[Assessment 933] Discussion Announcement: Creativity and the GED

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Marie Cora marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
Tue Oct 2 15:00:04 EDT 2007


Discussion Announcement
Dear Colleagues,
This announcement can also be accessed at:
http://dev.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/assessment/07creativityGED.html
I'm pleased to announce the following Guest Panel Discussion, which will
be held during the week of October 8:
Topic: Creativity and the GED: Learning Outside the Practice Books
Guest Participants:
Kate Brandt
Staff Development Coordinator
Language and Literacy Programs
City University of New York
Kate is part-time ABE/GED staff developer at the City University of New
York Adult Literacy/GED program. She has worked as a teacher in the
adult literacy field since 1990.

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Anson Green
San Antonio, Texas
Anson has extensive experience providing training and consulting
services in the areas of workplace literacy, e-learning initiatives,
curriculum development, and learning disabilities. Anson developed the
<http://members.aol.com/getworkready/home.html> Ready for Work! work
readiness curriculum with students in his welfare-to-work GED and
computer literacy classes. He has published a variety of articles on
the topics of workforce literacy and women and education. After
completing Ready for Work!, Anson taught developmental reading for
Northwest Vista College in San Antonio where he also developed the
college's first computer literacy and English as a Second Language
programs.


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Crystal Hack
GED-i Coordinator
Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT)
Western Illinois University
Crystal has worked in the field of adult education as an instructor,
professional development trainer, and technology leader for over 15
years. In 2001, Crystal took the lead in the curriculum and site
development of Illinois's first GED online learning tool. With her
guidance and leadership, the GED-i system has grown from a state-wide,
grassroots initiative to a national presence that is being used
literally from coast to coast. Throughout the curriculum development,
Crystal has guided the development team in their assessment practices,
ensuring that the content incorporates a variety of assessment features
which range from 'self-checks' to submitted teacher reviewed activities.
In addition to ensuring that the learner's progress can be evaluated,
Crystal leads a professional development team that provides
comprehensive training throughout Illinois and all partnering states.
Crystal has often stated that working on the GED-i project and its
related professional development opportunities is the highlight of her
career.

Recommended preparations for this discussion:
Theme-Based Curricula Advantages
http://adulted.about.com/cs/ged/a/GEDcurricula.htm

Resources from City University of New York can be accessed at:
http://dev.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/assessment/07creativityGED.html

* A short text entitled "CUNY's Approach to the GED" which gives a
sense of the principles underlying GED instruction
* A longer text entitled "Designing Courses Using Books" which is
manual for teachers planning theme- and content-based courses.
* A sample lesson from a curriculum on Colonialism in North
America
* Two sample lessons from a curriculum called The World's Water
* A sample lesson from a curriculum created for a GED-to-work
program


GED-i
www.gedillinois.org

A Program Overview of GED-i can be accessed at:
http://dev.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/assessment/07creativityGED.html


Project-Based Learning and the GED
by Anson M. Green
http://www.ncsall.net/?id=408

This is an account of one teacher's journey using ambitious and
effective student-based projects within his GED class. He was able to
blend the GED skills work with these exciting projects, which inspired
the students to gain confidence, motivation and workforce skills along
with the test skills, and at the same time connect with their community
in a meaningful way. There are resources listed at the end.


Optional Background Materials:

The Chesterfield County (VA) Public Schools adult G.E.D. program
recently experienced an over 200% increase, more than 400 applicants and
test-takers in three weeks, thanks to a cell phone text message-based
radio promotion. Read about this at:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/education/mobile_marketing/prweb536274.htm


Focus <http://www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=154> on Basics, Transitions
Issue (6D)
This contains several articles about different aspects of transitions.


Creativity and Innovation at the ALE Wiki
http://wiki.literacytent.org/index.php/Creativity_and_Innovation
See the section entitled Creative GED Prep


GED teachers, especially, will find the following publication of GED
outcomes data -- intended to be used by GED teachers and their students
-- of special interest. It was written by Sara Fass and Barbara Garner
in 2000, and updated by Eileen Barry in 2006.
<http://www.ncsall.net/?id=1099> "Beyond the GED: Making Conscious
Choices About the GED and Your Future"


Is the GED an <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=1155> Effective Route to
Postsecondary Education?
A Conversation with John Tyler
by Barbara Garner
Recognizing that high school is not enough, growing numbers of adult
basic education programs (ABE) are emphasizing the transition to
postsecondary education. What impact does earning a certificate of
General Educational Development (GED) have on the post secondary
enrollment of high school dropouts? Brown University professor and
NCSALL researcher John Tyler and a colleague, Magnus Lofstrom of the
University of Texas at Dallas, examined this question using data from
Texas. Focus on Basics asked John Tyler to summarize the results and
discuss the questions they raise.


<http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/ged/webcast_ged.html> Webcast from
the National Institute for Literacy: Research on the Economic Impact of
the GED Diploma Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. David J. Rosen, and featuring Dr. John Tyler, Sara Fass
and Sue Snider.

NCSALL GED Research Briefs <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=27>
Seven briefs by John Tyler are linked on this page, among which are:
"The Economic Benefits of the GED: A Research Synthesis", "So You Want a
GED? Estimating the Impact of the GED on the Earnings of Dropouts Who
Seek the Credential", "Who Benefits from Obtaining a GED? Evidence from
High School and Beyond", and "Estimating the Labor Market Signaling
Value of the GED"


Marie Cora
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NIFL Assessment Discussion List Moderator
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