Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) Professional Development

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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 additional information. 

* In order to attend the following AEL workshops you must be employed by a DESE Adult Education and Literacy program.

 

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ABC! Teaching Phonics to Adult Language Learners

Phonics is a crucial part of becoming a reader, yet many adult ESL learners lack sufficient decoding skills to be able to sound out and recognize new words, and they often don’t get adequate phonics instruction in their beginning level classes. Learn phonics activities to help learners with blending, segmenting, and developing phonemic awareness skills. Participants will leave with multiple activities and suggestions for making phonics relevant and engaging to learners. (PD Hours: 2)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Friday, October 28, 2022 – ABC! Teaching Phonics to Adult Language Learners  (virtual)

Precertification Workshop (PCW) & Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

Part 1: Precertification Workshop (PCW)
The Precertification 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 Dates: All workshops below will be virtual. 

Saturday, October 22-Sunday, October 23, 2022 Precertification Workshop (PCW) and Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP) (virtual)

Friday, November 18-Saturday, November 19, 2022 Precertification Workshop (PCW) and Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP) (virtual)

Active Instruction


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!  (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Friday, September 30, 2022 Active instruction, Active Learning (Neosho, MO)

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Active Instruction, Active Learning  (Kansas City, MO)

Saturday, November 12, 2022-Active Instruction, Active Learning (Cottleville, MO)

Data Management for Local Program Staff

The thought of data management and program performance can create a feeling of stress and confusion for teachers and staff.  Effective data management is a critical component to successful Adult Education and Literacy programs. Having a clear understanding of data can result in improved student persistence, motivation, and performance.  Teachers are the “front line” of program performance. This training will empower teachers and staff to play an active role in data management, and provide them with tools to help them work smarter, not harder.  (PD Hours: 30 mins per video/1 hour for both videos-can watch both up to two times for a total of 2 hours PD credit)

Topics covered:

  • Identify the characteristics of good data collection procedures
  • Describe NRS requirements for assessment, goal setting, and follow-up procedures
  • Use data reports to impact student Measurable Skills Gain and program performance
  • Analyze and evaluate classroom data and make a plan for improvement

Data Management Training - Part 1

Data Management Training - Part 2

Developing Fluency and Vocabulary for Beginning English Speakers

Beginning level language learners are expected to master a great deal of vocabulary right from the start. In this webinar, discover methods for teaching vocabulary to beginning level English learners, and recommendations for making it stick. Participants will also explore ways to build speaking fluency and confidence, and will leave with concrete activity ideas that can be used in one-on-one or small group instruction. (PD hours: 2)

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

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 tailoring instruction to meet individual needs of adult learners and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to implement these methods in the classroom. (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Saturday, October 8, 2022 - Differentiated Instruction in a Multi-Level Classroom (Kansas City, MO)

Friday, December 9, 2022 - Differentiated Instruction in a Multi-Level Classroom (St. Louis, MO)

Effective Questioning

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. (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Effective Questioning (virtual)

ELL Grammar

Expert or novice, this grammar workshop will offer something new for everyone! Learn a different perspective of approaching grammar that offers students consistent word match-ups and a broader understanding of the meaning of verb tense choices.  You will also be equipped with a variety of ways to introduce grammar lessons, and we’ll practice grammar in engaging and communicative activities. (PD Hours: 5)

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ELL Reading

Reading for ALL levels!  Learn practical techniques to help our lowest to our most advanced readers.  We will begin by looking at the components of learning to read, the unique needs of our literacy-level learners, and best practices for developing literacy skills.  We will also learn how to use the components of reading to diagnose and repair comprehension breakdowns and how to ask better quality questions to foster critical thinking for all levels.  Many examples will be provided, and all will have an opportunity to develop a reading lesson for any level. (PD Hours: 5)

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Hitting the Target: Using Learning Targets & Formative Assessment for Teacher & Learner Reflection

When we assess clearly defined learning targets, the data helps inform teachers’ instruction and informs students on their own progress and instructional needs. Practice converting standards into learning targets and student-friendly “I can…” statements and review ways to quickly and easily conduct formative assessment throughout a lesson that create opportunities for teacher AND student reflection (and for some writing and intentional speaking & listening)! Appropriate for all student levels and ABE content areas. (PD Hours: 2)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Saturday, October 1, 2022— Hitting the Target: Using Learning Targets & Formative Assessment for Teacher & Learner Reflection (Virtual)

