Measurable Outcomes- ESOL Pathway Project- 2015 Great Falls
All fifty-four Great Falls ESOL students enrolled in the Adult Ed. Program took part on the Montana ESOL Pathways Project during its five months of implementation. Activities were designed according to their EFL levels so they worked on developing workforce vocabulary, computer literacy skills and oral and written competencies. Advanced and Intermediate high EFL levels students, a total of sixteen, effectively used MCIS and completed all project steps:
ESOL Advanced and Intermediate high EFL levels students attended career pathways classes: Fun with Finance( healthy financial habits), Certified Nursing Assistant, Substitute Teacher/ Teacher’s Aid, Digital literacy ( Digital platforms necessary to navigate the technological world in which we live) Serv.Safe Food handling Basics ( created and managed by National Restaurant Association), and Credential Essentials ( guest Speakers and facility tours highlighting “Next Step” options through a variety of Pathways opportunities. Five ESOL students received their CNA certifications, Four students completed the Teacher’s Aid workshop successfully,100% of students listed as unemployed achieved employment and 95% of students showed evidence of better understanding their community resources not only to enter employment, but also volunteerism.
Key skills students learned in this project:
· Project Authenticity, ensuring students use technology to create a final product;· Student Engagement, allowing students to shape the curriculum as they make significant production choices throughout the project;· Active Learning, encouraging students to solve problems and communicate their understanding by using technology tools;· Rigorous Communications Skills, developed in the reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting activities integral to technology-based projects;· Practical Life Skills, developed through collaboration, decision-making, and critical thinking; transferable to other educational and work settings.Habits of mind that students practiced in this project:
· Students clearly define everyone's roles, responsibilities, and contributions to the project, and students are held to it.· Students work together to figure out what their final product is going to be and how they will acquire the knowledge they need to complete it.Next Proposed Steps: Great Falls:
WIOA-Technical Assistance Tools and Resources §Department of Labor §WIOA Resource Page (www.doleta.gov/WIOA) §WIOA Dedicated Email (DOL.WIOA@dol.gov) §Department of Education §Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s WIOA Resource Page (www.ed.gov/AEFLA) §Rehabilitation Services Administration’s WIOA Resource Page (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-reauthorization.html)