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EDSI is thrilled to announce a new virtual reality tool now available to jobseekers participating in pre-employment workshops in three offices in the Philadelphia, PA area. The idea came about when a company executive saw a demonstration of the technology on a Vice News YouTube video, and that started the ball rolling. The video highlighted tasks that were designed to teach prison inmates life skills so that they could return to the community after serving 20+ year terms.

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This year I had the honor of attending the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association’s (MEATA) 2018 Spring conference in Traverse City, MI, attended by nearly 200 professionals. During the conference, the first Apprenticeship in a Day workshop was held, where 12 companies were given the opportunity to complete and register their apprenticeship standards with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) has greatly improved assistance for jobseekers through the integrated, employer-driven, public workforce development system. The new regulations require workforce centers to collaborate with adult education, postsecondary education, and other partners to establish career pathways programs.

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One of my favorite times of the year is Fall—and not just because of the change in seasons! Every year I get the honor to present at Georgia’s Fall Adult Education Conference. I’ve been attending for the past five years, and it is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. The conference is designed to provide educators, administrators and partners an opportunity to learn from national presenters on a variety of topics. This year, I decided to focus on two things: Differentiation in Multi-Level Classrooms and Technology Integration under WIOA.

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EDSI's Kimberly Glenn highlights key differences between instructional delivery methods in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of educational development.

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EDSI Senior Consultant Ed Quintavalle reflects on the overall demand for skills in the global economy and key drivers for that success that start in the classroom. His plan outlines the need for student programs which emphasize lifeline learning, thereby decreasing workforce disparities through constant skill upgrading.

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EDSI Director Kimberly Glenn delivered four presentations at the annual Commission on Adult Basic Education conference, which focused on the themes of transitions and career pathways. The conference reflected the changes and needs of the Adult Education community.

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About 7 or so years ago, I was introduced to a new model, one created by Norman Webb. This model can be correlated to Bloom's Taxonomy, but focuses more on what is called the "cognitive demand" of a task. By using Webb's Depth of Knowledge as our framework for developing and designing curriculum, we have been able work with employers and educators to determine exactly what the end result should be and how to appropriately build knowledge to achieve the desired result.

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Perhaps my favorite part of my job is traveling the nation, visiting other states, attending conferences and delivering presentations. This past year I was fortunate enough to present at a number of conferences for Adult Education, from state conferences in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Georgia to the national Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference in Denver, CO.....

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