[Assessment 1329] Implementation of state adult education content standards

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David J. Rosen djrosen at comcast.net
Thu May 29 20:54:56 EDT 2008


Colleagues,

Beginning on Monday, June 9th, and continuing through Friday, June
20th, on the National Institute for Literacy Special Topics list, we
will discuss the implementation of state adult education content
standards. Experts from several states have been invited to talk
about the opportunities and challenges they have experienced as they
work with teachers, administrators and others who are developing
curriculum, and designing and teaching lessons that reflect their
state's content standards. Our guests include: Miriam Kroeger, from
Arizona; Raye Nell Spillman, from Louisiana; Karen Lisch Gianninoto,
from Maryland; Judy Franks, from Ohio; Pam Blundel, from Oklahoma;
Philip Anderson, from Florida; and Federico Salas, from Texas.

I hope you will join us for this discussion. You will find background
information on several of our guest experts below.

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Background on Discussion Guests

Pam Blundell has been involved in Oklahoma's development and
implementation of content standards since 2002-2003 when the state
held its first discussions around the possibility of introducing the
Equipped for the Future (EFF) teaching and learning system to the
field. Pam was given the task of overseeing the state's first EFF
pilot project in 2003-2004. During the EFF pilot year, the state
decided to expand the EFF training and officially adopt EFF content
standards statewide. At that time, Pam was asked to coordinate this
long-term process. Pam has continued to be directly involved in the
implementation and oversight of the integration of content standards
into the adult education classroom. This process has involved the
development of new tools and training processes and most recently,
leading the state's Standards-In-Action (SIA) team. Prior to coming
to the state, Pam worked as an adult education teacher integrating
EFF standards into instruction.

Judy Franks is currently on staff at the Ohio Literacy Resource
Center as a Literacy Projects Coordinator. She was involved
originally with the Equipped for the Future (EFF) Standards-based
System Reform Initiative, coordinating the Ohio Research Field Sites
and training as a Certified State Facilitator. Judy has had
experience developing and working with the standards at the program,
state, and national levels. As a veteran instructor of training and
development courses, Judy's background in adult basic education since
1992 includes family literacy, GED classroom instruction and the
development of a workforce training program.

Karen Lisch Gianninoto's involvement with the Maryland Content
Standards for Adults ESL/ESOL began when she was working part-time as
an ESL instructor. She "was one of the teachers complaining from the
field that we needed standards". As a full time high school teacher,
she knew how helpful standards were in guiding instruction. Not long
after, she was appointed to the ESL Workgroup that developed the
content standards document.

Four years ago, she became the ESL Specialist for the Maryland State
Department of Education. When she took the position, she was
"grateful the content standards were finished. Little did I know that
my work was just beginning. Over the past four years, the content
standards have been revised three times, the ESL content standards
have been implemented in all of Maryland's programs, state trainers
have completed a training process, and a training manual was
completed. Yet, there is more to learn about standards. Maryland has
been most fortunate to participate in the CAELA and SIA Projects
funded through OVAE. These projects have helped Maryland refine our
training and provided instructors with the tools to understand
content standards."

Miriam Kroeger has been involved in Adult Education as a volunteer,
teacher, coordinator, administrator and specialist since 1972 and in
Arizona since 1978. She has taught adult English learners and adults
studying for their secondary school credential at a variety of
locations including elementary and secondary schools, community
colleges, jails, and prisons; she works with K-12 and adult
educators, and has visited teachers throughout the state of Arizona.
Miriam has served on state, regional and national committees; on the
boards of the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning, the Mountain
Plains Adult Education Association and Arizona Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages. She has been on national working groups
involved with adult education standards and teacher development and
was an original team member in the development and implementation of
Arizona's Standards for Adult Learners. She was also a member of the
Standards Specialist/Resource Teachers team that assisted programs
and instructors in the implementation of the standards. As an
Education Program Specialist in the Arizona Department of Education,
Adult Education Services unit during the past six years, one of her
responsibilities was to spearhead the revisions to the Reading,
Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and ELAA (ESOL) Arizona Adult
Education Standards. These revisions were published in December 2007,
and the training process in understanding and utilizing the standards
continues.

Raye Nell D. Spillman has worked in the Louisiana State Department of
Education, Office of School and Community Support, Adult and Family
Literacy Services for four years. Ms. Spillman holds an undergraduate
degree from Louisiana State University in the field of education. She
has taught in the K-12 public education system and served on numerous
committees to advance the education of children and adults. After the
approval and adoption of The Louisiana Adult Education Content
Standards in October 2006, Ms. Spillman was instrumental in
introducing the standards to adult education instructors across the
state in collaboration with the Louisiana Association for Public,
Community and Adult Education. The following summer, Louisiana
applied for and was one of six states accepted to participate in
OVAE's Standards-in-Action (SIA) project. Ms. Spillman headed the
Louisiana team who accepted their charge to pilot test training
materials for implementing adult education standards use in the
classroom. Again this year, Ms. Spillman and the Louisiana team are
looking forward to participating in Part 2 of the Standards-in-Action
project.

David J. Rosen
National Institute for Literacy
Special Topics Discussion Moderator
Djrosen at comcast.net








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