2020 MPAEA Preconference Session Descriptions
Session DescriptionsMorning Sessions (9:00A-12:00N)
First Steps in Preparing for College-Level Math: Using Soft Skills for Success
This training supports participants in gaining skills and strategies for teaching “soft skills” to adult learners. The soft skills and strategies selected are specific to skills that are necessary for success in the college-level math classroom. This training provides the foundational content for the First Steps in Preparing for College-Level Math: Math Strategies for Success training.
Using the Adult Education Teacher Competencies
The Adult Education Teacher Competencies are designed to identify the knowledge and skills adult education teachers need to improve student learning and performance. Participants will explore using the competencies to strengthen instruction. This session is geared to beginning through experienced teachers, administrators, and professional developers.
Afternoon Sessions (1:00-4:00P)
First Steps in Preparing for College-Level Math: Math Strategies for Success
This training supports participants in gaining instructional strategies that build on conceptual understanding and strengthen the mathematical foundation that adult learners will need to succeed in higher-level mathematics. The training builds upon content introduced in the First Steps in Preparing for College-Level Math: Using Soft Skills for Success training.
Preparing Adult English Language Learners for the Workforce: Models & Resources
This training addresses workforce-focused instruction in three venues: workplace, vocational classes, and adult English as a second language classes. Topics include essential components, promising practices, strengths and challenges of each program, LINCS resources, and issues facing the field.
Full-Day Sessions (9:00A-4:00P)
Applied Digital Skills Bootcamp (COABE/Google)
Employers are looking for people with digital skills and many adult learners have had little or no exposure to technology. Google has developed numerous digital skills video lessons with step-by-step instructions using videos, templates and Google apps. COABE has partnered with Google to provide Bootcamps nationally for adult educators. The Bootcamps are “hands on” where participants learn to navigate the courses, experience lessons as students, create teacher accounts, and master the curriculum so they can use with their students tomorrow.
Components of Reading
This training introduces teachers to the essential components of reading: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and alphabetics. Participants will discuss what the components are, why they are important (the research), who needs it (assessment results), and in what kind of instruction. The answers to these four questions are explored for each component of reading.
What is Dyslexia and How to Help
During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to experience the Dyslexia for a Day simulation. The workshop will them provide an overview of what dyslexia is, what it is not and how to help. Participants will be introduced to the basics of an appropriate intervention for students with dyslexia and be given practical tools to use in the classroom or tutoring sessions.