Course Descriptions

This page provides descriptions of facilitated and self-directed asynchronous online courses. Go to the Course Catalog to register for courses. For complete details, download a copy of CALPRO’s 2016–17 Catalog of Online Options in Professional Learning [24-page PDF].

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Facilitated Online Courses

expand description College and Career Readiness Standards: ELA Implementation and Application NEW !

Participants will begin to apply their knowledge of the CCRS ELA by building an understanding of what individual standards are requiring students to know, understand, and do. This process, called "unpacking the standards," will support participants' ability to revise their previously developed classroom lesson plans, including modifying or creating meaningful standards–aligned activities, assignments, and assessments that meet the expectations of the CCRS. Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge model, participants will work on enhancing assignments and assessments to meet the requirements of the CCRS.

expand description Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 1. Understanding Learning Disabilities: Awareness for Adult Educators

Do you wonder if some of your students have learning disabilities? This course will help you understand what learning disabilities are and recognize common characteristics of adults with LD. You will review the screening process and explore the legal rights and responsibilities of both the learner and the literacy program. This course is a pre-requisite to Sessions 2 and 3.

expand description Designing Programs For Adults With Learning Disabilities, Session 2.
Effective Instructional Strategies

Become familiar with and practice strategies for helping adults with learning disabilities succeed in your classes! Learn to select appropriate accommodations to meet diverse learning needs. This course presents an overview of various instructional approaches and helps you design one instructional activity using an LD-appropriate approach. Session 1 (either the face-to-face workshop or the online course) is a pre-requisite for attending this course.

expand description Effective Lesson Planning

Plan and deliver effective lessons! This course takes participants step by step through the process of lesson design and helps you create a lesson plan using the online OTAN Lesson Plan Builder. Participants will learn up-to-date strategies for planning lessons using a combination of the WIPPEA stages and “backward design.” Using the information and skills taught in this course, participants will find that lesson planning becomes a quick, easy process.

expand description Enhancing Learner Persistence

What’s all the excitement surrounding the topic of learner persistence, how does it differ from student retention and motivation, and how do I encourage my students to persist in their learning? Based on research on factors that promote learner persistence, this professional development course engages participants in brainstorming implications for changing practice in the four areas of intake, orientation, instruction, and program activities.

expand description Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ABE Classroom

This course helps participants improve their writing instruction for Adult Basic Education students who are at the intermediate and advanced levels, by applying 1) research-based instructional techniques, 2) protocols for analyzing students work, and 3) guided instructional plans.

expand description Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom

This course helps participants improve their writing instruction for ESL students who are at the intermediate and advanced levels, by applying 1) research-based instructional techniques, 2) protocols for analyzing students? work, and 3) guided instructional plans.

expand description Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ABE/ASE Classroom

How can you prepare your learners to succeed in the workforce? Find out what employers say are essential skills for today's workforce. This course shows you how to connect transferable skills in the ABE/ASE classroom to the workplace. It also offers examples of contextualizing ABE/ASE instruction easily by using workplace activities and forms.

expand description Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills in the ESL Classroom

How can you prepare your learners to succeed in the workforce? Find out what employers say are essential skills for today's workforce. This course shows you how to connect transferable skills in the ESL classroom to the workplace. It also offers examples of contextualizing ESL instruction easily by using workplace activities and forms.

expand description Integrated Education and Training (IET)

In Integrated Education and Training (IET), participants work in agency-based teams of educators and agency administrators through the process of developing plans for implementing one of four instructional models that successfully integrate adult education basic skills instruction (i.e., Adult Basic Education or English has a Second Language) with technical or occupational skills instruction. The four models are: Co-teaching, Alternating Teaching, Vocational ESL/ABE-specific, and Cluster Vocational ESL/ABE.

expand description Managing the ESL Multilevel Class

How do you meet the needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) students in a class with skill levels ranging from beginning to intermediate to advanced? This course presents strategies for planning lessons for learners of widely varying language skills.

expand description Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection

How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your English learners' proficiency is increasing? This course presents an optimal process for English as a second language (ESL) instructional planning. The process uses three types of strategies: management, monitoring, and reflection. Backed by research, these strategies may be used with any proficiency level. Throughout the course, participants will explore ways to integrate these strategies into their courses and daily lessons.

expand description Postsecondary Transitions, Session 1, Getting Started: Key Components, Strategies, and Best Practices

In Postsecondary Transitions, participants work in agency teams to develop an integrated, comprehensive plan for implementing a coherent, effective postsecondary transition program. In Session 1 participants identify best practices and strategies to implement a successful postsecondary transition program.

expand description Postsecondary Transitions, Session 2, From Theory to Practice: Next Steps and Action Plans

