Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test

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First Literacy held the first of its two-session Professional Development Workshop Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test on Friday, March 11th.  Facilitated by John Shea of Charlestown Adult Learning Center, Kelly Folsom of X-Cel Education, and First Literacy Director of Programs, Michael Feher, the workshop was attended by 18 adult education teachers and administrators.

After a discussion of what skills adult learners need to attain high-school equivalency (HSE) and how teachers can help them develop those skills, topics addressed were:

  • Common cores of Social Studies & Science HSE test instruction
  • Using timelines as mental maps
  • Understanding various kinds of graphs
  • Working with Social Studies and Science texts & developing critical reading and thinking skills

Comments from participants include:

  • I enjoyed the workshop! Well-prepared and organized.  Gave me lots of food for thought going forward. Nice to meet other educators with the same focus and population.
  • Good info on using graphs & good take-home materials.
  • Great job by the facilitators. This workshop was very clear. It was easy to follow the presentation.

For Session 2 of this workshop on April 1st, participants will be sharing lessons they’ve developed and tested in class, with students.  Topics covered will include:

  • Other visuals, including science diagrams and political cartoons
  • The Scientific Method and discoveries
  • How to approach instruction of social-studies content area.

Contact Michael at to learn more about our Professional Development Workshops or visit our Resources for Educators page.