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Career and College Readiness

Over 2,000 Practice Sets from Khan Academy—Aligned to the CCRS and TABE 11/12

I threatened to do this a long time ago, Once I had the things (and Excel knowledge) in place that were needed, it took me maybe 5 hours to get it done?

CrowdED Learning has created downloadable/copyable spreadsheets containing all of the practice sets from Khan Academy, aligned to the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and TABE 11+12 (including indication of emphasis). I'm interested in seeing if folks want to take a look and perhaps have a follow up discussion on what best practices could be shared out to the field on how to use these. 

Online Courses: Contextualized Instruction, College Readiness, and Navigating Pathways

World Education’s E-Learning PD is currently enrolling for upcoming courses. The following courses are all led by facilitators who are experts in their topics. Courses take approximately three hours per week to complete and successfully making your way through the requirements will result in a Certificate of Completion. Participants do not have to be online at specific times but post to discussions and complete readings and assignments according to a fixed schedule.

Intensive Skill and College Readiness Programs at Community Colleges

Intensive Skill and College Readiness Programs at Community Colleges will be an online discussion starting on November 7  and ending on November 11, 2016 from 9 am – 5 pm (EST).  This discussion will focus on postsecondary programming which provides opportunities in skill development, college and work readiness, competency development, and career guidance. The models and strategies introduced in this discussion will be drawn from the U.S.

The Pathway to Success: A Story of Inspiration

Looking for an inspirational story which shows that career pathways are possible for all students?  The U.S. Department of Education's blog, Homeroom, recently published "The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School"  

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Workforce One Resources Highlighted

Hi all,

The Workforce One newsletter recently highlighted several of their most often viewed resources.  Have you participated in and/or viewed  any of these webinars and/or publications?  Which have you found most beneficial to your work? 

Gail Cope, LINCS Program Management Group


Academic Language: We are like fish trying to describe water!

Hello friends, Many of us are now starting to look to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) to guide teaching and assessing. Communicating effectively with others through academic talk is deeply integrated into these standards in a variety of ways -- very explicitly in the English Language Arts standards as well as in the Mathematics Practices.

The hidden curriculum of college?

I recently read an article profiling a new book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Education. This book focuses on a mentoring model that supports students who are at a higher risk of dropping out of college because of academic, financial, and other related reasons. The book highlights the importance of the ability to navigate the "hidden curriculum" of college, which includes institutional culture and social networks.

Webinar and Report: Defining, Strengthening, and Measuring Quality Career Pathways and Systems

The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Releases Framework
Defining, Strengthening, and Measuring Quality Career Pathways and Systems

A growing number of states and communities are exploring and adopting career pathways, and foundations and the federal government are making significant investments in this approach.

What part of the elephant?

Hi, everyone.

The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference was held this past week in Pittsburgh. At the risk of being like the blind man who describes the elephant by only the part he is standing by and hence can feel, my observations of dominant themes that surfaced are as follows:

*Preparing students –both native speakers and English language learners – for the high school equivalency exams or tasks

*Using all levels of Depth of Knowledge (DoK) skills with all learners, no matter their English or basic skill level DOK Level


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