Sponsored by the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center - part of the Illinois Community College Board Service Center Network

Monday, April 14, 2014

Enhancing Support for Special Populations through Understanding Neurodiversity

ICSPS invites you to join Dr. Ann P. McMahon for an engaging and informative day learning to serve learners through an understanding of neurodiversity.  Dr. McMahon will provide an overview of the research on how attachment, scarcity, trauma and response to failure form neurodiverse patterns in the brain.  Participants will be invited to apply the research to create strategies that accommodate neurodiverse learners in their classrooms.  Through an increased understanding of neurodiversity, workshop attendees will be better equipped to support learners to consider, pursue and succeed in both traditional and nontraditional careers.
Target Audience
Secondary and Postsecondary Administrators and Adult Education Providers

Address: Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
201 Broadway Street
Normal, IL 61761

Date & Time 
May 21, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Visit the link below for more information or to register:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Congratulations to Illinois Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists

Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists Central/Southern Group – 2013-14

Ben McDaniel, Illinois Community College Board, Monica Grove, Olney Central College, Monica Foster, John Wood Community College, Sandra Hoffmann, Heartland Community College

Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists   Northern Group – 2013-14

Beverly Gage, Richard Daley College, Sarah Goldammer, SLN trainer, Ellen Lindsey, Greater West Town Training Partnership, Gail Carpenter-Bonds, South Suburban College, Camille Johnson, South Suburban College, Pam Carpenter, William Rainey Harper College, Venise Hayes, South Suburban College, Andrea Young, Parkland College, Erica Humphrey, South Suburban College, Evette Fortenberry, Olive Harvey College

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Building Rapport with 10-Minute Interview

 Looking for ways to get to know your students better? Build rapport? Know how to guide and manage instruction? Increase retention? Use the link below to view a video on the SIPDC website role playing an introductory interview with a new student in adult education.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Fresh Ideas from the Field of Adult Education

I love using music in my classroom, and that can be done in a variety of ways. I most enjoy using music when I teach poetry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website has great ideas for incorporating music into one's curriculum. When I was teaching high school, I taught a novel about the Vietnam War to a sophomore English class. After reading the book and studying the political/historical background of that time period, I had the students work on power points in groups of three and four. Their assignment was to find political protest songs to use in their power point presentations. When we were reading something by Maya Angelou in our GED class last year, I told them how even today, young people/performers are influenced by the works of authors, even those no longer with us. I brought in Alicia Keyes song called Caged Bird. That provided me the opportunity to share with them poetry by Langston Hughes, poetry in which he writes about a "caged bird" and, of course, talk about Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Submitted by: Camille Johnson, Instructor/Coordinator, Adult Education, South Suburban College

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Advance Organizer 101

Check out a new online training available on the iLEARN site! Advance Organizer 101 is training directly from national expert Neil Sturomski. 

A graphic organizer is a great learning and teaching tool! An advance organizer uses a visual depiction of the information as it’s explained and helps individuals classify previously learned material with new information in an organized way. 
This training is available online and qualifies for Illinois adult education professional development hours. Email sipdctrainer@gmail.com and ask for the code to sign up for this free training.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stuck on an Escalator Question
What do you do in your classroom to promote critical thinking and problem solving skills?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crouching Tiger Hidden Entrance -keres khan

What about you and your program?

After you watch this short video, think about your classroom, program, and your students. What do you do to make students welcome? What can you do to enhance your classroom and your program?