February 20, 2017
Eliminate Negativity in Your Classroom
Adult students have a lot on their plates. Sick children at home, personal burdens, and stress at work can combine with frustrations in the classroom to create a negative attitude or outlook, and every teacher knows how one student having a negative day can derail a lesson for everyone. Vague ideas of sympathy and a safe learning environment cannot always get things back on track. 
Sometimes a clear, practical strategy for eliminating negativity is necessary. Edutopia recently shared ten such "negativity jammers." These strategies are useful both for the individual student who is being overpowered by negative feelings and for the entire classroom community. 

Things like a brief breathing exercise, and more fist-bumps and eye contact in the classroom can make your students more aware of their bodies' physical reactions to stress and how their bodies can be enlisted to fight off that stress. 

Other ideas such as short discussions of good news or priming your students with positive thoughts can help you, as the classroom teacher guide your class away from the negative reactions and emotions that so often sidetrack a lesson. 

Sometimes what is needed is to face the problems head on. That is when strategies such as the "stop" method can help a student to short circuit the neurological habit of negativity. 
Teaching Tips and Resources
Math Teaching Resources
Francis Bacon said, "If a man's wit be wanderinglet him study the mathematics."  Do you find that you need extra resources as you “study the mathematics”? Or perhaps you just want to understand math practices in a way that helps you to convey their meaning to your students’ practice of mathematics. Check out EDC’s Math Practices website to discover illustrations using Standards for Math Practices in the classroom. Implementing Standards for Mathematical Practices shares questions for developing mathematical thinking. If you want to learn more about standards of student practices, check out Math Proficiency Matrix. To further develop and integrate mathematical practices in instruction, consider a math coach. Talk to your IHPDS or administrator if you would like a math coach to build confidence in integrating math practices.
GEAR UP Science Recorded Webinar Series
Minneapolis Community Education has made available a three-part series of GEAR UP science webinars. You can view the recordings of these past webinars as well as access resources that deepen your learning. These videos and resources accomplish dual purposes of informing teachers about the GED® test science content and providing teaching strategies, lesson plans and curriculum resources. The science short-response writing is addressed in the third recorded webinar. 
High School Equivalency (HSE) Resources 
Free GED Ready® with Purchase of a GED® Test   
The GED Testing Service® is offering test takers a free GED Ready® practice test when they purchase a GED® test through the GED Marketplace website between February 15 and March 15. Find more details online.  
Professional Development Opportunities
Site Coordinator Series Webinars
T his spring, the Office of Adult Education  for the City of Philadelphia welcomes new and existing adult educators, administrators, and coordinators to join them for free professional development and training opportunities that will explore what it takes to establish and maintain a successful adult literacy program. The training will take place from February 10 to June 9 and will be facilitated by national and local experts in Adult Education. For more information, visit their  website.
Eight Self-paced Courses for Teachers of Students with Learning Disabilities
Discover new ideas for how to best work with adult students who have learning disabilities. The Learning 2 Achieve (L2A) suite of eight self-paced courses can help you to be ready for and manage the unique characteristics of these learners. Course topics include Definitions of Learning Disabilities; Legal Issues, Self-Disclosure and Confidentiality; Self-Determination; Workforce Preparation Strategies; Professional Guidance to Educating Adults; Learning Disabilities and Neuroscience; Learning Disabilities and English Language Learners; and Learning Disabilities and Accommodations. Learn more on the LINCS page for L2A.   
Webinar on the Skills of Incarcerated Adults
A webinar titled, "PIAAC Prison Study: An Overview of the Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults" will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 11:00am-12:00pm. Presented by the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)this webinar will present and discuss a recently released report that compares data on the skills and abilities of incarcerated adults to those in the average American household and their involvement in formal education, empowerment classes, and job training. This webinar is part of the  Research on International Studies in Education (RISE) webinar series. Register online
Developing Career Pathways for Adults – webinar recordings and presentation slides
The Developing Career Pathways for Adults Institute was held February 1-3. One hundred and seventy-eight people from across the state were able to attend one or more of the nine webinars. If you were not able to attend but would like to learn the valuable information that was presented, you can access the webinar recordings and the presentation slides on the PA Adult Education Resources website. 
WIOA Updates
WIOA Wednesdays - We Are WIOA Partners; Now What?
This webinar will discuss how you can build partnerships that serve both job seekers and employers and include such topics as the referral process and the WIOA performance system. This will be held 3:00-4:00pm on Wednesday, February 22, and you can learn more and register online on a first come, first served basis. 
WIOA Wednesdays - Implementing Comprehensive, Affiliate, and Co-location Requirements
Workforce GPS will hold a WIOA Wednesday webinar titled, Implementing Comprehensive, Affiliate, and Co-location Requirements: Pillars for an Integrated One-stop Delivery System on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm. A panel of presenters will discuss their experiences at the state and local level of building integrated service delivery models that meet the mission and the requirements of the America's Job Center network. You can register and learn more online. 
State and National Adult Education News
Family Literacy Policy Paper
The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Education has recently published a policy paper titled, " Changing the Course of Family Literacy ." Along with a discussion of the history and current situation of family literacy, this paper reports on what the authors learned by surveying all fifty states about their funding of family literacy over the past few decades. The case is also made for the continued funding of family literacy in America. 
Grants and Funding
Go to the COABE Conference in Florida with a Grant
Through the National Literacy Directory's Innovation Grant series, representatives from two organizations will be sent to the national conference for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) in Florida on April 2-5, 2017. They will receive free registration and $1000 travel stipend. You can find eligibility requirements online. Applications are due by February 27, 2017. 
Edutopia: How to Guide Teachers Who Are New to Grant Writing
You asked someone else to write a grant. GetEdFunding.com has a new post that might help you to get them going. Titled " How to Guide Teachers Who are New to Grant Writing ," this article seems aimed at the K-12 teaching population, but the series of tips can apply to any administrator who is working with a colleague as they write a grant proposal. Topics include writing about your passion, using teamwork, research, and others that first-time grant writers can find intimidating. 
Dollar General Grants up to $15,000
Adult Literacy Grants of up to $15,000 are offered by Dollar General for nonprofits who offer direct services in the areas of Adult Basic Education, high school equivalency preparation, or English language acquisition. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2017. 
TESOL Teacher of the Year Award Nominations
Outstanding English language teachers with three or more years in the classroom can apply or be nominated for the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teacher of the Year Award. More information about the criteria, the award, and the application process can be seen online
PA Adult Education Resources
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