ABSPD and the Core Credential

"On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again." Over the past five months, ABSPD has been very busy conducting workshops across the state from Waynesville to Washington.  Nancye Gaj, Team Leader for Professional Development at the North Carolina Community College System Office, unveiled plans last June for our state’s new basic skills core credential.  This credential, the silver certificate, consists of seven workshops covering a variety of topics.  ABSPD conducts four of these new workshops: Evidence Based Reading Instruction, Evidence Based Writing Instruction, Evidence Based Math Instruction, and Applying Content Standards: GPS for Success. 

The reading training covers both assessment and instruction.  Instead of vague TABE or CASAS scores, participants learn how to find students’ true skill levels in alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Participants will also leave with many instructional techniques to build their learners’ skills.  The writing training shows research proven methods for developing students’ writing skills.  Learners will understand the components of effective writing instruction for adult learners while discovering ways to encourage reluctant writers and make writing fun.    

The math workshop covers many topics including how to identify and treat math anxiety.  Participants will discover ways to create mystery and wonder to make math lessons more engaging.  Increase student achievement in your classroom by using contextualized math lessons and cooperative learning.  This training also covers how to use games to build students’ numeracy skills. 

Finally, the GPS for Success workshop shows instructors how to use content standards for effective instruction.  Content standards describe what learners should know and be able to do and have been created by adult educators from across our state to guide ABE students.  Participants also learn how to use an incredibly rich toolkit that contains almost 700 teaching suggestions easily adaptable into lesson plans. 

Where can you find out more about the core credential and these trainings?  Please visit the training calendar at: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/basic_skills/trainingCalendar.htm

Registration is first come, first served and only 25 participants can attend each training.  We look forward to seeing you in one of our workshops soon!