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IDEAL-MA: Coming Together for Distance and Blended Education Planning and Implementation

The Program Support PD Center is excited to announce the new Innovating Distance Education in Adult Learning in MA (IDEAL-MA) Project, a PD series specifically developed to support programs using their FY21 Option 3 funds for planning and implementing distance and blended education services.

IDEAL-MA PD is intended to help you plan and implement a new distance or blended education program, or to enhance an existing program. Through a comprehensive set of PD supports, we will address topics such as the group of students to initially focus on and how to prepare them for success; effective distance and blended learning models and how to select one (or more); the four hallmarks of blended learning; and online instructional resources to use.

As part of this project, you will work with colleagues in cohorts, engage in PD, receive individualized program-based coaching, and participate in an inclusive community of practice. Programs are encouraged to send teams of a director/coordinator and educators. IDEAL-MA is open to both those who are newer to distance and blended learning and those who are experienced. Two communities of practice will provide customized support based on participant experience.

Please download the attached flyer for details about this project its components and the letter of interest template for you to submit to be part of this cohort. Also, be sure to register via this calendar posting.

IDEAL-MA builds on our state’s partnership with the national IDEAL Consortium, which uses research and evidence-based practice to help its 17 member states establish quality, innovative distance and blended learning programs to ensure that all learners have access to quality learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

Due to the nature of this PD and the coaching involved, this project is limited to eight programs. Participants will spend on average five to seven PD hours per month during the project, scheduled from October through February.

For more information, please contact Luanne_teller@worlded.org.

EBRI: Alphabetics (online facilitated)

Alphabetics is one of “the essential components of reading instruction” that WIOA requires be incorporated into instruction. In this 6-hour online course, learn about effective, appropriate instructional strategies and activities and create a short alphabetics lesson that corresponds to your learners’ decoding levels. Adaptations for teaching remotely will be included.

Note: STAR training includes Alphabetics, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose do to so as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.

Assessment Basics (Self-paced Modules)

This self-paced training consists of two videos followed by questions. The first video describes what assessment is, how assessment fits into curriculum and instruction, and how to interpret different types of test scores. The second video explains what assessments are required in Massachusetts for NRS reporting purposes and provides an overview of the ACLS assessment policies.  Assessment Basics is available 24/7 and takes 30-40 minutes to complete.

Visit this link to complete the Assessment Basics Self-paced training: https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_578CAfDUUo5dLJH