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Professional Development

AEL Professional Development Course Offerings

Please see below for professional development offerings and registration. In order to earn professional development (PD) hours, attendance is required for 100% of the time scheduled.  PD hours will not be granted if you do not sign in and out on the course roster nor if you arrive late/leave early.  If you will need travel reimbursement for attending workshops please refer to the “Professional Development Travel Request” form and “Reimbursement Instructions” on the right hand side of the page under “Important Links”.  Please note attendees will not be reimbursed for meals. Five days before a workshop you will receive a reminder e-mail that includes important handouts and additional information. 

Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP):

Part 1: Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW)
The Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) is the first step in becoming a certified Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) teacher in the state of Missouri.   It is designed to be an introduction to the Adult Education and Literacy program for new teachers. The PCW focuses on providing an understanding Adult Education and the importance of the teacher’s role. This workshop will include discussion and activities related to data management, managed intake, AEL assessments, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the High School Equivalency Test. Certified AEL teachers may attend the PCW as a refresher and receive 8 professional development hours. 
Part 2: Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)
Building upon the PCW, in which the TABE was introduced, the BTAP provides strategies for understanding assessment results and using the results to develop targeted instruction.  Participants will learn ways to integrate College and Career Readiness Standards and group instruction into their classrooms. In addition, the BTAP provides an overview of classroom management techniques as well as instructional strategies for managing a multi-level classrooms with a variety of learning styles. Certified AEL teachers may attend the BTAP as a refresher and receive 8 professional development hours. 

Workshop Materials:

Active Instruction 

(PD Hours: 6)
Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut?  Teaching the same things, the same way, over and over again? This lively workshop will change the way you look at teaching and help you think outside the box!  In addition, teachers will come away with many hands-on activities to engage students and make the classroom come alive!

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Advanced Mathematics in the CCR Standards- Part 1

(PD Hours: 6)
The rigor of mathematics our students are expected to know, and we are expected to teach, has risen dramatically with the adoption of Adult College and Career Readiness Standards.  For teachers who don’t have a strong math background, this workshop is for you! It will include many topics, such as proportional reasoning, linear equations, and direct variance.  The topics in this workshop lay the foundation for the concepts investigated in the second workshop, and it is strongly recommended that teachers take both workshops in sequence. 

Workshop Materials:

Materials will be sent via e-mail one week before the workshop.

Advanced Mathematics in the CCR Standards- Part 2

(PD Hours: 6)
If the Advanced Mathematics in the CCR Standards- Part 1 was helpful, you need to take this sequel workshop. In the second workshop, teachers will explore many topics including exponents and roots, including negative and fractional exponents, quadratic equations, polynomials, etc. In addition, teachers will examine sample questions from the various HiSET practice math tests. Since the topics covered in this second workshop build on concepts covered in the first workshop, it is strongly recommended that teachers take both workshops in sequence.

Workshop Materials:

Materials will be sent via e-mail one week before the workshop.

College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

(PD Hours: 6)
What higher purpose could there be than to empower others to fulfill a life brimming with opportunity, achievement and success? That is the calling of a teacher. We are to prepare individuals to meet all of life’s challenges, and not simply passing the High School Equivalency Exam. The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education provide a vital link between education and the realities of the working world. This workshop, grounded in evidence and research, will address the key shifts in Adult Education that prepare our students for success in the 21st century.

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Differentiated Instruction in a Multi-Level Classroom - One Size Does NOT Fit All

(PD Hours: 6)
Have you ever felt like a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse? This workshop was designed to meet the needs of all Adult Education teachers. It focuses on best practices in differentiation and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to implement these methods in the classroom.

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Differentiated Instruction--Reading* 

(PD Hours: 6)
Today’s classrooms are filled with diverse learners that differ not only culturally, but also in abilities, background knowledge, and learning styles. In this workshop, teachers will learn instructional strategies and activities to incorporate in their reading instruction.

*Note: Attendance at the Differentiated Instruction in Multi-Level Classroom workshop is recommended prior to the Differentiated Instruction--Reading workshop if the participant is not familiar with Differentiated Instruction.

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Effective Questioning

(PD Hours: 4)
Effective classroom questioning does more than identify what a student may or may not know.  Questions can engage and challenge a student. Effective questioning helps students develop critical thinking skills. This workshop will explore a variety of questioning strategies using higher order thinking skills.

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Essay Writing for College and Career Readiness  

(PD Hours:  6)
This workshop is designed to use the rigorous Adult College and Career Readiness Standards to help teachers prepare students to be successful in post-secondary education and training, as well as in the workplace. Teachers will explore ways to build knowledge through content-rich nonfiction as well as engage in activities that can be implemented in the classroom. This workshop is designed for ABE, ELL, and ASE teachers. 

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TABE CLAS-E 

(PD Hours: 6)
TABE CLAS–E workshop will provide teachers with the skills needed to assess ELL students in  four  areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The TABE CLAS–E results are aligned with the NRS English as a Second Language (ESL) Educational Functioning Level Descriptors. In addition, TABE CLAS-E scores are linked to TABE 9&10, which helps ease many ELL students' transitions into adult education.

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TABE CLAS-E Resources

(PD Hours: 6)
TABE CLAS-E Resource workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding of TABE CLAS-E standards and how to use the TABE CLAS-E Survival Guide and the TABE CLAS-E Teacher's Resource Guide, Volume 2. Various resources will be provided that align with TABE CLAS-E assessments. In addition, participants will learn how to adapt lessons and resources to further enhance students' learning experiences.

*The TABE CLAS-E  Survival Guide is found on the Professional Development page under Additional Information (Important Links). In addition, please bring the TABE CLAS-E Teacher's Resource Guide, Volume 2 from your Adult Education program. 

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Turning Listening Skills on Its Ear

(PD Hours: 4)
How do we help ESL students improve their listening comprehension? If students answer incorrectly to the standard listening comprehension questions, what remedies do we have?   Research says the answer lies in connected speech. In this workshop, you will learn the features of connected speech, some helpful listening activities, and some pronunciation activities that will improve students’ listening comprehension. Learn how to incorporate connected speech instruction into the listening resources you already have and discover a few listening resources available for free!

Workforce Readiness

(PD Hours: 4)
Many adult learners lack life skills that have both handicapped them from connecting with employers and caused them to miss opportunities. This workshop will blend soft and hard skill tools, career readiness, and workforce development to help our students become successful. Workshop participants will receive free materials, curriculum, and creative lesson plans. In addition, teachers will learn how to build better relationships with local job centers and other government agencies. 

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