Notice: Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce

OCTAE is pleased to host the first in a series of peer-to-peer conversations, titled "Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce." On Monday, February 26 at 12:15 p.m. ET we will discuss "Vertical Integration in Your Manufacturing Partnership". Panelists will tackle topics like working with the K-12 system, incorporating CTE resources into workforce development, and building networked approaches for education and training. Please join us for this dynamic exchange! See details below for registration information. 

Discussion: TABE 11-12 Paper-Based Test Scheduling Times

If you must give paper-based TABE, be aware that the time and staff needed for testing is going to be multiplied.

After the Locator, each level (E, M, D, A) will require a SEPARATE test session! The directions, examples, and timing is different for each level.


Here is an example-

Possible Schedule- TABE 11-12

Day 1- Locator Math and Reading- 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 2- Reading and Math Level E- 4 hours

Day 3- Reading and Math Level M- 4 hours

Day 4- Reading and Math Level D- 4 hours

Day 5- Reading and Math Level A- 4 hours

Discussion: Teaching Students From Gen Z/multigeneration classes

Hi, I'm the freelance editor of Notebook, a newsletter published three times a year by ProLiteracy for adult educators. I'm working on a story about tips to teaching Generation Z, and I was wondering what adult ed instructors do to make their teaching more effective for Gen Z students. However, feel free to share your ideas for any multigenerational class setting. This doesn't have to be limited to ESOL classes; it could also be high school prep or basic literacy.

Discussion: Citing Research

Writing Teaching Colleagues,

Infographic showing how to cite research using MLA standards

Discussion: Chart It!

As we approach the end of this African American History Month, how would you like to address two critical academic and workplace skills related the topic? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just published a report, "African-Americans in the American Workforce," featured in this month's Workforce GPS newsletter. The report includes a bar chart showing the participation rate of African American Officials and Managers from 1966-2013. 

Discussion: PBS Newshour Clip: In Baltimore, more employers hiring formerly incarcerated people

Running out of a church basement in East Baltimore, the nonprofit Turnaround Tuesday has a high success rate of finding jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Its organizers focus on two main tasks: showing people that their past experiences provide unique work-related skills and helping employers let go of stigmas about people with criminal records. Supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism nonprofit, NewsHour Weekend’s Saskia de Melker reports.

Discussion: A Mental Health Guide for Adult Literacy Facilitators


We are again having national discussions about mental health and access to services. As adult education and literacy service providers, we are often on the front line - connecting individuals to the health literacy resources they need. We are also aware of the lack of resources that may be available in our communities.

Discussion: How do you balance listening, speaking, reading and writing?

Hello colleagues, I've often said that the best advice I was ever given as a new teacher (many years ago!) was to strive to balance listening, speaking, reading and writing in my instruction. In fact, this principle still guides my practice today. What do you see as the benefits of striving for this balance? What are some practical examples you can share?

Discussion: Student-driven discussions

Hello colleagues, I'm convinced that discussion is essential to student learning. Do you agree? What are some ways you engage students in talking about the content you are teaching?

Check out this 5-minute video of teacher Laurie Erby teaching a social studies lesson. What stands out to you about her approach? What connections can you make to your own teaching?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about student-driven discussion!

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Discussion: Science, Math, and Cross Curricular Instruction with the Winter Olympics

I wonder how many of us have watched the 2018 Winter Olympics? As we watch athletes go for the gold, I thought I would share some resources for classroom use. 


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