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Making the Shifts

FY2013-14 Making the Shifts...2014 and Beyond

The landscape of high school equivalency testing is shifting to a more rigorous, standards-based assessment. The GED® Test to be released in January 2014 is based on the Common Core State Standards which reflect significant shifts in English Language Arts and Math. The Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s recently released College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education highlight shifts toward focused-math, increased rigor, text complexity and non-fiction texts. Adult education teachers must be able to teach new skills such as algebraic thinking, close reading and constructed response writing.

Making the Shifts is a professional development opportunity for Colorado’s ABE/ASE teachers in preparation for the new GED® Tests to be released in January 2014. This is an extended, multi-session professional development initiative using a cohort model. Read more about it here, then come back to this page to register for upcoming events. 

July 2013 AEFLA Directors' Conference - Making the Shifts Session

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Regional Workshops | summer/fall 2013

Five regional trainings were held in August/September 2013: Northern region | August 14, 2013 | Front Range Community College, Fort Collins; Denver Metro region | August 17, 2013 | Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood; Four Corners region | August 23, 2013 | Western State University, Gunnison; Southern region | September 5, 2013 | Adult and Family Education, School District 11, Colorado Springs; and Mountain region | September 27, 2013 | Colorado Mountain College, Edwards.

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Making the Shifts Webinars | November 2013

English Language Arts webinar: Sentence Combining
In this webinar we will look at why sentence variety is critical for ABE/ASE writers to be successful on the GED 2014 tests.  After a quick review of the four sentence types in Standard English, we will explore and practice six strategies for sentence combining.  We will try our sentence combining skills using the lyrics of a song and practice deconstructing an ASE-level essay to identify and explain how the author combined sentences.  The webinar will wrap up by sharing six steps for direct instruction in sentence combining.  Participants receive several handouts and a link to website where students can practice sentence combining online.
Dates/Times: 11/14 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ; 11/15 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. ; 11/21 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. ; 11/22 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Contact: Chelsea Stewart, Director ABE-TLC Adult Basic Education Training and Learning Center, 970.491.3136
Link to registration

Mathematics webinar: Algebrafication!
We will spend a short time discussing current and upcoming needs for instructors and programs.  The content will focus on integrating algebraic reasoning into math instruction at all levels.  We will work with equality, number relationships, variables, the four operations and word problems.  Content is drawn from the College and Career Readiness Standards, spanning ABE intermediate levels. Please review page 8 of the article, Algebraic Thinking, before the webinar.
Dates/Times: 11/14 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. ; 11/15 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ; 11/21 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. ; 11/22 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Chelsea Stewart, Director ABE-TLC Adult Basic Education Training and Learning Center, 970.491.3136
Link to registration


Contact: Chelsea Stewart if you have questions about Making the Shifts trainings
Download Making the Shifts Fact Sheet/Announcement (Please note: This document contains an old e-mail address for Chelsea Stewart. The new e-mail address is or Chelsea.Stewart@ColoState.EDU)

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