About i-Pathways

i-Pathways is an online, web-based test preparation curriculum vetted by the GED Testing Service, the HiSET, and the TASC Test used by students and programs to prepare for high-school equivalency exams. i-Pathways is both direct to students or teacher-facilitated and includes curriculum, teaching tools, class management strategies, and a variety of reporting options to ensure success of the students enrolled in your program. i-Pathways is designed by educators for educators and delivers organizations a field-tested curriculum, with a 10+ year track record of successful deployment nationally. i-Pathways was developed by a non-profit collaboration between the Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University. http://www.i-pathways.org

Accessing Prior Knowledge

Why is it important for students to access their prior knowledge?  As teachers we want to get them thinking about what they have learned in the past about a specific topic.  This may be something they’ve learned in school, at home, at work, etc. When this happens, they can more easily connect what they already know to what you are learning in the class.  It makes learning the content seem easier if they’ve had experiences with it and already know something about it. It’s our job to help them recall this information so that they can build on their prior knowledge.

How do we help students access their prior knowledge?  Anything teachers can do to get the learners thinking about the topic and what they’ve learned about it in the past will be helpful to them.  Sometimes people use anchor charts, like a KWL (What do I know, what do I want to know, what did I learn) chart,  brainstorm as a group, take a survey, or set up stations that utilize the prior knowledge.

I’ve created a matching activity that can be used to access prior knowledge using the Key Terms from the Modern and Historical Governments lesson in the Civics and Government unit of the Social Studies module in i-Pathways.  Here is a link to the document for the activity described in this video.   Enjoy and let us know how it goes for you!

Is Earning a High School Equivelancy Certificate Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s that time of year. Time to start acting on our New Year’s Resolution. These resolutions often include major life changes. The most popular resolutions include the following:

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  • getting organized
  • spending less, saving mor
  • enjoying life to the fullest
  • staying fit and healthy
  • learning something exciting
  • quiting smoking
  • helping others reach their dreams
  • falling in love, and
  • spending more time with family.

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What does it mean to lead?

Supporting student success is an ambiguous statement. What does that really mean? Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 12.18.28 PM.pngToday, WIOA mandates that we prepare every student to become a life-long learner capable of entering higher education or a sustainable career. This is a daunting task that is not up to the instructors alone. Ensuring students are capable of reaching important milestones is also the responsibility of educational leaders.

With the increasing cultural, social, economic, and instructional diversity of all students, creating customized learning environments is challenging. Furthermore, the switch from a structured school with traditional course sequencing is changing to a more fluid, customized, and dynamic learning community with the boundaries between higher education and the workplace blurring. We are expecting our staff to step into unchartered territory, which can be uncomfortable – possibly unfamiliar – and effectively facilitate learning for adults who are often the most vulnerable members of our communities. To accommodate these needs and changes, education administrators must develop different skills to be effective in leading transformational change.

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APOYO Fundraiser- Making Changes For Learners

APOYO i-Pathways is a fundraiser aimed at making knowledge to succeed in any high thinkstockphotos-104399333school equivalency test more available to Spanish speakers. It is important to be able to understand what  is required knowledge for the GED(r), HiSet, and the TASC Test. Currently, funding restrictions limit our ability to translate this content to Spanish. Through this fundraiser, i-Pathways will be able to translate all lesson materials into Spanish.

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La comprensión de las opciones de equivalencia de escuela secundaria

English translation

En la actualidad, existen tres opciones de evaluación principales para individuales que deseen obtener su certificado de equivalencia de escuela, comúnmente conocida como la HSE. Las pruebas van desde el GED(r) , HiSETTM, y el TASC TestTM. Cada estado determina qué evaluación se utiliza, con muchos estados que ofrecen múltiples opciones.

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Así que, como estudiante, ¿por dónde empezar la preparación para su HSE? Como instructor de intentar cumplir con los estándares de CCR, incluir enseñanza de oficios, y preparar a los estudiantes para la vida más allá de la HSE, ¿por dónde empezar?

Aunque cada evaluación difieren ligeramente entre sí, todos ellos están conectados a tierra en los estándares de preparación universitaria y su carrera. i-Pathways es un programa de estudios aprobado para el GED(r) y HiSETTM. Vamos a explorar los puntos comunes en cada área de evaluación.

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