This three-part series of webinars examined the way implicit racial bias shows up in adult education and how it creates inequity for learners. First, we look at implicit bias — what it is and how we can both face it and work constructively to change it. Second, we share classroom materials and strategies that both teach about equity in the context of basic skills and make your classroom more inclusive and relevant to all. In our third and final webinar, we showcase programs that made changes to make racial equity a key part of their program practices. The webinars took place in April, 2021. Cynthia Peters, editor of The Change Agent, led the webinar series.
Webinar 1: April 13, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Implicit Bias” (view recording/view slides)
Implicit bias shows up in all individuals, organizations, and institutions. This webinar investigates how racial bias shows up in ourselves and in our field, and we propose solutions — some short-term and some long-term.
Webinar 2: April 20, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Classroom Strategies for Talking about Race” (view recording/view slides)
In this interactive webinar, we share ideas about how to use relevant, student-written content to help students understand topics like race, racism, inequity, inequality; how to use this understanding to navigate their lives in the United States; and how these conversations can build stronger connections between students.
Riva Pearson, ESOL teacher at JVS in Boston, co-presented this webinar.
Webinar 3: April 27, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Action Steps for Programs and the Field Addressing Racial Equity” (view recording/view slides)
In this webinar, we offer various steps that programs and the field can take to move towards equity in adult education. We explore how you can use orientation and other program-wide policies and practices, along with hiring and staffing policies, that help you address equity. We also investigate how we can advocate for changes in our field that will help reduce racial inequity.
Note: Carmine Stewart, President and CEO of Aspire Consulting and Educational Services, and Vice President of Programming at Seeds of Literacy in Cleveland, Ohio, co-presented this webinar.
Using the “Pandemic” issue of The Change Agent in the Classroom
This webinar focuses on the new issue of The Change Agent on the pandemic. This issue is full of powerful, multi-level writings by students about how they are coping with the virus at home, in their communities, and at work. Activities and discussion questions aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards make this classroom-ready, and our online features (including audio versions of articles) make this a great resource for distance learning.
Introducing the Transforming Distance Education Course!
– Getting Started with Distance Education & Blended Learning
– Outreach, Screening, & Orientation: Supporting Distance Learners from the Start
– Effective Distance and Blended Learning Instruction
– Assessment in Distance and Blended Learning
Access the webinar to learn about the skills you will gain, digital micro-credentials available, and options for adapting the learning content in your own professional learning initiatives.
Voter Education, Registration, and Action…during a Pandemic!
Skillful Navigating and Advising from a Distance
As instruction moves online in response to the pandemic, many adult learners are facing challenges that require skillful advising and navigating. Onboarding and supporting online learning, job searching, connection to essential resources, advocacy, career exploration and emotional support are just a few ways that instructors and navigators are increasing their advising services. Some of the challenges are: what information to share, where to share it, and how often? How to support learners as they transition to online learning, navigate complex job search, connect to social services and continue career exploration? In this webinar, you will identify a specific need you have related to the advising and navigating part of your work, and identify a strategy and a tool that will help you address that need.
Presenter: Dani Scherer, Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, National College Transition Network (NCTN), World Education, Inc.
Adult ELLs: Student Engagement and Learning. What does that look like in a time of crisis?
May 14, 2020 (listen here)
How can programs support adult learners with educational opportunities during this unique time? Is it realistic to expect learners to continue their education during a time of COVID? Some learners are telling us – Yes this is a critical time to be connected and continue learning. Being connected and part of routines is a best practice in times of crisis and uncertainty. Realizing where our students are on a social-emotional level and meeting them where they are is what adult educators can do now. Let’s share how we can adapt instruction into components that our students can connect with at this time. Finally, let’s reflect on and adapt our expectations and connect to the new, more immediate goals of our students.
Panelists: Heather Ritchie, Professional Development Specialist, joined by ESL teachers Genevieve Rene, Sheryl Sherwin, Lindsey Crifasi @ Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, Washington DC
Cultivating Champions for Adult Education – The Who, How and Now of It
Feb. 13, 2020 (listen here)
Join us in this conversation where adult education program staff will share, question and learn about cultivating literacy champions. We will explore how staff, instructors and students can share information with people from other areas – funders, policy-makers, neighbors, and potential new volunteers, teachers or staff – about the field of adult education. We want to make information stick out and stick in people’s minds! We want people to hear and remember about the impact our work is having in our communities. And, finally, we want people to help us take action to support the amazing students that we work with – whether via funding, advocacy, or word-of-mouth.
Leslie Haslam (Exeter Adult Education)
Judy Mortrude (World Education, Inc.)
