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This session will introduce recently developed materials for teaching adult students about vaccines via remote instruction. The materials include four lessons designed for intermediate level (Pre-ASE) learners. These integrated lessons were designed to give students the historical, scientific, and math background knowledge to understand and make informed decisions about emerging COVID-19 vaccines. Participants will receive all of the lesson materials.

Priority is given to Massachusetts teachers. Registrants from other states will be placed on a waitlist and will be enrolled if space is available.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE and pre-ASE teachers at all levels of math ability and comfort

This 75-minute workshop will introduce the vaccine lessons and focus on the mathematical content (probability, including fractions and percents) relevant to teaching lessons about understanding risk and herd immunity. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and reflect on some of the activities from those lessons.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the background knowledge students need to navigate emerging information about COVID-19 vaccines
  • Identify factors involved in evaluating risk
  • Teach benchmark fractions and percents as part of a lesson about probability
  • Run a simple probability experiment in the context of health risks
  • Use a computer simulation model to teach the concept of herd immunity
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)



United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Digital Literacy
Distance Learning
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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