Program Year 2014-2015 Events
Coalition Building 101 Workshops [view]
The Indiana Works Councils, the Indiana Education Workforce Innovation Network, and CELL at the University of Indianapolis offered 3 regional, half-day workshops on coalition building. The workshops were designed to teach the lessons and practices of community collaboration with the objective of creating a common language and a set of shared practices among leadership teams and key stakeholders.
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Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)² [view]
Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness (AR)² is designed as the sequel training to the ANI (Adult Numeracy Instruction) PD. Like ANI, (AR)² is an extended, cohort-style, hybrid (online and face-to-face) training which took place over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year.
AR² picks up where ANI Institute #3 concludes, extending ANI principles and techniques to higher levels of mathematics learning. Participants began with a review of linear functions, progressed to systems of equations, and then moved to nonlinear functions and exponents. Throughout the sessions, participants continued to connect back to basic number properties and other core ideas introduced in ANI.
Read more about AR² by clicking here.
Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) Study Circle [view]
The ICA study circle is a six-week, online learning and discussion group offered through LINCS in conjunction with WorldEd that prepares instructors and counselors to implement the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide, a set of lesson plans and activities designed to help adult students understand and act on the critical link between education and careers. The lessons included in the curriculum guide can be found here.
Click here to read more about the study circle objectives and benefits.
This study circle was delivered in three sessions via webinar. Each session was approximately 2 hours long, with 2 hours of participant implementation activity in between each session.
Standards in Action (SIA) Early Majority Cohort [view]
The 2014-2015 Standards in Action trainings were a series of four two-day trainings that dug deep into standards-based instructional practices for implementing the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards in Adult Education classrooms and programs. Click here for more information about this DWD-sponsored professional development opportunity.
Trainings took place at regional locations with no more than 20 participants at each location. Adult Education teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists were encouraged to apply.
Adult Numeracy Initiative (ANI) [view]
The Adult Numeracy Initiative (ANI), offered in conjunction with LINCS, works to increase Adult Education teachers' complete knowledge of mathematics. ANI is an eight month, interactive, hybrid (online and face-to-face) professional development initiative that focuses on effective numeracy instruction for adult learners. Adult Education teachers had an opportunity to participate in a proven and effective national initiative. Benefits of participating in ANI include:
- Increased math content knowledge, improved quality and effectiveness of instructional strategies, and improved confidence and comfort in teaching numeracy to adult learners.
- Improved outcomes for your learners through more effective instruction.
- Opportunities to network, share resources, and collaborate in an ongoing online community of peers.
- Earn a certificate of completion which can be used for 64 Professional Growth Points. (Please note that one classroom hour is worth one Professional Growth Point).
- Lodging in Indianapolis will be provided for all in-person meetings. Lunch will also be available at each in-person meeting. Programs are responsible for all other costs.
To learn more about the 2014-15 ANI Cohort, please read the FAQs here.
Extended Supported Learning for ESL [view]
The Extended Supported Learning for English as a Second Language (ESL-4-ESL) Institute was a 9-month-long extended learning cohort experience. The institute included 3 face-to-face training sessions (2 days per session) and 4 live webinars. In addition, participants were required to implement strategies and tools in their classrooms as well as complete a variety of assignments via an online community of practice in between in-person trainings.
Training topics included, but were not limited to: Second Language Acquisition and ESL Teaching, Brain-Based Learning (BBL), Project Based Learning (PBL) Principles, and Technology Integration.
At the conclusion of the training participants delivered a final presentation demonstrating student work samples and reflecting on their work throughout the training. The ESL-4-ESL training improved instructor content knowledge and instructional quality while simultaneously providing a venue for statewide networking and resource sharing among ESL professionals. Those who completed the entire ESL-4-ESL cohort received a certificate for Personal Growth Points reflecting their hours of participation.
Calendar of Events
LINCS Online Courses - Spring 2015 [view]
Interested in online courses to build your knowledge?
