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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our Professional Development Workshops or visit our Resources for Educators page.