Carol Dweck’s book Mindset is receiving great attention in the areas of adult literacy and student motivation. In her TED Talk, The Power of Believing That You Can Improve, she discusses “the power of yet and tyranny of now.” The difference between these mindsets lead to different student behaviors and outcomes and the gap between achievement widens.
In today’s fiscal climate, educational programs are struggling to continually provide quality services to students. Many programs are attempting to move from traditional fundraising efforts to crowd funding, a fundraising effort used by programs to expand their donor base and raise money from a large number of people. Projects are marketed through the use of online sites. Whle the crowdfunding industry earned $5.1 billion dollars worldwide, the majority of crowdfunding efforts do not reach thier intended goal. Learn more about creating a successful campaign.
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Guest Post by Richard Chamberlain, Director of the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University.
i-Pathways has been used in adult education programs now for almost 15 years. We have grown to the
point where we are serving programs and seeing positive student outcomes in states coast to coast. In addition to our work with state administrators and adult education programs, we have also begun to work in correctional education programs; work that is seeing success.
Technology is a driving force in every aspect of our lives and access to technology and the Internet could be considered a basic human right. 21st century learning is about digital inclusion. Stephen Reder explains inclusion. “Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals
and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Digital inclusion encompasses not only access to Internet but also the availability of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of information and communication technologies.”
Adult education is undergoing major changes as programs begin to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, commonly referred to as WIOA. While attainment of a High School Equivalency Certificate, HSE, is considered an achievement, the goal is to equip students with a solid academic foundation and the soft skills necessary for college and career success. Because these are very broad ideas, many teachers wonder what this preparation look like in the classroom?