education, an introduction to content standards, formal and informal assessments, an introduction to National Reporting System measures, and fundamental principles of instruction in the adult education classroom. VAECP highlights different approaches and methods with a focus on how to design effective lesson plans for the unique learners in your classroom. 40 hours

VAECP Instructor L2
Level 2 is the second in the three-tiered program for adult educator instructor certification in Virginia. Level 2 Online is a combined ESOL / ABE-ASE instructor course.

Requirements: Eligible participants include anyone who completed an instructor Level 1, whether face-to-face or online format. Participants will be required to deliver a unit of instruction to adult learners and therefore must be actively teaching in some context.

Goal: Teachers will design and deliver integrated education and training that helps adult learners reach higher levels of achievement. Online facilitated course. 40 hours

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