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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Upcoming webinars on Accommodations for the GED®

 Presenter: David Haugen, M.Ed., M.P.N.A
Date of Webinars: Friday, January 23rd, 2015
            Part I: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CST
            Part II: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. CST

Please note that it is possible to attend just one of the sessions (I or II) and both will be recorded to be made available for future use by programs/educators.

Background of Presenter: 
Dave has a teaching license in Adult Basic Education and has master’s degrees in Education (University of MN) and Public Administration (Metropolitan State University). He previously worked at Pearson VUE/GED Testing Service® L.L.C. in the area of testing accommodations, where he developed an understanding and passion for helping students/professionals to navigate the accommodations process in order to ensure that access is available to all learners with disabilities. Dave currently works in adult education for Minneapolis Public Schools, where he counsels, assess and supports GED® learners daily. Dave likewise presented at the regional conference in Effingham, IL this past November 2014 on testing accommodations for the GED® and will present again this March in Springfield at the regional conference.

Summary of January 23rd Accommodation training webinars:

Part I Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Testing Accommodations and the GED®: An Overview and Update for program/service providers
In this part I of II webinars, participants will receive a general overview of the accommodations process for the GED®.  Specific attention will be directed at differences between the 2002 paper based GED® and 2014 computer based test with respect to accommodations (i.e. process, role of staff, practice testing). This session will likewise explore examples of computer based testing accommodations and discuss how the new format may effect issues of access for learners. The webinar will conclude with an overview of key questions and factors for ABE programs to consider if assisting students in seeking accommodations on the GED®

Part II Session (1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Documentation Essentials: A how-to-guide for disability coordinators and advocates assisting students applying for accommodations
This session builds upon the earlier accommodations webinar but spends most of the time delving into the accommodation request forms and documentation guidelines for the GED®. The webinar provides many screen shots of sample requests/documentation examples and outlines what exactly is needed for a request to be considered complete (i.e. rationale, functional limitations).  The session concludes with a broader overview of the ADA legislation and a consideration of additional measures to assist/advocate for learners beyond applying for accommodations.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Check out this youtube link on neuroplasticity

Christine Decker of Parkland shares a great link they use in their new student orientation:
During new student orientation, we share new research shows that the brain is actually more like a muscle; it changes and gets stronger when you use it. When you practice and learn new things, connections in the brain get stronger and multiply. In the scientific world this is called NEUROPLASTICITY

Then we show this video:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Using a self-monitoring chart to teach responsibility and build self-esteem

Submitted by Janet Young of Spoon River College, Adult Education Advisor
Janet is part of the central SLN Institute

I am trying to teach students responsibility.  Part of that responsibility is coming to class.  The teacher and I both give lots of positive verbal feed back to those that are sitting in their seats, notebooks out and ready to start class right on time.  We also try to build their self-esteem by showing them where they were at at the beginning of class, to where they are now by using the progress they have made on their writing, post-testing, vocabulary and math.  Everyday we have them fill out a self-monitoring chart on the progress they have made just for that day.  We started at the beginning of class by having them write down the reason they wanted to come to GED class.  Then at the end of each class period, they have to write down what they accomplished that day towards their goal, one thing they learned that day and what they could do to improve something they are struggling with.  We do this in the last 15 min. of the class and then ask anyone if they want to share.  We have found when they are proud of themselves for something they learn, they love to stand up and brag about it.  The rest of the class usually claps and is excited for them.  The students that maybe struggling will sometimes talk about something that is going on with them that is making it hard for them to reach their goals, but the rest of the class is supportive and encourages them to keep trying.  I have found that they are willing to help each other and work better in groups by doing this self-monitoring chart this year. Plus it also helps us know our students better and how we can help them.  It is a good monitoring tool for us, because if the student keeps writing down the same thing that they are struggling with, day after day, it helps us to see that we need to teach in a different way, or go back and spend more time on that subject.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Special Learning Needs Southern Group Meets at Olney Central College

The day was gloomy last Friday but the southern group was upbeat and worked hard at the initial meeting of the SLN Institute.

This Friday, October 17th will be the first group online meeting. See you in the virtual classroom!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Northern SLN Group Meets at Waubonsee

Our northern group met for the first time last Friday, October 3 at Waubonsee. Thanks to everyone for their efforts!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Central SLN Group Begins Training

Thanks to all of the great educators who worked collaboratively last Friday to begin the Special Learning Needs Institute at Parkland.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sign up now for SLN Institue beginning this fall

Be sure to check out the application for the the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists beginning this fall all around Illinois. Click the link on the right side of the blog to learn about training at Waubonsee, Parkland, and Olney Central. Choose the one closest to you!