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Virtual Training Institute (VTI) - June 8-10, 2020 - Adult Education and Literacy Services

Join us for Maryland's second Adult Education Virtual Training Institute (VTI) taking place on June 8 through June 10, 2020. This opportunity will provide targeted, innovative, and thoughtful professional development offerings for instructors and program leadership. Participation is open to all and the content is offered at no cost. Sessions vary from 30-minute teaching tips to 1-hour conceptual discussions around topics specific to adult education. Together we can strengthen the instructional foundation in Maryland and improve student outcomes.

Registration is now available: Each session requires individual registration. Click the "Registration" link for each session of interest. Proof of participation can be provided for attendance in a live session. Proof of participation requires registration and attendance using personalized GoToWebinar link. All sessions will be recorded. Recordings and handouts for each session can be found on the VTI site at the completion of the Institute.

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Content from the original Institute can be found in "The Archive" tab on the VTI site.
Printable Schedule

Below is a preliminary list of sessions that will be available
Registration links will be available soon. To be notified when registration is available, please complete the participation interest form online.

June 8 - 9:00 a.m., 1 hour
Meeting Students' Needs: Providing Essential Skills through Rigorous Instruction

Students are continually faced with complex language demands in a variety of contexts - in academics, careers, and their personal lives. As ESL instructors, we need to provide instruction that equips them to handle those demands even at the beginning levels. This presentation discusses how teachers can incorporate academic language, critical thinking skills, and various language strategies, and provides a few concrete examples of how to tweak lessons to address the needs of learners.

June 8 - 10:00 a.m., 30 minutes
Creating a Culturally Sustaining Curriculum for Adult Learners

This presentation takes the participant through the theory behind culturally relevant, culturally responsive, and culturally sustaining andragogy. Participants will learn how to evaluate their curriculum and incorporate the culturally sustaining model into adult education, knowing that adult education frequently has a test-based end goal.

June 8 - 11:00 a.m., 1 hour
Measures of Central Tendency

This presentation employs digital literacy strategies to support student understanding of central tendencies (mean, median, mode). Participants will learn how to integrate real-life exa.m.ples to keep students engaged. This lesson has been utilized in PreGED Math.

June 8 - 12:00 p.m., 1 hour
Need Help Implementing Digital Literacy? Explore the DLF Instructor Implementation Guide

Increased digital literacy, a necessary component of adult education, provides adult learners with skills applicable for life, academia, and employment. The Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners (DLF), launched in 2019, highlights elements of digital literacy to provide guidance to administrators, instructors, and students. This presentation launches the DLF Implementation Guide, a curation of resources to support instructors in the classroom. Participants of this presentation will have an opportunity to explore the DLF Implementation Guide.

June 8 - 1:00 p.m., 1 hour
Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Classroom

This presentation employs digital literacy strategies to support student understanding of central tendencies (mean, median, mode). Participants will learn how to integrate real-life examples to keep students engaged. This lesson has been utilized in PreGED Math.

June 8 - 2:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Parents as Students and Teachers

This presentation explores adult learning theory and barriers to adult/parent participation in their own education. We will look at ways parents can create engaging activities to help children (and themselves) learn essential skills that are required for success in the world of work. This session will touch on the need for the development of a structured family literacy program.

June 8 - 3:00 p.m., 1 hour
Principles of Andragogy

In this virtual workshop and presentation we will focus on exploring what andragogy and its principles are and how do we transition from traditional views we have on pedagogy into the adult education setting. We will acquire the knowledge on how to use most effective tools for a successful andragogical educational experience. Finally we will take a look at familiar 'learner profiles' and come up with creative ways of strategy application.

June 9 - 9:00 a.m., 30 minutes
EDPuzzle for Adult Education

EdPuzzle allows teachers to assign video content to their students in a way that is accessible, assessable, and fun! This tool allows you to assign videos to your students, embed questions into the videos, and see exactly what parts of the video students viewed. In this presentation, we will learn how to find and add questions videos, check answers, and integrate EdPuzzle with your LMS. Finally, we'll explore how to create your own videos on EdPuzzle and use recordings of classes to make sure absent students don't fall behind.

June 9 - 10:00 a.m., 30 minutes
Your Class Can Use a Podcast

During this presentation, you will learn if podcasting is an option for your classroom. We will cover the basics of podcasting and brainstorm ideas for use in your adult learning classroom; for example, if you teach multi-level groups of students in one room, podcasting may enable you to be two places at once. From homework to extra practice, this resource may be a fun and useful tool for you and your students.

June 9 - 11:00 a.m., 1 hour
Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is ideal for multi-level classes as well as leveled classes. PBL leads itself to teach several skills within one project. The project can be spread out throughout the semester to reinforce skills taught. It provides an opportunity for students of different skill levels to work on a common topic and to share their knowledge of this topic with each other. PBL is not only skills and knowledge enhancing, but it also builds cooperation, teamwork, creativity, social skills, self-esteem, and presentation skills.

