Now is the time to recognize an outstanding tutor
Nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Tutor Award will be accepted until January 15, 2014 and the winner will be announced by February 15, 2014. The nomination form can be completed online
or you can submit your nomination
via email or USPS mail. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rossman, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Nomination Forms and Releases Word
The award will be presented on March 16, 2014 at the Tutor Conference luncheon at the national national COABE/PAACE conference
. Each year the winner of the Outstanding Tutor Award is given a full registration to the PAACE Conference; this year, since PAACE is hosting the national COABE conference, the winner will receive a full registration to the COABE/PAACE Conference, March 16-19, 2014.
A webinar recording of the October Agency PD Team Webinar, Program Improvement/Professional Development Essentials
is now available. Hosted by the Facilitation and Consultation Project of the Professional Development System, this webinar provides a comprehensive overview of program improvment and professional development. View the recording
This webinar will be especially helpful to new administrators, new in-house professional development specialists, or any other member of the program improvement team.
Watch a webinar
on the Guskey Level 4 Data Collection Tools that are identified on the PI-PD Worksheets. This webinar was recorded by the lead consultants, along with Kim from TLC, and Lori from Family Literacy and will define these tools and provide some examples of each.
At the September Administrator's meeting, several programs were recognized for achievement in various performance measures. Programs were awarded a "Bootsie Award" which is named after Bootsie Barbour, Project Coordinator for the Consultation and Facilitation services
offered through the Professional Development System. These awards were given for program performance in Program Year 2011-12.
| List of Bootsie Awards PY 2011-12|
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Check out On Our Way
, NCFL's educational toolkit for Latino families. This multimedia toolkit addressed the AE, PE and ILA components. On Our Way
contains learning modules and resources intended to help Spanish speaking families and addresses such topics as: investing in education, involving the whole family in education and looking forward to college. To access this toolkit, click here
The 2013-14 version of the Access Database Template is now available for download on the e-Data Tech Support website at the following link: http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/isal/edata/access-database-template
This year’s template includes the following changes/updates.
- Some of the items that appeared on the data checking page appeared as reports, but the majority of the items were sortable, filterable queries. All items on the data checking page were changed to queries to allow for sorting and filtering of data.
- Fixed minor date issue in “Adults with 0 Hours in last 90 days” query on the data checking page.
- Added hours by contract to the Adult query on the main page of the template. This adds four new columns to the query (041, 059, 061, 054). Each column includes a total number of hours by contract.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 877-857-8869
The e-Data System is now open for data entry for the 2013-14 program year. Please keep in mind that not all contracts are fully approved at this time. The majority of contracts are approved, but some are not available in e-Data yet.
If your agency does not have an approved contract in the e-Data system, you cannot start data entry. In addition, do not enter any data for a specific contract until it is fully approved and entered in e-Data. Please keep in mind that the e-Data Tech Support project does not have access to the eGrants system and we cannot check the status of your grants. Check the status of the grant(s) in the eGrants system. Once a grant has reached “Fully Approved” status in eGrants, it will be imported automatically into e-Data system. The import process runs automatically, every Saturday morning.
e-Data Tech Support has created a guide to beginning the new year in e-Data
. Please review the document before
beginning data entry. This file is also posted on the e-Data Tech Support website
, along with a few other updated documents. The 2013-14 version of the Educational Functioning Level(EFL) Chart is available for download. We have also posted the 2013-14 version of the e-Data System Manual/Glossary on our website. This file is also accessible from the e-Data home page. The EFL Chart and Beginning the New Year documents can be found on our Help documents page at http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/isal/edata/e-data-help-documents
e-Data Tech Support is in the process of building the 2013-14 version of the Microsoft Access template for e-Data and will inform agencies when the file is ready for download.
For additional information, contact us at eDataTechSupport@psu.edu
Decisions For Action (DFA) is a program that teaches cognitive skills through a decision-making process. Course activities engage learners by using relevant examples that include their own life situations. The course focuses on the development of thinking skills as well as a process for making decisions. It is based on Vita’s decision-making programs that have been taught to adults in correctional and other settings for over 40 years.
DFA teaches a five-point process for making decisions. The process has students ask pertinent questions that help them analyze situations. Through this analysis they discover what they are in control of and the options they have in situations. DFA requires critical thinking to organize thoughts, examine and challenge assumptions, and define personal goals. Because students use relevant life situations, they practice solving real problems. These problems are often the barriers to participation that are beyond the control of the adult education provider. It is the belief of the Vita staff that teaching DFA will increase the students’ internal resources for managing challenging situations. This, in turn, allows them to persist longer in their studies.
Staff from the following agencies will be attending training in late August to begin their participation in DFA:
- Butler County Community College
- Center for Literacy
- District 1199C
- Intermediate Unit #1
- Jefferson-Clarion Family Learning Centers
- Lancaster Lebanon IU13
- New World Association
- PathWays PA
- PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette Co.
- The Literacy Center
- VITA Education Services
OVAE released the highly-anticipated report, College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education
. The work is the result of a nine-month process that examined the Common Core State Standards
from the perspective of adult education. It was funded to provide a set of manageable yet significant CCR standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what is desirable for adult students to know to be prepared for the rigors of postsecondary education and training. The report was written by Susan Pimentel, prepared by MPR, Associates, Inc.
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2013 GED Testing Service Postsecondary Tuition Scholarship
In 1997, GED Testing Service established the Post-secondary Tuition Scholarship program to honor GED graduates who live in the host state of the annual GED Administrators Conference. This year's conference will be held in Maryland and Maryland will join with bordering states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to recognize outstanding GED® graduates from each of these states. We are excited to double the total number of available awards for this year in order to benefit two (2) graduates from each of these jurisdictions.
During the Graduates Awards Dinner at the GED Administrators Conference in Baltimore, MD on July 17, 2013, the winners will each be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500. GED Testing Service will send the check directly to the designated institutions.
Application criteria require the student to:
- be a Pennsylvania resident at least eighteen (18) years of age;
- have earned a GED® credential in Pennsylvania within the last five (5) years; and
- be enrolled in the Fall 2013 semester at an accredited college, university or proprietary school.
- should be considered a positive role model for others;
- must be willing to participate in the Graduate Awards Dinner and speak about her/his experiences related to earning a GED® credential;
- must submit a short, personal autobiographical statement; the personal statement and a photo be used, with their permission, along with their statement in marketing materials; and
- should be willing to participate in state and national GED® testing marketing campaigns (scheduled at the convenience of each recipient).
Applications may be requested, based on the applicant's permanent home address, by contacting: Mr. Michael Sobkowski GED AdministratorPA Department of Education 333 Market Street, 12th floor Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
email: email@example.comFAX: (717) 783-0583 The deadline for submission of all application materials is Friday, May 24, 2013.