The School of Education is excited to announce the February event in our Voices from the Field (VFF) Speaker Series: a panel presentation on Promoting Communication Skills and Workforce Readiness through Co-Teaching.

All are welcome. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and inspiring event!

  • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm
  • Location: Waples Mill Conference Room, 11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Three distinguished panelists will be speaking about their implementation of the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC:

  • Dr. Ryan Monroe, Principal
  • Heather Tatton-Harris, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Carole Fuller, Professional Development Specialist

By pairing content and language/literacy instructors as co-teachers in a single classroom, I-BEST helps students acquire crucial communication and career skills in the context of real-world situations, providing linguistic and job training simultaneously. Students earn more than credentials; they learn how to apply their knowledge and exit the program exceptionally well prepared to succeed on the job.

The speakers will discuss:

  • The mission and history of Carlos Rosario School—nationally and internationally recognized as a successful model for comprehensive adult education programs
  • Research conducted by the speakers to determine the value of co-teaching and the feasibility of different approaches to implementation
  • Carlos Rosario School’s career pathways, course offerings, and goals in the implementation of co-teaching
  • Co-teachers’ experiences in designing their roles and working together productively

According to the school’s website (www.carlosrosario.org), for more than 40 years, Carlos Rosario School has been preparing the diverse adult immigrant populations of Washington, D.C. to become invested, productive citizens and members of American society who give back to family and community. Their highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff offer award-winning adult education programs including English as a Second Language, GED, ESL for Families, Citizenship, Technology Essentials and Workforce Development. They have served more than 60,000 students and hope to inspire the VIU community to get involved in adult education!

This event is open to all VIU students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community.

To learn more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Mr. Kevin Martin at kevin@viu.edu, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, and visit the School of Education’s website at www.viu.edu/sed!