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1 A – Z: DESIGNING A WORKPLACE TRANSITION COURSE FOR THE ABE CLASSROOM Stephen Hunt & Kevin Avise – District 191: Burnsville - Eagan - Savage School for Adults

2 SWBAT: Identify general principles and framework for creating pilot ABE course. Recognize successful and unsuccessful methods in the course design methods and practices. Utilize principles to design & implement a career transition course for their own ABE programs.

3 Questions expected & encouraged !

4 Presenters Kevin AviseStephen Hunt 2003 – 2013 ABE/ESL instructor 1987 – 2000 Secondary English teacher B.A. – English/History (1985) M.A.T. – Education (1991) MAESL – ESL (2013)

5 Background & Overview Jan. - July 2012 > Course designed, curriculum written/students recruited Sept > 16 students start cohort 1 Dec > 12 students complete class Jan > 11 students take Parapro Praxis; 6 pass Jan. - March 2013 > 12 students in cohort 2 April 2013 > 6 students take praxis; 4 pass March 2013 > 2 students hired in ISD 191

6 Who were the students? 18 total completed 17 Female/1 male 13 nationalities Somali/Hispanic largest background Prerequisites: 225 CASAS reading Math pretest (new)

7 Cohort One

8 Cohort Two

9 Curriculum Design 3 Guiding Principles 1. Parapro Praxis. Three sections – math, reading, writing. 2. State & National Paraprofessional Competencies. 3. Practical & Reflective K-12 Classroom Practices.

10 Contextual Instruction Creates explicit connections between the teaching of reading, writing, and math AND instruction in a discipline area (i.e. paraprofessional prep.) Integrates basic reading, math, and language skills AND industry AND occupation knowledge Source: Adult Career Pathways

11 Curriculum & Course Design Resources Adult Career Pathways Funded by U.S. Dept. of Education Minnesota FastTRAC Career Pathways Hubb Center – St. Paul

12 PARAPROFESSIONAL PRAXIS National Exam administered by ETS. ($50.00) Given 6 times per year. Three sections 1/3 – math; 1/3 reading; 1/3 writing (90 questions – 2 hours & 30 minutes) Passing standard differs in each state 55% of our students have passed

13 State & National Paraprofessional Competencies Ethics Instructional Skills Classroom Management Historical Foundations of Education

14 Practical & reflective K-12 classroom practices. Journals K - 8 Classroom Visits Education Vocabulary Classroom Management Read Alouds Reading & Writing Process Translation/Interpreting skills Films Basic Math Instruction

15 Read Aloud Practice

16 Read Aloud

17 Media Coverage Print: Immigrants train to work in Burnsville classrooms as teacher aides Minneapolis Star-Tribune; April 6, 2013 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage: Adult immigrants being trained to help students learn English St. Paul Pioneer Press; Feb. 10, 2013 Television Adult Immigrants Learn to be Teaching Assistants in Burnsville KSTP News, February 26, Education Conversations – Education Commissioner Cassellius & Curriculum Coordinator Kathy Funston discuss classroom assistants program; April 23, ams/local/education- conversations.html

18 QUESTIONS

19 SWBAT: Identify general principles and framework for creating pilot ABE course. Recognize successful and unsuccessful methods in the course design methods and practices. Utilize principles to design & implement a career transition course for their own ABE programs.


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