In Fall 2010, CALPRO launched the Instructors Forum as a new initiative for teachers. The purpose is to convene practitioners from across California in an online environment and highlight exemplary instructional practices.

Applying the English Language Proficiency Standards

March 14, 2017

Facilitator: Dave Coleman, ESL Teacher/Advisor, Los Angeles Unified School District

This webinar will assist ESL teachers in exploring how the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) are related to the College and Career Readiness Standards, how to make use of two different approaches to the ELPS, and how to apply them in the classroom. The presenter will provide vignettes and case studies, and give you the opportunity to share your own strategies.

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What Teachers Need to Know about the English Language Proficiency Standards

February 14, 2017

Facilitator: Dave Coleman, ESL Teacher/Advisor, Los Angeles Unified School District

If you are and ESL teacher or a teacher from another program area with English language learners in your class, attend this webinar to interact with the guiding principles of the new English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and consider how they apply to your teaching. See how the ELP Standards are organized and how you can provide scaffolding for your students to help them meet these rigorous requirements.

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Increasing Rigor in the ESL and Basic Skills Classroom

September 30, 2016

Facilitator: Betsy Parrish, Professor/Coordinator TEFL/Adult ESL, Hamline University

Federal funding for adult education and College and Career Readiness Standards are two of the signposts pointing us towards increasing the rigor of instruction in adult education to help learners reach their education and career goals. Betsy Parrish is a national expert on increasing rigor in adult education classrooms. She has published articles on the topic and created many training materials for teachers. In this webinar, she will discuss the significance of increasing rigor, and she will provide several examples of classroom activities for embedding instruction in academic language, higher order reading and listening strategies, organizational and note-taking strategies, and critical thinking at every level from beginning to advanced. This session is appropriate for ESL, ABE and ASE instructors.

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Community College 101: Support Services for Transitioning Students

September 16, 2016

Facilitator: Anna Pilloton, Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships at the College of Marin

What do your students need to know about transferring to a community college, or from non–credit classes to credit? What options do they have in terms of cost? What are the different pathways they should consider for their future? What support services are available to them once they are enrolled, and how should they go about finding what they need? This webinar will take you on a guided tour of the community college resources and services.

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Teaching Strategies for Different Learning Disabilities

February 26, 2016

Facilitator: Marie Doerner, Learning Disability Specialist, San Diego Community College District Continuing Education

Auditory processing disorder, dyscalculia, dyslexia: what does it all mean? Students with learning disabilities have average or above average intelligence, but some area of their learning has major deficits. This webinar reviews the most common forms of learning disabilities and suggests strategies for supporting and instructing students.

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Classroom Strategies that Work for Students with Learning Disabilities

January 22, 2016

Facilitator: Marie Doerner, Learning Disability Specialist, San Diego Community College District Continuing Education

This webinar provides adult education instructors with an overview of learning disabilities and then offers practical strategies for the classroom that will meet the needs of all learners as well as specifically addressing those with learning disabilities.

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ESL & Numeracy: What's the Connection?

October 1, 2015

Facilitators: Patsy Vinogradov, Ph.D, Director of Professional Development for Adult Education in Minnesota, and Amy Vickers, M.Ed., ABE Instructional Leader and Math Specialist

How can we support English Language Learners (ELLs) as they learn numeracy? Does that happen in "math" class or in "English" class? ABE/ASE/HSE math teachers (who often teach math conceptually) and ESL teachers (who often teach math contextually, within life-skills topics) have much to learn from each other. This webinar shares a model that draws on the strengths of teachers with varied areas of expertise to better serve multilingual learners.

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Teaching Reading – An Overview of the Basics

March 6, 2015

Facilitator: Guillermo Verdin, ABE Instructor, Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education

Whether you are a new teacher or have been teaching for many years, you may have questions about the most effective teaching strategies for assisting adult learners to become independent readers. This webinar gives you an overview of the four areas of reading instruction, and an in-depth look at a model lesson on summarizing as an aspect of reading comprehension.

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Strategies for Teaching Writing

February 27, 2015

Facilitator: Guillermo Verdin, ABE Instructor, Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education

Do your learners struggle with writing assignments? Not sure how to engage them in the writing process? Wondering how to integrate direct, explicit instruction into your writing lessons? This webinar reviews the practice of direct, explicit instruction and then models teaching a lesson using that approach to teach a writing lesson using writing frames.

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Making Program Changes to Address New Math Standards

February 6, 2015

Facilitators: Raine Bumatay, ABE, ASE, and ESL Program Administrator, Fresno Adult School; Evelyn Lenton, ASE Program Coordinator, Antelope Valley Adult School; and Tricia Ouellette, Academic Program Coordinator, Mt. Diablo Adult School

With the introduction of GED 2014 and the College and Career Readiness Standards, math requirements for ABE and High School Equivalency learners have become more rigorous. In this webinar, three academic program coordinators discuss how they have revamped their instructional programs to better address the new standards and meet learner needs. Strategies include professional development, creating new curriculum, changing class schedules, and assigning specific math teachers. Hear how they made these changes, what the results look like so far, and lessons learned; the webinar concludes with a question-and-answer period.

