This Month's TOPic: High School Equivalency

Each month we will focus on a topic of high interest for the field. This month we are sharing journal articles, archived webinars, and resources highlighting Advocacy. Download the complete annual schedule of topics.

Past Monthly Topics

COABE Journal Articles

COABE Journal Spring 2017 Issue
"Computer-Based GED Testing:  Implications for Students, Programs, and Practitioners" (Read the Article)

COABE Journal Spring 2015 Issue
"Desire: A Key Factor for Successful Online GED Adult Learners" (Read the Article)

COABE Journal Spring 2015 Issue
"'My Turn,' Women's Goals and Motivation in a Diploma Program: A Constructive-Developmental Approach" (Read the Article)


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Featured Webinar

Social Studies & Science for the High School Equivalency Assessments: Make it Fun, Make it Cheap!

This presentation will focus on methods and resources to turn your classroom into an exciting and engaging location for social studies and science instruction. The focus will be on the content, concepts, and strategies students need to successfully pass the social studies and science content tests in the three high school completion assessments. We will share ideas about teaching in a way that is fun, engaging, and active. Students will be up and out of their seats! Resources for the classroom will include a number of internet-based resources in addition to low-cost or no-cost tips and ideas for turning the classroom into a constant social studies and science learning experience. Participants will leave the session with a variety of ideas for immediate implementation and access to a Livebinder with a large variety of internet resources.

Presented by: Susan Gibson
Resource: Social Studies and Science for the High School Equivalency Assessments Presentation (PowerPoint)

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All About Accommodations

This session will include a general overview of accommodated testing and the best way to assist students when they need help applying for accommodations. We will look at the types of accommodations that are available for high-stakes testing; the accommodation request process; and review complete and incomplete applications. ADA and other guidance will be discussed. There will be time for all of your questions.

Presented by: Debbie Bergtholdt
Date: June 7, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



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Federally-funded adult basic education and English literacy services are crucial for immigrant and refugee integration. In this webinar, get a detailed overview of issues relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including concerns about how to ensure service to individuals with the lowest levels of education and English proficiency. You’ll learn about key challenges created by WIOA and its proposed regulations, and strategies that can be used to help ensure equitable service access for diverse learners. In addition, you’ll get a practical demonstration of how to obtain detailed socio-demographic data on learner needs in your community, enabling you to inform policy and planning conversations.

Presenter: Margie McHugh
Resource: Ensuring Immigrants' Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators (PowerPoint)

Ensuring Immigrant's Access to WIOA: Data and Advocacy Tools for Adult Educators webinar
generously sponsored by Burlington English

Effective Strategies for Adult Educators to Improve Retention, Persistence, Engagement, and Motivation Among ABE/GED Adult Learners

Essential Writing Skills for the College Bound GED or High School Equivalency Student

Crossing Borders Using Cross Content Project Based  Curriculum to Meet Students Needs