Located on the CALPRO Web site, the Virtual Workrooms provide adult educators with instant access to research–based professional development resources on a particular topic.

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Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors

The Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors offers a wide variety of professional resources organized around five central challenges in multilevel instruction: needs assessment, lesson planning, group work, materials, and evaluation.

Intended Audience
  • ESL teachers working with a broad spectrum of levels, i.e., a class where learners may range from pre-literate to low–advanced.
  • ESL teachers working with narrow spectrum of levels (e.g., Intermediate ESL).

Teachers often see variation in skill-level across an entire class or within an individual student (e.g., a fairly fluent speaker may be a struggling reader or writer). To see what participants are saying about this Virtual Workroom, click Participant Feedback.

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Log in to the Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors, using the Login box on the right. (You may use the same log–in credentials you have used for registering for other CALPRO Events or the other Virtual Workroom.)

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Virtual Workroom on Workforce Readiness

Federal and state policy and funding practices clearly identify workforce readiness as a top priority for adult education, including adult literacy instruction.

Toward that end, the Virtual Workroom on Workforce Readiness provides adult educators of ABE, ASE, and ESL programs with a range of professional development resources focusing on three areas:

  1. Instructional Materials and Strategies
  2. Related Research and Additional Resources
  3. Program Infrastructure Supports

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Getting Started

Log in to the Virtual Workroom on Workforce Readiness, using the Login box on the right. (You may use the same log–in credentials you have used for registering for other CALPRO Events or the other Virtual Workroom.)

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Virtual Workroom on Best Practices in ABE Reading Instruction

The Virtual Workroom on Best Practices in ABE Reading Instruction will provide educators of adult basic education programs with a range of professional development resources focusing on three areas:

  1. Direct, Explicit Instruction
  2. Other Instructional and Classroom Management Strategies
  3. Related Research and Additional Resources
Intended Audience
  • ABE instructors of reading, primarily, but also of writing and numeracy
  • Administrators of ABE programs

While the context for many examples is reading instruction, several of the best practices can be applied equally effectively in teaching writing or numeracy to ABE learners.

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Getting Started

Log in to the Virtual Workroom on Best Practices in ABE Reading Instruction, using the Login box on the right. (You may use the same log–in credentials you have used for registering for other CALPRO Events or the other Virtual Workroom.)

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Math Videos on Depth of Knowledge 3 Problems

As the Common Core State Standards and the GED 2014 move towards requiring more complex reasoning, math instructors are challenged to teach math in new ways. The videos in this section show a High School Diploma and GED teacher at Culver City Adult School, Leila Rosemberg, working with her students on a variety of problems that require Webb's Depth of Knowledge level 3. The goal of these videos is to provide some examples of what Depth of Knowledge 3 problems look like, and some ideas on how to approach teaching them.

Topics Included

  • Frequency and Mean
  • Data Analysis and Permutations
  • Mode and Probability
  • GED Dot Plots and Hot Spot Questions
  • Undefined Expressions
  • Simplifying Equations with Square Roots and Squares
  • Slope and Rectangles
  • Composite Solids
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