We will be fine…

I thought I would share my message to our Adult Basic Education Division this morning…
Good morning,
I imagine that many of you and your students will have very mixed emotions about the election results.  That’s O.K and those mixed feelings and diverse opinions are what makes the United States of America great.  Listen to your colleagues and students with kindness and understanding.  In America, we honor election results and the democratic process.  We don’t tolerate sore losers or winners.  Take the opportunity, if it comes up, to teach about the process, the difference between local, state and federal elections… what each branch of government can or cannot do.  Don’t let assumptions rule your classroom, the majority of Americans are not racist or sexist or whatever the messages may be.
Here are some things to consider:
  • Teach a math lesson today
  • Embrace one another; protect your students and your center
  • Teach others how to speak up and advocate
  • Model tolerance and understanding
  • Teach others how to be responsible members of society; how to research facts; how to form valid arguments
  • Be nonpartisan
  • Advocate for your students and for education
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the results, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Comfort and protect each other… we will be fine.
Regina

 

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PCC Celebrates Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

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PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College & Career division started celebrating National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week a day early, and we kept on celebrating for a day after as well.file_000-2

Last Saturday, staff, student leaders, AmeriCorps members along with their family and friends worked on the courtyard to maintain and clear out the lovely plants and landscaping that that they started last year.  I stopped by on Monday to check out the progress, and it looked awesome!

Our Literacy Connects friend, Betty Stauffer had a wonderful op-ed published in the Star. It was a positive story about the literacy needs in our community.  http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/guest/betty-stauffer-literacy-is-the-foundation-of-a-community/article_5b9ca900-5645-52c2-88da-6e1a9be3d513.html

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On Monday, all of our teachers and instructional leaders attended an in service on formative assessment. They learned, reflected and practiced techniques to ensure students are learning and that teachers are delivering content in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner.  At the end of the day, the 50+ gathering split into open space groups to discuss a variety of topics.

Our Civics & Student Leadership program also participated in a Get out the Vote campaign at the YWCA with the League of Women Voters.  Did you know there are just over 500,000 people registered to vote in Pima County?  Did you know that in the last primary, only 30% of the eligible voters turned out?  That means, your three crazy friends are deciding the future for the 7 of us who are sane!

On Wednesday, KOLD’s Maria Hechanova did a story about our classes and interviewed a student.  Richard was open and honest about why he dropped out, how he had tried over and over for 10+ years, and that he was finally dedicated to finishing.  Watch for Richard in your classes, because I told him we would help him finish!  He wants to be a broadcast journalist when he finishes; and he wants to be a good role model for his kids. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/33274891/pcc-recognizes-national-adult-education-family-literacy-week

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Also, on Wednesday, superstar Ambassadors, Laura Porfirio and BHS/IBEST HSE graduate Linda Langston were hobnobbing with policymakers in D.C. They met with both Arizona Senators or staff, Representatives Grijalva, McSally and others as well.  COABE sponsored the trip for nearly 50 advocates and held 100+ meetings with policymakers! They were able to tell them about the importantance of adult education for thousands in our community.  Linda was able to speak firsthand how adult education, her teachers and our programs changed her life. Laura secured a few tours this Fall, so watch for those bigwig visits as well.file_000-6

On Thursday, Telemundo came to do a story about our program as well. Teresa Moreno, Student Services Tech extraordinaire, handled the entire interview.

On Sunday, we ended the week with a large Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) accountability session. Over 500 people attended the session.  “All politics is local”, as House Speaker O’Neil was credited with saying… in a time where speaking about national politics can lead to angered friends and family feuds, pay attention to the local and state races  And more importantly, help your students see themselves and their issues in context – help them see why voting is important to them.   Many times, local policymakers are the most accessible and the most responsive.

Throughout the week, there were highlights, facts and figures posted on social media.  The purpose of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week is to raise file_000-5awareness about what adult education is and why it is so important for our nation.  I think we did that!

