Check out the latest issue of The Change Agent - Transportation
Transportation is a big deal. It's how we get to work, school, medical appointments, the store, and home. How we get around informs how we feel. Do we arrive at work or school and then back home to our children feeling stressed from crowded buses and long waits for transfers? Or do we come and go with a fair amount of confidence that we'll be on time, and that our transportation is accessible and dependable? With this issue of The Change Agent, learners have a chance to use this highly relevant topic as an entry point to improving their reading, writing, and math skills. Teachers will find CCR-aligned activities that help ensure they are equipping students with the skills they need for college and careers. A special section (pp. 44-49) on work in the transportation industry includes an exploration of career pathways. There are also opportunities for research, learning about your own local transit system, and taking action steps.
Building Integrated Education and Training Programs: Tested Strategies and New Endeavors
This series of webinars highlights 9 programs, drawn from around the country, that are developing new services or honing well-established programs that integrate education and training. Presenters describe their local context and program design, discuss the impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) on program choices, and describe their partnerships.
Webinar #1: Implementing IET in Rural Settings
Rural settings present particular challenges for IET programs, such as a limited number of jobs in any one sector, transportation and childcare barriers, or inconsistent internet access. This webinar focuses on varied strategies that have shown promise in three rural states: Virginia, Minnesota, and Maine.
Webinar #2: IET within ESL Programs
Dec. 1, 2016, 2:00-3:30 (EST)
English language learners arrive in this country with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. IET programs can accelerate their access to decent jobs by building on that experience in training and job-focused language and math classes. This webinar highlights programs in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Texas that are offering IET in culinary arts, building maintenance, and entrepreneurship.
Webinar #3: Contextualized Variations of I-BEST
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:00-3:30 (EST)
The I-BEST model pioneered in Washington state continues to inspire and inform states and programs across the US. The spirit of innovation is evident in the programs represented in this webinar through their customized approach to addressing the challenges of adult basic education students via team teaching, redesigned program structure, collaboration, and contextualized curricula. Programs are from Mississippi, Kansas, and New York.
The Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign of 2016 is a non-partisan effort designed for adult learners and program staff in the New England states. Its goal is to educate adults about voting, participatory democracy, and current election issues, and to mobilize them to vote in the 2016 elections.
On our VERA pages, access a host of teaching resources (including an upcoming online voter guide based on adult students' questions to the candidates), prepare students to register and participate in the election, and help us gather data that shows elected officials that adult students vote!
Although the election is months away, VERA offers activities that build background knowledge about the purpose and history of voting, develop media literacy, and help adults compare candidate platforms to their own beliefs. Right before election time, VERA programs are invited to join a regional mock election to practice the process and see how adult students' votes compare to the national results. Visit VERA to check out the resources and join us in practicing the art of democracy!