Learning From Adult Education
After spending 27 years as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and district superintendent in Florida and Montana, I've gained a new vantage point on K-12 learning during the past year-and-a-half from my current role as the executive director of adult education in Billings, Mont.
In my former job as the superintendent of another Montana district, I knew we offered adults a variety of hobby and craft classes, hunter-safety instruction, and some General Educational Development, or GED, prep work. In the past 18 months, I have learned quickly how larger communities reach out to adult learners.
Billings is Montana's largest city and school district, educating approximately 17,000 K-12 students. In addition, its adult education program is fully staffed and works with 800 students a year, either preparing them to pass the GED or helping them to brush up on skills before they attend a postsecondary institution. We serve another 1,000 adult learners in our professional-certificate programs, preparing them for entry-level jobs in the medical and business fields. The district also offers a...
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