Title Date Overview
Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education Module 2: Opening Your Doors: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation (Online)

Are you starting up or refining a distance education program, or looking for ways to add structure to your distance teaching and learning process? Would you like to know more about best practices for developing a distance or blended option at your program but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what the differences are between these two models? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then the three online modules that comprise the Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education series (based on the IDEAL Consortium’s IDEAL 101 course) is for you!

In this second module in the three-part series, you will consider which learners you would like to serve, which are promising candidates for your program, how to find them, and how to support those who need preparation in order to be accepted. We will describe ways to check that they have the skills and resources necessary for study via distance and blended learning and how to orient them according to their strengths and gaps so they are set up for success. It includes a discussion forum to share ideas with colleagues and time with an experienced coach to think through questions or to get suggestions to your program’s specific context. 

Digital Literacy with Desmos: A Math Tool for Teachers and Students (webinar) -

“In light of the rapid and continual development of digital technology, individuals are required to use a growing variety of technical, cognitive, and sociological skills in order to perform tasks and solve problems in digital environments.” Eshet-Alkalai, 2004, p. 93

Are you looking for the right technology tool to support mathematical learning? You’ll want to learn more about Desmos Classroom Activities – a powerful (and free!) digital tool for helping students communicate mathematically.

Teaching from a Distance with CK-12 (Webinar) -

*If you attended the original webinar of the same name that was offered in Spring 2020, be aware this two-part series covers the same content, only spread over two shorter webinars instead of one longer one.*

Are you looking for engaging online math content that allows students to learn independently at an appropriate pace and with the tools and resources most accessible to them? Do you wish you could easily create assignments for your multilevel classes from one online source and know that the content and rigor are aligned to the standards? Or that your ESOL students could continue to work on math and have the language support they need to complete the activities and lessons remotely? What about tracking student progress and time on task for lessons you assign?

In this two-part online workshop, we will explore how CK-12 can do all of the above for you and your students. All that is needed is internet access and a computer, tablet, or smart device. CK-12 even has its own learning management system if you don’t already have one, but it also works seamlessly with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology. In this session we’ll focus on the math content; however, CK-12 also includes lessons on science, social studies, and writing and spelling. In other words, you can use this one site to pull multiple lessons and activities. Best of all — everything on their site is completely FREE!

Rethinking Fractions (webinar) -

Do your students struggle with fractions? Do you find students asking to be shown the steps “just one more time”?  In this webinar, we will explore some of the gaps that adult students often have in their foundational number sense around fractions and look at some activities and strategies for helping students develop this number sense so that they can reason and make sense of fractions and fraction procedures.

LD Teaching Strategies for Math (Webinar) -

LD—Learning Differences, Difficulties, or Disabilities: Many of our students experience these terms firsthand, but no matter the case, it’s important that you don’t consider them a Deficit! Our job is to help all learners be successful math users. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2014), an excellent mathematics program requires that all students have access to a high-quality mathematics curriculum. In this webinar, we will explore some of the strategies that you can use to help students access math ideas so they can be successful math users. These strategies can be adapted to any level and used with any math content area.

Summer Directors' Institute -

Open for Registration! 

As we continue to adapt together, the Program Support PD Center team is modifying this year's Summer Directors' Institute in response to the need to meet and offer PD virtually.

This special one-day institute is intended to provide you with an opportunity to network, learn, and reflect on significant issues that you are currently dealing with in your program. 

This year's Summer Directors' Institute responds to feedback from the February/March online survey that many directors completed. In response to the overwhelming majority  (74%) of first and second choices, the Institute will focus on:

  • To whom you are accountable and for what purposes, and how this should drive your program's vision and mission
  • Effective, evidence-based strategies for recruitment, intake, and orientation and how they contribute to persistence
  • Effective, evidence-based instructional strategies that promote learner persistence
  • A focus on ways to implement these strategies virtually to support those who will continue remote or blended teaching and learning in the fall

In addition to the opportunity to network, our goal is to provide tangible tools and resources you will be able to use immediately in your program.

Teaching from a Distance with CK-12 (Webinar) -

*If you attended the original webinar of the same name that was offered in Spring 2020, be aware this two-part series covers the same content, only spread over two shorter webinars instead of one longer one.*

Are you looking for engaging online math content that allows students to learn independently at an appropriate pace and with the tools and resources most accessible to them? Do you wish you could easily create assignments for your multilevel classes from one online source and know that the content and rigor are aligned to the standards? Or that your ESOL students could continue to work on math and have the language support they need to complete the activities and lessons remotely? What about tracking student progress and time on task for lessons you assign?

In this two-part online workshop, we will explore how CK-12 can do all of the above for you and your students. All that is needed is internet access and a computer, tablet, or smart device. CK-12 even has its own learning management system if you don’t already have one, but it also works seamlessly with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology. In this session we’ll focus on the math content; however, CK-12 also includes lessons on science, social studies, and writing and spelling. In other words, you can use this one site to pull multiple lessons and activities. Best of all — everything on their site is completely FREE!

