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Professional Development Course List
for Adult Education Instructors
Section I-L
(Courses are arranged alphabetically)


Implementing Texas Content Standards
CABEA 6800139
6 hours/5 Credential Points

Audience: All Teachers, Administrators

Description: This training course is for anyone interested in learning more about the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (TAESB). The main objectives of the training are to familiarize the audience with the TAESB and to develop lesson plans using the standards and benchmarks. Audience members do not need to have previous knowledge of the TAESB, however, they do need to familiar with adult education programs and practices in Texas. Target audience members would include full-time and part-time adult education teachers (ABE /ASE  and ESOL), and adult education program administrators.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Explain the history and the development of the Texas Adult Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (TAESB)
  2. Understand how to integrate the TAESB in classroom instruction.
  3. Develop lesson plans using the TAESB.

Improving Comprehension Instruction based on STAR Strategies
CABEA number: 6800290
3 hours/2.5 Credential Points

Audience: ABE/ASE Teachers

Description: Participants will experience hands-on direct and explicit comprehension instructional strategies. Comprehension and its importance will be addressed, along with guidelines for instructing adult intermediate readers with different comprehension needs. Participants will receive assistance in comprehension lesson development and material identification. Teachers will identify and learn key elements to include when implementing comprehension instruction.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Apply elements of evidence-based reading instruction when designing lessons.
  2. Plan comprehension lessons for intermediate-level ABE students using the explicit instruction framework.
  3. Identify materials (student text and professional resources) for teaching comprehension to intermediate-level ABE students for use in the classroom.
  4. Implement the use of various reading strategies to teach comprehension as appropriate for the learner’s level.

Improving Fluency Instruction based on STAR Strategies
CABEA number: 6800291
3 hours/2.5 Credential Points

Audience: ABE/ASE Teachers

Description: Participants will experience hands-on direct and explicit fluency instructional strategies. Fluency and its importance will be addressed, along with guidelines for instructing adult intermediate readers with different fluency needs. Participants will receive assistance in fluency lesson development and material identification. Teachers will identify and learn key elements to include when implementing fluency instruction.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Apply elements of evidence-based reading instruction when designing lessons.
  2. Plan fluency lessons for intermediate-level ABE students using the explicit instruction framework.
  3. Identify materials (student text and professional resources) for teaching vocabulary to intermediate-level ABE students for use in the classroom.
  4. Implement the use of various reading strategies to teach fluency as appropriate for the learner’s level.

Improving Vocabulary Instruction based on STAR Strategies
CABEA number: 6800292
3 hours/2.5 Credential Points

Audience: ABE/ASE Teachers

Description: Participants will experience hands-on direct and explicit vocabulary instructional strategies. Vocabulary and its importance will be addressed, along with guidelines for instructing adult intermediate readers with different vocabulary needs. Participants will receive assistance in vocabulary lesson development and material identification. Teachers will identify and learn key elements to include when implementing vocabulary instruction.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Apply elements of evidence-based reading instruction when designing lessons.
  2. Plan vocabulary lessons for intermediate-level ABE students using the explicit instruction framework.
  3. Identify materials (student text and professional resources) for teaching vocabulary to intermediate-level ABE students for use in the classroom.
  4. Implement the use of various reading strategies to teach vocabulary as appropriate for the learner’s level.

Introduction to Literacy and Numeracy
CABEA 6800065
3 hours/2.5 Credential Points

Audience: ABE/ASE Teachers, ESOL Teachers

Description: This training will provide adult educators with an awareness and understanding of the relationship between reading and writing and numeracy. The participants will be provided with instructional materials and hands-on activities to use with their students.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Describe the importance of reading, writing and numeracy as interrelated and not isolated skills.
  2. List reasons for including numeracy in an adult literacy curriculum.
  3. Create an awareness of the use of numbers in everyday activities.
  4. Differentiate among the linear, functional, holistic, and spiraling techniques to teach numeracy
  5. Practice various activities to use in the adult education class
  6. Apply techniques to make numeracy relevant and concrete.
  7. Provide the students with a broad range of activities to develop numeracy skills.

The LEA and Picture Stories
CABEA 6800030
3 hours/2.5 Credential Points

Audience: ESOL Teachers

Description: The Language Experience Approach and picture stories can be used as a springboard to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, sequencing, sorting, role-playing, and many other literacy skills. Workshop participants will learn how the combination of these two techniques can be used to teach and discuss relevant topics, such as health issues.

Objectives: Upon completion, course participants will (be able to):

  1. Use picture stories and the LEA as effective teaching tools
  2. Understand and practice the use of these methods
  3. Develop their own instructional activities and materials

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