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 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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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 Dates & Time : All workshops bellow will be virtual. 

October 23, 2020 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & October 24, 2020  Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

November 13, 2020 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & November 14, 2020 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

November 20, 2020 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & November 21, 2020 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

December 4, 2020 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & December 5, 2020 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

January 16, 2021 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & January 17, 2021 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

February 19, 2021 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & February 20, 2021 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

March 12, 2021 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & March 13, 2021 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

April 9, 2021 Pre-Certification Workshop (PCW) & April 10, 2021 Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP)

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

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College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

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.  (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations

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Data Management for Local Program Staff

Data Management Training Description:

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.

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 03-12-2021 at 1pm

Data Management 03-16-2021 at 10am

Data Management 03-19-2021 at 10am

Data Management 03-25-2021 at 2:30pm

Data Management 04-02-2021 at 10am


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 differentiation and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to implement these methods in the classroom.  (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations

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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

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ELL Listening and Learning - Tools for Success

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!​ (PD Hours: 4)

  • Formerly known as (Turning Listening on its Ear)

Workshop Dates & Locations

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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.

Workshop Dates & Locations​​

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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.

Workshop Dates & Locations​​

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Getting a Job, Keeping a Job (Incorporating Soft Skills in the Classroom)

Many adult learners lack soft skills that have both handicapped them for connecting with employers and caused them to miss opportunities.  This workshop will provide teachers with the tools to help students become successful in the workplace. In addition, workshop participants will learn many activities and ideas to use in their classroom.. (PD Hours: 4)

Workshop Dates & Locations

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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 connect with what they are reading… become deep in thought? 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 & Locations

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Math- Progressing through the TABE Levels D & A and Beyond

Are your math skills a little rusty? Are you wondering about the TABE 11/12?  In this interactive workshop, you will work in groups to explore the material covered on the TABE 11/12 Math Levels D & A. Grab your pencil and get ready for a full day of group work and math talk! (6 PD hours)

Workshop Dates and Locations:

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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.

Workshop Dates and Locations:

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 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.  (PD Hours: 6) 

Workshop Dates & Locations (Feb. 6) (Feb. 20) (March 6) (March 20) (May 1)



ELL Instructional Resources

ELL Instructional Resources 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.  (PD Hours: 6)

Workshop Dates & Locations

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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.  (6 PD Hours)

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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

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