Preparing Students for High School Equivalency Using the Common Core State Standards (HSE CCSS) Certificate Program
Since 2012, this certificate-bearing course has provided adult literacy and out-of-school youth educators with a detailed overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their impact on High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction and assessment. The course combines in-person classes with asynchronous, online learning activities, and is appropriate for new and experienced HSE teachers and/or program managers who are interested in developing their knowledge of the new HSE standards and related instructional shifts.
Course Objectives & Outcomes
The aim of HSE CCSS is to develop program leaders and instructors who are well versed in new instructional standards; new high school equivalency assessments and policy; and evidence-based instruction. HSE CCSS participants gain access to a growing cohort of educators with similar training and a library of instructional resources and lesson plans that are developed in collaboration with peers and facilitators. By the end of the course, participants join a community of professionals engaged in the work of maintaining and enhancing high standards of HSE program quality. Course outcomes include a teacher portfolio that consists of: three standards-aligned lesson plans; an informational essay describing the new learning standards and resulting shifts in HSE instruction and assessments; and an updated professional resume.
What Certificate Holders Say About HSE CCSS
“I would describe the program as a comprehensive, hands-on course that balances theory and practice in such a way that adult educators from novices to seasoned pros will come away with a wealth of useful information, new ideas, and new perspectives on HSE assessment. As a participant, I feel that the modules served to reinforce some ideas I held previously, but more importantly, many became catalysts for bursts of creative planning on my part. After the course, I revamped and/or discarded many of my older lessons in favor of ideas I had or was given during the course – my teaching practice was invigorated because I was no longer bored with the same lessons I had been teaching for years, which in turn has invigorated my classes."
-Elena Pearson, HSE Coordinator, The Hetrick-Martin Institute
“I found this course to be invaluable - not only in preparing me for the demands of the new test, but also giving me many important resources to expand my skills and knowledge base regarding the new technological, informational and procedural standards being tested. Recognizing the need to have a standardized approach to the new test helps me as a teacher immensely, and seeing an emerging community of teachers sharing these goals and practices greatly elevates my ability to succeed. This program enabled me to create a practical approach with relevant tools and support, and provided an important support community.”
-Lisa Diomande, HSE Instructor, Harlem Y Literacy Zone
Bring HSE CCSS to Your Program
We are able to bring HSE CCSS to your program and to adjust it to your specific programmatic needs. Examples of our onsite, customized programming include:
Cynthia Bell has been in the field of adult education for the past nine years, and is currently the Numeracy Specialist at the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC), where she is a curriculum developer and trainer with a specialty in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics. She conducts numeracy workshops for Adult Basic Education instructors and trainings in implementing the CCSS for mathematics for High School Equivalency (HSE) instructors. Throughout her career, Cynthia has taught both urban youth and adults, who are more inclined to fall into the achievement gap but still desire a post-secondary education, with the mindset that everyone can learn to think mathematically and build numeracy skills.
Please contact her at email@example.com or 212-803-3306 with any course-specific questions or requests.
Shannon Allen is the Literacy Specialist at the LAC, where she provides professional development and works with programs to develop contextualized curriculum. Shannon has worked in the field of adult education since 2002 and has expertise in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, the College and Career Readiness Standards, the 2014 High School Equivalency exams, and reading and writing instruction for adult and out-of-school/opportunity youth learners. Before coming to work for the LAC in 2007, Shannon worked as a curriculum developer for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education and as a Pre-GED and GED instructor in Harlem and Philadelphia. Shannon holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently working on completing her doctorate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Urban Education program.
Lizelena Iglesias is the Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Specialist at the LAC. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Havana University, a Master's of Education from Framingham State University and an International Baccalaureate Certification. In her native country of Cuba, she worked in the National Botanical Garden as well as the National Museum of Natural History. Thereafter she spent seven years teaching science and math overseas. In New York, she transitioned into teaching and developing curricula for the Spanish high school equivalency exams, more recently integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into HSE science instruction.
To learn more about the content of the HSE CCSS course, please contact Cynthia Bell at 212.803.3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask us about the Math, Science, and Digital Literacy certificate programs we anticipate offering later in 2016.
Please fill out this form if you would like to receive information about future HSE CCSS courses as they are scheduled.
The LAC Academy's online learning platform, Moodle, offers participants the opportunity to build on their digital literacy skills. Skills covered in Modules 1, 2, and 4 of this assessment are particularly important in an online learning environment. Each module begins with very basic tasks, but stick with it, they get more challenging! Assess your Digital Literacy skills here