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Policies & Manuals

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IDOC Education SOP

The standard operating procedures use by the Robert Janss School.

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Kolibri User Guide

The official user guide for Kolibri.

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GEDTS Technical Manual

The Technical Manual is an important document that describes the 2014 GED(R) test and provides comprehensive documentation of the development, procedures, technical adequacy, and results of the assessment. 

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GED Academy Technical Documentation

This is the technical documentation (manual) used for troubleshooting technical issues with the new GED Academy. It also contains the default login information for new installations.

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GED Academy Teacher User Guide

This is the how-to manual for teachers who need to know how to use the new GED Academy.

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Mavis Beacon Administrator Guide

The Administrator Guide contains information designed to help administrators and teachers get Mavis Beacon up and running quickly.  The information detailed below covers the Network and Stand-Alone versions.

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Mavis Beacon Teacher Guide

The Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing for Schools Teachers Guide consists of three sections that you should review before beginning the program with your students. As you read, keep in mind your students’ general capabilities and needs, and then implement or annotate the features and suggestions that work best for your class.

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Mavis Beacon User Guide

The Mavis Beacon User Guide offers a comprehensive list of the features in the program, including a summary of the Teacher's Area as well as all of the content available for students, like games, tutorials, and progress reports.

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ED1 & ED2

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Annenberg Learner Courses of study in areas such as algebra, geometry, and real-world mathematics. The Annenberg Foundation provides numerous professional development activities or just the opportunity to review information in specific area of study.
Scholastic for Teachers

A great place to search for scholastic resources which include, but are not limited to, books (to purchase), free downloads (PDF's, lesson plans...), K-12 curriculum, etc...   Resources include all subjects.

Tags: books, lesson plansmath, science, rlasocial studies, language arts, reading

We Are Teachers

A wonderful resource for classroom posters/infographics (free/downloadable), lesson plans, blogs, grants, etc...  There is also a link to other educational resources. The lesson plans, etc... available cover all topic areas.

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Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.

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Correspondence Programs for Prisoners

This site offers many different options for correspondence courses that prisoners can take while incarcerated.

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OER Commons

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

GEDTS - Performance Level Descriptors Want to know what your student’s scores mean? Find out with these Performance Level Descriptors. Each explains the skills a student demonstrates in order to score into each performance level on the GED® test and the GED Ready® practice test.
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Kolibri makes high quality education technology available in low-resource communities such as rural schools, refugee camps, orphanages, non-formal school systems, and prison systems.

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Real-World Math

Ideas for how math is used in today's world.

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TI-30XS MultiView™ Guide for Teachers

A guide to assist your students in using the new calculator, along with a variety of lesson plans for the classroom.

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BBC Skillswise

A basic introduction to graphs and charts. Good overview through the fact sheets and experiences with the worksheets.

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Illuminations Great lesson plans for all areas of mathematics at all levels from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: 6th-8th grade level.
Media4Math: This site provides you with information/articles of how math is used in the real world.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Math All types of virtual manipulatives for use in the classroom from algebra tiles to fraction strips. This is a great site for students who need to see the "why" of math.
GEDTS - Mathematical Reasoning Skills A handout from the GED TS's webinar on Mathematical Reasoning
Florida's GED Instructor Handbook - Mathematical Reasoning An excerpt from 'Florida’s Instructor Handbook for GED® Preparation' on Strategies for Mathematical Reasoning
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Reading Skills for Today's Adult

Leveled reading selections that are appropriate for and valued by adult learners. These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners' fluency and comprehension skills.

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.
Newsela Builds reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news.
ReadWorks Committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Purdue University's OWL One of the most extensive collections of advice about writing found on the web.
National Council for Teachers of English The site provides lessons and strategies for teaching nonfiction text.
Teaching that Makes Sense A K-12 site with lots of free resources and graphic organizers for writing.
The Writing Studio Colorado State University. A step-by-step guide for argumentative writing.
GEDTS - Creating Effective Contructed Responses

This guide shows you what the GED Testing Service looks for in an the extended response sections of the GED test.

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Skills Workshop

Free Functional Skills and Skills for Life resources.

GEDTS - Scoring Tool for the RLA Extended Response

This tool was designed to help teachers better understand how their students’ responses to the RLA Extended Response (ER) task might be scored on the 2014 GED® test.

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The Literacy List

A collection of free Adult Basic and Secondary Education and English language (ELL/ESL/ESOL) websites, electronic discussion lists, communities of practice (CoPs), and other Internet resources for adult basic skills learners, teachers and tutors.

Teaching the RLA Essay

A guide on how to teach students the extended response portions of the GED test.

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Charters of Freedom

The National Archives have posted images and information about the documents upon which the United States government was built.

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Teaching American History Our Purpose: Teaching American History helps teachers bring the documents and debates of America’s past into the present through document based seminars, document collections, a web based document library, and other resources.
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GEDTS - Short Answer Resource Guide for Adult Educators

This guide has been assembled by GED Testing Service in order to help adult educators increase their understanding of and skill in scoring the Short Answer (SA) questions that appear on the 2014 GED® test - Science.

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Other Bridges

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Microsoft Digital Literacy Microsoft Digital Literacy is the standard used by Robert Janss to teach digital literacy.
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Fair Shake Reentry Resources A new re-entry resource now available in institutional computer labs. A federal website providing materials on consumerism and financial literacy.
Women's Prison Association An organization that provides materials on preparing for employment, budgeting, life skills, and much more.
Ex-Offenders Re-Entry Services Idaho Dept of Labor - Using a mail survey from an industry stratified random sample of employers, the collaborators of this document sought insight into how to increase an offender's chance of being hired upon release from prison
Maximize Your Job Search Idaho Dept of Labor - Regardless of your situation, this guide is for anyone making an employment transition. You will find proven, insider tips gathered from career transition professionals that will help you make every contact count, focus your efforts, market your skills and maximize your job search
Soft Skills Curriculum Overview document

The purpose of this topic is to provide students with the basic life skills necessary to productively re-enter society, and to establish a successful future. The training is designed to be delivered piece by piece, and is laid out in a 15 module format. 

Providing Real Opportunities for Income through Technology (PROFITT) curriculum site

The PROFITT curriculum has 5 major components or tracks: literary braille, basic computer skills, transferable computerized graphics skills including tactile graphics, small business management, and soft/life skills. It has been designed to contain 750 hours of hands-on classroom training. For the TDCJ Pilot Project, the curriculum was taught in roughly 30 weeks with 5 days of classroom study per week at 5 hours per day. The curriculum may be modified to fit the needs of individual correctional settings, and PROFITT staff can provide guidance, insight and feedback regarding set-up.

Fair Shake Reentry Packet

A packet that contains most of the information available on the Fairshake website. It is available in PDF format and is ready to print.

Pre-Release Manual

The offical IDOC 2018 Pre-Release manual.

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Prison Yoga

The goal of the Prison Yoga Project is to expand the practice of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation to prisons and rehabilitation facilities, and to provide training for Yoga instructors interested in teaching to at-risk populations in prisons, residential rehabilitation facilities, and community programs.

Smart Choice Health Insurance Wookbook

Is finding the right words to understand health insurance a challenge for you?  It is for most consumers.  You can understand important health insurance words as you work through the “My Smart Choice Health Insurance© Consumer Workbook” created by the University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Extension.

Laughter Yoga Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete well-being workout. Developed by a medical doctor from India Dr. Madan Kataria and it has spread across 100 countries.