Using Pace Resources in OCE Programs: Thursday, October 19th from 10:15 – 11:45
All California OCE education programs currently have unrestricted access to Pace Learning Systems’ basic education curricula, including resources for 3rd-high school equivalency, soft skills, and work readiness. This workshop is designed to provide in-person training for education staff in ABE 2, ABE 3, GED, VEP, or other special programs. Pace systems are designed specifically for the adult inmate learner. Join our session to learn more about how to access and use these resources, and get in-person support and consultation from Clint Massey and Dr. Susan McKee.
Tools for Soft Skills Evaluation: Wednesday, October 18th from 9:45 – 11:15
The most difficult part of teaching soft skills may be accurately measuring soft skills, and uncovering the strengths and needs of each student. This session will focus on defining which soft skills to assess and teach, reviewing different evaluation methods, and selecting the best combination of tools to evaluate and document soft skills performance on a personalized basis. Attendees will also learn about soft skills evaluation using Pace’s Life Skills curriculum, in a voluntary, inmate-led course at Folsom State Prison.
How to Teach Soft Skills: Tuesday, October 17th from 10:15 – 11:45
Research suggests that soft skills and “personality” may predict success in life and work better than secondary credentials such as the GED. Three out of four employers value soft skills as much or more than technical skills and academic credentials. Offenders with strong soft skills should have a better chance at employment and successful re-entry. Effective soft skills development requires adaptable resources, consistent evaluation, and individualized feedback and planning. Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, to learn simple but effective strategies for soft skills instruction in correctional education settings.