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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La comprensión de las opciones de equivalencia de escuela secundaria

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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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Fulfilling a need through APOYO i-Pathways.

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Watch: Dr. Adriana Villavicencio explains in the program, Being Latino Unbiased, some challenges revolving around education in the Latino community.

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As the population of Hispanics in the United States continues to rise, it is vital that they are offered opportunities to grow in their education to help support themselves and their families. As Dr. Villavicencio states in Being Latino Unbiased: Education, in 2009 there were 301K high school dropouts of hispanic descent, and the desire to help support their families is the #1 reason Latinos do not enroll in postsecondary education.

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Earning a High School Diploma is a milestone for students who are in the United States from other countries, and once they have this crucial document, they are able to obtain employment or enter higher education. However, due to unique situations, not everyone is able to obtain this key to success. Thankfully, i-Pathways understands this, and is here to help guide the way. One organization that is making education obtainable is Edovo. Watch our social media channels for information about a generous donation from Edovo

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Introducing APOYO i-Pathways: A fundraiser for Spanish Translation

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The Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University partnered to plan, developed and deployed i-Pathways in 2000. Since its inception, this critical partnership has expanded the online test preparation internationally.

i-Pathways online curriculum provides students the opportunity to set an individual study schedule and prepare for all portions of the High School Equivalency exam. Each content area includes multiple lessons, activities, and learning checks to assess your skills. Math starts with understanding place value and goes all the way to quadratic equations. Writing starts with understanding sentences and guides you to successfully writing essays. Then the Science and Social Studies covers all the content needed for portions of the exam. All of these curriculum can be accessed through any device that has internet such as desktops, cell phones, or tablets.    

Currently, all of the high school equivalency tests are offered in both English and Spanish formats, but funding restrictions limit i-Pathways to English. This places a burden on those who only speak, or feel more comfortable speaking Spanish, and provides an unnecessary bump in their journey to success. Our goal is to translate a copy of all i-Pathways lesson materials into Spanish. This includes every subjects worksheets, lessons, stories; everything.

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