Online Courses Offered by WorldEd Winter/Spring 2013

ProfessionalStudiesAEis a portal for online professional development in adult education and literacy invites you to join them to explore evidence-based practices that you can use in your work with adult learners. You’ll find high quality training on a wide range of topics.

 Promoting Mental Health in the ABE/ESOL Classroom is brand new!  We’re excited to add it to our offerings.

 Facilitated courses starting in January are listed below. Visit www.ProfessionalStudiesAE.org for the full course list including free self-paced courses. Register early to ensure a spot. Contact Leah Peterson at 617-385-3740 or lpeterson@worlded.org with any registration questions or to learn about our group discounts.

Promoting Mental Health in the ABE/ESOL Classroom

This six-week course explores the ways in which chronic stress, trauma, and adverse life experiences affect learning. It also introduces some teaching approaches and strategies that promote emotional and psychological well-being to help students learn more efficiently. We look at our roles as educators in helping learners practice healthy coping skills, develop supports, and connect to community resources. In addition, we explore the value of expressive arts as a way to build community, encourage creative imagination, and enhance mental health for adult learners.

Course Dates: February 19 to April 1,2013

Full Course Description:download PDF

Course Instructor: Lenore Balliro

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours/6 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00

Registration:http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/register.html

Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving Strategies

Numerate adults do more than calculate figures. They think about the relationships between mathematical concepts and real-life situations. They look for patterns, make predictions, and evaluate their conclusions. They can form problems, represent them, and solve them. They apply critical thinking skills. This course examines mathematical reasoning and problem solving strategies and provides numerous teaching strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right away.

Course dates: January 28 to March 8, 2013

Full course description:download PDF

Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6508

Course instructor: Amy Vickers

Course fee:  $179.00

College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!

The overall objective of this course is to assist educators, counselors, administrators and postsecondary partners to better prepare their students for postsecondary education. Together, we will identify, organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education and training. Then, each of us will consider how to change our practice to incorporate what we have learned. The course was developed and written by Cynthia Zafft, Principal Investigator for the National College Transition Network, World Education

Course Dates: February 21 to April 10, 2013

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Course Instructor: Jody Maloney

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours/7 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00

Registration:http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/register.html

 

Data: Helping Students Interpret Statistical Representations

Data, or numerical information, can be described, represented, analyzed, and interpreted in various ways for various purposes. This course looks at some common uses (and misuses) of data. Learn about the measures of central tendency statistics, graphs, and probability. Through the course readings, activities, and discussions, you’ll review basic concepts and explore strategies for introducing and teaching these concepts to your adult students.

Course dates: March 11 to April 26, 2013

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Registration link:http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6514

Course instructor: Pam Meader

Course fee:  $179.00

Principles of Diagnostic Assessment and Teaching in Adult Reading Instruction

This six-week course has three parts. The first part consists of readings, discussion boards, and self-quizzes on the components of reading and diagnostic assessment. The second and third parts use the case study approach to give participants the opportunity to practice scoring and interpreting adult learners’ assessments in reading.

Course Dates: March 18 to April 26, 2013

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Course Instructor: John Strucker

Estimated Completion Time: 18 hours/6 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00

Registration:http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/register.html

 

Helping Students Stay: Exploring Program and Classroom Persistence Strategies

When we focus on helping students stay in programs, we address all the ingredients of program quality and effective instruction. Student persistence is, in fact, an indicator of program strength. In this six-week course, we’ll use the six core “drivers” of persistence, identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project, to organize and review a wide range of successful persistence strategies, and to prioritize the ones that might have the most impact in our own programs.

Course Dates: March 19 to April 29, 2013

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Course Instructor: Cynthia Peters

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours/6 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00

Registration:http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/register.html

 

Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning

Research suggests that math topics, including algebra, should be taught at all levels, not just when a student is ready for GED preparation. In this course, you’ll learn how to introduce algebraic reasoning to your students, and you’ll experiment with strategies for teaching numeric patterns, relationships, and functions based on real-life situations. You’ll also explore strategies to help students model quantitative relationships using graphs, tables, words, and equations.

Course dates: April 29 to June 14, 2013

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Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6515

Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge

Course fee:  $179.00

Differentiated Instruction

Adult educators almost always face many different levels of learners in their classrooms, with all the attendant difficulties in teaching. In this facilitated, interactive course, you will learn how differentiated instruction can help produce effective teaching in your classes. You will learn to make the strong learning objectives required to keep multilevel instruction on target. Both research and specific strategies will be addressed. By the course end, you will produce your own lesson plan with effective learning objectives and differentiation suited to your own environment.

Course Dates: March 26 to May 20,2013

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Course Instructor: Wendy Quiñones

Estimated Completion Time: 30 hours/6 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00

Registration:http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/register.html