Professional Development GED Informational Course

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Overview and Purpose

This professional development mini-course aims to provide educators with the tools, skills, and resources needed to help New York schools provide alternative high school diploma (GED) resources and information for students who would like to drop out of high school or are aged out students. By the end of this course, teachers and guidance counselors will accurately and fully understand the process of applying and obtaining a GED, and be able to provide the resources to students and parents through a developed curriculum.

Needs Assessment

The problem

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have either stopped attending high school due to the online-learning of 2020-2021, or were not mentally able to finish school given the world circumstances.

The current instructional gap

Although there has been a rise in the number of high-school drop outs, there has not been an accurate amount of information in these schools to help students navigate this new decision. Most staff at these high schools, do not provide these struggling students with the proper resources and tools leaving most of them to fend for themselves and forcefully enter the workforce without a high school diploma/GED.

The solution

It is extremely vital that we give these students the opportunity and a choice which is why High School staff need to thoroughly understand and be able to properly provide the process and resources to help these students succeed..

Performance Objectives

  • Demonstrate full understanding of the GED process
  • Be able to become a full and proper resource to aged out & drop out high school students

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: What is a GED?

Unit 2: How can I help assist students in obtaining a GED

Unit 3: What's next? What can they do with a GED?

Proceed to First Unit

Let's explore what's a GED?

Unit 1: What is a GED?

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