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"Part of teaching is helping people create themselves." ― Maxine Greene

This page contains a list of current face-to-face professional development opportunities. All workshops incorporate best practices of standards-based instruction and are designed for cohorts of ten or more participants. A regional program manager or regional program specialist can schedule an on-site event by contacting a VALRC specialist. Additionally, please note that VALRC uses the Virginia Learning Center (VLC) management system for registration, and all participants are required to have a VLC account to register for any face-to-face event. Directions on creating a new VLC account can be found here. For more information, or technical assistance, contact VALRC by email at vdesk@vcu.edu or by phone at 1-800-237-0178.

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2014 GED® Math Extended Training
This training has three components delivered over an extended period of time. The first component is a self-assessment for instructors based on the content topics identified by GED Testing Service®. From this information, a six-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 eight-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, participants are encouraged to collaborate with each other to sharpen their instructional skills. 6 hours

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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. Quantitative Problem Solving 1 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

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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 toward instructors with lower comfort levels with 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. 3 hours

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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 toward instructors with lower comfort levels for math instruction, this workshop addresses the 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

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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 toward instructors with lower comfort levels with math instruction, this workshop addresses the 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

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2014 GED® Science and Social Studies through Project-based Learning
The 2014 GED® test presents new challenges to instructors, but it also opens 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 multilevel classroom Audience: Instructors and tutors of ABE and GED® students. 3 hours

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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

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Career Pathways through Integrated and Contextualized Instruction
Career Pathways through Integrated and Contextualized Instruction explores models of integrated and contextualized instruction, utilizing an inquiry-based instructional method to incorporate these models into adult education instruction. The session identifies skills that are most sought after by employers and provides opportunities to practice strategies to adapt sample workplace readiness activities for a range of unique teaching and learning situations in order to prepare adult learners for challenges in the workplace and beyond. 3 hours

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College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in the Classroom
This training introduces teachers to the College and Career Readiness Observation Tools for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. These tools are designed to provide concrete examples of what college and career readiness standards look like in daily planning and practice. Participants will then have a chance to assess the CCR standards “in action” by viewing LINCS videos filmed in real adult education classrooms. 3 hours

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Connecting Data to Classroom Practices
This technical assistance is designed to help participants better understand the connection between data and classroom practice. We will use data from YOUR program to look at who your students are, analyze what their attendance tells you, and consider evidence for their learning. Looking at your data, we will discuss gaps, opportunities, possible sources of error, and numbers that make us ask questions. NRS Tables 1-4a and the zip codes of all students need to be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the training. 3 hours

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Contextualized Mathematics through a Certified Nursing Assistant Program
This course will introduce adult educators to contextualized mathematics. It uses a specific competency (measuring fluid intake) to demonstrate how mathematics content is addressed in a Certified Nursing Assistant training program. Participants will have the opportunity to observe math instruction from the CNA instructional approach, discuss how this compares and contrasts with their ABE/HSE CCRS mathematics instructional approach, engage in hands-on CNA math activities using CNA tools & methods, and think about applications for the ABE/HSE classroom. Although this session uses specific content from a CNA program, the instructional skills are transferable to contextualized instruction across other career fields. This course is appropriate for all adult educators. 3 hours

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Designing Instruction with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
This face-to-face workshop is designed to build on teachers' introductory knowledge of ELPS. Workshop objectives include: (1) identifying instructional practices that align with the ELPS, and (2) designing instruction that engages the adult ELLs and aligns with the ELPS. The length and content of the workshop can be adjusted to fit your program or region's needs. Please contact the VALRC office if you would like to schedule this workshop for your program or region. 3+ hours

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Implementing Technology Technical Assistance
This 3-hour technical assistance facilitation is designed to help regional and local programs all come together regarding the implementation of technology in instructional settings. We begin with an open discussion of our students, our teachers, and our classes, as well as how technology is or is not being used for instruction. We will consider the importance of technology integration, how it should be used, and when it may be inappropriate. We will discuss state and regional technology implementation expectations and, finally plan for implementing specific tech tools at the local or classroom level. 3 hours

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Introduction to Standards-based Instruction with the ELPS
This face-to-face workshop is designed to introduce teachers to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). Workshop objectives include: (1) navigating the ELPS document, (2) distinguishing between social and academic language, and (3) describing how instructional practices incorporate the three key shifts of the CCRS. The length and content of the workshop can be adjusted to fit your program or region's needs. Please contact the VALRC office if you would like to schedule this workshop for your program or region. 3+ hours

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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

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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

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Planning Work Worth 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

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Questioning Strategies for Mathematics Instruction
Are the students in your class asking good questions during mathematics activities? Are they asking any mathematics questions at all? How about the questions you are asking your students? Are you asking the right question at the right time?

In this workshop, we will examine both teacher and student engagement by looking at our questioning strategies. Participants will come away with tools to help themselves as teachers better understand the questions they ask. They will also acquire tools to help students become more comfortable and skilled at asking questions. 3 hours

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Science Projects for the Adult Ed Classroom
This workshop is a basic introduction to the scientific method and its application. The beginning of the workshop is an overview of the scientific method. The overview is followed by four experiments that teachers can do with their students to build an understanding of the scientific method and its application. 3 hours

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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

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Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities
This workshop will focus on how adult literacy programs work with adults who have diagnosed learning disabilities and undiagnosed learning difficulties. Topics will vary depending on location and program needs, but may cover: legal issues, characteristics of learning disabilities/difficulties, accommodations/adaptations, strategies and methods, and screening and diagnosis. Participants will be requested to complete a pre-training reading and an activity to provide them with needed background knowledge. The session will build on this knowledge and will allow participants an opportunity to design a lesson using learned strategies. 3-6 hours

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