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World Education E-Learning: Professional Development for Adult Education



Math and Numeracy

Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning

$234

with Amy Vickers

Calendar Feb 7, 2018

Research suggests that math topics, including algebra, should be taught at all levels, not just for passing high school equivalency tests. In this course, you’ll learn how to introduce algebraic reasoning to your students, and you’ll experiment with strategies for teaching numeric patterns, relationships, and functions based on realā€life situations. You’ll also explore strategies to help students model quantitative relationships using graphs, tables, words, and equations. Finally, you'll use the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) Mathematical Standards and Practices to enhance the focus, rigor, and coherence of algebraic reasoning in your instruction.

Estimated Completion Time: 2 hrs/week (12 hours total)

Suggested prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy

Data: Helping Students Interpret Numeric Information
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Data: Helping Students Interpret Numeric Information

$234

with Pam Meader

This course is not currently available. Contact us at literacy@worlded.org to set up a session for your group or sign up to be emailed when the course opens for registration.

Data, or numerical information, can be described, represented, analyzed, and interpreted in various ways for various purposes. This course looks at some common uses (and misuses) of data. Learn about the measures of central tendency, graphs, and probability. Through the course readings, activities, and discussions, you’ll review basic concepts and explore strategies for introducing and teaching these concepts to your adult students.

Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hrs/week (12 hours total)

Suggested Prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy

Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy
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Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy

$234

with Amy Vickers

Calendar Oct 11, 2017

In this foundational course you’ll learn how to keep students at the center of numeracy instruction. You’ll explore the context, content, and cognitive and affective components of numeracy, how to address the needs of students with learning gaps, how students’ styles of learning math and levels of math knowledge affect their math skills, and ways to build student’s success in learning math. You’ll plan classroom activities, test them with your students, and share your experiences with fellow teachers.

“This has been the best PD I have ever had in my eight years with adult education. I have been able to immediately implement the strategies and ideas into my classroom. I have really gained so much knowledge in the past six weeks and I am a better teacher because of this course.” Stacy Rettig, Instructor, Boone County Adult Education, KY

Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hrs/week (12 hours total)

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Geometry: Teaching About Shapes and their Measures
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Geometry: Teaching About Shapes and their Measures

$234

with Barbara Goodridge

Registration for this course is closed. Contact us at literacy@worlded.org to set up a session for your group or sign up to be emailed when the course opens for registration.

Adult basic education students need foundational geometry and measurement skills not only to pass high school equivalency tests, but also in the workplace. In this course, you will explore key topics in geometry, such as area, perimeter, and volume, and their importance in everyday life. You’ll look at numerous instructional activities for teaching about angles, spatial relationships, similarity, and figure transformations on a coordinate graph system.

Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hrs/week (12 hours total)

Suggested Prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations

$341

with Sherry Lehane

Calendar Nov 13, 2017

This course is brought to you through a partnership between World Education and the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC. It was developed by the MA SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy at TERC, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This course is also offered for free to MA ABE practitioners through the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy.

The idea of integrating math into the ESOL classroom originated with ESOL teachers and students who saw both the need and the opportunity to learn math skills for employment, academics, and daily life. ESOL lessons are often contextualized using themes such as shopping, banking, and employment — topics where math is inherent. The wonderful reality about teaching ESOL in adult education is that learners are eager to learn and are grateful for the opportunity to grow personally and professionally – and that includes being fluent in basic math skills.

This course is designed to help ESOL teachers build conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers and to offer strategies for integration of math into ESOL instruction. The intention is to encourage teachers to look for where, when, and how it makes sense to include math in lessons while continuing to focus on language acquisition and effective communication.

“This class has made me more aware of just how well math fits in with ESL. Just as we use language in every aspect of our lives, so math is also used. I was pleased to see how easy it is to find opportunities to discuss and integrate math in the ESL lessons we are already doing. I also appreciated how this course focused on delving deep into the underlying concepts of math rather than simply teaching students the procedures. I found myself excited and inspired by math for the first time in a long time! I hope that this “deep” focus will have the same affect on our ESL students.”  Hannah Finch, Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland.”

Estimated Completion Time: 3 hrs/week for 6 weeks (18 hours total)

Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Percentages and Decimals

$341
Calendar Apr 9, 2018

This course is brought to you through a partnership between World Education and the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC. It was developed by the MA SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy at TERC, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This course is also offered for free to MA ABE practitioners through the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy.

The Mathematizing ESOL II: Percentages and Decimals course builds upon and extends conceptual understanding of math topics and how they can be integrated into ESOL instruction. In the prerequisite to this course, Mathematizing ESOL I, the focus is on math notation and operations with whole numbers. In this course, we extend that knowledge to include other rational numbers, with an emphasis on percentages and decimals. We will explore these concepts before looking at real life applications of these math skills and strategies to contextualize them in the ESOL classroom.

Estimated Completion Time: 3 hrs/week for 6 weeks (18 hours total)

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning
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Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning

$341

This course is not currently available. Contact us at literacy@worlded.org to set up a session for your group or sign up to be emailed when the course opens for registration.

This course is brought to you through a partnership between World Education and the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC. It was developed by the MA SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy at TERC, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This course is also offered for free to MA ABE practitioners through the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy.

A headline reads, “Two out of three Americans owned a smartphone in 2015.” Does that mean two out of every group of three Americans? Is it possible to have a group of Americans who all own smartphones?  Adults encounter ratios and proportions all the time in news or media statistics, estimates of risk, shopping for the best deal, creating mixtures and recipes, and countless other daily activities. The ability to reason about these numerical relationships develops over a long period of time and through deliberate exploration of the mathematics involved. Language teachers can provide opportunities for students to encounter and expand their ability to reason with ratios in real life contexts.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning is a course for English language teachers who want to deepen their own conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions and to learn strategies for helping students build ratio reasoning skills. This course is for participants who have successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I and Mathematizing ESOL II. MESOL III is a 6 week, asynchronous, facilitated online course with an additional final project for Massachusetts participants who wish to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs).

Estimated Completion Time: 18 hours

Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes
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Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes

$234

This course is not currently available. Contact us at literacy@worlded.org to set up a session for your group or sign up to be emailed when the course opens for registration.

Teaching students how to estimate, do mental math, and use calculators will help them to better understand how to use numbers. This course focuses on how to help adult students answer key questions: When is it necessary to have an exact answer, and when is an estimate sufficient? When calculation is necessary, which tool is appropriate to use? This course examines how students develop and apply number sense and provides lots of teaching strategies and activities that you can use right away.

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Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 hrs/week for 6 weeks (12 hours total)

Suggested Prerequisite: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy





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