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Community Volunteer Training - May 4, 2019

Community Volunteer Training

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Community Volunteer Training - May 4, 2019

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All are welcome to attend a free day of workshops and conversations to support English language learners and adult basic education students in Seattle and King County.

Community Volunteer Training: Supporting Adult Literacy and Learning 
King County Goodwill Job Training & Education Center
700 Dearborn Place S., Seattle, WA 98144
May 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. Registration is required. Light breakfast provided.

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Keynote: 9:00AM to 9:30AM

Student Panel Discussion: The Adult Immigrant Learning Experience: 3 students with a focus on immigration. The panel discussion will give volunteers the opportunity to hear from current and former adult learners from a variety of backgrounds and learning profiles in order to more deeply understand the experience of adult learning and immigration. There are a number of important factors that influence adult learning including experience, motivation, confidence and cognitive ability, and all of the elements are impacted by immigrant experiences. As volunteer facilitators working alongside immigrant adult learners, we need to understand how these factors work broadly and individually to impact learning.

Session 1: 9:45AM to 11:15AM

  • Strategies for Teaching Literacy to Adult Emergent Readers: When writing on the board does not help; when your students can’t read handouts and lack study skills, volunteers need strategies and tools to help students become literate in English.In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will demonstrate a taxonomy of effective strategies to teach adult emergent readers.
  • ESOL Toolkit Part 1: Learn techniques and activities for teaching English language learners, including those who have no English ability.
  • *Adopting a Cultural Humility Approach with Adult Learners: In this session we will begin a discussion on strengthening self-awareness and cultural consciousness by exploring implicit biases and cultural identifiers. We will also look at how this can impact working with adults and the benefits of using the cultural humility approach to help create a safer, more accepting learning environment for everyone.
  • *Teaching Digital Literacy to Beginner Level Adults: In this training we will explore some best practices for the first steps to teaching digital literacy basic skills, including assessment and goal setting tools, and strategies for breaking down goals into achievable lessons.
  • *Supporting Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Clients: A presentation addressing the challenges facing people leaving incarceration with a Q&A/discussion to follow. 

Session 2: 11:30AM to 1:00PM

  • Teaching Strategies to Develop Reading Skills: In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will demonstrate an approach and strategies for improving reading skills. You will leave with ideas on how to plan reading instruction and link reading to other skills for learners who are level 3* and above.

  • ESOL Toolkit Part 2: Learn how to plan lessons and assess what your students know. Get tips on how to be culturally sensitive and how to differentiate instruction for various levels.
  • Working with Adult Learners: in this training participants will identify, discuss and utilize strategies that facilitate learning and persevering in adult education.
  • *Becoming a Trauma Informed, Resilience-building Community Volunteer: This workshop will provide an appreciation for how trauma impacts peoples’ lives and how trauma-informed care (TIC) is a way of supporting the whole person by taking into account past trauma; coping strategies; and the concept of resiliency in understanding behaviors of people you may encounter.  We will discuss as well as do activities to increase your awareness and compassion for people who have experienced past trauma.
  • *Education in Jail: Building a Foundation for the Future. Find out more about how the educational programs work in the jails: GED, HS21+ and ESOL,  how it feels to give incarcerated individuals, what might be, their first positive educational experience. This is a good workshop for people Interested in finding out about 1:1 tutoring in the correctional education team at the King County Jails, we will have a panel discussion about what it's like to tutor in a correctional facility and opportunities to learn how to get involved.

* New workshop at the Community Volunteer Training


This event is sponsored by King County Goodwill, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, King County Library System, Literacy Source, Seattle Central College, and OneAmerica.

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King County Goodwill Job Training & Education Center
700 Dearborn Place S
Seattle, WA 98144

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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