CALPRO offers several professional development resources for adult education teachers.
CALPRO provides facilitated and self-directed online courses free of charge to instructors
working in programs funded by the California Department of Education, Adult Education
Office. Online course participants have the option to log in to an online course
at any time to complete coursework.
In these facilitated courses, participants interact with
a subject-area expert and a group of colleagues typically over a span of about four
weeks, following the course start date. Discussions occur asynchronously: within
a given week, participants may log in at their convenience to read and post written
comments on a shared discussion board and to complete course activities and assignments.
The objectives of online courses mirror those of the face-to-face workshops of the
Facilitated Online Courses for Teachers
Teachers may enroll in any of the following facilitated online courses:
- Accelerated Learning to Facilitate Career Pathways
- College and Career Standards 2: English Language Arts Implementation and Application
- Designing Programs For Adults With Learning Disabilities, Session 2: Effective Instructional
- Effective Lesson Planning
- Effective Teaching for Adult Educators
- Enhancing Learner Persistence
- Evidence-based Writing Instruction in the ABE Classroom
- Evidence-based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom
- Integrated Education and Training
- Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ABE/ASE Classroom
- Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ESL Classroom
- Managing the ESL Multilevel Class
- Motivation and Persistence for Adult Learners
- Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection
- Understanding the Adult Learner, Session 1: Adult Learning and Development
- Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction, Session 1: Questioning Strategies
that Improve Cognition
Self-directed online courses are entirely self-paced and foster independent learning.
No course facilitator leads the course and individuals work on their own, without
other participants. Self-directed courses offer great flexibility in professional
development: participants may decide when to work on the course and how much of
the course they wish to do; registration and the courses themselves are open continuously.
Self-directed Courses for Teachers
Self-directed courses available for teachers include:
- Adult Learning and Development
- Advising the Adult Learner: The Teacher's Role
- Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 1: Understanding
Learning Disabilities: Awareness for Adult Educators
- Effective Strategies for Writing Instruction
- Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards
- Learner Goal Setting in Adult Education Programs
- Learner Persistence
- Math Instructional Strategies
- Middle-Skills Job Preparation for Adult Education
- Orientation for New ABE Teachers
- Orientation for New ESL Teachers
- Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Facilitated Online Training in Real-Time
CALPRO offers two types of online training in real time, interactive
Online Workshops and Webinars.
Highly interactive, these online workshops in real time share the same objectives
and research basis as their corresponding CALPRO face–to–face workshops. For a list
of workshop topics and additional information, visit the
Online Workshops page.
Among the four series of Webinars, instructors may
be especially interested in the Instructors Forum and the Adult Education Research
Webinars series. Past Webinars are archived in the
Video Library. Additionally, CALPRO’s electronic Community of Practice (e-CoP)
sponsors Webinars and maintains an archive of its own Webinars at http://calproecop.groupsite.com. To register for all upcoming
Webinars, visit the CALPRO Event
Instructor Competencies Self–Assessment
CALPRO has updated its instructor competencies self–assessment, based on a nationally
validated instrument. Using this tool, teachers rate themselves in up to 17 different
competencies spanning four different categories, determining areas of greatest relevance
to their teaching, priority, and individual ability.
Instructors may view their own results and identify their top five professional
development competencies. The self-assessment tool then provides specific recommendations
for research-based professional development resources that form the basis of a teacher’s
annual, individual professional development plan.
For more information, visit http://www.calpro-online.org/competencies/instructorselfassessment.aspx
to the Instructor Competencies Web
This resource provides links to videos relevant to adult educators in California,
including major CALPRO trainings from the recent past as well as CALPRO Webinars.
The goal of this video library is to increase individual adult educators’ access
to professional development on emerging priority topics. To access this resource,
visit the Video Library page.
CALPRO’s Web site features three Virtual Workrooms with professional learning resources
on the following high-priority topics:
Electronic Community of Practice
Accompanying the Virtual Workrooms is CALPRO’s electronic Community of Practice (e-CoP), located at http://calproecop.groupsite.com. Inside the e-CoP, members
can exchange ideas, share resources, access an archive of e-CoP Webinars, and collaborate
with other adult education instructors from across California to help increase their
CALPRO offers the following online Resource Guides designed for teachers.
- ABE New Teacher Resource Guide
- ESL New Teacher Resource Guide
- Health Literacy Reference Guide
access these guides, please visit the
Resource Guide Web page.
has published research digests, summaries, and annotated bibliographies on various
topics of interest to teachers.
can download these documents from the CALPRO Publications
Teaching Tools and Resources
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) provides listings of online lesson
plans, class activities, and other Web-based tools at http://www.otan.us under Teaching Tools and Resources.
California Commission on Teacher
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
Web site at http://www.ctc.ca.gov
provides information on the licensing and credentialing of professional educators
in the state of California.
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