2018 Adult Education Conference

The 2018 RI Adult Education Conference will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Knight Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick.

Cost: $35 per attendee paid in advance, $45 per attendee day of event
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Session I:
Differentiated Class Planning Tool Workshop

This workshop will introduce you to a class planning tool that has been road tested by experienced RI adult education teachers and is flexible to the changing conditions of an adult education classroom. When you use the template to select College and Career Readiness Standards and plan activities to teach to the standards, the result is a printable class plan.

The tool prompts you to develop activities that meet five best-practice teaching strategies: activating background knowledge, teacher modeling, physical action, academic application and real-world application. The workshop will include an orientation to how this process can provide you with confidence in the quality of your work with students, and time for you to create 5 robust differentiated activities for your class.

Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Presenter: Beatrice McGeoch

Privacy and Security: Empower your Learners

In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of Internet Health before focusing on one aspect: Privacy and Security. In taking a fearless approach, participants will engage in hands-on activities, that are turn-key for the classroom, to learn about data tracking, and what they can and cannot control. Please bring your own device if possible.

Presenter: Sherry Lehane

Interactive-ate! Using Mobile Apps to Engage Your Students

In this workshop, you will explore the features of the mobile apps: Quizlet, Poll Everywhere, Socrative, and Kahoot. These apps contain fun, interactive features that engage your learners while providing instant feedback through formative assessment that you can use to further direct instruction. These apps can be used by teachers of any subject and have been shown to increase class participation and overall student enjoyment. Students can use their cell phones to participate so no laptop set-up or computer lab access is needed. To actively participate, please bring your own device to the workshop.

Presenter: Chris Bourret

Career Development, a Pathway to Passion and Purpose

In this workshop, the presenters will share knowledge on CCRI’s Career Development Services through the Career Planning Department: examining resources available to assist students, including assessments, salary research etc.

Presenters: Camille Numrich and Sharon Siedelski

Free GED Instructional Resources

The presentation will provide teachers with free resources that they will be able to use to facilitate learning in the GED classroom. Teachers will be provided with multiple websites that will be helpful to teachers and students to foster GED instruction inside and outside the classroom. A DVD containing a free GED textbook for all subjects, and also electronic books for each of the subject matter tests will be provided to teachers. The DVD will also include free instructional videos that can be uploaded on students computers to help them gain familiarity with the TI-30XS calculator that is used on the GED. Attendees will be given a handout that I have given to my colleagues that you will be able to give to your students to practice math problems they will see on the GED with the use of the TI-30XS Calculator. A sample GED lesson involving video and text from multiple resources will be provided.

Presenter: Al Alba

Proficiency-Based Adult Ed (PBAE) 101: The Basics of a PBAE System for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

How does Proficiency-Based Adult Education (PBAE) help bridge the gap to college and career readiness? This workshop will present the fundamentals of proficiency-based education as a pedagogy that, when applied to adult education, efficiently and effectively advances student learning. Participants will discover how PBAE implementation guides an instructional shift that advances the basic skills fulfillment for adult learners. This workshop concentrates on current best practices in standards-based and evidence based instructional management that moves from a focus on teaching, to a concentration on learning and its application. Students are expected to acquire skills by understanding their own responsibility in the learning process and by working in and out of the classroom to gain knowledge and practice content material. PBAE maximizes student college and career readiness advancement through a system that personalizes learning.

Presenter: Donna Chambers

Fundamentals of a Student Centered Lesson

A student centered curriculum is different from a teacher centered curriculum. Why is it that student centered lessons are essential to facilitating an adult ESOL class? We will brainstorm as a group on the process and elements necessary for a theoretical ESOL class. We will look at an example of a student goal setting form. We will evaluate the skills necessary that students will need to have to perform the task. Through the context we will determine the skills necessary to perform the task. Then we will work backwards and determine the grammar and vocabulary necessary and various collaborative ways in which to practice new content including group and pair work.

Presenter: Tom Larrabee

Reading Basics

Educators of all adult basic literacy levels (ABE 1-6, ESL 1-6) will review non-fiction text reading strategies to support critical comprehension.   We will use corresponding correlations of CASAS scores, NRS expectations and College/Career standards to better understand student learning expectations and suggested strategies for learners.