Incorporating CCRS into Distance Learning Activities: Reading

In the past few years, options for distance learning in adult education programs have only expanded! In this session, we will look at ways to take advantage of free online content and tools to teach standards-aligned reading in engaging ways. Examples will include strategies for teaching reading synchronously or asynchronously or even in person with interactive classroom boards. Choose your strategies and tools and create or tweak your reading routines! (3 PD Hours)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Friday, November 4, 2022— Incorporating CCRS into Distance Learning Activities: Reading (Virtual)

I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

Come learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening strategies are used for each one. Participants will leave with ideas for listening tasks that can be used in remote or in-person instruction. (PD hours: 2)

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Instruction for Literacy Level Adult Learners

Do you work with an adult learner or a class of learners who are just beginning to read and write? Teaching literacy level adult ESL learners has unique rewards and challenges. There are very few textbooks aimed at this level, and it can be difficult to break down their learning goals into smaller, achievable steps. This session will cover suggested goals, processes, and activities for helping an adult ESL learner get successfully started on the road to literacy. (PD Hours: 2)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Friday, October 7, 2022 – Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Instruction for Literacy Level Adult Learners (virtual)

Making Reading Active

After assigning a text to read, have you ever seen your students passively staring at their books? How do you get them to comprehend and connect with what they are reading? This interactive workshop will show teachers how to use many active reading strategies such as annotating texts, think alouds, and technology to keep students engaged and thinking! (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - Making Reading Active (virtual)

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Making Reading Active (virtual)

Math- Progressing through the TABE, Levels D to A and Beyond

Are your math skills a little rusty? Are you looking for strategies that you can use to teach the higher level skills of TABE math? In this interactive workshop, you will work with partners to explore concepts covered in TABE Math Levels D and A. Grab your pencil and get ready for a full day of group work and math talk! (This workshop was designed to dovetail with the workshop ‘Math-Progressing from TABE Level M to D', which focuses on lower level math concepts.)  (PD hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations:

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - Math-Progressing through the TABE, Levels D to A and Beyond (virtual)

Math- Progressing from TABE, Level M to D 

Do you have students who are working to progress from Math TABE Level M to Level D? If you do, then this is the workshop for you!  This interactive math workshop is packed full of teaching strategies and activities to help bridge these two levels. The workshop focuses on Level M concepts as they develop through Level D. It was designed to dovetail with the workshop ‘Math: Progressing Through TABE Levels D & A and Beyond’, which focuses on more advanced Level D concepts as they develop through Level A. (PD hours: 6)

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Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. This blended course will require participants to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course prior to this 5.5 hour instructor-led virtual session. Following completion of the pre-work and the instructor-led session, participants will receive Mental Health First Aid Certification that is valid for three years before additional training is required (PD Hours: 7.5)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Friday, October 21, 2022—Mental Health First Aid for Adults, (Blended—requires 2 hours pre-work, 5.5 hours Virtual)

TABE CLAS-E: Administering the Locator Interview

Effective assessments are the basis for making appropriate classroom placements for students and measuring student gains. When used appropriately, the optional CLAS-E locator interview can serve as a foundation for determining an English language learner’s initial CLAS-E testing level.  A  thorough understanding of the locator interview empowers AEL program staff to create the best testing experience for a student and ensure accurate CLAS-E test placement.  This recorded training clarifies why the Locator Interview is administered, when the Locator Interview is administered, and how the Locator Interview is administered.  Participants will also gain an understanding of how to use the results of the Locator Interview and when to use CASAS. (PD Hours: 1 - recorded by your AEL Program Director)  This workshop is a requirement for CLAS-E test administrators. 

Before beginning this training, participants will need the following materials:

  • Locator Test Directions
  • Locator Interview
  • A copy of the Assessment Guidelines for ELL Pre-Literacy Students

You might also find it helpful to have the slide deck readily available electronically or in print. 

Administering CLAS-E Locator Interview Training Video 

TABE CLAS-E: Administering the Paper-Pencil Assessment

Effective assessments are the basis for making appropriate classroom placements for students and measuring student gains.  This recorded training provides participants with a clear understanding of the steps needed prior to placing a student into an ELL classroom.  Learn how to administer the following TABE CLAS-E assessments using the paper-pencil format: (PD Hours: 1 - recorded by your AEL Program Director)  This workshop is a requirement for CLAS-E test administrators only IF your program uses the paper-pencil format. 

