Check out the latest issue of The Change Agent - When We Fight, We Win
When we fight, what might we win? In this issue, writers share their stories of struggle and reflect on the large and small things they have won in the process. Maybe by fighting, they achieved their goal. Or maybe they didn't achieve their goal yet, but by being in the fight, they've made friends, created community, used their voice, navigated a hard struggle, and discovered their power. What else might you win when you engage in the fight — whether it's an internal battle or a struggle to create social and political change? Read on to find out.
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
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.
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View the syllabus for the Business Basics entrepreneurship course at Community Action
View the syllabus and internship agreement for the Building Maintenance course at AACA
Webinar #3: Contextualized Variations of I-BEST
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!