June 9 - 12:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Learning Differences and Language Instruction: A MOOC Course Review

Students learning English face many barriers on their way to language acquisition. This presentation will highlight insights and information learned from a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) done by Lancaster University titled, Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching. The information provided in this review can increase awareness of learning differences for English language instructors.

June 9 - 1:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Adult ESL & Technology: Integrating into the Classroom

Introducing technology to ESL adult classes can be challenging, even for tech savvy teachers. This presentation will highlight the important role technology can play in your classroom. It will highlight the importance of focusing on ways to effectively integrate technology use while also covering the importance of monitoring usage to effectively enhance lessons and improve student autonomy.

June 9 - 2:00 p.m., 1 hour
Blended for Best: Leveraging Hybrid Instruction

How can ESL instructors deliver quality instruction in a blended learning environment? This session explores one instructor’s experience developing and executing a blended learning course for low and intermediate English learners. We will review research and best practices and consider how to leverage the best of both online and in person learning. Participants will also be able to share their ideas and experiences.

June 9 - 3:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Making Every Math Minute Count

Engagement in learning thrives when instructors stimulate active student learning rather than merely deliver information. We will begin with a quick look at the scholarly literature on using games that target specific academic content. We will explore perfect options to foster mathematical knowledge. Join if you are interested in promoting intellectual openness, curiosity, and a positive classroom.

June 9 - 5:00 p.m., 1 hour
Design & Implementation of Distance Learning ESL

Teaching in a fully online setting can be complicated if you have never done it before. Participants in this session will hear from two Frederick Community College Instructors as they walk through the development and implementation of their ESL Distance Learning Pilot. They will provide insight into the curriculum planning, student recruitment, and troubleshooting process.

June 10 - 9:00 a.m., 30 minutes
Quiet... Empower Your Students to Figure it Out

Research shows that TTT (Teacher Talk Time) needs to be limited in order for students to gain the most benefit from the class. In this workshop participants will learn 5 strategies that will assist in lessening their TTT and empower students to speak more.

June 10 - 10:00 a.m., 30 minutes
A Timeline of Important Events in U.S. History

This presentation will detail different activities that could be used to reinforce students' understanding of important events in United States history. Having a solid understanding of these events will help the students to identify cause and effect relationships and understand the perspective of people during these time periods. In the presentation, a variety of ways to reinforce this content will be reviewed.

June 10 - 11:00 a.m., 1 hour
How can I help? Identifying and Supporting Students with Literacy Needs

Teachers often unsure what to do when faced with English learners with very low reading and writing abilities. Where should teachers start in identifying and instructing these students? Students come into our classes with varied educational backgrounds and some may be in need of explicit literacy instruction. This session examines the characteristics of students with literacy needs and provides suggestions of ways to support them in the classroom.

June 10 - 12:00 p.m., 1 hour
Self-Efficacy in the ABE Classroom

Learner retention is a struggle for most programs. Albert Badura's Social Cognitive Theory highlights the importance of learner self-efficacy to help learners feel motivated to attend class. Regular attendance means improved learner retention. Learner retention increases the chance that students will receive instruction for a duration that may result in moving up an educational functioning level. Instructors can help learners improve their learners' self-efficacy through some strategies and techniques. We will look at those strategies and how the instructor can work them into their everyday instruction.

June 10 - 1:00 p.m., 1 hour
Explore and Expand

The key to successful lessons begins with planning, but how do you engage students when topics are unfamiliar or uninteresting? Open that door with another key-connections! The CCRS encourage us to provide opportunities that promote critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills. Join me to discuss ways in which you can plan more effectively for active participation and in depth learning. Lessons come alive when you look beyond the pages of the text.

June 10 - 2:00 p.m., 1 hour
Supporting the Specialized Needs of Refugee Students

During this presentation, two instructors from Baltimore City Community College will share their experiences supporting refugees and other unique English learner populations. These populations traditionally experience obstacles separate from mainstream English learners. As community colleges, non-profits and other community organizations continue to admit student populations with new and varied academic backgrounds and socio-emotional experiences, it is imperative that tools are developed and skills taught for working with refugees and other unique populations.

June 10 - 3:00 p.m., 1 hour
Demystifying OER: What are they and how can they be used?

Open Education Resources offer high-quality, engaging, and free(!) options for learners and instructors. Yet they remain heavily underutilized by adult educators. During this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of what Open Educational Resources (OERs) are, along with tools and strategies to help them seamlessly integrate them into instruction to enhance learning and provide a wider range of opportunities for learners.

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