Learning circles for high school equivalency (HSE) preparation

In some libraries there is great demand for high school equivalency test (GED, HiSET, TASC) preparation materials. I am wondering if libraries, or other organizations, are also offering learning circles whose purpose is to help those who are not planning to enroll in an HSE class but who might benefit from a short-term, peer-to-peer supported and facilitated study group using an online course such as GED Academy, HiSet Academy or another online HSE course. If you are planning an HSE learning circle – or already offering one – tell us about it.

David J. Rosen

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Hi, Dr Rosen. I’m so grateful to see this question. We’ve had an overwhelming response to our GED classes for the fall session, and I’m exploring this idea as a way to engage people who will be waitlisted. All of our classes are team-taught by well-trained and supported volunteers, but this requires a lot of commitment, so I’m also exploring if this might be a new role for volunteers who want to engage with students but with less commitment (and possibly a more condensed training process).

Have you heard of any learning circles for GED/HSE? I’d love to know what curriculum they are using. That’s where I’m stuck right now.
Edie Lantz Leppert
Literacy Connects in Tucson, AZ

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Hey Edie,
There have been a number of learning circles centered on GED/HSE, let me reach out to a few people to see about curriculum and we can get back to you – @Qumisha_Goss can you think of anything off the top of your head? We’ve also developed a number of new resources for volunteer facilitators with @Daniel_Hensley in Pittsburgh that might be useful for your program.

Btw, I’m just up the road in Phoenix!