[Workplace 1018] Discussion Announcement: Creativity and the GED

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Brian, Dr Donna J G djgbrian at utk.edu
Tue Oct 2 20:39:01 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.


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 Ready for Work! <http://members.aol.com/getworkready/home.html> 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.


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


Resources from City University of New York can be accessed at:


* 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



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


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:


Focus on Basics, Transitions Issue (6D) <http://www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=154>

This contains several articles about different aspects of transitions.

Creativity and Innovation at the ALE Wiki


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. "Beyond the GED: Making Conscious Choices About the GED and Your Future" <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=1099>

Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education? <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=1155>
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.

Webcast from the National Institute for Literacy: Research on the Economic Impact of the GED Diploma Panel Discussion <http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/webcasts/ged/webcast_ged.html>
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

marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com <mailto:marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com>

NIFL Assessment Discussion List Moderator


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