2018 Adult Education Conference

The 2018 RI Adult Education Conference has been rescheduled to Friday, June 8th at the Knight Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick.

There will be some changes to the schedule of workshops.
If you have paid and are no longer able to attend, please email info@riaepdc.org
For those who have pre-registered, there may be a few slight changes to the schedule. No need to re-register.
If you have not yet registered, Register Here!

Cost: $35 per attendee paid in advance, $45 per attendee day of event.

Session I   9-10:30 a.m.
Privacy and Security: Empower your Learners

In this workshop, participants will explore issues around Internet Privacy and Security. In taking a fearless approach, participants will engage in hands-on activities that are turn-key for the classroom, to learn best practices for keeping data safe, discriminate among tracking types, and explore privacy settings in web browsers.  Please bring your own device.
Sherry Lehane, a veteran adult educator, currently works with the Tech Hub supporting teachers in using technology for teaching and learning.

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.
Thomas Larrabee has been teaching ESOL for adults for eighteen years and has been the lead teacher at Progreso Latino for fifteen years.

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.
Camille Numrich is the Director of Career Planning at CCRI. Sharon Siedliski is a CCRI Career Advisor

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.
Chris Bourret is a Program Coordinator for RI Family Literacy Initiative, Providence Public Library.

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.
Dr. Al Alba, Jr. has a certification in secondary mathematics and in educational administration. His doctoral work was in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on secondary mathematics instruction.

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.
Donna Chambers is currently is working with RI practitioners to develop a system that support institutionalization of instructional practices that reflect measurable performance learning expectations.

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.
Beatrice McGeoch, CCRI, was the RI Adult Education Learning Disabilities Specialist, and she has been teaching ABE/ASE in RI for 15 years,

Session II______10:50 am-12:20 pm
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.
Jill Holloway, Director of RIAEPDC. Before becoming the director of the RI AE Professional Development Center 10 years ago, Jill worked for 20 years running programs in apprenticeships, career exploration and college access and completion.

Getting Started with Google G-Suite

G-Suite is a collection of online tools from Google to support the work of businesses and students. Applications include, Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Calendar, Classroom, and more!

Learn how G-Suite empowers organizations and learners to increase efficiencies and productivity through communication, collaboration, and creativity. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore an application of their choice with their riadulted.org account.

Kimberly Libby has been working in adult education in Rhode Island for over 12 years. Currently, she is the Technology and Communications Manager at Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL) in Woonsocket and works across the state for the Tech Hub. Sue Grundy, Technology Administrator and Google Apps/G-Suite Certified Administrator, joined the RIAEPDC in 2015 as a Technology Consultant.

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!
David Buchalter took his masters in Medieval English Literatures at York University, was a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, and teaches ESOL at Genesis Center. 

PBS LearningMedia: Media Integration into Adult Education Teaching and Learning
Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia (ri.pbslearningmedia.org) is an online content library that provides access to nearly 100,000 classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted, media-based instructional resources, available free-of-charge to educators and students. PBS LearningMedia covers the full range of K-12 levels and subject areas, including resources adaptable for use in GED and pre-GED teaching and learning. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn research-based strategies for integration of media and technology into their teaching, utilizing a range of turn-key resources, including videos, interactives, games, activities, worksheets, handouts and assessments. The teacher/learner-friendly user experience on PBS LearningMedia allows users to filter and find relevant, high-quality instructional resources, and includes save-and-share functionality enabling educators to collaborate.
Jon Rubin, M.A., Teaching of English (Secondary), Teachers College, Columbia University; Director, Education Services, Rhode Island PBS, responsible for development/distribution of instructional media.

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.
Justina Fermin is a Coordinator and Counselor in the EOC Office at CCRI.

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.
Bonnie Taylor is the Lead Learning Facilitator at Genesis Center. She has been working in adult education since 2009 and loves what she does.

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.
Janet Isserlis, RIAEPD’s ESOL specialist, has worked with adult learners since 1980; current teaching work includes a beginning level ESOL class and a graduate level ESL writing class

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.
Beatrice McGeoch, CCRI, was the RI Adult Education Learning Disabilities Specialist, and she has been teaching ABE/ASE in RI for 15 years


Session III
_________1:15-2:30 pm
Advocacy Made Easier – COABE’S Educate and Elevate Toolkit

To help you advocate for adult education as a valuable investment, COABE’s Educate and Elevate Campaign provides online tools for outreach to legislators,
the media, stakeholders and funders. These tools, sometimes with just a few clicks of a mouse, help showcase success stories, garner press coverage, and
involve adult learners in the process of motivating the local, state and national support your program needs. The campaign can be accessed at elevateandeducate.org. Bring a laptop or mobile device if possible.
David Downes is the Program Administrator for the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the Region 1 (New England and New York) Representative for COABE.

On-site Incumbent Workforce Training: History & Implementation

A 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.
Kathy Gray, CSP Project Coordinator, has a background in business and education. She was the Program Director of Literacy Volunteers of Kent County at the Coventry Public Library for 5 years.

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 a 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 took his masters in Medieval English Literatures at York University, was a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, and teaches ESOL at Genesis Center.

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 presents uses and practices that have been implemented in different types of environments. Each presenter 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 resources for further information and training including a brief description of Google Educator Fundamentals Training. Participants in the session should expect to leave with an enhanced view of how Google Classroom is being implemented in Adult Education in RI, understand the benefits to teachers and students, and become connected to experienced practitioners in the state.
Sherry Lehane is a Training Specialist, Providence Public Library.  Benjamin Miller is the Bridge to Careers/Adult Education Coordinator at Progreso Latino. Myrta Lucia Ventura is the Education Manager, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

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.
Dr. Al Alba, Jr. has a certification in secondary mathematics and in educational administration. His doctoral work was in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on secondary mathematics instruction.

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.
Deb Watson is CCRI’s Associate Director of Enrollment Services, The Panel consists of other CCRI staff who work in Student Services.

Portfolios: A Framework for More Purposeful Reporting and Better Teaching

It seems we have more and more reporting responsibilities every day.  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.
Bonnie Taylor is the Lead Learning Facilitator at Genesis Center. She has been working in adult education since 2009 and loves what she does

 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 has been a business teacher for the past 30 years. She is certified as a Personal Finance Instructor. She has taught to high school students and the adult learner.

 2:45-3:30pm  RIDE Round Table
Conversation with Philip Less, Kim Chouinard and Nancy Labonte

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