2013 Adult Education Conference

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Date(s) - 05/16/2013
All Day

Rhode Island

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 (presenter’s powerpoints and handouts will be available here in the coming days/weeks)

8:40-8:50:    Welcoming Remarks & continental breakfast in the First Floor Cafeteria:    Dr. Philip Less, RIDE
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5           Room 6 Room 7
9 – 10:30 Imperative of a new instructional paradigm in preparation for the 2014 GEDAl Alba & Shelby Ferreria


Online Resources

Taxonomy of Reflections

Student Generated Exams

Digital Literacy in Adult Education: the undercurrent of adult learning in the 21st century’Elizabeth Dalton & Don GregoryPowerPoint

GED/BBRI Crosswalk

Competency Based Education (CBE)– Learning to Acquire MasteryDonna ChambersPowerpoint Navigating the Post Secondary TransitionJane May & staff from six area colleges 


Working with basic level ESOL learnersJanet Isserlis Using data to inform instruction – limited registrationBarbara Bowen Using Motivational Interviewing in an Adult Education ProgramAndjela Cupic
10:45 – 12:15 Overview of the 2014 GED (It’s coming whether we want it to or not!)John Scheifflin Financial Literacy in the ESOL classroomBarbara Alsabek & Victoria Richter Trauma-Informed ServicesCrossroads staff


LINCS Community of Practice as Professional DevelopmentCynthia Zaft Adult Second Language Acquisition: the Theory and PracticeAndy NashPowerPoint Employer Panel: Marketing ClinicRobin Adams Exploring a Blended Model of Technology Assisted LearningSherry Lehane
1:15 – 2:15 Meeting the Challenges of National External Diploma Program(NEDP) onlineDonna Chambers, Sandy Smith, Francine Jackson, Bonnie Taylor and Sherry LehanePowerPoint The Impact of Leadership ExperienceSTAND Board  & New Members Strengths and Growth Areas: Creating Student Success Through Open Feedback   George Nippo & Madeline SnowPowerPoint Aztec Software: One Management System for Academic and College/Workforce Readiness SolutionsPublisher

Karen Phinney

Transitioning High Level ELL Learners Chris Bourret and Kathy Evans


How Parent Engagement Helps Students Succeed in SchoolJanet Pichardo
2:30- 3:30 Calling All Learners: Cell Phones 4 EnglishSylvia Stipich STAND’s Menu of Activities and WorkshopsSTAND Advisory Board A Year Up Student Services Model   Genesis Burke


Intake, Assessment & Orientation Toolkit    Robin Adams


Lifelong Learning Portal: using state websites with your studentsPortal Team 


Productivity Tools:  software for organizing your work and program!Ruth TureckovaPowerPoint
3:45- 4:30   A Round Table Conversation with RIDE’s Office of Adult Education Staff

Workshop Descriptions are below

Session One:  9-10:30 am


The Imperative of a New Instructional Paradigm in Preparation for the 2014 GED Exam               

Dr. Albert Alba and Shelby A. Ferreira

During this session, participants will compare and contrast the 2002 paper version of the GED exam with the 2014 computerized version in order to construct a rationale for significant changes in the demands of student performance. The competencies of the 2014 version of the GED exam will be explored in relation to their connection to the Common Core Standards and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Literature and resources in these areas will be provided to participants.

Just as GED students will need to rethink their studying strategies in order to account for the new demands of the 2014 exam, so instructors will need to rethink their teaching strategies. Instructors, therefore, must be equipped with instructional techniques that support students in meeting the test’s new performance objectives. Participants will explore instructional paradigms such as constructivism while sharing instructional strategies that support the performance demands of the 2014 GED exam. Sample lesson plans and resources will be provided; additionally, participants will be invited to share resources with each other.


Albert Alba, PhD. received a B.S. in Engineering and secondary math certification from U.R.I. He is a certified school administrator.   His PhD. was in Curriculum and Instruction.   Dr. Alba is a Highly Qualified Correctional Educator.

Shelby Ferreira is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Rhode Island while working as an adjunct professor at the Community College of RI and RI Adult Correctional Institution. She also works as an adult educator at RI Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL). Shelby is a certified teacher in both Rhode Island and California and joined NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley in 2012 as a Community-Builder-in-Residence.