DWD ran spring cohorts of 4 self-paced, online courses through LINCS. Each 10-week course ran from March 2nd – May 8th, and required approximately 10 hours of reading, implementation activities, and discussion posts. Individuals who completed 80% or more of the coursework received professional growth points (PGP) and could count their course participation for their DWD PD attendance requirement.
Course descriptions are included below.
Adult Career Pathways (ACP): Integrating Career Counseling and Planning
This course focuses on career counseling and planning, a crucial support service typically needed by adults who enroll in adult basic education programs as they transition to a career. The course is designed for adult educators working with adult learners who are seeking to transition to the next step along a career pathway. Those who will find the course relevant include Adult Secondary Education teachers and those who teach intermediate and advanced adult English as a second language (ESL) classes. The course is also appropriate for administrators, coaches, case managers, transition specialists, career counselors and others who provide support to adults as they strive to achieve career-related goals.
ELL-U: Second Language Acquisition - Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research Shows
This course offers participants introductory, research-based information on second language acquisition (SLA) by exploring common myths and beliefs about how languages are taught and learned. This course will counter or clarify popular views about SLA and help course participants examine, develop, challenge, and support their knowledge and beliefs about how adults learn a new language. Since this course focuses specific attention on SLA issues relevant to the population of learners served in adult ESL classes, teachers will gain practical knowledge that can be immediately put into practice.
LINCS Science: Scientific Practices in Context
This course provides guidance on where to find credible science resources, and an introduction to teaching science in context. In addition, this course reviews the teaching and learning cycle, focusing on curriculum design including lesson planning and development within the context of an adult education science unit. Throughout the course, participants will explore a complete science unit with a series of science lessons developed for use in the ABE/ASE classroom. Each lesson in the sample unit focuses on one of the eight scientific practices. In the culminating activity, participants will create a science lesson plan for a science unit topic that you select for use with your adult learners.
LINCS Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom
The course is designed for instructors who are at the beginner/intermediate level of knowledge of technology tools and technology integration in the classroom. This course examines the why, how, and what questions for integrating technology in the adult education classroom:
- Why is technology important for instruction and learning?
- How do you approach integrating technology?
- What tools can you use to integrate technology?
InTERS Spring Trainings [view]
Below are the InTERS Spring 2015 Training dates. These trainings took place at the WorkOne facility on 2525 North Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis. Trainings began at approximately 9:00 am and ended between 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
Participants were required to print and bring the training materials (found at the bottom of the InTERS Page) for the specific training(s) they were attending.
Joint Youth Directors & AE WIOA Meeting Part II [view]
WIOA places a priority on delivering services to out-of-school youth, requiring that a minimum of 75% of funding be spent on these students compared to 30% under WIA. It also focuses on career pathways, drop-out recovery, work-based learning activities, and education & training leading to both a secondary diploma and recognized postsecondary credential. This follow-up joint, team-building meeting brought back together local leaders who attended the November meeting. At this second meeting, participants discussed opportunities for strategic partnerships to enhance student transitions and address changes in services for youth as required under the new WIOA legislation. They also expanded upon previous conversations concerning building close partnerships to serve youth.
Click here to download materials from the event
Teacher Competencies Project Update Webinar [view]
This webinar provided updates on the Indiana Adult Education Teacher Competencies project. In the fall and winter of 2014, DWD and a workgroup of teachers from across the state drafted Level 1 Teacher Competencies. Then, utilizing feedback from the field, they worked on refining the level 1 competencies and creating competency support tools. On the webinar, DWD discussed these support tools as well as next steps for the project.
2014 Director Meeting: Align, Unify, Collaborate [view]
Friday, December 5th, 2014
Hilton Indianapolis North
This meeting focused on exciting changes taking place in the field of adult education and the larger workforce system due to the new WIOA legislation.
The new law champions innovative strategies designed to keep pace with changing economic conditions and seeks to improve coordination between programs that support employment services, workforce development, adult education and vocational rehabilitation services.
