In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, MACAE has created this page as a lunching pad for information on resources, best practices and recommendations.  MACAE has created these resources or members have shared these resources that they are implementing at the program level.  If you have a resource you have found helpful or would like to share, please contact us.  Any questions or concerns, please email macaeoutreach@gmail.com 

The MACAE Office is closed until April 14, 2020 but MACAE Office staff are working remotely, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.  You can contact Judy Walker, Secretary at macaeoffice@gmail.com or Patrick Brown, Outreach Coordinator at macaeoutreach@gmail.com

 

Informational Websites:

There are a number of websites with information regarding the Coronavirus.  MACAE recommends two websites to members:

www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus: Updates from the State of Michigan and the Governor’s Office

www.coronavirus.gov: Updates from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the White House Operations Office.

www.michigan.gov/adulteducation: The State Adult Education Office Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) surrounding Coronavirus and adult education programming.

 

MACAE Information to Membership: 

Membership Wide Check-In Powerpoint- March 25th: On March 25, 2020 MACAE presented a MACAE Membership Check In in response to the Coronavirus.  We gave important updates, provided recommended guidelines for program operation and long term planning and answered questions.  Many of the documents discussed can also be found below.

Membership Wide Check-In- March 25th: A Zoom recording of the Membership-Wide Check-In.

Priorities Page: This document outlines the priorities that programs should focus on regarding the interim closure of a program due to Coronavirus.  MACAE encourages all member programs to have documentation for these recommendations.

Best Practices for Sustained Program Operations:MACAE recommends that programs implement these Best Practices for Sustained Program Operations during this time to leverage potential long-term programmatic changes.  This is an action-oriented check list that can be completed this week or next. Accompanying documents are listed below.

MACAE- Template for Programs Interim Plan for Operations: MACAE recommends that ALL programs develop a written Interim Plan for Operations that can be shared with staff members, participants, community stakeholders, etc.  This Template can be used as a guide for programs to develop plans around articulating what operations they currently are running, which staff are working and considered essential, what expectations there are for students.  MACAE encourages ALL programs to refer to this template and make adjustments as new developments occur.

Staff Hours: This document could serve as a sample hourly staff log.  During this unprecedented time, many staff members are working different hours or in slightly different capacities.  In agreement with the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity, MACAE encourages all programs to pay staff members (salary or hourly) during this time.  Ultimately, it is a local decision, but state and federal funds are allocated. MACAE recommends that programs have staff members document work hours during this time, especially if that staff member is functioning in a different capacity.  This document could serve as a sample hourly staff log.

Remote Work Log – Another sample Staff Hours Recording Log (MACAE Member Program). During this unprecedented time, many staff members are working different hours or in slightly different capacities.  In agreement with the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity, MACAE encourages all programs to pay staff members (salary or hourly) during this time.  Ultimately, it is a local decision, but state and federal funds are allocated. MACAE recommends that programs have staff members document work hours during this time, especially if that staff member is functioning in a different capacity. Another sample Staff Hours Recording Log (Submitted by Southwest Economic Solutions)

SAMPLE- Student Contact Log: A sample of a how a program might want to document Student Contact Log hours during this time.  There could be one person following up with participants or it could be an assigned task to each instructor or staff member.

SAMPLE- Student Contact Log 2: Another sample of how a program might want to document Student Contact log hours during this time.  There could be one person following up with participants or it could be an assigned task to each instructor or staff member. (Submitted by IOSCO RESA)

 

Online and Digital Learning Resources: 

MACAE has partnered with a number of online vendor programs to provide digital learning opportunities for programs and participants during this time:

Comprehensive List of Educational Companies offering free online learning resources during this time.

Resources Page: List of MACAE Recommended resources for classroom instruction and teacher curriculum and planning

Age of Learning: Age of Learning announced they are providing free home access to ABCmouseAdventure Academy, and ReadingIQ for all affected families in the U.S.

Go towww.ageoflearning.com/schools to obtain free access to the programs for their students during school closures. This media advisory  link contains brief descriptions of the programs.

