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Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Focus on Science


College and Career Ready Science Teaching Sampler


Description: Science instruction is a perfect fit for the recent shifts in adult education instruction that focuses on college and career readiness.  These shifts include building knowledge through the use of complex, content-rich informational text and attention to coherence and rigor.  It’s not always easy to find that content or to weave it into your curriculum, however.

This interactive webinar provides a tour of free, high quality science teaching and learning resources available on the internet.


David Rosen
Newsome Associates

David RosenFor over a decade, Dr. David Rosen was the Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston. Since 2003 he has been an independent consultant, the President of Newsome Associates in Boston. He has worked internationally on adult literacy and out-of-school youth programming, on adult basic education and technology in Massachusetts, and on national projects involving technology through Portland State University in Oregon, Georgia State University, and Jobs for the Future. He has been a presenter and keynote speaker on the integration of technology in adult literacy at many national and state conferences.

For this webinar, David will be sharing his work on the Science Video Review project on LINCS with examples of free, online science videos to support teaching and learning in adult education.


Meghan McNamaraMeghan McNamara
Lehman College Adult Learning Center

Meghan McNamara is a high school equivalency instructor at the Lehman College Adult Learning Center in Bronx, NY, where she teaches science and reading and writing. It was while teaching a unit on local health issues that Meghan first used and developed curricula from the Statistics for Action website, which she will be sharing for this webinar. The unit on local health issues was part of a year-long course Meghan developed and taught, focused on building scientific literacy and STEM career interest in mostly-women adult learners and using Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as a foundational text. When Meghan isn't working with adult learners she is teaching robotics to middle-schoolers in Brooklyn, NY.


Cynthia Zafft

Cynthia Zafft
National College Transition Network
World Education, Inc.

Cynthia will present on free science teaching and learning resources on the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) website, including three free, self-paced science courses for adult education teachers.


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Getting College and Career Ready in Science



Description: Many adult education students are interested in entering health and other science-focused career pathways. For example, health careers are the largest majors in 2-year postsecondary institutions (NCES, 2013).  Few adults are ready for fast-paced, foundational science courses, however.  What are the challenges?  How can adult educators assist their learners to become college and career ready in science?

This interactive webinar focuses on changes occurring in adult education that bode well for science teaching and learning, especially inclusion of science as a content area for rigorous English and mathematics college and career readiness instruction and high school equivalency tests.  Learn more about these changes and how educators are responding.


Michele Bahr

Michele BahrFor twenty years, molecular microbial ecology was Michele's field of research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Her involvement in science education also began at MBL as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Those years marked the beginning of her work with adult education program as a volunteered, then GED® teacher. She has since facilitated or co-facilitated twenty professional development workshops for educators. Michele worked closely with a team of Massachusetts ABE subject matter experts to develop the Life Science Strand and Benchmarks.

Amy DalsimerAmy Dalsimer
Director, Pre-College Academic Programming (PCAP)
LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Amy will provide background information on PCAP's Bridge to Health and Bridge to Science programs and discuss instruction approach and level of student work.


Cynthia ZafftFacilitator:

Cynthia Zafft
National College Transition Network
World Education, Inc.

Cynthia currently focuses on student instruction and teacher professional development that supports transition to postsecondary healthcare and science programs for adult learners.


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