This meeting acquainted participants with the important changes for adult education included in WIOA and highlighted how these changes will likely shape Indiana’s priorities. We also celebrated local program successes as Administrator 500 Microgrant recipients presented the results of their strategic improvement projects.
Click here to download materials from the 2014 Director Meeting: Align, Unify, Collaborate.
Marie Mackintosh - Opening Remarks
Admin Leadership 500 Strategic Improvement Grant Presentations
Sherri Green (Merrillville Adult Education) - Developing an Online Classroom
Nancy Dameron (Turning Point Adult Education) – Modified Managed Enrollment Emphasizing Persistence and Retention
Dave Bartlett (Brown Co. Career Resource Center) – Resiliency Project
Lisa Cruea (BFW Adult Ed.) Presented by Natalie Mills – Life Coach: Recruitment and Completion of WorkIN Classes
Polly Redmond (Elwood Community Schools) – Developing a Professional Learning Community
Kitty Meyer (CWI) – Staff Leadership and Development
Lori Thurston (Blue River Career Programs) – HSE Adult Distance Education
Suzanne Karberg (White CO. Academic Skills Center) – Life Coach – Recruitment and Retention with Emphasis on Post-secondary Educations/Training
Cynthia Warner Lowe (City of Hammond Education and Extended Services) – Helping Other People Excel (H.O.P.E.)
Cynthia Johnson (Learn More Center) – Student Recruitment
Rebecca Reiner (N.E.O.) – Marketing & Branding
Chris Westfall (Vincennes University ABE) – Networking with Community Partners
What is the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed WIOA, the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years, by a wide bipartisan majority.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Requires states to strategically align workforce development programs
- Promotes accountability and transparency
- Fosters regional collaboration
- Improves services to Employers and promotes work-based training
- Provides access to high-quality training
- Enhances workforce services for the unemployed and other job seekers
- Improves services to individuals with disabilities
- Makes key investments in serving disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations
- Streamlines and strengthens the strategic roles of workforce development boards
For more information please see:
Joint Youth Directors & AE WIOA Meeting [view]
The new WIOA legislation places a priority on delivering services to out-of-school youth, career pathways, drop-out recovery, work-based learning activities, and education & training leading to both a secondary diploma and a recognized postsecondary credential. This new focus necessitates strategic partnerships between Adult Education and Youth programs at both the state and local level. At this team-building meeting, Adult Education and Workforce Development Youth Directors came together to discuss these necessary partnerships as well as changes in services for youth under WIOA.
Click here to download materials from the event.
Standards in Action Early Adopters Program [view]
Participants from Regions 1, 3, 4, 5, and the Indiana Department of Corrections were some of the some of the first adult educators from across the state to take the deep dive into standards-based instruction through the Standards in Action (SIA) process.
For more information on the Early Adopters program, please click here to download the informational handout.
- Introductory Webinar (2.28.14)
- Institute #1 (3.27.14-3.28.14)
- Webinars #2 (4.30.14 & 5.2.14)
- Institute #2 (5.22.14-5.23.14) - Resources
- Webinar #3 (6.27.14) - Materials
- Institute #3 (7.10.14-7.11.14)
- Webinar #4 (8.29.14) - Materials
- Institute #4 (9.25.14-9.26.14)
- Final Webinar (10.31.14) - Materials
Early Adopter's Training Schedule
The SIA program consists of a combination of webinars and two-day training institutes. The institutes presented strategies and processes for understanding and implementing the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. In between each of these events participants completed roughly 20-30 hours of work at their program sites to more fully integrate the standards into instruction.
LINCS Trainer Biography
Michelle Carson, Adult Education Consultant, Carson Consulting and Training - With over 20 years of experience in Adult Education, CTE and higher education, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to Indiana’s SIA project and training. Michelle is a national trainer for LINCS’ Standards in Action project, having delivered that training in three different states across the country. Her experience includes leading Kansas’ Adult Education’s task force for developing and implementing Adult Education content standards. At the state level, Michelle has also served as a State Director of Adult Education and Associate State Director of Adult Education. At the national level she led OVAE’s Designing Instruction for Career Pathways project and managed the LINCS Community of Practice. Currently she is based out of Kansas as the Project Manager for a U.S. DOL grant focused on using technology-enabled instruction for retraining unemployed and underemployed workers for high-wage, in-demand jobs.
