Electives (2019-2020)

The date for pre-registration for 2019-2020 Professional Learning Electives has passed, so the courses below have been closed. If you still need to register for one of the PL Electives below, please contact Deb McCoy (debbiem.mccoy@ky.gov), Leta Martin (la.martin@moreheadstate.edu) or Jo Botts (jbotts@moreheadstate.edu).

Course Dates

Course Name and Canvas Link

Course Description


7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020

CASAS Implementation Training

(3 hours, online)  The CASAS Implementation Training (CASAS IT), or “CASAS 101,” provides a basic understanding of the CASAS system. Participants learn how to administer CASAS appraisals and pre- and post- tests, interpret test results, and use curriculum support materials to enhance instruction and workforce readiness. Each unit offers a self-test to confirm understanding. A certificate of completion is generated at the conclusion of this training. Each person involved in CASAS testing must complete this training prior to ordering and administering most CASAS multiple-choice tests. Participants must also register at CASAS.org to complete the training. Additional details can be found on page 15 of the PL Handbook.


Upon completion of the course, participants should send a copy of the completion certificate to Deb McCoy (debbiem.mccoy@ky.gov) to receive PL credit.


Technical Support: Debbie McCoy

1/13/2020 – 2/7/2020

The Problem with Math is English (Part 1)


(6 hours, online) Content revised from FY2019. Instructors will gain an understanding of the language, symbolism, and representation of math concepts that will make teaching math an easier task. Course content is built around chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10. Participants will receive a copy of the book The Problem with Math is English by Concepcion Molina.

Gail Price

1/13/2020 – 2/7/2020

TABE 11/12 Instructional Strategies


(6 hours, online) This course is designed to provide adult education instructors with concrete strategies for addressing student skills deficits cited on TABE 11/12 assessment diagnostic reports.


1/20/2020 – 2/14/2020

Teaching Strategies for Adult English Language Learners


(6 hours, online)  Teaching Strategies for Adult English Language Learners provides adult education instructors with a collaborative forum to incorporate current research and promising practices into teaching for English Language Learners (ELLs).

Jeff O’Field

2/3/2020 – 2/28/2020

Motivating Adult Learners to Persist


(6 hours, online)  Instructors will gain an understanding of strategies that motivate adult learners to persist including managing the three main types of barriers to persistence, using and inspiring learners’ interests, building learners’ self-efficacy, using incentives and motivation, providing choice and autonomy, and using digital media to engage students.

Anne-Leigh Elmore

Tracy Teater

3/2/2020 – 3/27/2020

Supporting English Language Learners: Advice from Local Content Experts


(6 hours, online)  Instructors responsible for serving adult English Language Learners will benefit from the expertise of local mentor instructors who provide insights on topics of greatest interest to Kentucky ELA instructors, as determined by a KYSU survey of Kentucky ELA instructors.

Anne-Leigh Elmore

3/9/2020 – 4/3/2020

GED® High Impact Indicator Instructional Strategies


(6 hours, online)  This course is designed to provide adult education instructors with concrete strategies for aligning instruction to the GED® High Impact Indicators.


3/30/2020 – 5/1/2020

The GED® Test


(8 hours, online)  This five-week facilitated course is designed for those instructors new to Adult Education.  The GED® test online course will provide an overview of the GED® test and how to help the student through the testing process.


4/13/2020 – 5/8/2020

New AE Teacher Orientation


(6 hours, online)  This course is exclusively for new adult education instructors. The course offers a review of key topics relevant to adult education including characteristics of adult learners and useful strategies for teaching in differentiated classroom environments.

Gail Price