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Face to face professional development ABSPD Able to Forge New Partnerships
As of July 1st 2018, Adult Basic Skills Professional Development (ABSPD) is now able to partner with additional organizations to provide professional development services for college and career (adult basic skills) programs.  ABSPD has 30 years of experience providing professional development for adult educators.  We offer a range of professional development options including scalable face-to-face, hybrid and fully online professional development. Possible professional...
People talking around a table 2018-19 PD Calendar Announced for NCCCS Workshops!
ABSPD and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) are proud to announce that the training calendar for the 2018-19 professional development year has been posted and you can find it HERE. Here are some highlights for our offerings this year: All seven face-to-face CORE courses are offered once in each of the three new professional development regions (west, east, central). If a face-to-face course is offered in your region, we strongly recommend you take it. Per NCCCS's new policy,...
Institute Participants Talking Institute 2018 Wraps Up!
On May 22 through 25 and again on May 29 through June 1 2018, 115 adult educators from across North Carolina attended Institute 2018 What Works: Teaching Adults with Learning Differences and Unique Learning Needs.  Through networking with colleagues, large group sessions and small group breakouts, participants came away with an expanded toolkit of strategies to assist their students with learning differences.   Large group sessions examined a variety of topics including fostering...
Adult on computer New Hybrid Core to Debut in January 2017
While all Core courses will continue to be offered face to face, NCCCS adult educators now have another option: the Hybrid Core. The Hybrid Core allows participants to complete all 7 Core courses by taking 2 face to face workshops and completing a 30 hour online course. This saves travel and out of class time! The Hybrid Core begins with a 6 hour face to face workshop that teaches content and describes how to use AsU Learn, App State’s online course management system. It will then feature a 30...
Students working Institute 2017 Registration is Now Open!
Registration for Institute 2017: Reaching Hard to Teach Students is now open!  Week 1 runs from May 23 to 26 and the identical Week 2 happens from May 30 to June 2.  Institute does not interfere with Memorial Day (May 29) this year! Many have described Institute as the best professional development they have ever encountered as they experienced hands on workshops with presenters such as Jeff Goodman, Mary Ferrell, Laurie Weston and the ABSPD staff.  Coming to Institute means...
Professional Development Grant Resources
I recently attend an amazing workshop given by Claire Ricci from Alamance Community College (ACC). ACC is the fastest growing adult literacy program in the state and has partnered with numerous agencies across their county. I have put her presentation on our website HERE. One great partnership ACC has is with the United Way, from which ACC received an almost $40k grant! This grant allowed them to send instructors to the ABSPD Institute (hint, hint) as well as a host of other initiatives that...
Adult Student WIOA in the Classroom Resources Available!
Institute 2016: Shifts in Instruction for WIOA Implementation was held during May and June 2016.  Our presenters gave us a host of information about how to make WIOA work in our classrooms.  Since 9 of the 13 WIOA considerations directly impact classroom instruction, this information is critical.  Please visit the Institute 2016 page HERE to access the many available resources including presentations from Nancye Gaj, Jeff Goodman, Mary Ferrell, and other Institute favorites...
Dollar Sign 2 Ways to Get Funding for Institute 2016!
Institute 2016: Shifts in Instruction for WIOA Implementation is coming soon on May 23 - 26 and May 30 to June 2 and applications continue to pour in. Complete details about Institute are available HERE.  I have talked with many people who want to attend Institute, but they do not have the money. Here are two more ideas for funding:  1. Your Community College Foundation - Every community college has a foundation.  One of the foundation's missions is to promote the professional...
WIOA Institute 2016 Registration is Now Live!
The registration link for Institute 2016: Shifts in Instruction for WIOA Implementation is now live and can be found HERE!   You will not want to miss Institute this year as we dive into how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) impacts instruction at the classroom level.  Topics will include: WIOA classroom basics Transitioning to post secondary education  Integrating technology in the classroom Teaching contextually with content standards Providing career focused...
Who was Walt Disney book ABSPD Lending Library New Titles!
ABSPD is pleased to announce the addition of 16 new titles to our lending library!  The new titles include: Who Was Walt Disney? Who Were the Wright Brothers? The Alchemist The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Books 1 through 12 of The Boxcar Children series including Surprise Island, Mystery Ranch, and Houseboat Mystery Sets of these levelled, high interest books can be borrowed for a semester and then returned to ABSPD through Media Mail.  We have over 90 titles from...
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