Teacher Academy



I’m Meagen Farrell, author and trainer.

I wrote Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book available from New Readers Press and designed instructional materials for Essential Education. I currently provide consulting and training for non-profits, colleges, and schools.

Are you looking to:

  • Get started teaching in a literacy or workforce program?
  • Improve your literacy program outcomes?
  • Prepare students for computer-based testing?
  • Use contextualized instruction to prepare teens and adults for the workforce?
  • Increase passing rates on the GED, TASC or HiSET exams*?

I can help! Email Meagen Farrell, call 216.973.4977, or schedule a time to discuss your organization’s needs.

Custom webinars & in-person training

I can provide an engaging, practical training for your organization or group ranging from a one-hour webinar, a three-hour workshop, or a multi-day instructor preparation event. Here are some hot topics that have been requested:

  • Your Students Can Pass the Writing on the GED Test
  • Top FREE Websites for Workforce Development & GED/HiSET/TASC Prep
  • Stop Trafficking! How teachers & advisors can get involved
  • Explore and evaluate college & career advising tools
  • Make & Take: Fun, Free Mustard Seed Books for Low Level Readers
  • Exciting Strategies to Prepare Adults for Career Readiness
  • Crowdfunding: Tips & Tricks for Success

Through the years, it has been my privilege to help AmeriCorps members, America Reads tutors, school teachers, librarians, volunteers, and non-profit administrators. Together we find fun ways to apply the science of adult learning to improve educational outcomes. I can help your team understand and respond to changes in technology, assessments, and performance measures. My goal is to make sure your organization stays focused on its mission, not external demands.

You can bring any of my exciting trainings to your organization! Email Meagen Farrell, call 216.973.4977 to discuss your organization’s needs.

NEW! Online short courses

Are you looking for awesome FREE resources to teach your students? I have adapted or compiled some of my favorite FREE teaching tools in one place that is easily accessible for your students on ANY device: http://courses.farrellink.com

Each of my online courses involves a series of short presentations followed by activities for you to apply the free resources with your students.

Try it today!


Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education

I visited Bristol, CT to facilitate a well-attended workshop with a wonderful group of adult educators on Teaching Adults: Exciting Strategies and Technology for GED Test Preparation. CAACE provides “leadership in advancing the concept of lifelong learning,and to conduct, promote, and sponsor professional development conferences and activities.”

“Your ability to sequence a presentation is exceptional, and you did a wonderful job of keeping the group on task throughout the day. I am very impressed with your way of working with the questions from the group. Everyone received a focused, on-target answer. I wish you the best with your classes in Cleveland, and thank you for your willingness to share your instructional setting. Spending the day with you was a most special pleasure.” -Dan Chao, CREC/ATDN Trainer

Northeast Ohio Literacy Corps

NEO Literacy Corps

For three years, this AmeriCorps program placed members at non-profit organizations in Cuyahoga County to provide literacy services. I coordinated the training calendar, including facilitating trainings on education, volunteer coordination, community resources, and group development. Our project-based approach encouraged members to reflect on their service, develop leadership and self-management skills, and make a lasting contribution at their host sites. View the presentations from NEOLC’s 2010 monthly trainings at Scribd.

“Meagen is an organized and thorough literacy trainer. She adapts to our needs, has a wide range of resources, and provides a wealth of information. Meagen’s trainings are interactive, empowering, and targeted to our organization’s varied needs. She is dependable, consistently exceeds our expectations, and is an overall pleasure to work with.” -Andrea Sprockett, Program Director

Cleveland State University: America Reads

Through CSU America Reads, approximately 75 CSU students tutor in libraries around Cuyahoga County to provide homework help and enrichment activities to increase literacy skills. Meagen facilitated two introductory literacy workshops that provided inspiration and concrete strategies for tutoring children.

“We’ve never gotten a ‘Woohoo!’ for a trainer before! You are definitely coming back.” -Anita Young, Program Coordinator

Want a taste of my teaching style?

Check out my popular workshop series from 2013

Click the title to see the presentation slidedeck:

Friday, March 15, Cleveland, OH
Finding Great Tech for Teaching for The Literacy Cooperative

Tuesday, March 26, New Orleans, LA
Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED Resource Book Exciting Strategies to Prep Learners for the New Test for 2013 COABE LAPCAE National Conference

Thursday, April 11, University Heights, OH & Saturday, April 13, Ada, OH
Two Catholic Visions of the Teaching Vocation: Paulo Freire and the Second Vatican Council for the John Carroll University Celebration of Scholarship and Midwest Regional American Academy of Religion Conference.

Friday, April 19, Cleveland, OH
Tech to Track and Assess for The Literacy Cooperative. Plus participant comments on how to make the change.

Thursday, April 25, Dublin, OH
Exciting Strategies to Prepare Learners for the 2014 GED Test for OAACE

Thursday, May 2, Nashville, TN
Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED Resource Book Exciting Strategies for Low Level Learners for USCAL Southeastern Regional Conference

Friday, May 10, Cleveland, OH
2014 GED Technology Skills for The Literacy Cooperative.

Friday, May 17, Bristol, CT
Teaching Adults: Exciting Strategies and Technology for 2014 GED Test Preparation for CAACE

Friday, June 7, Cleveland, OH
2014 GED Instructional Strategies for The Literacy Cooperative.

*GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and administered exclusively by GED Testing Service LLC under license. TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion is a trademark of McGraw-Hill School Education Holdings LLC. HiSET is a national high school equivalency testing program by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP). Any content on this website is not endorsed or approved by these trademark holders.

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