April 2014: College and Career Standards Group Snapshot: Join the Conversations!
Special Online Discussion: Watching Teaching in Action
This month, the LINCS Community College and Career Standards group will host a special two and a half week online discussion, Watching Teaching in Action. The discussion will guide group members through a series of selected short videos produced by the Teaching Channel that demonstrate a variety of instructional practices and strategies in incorporating standards in the classroom. We invite you to participate in this activity from April 9-25 and take a look inside schools to watch how teachers are implementing standards in the classroom. Guest adult educators from Kentucky will also join the discussion to share their experiences and ideas for adapting these instructional practices into the adult education classroom. Stay tuned to the LINCS Community Announcements for more information about this special discussion!
New and Ongoing Discussions
- The PIAAC Data: As a follow-on discussion to American Institutes for Research’s Time to Reskill webinar held on March 13, share your thoughts on the future implications of the standards. Can teaching to the standards equip adults for the skills necessary success? Join the conversation here: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/piaac-data
- 2014 GED Accommodations: A member seeks information to what accommodations are and are not allowed on the 2014 GED. Chime in here: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/2014-ged-accommodations
- A Valuable Resource: The Common Core Standards App by Mastery Connect available for free on iTunes is a valuable resource that helps you search the Common Core State Standards with ease. For the link to the App on iTunes, visit: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/valuable-resource
- “Instructional” Rubrics: How have you used rubrics in your teaching? Have your students found these tools helpful? Have you ever engaged students in helping to create a rubric? If so, how did that work for you?https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/instructional-rubrics
- What Part of the Elephant? The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference was held in March. For those who attended the conference, what themes or takeaways do you have from the conference? https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/what-part-elephant
- Checklist to Help Students Meet the Expectation of Standards: What strategies do you use to help your adult learners maintain organization? What works well? Add to the conversation about checklists as an organizational tool: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/checklist-help-students-meet-expectation-standards
- Effects of the New Adult Education Math Standards: A member is working on a paper on how the new standards will influence mathematics self-efficacy (confidence) in adults. If you have any literature about the possible effects related to the new standards, respond to the member inquiry here: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/effects-new-adult-education-math-standards
- Seeking Information on Use of WorkKeys Scores for Advising and Placement: Are you a state or local institution who use, integrate, and interpret assessment and placement tests (TABE/CASAS, WorkKeys, ACCUPLACER/COMPASS) for student advising and placement purposes? Share your experience here: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/seeking-information-use-workkeys-scores-advising-and-placement
New Group Bulletins
There are no new group bulletins this month. Have an announcement to share with other group members? Post to the Bulletin tab! https://community.lincs.ed.gov/node/257/content/bulletins
New LINCS Announcements
- Special Discussion: Using Polar Sciences in Adult Basic Education: The LINCS Community is pleased to host a special online discussion in the Science group in April: Using Polar Sciences in Adult Basic Education Programs. From April 7 – 17, join guest polar scientists and educators in an online discussion on how science, particularly polar science, can be used as the context for teaching adult basic skills: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/notice/special-discussion-using-polar-sciences-adult-basic-education-programs
- Register Now for LINCS Webinar on April 3: Join the LINCS Community team and Technology and Learning group moderator, Nell Eckersley, to learn how to navigate the upgraded community in order to plot your route to optimal professional development through all of the resources and opportunities LINCS has to offer. Register for the LINCS webinar by April 3: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/notice/register-now-lincs-webinar-april-3
- New Feature: Like Button: The upgraded community includes a new Like button. Now you can show your enthusiasm for your favorite content and encourage your colleagues in the community: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/notice/new-feature-button
- New Feature: Simplified Email Notifications: Managing your LINCS Community email notifications is now easier. Find out how to adjust your notification settings: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/notice/new-feature-simplified-email-notifications
- Check Out the Upgrades in the LINCS Community: The LINCS team is excited to debut upgrades to the LINCS Community this month! For a preliminary list of new features, visit: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/notice/check-out-upgrades-lincs-community
New to the College and Career Standards group? Introduce yourself here! https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/welcome-and-please-introduce-yourself-0
See you in the College and Career Standards group!
The LINCS Community Team