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Online Courses

Developing Writing Skills in Adults

Writing is a complicated process, and even experienced writers may feel anxiety and nervousness when facing a writing assignment. This course will help you guide your learners through the writing process, from just getting words on paper (or screen) through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and presenting their work. Along the way, participants will learn instructional and feedback strategies and do some writing of their own.

Self-Paced Online

VALRC - Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education - Module 2: The English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) Standards

(Standards-based Instruction, Reading, Writing)
This self-paced module introduces the English language arts/literacy CCRS, explaining how to navigate the ELA standards. The module reviews the key advances of text complexity, evidence, and knowledge and the standards’ implications for adult education practice.

Face-to-Face Trainings

Building College and Career Readiness and Workforce Preparation Skills

This workshop is designed to assist instructors in integrating workforce preparation into academically rigorous, standards-based instruction. It introduces the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills. Participants will engage in hands-on instructional and lesson planning activities with a focus on speaking and listening, writing, and reading instruction. 3 hours

Introduction to the English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education

This workshop introduces the CCRS English language arts and literacy standards through hands-on activities and explores the CCRS’ key shifts, considering what makes a reading passage a “complex text.” Teachers will learn how text-based questions can help learners locate relevant evidence and deepen reading comprehension. 3 hours

Let's Get Moving! Using Talk Moves and Sentence Frames for Academic Writing on the GED Test

Based on classroom-tested ideas and promising practices, the Talk Moves training is designed to guide students in talking through 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. ~3 hours

Planning Work With Doing

This training includes a demonstration lesson introducing claims and argument (based on work by the University of Mississippi Writing Project). Participants will explore hands-on activities that encourage critical thinking and include a mix of writing, reading, speaking, and listening. They will discuss how these approaches can incorporate College and Career Readiness Standards and the CCRS key shifts (complexity, evidence, and knowledge) and discuss standards-aligned instructional planning. 3 hours

Write. Read. Think

Based on current writing research and the TEAL Just Write! Guide, this training focuses on cultivating the writing and thinking skills needed to write in response to source texts. Participants will explore strategies for teaching writing across the content areas; building learners’ summarization skills; and, helping students write effective, evidence-based arguments. 3 hours