  • Locator Test
  • Listening Test
  • Speaking Test
  • Reading Test
  • Writing Test (both multiple choice and expository)

Before beginning this training, participants will need the following materials:

  • DRC Locator Test
  • DRC Locator Test Directions
  • DRC Level 3 Form A Test Booklet
  • DRC Level 3 Form A Expository Writing Folio
  • DRC Level 3 Form A Test Directions
  • A copy of your program's answer sheets
  • A printout of the presentation slide deck

CLAS-E Administering Paper & Pencil Test Training Video 

 

TABE CLAS-E Overview with Emphasis on Scoring Speaking & Writing

The TABE CLAS-E workshop will provide testing administrators, ESL classroom instructors, and program administrators with a better understanding of the CLAS-E assessment and its four domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Participants will become familiar with the test administration process, requirements, sequence, and scoring determinations for speaking and writing.  Additionally, participants will gain experience scoring the speaking and writing items—whether in-person or online—using sample assessment items, examples of answers, and small-group scoring activities.  This workshop is a requirement for CLAS-E test administrators.  (PD Hours: 4)

PLEASE NOTE: Staff members who proctor the online CLAS-E but do not score CLAS-E items may find this training informative, but completion of this course is not a requirement for proctoring the online CLAS-E.  Instead, online proctors who do not score items may opt to complete DRC’s video for CLAS-E proctors.

Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities 

Do you struggle to address the needs of adult students with learning disabilities?  Learning disabilities can create difficulties with organization, memory, listening, reading, writing, and so many other skills that are critical for students to achieve success in the classroom. This workshop provides an overview of common learning disabilities and strategies to help learners overcome the challenges these disabilities present.  Case studies will be used to help participants apply what they learn. (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities (virtual)

Friday, November 4, 2022 - Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities (Cottleville, MO)

Saturday, November 5, 2022 - Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities (Independence, MO)

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities (Macon, MO)

Teaching the Notes: Incorporating Effective Pronunciation Instruction into EL Lessons

English pronunciation is a challenge for teachers and learners alike! In order for learners to be able to add the features of English pronunciation to their speaking toolbox, they need explicit instruction so that they can hear and produce the target sounds and rhythms. In this training, learn about techniques to teach pronunciation that will be helpful for learners from a variety of language backgrounds and ESOL levels, and multisensory activities that can be used during in-person or remote instruction that go far beyond “listen and repeat”. The training will also discuss the importance of focusing on intelligibility in contrast to accent reduction, and provide suggestions for incorporating the techniques and activities into existing curriculum rather than stand-alone classes. During this session, we will dive into ways to teach and practice the sounds of English, including minimal pairs, articulatory settings, final consonant production, and consonant clusters. (PD Hours: 2)

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Teaching the Melodies: Incorporating Effective Pronunciation Instruction into EL Lessons

English pronunciation is a challenge for teachers and learners alike! In order for learners to be able to add the features of English pronunciation to their speaking toolbox, they need explicit instruction so that they can hear and produce the target sounds and rhythms. In this training, learn about techniques to teach pronunciation that will be helpful for learners from a variety of language backgrounds and ESOL levels, and multisensory activities that can be used during in-person or remote instruction that go far beyond “listen and repeat”. The training will also discuss the importance of focusing on intelligibility in contrast to accent reduction, and provide suggestions for incorporating the techniques and activities into existing curriculum rather than stand-alone classes. During this session, we will go above and beyond the sounds to explore ways to teach and practice the rhythms of English, including word stress, thought groups, and intonation. (PD Hours: 2)

Workshop Dates and Locations: 

Friday, September 30, 2022— Teaching the Melodies: Incorporating Effective Pronunciation Instruction into EL Lessons (Virtual)

Writing Part 1- The Big Picture

Bridging? Feedback? Writing frames? What does all this have to do with writing? This workshop will show teachers how to incorporate many writing best practices to teach argumentative essays, informative writing, and narrative writing.  (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Friday, September 30, 2022 - Writing Part 1-The Big Picture (St. Louis, MO)

Friday, November 11, 2022 - Writing Part 1 - The Big Picture (St. Joseph, MO)

Writing Part 2 - Let's Get in the Weeds

If you want to learn how to teach writing, you’ve come to the right place!  This interactive workshop will teach the key components that are present in all good writing.  You will receive lots of hands-on practice in scoring essays and conferencing with students. Finally, as you will leave the workshop, you will have many lesson plan ideas and be ready to help your students score higher on the HiSET essay. ( PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - Writing Part II-Let's Get in the Weeds (St. Louis, MO)