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Friday, May 18, 2018

Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost for Treatment

Here is a link to a resource you may want to check out. It covers assistance for children with learning disabilities, but I decided to share. Lots of good stats you may want to use when educating those in your adult ed program. I also know you may have a child for whom you are advocating. Hope you find it useful. If you have a favorite informative site, please share so others can have access to it as well.


Happy Friday!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Become a Special Learning Needs Specialist

If you are an Illinois Adult Education instructor and have recently become a Standards Proficient instructor or are considering completing this training, please check out continuing on the professional pathways to become a Special Learning Needs Specialist

Listed below are listed the requirements for SLN Specialist. If you have already completed the Institute, you are very close to meeting all the SLN Specialist requirements! Feel free to contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu if you have questions or would like to talk through this process.
  • Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists
    • Application of CCR Innovations with a Special Learning Needs emphasis in analyzing resources to maximize teaching materials and revising a resource and curriculum to meet learning needs of students (part of Institute)
  • Technology Resources for Special Learning Needs in the Adult Education Classroom
  • Testing Accommodations and the GED®
  • Sign up for SLN Blog
  • Presenting an Effective Training Presentation
I hope you will continue the training for SLN Specialist and serve your program and students in this capacity.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Developing Students' Metacognition in the Classroom

Thanks to Raylynn Stokes from South Suburban Community College for sharing the following:

To help my students develop their metacognitive skills, I give them an opportunity to practice recognizing what they don't understand to better comprehend their problems. Learning Journals of what they learned for the day, what was hard, and what was easiest for them is a great way to go back and review where they are having problems. I also try to make sure they show their thinking and their work on tests so they will really think and not guess. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Check this out! Workforce GPS: Your Weekly Disability and Employment Updates

Check out what's been happening in
Disability and Employment this week!
Title: Disability and Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are a great way for people with disabilities to gain entry into a number of well-paying occupations in the technology, manufacturing, construction, and health care industries. The technical assistance tools linked here range from WorkforceGPS resources, webinars, reports, and videos have been compiled to help you connect the pieces between the disability population and the expanding apprenticeship initiative.

New Release – County-level Disability Prevalence Reports
Want to learn about disability prevalence in your local area? ETA is pleased to highlight the newly released
 State Reports for County-level Data, which provide statistics on the number of people with disabilities for over 3,000 counties in the United States. Each State report includes counts and percentages broken down by county in tables and maps. This builds off the 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Windmills Training: Navigating Education and the Workplace through Accessibility

You won’t want to miss this amazing FREE professional development opportunity taking place April 10th in Bloomington!

Windmills Training: Navigating Education and the Workplace through Accessibility
This training is based on the “Windmills” curriculum and is designed to be a high-impact attitudinal training program that integrates disability into the spectrum of diversity awareness.  Join ICSPS and SIPDC team members for an upbeat daylong workshop aimed at raising awareness of the limitations often imposed on people with disabilities due to a lack of knowledge or low expectations. Participants will leave with strategies for success in engaging employers and navigating the educational landscape and work place. The training focuses on attitudes and human factors, but it also concerns issues including legal requirements and accommodation.
Target Audience:
         Adult Education Providers
Career & Technical Administrators & Faculty
ICAPS Team Teachers
Early School Leaver Transitions Programs
When: April 10, 2018
Where: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (lunch will be provided)
Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 East Empire Street
Bloomington, IL 61704
There is no fee to attend but on-line registration is required.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Thanks to everyone who attended my session at COABE this year. Thanks to all who shared ideas for increasing critical thinking and metacognitive skills!

Let's keep thinking and sharing our ideas to help each other. Please post below to share ideas you have found work with your students. No idea is too basic. 

Thanks to Julie Frost, District 214, and recent graduate of the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, for sharing her ideas:

Thinking aloud so they can hear my thought processes helps but usually I try to explain why we are doing what we are doing.  I sometimes pose it as a question to see what they can generate.  For example, I usually put a one page reading on one side of the paper and the comprehension exercises or questions on the backside.  I love to ask them why after they keep flipping the pages back and forth. They usually suggest that I'm trying to be eco-friendly.  I tell them that and I am exercising their minds because they have to remember the information long enough to turn the paper over and write it down.  I also thinks it helps to prevent overt copying and helps them to paraphrase.  In summer school, I usually post a recipe for making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches outside in the hallway.  I ask the high school students to run out, read it and then come back and write down what they can remember.  It is a race between groups.  Only one member of each group can leave at a time.  It is so much fun.  Then they have to make it according to the directions they wrote down.  Eating it is the prize.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Congratulations to the newest Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists

Very proud of the hard work and dedication this group showed in completing the training in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists! So glad you are doing great work in Illinois!
Raylynn Stokes, South Suburban College, Joe Tully, Wilbur Wright College,
Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley College, Yolanda Bennett, Moraine Valley College,
Kristy Durkin, College of DuPage, Julie Frost, Township High School District 214,
Rhonda Barbeau, Township High School District 211, Patrick Lohan, Moraine Valley College,
Marilyn Benjamin, Oakton Community College