Heather Ritchie (Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School)
Census 2020 Activities for Adult Education Classrooms & Programs
Jan. 28, 2020 (listen here)
In this webinar, we’ll hear about resources and activities aimed at mobilizing adult education students and their communities to get out the census count! The teaching resources we will share address census basics (what it is, why it matters, and how to participate) as well as census issues (such as past misuse of census data and what’s different now) as they build language, literacy, and numeracy skills. We will also share examples of program-wide campaigns that energize students and give them an opportunity to practice their leadership and civic skills.
This webinar is part of a series, sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy and its member partners, to educate and mobilize the field to support a full census count. The decennial U.S. census data collection determines the resources and representation your community will receive for the next decade. To see other webinars in the series and find educational resources, please go to NELRC’s Stand Up and Be Counted/Census page.
Jennifer Gagliardi (Milpitas Unified School District)
Stephanie Kriebel (San Mateo Adult and Career Education)
Andy Nash (World Education, Inc.)
Heather Ritchie (Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School)
Census 2020 and Adult Education: a Call to Action
Dec. 4, 2019 (listen here)
The decennial U.S. Census data collection determines the resources and representation your community will
receive for the next decade. The high-profile argument over a potential citizenship question is expected to
have a chilling effect on the response rates of hard-to-count populations, which include many of the adults
we serve—foreign-born individuals, low-income households, people of color, rural residents, and children
under 5. Family literacy and adult education programs have important roles to play in reaching out to these
hard-to-count communities and supporting community efforts to bring out the count. For this reason,
the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has taken on Census education as a priority goal for 2020.
In this webinar, attendees will learn about Census 2020 directly from Census Bureau representatives and
hear from NCL members about the unique role adult education can play in the 2020 count. This webinar will
outline how and why the Census happens, how people can respond, how to mobilize your community around
Census complete counts, and how to incorporate the Census into adult education programs and content.
Michele Diecuch (ProLiteracy)
Cathy Hartz (Census Bureau)
Tabitha Stickel (Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Penn State)
Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community — featuring California’s Adult Education Program
Oct. 11, 2019 (listen here)
Census 2020 is critical! An undercount of your community will mean a loss of resources and representation for the next decade. Adult education programs like yours can make a difference.
The National Coalition for Literacy – adult education’s largest umbrella organization – is supporting Census 2020 awareness & capacity building efforts. This webinar will highlight California’s campaign to prepare and connect adult education learners to Census jobs.
Neil Kelly of the California Adult Education Program office will discuss the development and outcomes of work with adult education programs and students across the state. John Werner of the Sequoia Adult Education program will share their Census Enumerator job preparation program resources.
Archived 2019 Webinars
Building a Teacher Pipeline
Jan. 11, 2019 (listen here)
The field is facing a wave of staff retirements and the on-going challenge of teacher retention. Many programs are also committed to building a staff that reflects the diversity of their students. Hear how two programs – one primarily ABE and college prep, the other primarily ESOL at all levels – are nurturing teacher pathways for their graduates, moving them from volunteers all the way up to certified teachers.
Don Sands and Manny Knaggs, X-Cel Education
Kevin O’Connor and Luby da Silva, Framingham Adult ESL Plus
Where Math and ELA Skills Overlap
Jan. 18, 2019 (listen here)
Did you know that certain math standards reinforce the standards for reading and writing and vice versa? For example, the math standard #3 — construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others — is very similar to the reading and writing standards that push students to be able to say *why* they think what they think and to make arguments using evidence. Furthermore, math and ELA present overlapping opportunities to teach key basic skills, including: learn complex/nuanced vocabulary, read directions carefully and respond appropriately, organize information, and describe/narrate steps for solving a problem. In this webinar, we will explore these areas of overlap and give you some activities to try out in the classroom.
Cynthia Peters, World Education
Accessing Free Mobile Learning Apps for ESOL and Literacy
Feb. 7, 2019 (listen here)
In this webinar, we’ll discuss the requirements, strategies, and timeline of the XPRIZE Communities Competition for those who have joined or are thinking of joining Team WorldEd. We’ll hear about the recruitment strategies being planned and implemented by team members and check in about what assistance and recruitment materials team members would find helpful.
Silja Kallenbach, World Education
Jen Vanek, World Education
Pre-webinar: Read about the Adult Literacy XPRIZE finalist apps at https://tinyurl.com/yd4drjsp
Teaching Critical Thinking and Argumentation
Feb. 21, 2019 (listen here)
There is solid guidance available to help instructors use evidence-based practices to teach math, ELA, or ESOL. But what do we know about teaching critical thinking? Join us to learn specific ways to sharpen analytic skills and help students develop an argument, evaluate evidence, and spot the “logical fallacies” (slippery slope, strawman, etc.) that mislead people and reflect poor argumentation.