 

Pima County Re-entry Coalition Fair

Pima County Re-entry Coalition Fair

The first annual Pima County Re-entry Coalition fair was held Saturday April 30th, 2016 at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.  This fair highlighted the progress made in re-entry efforts and the enormous network the Pima County Re-entry Coalition has developed over the past 7 years.  It is important work and we are proud to be part of the effort inside the Pima County Adult Detention Complex and outside on the Coalition.

Over 30 community programs were set up to showcase opportunities and resources for individuals looking to move forward in the community after incarceration.

According to John Hindman, PCC’s 17+ year veteran Instructor at the Jail, “It was great to talk to people taking an active role in their family member’s transition from incarcerated to returning to the community.”

KVOA news covered the event.

http://www.kvoa.com/story/31857469/pcsd-service-providers-helping-ex-convicts-move-forward

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Qian Prescott, Chris Parisoff, and John Hindman staffed a booth for Pima Community College and were able to talk to many families of current and future students.

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Qian Prescott, John Hindman and Sheriff Chris Nanos

 

 

Content + Confidence = Math Bridge

“My confidence in math greatly improved. No more math anxiety.”

The Adult Basic Education for College & Career division at PCC is working hard to help students transition into college or onto new career pathways. One way we do this is by offering accelerated Math Bridge classes to all PCC students at Northwest, Desert Vista and East campuses, every spring and fall semester. These intensive classes are 7 weeks long, and meet for 12 hours a week. If you do the math, that’s 84 hours of instruction -nearly double that of a regular class, yet taught in less than half a semester’s time!  This model allows students to immerse in the content of the class and move faster toward their goals.

Math Bridge classes are unique in a number of different ways. First, they are no-cost and non-credit, so students don’t have to use up their finances or time while they strengthen their foundational skills and knowledge of the college.  Both ABE and Dev Ed students attend classes together.

Another difference is how Math Bridge classes approach teaching math. Instead of trying to cram in as many lessons in operations-based math skills as possible in 7 weeks, the instructors focus on developing a deeper, conceptual understanding of the math. This not only has shown to help students perform better on assessments such as the Compass test or the GED, but students have also consistently reported a significant increase in their confidence with math.

 “I feel a lot more confident in math especially since I have not taken it for 16 years. Being in the classroom and working with my peers has been great too! This 3 hour class feels so short to me. I really enjoy coming.”

The Math Bridge Instructors developed this model and curriculum based on several years of study on how best to teach adults Mathematics through TIAN (Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy).   TIAN uses teacher inquiry and reflective learning to engage teachers in learning how to design and implement effective mathematics instructional approaches for algebra and data analysis. TIAN was piloted and field-tested with math teachers in six states whose adult students had math skills at the ABE, pre-GED, and GED levels.   Website: http://tian.terc.edu/

We also know that math isn’t the only thing that students need to be successful. Math Bridge classes integrate skills for student success into the classroom, and bring in resources to help them along the way. Essential study skills are developed and practiced; tours of the campus with Student Life engage students with campus activities; and weekly visits to the class from a dedicated Student Services Advisor help students learn how to navigate the college system and maximize its resources. Finally, students also explore career pathways and meet with faculty and college career counselors to map out their next steps onto those pathways. Students complete the Math Bridge class with relationships already established with college faculty and staff, and feel comfortable asking for help.

 “This class has pushed me back into school. It has gotten me used to being busy and using my time wisely. I’m truly grateful.”

The first Spring Math Bridge class wrapped up last week, and the results already look good.  The first Spring Math Bridge classes of 2016 wrapped up last week, with over 80% of the students moving up on their placement  levels!  Of course, it’s not just test scores going up that leads to success, it’s about being engaged:

“It has helped me to re-learn all that I didn’t care about through high school. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

The next Math Bridge classes will start on March 28th  at Desert Vista, Northwest and East campuses, and are open to all PCC students. This fall, classes will also be available at Downtown and West Campuses. For more information about Math Bridge classes, contact Wendy Scheder Black at wscheder@pima.edu.

“I’m anxious to get going with my college classes…This class has been a boost for me!”