CALM Support: Adapting CALM for Remote Teaching (Webinar) -

The CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) was designed to give adult students a strong conceptual foundation in mathematics. Teachers who have worked with CALM know that it relies heavily on tactile manipulatives, visuals, and student collaboration—so what does that look like in a time of remote learning? This webinar will take teachers through a CALM lesson that has been adapted for remote teaching through a video conferencing app. Afterwards, there will be time to discuss as a group and brainstorm ideas for adapting the CALM materials for remote learning.

Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education Module 3: In the Class: Instruction and Assessment (Online)

Are you starting up or refining a distance education program, or looking for ways add to structure to your distance teaching and learning process? Would you like to know more about best practices for developing a distance or blended option at your program but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what the differences are between these two models? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then the three online modules that comprise the Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education series (based on the IDEAL Consortium’s IDEAL 101 course) is for you!

This third module in the series explains how to select online instructional products, where to find the list of state-funded online instructional product licenses, supplemental resources to extend learning, and how to organize them. Options for staying in communication with learners are discussed. It also covers types of assessment, how they support instruction and learning as well as retention, and ways to carry them out in the distance learning environment. It includes a discussion forum to share ideas with colleagues, and time with an experienced coach to think through questions or to get suggestions to your program’s specific context.

Exploring Exponents (Online)

When encountering exponents, most students try to memorize rules with no conceptual understanding. Research has shown that procedural knowledge of exponents is insufficient for trying to find the value of exponential expressions and requires a deeper understanding of the logic behind the exponent rules and the relationships with symbols, their meanings, and the rules themselves (Ulosoy 2018). Other studies have found that teachers also have difficulty understanding and teaching exponents (Levenson 2012Zazkis & Kontorovich 2016). In this course, you will deepen your conceptual understanding of exponents by exploring the connections among in/out tables, graphs, equations, and verbal expressions. 

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online)

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Digital Literacy with Desmos: A Math Tool for Teachers and Students (webinar series) -

*If you attended the original webinar of the same name that was offered in Spring 2020, be aware this two-part series covers the same content, only spread over two shorter webinars instead of one longer one.*

“In light of the rapid and continual development of digital technology, individuals are required to use a growing variety of technical, cognitive, and sociological skills in order to perform tasks and solve problems in digital environments.” Eshet-Alkalai, 2004, p. 93

Are you looking for the right technology tool to support mathematical learning? You’ll want to learn more about Desmos Classroom Activities – a powerful (and free!) digital tool for helping students communicate mathematically.

Digital Literacy with Desmos: A Math Tool for Teachers and Students (webinar series) -

*If you attended the original webinar of the same name that was offered in Spring 2020, be aware this two-part series covers the same content, only spread over two shorter webinars instead of one longer one.*

“In light of the rapid and continual development of digital technology, individuals are required to use a growing variety of technical, cognitive, and sociological skills in order to perform tasks and solve problems in digital environments.” Eshet-Alkalai, 2004, p. 93

Are you looking for the right technology tool to support mathematical learning? You’ll want to learn more about Desmos Classroom Activities – a powerful (and free!) digital tool for helping students communicate mathematically.

What Story Does This Graph Tell? (Webinar) -

Graphs are not just for math class! Seven of the ten fastest growing job categories in the United States are data-centered, and more than 90% of the data ever created by humanity has emerged in the last several years (Boaler, 2019)! Yet, research has shown that many educated adults remain functionally illiterate when it comes to understanding data (Steen, 2001).

Data tells a story in the form of a graph. In order to help your students make math connections in any content area, come learn about an instructional strategy that will engage your students by showing them how to tell a story with graphs. 

 

CK-12 Feature Spotlight: Searching Content by CCRSAE (webinar) -

Have you been working with CK-12 and now feel comfortable enough to learn some new aspects of the product? If so, this session is for you. This webinar, one in a series that will explore features of the online learning platform CK-12, will focus on searching for content by the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE).

Introduction to Blended Learning: Maximizing Impact through Online and In-Person Learning (Online)

This course presents foundational information about blended learning, including definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers and administrators to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how they might integrate them into courses they provide to student populations they currently serve as well as those they would like to begin serving.

Note: This course is intended for educators who have either already completed the three IDEAL Expanding Access modules or have experience working in distance education models. It will not be facilitated; however, an end-of-course webinar will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with colleagues and Distance Education PD Specialist Diana Satin.

Desmos Feature Spotlight: Teacher Dashboard (webinar) -

Have you been working with Desmos Classroom Activities and now feel comfortable enough to learn some new aspects of the product? If so, this session is for you. This webinar, one in a series that will explore features of the online learning tool Desmos, will focus on the Teacher Dashboard.

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online)

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online)

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online)

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.