Digital Literacy in Adult Education: the undercurrent of adult learning in the 21st century

Elizabeth Dalton and Don Gregory

Whether it’s taking the new 2014 GED test, applying for a job or studying online to work towards a degree, adult learners must be familiar with navigating the Internet.  Currently, 1 in 3 Rhode Island adults do not go online. Many factors contribute to the “digital divide” including lack of affordable options, relevance, and adequate training. Fortunately, Rhode Island has a wealth of training resources including the Broadband RI Internet Basics curriculum and support network.


In this session, attendees will get a first-hand look at all the resources and support for you and your adult learners. The unique framework of the Internet Basics curriculum is based in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The implementation of UDL can support learning for persons with widely varying needs and address greater learner variability, in order to give all adult learners an equal opportunity to learn.


Elizabeth M. Dalton, PhD, is Director of Development and Research at TechACCESS of RI, and a consultant on curriculum/program development, learner variation, and technology in education.

Don Gregory is the Broadband RI Digital Literacy Program Coordinator.  He is a certified digital literacy trainer and has co-authored the Digital Literacy Portal website, the Internet Basics Curriculum, and Instructor Workshop framework.


Competency Based Education (CBE):  Learning to Acquire Mastery         

Donna Chambers

What is your understanding of the words “competency” and “mastery”?  What does a CBE program look like? How does CBE encourage adult learners to stay motivated to reach mastery?  How long will it take?  This workshop will explore the current thinking of CBE in reforming education and show its connection to adult education.

The work being undertaken to explore various approaches to education is producing data that shows success in applying Competency Based Education Principles to contrast traditional educational systems.  The data is showing positive results student retention, accelerated learning and faster remediation.   CBE approaches are getting students to mastery faster. This interactive workshop will highlight the work on Competency-Based Education that has been presented through a series of Webinars sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The Webinars were developed to a build broad understanding of the implementation of mastery-based approaches to teaching and learning.  Although these Webinars focus on k12 education, the principles of Competency Based Education and Mastery-Based Education can easily be applied to Adult Education.  The workshop will discuss the principles of CBE and participants will work together to determine the relevance and application of these principles to the adult learners in our classes.  Handouts will be provided.


Donna Chambers is the coordinator for the RI National External Diploma Program and has been working with CBE for over thirty six years.


Navigating the Post Secondary Transition: Support Services for Post Secondary Adult Students in Rhode Island  

Jane May, Moderator

This panel discussion will provide valuable information regarding student support services for adults as they transition to post secondary.  Adult educators will come away with first-hand knowledge of post secondary student support programs from across Rhode Island. The discussion will focus on the many challenges adult students face along the road to degree completion and the extensive menu of services offered by Rhode Island post secondary programs including: RI Transition to College and Careers Initiative, URI Learning for Life (L4L), CCRI Connect to College (C2C), Rhode Island College LOOK and LEAP, Johnson & Wales Adult & Continuing Education, and the Providence College Continuing Education Program


Program moderator:  Jane May, Ph. D. has worked with the RI Transition to College and Careers Initiative for approximately four years.  Jane completed a doctoral degree in education with a focus on the adult learner.  In addition, Jane is a certified reading specialist with experience teaching literacy to students K-adult.  As the coordinator for the RI Transition to College and Careers Initiative Jane advocates for access to post secondary education for RI adult learners.


Basic level ESOL – what are we doing?            

Janet Isserlis

This interactive workshop invites participants to explore approaches to working with basic level adult language and literacy learners. The facilitator will share ideas and materials she’s used with the hope of engaging participants to share their own ideas in addition to considering ways to expand, extend and adapt materials and activities. While most of the work will be very much hands-on, we’ll also touch on theory informing practice and look to our own collective experience to develop and expand our own resources.


Janet Isserlis has worked with adult language and literacy workers and with adult educators since 1980.


Using Data to Inform Reading Instruction

Barbara Bowen and Kelly Domenico     (Limit 15 Participants)

Nearly 50% of our ESL and ABE adult learners fall into the intermediate NRS (levels 3 & 4).  Research shows that students at these levels are challenged to progress, and therefore need targeted reading instruction to address strategy limitations as academic strengths are facilitated.  Participants will use data from CASAS scores and reading diagnostics to determine and create learning groups for targeted instruction in reading.  Several data samples will be distributed to allow participants to practice analyzing reading data, to create groups using the data, to discuss specific reading instruction within each group, and to problem-solve classroom management in grouping.  Our objective is to demonstrate that data use does drive instruction.  There will be handouts to support the workshop, video clips to support the research, and resources to support the participant.


Barbara Bowen works with the RIAEPDC as Reading Specialist-Coach.  Barbara targets support to adult literacy programs demanding instructional planning and program implementation through informed data.

