Will I see you at #COABE17? Visit Booth 145!

In rainy Ohio, I’m packing my bags for sunny Florida. Tomorrow I’m super excited to be at COABE tosupport a new exhibitor: ASPIRE Consulting.

Based on her pioneering dissertation, Dr. Carmine Stewart piloted a series of techer education courses that is available to the public for the first time. Cleveland State University is hosting the seven-course Adult Literacy Master Teacher CE Program. Launch is tentatively scheduled for this summer.

What makes Dr. Stewart’s courses different than what’s already available?

1. Teacher education over professional development

The 15-week courses allow for enough depth to truly absorb and apply key concepts and techniques. Dr. Stewart is an experienced Adjunct Professor for future teachers in multiple CSU departments, and her courses are truly transformative.

If adult literacy instructors have any hope of professionalization, we need true teacher education. Adult literacy instructors are asked to teach content from K-12 grade for the students who didn’t get it the first time. Our students are the most likely to have significant barriers to learning. Yet how many of the 75% of adult literacy instructors who work part-time receive adequate training for such a demanding role? The Master Adult Literacy Teacher program fills this critical need.

2. Topics grounded in research

Dr. Stewart’s dissertation on “Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Adult Literacy Education” identified several deficiencies in the skills of adult literacy instructors. These skills were then developed into a series of courses already piloted with adult literacy instructors, and shown to improve teacher preparation in these key areas.

3. Performance-based over completion-based

How many times have you sat through a workshop, and at the end still weren’t sure how to apply what you learned? Unfortunately, as a teacher trainer myself, I sometimes see this happen to participants in my own workshops. One hour or three hours is not enough time for the cycle of study, practice, and feedback necessary to truly master a new skill.

These facilitated 15-week courses will allow plenty of time for adult literacy teachers to grow together, and demonstrate the skills necessary to teach our nation’s most vulnerable adult learners.

Please stop by ASPIRE booth #145 for a fun sample lesson, and to find out more about Dr. Stewart’s Master Adult Literacy Teacher program!

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