Pennsylvania

Staff Development Project

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Screening Days: Dr. Cooper will demonstrate the Cooper Screening for Information Processing on February 27 and March 27, 1998. (April, May and June dates will be announced in the April newsletter.) Adult educators in Southeastern PA who would like to learn how to administer the screening or who would like to have a student screened should contact the Center to make arrangements for the student or for observing the screening. There is a limit of four students for each date.

In order to provide adult educators in Pennsylvania with more in-depth training in learning differences, Dr. Cooper is offering a course. The course is open to all adult educators and volunteer tutors in Pennsylvania. Participants will cover the material listed in the course outline by attending training sessions offered by Dr. Cooper in their regions, by viewing video recordings of topics which they are unable to attend in their regions, by completing reading assignments and by working with adult students with the techniques in the course and reporting on those activities. Communication between the participants and the instructor will be completed by phone and/or e-mail. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will receive a certificate.

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Designing Adult Education Programs for Students with Learning Differences

Mission Statement, Policies and Procedures, Regulations

Recruitment and Admission Screening, Identification, Diagnosis of Learning Differences

Curriculum, Instruction, Materials and Alternative Techniques

Assessment

Remediation, Adaptations and Accommodations

Retention, Program Completion and Follow-ups

Support Services and Referrals

Identifying Learning Differences, Problems and Disabilities

Theoretical Models for Defining Learning Differences

Definitions, Labels

Characteristics of Learning Differences: Perception, Processing and Communication

Screening for Learning Differences

Identifying Learning Disabilities

Teaching Reading to Adults

Understanding Reading Differences, Problems and Disabilities

Word Recognition Skills, Decoding Skills, and the Structure of Language

Improving Reading Comprehension, Distractions, Information Gaps

Vocabulary Development -- Underdeveloped and Ambiguous

Teaching Writing and Spelling to Adults

Understanding Writing and Spelling Differences, Problems and Disabilities

Spelling Techniques, Mnemonics, Word Comparisons

Writing Techniques: Choosing Topics, Organizing Information, Grammar and Punctuation, Editing.

Teaching Math to Adults

Understanding Math Differences, Problems and Disabilities

Teaching Arithmetic Skills

Tic Tac Toe Math

Higher Level Math Skills

Study Skills for Adults who Learn Differently

Increasing Time on Task, Specialized Study Tools, Notetaking Skills, Study Environments

Instructional Techniques

25 Instructional Techniques to Improve Adult Students' Success

Social and Life Skills for Adults with Learning Differences, Problems and Disabilities

Understanding Social and Life Skill Deficiencies

Social and Life Skill Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

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Reading Assignments:

Required reading materials will be provided to each participant along with a bibliography for suggested readings

Writing Assignments:

Case Study Reports on the progress with students

Other Activities:

Screen students with the C-SIP and implement teaching techniques with those students

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