Kelly Domenico works with Pawtucket Adult Education as the Program Coordinator.  Kelly oversees and assists with the instruction and education piece of the program.


Using Motivational Interviewing in an Adult Education Program            

Andjela Kaur

This workshop will offer an overview of the Motivational Interviewing as a motivation enhancement model and its applicability in the adult education programs. Participants will have an opportunity to experience one technique used in this model. Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL) is in its first year of implementing this model into its programs.  This workshop does not intend to teach Motivational Interviewing, but to introduce the participants to its principles and the experience that RIRAL has had with it so far.  Methodology: This workshop will be a combination of information sharing , information giving and a structured role play. First, the group will share their views on importance of motivation in the workforce development programs. The presenter will then introduce the MI model via a power point, will demonstrate one specific technique from the model, and the participants will practice it. We will wrap up with the presenter giving information on training requirements and implementation of MI in workforce development programs.  There will be no handouts.


Andjela Kaur (formerly Cupic) has completed advanced training in  Motivational Interviewing and serves as a trainer and implementation coach for the Motivational Interviewing at RIRAL.


Session Two:  10:45 am-12:15 pm


Overview of the 2014 GED (It’s coming whether we want it to or not!)        

John Schieffelin

This presentation will cover the types of questions on the 2104 test, how Webb’s Depth of Knowledge is being used to develop the test, and will use the Item Samplers, put out by the GED Testing Service, to familiarize teachers with the look and features of the 2014 test. What is known about scoring, and length of the tests will also be covered. By the end of the session, participants should have a better understanding of what the 2014 GED test is, and is not. A Power Point handout will be made available to attendees.

Note: This session is designed for people who are not familiar with, and/or comfortable with the Item Samplers, or the Assessment Guide for Educators posted by the GED Testing Service.


John Schieffelin is a teacher at the ACI. He has prepared students for the GED for over 15 years.


Integrating Financial Literacy in the ESOL Classroom

Barbara Alsabek, Victoria Richter

This presentation will discuss why and how financial literacy is part of basic survival skills and essential for ESOL students to better their lives. It will deconstruct language and numeracy objectives embedded in financial literacy lessons, and provide sample materials at different levels of ESOL. It will discuss how financial literacy expands an understanding of not only an adult learners’ personal financial situation, but local, national, and international realities. Finally, it will touch on the subject of cultural responses to financial literacy topics.


Barbara Piccirilli Alsabek, MED TESL, teaches at the Genesis Center as a Learning Facilitator and as an ESOL/TESL instructor at Rhode Island College.

Victoria Richter is a life-long learner and instructor of languages. Her teachings are largely informed by her own language-learning and immigration experiences as well as her research in language acquisition. Victoria holds advanced degrees in languages and literature from top universities in the US, Canada and Russia. She is currently a Learning facilitator at the Genesis Center and a fervent proponent of the integrated curriculum.

Embracing a Trauma Informed Care Approach with Adult Learners: a new initiative being implemented by Crossroads RI

Jennifer Bryant, Sharon McMahon and John McDonald

Crossroads, Rhode Island, has participated in a national Trauma-Informed Practices Learning Community and is in the process of implementing a trauma informed care approach within the service delivery system.  There is a realization that trauma affects many service sectors such as criminal justice, child welfare, primary health care, etc., and is often a barrier to effective outcomes within those systems.  The panel discussion will cover the following:

1)      What is Trauma-Informed Care

2)      How Crossroads will begin to embrace Trauma Informed Care

3)      What are the anticipated changes with regard to providing services

4)      How the Trauma Informed Care approach principles will be implemented into the Adult Education classroom

Attendees of this presentation will leave with a better understanding of what Trauma Informed Care is, how Crossroads Rhode Island is taking the initiative to implement Trauma-Informed practices into service delivery that would include Adult Education.


Jennifer Bryant has been involved with Adult Education for three years.  Prior to working at Crossroads, she was a preschool teacher, a substitute teacher (K-12), and a Law Enforcement Officer.

Sharon McMahon has been teaching adult education for the past four years at Crossroads.   She is a RI certified Pre-K-2 teacher, and also has a background in sales support.

John MacDonald MSW, LCSW has worked in social services for more than 25 years primarily working with adults experiencing substance abuse, mental illness and trauma. John joined Crossroads in March 2012 as the Vice President of Adult Services.


LINCS Community of Practice as Professional Development                

Cynthia Zafft

The Literacy Information and Community System (LINCS) offers a wide variety of research-based professional development opportunities for adult educators. Building on the work of LINCS popular discussion lists, the new LINCS virtual Communities of Practice (COPs) is a place where practitioners can get up-to-date training facilitated by experts in the field, discuss questions with colleagues from around the country, and share resources. Along with specific content-focused communities (e.g., Math & Numeracy, Adult English Language Learners, Career Pathways, Program Management), you can have a personal page, join a regional COP, easily search the site, and much, much more. This interactive workshop session will demonstrate how to get to get started.

Cynthia Zafft is a professional developer for the Regional Professional Development Center (Region 1) sponsored by LINCS, located at World Education in Boston.

Adult Second Language Acquisition: the Theory and Practice   

Andy Nash

This session will introduce the basic theory of how adults acquire new languages and then focus on key approaches that bring the theory into ESL instruction. We’ll review some common myths about language learning and generate a reminder list of classroom practices that help and hinder language acquisition.


Andy Nash is Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education. She has been a teacher and professional developer for over 25 years, specializing in adult ESOL, civic participation, learner persistence, and standards-based instruction.


Perfecting your Pitch – Marketing to the Business Community!                  

Robin Adams, Moderator

This interactive marketing workshop is designed for maximum impact during the brief 1.5 hours.  It will consist of two critical parts (employer panel presentation and then a small group break-out “clinic” session for each panelist with 3–4 practitioners). Panelists will listen to your pitch and provide on-the-spot feedback, tips and recommendations – from a professional business perspective – to help you build your confidence and perfect your pitch for that next potential partner.  You must come prepared to do your 60-second elevator speech and pitch your program on cue. You will leave with specific information regarding how to successfully market your workforce development services to the business community.


Robin Adams is the Workforce Development Specialist at the RI AE Professional Development Center

Exploring a Blended Model of Technology Assisted Learning

Sherry Lehane

Would you like to improve your learners’ outcomes, offer more practice in a particular skill, or offer students the opportunity to experience a different learning style?   Using a blended model of classroom instruction and distance learning may accomplish these goals.

In this roundtable discussion we will share the challenges, successes and needs of a blended model of learning.  I will share what has and has not worked in my practice and the elements that have contributed to each.  Time permitting, I will also give a brief tour of some of the websites that I am currently using.

Participants are invited to share their own experiences and together we will brainstorm the factors that lead to successful learning using technology in and out of the classroom. If you have websites you like, please write them down and bring them along to share.

Sherry Lehane has been working in adult education for the past 18 years in a variety of settings, including family literacy, worksite ESL, and Adult Basic Education. For the past 14 years, Sherry has been employed by RIFLI where she teaches ESL. In 2007, she also joined RIRAL where she supervises GED and ABE classes and work in the External Diploma Program (EDP).

Lunch: 12:15- 1:15 pm in the first floor Cafeteria

Session Three:  1:15- 2:15 pm


Meeting the Challenges of National External Diploma Program (NEDP) Online       

Donna Chambers Sandy Smith, Sherry Lehane, Francine Jackson, and Bonnie Taylor

The panel will discuss meeting the challenges of the “about to be released” Online NEDP in July 1, 2013.  The Online NEDP assesses a revised set of competencies that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  This group of NEDP teachers and administrators will present their current work in designing a curriculum that will be offered to existing NEDP sites in order to adequately prepare ASE-ready students to successfully earn a diploma through NEDP.  This work is particularly useful to RI Agencies currently offering the NEDP Cohort to their learners in preparation to entering NEDP Assessment.


Donna Chambers, Sandy Smith, Francine Jackson, Bonnie Taylor and Sherry Lehane all work in the Rhode Island National External Diploma Program.


The Impact of Leadership Experiences

Wes Garvin and new STAND members

A panel of new members of STAND will speak of their leadership experiences, and their personal and professional impact.  Practitioners are encouraged to attend who wish to know more of why it is important to encourage adult learner leadership activities, and how to either begin or expand these options for their students.


Wes Garvin has been the Director of STAND since 2009.


Strengths and Growth Areas – Creating Student Success Through Open Feedback     

George Nippo,  Maddie Snow, and Jackie Henry

Research has shown that Millennials need constant feedback to ensure their success. At Year Up, a national college credit bearing workforce development program, we prepare students in five months for internships in Fortune 1000 companies or the equivalent. Our feedback model, one in which students and staff critique one another’s strengths and growth areas, is a program cornerstone. In this interactive session we will discuss and demonstrate how an atmosphere of trust is created amongst our cohorts, how feedback can be seen as a gift, and how it can be used in a classroom setting to improve student performance.

Handouts will be used to help demonstrate the way in which we practice our feedback model. Conference attendees will practice giving themselves feedback as well as role play a feedback session that they would like to have with a current student in their classroom.

George Nippo, Academic and Program Director at Year Up Providence. He holds a master’s degree in Human Development from URI.

Maddie Snow, Customer Service Instructor at Year Up Providence. She holds a master’s degree in education from Ithaca College.

Jackie Henry, Site Leader at Year Up Providence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Brown University.
One Management System for Academic and College/Workforce Readiness Solutions

Karen Phinney (Publisher Workshop)

For more than 30 years Aztec Software has been partnering with educators across the country to provide a single stop to address the needs of 21st Century Adult Leaners, Educators and Employers.  This presentation will demonstrate our solutions and provide a clear understanding of how we partner with organizations that include a leading Rhode Island Community Action Agency to accelerate student learning, fill learning gaps, and promote inter-agency person centered learning while engaging adult learners in lessons with strong life and work readiness contextual content.

After twenty five years focused on adult education, college/career readiness and educational technology Karen now represents Aztec New England as a Senior Account Manager.

Transitioning High Level ELL Learners   

Chris Bourret and Kathy Evans

Transitioning ELL Learners from Advanced Level ESOL to ABE/ASE, Transition to College Programs, and job training programs is no easy task. This workshop will look at what is needed to help students achieve learning gains, improve self-efficacy and persistence, and guide them to their educational and employment goals. The presenters will discuss several aspects of the process involved in working with Advanced students, including: goal setting, creating relevant work both inside and outside the classroom, appropriate academic reading and writing tasks, and building oral fluency. Activity ideas and recommended texts will be provided to attendees.


Christopher Bourret is an instructor with Rhode Island Family Literacy (RIFLI), a Learning Specialist at the University of Rhode Island, and a Board Member for Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners (RITELL).

Kathy Evans is an instructor with the Look College Transitions Program at the University of Rhode Island, and is completing her MA in Adult Education.

Sharing the message – Active Parent Involvement Equals Student Success   

Janet Pichardo

This workshop will help participants understand how helpful they can be in their role to guide adults in their own efforts to support their children.  All families want the best for their child but many times they do not know where to go or how to advocate for their child.  The group will engage in interactive discussions on parent involvement and how the role of a parent is critical during the K-12 school years and beyond.  Research based strategies and other helpful tools will be provided to share with adult education practitioners, students, friends and other colleagues.

Janet Pichardo currently works for the Providence School Department as the Director of Family and Community Engagement.  She works closely with district administrators including School Principals to better inform and engage parents with the goal to increase student achievement.  She is responsible for managing the districts Family Resource Center and plans and executes district wide parent workshops regarding curriculum based topics and other important topics that interests families and students.  Mrs. Pichardo supports the districts community partner agencies by facilitating collaborations between schools and community agency offering programs and services to students.  Mrs. Pichardo is very well known for her professionalism, desire and natural willingness to help others.  Ultimately her focus is to ensure parents become better advocates for their children’s education while actively participating at school events and working closely with their child’s teacher.  Prior to working with the school district she worked as the Urban Development Officer at the RI Economic Development Corporation; a Community Liaison Officer for the Providence Department of Planning and Development – Providence Economic Development Office.

In 2005, received a Masters Degree in Global Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1993 in Human Resource Management from Salve Regina University.


Session 4: 2:30-3:30 pm


Calling All Learners: Cell Phones 4 English                                          

Sylvia Stipich

Members of low-income households, and adults with low levels of education are often on the wrong side of the “Digital Divide,” but are not less likely to be part of 88% of Americans who own and use a cell phone. This presentation calls upon instructors to analyze, use and incorporate this overlooked tool for English language acquisition purposes.

A standard array of features has been available on most cell phones since the late 1990s, including: calculator, calendar, contact book, voicemail, voice recorder, text messages, along with voice calls.  With prices of older phones falling, technology becomes more available to all. In a survey of no contract cell phones available at Walmart (even phones priced under $10) had texting, alarm clock, contact list, voicemail, and caller ID features  In addition, many phones under $50 have GPS functionality and web browsers. Cell phones are therefore an important gateway to digital literacy in a population that is otherwise technologically underserved.

This presentation attempts to make instructors more aware of the possibilities of technology currently used by the adult education population. This will be done by:

  • Analyzing cell phone features learners can access (Sample One)
  • Creating and administering a cell phone survey to learners (Sample Two)
  • Providing recommendations for valid uses of cell phone technologies in the classroom (Discussion and Links)
  • Encouraging intuitive interaction with technology by learners by drawing attention to icons and other non-verbal cues  (Sample Three)


Sylvia Stipich is a native Rhode Islander and teacher at several adult education institutes, including A.C.E., ILSR, and most recently, the Genesis Center. She enjoys bringing technology topics into the classroom, finding inclusive models and topics for both teachers and learners to discuss, and the possibilities that web use open up for learners everywhere.

STAND’s Menu of Activities and Workshops                                

Wes  Garvin, Alemy Mondestin & STAND Board Members

Have you wondered what workshops and activities STAND has been developing and delivering? Would you like the opportunity to discuss the Student Satisfaction Survey’s results and implications? The Members of STAND’s Learner Advisory Board will present their work and discuss what they are learning as they work with Adult Learners across the state.


Wes Garvin has been the Director of STAND since 2009.  Alemy Mondestin has been involved in RI Adult Student Leadership since 2007, and is on the Board of Genesis Center.  STAND’s Learner Advisory Board have presented at conferences in RI and California, and work to build the Adult Learner Voice in the state.


A Year Up Student Services Model

Genesis Burke

Retention of students is a significant concern for all programs; however, when students are faced with equally significant pressure from outside stress (i.e. at home, work, their health, etc.) maintaining motivation and retaining students in a program can be very difficult. As a workforce development program, Year Up teaches technology and customer services skills while allowing students to simultaneously earn college credits. While all of the departments at Year Up strive individually to support students, encourage success and ultimately retain students, the Student Services department has specifically created groups to maintain a high level of support for the students in order to alleviate external strains. In this workshop, we will introduce several groups that the Year Up Providence site has incorporated including Parenting Journey, Time Management Group and Women’s Group. We will discuss the many ways that these groups have been able to alleviate outside stress for our students while increasing our retention and graduation rates, and how similar groups could work within your organization.

Genesis Burke is a Student Services Specialist at Year Up Providence.   She holds a master’s degree in education and health from Worcester State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.


Intake, Assessment & Orientation Toolkit                                                                

Robin Adams

Guidelines, activities & resources to help you develop a structured and meaningful assessment process that can help get people on track quickly toward clear goals. We will examine how goal-setting can be aligned with NRS guidelines.  Toolkit activities are designed to support and promote development of CASAS and NEDP work readiness competencies appropriate for use during the critical first weeks of enrollment.

Robin Adams is the Workforce Development Specialist at the RI AE Professional Development Center



Developing a Lifelong Learning Portal for ALL Rhode Island adults: Learn what has been developed to date, and contribute to its future design and use!                                             

Karisa Tashjian, Jill Holloway & Mary Jo Feeney

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, a Lifelong Learning Portal for adults is being developed as part of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System.  The Lifelong Learning Portal will make current and future Rhode Island learning and workforce resources available to all Rhode Islanders.

In this interactive session, participants will

  • be updated on the current status of development of RI’s Lifelong Learning Portal (LL Portal)
  • understand how the Portal will serve adult learners throughout the state
  • give input into design and usage of the LL Portal
  • brainstorm and prioritize additional resources for inclusion into the LL Portal
  • understand the capabilities of the RI DataHUB
  • understand the relationship between the LL Portal, CALIS, and the RI DataHUB.

Mary Jo Feeney is a consultant who specializes in managing complex change through alignment of people, process, and technology.

Karisa Tashjian is the Literacy Program Coordinator at the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and is Chair of the Adult Education Technology Advisory Committee to RIDE.

Jill Holloway is the Director of the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC) and has been leading the effort to develop the Lifelong Learning Portal.

Productivity tools Workshop           

Ruth Tureckova 

Overwhelmed by the variety & detail of tasks you do each day?

Perhaps some of these online/mobile device productivity tools will help you manage.

Join us and learn about:

Asana – A project management tool laser focused on managing tasks individually or as a team

Everynote – A tool for capturing information from virtually any source

Siri – your personal assistant on your iphone

Card Munch -A (free!) service that turns pictures of business cards into useable contacts on your smart phone

Rescue Time – A tool that explores how you spend your time, and more importantly, how to reclaim it.

Any.do – A tool to help you focus on the tasks you need to accomplish today

(and please bring along any productivity tool that you find helpful!)

Ruth Tureckova is the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County


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