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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

Full Course Description: download PDF

Course Instructor: Jody Maloney

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours/7 weeks

Course Fee: $269.00




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Hi Kaye and all.

I was reminded of the discussion that we had here last month that was focused on noncognitive skills because I am certain that Cynthia's course would include information focused on that.  A few years ago at the Nat'l College Transition Network conference, the keynote speaker was William Sedlacek, who works on assessment of noncognitive skills, so I know that this is fundamental to her.  Here's a link to the ALE Wiki page that lists the resources that everyone shared focused on noncognitive skills from that discussion we had:                                                                                                                         (by the way, I realize not all these resources are about assessment so I will reorganize them accordingly soon - but I wanted to share the resources with you before I end up getting down to that).

Anyway, I thought I'd add that note about this course - perhaps some of the folks who were discussing the noncognitive topic would be interested in checking it out.


Marie: Thanks for bring up the topic of noncognitive skills in ABE. In my new free workshop for 2013 I review extensive data on
intergenerational inequalities in education and economics. I also present data from many studies to suggest that greater investments in the education of undereducated youth and adults, many of whom are parents or will become parents, can help break the multiple life cycles of inequalities in education and economic achievement. One section in my workshop deals with the intergenerational transfer of noncognitive skills and reviews research to support the teaching of such skills, including Dorothy Rich's MegaSkills and  William Sedlacek's work. The workshop emphasizes the importance of advocating for adult literacy education as much for the effects such education has on adult's children as it does for the employability enhancement of adults.  

Workshop Title:
Intergenerational Workforce Literacy Development

Dr. Tom Sticht
International Consultant in Adult Education


Part 1 9:00-10:30am
Contemporary Issues of Intergenerational
Inequalities in Education and Economic
Achievement: Investing in Early Childhood Education,
Career Pathways, and Postsecondary Education
for Youth and Adults

Professional Wisdom and Scientific Evidence
for Investing in Adult Education to Reduce
Inequalities in Children’s Education

Break 10:30-10:45am

Pare 2 10:45-12:00am

The Intergenerational Transfer of Cognitive
& Non-Cognitive Abilities For Overcoming
Inequalities in Educational and Economic

Oracy and Literacy Transfer Across Generations:
Cognitive Science Theory and Applications
to Practice in Children’s and Adults’ Education

Lunch 12:00-12:30pm

Part 3 12:30- 2:00pm

Intergenerational Effects of Contextualized and
Integrated Basic Skills and Work-Related Education

Teach the Mother and Reach the Child: Integrated Basic
Skills and Job Skills Education With
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

Break 2:00- 2:15pm

Part 4 2:15- 3:30pm

Integration of Basic Education, Work, and Parenting Skills
Education for the Reduction of Intergenerational
Inequalities in Education and Economics

Toward a Multiple Life Cycles Education Policy

Workshop Ends

For further information on the free workshops for 2013
contact me at tsticht at