Amy Trawick, CALLA
Pre-webinar: A lesson example will be sent out for review in advance of the webinar.
IET programs: how are they evolving?
March 8, 2019 (listen here)
Two years ago, many adult education programs were implementing their pilot rounds of IET programming. In this webinar, we reconnect with programs that contributed to our IET webinar series in 2016 to find out how their IET programming has developed as they adapt to changes in the economy, learn from past mistakes, build on their strengths, and form new relationships.
Tyla McCaffrey-Pimentel, Genesis Center, Providence, RI
Lyn Warne, RSU 39, Aroostook, Maine
Maureen Moreira, Asian American Community Association, Boston, MA
Pre-webinar: Please listen to our presenters describe their IET programming in 2016.
- IET in ESOL programs: https://tinyurl.com/y9blpfxg
Tyla presents about their culinary arts and healthcare programming (19:10-30:00)
Maureen presents about their building maintenance (30:20-42:10)
- IET in rural programs: https://tinyurl.com/yb8gdzla
Lyn presents about their boiler operator program (48:25-1:04:00)
Addressing implicit bias in the classroom
April 9, 2019 (listen here)
We all harbor implicit, unconscious bias based on the images and messages that have surrounded us throughout our lives. These biases follow us into the classroom, as do our political views, spiritual beliefs, and cultural assumptions. This webinar focuses on how to become aware and acknowledge our biases, and how to deal with their appearance in the classroom.
Cynthia Peters, World Education
Andy Nash, World Education
Pre-webinar: Please come to the webinar prepared to share one example of implicit bias that you have either: 1) witnessed, 2) experienced yourself, or 3) expressed yourself. If you would like to take one of Harvard’s implicit bias tests, you can find them here: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html
Incorporating Technology to Support Workforce Skills
May 2, 2019 (listen here)
How does a focus on workforce skills shift the way we incorporate technology into instruction? What tools are most useful and how do they prepare adults for the workplace? This webinar will share digital strategies for improving learning and training, mentoring and support, assessment, and job search and placement. We’ll discuss innovative program models and lessons from integrating technology tools in programs across the country.
Priyanka Sharma, World Education
Kathleen O’Connell, World Education
Pre-webinar: In preparation for the webinar, think about a) what tech tools you are currently using in your program/class, and b) in what capacity (for communication, extended learning, career exploration, etc.)
Differentiated supervision and support
May 13, 2019
Changes in the field have given rise to new positions (such as career navigator or transitions counselor), new courses (such as IET), and new instructor qualifications (such as digital literacy), adding complexity to the supervision demands on program managers. This webinar will focus on differentiated supervision of an occupationally diverse staff as the field changes.
Luanne Teller, World Education
Kristin Hempel, EastCONN
Pesha Black, Holyoke CC
Pre-webinar: Before the webinar, please review these Characteristics of Differentiated Supervision and reflect on how they show up in your own program.
Communicating/Marketing Adult Education’s Value
May 21, 2019 (listen here)
Under WIOA, the job description of program managers has changed in many ways. Directors now need to be able to network with workforce, education, and other community partners; “market” adult education’s value; build partnerships; and braid funding. Hear from program directors that have made this transformation and have things to say about it. Bring your thoughts and questions.
Deanna Strand, Dover Adult Learning Center
Karisa Tashjian, RI Family Literacy Initiative, Providence Public Library
Pre-webinar: Find related resources in NELRC’s archive, specifically:
- Employer Engagement webinar: https://tinyurl.com/y7tkhl2y
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock presents on how to talk to employers to place immigrant job-seekers (32:00-47:00)
The Director of Workforce Development at a Boston hospital discusses what they look for and how to engage them (57:00-1:17:30)
- Building Partnerships webinar: https://tinyurl.com/y8rdmlzk
Karisa Tashjian talks about marketing workplace education to employers (5:45-21:30)
Getting more from your data
May 30, 2019 (listen here)
Data can help demonstrate your program’s effectiveness as help you solve persistent challenges. But you need to ask it the right questions. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies to use your program data to help you strengthen programming, address equity, and improve marketing and promotion.
Priyanka Sharma, World Education
Preparing for the 2020 Census
June 4, 2019 (listen here)
The Constitution requires that a census of US residents be taken every ten years in order to determine each state’s number of Congressional representatives and the apportionment of billions of federal dollars (including adult education funding). This webinar will review how the 2020 Census works, why it matters, challenges that threaten a full population count, and how adult education programs and libraries can help adults understand and participate in the 2020 Census.
Andy Nash, World Education