Presenter: Barbara Bowen

Session II:
Motivational Interviewing in the Age of Performance Based Funding

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a form of empathic dialogue for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation to meet their goals by eliciting and exploring person’s own reasons for change and exploring the resistance that arrises in the process of change. This interactive workshop is an overview of the model and its applications in adult learning in the era of Performance Based Funding.

Presenter: Andjela Kaur

Push the Red Button

Practitioners of a certain age may find ourselves wondering how to comply with requests, instructions and mandates from funders and supervisors to integrate technology in meaningful ways in our face-to-face instructional contexts and settings.

This interactive workshop invites participants to share approaches, activities and ideas they’ve used – or would like to explore – that facilitate learning for adults at all levels of instruction. It offers a number of things to do (not quite activities, not quite exercises) that seamlessly integrate a range of technologies (devices, laptops, desktops, projectors, white board, markers) in supporting basic level English language learners. All of these approaches can be adapted for more or less complicated lessons and content; what matters is the rationale behind using technology in ways that engender and support authentic language use and learning. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, but access to a device is not required for participation.

Presenter: Janet Isserlis

Getting Started with Google G-Suite

Presenters: Kim Libby and Sue Grundy

Career Counseling 101

Career Pathways’ is required by WIOA as the underpinning of all services provided to the public. But what does that look like in an Adult Education agency? Participants will work with the RI Career Counseling Standards, the Career Planner tool of the RI Resource Hub, and share online resources and experiences.

Presenter: Jill Holloway

EOC Services at CCRI

An EOC counselor will present on the services provided by the office:

Financial aid assistance: types of financial aid available; private sources vs. federal/state aid. College’s FAFSA deadlines. Apps scholarship searches.

College admissions Assistance: Common Application, ACCUPLACER testing.

Info dissemination: referrals to ESL/GED/ Transitions to College programs/ short-term trainings/ foreign credentials evaluation process.

Career Counseling: based on a person’s abilities, interest, personality and other factors how best to select a major.

Participants will learn from the presentation the best times to apply for financial aid/ the requirements needed to complete a FAFSA, college priority dates. They should have a grasp of excellent programs throughout the state that provide short-term trainings/certificate programs/GED/ESL classes. Informational packets will be provided.

Presenter: Justina Fermin

Vision for Rhode Island: Utilizing Common Goals to help Facilitate Progress at the program and State Level

Using CCE’s “Vision of a Graduate” protocol, I will facilitate a “Vision of a RI Adult Education Graduate” exercise with the group. While we are going through the activity, I will insert meta-activities to address the many different audiences/stakeholders with which it can be used, how to tailor it for those different audiences and different time frames, and what to do with the information once we have it. I will also show examples of this activity completed by different groups (anonymously) and what happened following to illustrate how this activity can be used as an iterative practice promoting growth and change.

Presenter: Bonnie Taylor

Get In The Game: Improv for ESOL Learners

Playing. We don’t do enough of it. Yet there is no better way to prepare for real-world interactions than playing them out.

For the ESOL learner, practicing speaking or listening skills through formal grammar exercises in the classroom is like working out biceps or quadriceps at the gym: targeted training helps a basketball player bend her knees and extend her arms. But in playing the game, the player learns coordination. So it is with speaking and listening: Playing is the key to bringing together the skills that the ESOL learner works so hard to train through formal language exercises.

In this workshop, participants will play the role of learners interacting with real-world situations. They will be confronted playfully by “problems”–prompts that stimulate creative problem-solving activity, embedded in which are coordinated and coordinating language-rich opportunities.

Where will this workshop lead us? I can’t wait to find out!

Presenter: David Buchalter

Experience Dyslexia

The workshop blends elements of the Experience Dyslexia® kit with practical brainstorming to identify new teaching practices that support students with reading and writing based learning difficulties. The kit includes hands-on activities that let participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with language-based learning disabilities.

Participants will try activities that simulate language-related challenges, and then identify and practice techniques to bring back to their programs to improve communication and instruction.

Many students with reading difficulties may not have a diagnosis, but all will benefit from improved reading instruction and communication techniques!

The Experience Dyslexia® kit was created by the International Dyslexia Association of Northern California.

Workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Presenter: Beatrice McGeoch

Session III:
On-site Incumbent Workforce Training: History & Implementation

Brief history of workforce education. Synopsis of Core Skills Partnership (CSP) and progress so far with promoting and providing incumbent workforce training on-site. Will have Adult Education Partner available for questions and hopefully an employer partner or at least a video of Employers’ Experience with RI CSP. Challenges and successes will be shared. Sample administrative and reporting documents will be shared as well.

Presenter: Kathy Gray

Utilizing Google Classroom in Adult Education: Models in Practice

Google Classroom has been a tool in K-12 education for several years, but how do we apply a tech-integrated format to adult education? Using the experience of several practitioners from across the state, this session hopes to present the variety of models, uses, and practices that have been implemented in different types of environments. Each presenter (3-4) will prepare a short presentation on how they have used Classroom, discuss breakthroughs and challenges, and field questions from attendees. The session will conclude with an open discussion for the whole panel. Participants in the session should expect to leave with an enhanced view of how Google Classroom is being implemented in AE classrooms, understand how and why they should use it in their own programs, and become connected to experienced practitioners in the state. We would expect to prepare guides to use Google Classroom and PPT slides for presenters.

Presenters: Ben Miller, Myrta Ventura, Sherry Lehane

Teaching Social History of Learning Disabilities to Address Disabilities in Class

Medical and behavioral models of learning disabilities have been widely shared with adult education providers, but the social roots of these disabilities are rarely discussed. In this interactive workshop you will learn about political and social roots of learning disabilities in the United States and about the ways to use a humanistic approach to address them in the classroom.

Presenter: Andjela Kaur

Personal Finance for Adults

A presentation/workshop that would be given to adults to inform them about how they develop a credit score, what they can do to ruin the score, what they can do to fix the score and how to be in a position to obtain better rates on borrowing money with a good credit score.

Ann Andrews

Adult Education Panel – Topic: Services & Support for Adult Students at CCRI

The panel discussion’s goal is to provide an opportunity to share information and answer questions, regarding enrollment, program choice, career guidance and other support services that are available to assist adult students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

The panel will consist of department representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising and Counseling, Center for Workforce and Community Education, Educational Opportunity Center, Career Development, Adult Education and current students. Presenters will discuss current topics of interests within their particular areas. Admissions will address questions about enrollment and discuss available degree and certificate programs.

A representative from Advising will be available to answer questions about course selections, building an Education Plan (EP). Advising will also answer questions about the Accuplacer assessment.

A representative from the Educational Opportunity Center will discuss the dates and answer questions about requirements for completing the FAFSA. A representative from the Career Planning Center will be available to present on the topic of career planning.

In addition, current adult students will be on hand to talk about their experiences as CCRI students.

Presenter: Deb Watson

Portfolios: A Framework for More Purposeful Reporting and Better Teaching

It seems we have more and more reporting responsibilities everyday.  Rather than ADD to the list of tasks we are responsible for reporting on, we have developed in our staff PLC at Genesis Center an innovative way of reporting.  I will share with you our “Semester Portfolio”: a tool that incorporates all the acronyms (RIDE, WIOA, CCR, PBTLA, LD) while lessening the reporting burden on teachers who should be focusing the bulk of their energy on classroom instruction and serving students.  This tool also utilizes Google Drive and/or Classroom and gives teachers a way to spotlight those projects they are most proud of.  The teacher portfolios help us gain better insight into the purpose of portfolios for students.

Presenter: Bonnie Taylor

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Texts But Were Afraid To Ask: Close Reading

Does the term “close reading” give you the WIOA willies? Are you secretly ashamed because you feel like you’re “supposed to” know what it means to read closely, but couldn’t distinguish it from other reading practices, like “summarizing” or “finding the main idea”? You need not suffer any longer: there is nothing shameful about not knowing what this elusive term means.

“Close reading” is an term thrown around in Adult Ed circles, often with little grasp of what the practice actually entails. The essence of rigor, reading a text closely is a fun, creative, illuminating, engaging, contentious if not radical act—of all reading practices, it is the sexiest. Being in touch with it ignites the spirit of learning.

Whether you are confident in your ability to read closely, or merely “close-reading curious,” this round table discussion is for you. All are invited to contribute and participate in this text-based discussion.

David Buchalter

RIDE Round Table

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