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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." —Victor Hugo

If you are interested in taking any of these trainings please contact your Regional Program Manager or Regional Adult Education Specialist.

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Introduction to the English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Participants will become familiar with the CCRS through hands-on activities and explore the standards’ key shifts, considering what makes a reading passage a "complex text." Teachers will learn how text-based questions can help learners locate relevant evidence and deepen reading comprehension. 3 hours

Talk Moves
Based on classroom-tested ideas and promising practices, the Talk Moves training is designed to guide students in talking through the issues presented by complex nonfiction readings and in applying those thinking skills to their writing. It gives strategies for facilitating high quality, formal in-class discussions and hands-on practice creating sentence frames to support student writers. 3 hours

Teaching Reading to Adult English Language Learners
The goal of this workshop is to increase skills in developing coherent, comprehensive, and appropriate reading lessons based on promising practices. At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to: identify types of native language literacy, identify models of reading, describe knowledge and skills important to the reading process, identify elements of a good reading lesson, and create a coherent, comprehensive, and appropriate reading lessons that develops each of the four skills important to reading. Audience: ESOL instructors. 6 hours

Foundations of Reading
Did you know many adult learners, even those who can read and comprehend at higher levels, struggle with alphabetic skills and fluency? No matter what level learner you work with, this course will provide you with information about and strategies to help you incorporate alphabetic skills and fluency into your lessons. Participants in this course will leave with useful resources, a deeper understanding of how alphabetic skills and fluency affect comprehension, and experience contextualizing these skills into lessons. This course complements Foundations of Reading: Meaning Skills. Online facilitated course. 20 hours

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