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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Understanding the High School Equivalency Options

En Español

Currently, there are three main assessment options for individual who wish to earn their High School Equivalency Certificate, commonly referred to as the HSE. The tests range from the GED(r) , HiSETTM, and the TASC TestTM. Each state determines which assessment is used, with many states offering multiple options. Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 12.02.57 PM.png

So, as a student, where do you begin preparing for your HSE? As an instructor attempting to meet the CCR Standards, include job-skills training, and prepare students for life beyond the HSE, where do you begin?

While each assessment differ slightly with each other, they are all grounded in the College and Career Readiness standards. i-Pathways is an approved curriculum for the GED(r) and HiSETTM. Let’s explore the commonalities in each assessment area.

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Is Grit the Golden Ticket?

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 2.02.20 PM.pngDeveloping grit in students appears to be the golden ticket to higher retention and increased student goal attainment.

As we welcome the new semester of 2016, adult education programs enter the new semester with classes full of excited students only to find participation dwindling by mid-February. Grit and the idea of helping students build resiliency sounds like the ideal answer.

Role models and road maps are incredibly important. Helping students become aware of the ‘soft-skills’ needed to be successful in school or the workplace certainly has value in the teaching / learning environment. This is why grit is so widely accepted as the solution. The Grit Scales created by Angela Duckworth turns non-cognitive skills into measurable and teachable outcomes. However, while grit and an open mindset can be a starting point for student / teacher conversations, these ideas do not convey the students’ entire story. Grit fails to take into consideration social, economic, and racial injustice often experineced by students marganized in society.

Grit and an open mindset are not the solution to student retention. Teaching strategies related to perseverance can lead to some positive outcomes. The reality of student motivation, perseverance, and goal achievement is a complex combination of grit, emotion, environment, and social justice.

There is no single solution to student retention. Understanding the role of grit and the deliberate development of an open mindest only work when combined with relevant instructionand and advocacy for social justice and an absense of ‘victim blaming’ for students’ who lack the qualities identified as valuable in the grit scale and open mindset.

Digital Inclusion in Adult Education

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 3.42.01 PMTechnology 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.”

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The times they are a–changing

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Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Bob Dylan 

Mobile technology is changing the way we think and the way we learn. It is creating a need for teachers to develop different instructional strategies. Often, students are on the cutting edge of technology use in their personal life, yet they experience a traditional classroom setting that relies on books and lectures. To remain effective, teachers must create a bridge between students’ personal use of technology and their classroom expectations. For many teachers, moving from traditional instruction to integration of mobile learning is a difficult transition.

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