Online Summer Sessions
Can't Travel for Professional Development?
Don't worry, we have the solution.
Mockingbird Education will challenge your expectations for online learning. Get ready for an inspiring, engaging, and exciting learning experience!
We offer 7 conference sessions featuring our most in-demand content for professionals who work with resistant and reluctant learners... and we are bringing our bag of tricks. There won't be any elbow disease at these conferences!
Learning should be flexible! Join us for one session, a few sessions, or purchase a 7-session pass. Each live session is at 2:00 Central. Event recordings are available for maximum flexibility.
Get ready for an inspiring, engaging, and exciting learning experience this summer!
Check out our Session Topics. Don't forget, CEUs are available with Mockingbird through the Texas Education Agency.
June 7: Building Cognitive Processing
According to the US Department of Education, weak cognitive skills are the source of over 80% of learning problems. As the demand for this type of knowledge continues to expand exponentially, adult education programs must be equipped to prepare learners to develop mastery of higher levels of abstract thinking and cognitive processing. Join us to learn the five critical cognitive processing frames for vulnerable learning populations and explore how to integrate these frames across all programming aspects.
June 14: Digital Literacy
Digital literacy is the ability to use technology, digital communication tools, and networks to locate, evaluate, use, and create information. As digital literacy needs threaten to increase the knowledge and skill gap for adult learners, adult ed programs must be prepared to teach these skills. Yet the concept of digital literacy for adult learners assumes adult learners know how to read media in a meaningful way. Join Mockingbird Education to learn the five critical digital literacy frames (skills) for adult learners and explore how to infuse these frames across all aspects of programming.
June 21: Beyond Procedural Mastery
Memorization of facts and rote skill practice is no longer enough... In addition to content changes, the most significant and critical changes to HS equivalency tests create instructional shifts in how classroom instruction is designed and delivered. Learners now face an increase in the demand on conceptual knowledge, as learners must now be able to apply concepts and transfer learning to a variety of different contexts. These changes impact the design and delivery of effective instruction. Join us to learn the difference between procedural skills and conceptual knowledge along with how these skills impact the recent changes to Common Core and HS equivalency tests. Learn how informational text, critical thinking skills, and reading skills impact the new tests, and how these changes impact instructional design and delivery.
June 28: Active Literacy
Do your Learners struggle with reading comprehension? Do they read, reach the bottom of a paragraph, and have no idea what they’ve just read? Join us to learn strategies that help Learners develop the complex comprehension processes associated with strong reading skills. Learn specific comprehension strategies, including digital tools, that help reluctant and resistant learners deepen and develop their reading skills. Learn the Active Literacy formula, a research-based approach that helps adult learners deconstruct and comprehend texts, improving both assessment scores and learner confidence.
July 5: Strategies for Resistant and Reluctant Learners
Poverty, trauma, unemployment, homelessness, language acquisition barriers, substance abuse, gang involvement, single parenting... How can we keep Learners engaged in classroom learning and instruction when they are faced with so many distractions and barriers? Join us to learn simple yet effective instructional strategies to reach the most vulnerable learners, in the most difficult circumstances, and with the least amount of resources.
July 12: Critical Thinking for Employability
Technological advances have revolutionized most industries, transforming the nature of the tasks of most employees, to require more and more collaboration rather than the performance of repetitive tasks or the operation of machinery. As a result, we have seen the rise in both the necessity of and demand for critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, and effective and timely communication. Entry-level employees are increasingly required to integrate knowledge from a number of areas and work in teams to find innovative solutions to problems. Join us to learn strategies to infuse critical thinking and problem solving into program and instructional design so Learners graduate our programs ready to navigate their next steps with success.
July 19: Instructional Design for Engagement
Heavy sighs, eye rolling, impatience… we often experience this frustration from learners when a lesson does not immediately provide answers or produce task mastery. This experience is compounded as learners are increasingly challenged with learning tasks that demand mastery of abstract thinking, multi-step problem solving, and cognitive processing skills. As global learning demands and workforce development needs shift to increasingly abstract skills and tasks, adult educators and ABE programs must adopt instructional design strategies to support learner engagement and interaction. Join us to learn instructional design strategies that help learners engage with challenging, abstract, and multi-step learning tasks while they deepen comprehension and take control over their own cognitive learning.