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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Integrating Hands-on Activities to Engage Your Students!

I have had a request from the field for more hands-on classroom ideas to engage adult ed students and to provide a richer learner experiences. I'm asking our experienced teachers who have become Special Learning Needs Specialists to post some of their ideas for our Illinois teachers. Let's use this "back to school" time  to think about reaching our students through differentiated instruction - especially through hands-on activities. Feel free to share your ideas whether you are a Specialist or not. Simple ideas welcome! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thanks for attending the COABE Webinar: Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Thanks to everyone who shared an hour with me on the COABE webinar. Please share with other educators one new way to apply explicit teaching of metacognition and critical thinking in your classroom. Click on the comment hyperlink to reply. Thanks for all you do to serve our students!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

COABE Webinar: Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Presented by:  
Sarah Goldammer 

Are you teaching your students to think about their thinking? Are you giving them opportunities to build their critical thinking skills to problem solve? Let's have fun together discovering metacognition activities, strategies, and lessons to build important thinking skills for success in class and in life. Teaching critical thinking is good for ALL students and especially important in reaching those with learning difficulties.

Webinar space is limited to 500 and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You will need your membership ID to register for this webinar.
Please contact membership@coabe.org if you have any questions.

Please Note: Certificates are automatically emailed 24 hours after the webinar has ended.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Foundations of Special Learning Needs

Thanks to the newly created Foundations of Special Learning Needs  groups that met at UIC and at Shawnee Community College for your participation and insight into how to best meet the needs of our adult education students! 

Please post below your application exercise using one strategy for student-centered teaching. Please share how your students benefited from this activity. Please also share any suggestions you have for other teachers as they plan to incorporate your idea. Check back to read other participants experiences.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Foundations of Special Learning Needs at UIC

Thanks for the great work from all of the educators who attended the Foundations of Special Learning Needs training at UIC last Friday! Check back on the SLN Blog to read the posts from the participants as they apply what they have learned!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Preparing Students with ASD for College and Career

As the number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, many students with ASD are now graduating from high school with the goal of entering postsecondary education and the workforce. Unfortunately, research indicates that most graduates with autism will have “a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose – working, continuing school, living independently, socializing and participating in the community, and staying healthy and safe. To complicate matters, many such youth begin their journey into adulthood by stepping off a services cliff” (Roux, et al, 2015, p. 8).  Part of this might be understood as resulting from the limited availability of appropriate services in adulthood. But some of the responsibility can be attributed to the limited or, at times, simply inadequate, transition programming provided by schools.
Join ICSPS for a day of exploring resources, discussing strategies and engaging in dialogue around supporting students with ASD as they transition to postsecondary and the workforce. This day long workshop will explore the Autism Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) project – the resources that have been developed to be used by students with ASD, their family members, secondary and postsecondary educators and staff, employers, and members of the community, to better understand the transition process, the unique barriers faced by individuals with ASD, and to assist in working towards or providing equitable access in the workplace/postsecondary setting.

Event Information
April 26, 2019
9:30am – 2:30pm
Holiday Inn & Suites
3202 East Empire Street
Bloomington, IL 61704
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Swipe Right for Digital Literacy: Take Your Adult Learners from Analog to Digital

Mandy Dwyer shares ideas and provides
direction to the IACEA participants!
Mandy Dwyer, Cathy Kramer and Ramien Manson of Joliet Junior College provided an interesting IACEA session on integrating technology into tutoring, into the adult education classroom, and into Workforce Development program. Mandy and Cathy are Special Learning Needs Specialists as part of the ICCB Instructional Staff Professional Pathways. In this capacity, they serve as expert resources within their program providing insight into reaching the needs of special learners through effective instructional strategies. They also serve the entire state when they share interactive resources that can be immediately used to increase digital literacy among students, including those with adaptive needs. We certainly “like” the way they are teaching and reaching by providing inclusive instructional tools!
Cathy Kramer inspires with her wealth
 of knowledge and experience!

Thanks to Cathy and Mandy for making a difference! To learn more about becoming a Special Learning Needs Specialist, contact Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu.