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Blended Learning for Adult Educators

This session addresses how to use blended or hybrid learning models that integrate face-to-face and online learning in adult basic skills instruction, including ESL/ESOL. We will look at and discuss "turn-key" models that provide a fully-developed online presence, with software for class registration, instruction, assessment and progress reports. We will also look at and discuss do-it-yourself models that provide a platform for a teacher or tutor who wants to perfectly align what happens in class with online assignments, flipped learning presentations, and supplementary instruction. Each participant will receive the link to a free online guide to blended learning designed for adult basic skills teachers, tutors, and program administrators.

David Rosen

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Decentralizing Adult Basic Education Programs Into Local Libraries

In 2011, Literacy Mid-South created a partnership with the local library system and decentralized the adult basic education program to more than 31 local libraries. This process dispersed more than 500 adult learners and 250 volunteer tutors into the community, changing the entire structure of the program. In this presentation, Literacy Mid-South will provide information and lessons learned about how to create meaningful partnerships with local libraries to expand programs and reduce costs.

Kevin Dean

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Digital Challenger: Phonics-based E-learning for Adults

The new Digital Challenger series combines computer skills practice with phonics-based adult literacy instruction. The word analysis, reading comprehension, and vocabulary instruction Challenger is known for are reinforced with audio, video, interactive exercises, and games. See a demonstration of Digital Challenger, and listen to Literacy Action from Atlanta describe their experience using the program. Computer skills are essential to success on the new high school equivalency tests and at work. Digital Challenger will help your students prepare for both.

Terrie Lipke

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Dropping Back In: New Resources to Inform and Inspire

Dropping Back In is a new series by KET that is putting a face on the dropout crisis in this country. It has aired on more than 280 stations in 43 states and is sparking discussions in communities across America. Preview the newest episode from the series and see how you can use the free videos and supporting resources to inspire learners and community partners.

Tonya Crum

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Health Literacy: Partnerships, Projects, and Funding Possibilities

Using existing and newly designed curriculum, Wisconsin Health Literacy designed three successful health literacy projects that attracted corporate funding and allowed the agency to partner with many different organizations serving vulnerable populations. Refining the delivery methods of health literacy workshops, and measuring the impact on project
goals, helped to ensure additional funding and more partners.

Michele Erikson

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Math Instruction That Makes Sense

Students need to be able to make calculations and use number sense to think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and connect math concepts to real life. See how Math Sense helps students build self-confidence and develop the operations, problem-solving, and analysis skills they need to succeed in work, life, and high school equivalency tests.

Todd Evans

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Strategies to Collaborate Effectively with the Public School System

This presentation will cover strategies to create a collaborative adult and family learning program with Title I school districts. Family involvement is critical to a child's success. By helping parents improve their English language skills through innovative partnerships, we foster a better environment for children to succeed.

Susan Acuna

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Strategies to Improve your Student’s Extended Response Writing Scores

Writing is an important and essential skill. The extended response writing prompts on the 2014 GED RLA and Social Studies tests redefine writing expectations. Students need to successfully argue a point, justify reasoning, synthesize information from multiple sources, draw conclusions, and write a cohesive and effective response. Workshop participants will learn ways to help their students improve their writing skills, employ effective strategies for weak writers, and use Google Docs for practice. Come ready to write!

Karen  Welch

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Teaching ESL Citizenship Classes

Have you ever had a student inquire about taking a citizenship class? Have you ever thought about teaching citizenship but not known where to start? Come learn how to structure a citizenship class to present the material in an organized, interesting way so students can grasp the basics, pass the test, and become proud new U.S. citizens.

Harriet Withers

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Tutor Ready: New LINCS Resources for Teaching Adults to Read

Come learn about the brand new, free, online resources available from LINCS to help you help your learners improve their reading skills. Explore answers to common questions volunteer tutors ask about how best to help their learners improve their skills in the following components of reading:
 
•   Phonemic Awareness
•   Decoding
•   Fluency
•   Vocabulary
•   Comprehension
 
During this workshop, we’ll explore these new, bite-sized resources that are drawn from the research-based LINCS' Teaching Adults to Read online courses and workshops. Tutor Ready focuses on topics relevant to adult literacy tutoring in the area of reading. The resources include:
•   A question and answer format that focuses on specific reading skills in each of the components of reading
•   Practical, research-based explanations, suggestions, and strategies for assessing and tutoring adult learners
•   Examples of how to use recommended tutoring strategies
•   Video and audio demonstrations of tutoring techniques
•   Tutoring logs to keep track of reading lessons and progress
 
The presenter will demonstrate what is available in each of the topic areas and how the content can be used with other LINCS resources for a variety of professional development opportunities for tutors and administrators. Participants will discuss their own ideas for how they can use the resources discussed in their programs.
 
The workshop includes a powerpoint presentation and opportunities for discussion and idea sharing. This workshop is appropriate for participants with all levels of experience. It is intended for tutors and administrators who are interested in teaching reading to adult basic education and literacy and ESL students.
 

Kathy St. John

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Understanding & Communicating the Value of Adult Literacy

How can we convince business and government leaders to fund adult literacy? As educators, we see the value of our work in the lives of our students, but those who control public and private purse strings are looking for something more quantifiable than  heartwarming stories. They want to know that their invested capital will yield real financial returns for their communities. This presentation will make the case for funding adult literacy in terms that business and political leaders understand. It will provide a framework that attendees can customize to fit their local circumstances along with links to useful online data sources.

Carol HasBrouck Browning

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

UpSkilling the Adult Education Classroom to meet the needs of the College and Career Student

 

Wendy Tyler

10/15

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

 Success In The Classroom Equals Success On The Job

Have you ever wondered why some students succeed and some do not? Does success depend on how the material is taught, or does it depend on how the student is learning, despite the way teacher presents the material? This presentation will provide information on how to identify the best way to teach the content to students for the highest probability of success in the classroom, thus resulting in success on the job.
 

Okie Wolfe

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Dollar General: Conversation with Funders

Representatives from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation share what a funder looks for in a successful grant proposal. Get helpful grant writing tips, and learn how to develop and maintain relationships with funders.
 

Denine Torr

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Expedite Successful Results on the High School Equivalency Exam

Is it possible to provide "JUST RIGHT" assignments for your adult learners without sacrificing instructional time? Can you differentiate between the various academic levels and skills of your adult learners without slowing progress?
 
Yes, you can.
 
Join us and learn how to leverage technology to create and deliver assignments to your adult learners without sacrificing valuable instructional time with them. It is possible to expedite results without giving up instructional quality. We've been doing it for more than 20 years, and we're here to help.
 


YES.

Join us and learn how to leverage technology to create and deliver assignments to your adult learners without sacrificing your invaluable instructional time with them. It is possible to expedite results without sacrificing your instructional quality. We've been doing it for over twenty years. We're here to help.

Christy Williams

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

How to Motivate the Unmotivated "Teaching with Poverty in Mind"

Learn how to help at-risk students succeed. It’s clear that students from poverty are often at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to help such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Students coming from poverty often need more help engaging in the classroom. Above all, Craig J. Boykin advises educators to avoid giving up on “difficult” students or deciding that certain students “can’t be taught.” Boykin provides powerful examples of large numbers of at-risk students succeeding in supportive environments. He also admonishes, "If you don't teach it, don't punish students for not doing well at it!”

Craig  Boykin

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Introduction to ESAT

This Employability Skills Assessment Tool  (ESAT) provides a framework and quantitative assessment methodology for the development of nine employability skills.

Paul Brinkhurst

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Language Experience Approach for Beginning ELLs

Teaching adult English language learners in a volunteer, community-based organization is challenging. Learners come to classes wanting to learn something they can walk out the door and put to use, something that meets an immediate need. Programs battle raising money, purchasing materials and training volunteers. The Language Experience Approach is
used successfully to teach non-readers to read. It is a low-cost and effective tool to teach speaking, listening, reading, and writing to adult ELLs with very little English. Learn how this strategy gives you plenty of bang for your buck.

Cynthia Shermeyer

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Native Literacy Solutions for the 21st Century

There are more than 1.6 million adult Spanish-speakers in the U.S. that cannot read or write. In this presentation you will learn about an innovative Pre‐ESOL literacy solution that transforms lives. We will look at the critical role that literacy plays in empowering the Latino workforce, family, and community. The presentation includes methodology based on Popular Education by Paulo Freire.

Mari Riddle

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Program Redesign and Implementation: How to Build High School Equivalency Programs that Are Springboards to College

Leaders from the Pre-College Academic Program of the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources and LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge to College and Careers Programs and College and Career Pathways Institute will share insights developed through their collaborative experience in program redesign and implementation aligned with the WIOA focus on preparing adult students for success in post-secondary education and careers. Through a discussion of program redesign rationale and processes, and a review of key planning and program materials, attendees will develop an understanding of effective approaches to broad-scale change in program design and curriculum and identify possible steps for their own programs. This presentation is designed for program leaders, curriculum planners, and teacher trainers.

Bonnie Flaherty

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Reaching the Underserved: Expanding Access to Literacy Services in Your Community

ProLiteracy’s Expanding Access project expands access to literacy services for adults by helping non-literacy social service agencies add literacy components to their existing services. Come hear about the project, partnerships, services, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration in your community.

Todd  Evans

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Session 1: Why Family Literacy Matters

This session provides the data programs needed to make the case for investing in family literacy. Results from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) 2012 Adult Skills Survey, known as the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), provide solid evidence for why it is critical to raise adults’ literacy skills so that their children can succeed in school and in the workforce. This session will provide an introduction to PIAAC results, focusing on U.S. adults’ literacy skills. We will look closely at which adults in the U.S. have low skills, and how their skill levels affect a range of factors, including employment, income, health ,and civic participation. We will also explore the many ways in which the literacy levels and life chances of adults in the U.S. are shaped by parents’ education level. Finally, we will take a closer look at the PIAAC literacy framework to see if our own instruction is building adult competence.

Sondra  Stein

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Starting the Career Pathway: Developing a Workplace Program for Beginning-level ESOL Learners

Workforce training and career pathways programs are all the rage in adult education programs. This workshop explains the process of developing a successful workforce language and literacy program in partnership with local businesses, that targets the beginning-level English language learner. In a region where there is a growing population of low-skilled, non-native English speakers, businesses need a program that will build the  language and 21st-century skills of non-native speakers and help transition them into better paying jobs. The first stages in the process of developing Destination Workforce ™ are featured in this workshop.  

Carole Bausell

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment: A Collaborative Tool to Meet Community Needs

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project includes eight online, self-guided modules measuring digital literacy skills, used by more than 165 sponsor sites in 19 states. This workshop will summarize the development process, demonstrate Northstar,  examine how it works as a collaborative tool for organizations serving diverse clients, and present the non-profit business model used to sustain it.

Tom  Cytron-Hysom

10/15

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Tutoring in the Trenches: Lessons Re-Learned about Learning Challenges of Adult ELLs

Six core factors that affect learning for adult English language learners will be addressed in an inclusive discussion with attendees that will be presented by a highly experienced expert in adult ESOL and learning challenges. Ways to address learning challenges caused by these factors will also be discussed and demonstrated. Handouts with references and resources will be provided. 

Robin  Lovrien (Schwarz)

10/15

2:00 PM-5:30 PM

"Literacy Retreats"

Need to recharge your literacy batteries? If so, you may be interested in attending a Literacy Retreat!
 
In this session you will learn how to host your own Literacy Retreat.
 
Literacy Retreats are informal discussions among small groups about topics of mutual interest to anyone who shares common professional concerns. They should be moderated but casual – kind of like a chat around your kitchen table.  
 
Attendance can be limited to agency staff or by inviting others, which can be an excellent opportunity to network.
 
Literacy Retreats are held in relaxing settings, like state parks, and are an excellent alternative to the typical professional development format. They can be great for learning and exploring specific topics – and developing relationships.

Stephen F.  Hannum

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Common Pronunciation Mistakes Made Speakers of Other Native Languages

Speakers whose primary native language is other than English make similar mistakes when using English.This is often because literal translations don't work and a large number of the sounds  don't exist in their native language. This fun, engaging workshop provides two user-friendly tools to teach some of the most common pronunciation and grammatical mistakes heard at every level.

Marcie Smith

10/15

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Control your Money: A Pilot for Adding or Expanding a Financial Literacy Course to your Program.

In ProLiteracy’s 2014 Women and Financial Literacy white paper, we found that 57 percent of women with low literacy do not know their credit score. Yet, our research showed that the overwhelming majority of these women desire to learn more about financial literacy and how to manage their money. To address the unique financial education needs of women with low literacy skills, ProLiteracy, with support from American Express, has developed a financial literacy education pilot project aimed at assisting low-literate women with money management skills. Join ProLiteracy staff and pilot participants as they discuss the process for adding or expanding a financial literacy initiative within their adult literacy program.

Alicia Suskin

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Cool Resources from State Literacy Organizations

Are you looking for a few good ideas, free resources, and program models to enhance your literacy organization? This session will feature a cross-section of short-presentations from five state literacy organizations. Topics will include health literacy, fundraising, tutor training, and community advocacy.   We think they’re cool! You be the judge.  

Greg  Smith

10/15

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Elevating the Discussion to the Broader Community / What does your community think about adult literacy and why does it matter?

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of how a community based literacy organization (CBLO) is working to understand the attitudes and perceptions of the region to identify areas for programmatic changes and shifting how their community thinks about low literacy. Addressing adult literacy requires a comprehensive approach, which includes individual based services as well as understanding, engaging, and mobilizing strategies at the community level. An overview of the pilot project will be presented, including the community survey tool, preliminary findings, and strategies for next steps.

Kim Herbstritt

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Maximum Learning for Students: Minimum Prep Time for You!

Want to provide ‘deep learning’ for your adult low beginners?  Care to teach more effectively while preparing less?  Come and practice adaptable, multi-skill strategies that require little or no prep time to teach any content.  Your students will remember what they’ve learned!  Extensive handout

Laurel Pollard

10/15

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Moving Toward a New Paradigm in ESOL Instruction for Beginning Learners: The Literacy College Model

This session will take a look at a new learning model for adults with limited English proficiency that have little time to dedicate to education. Believing that traditional academic models that involve years of education have given short shrift to the urgent needs of immigrants and have allowed many learners to fall by the wayside, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia envisions a paradigm where adults can access a fast track to real world outcomes in workforce, education, community, and citizenship. Learn how LCNV is using research-based best practices to create an innovative program design where adults select their own pathways through intensive mini-courses focused on discrete, practical language and literacy skills to prepare them for next steps. Become familiar with LCNV’s Destination Workforce ™, a workforce-related language and literacy curriculum integral to the Literacy College©.

Patricia Donnelly

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Survival of the Fittest

This mini workshop will discuss how one organization not only survived but tripled in size and funding during lean times. Thinking outside the box with creative fundraising, innovative
programming, and effective management of volunteers will allow your program to survive and thrive in times of scarce resources.

Joan Peterson

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

The Role of Foundational Literacy in English Language Learner Outcomes: Key Learnings from Library-Based ELL Outreach Programs

Since 2008, the American Library Association’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation have provided small grants up to $15,000 for public libraries to build their print and digital ESOL collections, increase computer access, and provide GED, citizenship, and literacy instruction for English language learners (ELLs). Through the course of this initiative, participating libraries have indicated that foundational literacy is critical to successful outcomes for ELLs, as many patrons receiving services have low-level literacy in their original language. This session will feature reflections from ALA staff who have coordinated the program and will share specific key learnings from the experiences of more than 150 libraries across the country that have built foundational literacy into their ELL programs, as well as video testimonials from select participating libraries.

Kristin Lahurd

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Update on the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy is in its third year of operation. In this session, participants will receive an update on the national research center's activities and findings, including the results of a survey of practitioner use of texts in the classroom, assessment results of adult learners on reading related skills, repository of web-based texts, and hybrid curriculum examples.

Daphne Greenberg

10/15

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Work Train: Aligning Adult Education and Workforce Development as  a Model for WIOA Implementation

The Work Train initiative in Syracuse is doing just that. Work Train is a workforce platform that serves residents and business in Central New York by creating pathways for the region’s un- and under-employed residents into the pipeline of skilled labor. Work Train fills a critical gap in the labor market by meeting employer demand for qualified workers while helping jobseekers gain the skills they need to access family-sustaining careers. To date, Work Train-sponsored programs have successfully placed more than 100 individuals in jobs with retention rates close to 90 percent. A key to this success has been Work Train’s integrated approach to adult education and workforce development.

Pascal Mevs

10/15

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Adult Learner Book Testimonials-The Power of Voice

An inspired adult learner said, "You have to learn to believe in people...”  He shares how a book impacted his life, and uses the power of voice in a book testimonial. A Learner Panel was presented at the Bay Area Book Festival in California. Hear the coordinator and learner on staff!

Linda Sakamoto-Jahnke

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Each One Teach One Finds New Home in Old Fire Station

In 2014, the Each One Teach One Adult and Family Literacy Program of San Antonio, Texas, purchased an old city firehouse and converted it into a community literacy center. Come and learn about the group's journey that led to a headquarters of their own, and the impact it has had on their services.

Carolyn Heath

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Exploring the Role of Tutor-Support in Digital Literacy Acquisition: Helping Diverse Adult Learners Succeed 

Presenters will share results from a three-year project focused on the digital literacy acquisition process of vulnerable adult learners within a self-paced, tutor-facilitated learning environment. Implications from this research will aid the field in designing programs and instructional services that meet the needs of diverse adult learners.

Jill Castek

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Free Online Professional Development for the GED 2014

Developed for adult educators by adult educators, this session provides information on how to access free, online workshops about the 2014 GED Test. The free workshops can be taken at any time and include both text and video. They are being produced by the D.C. Public Library in conjunction with Academy of  Hope, a Washington, D.C., adult literacy program, and are made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.these two investments. As a result, greater opportunity exists to develop and scale initiatives and partnerships that aim to increase adult basic education skills while increasing employability and workplace skills.

Ben Merrion

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Improving the Spelling Skills of Adult Literacy Students

Sophisticated spelling skills are essential for adult learners seeking to improve their employability. Based on a study that examined the spelling abilities of adults with low literacy skills, this mini-session will focus on instructional strategies for improving spelling skills in adult literacy classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how linguistic knowledge influences spelling acquisition, discuss the implications of the study’s findings, and reflect on practical ways to support and enhance adult learners’ spelling success.

Amani Talwar

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Preparing Migrants for the Real World in America

The Internet has revolutionized the way this generation functions at work, school, and in everyday activities. Twenty-five or so years ago, when then Hawaii Governor John Waihee III directed the Office of Children and Youth to conduct the Hawaii Literacy Needs Assessment, the study was only looking at the functionally literate in Hawaii. At that time, the state of Hawaii was just beginning to receive migrants from island nations of the COFA agreement. The study found people could not properly fill out job application forms or locate a telephone number in a phone book. It was found that parents without skills, who are not able to provide an intellectually stimulating home for their children, are incapable of being involved in the education of their children. They are isolated from their children's activities and will fail to contribute to, advocate for, and support learning activities. That was in 1988, before the Internet had fully unleashed its capabilities. Parents did not have to go online to look at report cards or email the teacher if they had questions or concerns. In the late 80s, business were already clamoring for more workers who are able to read, write, and perform problem solving skills.

Annabelle Stone

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

The Marginalization Experiences of Low-Income, Female Adult Literacy Learners

The adult illiteracy crisis in the U.S. society has been historically ignored. The purpose of this qualitative life history-focused dissertation study is to explore the lives of low-income female adult literacy learners, and to understand the challenges and barriers that they have encountered in their lives. Situating literacy at the center of this study, the educational matriculation of these women will be examined in conjunction with the life struggles they encounter as they attempt to move beyond the confines of illiteracy and poverty. This study also examines how specific public policies and practices have impacted their personal and educational goals. By investigating the relationship between women in adult basic education programs and the barriers that hinder such women from becoming upwardly mobile and self-sufficient, the goal is to gain an in-depth understanding of how structural barriers and institutional policies and practices impact their educational pursuits. Emergent themes from this ongoing study include institutional and gender barriers, unmet child care needs, family poverty, and lack of support services. By giving the women a voice, this study may contribute to a deeper understanding of the conditions that give rise to and perpetuate illiteracy.

Kristen Barnes-Holiday

10/15

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

A 21st Century Approach to Train and Maintain Effective Volunteer Instructors

This workshop presents an innovative, research-based model for volunteer instructor training that combines the core components of theory, practical knowledge, and interactive  learning to train new volunteers to teach beginning-level English language adult learners. Using a blended-learning approach that includes online pre-study modules, face-to-face  instruction, and online collaborative professional development, this model adds flexibility, maximizes training effectiveness, and extends the learning experience for instructors.

Carole Bausell

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

A Sustainable Adult ESL Program Model for Everyone

This interactive workshop will highlight successful adult ESL programs around the country using our award-winning model. We will review adult ESL curriculum choices, teacher training, and supplemental life skills and culture tips for succeeding in the U.S. This is great for existing programs and people looking to start an adult ESL/immigrant support program. Workshop participants will receive books and materials that will help them start, expand, or improve their programs immediately. These resources are being used across the country in school districts offering adult ESL, community colleges, churches, immigrant and refugee service agencies, and charitable organizations teaching English to non-English speaking community members. Our workshop will provide applicable, easy-to-implement tips and will share case studies gathered from various organizations, many of whom are part of literacy coalitions across the country.

Marcie Smith

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Adult Learning Meets K-12 Education

Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Wisconsin to help reach the parents of K-12 students. Learn how Milwaukee Achiever has leveraged resources from community resources and partnerships with technical colleges to increase parent engagement and K-12 success. Tips, strategies, and the overall program will be highlighted.

Tracy  Loken Webber

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Adult Literacy through Libraries: Building a National Movement

According to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), one in six American adults struggles with basic literacy. Public libraries help meet this need through services such as high-interest, low-level collections and tutoring. The Adult Literacy through Libraries Action Agenda guides libraries through this work. Attendees will participate in facilitated dialogue about how they might implement the plan and promote a national movement for library literacy. The Agenda can be downloaded at www.proliteracy.org/downloads/libraryactionagenda.pdf
The American Library Association (ALA) and ProLiteracy have received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) to continue putting into effect the Adult Literacy through Libraries Action Agenda. ALA and ProLiteracy will work with libraries across the country to implement items from the action agenda.

Kristin  Lahurd

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Advocacy & Awareness - Community Involvement - One Person at a Time

Illiteracy is a problem that threatens a community. It is a problem that affects everyone, but what can one person do about it? Learn about The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland's Call to Action and its approach to involve the community one person at a time.

Robert Paponetti

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Get a Closer Look at Distance Learning

Distance Learning (DL) is showing great promise as a tool to increase student learning, motivation, and persistence. It can also help educators reach adult basic education (ABE) students who are not enrolled in programs because of challenges in their schedule or location, or have dispositional barriers due to things like negative past experiences in traditional school settings. Currently, all but seven ABE consortia in Minnesota are using DL in some way. The Minnesota Literacy Council has reached hundreds of learners with this tool already this year.
 
This session will introduce participants to the basics of distance learning. We will:
 - discuss when, how, and why to use DL with students
 - demonstrate DL tools currently used in Minnesota's ABE programs
 - look at the performance data of Minnesota students and programs who are using DL
 - provide guidance on how to successfully integrate DL into an ABE program, based on the experience of the Minnesota Literacy Council and its partners.

Cathy  Grady

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Getting Things Done!

Need help but have fewer dollars to spend on staff? Have students who need more help than what a volunteer tutor can provide? Could you use assistance with outreach? This workshop is for you. Learn how National Service and especially AmeriCorps can help you “Get things Done”!

Dorothy  Miaso

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

High School Equivalency Preparation Solutions for your Learners

With more than 35 years of experience, Aztec Software provides individualized, targeted, and computer-based solutions, assisting adult learners with test-specific preparation solutions for high school equivalency prep (The GED® Test, HiSET® Test and TASC Test), ABE needs that correlate to TABE and pre-HSE, and college prep solutions (ACCUPLACER®, Compass® and ACT).  Learn how Aztec Software’s computer-based solutions can help learners achieve success in their preparation for post-secondary experiences. All attendees are eligible for FREE practice tests!

Joel Ray

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Innovation and Collaboration in a Changing Environment

This interactive workshop will explore the challenges that executive directors of local literacy programs face in an ever-changing funding environment. WIOA will impact all of us, whether or not we are funded by federal and state money. Participants will leave this workshop with the skills, tools, and an action plan to position their agency as a partner and collaborator; raise their agency’s credibility; stay true to their agency’s mission, vision, and legacy; and take advantage of opportunities to provide services that are currently in demand.

Marsha  Tait

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Session 2: Why Numeracy Matters: A closer Look at What PIAAC Tells us About Adult Workforce Success

Adults in the U.S. – especially young adults – have dismally low skills in numeracy, and we know numeracy is critical to success in the workforce. This is one of the findings of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills, known as the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This session will provide an introduction to PIAAC results, focusing on how adults in the U.S. performed on this international numeracy skills assessment, how those results compare with their peers in other countries, and the demographic characteristics of adults in the U.S. with low numeracy skills. We will take a closer look at which industries have the highest concentrations of low-skilled workers to help identify likely employers to partner with in building career pathways and workplace education programs. Finally, we will look at the PIAAC numeracy framework in order to see if we are building the numeracy skills adults need to succeed in the workforce. 

Sondra  Stein

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Student Portfolios--Preparing Students for 21st Century Opportunities

The passage of WIOA and an emphasis on college and career readiness has programs rethinking how to provide services. In this session, learn how instructors at Kirkwood Community College worked to create a student e-portfolio in which students and instructors work in tandem to provide students with opportunities to meet the 21st century workplace and education demands.

Marcel Kielkucki

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Working with Inmates - Our Story

Agencies interested in providing educational enrichment and intervention to inmates not yet calcified in the prison system are invited to learn how the Ulster Literacy Association funded,
designed, implemented, and currently manages a literacy-based life skills program for the women at its county jail.

Casandra Beam

10/16

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Abundance or Scarcity...You Choose!

Though many adult basic education programs continue to enjoy state and federal government funding streams, there is a growing concern about the sustainability of these monies. More and more administrators are looking outside the traditional streams of funding to sustain and grow programming. This session will examine innovative ways to respond to this concern without compromising the mission. Topics will include consulting, fee for service programming, partnerships, and much more. Come to this session to get in on the ground floor of the entrepreneurial revolution in our field.

Eric Nesheim

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Bilingual Support for Achieving Family Literacy Outcomes

While  adult ESOL students are in the process of learning English, it is important they continue to read to their children, in any language. Learn how your agency can ensure that immigrant parents have the bilingual resources needed to read to their children and become involved in their education. 

Stephanie Fisher

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Blended Learning as a Model to Support Adult Learning

Many adult education programs have limited instructional staff available to teach the content necessary to successfully improve literacy or complete high school equivalency programs. That, coupled with the cost of hiring instructional staff, supports the need to develop creative methods to provide instruction to students. One option might be the use of blended learning as a method for instruction and formative assessment.

Emily Manigault

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

ESL Group Tutoring

Expand your capacity to serve more ESL clients by engaging them through cooperative learning. Engage volunteers on day one by offering a "no training required" option. Volunteers gain skills through on-the-job experience to manage and facilitate these impactful drop-in sessions. This workshop will provide all the materials you'll need to start a program on Monday.

Alison Austin

10/16

2:00 PM-5:30 PM

Fast Forward for Success

In education, engagement is the key to success. In this session you will discover innovative online resources offering interactive learning opportunities and computer skills practice that are aligned to the CCSS. Learn how KET’s Fast Forward courses and free professional development resources are making a difference for learners and educators alike.

Tonya Crum

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Growing Your Program with an Integrated Marketing Campaign

In this session you will learn how the W.R. Rogers Center, in partnership with the University of South Carolina Mass Communication Program, developed and implemented an integrated, strategic communications and marketing campaign. This campaign was responsible for moving the W.R. Rogers Center from the bottom quartile to the top quartile in South Carolina adult education programs for the number of students served.

Bobby Cunningham

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Helping Your Students Deal with Test Stress

Do your students display signs of test anxiety? Dr. Campbell will share strategies for helping your students manage their test stress. Each participant will receive a free copy of the student booklet “Managing Your Test Stress” as well as information about Gold Apple Services.

Cynthia Campbell

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

It’s a Win-Win!: Engaging Volunteers to Advance Digital Literacy

We are all being asked to do more with less. So how do we meet increasing demand for adult basic and digital literacy with fewer resources and ever-changing technologies? Join us to learn about Oakland Public Library’s model for volunteer engagement and cross-generational learning. We’ll share strategies from our Ready, Set, Connect youth development program and our Second Start Adult Literacy program, which each engage volunteers to provide one-on-one computer instruction to adult learners.

Amy Sonnie

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Reboot Your Digital Strategy!

Learn how your program and students can take advantage of national developments in digital literacy and access. The presenter will demo helpful resources, websites, and tools that will get your teachers, tutors, and students connected. Bring your own device (BYOD) to get a hands-on experience.

Steve Quann

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Session 3: Why Digital Problem Solving Matters: A Closer Look at How Education and Skills Online can be used to Inform Educational Outreach Efforts

Presenters will introduce a library-based, learner-centered project focused on a crucial need – developing programming to ensure that all citizens are equipped for today’s digital information age. The project used PIAAC's Education and Skills Online (ESO) — a valid and reliable assessment suite used in PIAAC that addresses literacy, numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments (PS-TRE) — to examine adult library patrons’ skills and needs in the area of digital problem solving. Participants will learn what is included in PIAAC’s PS-TRE domain, how adults in the U.S. performed in this domain, and ways administration of PS-TRE was integrated into library outreach settings. ESO will be available online for use in local programs and research projects starting in August 2015.  Presenters will engage the audience in interactive discussions focused on how the ESO tool can be useful to researchers and educators who work with a range of adult learners across multiple contexts.

Jill  Castek

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Teaching Adults with Learning Disabilities - and Amazing Apps To Help!

This interactive session begins with an introduction to instructional strategies to use with adult students who have learning disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to practice each strategy during the session, and includes both individual and small group strategies. Following will be an overview of new and amazing free or cheap digital apps that adult students with learning disabilities can use to improve their learning, practice basic skills, improve organization, and provide access to alternative methods of information processing.

Patricia White

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Using our brains: research-based learning techniques in the classroom

Fire until you wire does not mean drill and kill. In this session you will learn simple and engaging techniques to improve student learning and memory.

Sarah Lynn

10/16

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

A Successful Fundraiser is No Trivial Matter

Hear how The Literacy Roundtable, a coalition of literacy providers in St. Louis, has successfully organized and hosted a trivia night fundraiser. Participants will receive timelines, forms, question templates, databases, and other documentation needed to host a successful trivia night fundraiser.

Todd Evans

10/16

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Addressing the Learner Using a Holistic Approach

Learn how to expand instruction for adults to increase a depth of knowledge in critical thinking skills for learners using a collaboration of technology, education, and mental health approaches to address the adult learner holistically. Take students beyond traditional memorization skills and use problem solving to apply knowledge. We address mental health illness to target specific cognitive and learning disabilities to create individual educational plans to assist with
technological learning in the classroom.

Dominique Davis

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Beyond Training:  The Art of Inspired Learning – Agent for Change

Come join this lively session and discover how to take tutor training (or tutoring sessions) from a curriculum driven approach to an individualized model tailored to the learner’s specific needs and interests. “We are all life-long learners” is a philosophy that encourages building an equal partnership between tutor and learner. Discovering the strengths of the learner and their interests, allows the learning process to unfold with joy, ease, and clarity. A fun and respectful environment allows the partnership to develop, builds trust, and aids the discovery of what truly motivates and inspires the journey of learning.  

Sheila Mitchell

10/16

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

City Lit: Faith-based Literacy in an Urban Setting, Birmingham, AL

MPower Ministries is an ecumenical faith-based literacy program that has been reaching out to the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama, since 1987. We have collaborated with more than 100 area churches, the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, junior college high school equivalency programs,  and job skills training programs to improve literacy skills for thousands of individuals.

Pam Thompson

10/16

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Community Literacy: Innovation in Tutoring Program Development

Does your tutoring program struggle with low tutor-learner match completion rates? Do you wish you had a better idea of what goes on in tutoring sessions? Come learn about an effective alternative model to the independent tutor-learner match.

Jennifer Peterson

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Engaging Learners through Smart Technologies

In the age of rapidly changing digital technologies, teachers are faced with the increasingly difficult task of engaging and assessing students. We will examine simple ways to incorporate  technology (smart phones, e-readers, and laptops) into the classroom environment that can be used to assess students' knowledge instead of being a distraction. Sample lessons will be reviewed and discussed. 

Monica  Orsot

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Funding Job-Driven Adult Education Programs for SNAP Recipients

The SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plays an important role in serving unemployed and underemployed SNAP households. This session will provide a “101” on using SNAP E&T funding to support job-driven programs for underprepared learners, provide examples of how SNAP E&T programs are currently working with state workforce development and education systems, and share tools available to further strengthen these relationships. We will also share the latest information about the 2014 Farm Bill pilots designed to test the effectiveness of a range of strategies to reduce reliance on SNAP and help recipients work toward economic self-sufficiency.  

Marcie F Foster

10/16

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

GeorgiaBEST

Want to help your students keep their jobs or be successful in college? This session on GeorgiaBEST will teach you how to provide students with the soft skills necessary to succeed in the work force or college.

Jessica Nguyen

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

Introduction to the CAMERA System

The Communications and Math Employment Readiness Assessment (CAMERA) system employs real-life workplace documents and tasks to test and develop adult learners' reading, document use, writing, and numeracy skills.

Heather  Paterson

10/16

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

The CAPITAL Project: Mobile Applications for Improving Literacy in Adult Learners

CAPITAL (Comprehension and Pronunciation Instructional Tools for Adult Learners) is a project focused on creating a set of free educational mobile applications to help low-literacy adults gain and improve their reading skills. The goal of these applications is to automatically create practice exercises customized to an individual learner’s skill level, adhering to  principles from the science of learning, such as frequent and optimally-spaced exercises, immediate feedback, and repetition as needed to develop long-term memory. The various exercises generated by the CAPITAL software are designed to improve literacy skills at all levels, from basic phonemic awareness to complex passage comprehension. The CAPITAL software leverages instructor input to generate these exercises, ensuring consistency of  content between classroom learning and extracurricular practice. This system allows for the creation of a wide variety of exercises with minimal instructor effort while also prioritizing instructor approval of all generated materials and allows instructors to track their students’ progress. User tests with adult learners from project partners in the Washington, D.C., area suggest that the software is learnable, consistent, and intuitive enough to be used by low-literacy users with minimal guidance as a meaningful and effective educational tool.

Jennifer Hill

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

The Importance of Grade Level Completion History of Adult Literacy Students

Does grade level completion history make a difference with adult literacy students? This session will look at a study that included 86 adult, native English speakers who read between the third and fifth grade levels. This study compared the two highest educational level groupings  (5-8; 12-14) on reading skills, employment, voter registration status, as well as constructs for reading pleasure, reading self-perception, and reading practices. Results indicated very few statistical differences between the two groups. These findings indicate  that for adults who have difficulty reading, higher educational attainment levels do not necessarily a imply higher level of skills, reading for pleasure, reading self-perception, reading practices, or voting status.

Christine Dunagin Miller

10/16

4:00 PM-4:30 PM

A Prescription to HEAL(SM): An innovative program to address low health literacy

This workshop will provide startling statistics related to low health literacy and discuss what one organization is doing to address it.

Joan Peterson

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Contemporary Experiences of Lower-level Readers: Perspectives on Learning

Attendees will gain insight into how a classroom of struggling adult readers made sense of literacy learning in the contemporary policy context focused on workforce development and standardized testing outcomes. This qualitative dissertation project used ethnographically-informed critical discourse analysis to explore the perspectives and experiences of the program, teacher, and participants in one publicly-funded classroom serving adults who test as reading at a 5th grade level equivalent or below. The presentation will report some preliminary findings about the destructive impact of state demands for outcomes on lower level learners’ access to programs. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate how adults who struggle with basic reading are marginalized even within adult literacy programs. The presentation will consider the implications of these findings for lower level learners in other programs across the country. Conference attendees at all level of expertise can benefit from the session.

Amy Pickard

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Quality Data: Standards for Measuring the Success of Nonprofits Focused on Adult Education

Nonprofit organizations focused on adult basic education and literacy must be able to present concrete evidence of the life-altering impact their programs have on adult learners to receive grants and donations critical to keeping their doors open. This workshop will review the evolution of the measurements of success used by one Florida-based nonprofit  that serves adults reading between a 0 and ninth grade level, and how adopting multiple federal, state, and local standards of success helped them acquire additional grant money needed for expansion.
Participants should be willing to discuss some of the goals and outcomes of their own adult education programs, and will have the option of participating in continued information sharing after the conference is over. Session administrators hope to develop effective networks and connections for nonprofits that need to qualify their data to tell their success stories to grant makers who otherwise may not be familiar with the indicators of a successful ABE program.

Alicia Harris

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Rebooting your literacy organization. Accompany Literacy DuPage's journey and learn how to re-energize your program and organization.

This fast-paced session introduces you to Literacy DuPage, a 43-year old literacy services provider in Chicago's western suburbs. When hired two years ago, the new leadership team was told to "keep the ship on course - no need to change anything," but it soon learned otherwise. While the organization's reputation for service in the community, with collaborative partners, and among funders was excellent, internally the organization was gripped by complacency, outdated procedures, and inadequate infrastructure. It was in need of more professionalized tutor training, communication, and a much more ambitious outlook. Participants interested in reviewing, reassessing, redesigning, and rebooting their organizations will take away practical tips and key lessons learned.

Bernie Steiger

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Tutor Training & Matching: Our More Meaningful New Approach

Literacy for Life has implemented a new tutor training approach in which tutor-learner pairs meet for the first time between the second and third tutor training sessions. At this session, tutor trainer Mary Lynch will describe the content, logistics, and advantages of our three-part tutor training series.

Mary  Lynch

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Winning Foundation Funding for Your Adult Education Program

In today's tight economy, few community-based adult education programs can afford to rely on government funding alone. Come learn about strategies to diversify funding sources so your program can have the financial stability to thrive. This mini-workshop will provide concrete steps for earning foundation grants.

Kate Hyzer

10/16

4:45 PM-5:15 PM

Classroom Management: Planning Ahead for Student Success

What is classroom management? Why is it important? How do I do it?  In this workshop, you will explore these three questions, and will look at how the teacher sets the tone to creates an environment for learning.

Cynthia Campbell

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Collaborative Teaching: Collaboration, Transition, Success!!

Integrated instruction and team teaching is an effective approach to transition English language learners and basic education students into program level courses. Explore the benefits and challenges to team teaching while learning how to work together to overcome challenges. Discover how to successfully incorporate integrated and team teaching into your  classrooms and tutoring sessions.

Shawn Jensen

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Developing an Educational Program for a Private Company

English literacy in the workplace plays a vital role in maintaining proper and effective safety, management, and communication skills on the job. This presentation will review how to begin developing an adult basic education program for a company that caters to the needs of low literacy ESOL learners. The presentation will include a look at actual materials, photos, program results, and insights of an existing vocational program at a construction company in Benicia, California. 

Patricia  Sanchez Correa

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

English for Health: Developing and Promoting Health Literacy Partnerships

Low health literacy costs billions each year and leads to poor outcomes for patients. Literacy organizations can be part of the solution. We’ll share how we developed collaborations with
healthcare systems and improved adult learners’ use of healthcare through our replicated English for Health program.

Jeff  Burkhart

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Financial Math

This workshop will address collaborative learning in financial math and the use of everyday math to demonstrate financial math skills. Peers work together to yield a final presentation of assignment.

Danielle Smith

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Is It Ever Too Late? – Library Literacy Services for Adults with Reading Difficulties or Dyslexia

This presentation will highlight research that reports highly effective methods for improving literacy in adults with dyslexia or reading difficulties. Case studies of adults who have made significant improvements in their reading and academic skills will be presented. Many reading instructional programs claim to be research-based, but commonly cannot produce true research to support their program’s claim of effectiveness. What does it mean for a program to claim to be research-based? Thirty years of research points to the effectiveness of methods and programs that explicitly teach phonological awareness, auditory working memory and decoding skills, rather than phonics-only or sight word approaches. This presentation will discuss how to recognize a truly research-based program, as well as the scientific research that indicates what makes a reading program truly effective.

Tim Conway

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Literacy for the Homeless: The Role of Public Libraries

Some libraries go out of their way to help the homeless. Others have policies that serve to exclude them. Why? Why do some libraries directly teach adult literacy, while others stay at arm's length away from adults with the most compelling reason for literacy services: to put a roof over their heads? How can volunteer literacy providers work more closely with public libraries? Talk over these issues with a former ProLiteracy affiliate director who is now a doctoral student in library science.

Deborah Yoho

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Pathway for New Americans: Partnerships for Immigration and Citizenship Preparation

This workshop will explore best practices from the Pathway for New Americans initiative, a partnership between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the city of Nashville, Tennessee. This partnership utilizes a community-wide approach to promoting citizenship education and awareness in the city. Come engage in exercises and discussion about potential partnerships in your community, and brainstorm ways to connect existing resources to community need.

Megan Godbey

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Program Implementation: Using Year-Long Strategies to Approach GED 2014 Skills

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of skills and the breadth of content that must be included in your GED/ABE classes? Not sure how to implement an inclusive curriculum?
Academy of Hope will provide an interactive workshop where participants can formulate a year-long approach to providing the skills needed for success on the GED 2014 and other high school credentialing tests. This workshop is for administrators and instructors at all levels of experience.

Daquanna  Harrison

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Revitalizing Literacy through Redesign

How sustainable is your literacy organization? In 2011, we surveyed 23 literacy programs throughout New Jersey and learned that most were unsure of the future. This led us to explore new options and ultimately to merge nine organizations. Join us to discuss the merger process, lessons learned, and other options for redesign to make your organization stronger.

Jessica Tomkins

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Teaching Basic Literacy to Hispanics

Learn how to use a free curriculum to teach reading and writing to illiterate Hispanics in their native language. Help create a foundation that will allow adult learners to transition to English language classes.  

Yolanda Medina

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

The Integrated Teaching of ELL and Computers to Adults

The central goal of English language learning (ELL) instruction is for instructors to provide students with the language skills they need in society relevant to real-world situations to perform important social functions. It is impossible, however, to be integrated into today’s society without having some familiarity with computers and the basic software we use in a variety of everyday situations. This workshop will explore the method of computer assisted language learning (CALL), which allows the instructor to integrate language learning with the acquisition of computer skills in the classroom. The workshop will provide theoretical background on how both ELL and computer instruction work together to promote acculturation, will examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of CALL, and will provide instructors with practical tips and resources on how to incorporate CALL into their classrooms

Gisella Aitken-Shadle

10/17

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Bridging the Divide

Incorporating new grants into current programs can feel daunting. Truth is, we are already doing so much of it already. This workshop will show the link between what is being taught in the classroom and helping learners become active, informed members of the community. Learn to systematically incorporate concepts that will bridge the remaining gaps between community involvement, workforce, and higher education.

Jenna Kelly

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Designed to Work: A blended program strategy for transitioning low-skilled adults to the workforce

This presentation will demonstrate the use of complementary assessment tools to design and deliver effective and practical program strategies to employment-bound adult participants. The concept looks at a new approach to bringing unemployed and under-employed Canadians, especially those with multiple employment obstacles, into the workplace. The two partner organizations leading this presentation, Futureworx Society of Nova Scotia and PTP (Pathway to Possibilities) of Ontario, have  worked with people facing multiple obstacles to employment, as well as older workers and youth, for many years. Session attendees will receive a brief background on the training environment that led to the  development of each tool, how the two organizations came to collaborate, and how the
integration of these two tools increases the organizations’ ability to address the individual literacy and employability levels of clients. The session will include collaborative workshop activities between attendees. It is targeted toward front-line staff and management responsible for program development and direction.

Heather Paterson

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Effective Strategies for Teaching Reading, Writing, and Numeracy

New standards, changing tests, and rapid growth in technology impact ways teachers and tutors teach basic skills to adult learners. This seminar presents effective strategies for teaching literacy, numeracy, and high school equivalency. The hard work of researching effective strategies and best practices is already done for you.

Charles  Johnson

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Fast and Furious Critical Thinking Skills for Math Dummies

This workshop will strike at the heart of the pervasive deficits in critical thinking for math problem solving. It will identify deficit patterns and learner practices that build barriers to critical thinking. Participants will share effective teaching techniques and examine a few simple, succinct strategies that enable learners to take control of reasoning their way out of math jams.

Forrestine  Eubanks

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

How To Learn English

How To Learn English is a research-based seminar that specifically focuses on strategies to help adults learn English. This workshop is an overview of the roles that attitude, memory, activities, and resources play in order to reach short-term and long-term goals identified by the learners

Joanna Rodden

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Learning Disabilities

The most common types of specific learning disabilities are those that impact the areas of reading, math, and written expression such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. This
workshop will offer a better understanding of all three and how it affects our adult  learners in becoming more productive.

Patricia Bush

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Preparing Community Volunteers for Literacy Tutoring

Need to train volunteer tutors for your literacy agency? Overwhelmed by how to plan and implement a training program? Need some new ideas on training activities and facilitation? This workshop is for you! Discussion will include soup to nuts aspects of volunteer tutor training.

Alison Austin

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Reading Aloud: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore!

Reading aloud in the adult education classroom can boost critical thinking, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, imagination, interest, and camaraderie. During this interactive workshop, we will discuss the benefits, consider the features, and share many examples of compelling read alouds for adult learners. We will also demonstrate how to read aloud  effectively while periodically punctuating the reading with purposeful questions. Workshop  participants will join in directed discussions of passages that are read aloud, and they will take away teaching strategies they can apply to all reading selections while working with adults in literacy, basic and secondary education, and English language learning. Be  prepared to join in the fun since reading aloud is not just for kids anymore!

Carrie Stell

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Universal Design for Learning in the Adult Education Classroom

In this workshop, participants will learn how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can be applied to an adult education classroom. Participants will receive hands-on practice in designing and implementing lessons that enable all adult learners to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning

Shalom Tazewell

10/17

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

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