College and Career Ready Science Teaching Sampler

Watch: Archived Recording

Download: Webinar Slides

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.

Webinar Date: October 21, 2014


For over a decade, 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.

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 presents 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.