In Postsecondary Transitions, participants work in agency teams to develop an integrated, comprehensive plan for implementing a coherent, effective postsecondary transition program. In Session 2, participants assess their agency’s degree of readiness to implement a postsecondary transition program and identify strategic leverage points for implementing their own agency’s action plan. Prerequisite: Session 1.

expand description Understanding the Adult Learner, Session 1. Adult Learning and Development

This course examines how adults learn and the implications for adult literacy programs. It explores the unique characteristics of adult learners as well as adult motivation, needs, and self-concept and their effect on learning. The course also explores adult development and the implications for effective teaching.

expand description Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction, Session 1. Questioning Strategies that Improve Cognition

Are you frustrated at not getting the right answers from your students? Maybe it’s because you are not asking the right questions! This course offers questioning strategies that foster higher-order thinking skills while developing responses beyond the level of recall. Help students connect the dots as they process new information to answer questions designed with a purpose.

Self-Directed Online Courses

expand description Adult Learning and Development

This course examines how adults learn and the implications for adult literacy programs. It explores the unique characteristics of adult learners as well as adult motivation, needs, and self-concept and their effect on learning. The course also explores adult development and the implications for effective teaching.

expand description Effective Strategies for Writing Instruction

This course examines the vital role writing plays in ABE, ASE, and ESL instruction, especially in helping learners become college- and career-ready. Participants begin by identifying possible challenges in teaching writing and strategies for overcoming them. Through interactive, multimedia presentations, participants identify the key components of the writing process and discover research-based instructional strategies for supporting their students' writing development. Finally, participants learn how to apply a rubric to evaluate student work and prepare a lesson plan with instruction designed to address students' areas of need.

expand description Introduction to College and Career Readiness Standards

This course will provide administrators and teachers with an overview of standards implementation and the College and Career Readiness Standards. Participants will then take a closer look at three key shifts in English Language Arts instruction as well as in Math instruction.

expand description Learner Goal Setting in Adult Education Programs

Did you know that one of the major factors contributing to learner persistence is goal setting with the learner? Did you know that learners most often cite as a reason for dropping out that their classes didn't meet their needs and expectations? Learn how to set realistic goals with each learner and then revisit and revise goals throughout the semester so that students feel comfortable that your class is meeting their needs.

expand description Learner Persistence

What’s all the excitement surrounding the topic of learner persistence, how does it differ from student retention and motivation, and how do I encourage my students to persist in their learning? Based on research on factors that promote learner persistence, this self-directed professional development course examines implications for changing practice in the four areas of intake, orientation, instruction, and program activities.

expand description Teaching Critical Thinking Skills New!

Discover how to help your students become better critical thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers! Through this course you will learn specific techniques to help students move beyond simple knowledge to greater understanding of what you are teaching. You will also review the basic steps to problem solving and decision-making, and explore strategies for helping your students apply critical thinking to their lives both in and out of the classroom.

expand description Math Instructional Strategies

This course is intended to help teachers understand how to present concepts vital for: 1) mastering the California algebra standards, which reflect the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards; 2) passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and/or the General Educational Development (GED) Mathematics Test; and 3) helping students, through practice of the National Research Council’s math literacy attributes, to conceptualize and utilize math concepts in and out of the classroom.

expand description Orientation for New ABE Teachers

The task of teaching basic literacy skills can seem overwhelming to the new Adult Basic Education (ABE) teacher. This self-directed, self-paced online course orients new teachers to the most immediate and important aspects of teaching ABE learners in California. The new ABE instructor may wonder about many things, such as “Who will my new students be?” “What are their literacy proficiencies and needs?” “What materials should I use?” and “How do I assess my students’ skills and document their progress?” In some cases, individual agencies have procedures and practices that address these questions; in other cases, the California Department of Education (CDE) has specific requirements and provides documents to guide you. Based on The ABE New Teacher Resource Guide, available as a PDF file on the CALPRO Web site, this course offers numerous supplemental application activities and delivers content in a variety of formats.

expand description Orientation for New ESL Teachers

To a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in an adult education program, the task of teaching English can seem overwhelming. A teacher new to ESL often asks such questions as, "Who will my new students be?" "What is their English proficiency?" "What materials should I use?" and "How do I assess my students and document their progress?" Many local agencies have procedures and practices that address these issues and will provide guidance to new teachers. The California Department of Education (CDE) has specific requirements and also provides certain documents to guide you. This self-directed, self-paced online course orients new teachers to the most immediate and important aspects of teaching adult ESL in California. Based on The ESL New Teacher Resource Guide, available as a PDF file on the CALPRO Web site, this course offers numerous supplemental application activities and delivers content in a variety of formats.

More Information

More InformationFor more information, California residents can call CALPRO toll-free at 1-800-427-1422, and select Option 5, or send a detailed e-mail to calprohelp@air.org.

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