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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upcoming webinars on Accommodations for the GED®


Presenter: David Haugen, M.Ed., M.P.N.A
Date of Webinars: Friday, January 23rd, 2015
            Part I: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CST
            Part II: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. CST

Please note that it is possible to attend just one of the sessions (I or II) and both will be recorded to be made available for future use by programs/educators.

Background of Presenter: 
Dave has a teaching license in Adult Basic Education and has master’s degrees in Education (University of MN) and Public Administration (Metropolitan State University). He previously worked at Pearson VUE/GED Testing Service® L.L.C. in the area of testing accommodations, where he developed an understanding and passion for helping students/professionals to navigate the accommodations process in order to ensure that access is available to all learners with disabilities. Dave currently works in adult education for Minneapolis Public Schools, where he counsels, assess and supports GED® learners daily. Dave likewise presented at the regional conference in Effingham, IL this past November 2014 on testing accommodations for the GED® and will present again this March in Springfield at the regional conference.

Summary of January 23rd Accommodation training webinars:

Part I Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Testing Accommodations and the GED®: An Overview and Update for program/service providers
In this part I of II webinars, participants will receive a general overview of the accommodations process for the GED®.  Specific attention will be directed at differences between the 2002 paper based GED® and 2014 computer based test with respect to accommodations (i.e. process, role of staff, practice testing). This session will likewise explore examples of computer based testing accommodations and discuss how the new format may effect issues of access for learners. The webinar will conclude with an overview of key questions and factors for ABE programs to consider if assisting students in seeking accommodations on the GED®

Part II Session (1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Documentation Essentials: A how-to-guide for disability coordinators and advocates assisting students applying for accommodations
This session builds upon the earlier accommodations webinar but spends most of the time delving into the accommodation request forms and documentation guidelines for the GED®. The webinar provides many screen shots of sample requests/documentation examples and outlines what exactly is needed for a request to be considered complete (i.e. rationale, functional limitations).  The session concludes with a broader overview of the ADA legislation and a consideration of additional measures to assist/advocate for learners beyond applying for accommodations.

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