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Math Bridge Teachers – Mary Jo Chmielewski, Linda Kangas & Consuelo Carrillo

 

NOTE:  There is a professional development opportunity for Instructors who want to learn more about Bridge classes coming soon – stay tuned from your center for more information.

 

Adult Basic Education featured on AZPM

Arizona Public Media aired a story about PCC’s Adult Basic Education Division this morning on NPR.

I want our Instructors to take note of the compliment from the college on the level of faculty engagement.

I want to echo that sentiment that our Instructors and staff are extraordinary!  Students, the community and the college see it.  It’s obvious that each of you cares for our students and their success.

Thank you for providing that excellent attention to students!

https://www.azpm.org/p/featured-news/2016/3/9/83522-pima-ged-program-second-chance-for-dropouts/

Future adult educators?

Future adult educators?

I had the good fortune of presenting to Dr. Patty Anders  Family and Community Literacy Class this morning at the University of Arizona.  Students were interested in adult basic literacy and adult education, correctional education, and juvenile education.  I’m optomistic after my 25 year career that perhaps the next instructors, managers, or even Deans are in that group of hopeful students.

I was please to share with them what some of the issue are, what we do at Pima, and a few of my favorite stories.

Below find the link to Matias’ story along with a few other resources that may be useful.

 

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http://national-coalition-literacy.org/piaac/fact-sheets-investing-in-adult-education-pays/

http://national-coalition-literacy.org/research/

According to CLASP, “Although federal adult education has traditionally been supplemented by sizeable state-level matching funds, a decline in federal and state funding for adult education has resulted in states serving only fraction of the students—2 million out of 93 million—who could benefit from services”[i] (CLASP, 2012).

See the fourteen minute advocacy story “We are Adult Education” video link https://vimeo.com/9186597

http://www.coabe.org/ Why adult education matters

Matias’ Digital story, along with others, on the support adult education channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/supportadulted

 

 

PCC Adult Education Celebrates National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career division invites you to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 21-26, 2015 http://national-coalition-literacy.org/2015/08/national-adult-education-and-family-literacy-week-is-coming/.

This month, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce, for the seventh year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 21st, 2015 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (NAEFL) Week!

In addition, for the fifth year in a row, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will introduce a Senate resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week which celebrates the achievements of adult education in the United States.

This year’s NAEFL week will not only celebrate the critical role that adult education, English language services, and family literacy play in our country, but the opportunities that lie ahead in the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The law calls for a strengthening of our adult education programs so that learners can both improve their literacy and prepare for post-secondary education and employment.

PCC Adult Education serves approximately 5,000 students each year who, according to Laurie Kierstead-Joseph, Advanced Program Manager of Adult Education Services, “need to strengthen their basic literacy and math skills, improve their English, study for a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, and prepare for community college or vocational training.”

To recognize this national celebration and the achievements of adult literacy students, Pima will be sponsoring and participating in the following activities:

  • Congressman Raul Grijalva signed in support of the resolution tovoter reg 2015 designate the National Adult Education and Family Literacy week for the seventh year. Congressman Grijalva is a steadfast supporter of Adult Education.
  • On Sept 22nd, student leaders from PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career division will do a voter registration drive at three adult learning centers as part of a college-wide celebration of National Voter Registration Day. At the 29th St. Coalition center, Selena Llamas from Expect More Arizona will open up the drive with inspiring facts that link education to voter turnout.
  • Adult education students and graduates will post brief reflections about their “keys to success” on The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)’s Facebook page. Student reflections will highlight the teachers, mentors or family members who encouraged or inspired them along their adult education journey.
  • Adult education staff will welcome over 125 high school equivalency students at the New Student Orientations on September 22 at 9:00 a.m. and September 24 at 4:00 p.m., at Community Campus. The importance of civic involvement and student leadership in adult education will be highlighted as student leaders give personal testimony and share their digital stories of success.
  • Instructors will implement reading-focused activities such as library tours, maximizing library resources, book reports and presentations.

Find more literacy facts at http://www.proliteracy.org/the-crisis/adult-literacy-facts.
For more information about PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career (ABECC) classes, call (520) 206-3987. Learn more about the services provided here. here.