Regional Trainings for GED 2014/Common Core State Standards

Regional Trainings for GED 2014/Common Core State Standards

YouthBuild USA is launching Regional Trainings on how educators need to adapt instruction to the 2014 GED and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Over the last 18 months, a range of YouthBuild USA staff and consultants have provided some trainings regarding GED 2014 and CCSS at the Instructional Leadership Institute, various DOL events, coaches trainings, webinars and conferences across the field. While webinars and short trainings on the topic have allowed YouthBuild USA to focus on the details of test administration and logistics, these formats have not been enough to go deeper into the instructional shifts needed in the classroom.

Starting in December of 2013 and continuing with a series of regional trainings in the first quarter of 2014, YouthBuild USA plans to provide at least five, two-day long, regional workshops focused on 2014 GED instruction. The primary audience is classroom educators. However, anyone wanting to learn more about the test is welcome to attend.

YouthBuild USA education department staff and coaches, Mockingbird Education, the Youth Development Institute, and the Literacy Assistance Center will collaborate to collectively provide these regional trainings. These trainings will provide engaging content on the instructional shifts that educators need to make to support student success on the 2014 GED and alternative tests being implemented (i.e. TASC and HiSET). By focusing on the core relevancy of Common Core State Standards, we will present training relevant to educators across states using different tests in the same region.

YouthBuild USA leveraging support from the Education Department, AmeriCorps Department, Affiliated Network, and Kresge Foundation to design and deliver these regional trainings. This funding allows YouthBuild USA to offer the trainings at no registration cost to YouthBuild educators -- participants will, however, be responsible for covering their own travel, meals and lodging for these events. Educators from outside YouthBuild will also be invited and welcome to participate and will be asked to cover a nominal registration fee to participate.

The first regional training will occur on December 9-10, 2013 with Building Futures YouthBuild at Lewis & Clark Community College (LCCC) in Godfrey, Illinois (near St. Louis). All programs within easy travel range of Godfrey, IL are encouraged to attend. In the first quarter of 2014, 4 additional regional trainings in the Northeast, Southeast, West, and Southwest will be delivered. If you are interested in being a host for one of these regional trainings, please contact Albert Kim, Director of Education at YouthBuild USA(

Registration for the Godfrey, Illinois even will be sent soon and future regional training events will follow subsequently.

Given the significance of the test changes and the implications for classroom practice, we strongly encourage all YouthBuild programs to support classroom instructors to participate in one of these regional trainings. YouthBuild USA will announce future training event locations and dates as they are scheduled.



Sangeeta Tyagi                      Scott Emerick

Chief Program Officer             VP for Education

YouthBuild USA                      YouthBuild USA