[Assessment 1288] NAASLN offerings at COABE

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Marie Cora marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
Wed Apr 9 09:08:43 EDT 2008

Colleagues: some of you may be interested in the offerings below.
There is a session on screening ESOL learners for special needs, as well
as a session on accommodations for the GED.

Marie Cora
Assessment Discussion List Moderator


Greetings ListServ Readers!

The National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs is
pleased to announce another great NAASLN Track at COABE '08.

All participants at NAASLN's sessions will be offered an introductory
NAASLN membership at no cost!

The listing of this years' sessions include:

Special Learning Needs: Incidence and Implications for Building
Part A & B
Laura Weisel, Ph.D., Clinical Director, The TLP Group
Barbara Arguedas, Director, Santa Fe Community College, NM
Susan Geary, Instructor, Santa Fe Community College, NM
Karen Hibbert, Director of Education, West Central Community
Corrections, OH
Margaret Girkins, Director of ABE, Flathead Valley Community College, MT

Tuesday, April 29
Part A - 9:30-10:30 am
Part B - 11:00 - Noon
As highlighted in the Spring 2008 KET Quarterly, the incidence of
special learning needs in the adult basic and literacy population is
astonishingly high! This comes to no surprise to instructors, but what
does it mean if these needs go unmet?

In Part A - The 3 Year Incidence of Special Learning Needs Study in ABE
will be presented. What does this data mean for your program and your
services? What are programs doing to identify and address the key
challenges to persistence, learning gains, and successful transitions?

In Part B - Administrators and instructors will enter into a dialogue
with participants about what they are doing to address special needs.
Programs identifying and addressing these needs have, in controlled
studies, demonstrated over 200% increases in persistence and 67%
increases in post-testing.

Join this two part session to get the facts straight about the
underlying learning issues of ABE students and discuss the systemic
shifts that have empowered and enabled learners to overcome learning
challenges and show dramatic learning gains.

Screening ESOL Learners for Special Learning Needs: An Open Dialogue
Laura Weisel, Ph.D., Facilitator of Dialogue
Tuesday, 2:15-3:15pm

If the incidence of special learning needs is so very high in the
general adult basic and literacy population, what might the incidence be
the special learning needs of ESOL students?

Join this open dialogue session to 1). Discuss the issues in screening
ESOL students for special learning needs, 2). Share what you and your
program are doing to identify ESOL students that have learning
challenges, and 3). Identify how ESOL students with special learning
needs can be more successful academically and better able to transition
into job training or post secondary programs.

Leveling the Playing Field with Adaptations and Accommodations:
Making the GED Work for Special Need Students!
Connie Leading, GED Accommodations Specialist, OH Department of
Mario Payne, GED-TS, Washington DC
Tuesday, 3:45-4:45pm

Adults with special learning needs taking the GED fall into two
categories: (1) adults with documented ADA disabilities who require
accommodations such as extended time, supervised breaks, scribes, and
audiocassettes and (2) adults, for whom teachers have identified
learning needs requiring adaptations or modifications such as
magnifiers, colored overlays, straight edges, rooms without fluorescent
lighting, etc. These later adaptations do not require prior approval by
the GED State offices. Both of these areas will be discussed in the

The ADA and Adult Education
Bevan Gibson, Director of Professional Development, Southern IL
Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has several implications for
adult education. The Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois
Adult Education Service Center Network have been working with programs
in Illinois to bring them into compliance with the ADA. Come see what
Illinois has been doing and how you might be able to use the information
for your state's ADA compliance issues.

Serving Offenders with Special Learning Needs:
A Look at the Problem and New Solutions
Alan Toops, Executive Director, The Ohio Literacy Network
Wednesday, 11:00-Noon

Many states are currently implementing holistic diagnostic screening for
special learning needs in correction education programs. The findings of
offenders' special needs appeared in the Corrections edition of NCSALL's
Focus on Basics. This session offers new data profiling the special
learning needs of offenders, discuss how education and others services
are being re-designed based upon these needs, and implications for
corrections education systemic improvements are happening at both the
system and direct service levels.

Undetected and Undiagnosed Vision Problems -
Obstructions to Literacy and Successful Transition to the Workforce
Joan Hudson-Miller, Library Reproduction Service, CA
Wednesday, 2:15-3:15pm

The percentage of adult learners who are struggling to succeed because
of undetected and undiagnosed vision problems is extremely high. Become
more familiar with the wide range of mild to severe perceptual problems
and impairments, learn some practical screening procedures. and acquire
a list of referral resources for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Structured Learning for the Unstructured
Thursday, 9:45-10:45am
Richard Cooper, Ph.D., Center for Alternative Learning

Many students who have learning or attention problems manifest poor
organizational skills and to lack structure. This presentation will
provide participants with techniques to help learners to improve their
reading, writing and spelling skills. Participants will receive
handouts that they can use with their students to structure the learning
of language.

Marie Cora
marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
NIFL Assessment Discussion List Moderator

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