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professional development

Wednesday, August 25th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. lead this webinar to highlight current online course offerings and other NCTN resources aimed at supporting states' professional development needs. NCTN also provided an overview on effective professional development and upcoming professional development activities co-hosted by the NCTN.

Priyanka Sharma, Coordinator and Project Manager, NCTN
Kaye Beal, Project Director, World Education, Inc.

Presenter/Moderator: Ellen Hewett, Director, NCTN

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Priyanka Sharma, Kaye Beal
National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.

Monday, August 27th, 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar focused on how AO states can make the best use of the professional development tools and resources available so that faculty and staff are well-trained and well-supported, including external resources (such as SBCTC and NCTN’s online courses) and internal resources (such as state conferences/trainings). Both presenters emphasized the need for long-term professional development plans in addition to the initial training needed to get programs up and running. State coordinators shared what they are currently doing for professional development and discussed some of their capacity gaps.

Moderator: Ellen Hewett, NCTN

Guest experts: 
Jon Kerr, SBCTC: Jon discussed some of the strategies that SBCTC has used to provide PD to I-BEST colleges, including the development of a cadre of expert I-BEST instructors to provide PD and technical assistance across the state. He also shared what PD looks like at the state and college level. 

Andy Nash, NCTN: Andy discussed how states can best take advantage of the online PD developed by NCTN, including how to connect the online courses with other PD activities for maximum effectiveness.

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Ellen Hewett, Jon Kerr, Andy Nash
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, National College Transition Network

This report is a follow-up to California’s Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success initiative and provides an overview of practices and strategies for transitioning adult education students to postsecondary education. A series of literature reviews began in 2007 with the publication of Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community College (Center for Student Success, 2007). This report is one of a number of follow-up projects to the initial literature review.
The report begins with an overview of educational levels and enrollment of students in adult education, GED, and community colleges.  The author discusses advantages of additional educational achievement, the role of community colleges in serving adult education students, and the importance of collaboration among adult education and community colleges.
Strategies and practices in transitioning students from adult education to postsecondary education were identified and are described in four areas:  organizational and administrative practices; program component practices; staff development practices; and instructional practices.  Practices and models from adult education programs throughout the United States provide practitioners with an array of strategies and examples that could be implemented in adult education and community colleges.

Sharon Seymour
Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges/Center for Student Success