Aztec Learning Software: Aztec Software is pleased to support the adult learners in Michigan by offering online courses for adult education programs that have made the decision to switch to online learning rather than direct instruction. Aztec’s reporting functionality allows schools to capture distance learning hours, and therefore continue to meet data reporting requirements for student learning.  This offer is open to schools in categories of: 75 students or less; 75-200 students; 200 plus students to

Courses include: Fundamentals (ABE grade levels 0.5 – 2.9); Foundations (ABE grade levels 3.0 – 5.9); Bridge (ABE grade levels 6.0 – 8.9); GED and/or HiSET
Schools that accept the offer to use Aztec Software will receive a 10% discount on all seats, and deferred billing until after Coronavirus is under control. If you are interested in learning more about Aztec Software and their solutions, then please contact their local Account Manager, Matt Jones, at (313) 486-3830 or mjones@aztecsoftware.com.

Burlington English: Burlington English is offering 100% web based CORE program in order to limit the disruption to the learners. Students will be able to access Burlington virtually from their desktops, tablets, Ipads, phones, etc. Burlington is offering a 3 month option with the 4th month free for $24 per seat to get them through this crisis.

Contact: Louie Paras: Lewis.p@burlingtonenglish.com, 313-55-3749

The Family Learning Company: CoronaVirusFamilyLiteracy The Family Learning Company is providing a free opportunity.  We look forward to partnering with Adult Education during these challenging times.  Please let us know if you have questions, need additional information or would like to schedule a demo.

Peter Dublin, President
(617)354-7734
GED Testing Services:  GED Testing Services has created a resources page for educators.  The link includes a link to Tuesdays for Teacher webinars recordings,  To access the resources page, click here.

Kent ISD Adult Education: An instructor from Kent ISD has created this online website for her ESL and ABE students (Generously provided by Oogie La Mar, Kent ISD Adult Education)

KET Education: KET is pleased to offer free access to FastForward and Workplace Essential Skills programs for a 30-day period.
We have two relevant, efficient, online learning curricula: FastForward and Workplace Essential Skills, that offer high school equivalency and workplace preparation.  Both are mobile-friendly and offer pretests, individual learning plans, relevant video and interactives to support content, practice and posttests. A built-in online management system allows instructors to view student activity, progress, usage, etc. Teacher toolkits offer supporting resources, lesson plans and professional development.

New accounts please go here to order virtual seats in FastForward.
Use code: KETCares1 at check out.

New Readers Press: A new ProLiteracy webpage dedicated to distance learning is now live. The webpage provides helpful resources for programs: www.proliteracy.org/health

The NRP digital solutions are showcased on this page and include the following options:

  • New Readers Press Online Learning: Free 90-day pilots for all three courses (Pre-HSE, GED Test Prep, and HiSET Test Prep)
  • Learning Upgrade: Free 4-month pilots plus a special expansion package for current customers.
  • News for You Online: Free access to all customers/members through April 30, 2020 with the courtesy password 22667F.

NRP Customer Service will provide  customers with the free courtesy password if the closing is temporary or set them up with free access if they need it beyond April 30 until the end of their semester.Also, for the MACAE spring training conference. I was going to offer free shipping through June 30,2020. The promo code is MACA20. This promo code is  for free shipping for UPS ground only.

Contact: Elaine Pardieck, elaine@elainepardieck.com, Cell: 812.498.2277

Oakland Literacy:We have developed a tutoring lesson plan about how to spot fake news related to COVID-19 for intermediate to advanced ESL students that we thought might be worth sharing.  (Generously submitted by Lisa Machesky, Oakland Literacy)

Read Theory: In the past week, we have been getting an increased amount of questions about distance-learning, so we created a short video that explains how to efficiently use ReadTheory to facilitate distance-learning. Watch it here.

Romulus Adult Education: An instructor from Romulus Adult Education has created this interactive website for her participants. (Generously provided by Renae Gowen, Romulus Adult Education)

Zoom Mtg – HOST:A simple guide for hosting a Zoom meeting. (Generously provided by Shelley Hanson, Swan Valley Adult Education).

Zoom Mtg – PARTICIPANT:A simple guide for participating in a Zoom meeting. (Generously provided by Shelley Hanson, Swan Valley Adult Education).