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USCIS - Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation Skills

Let’s start by discussing one of our newest resources, The Guide to the Adult Citizenship Education Content Standards and Foundation Skills. Adult education program administrators and teachers will find this guide helpful in developing a comprehensive adult citizenship curriculum and thematic lessons, selecting textbooks and supplemental materials, and creating effective learning activities.

Do you want the Science CoP to be a place where science teachers discuss issues of practice?

Science teachers -- and those who wouldn't consider themselves science teachers but who do teach adults science,

I was hoping this CoP would be a place to engage in discussion of practice and theory about teaching adults science. Were you hoping that too? If so, that will only be possible if you join in the discussion. Now is the time.

I have two questions for you, and then an update on the science videos review project:

Sustaining an Initiative: Standards-Based Education


A few months ago RTI International released the Handbook for Sustaining Standards-Based Education in Adult Education.  It was part of the Promoting College and Career Readiness Standards in Adult Education project under contract to OCTAE.  On page 2, of the handbook the purpose of the book is described.  The handbook was written to help state leaders with the development of reforms that are spread on a large scale and sustained over time.

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

Checklist to Help Students Meet the Expectation of Standards

HI to all,

Some years ago, I used checklists to organize my instruction with Math standards and found the checklist to be a terrific organizational tool.  When I read the blog by Heather Wolpert-Gawron in Edutopia: Common Core in Action: The Power of a Checklist it really hit home with me.  The rationale expressed in this article definitely addresses college and career readiness in the Common Core.

Learning Targets

Hi to all,

Is anyone using learning targets with adult education students?

Learning targets guide student learning.  They are not lesson objectives.  They are the words, pictures or actions that are written in the voice of the student.  They pinpoint the focus of the lesson.

CCR Standards Institute: Save the Date

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for adult education staff at both the state and local levels to receive hands-on training at the upcoming College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education: Implementation Institute. For your convenience the Implementation Institute will be repeated in three regional locations:

Using the Standards

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Hi Everyone,

For over a decade, standards-based education has been an integral part of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s (OVAE) program of national leadership activities to improve the quality of adult education and literacy programs nationwide.  The standards-based education movement in adult education has resulted in communicating clearer expectations for students, using content standards to improve curriculum and instruction, and creating professional development to help staff develop the expertise to implement standards.”[1]


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