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Guiding ABE Learners toward College and Career Readiness

May 30, 2014

Presenter: Wendy Heard, Academic Department Chair and Site Technology Coordinator, Burbank Adult School

Wendy Heard introduces participants to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, and to Webb's Depth of Knowledge wheel, and provides practice in identifying which depth of knowledge various questions address, with the goal of raising the level of questions that adult students address in order to prepare them for more analytical and evaluative thinking required in postsecondary education and on the job. She also reviews how the CCR math standards are constructed and how they change the traditional approach to math instruction.

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Building College and Career Readiness for ESL Learners

May 9, 2014

Presenters: Lori Howard, ESL teacher, coordinator, author and CASAS Program Specialist Coorinator
Sylvia G. Ramirez, Professor Emeritus at MiraCosta College and teacher educator, author and consultant

In this session, participants were introduced to the College and Career Readiness Standards, and considered how these standards can be applied to ESL instruction. They learned and practiced an approach to unpacking each of the standards by identifying the specific skills addressed, applying the standards to currently used textbooks, and considering what additional activities might be needed to supplement existing texts in order to help ESL learners meet the standards.

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Math Instructional Strategies

April 11, 2014

Facilitator: Leila Rosemberg, Secondary Programs Coordinator, Culver City Adult School.

In this session, Leila Rosemberg, Coordinator of the Adult Secondary program at Culver City Adult School, discusses the National Research Council Math Standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. She provides numerous examples of math activities that relate to the standards, as well as ways of addressing math anxiety.

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The ESL Writing Process: Practice, Polish, Publish

April 24, 2013

Presenter: J. Adelson-Goldstein, CALPRO Facilitator

In this session, participants looked at the research supporting the use of the writing process in second language writing instruction, in order to explore activities and tasks that guide learners through that process. The webinar focused on the pre-writing tasks to help learners delve into the writing topic and organize their thinking; writing models and prompts that are meaningful for adults; and editing exercises and instructor feedback that help learners polish their work. Ways to celebrate successful learning outcomes through publishing learnersí work were also addressed.

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Putting the “Professional” in Professional Learning Communities

October 31, 2012

Presenters: Jacques LaCour, CALPRO Director and Rachel Monn, Adjunct Professor, Pasadena Community College

In this problem solving exchange session, facilitators discussed the power of PLCs and what distinguishes them from other forms of professional development, lessons learned by one agency, Pasadena City College, on its PLC implementation journey and ideas for starting PLCs and resources to support implementation.

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One Level to Many: Multilevel ESL Classrooms

October 9, 2012

Presenter: Sue Pon, Administrator, Oakland Unified School District

In this problem solving exchange session, Sue Pon discussed ideas for organizing the multilevel classroom through single lesson planning by providing options and tools for multilevel ESL instruction, differentiated learning activities and techniques to empower learners into taking responsibility for their own learning.

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Using Professional Learning Community Principles to Implement Managed Enrollment

May 30, 2012

Presenters: Susan Briggs, Coordinator, Pasadena Community College, and Rachel Monn, Adjunct Professor, Pasadena Community College

CALPRO PD Partner Susan Briggs partnered with colleague Rachel Monn to share how they used Professional Learning Community (PLC) principles to implement managed enrollment. Throughout the presentation they focused on how they enabled students to move through the program while experiencing satisfaction and success at each phase; the presenters also discussed how to record student enrollment accurately, how to encourage student attendance and goal-attainment, and how to deliver coherent and focused curricula.

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Preparing ABE/ASE Students for the 21st Century Workforce

February 1, 2012

Presenter: Ashley Ruiz, Instructor, Paramount Adult School

In this Instructors Forum Webinar, CALPRO PD Partner Ashley Ruiz shared information and research she gained from attending sessions in the 21st Century Skills strand of the joint COABE and CCAE national conference in April 2011.

Ruiz specifically discussed: the demands of the 21st Century Workforce, successful workforce development program structures and models, and ideas and tips for ABE/ASE programs to successfully prepare ABE/ASE students for the 21st Century Workforce.

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Learning to Achieve: Instructional Strategies

May 26, 2011

Presenters: Susie Passeggi, Assistant Director, and Dodi Brown, Instructor, Mt. Diablo Adult Education

In this third Webinar of the Instructors Forum, presenters Passeggi and Brown provided information about Learning to Achieve, a research-based approach to serving adults with learning disabilities that was developed by the National Institute for Literacy, and discussed how Mt. Diablo implemented this approach. Objectives included the following: 1) identify research-based tools and techniques used to teach adults with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) effectively; and 2) identify and implement instructional approaches that help ALL adults, particularly adults with learning disabilities, learn content from written materials.

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Contextualizing Workforce Skills in ABE/ASE Instruction

November 8, 2010

Presenter: Karyn Ruiz, Instructor at Visalia Adult School

In this second Webinar of the Instructors Forum, the presenter demonstrated how to contextualize workforce skills into adult basic education (ABE)/adult secondary education (ASE) instruction. Objectives included identifying skills being taught to students, assisting students to articulate and reflect on what they are learning, and integrating workplace documents and activities into classroom instruction.

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Contextualizing Workforce Skills in ESL Instruction

October 28, 2010

Presenters: Ronna Magy, Professional Development Specialist, and Donna Price, ESL Instructor at San Diego Community College District

In this first Webinar of the Instructors Forum, presenters showcased how to contextualize workforce skills into English as a second language (ESL) instruction. The presenters demonstrated ways to help adult learners articulate transferable skills that they are learning in the classroom to the workplace.

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