2014 NCPN Conference [view]
The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) hosted their 2014 conference at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL from October 12-14. The theme of this year's conference was Building Capacity: Aligning for the Future. The conference featured over 150 breakout sessions built around the OCTAE 10 Component Framework for Career Pathways.
40 Developmental Assets Training [view]
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Indiana Government Center South
The purpose of this day-long training was to introduce Adult Education Teachers and Transitions staff to the Search Institute's foundational framework: Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message and corresponding strengths-based developmental approaches for working with young people. Participants explored the 40 Developmental Assets through presentations and discussions, looking closely at how the assets can be applied in three spheres of influence: individuals, immediate surroundings, and local communities. Following lunch, participants participated in hands-on activities and strategy conversations about bringing the framework into their classrooms and programs to boost student achievement.
Resources & Materials
Click here to access handouts, materials, and additional resources from this training.
Why the 40 Developmental Assets?
In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable youth and young adults to develop into successful and contributing members of their communities. Studies of more than four million young people across the United States (as well as studies in other countries) consistently show that the more developmental assets young people have, the more likely they are to be prepared for life and the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors.
In Indiana, 44% of students enrolled in Adult Education are ages 16-24, or "youth" as defined by the new WIOA legislation. Because of this, Adult Education instructors have a great opportunity to use the research and tools developed with this framework to better prepare students for college and career readiness. The framework also supports the increased partnerships, alignment of performance measures and goals, and focus on successful transitions that will be hallmarks of WIOA implementation.
Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) - A Facilitated On-Line Course [view]
This free, six-week, online course offered through LINCS in conjunction with WorldEd prepared instructors and counselors to implement the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide, a set of lesson plans and activities designed to help adult students understand and act on the critical link between education and careers.
This semi self-paced course walked participants through the ICA Curriculum Guide via a combination of readings, activities, and online discussion posts. Click here to download the Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) information sheet.
Course activities were facilitated by a LINCS trainer, who provided email reminders, feedback and support to participants as they interacted with the online material. Participants completed approximately 3-4 hours of work each week. Those who completed 80% of the assignments received a certificate for successfully completing the course and earned approximately 27 Professional Growth Points (PGPs).
August Administrator Advisory Meeting [view]
Program administrators and directors are invited to attend quarterly meetings with the DWD Adult Education leadership team. Specific agenda items will vary for each meeting, but the general topics will include:
- Adult Education policy and programs
- HSE testing
- Professional development
- Implementation of DWD's AE strategic vision
Date: Friday, August 15th, 2014
Location: Conference Room 17, Indiana Government Center South
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm (EDT)
Teacher Induction Work Group [view]
The Teacher Induction Work Group was a professional development opportunity for experienced Adult Education instructors to contribute their knowledge and passion for the teaching profession to the design and development of Indiana Adult Education Teacher Competencies and associated New Teacher Training.
The workgroup provided feedback on the direction and content of the new teacher trainings, ensuring the training covers foundational skills and knowledge, meets the needs of Indiana Adult Education teachers, and strives to increase the excellence and professionalism of our field. Participants who attended all required meetings and webinars were eligible to receive a $500 stipend and approximately 62 Professional Growth Points (PGPs).
Click here for more information about the work group objectives, requirements, and meeting dates..
2014 Summer Institute: Keep Calm and Teach On [view]
The 2014 Summer Institute featured over 40 workshops for Adult Education and partnering staff to explore strategies addressing the ever increasing demands placed on adult students seeking to improve their lives through education and training. Materials and videos from this event are posted below.
Click here to access the Summer Institute program which contains the conference schedule, descriptions of all the workshops, and links to workshop PowerPoints and materials.