Arkansas Conferences

 

AACAE 2022 Conference - October 26-28th, 2022 at the Little Rock

Double Tree Hotel and Convention Center

 

 

AACAE 2021

 

 

Pre-Conference - October 26th Pre-Conference Flyer

 

Sponsor Application: https://forms.gle/cnR3m1CN7DS38Tce9

 

Conference Registration: https://forms.gle/jsa9A2veHth8cXd86


Call for Presenters: https://forms.gle/zwGyKuhP9nPc9Bbd9

 

Conference Program: Program in downloadable PDF

 

Conference Grid: Grid in downloadable PDF

 

Evaluation Grid: Grid in downloadable PDF

 

 


GENERAL INFORMATION The Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE) and Adult Learning Alliance (ALA) invite you to present at the annual conference, October 26-28, 2022. The conference is to be held at the Little Rock Doubletree Hotel and Little Rock Convention Center. All program presenters attending the conference must register and pay regular conference registration or sponsor fees. In order to provide a balance in program planning, the program committee reserves the right to suggest modifications in proposals or disqualify incomplete proposals. Please submit proposals as soon as possible, and no later than September 30, 2022. All applicants will be notified of the program committee’s decision. THEME The theme for the conference is "Key Ingredients to Success" PROGRAM FORMAT The one hour SESSIONS are designed for presenters to provide an overview of a specific topic or a research report related to a strand. Two hour WORKSHOPS are designed to provide in-depth coverage of a specific topic.

 

Award Nominations: https://tinyurl.com/54x9ve69
Arkansas Adult Education thrives because of countless hardworking individuals leading, working and learning in our centers.  Take a moment to consider nominating someone from YOUR center who characterizes the best of what Adult Ed offers our state.

 

 

AACAE & ALA CONFERENCE                              Thursday, October 27, 2022

Location

General Session
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Breakout 1
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Lunch & Awards
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Breakout 2
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout 3
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Robinson Center
Ballroom A-C

General Session

 

Lunch & Awards

 

 

Salon D

 

Regina Olson:
HyFlex - What the heck is that? One program's answer to Covid that has stuck.

 

Karen Walker:
Leading Across the Generations

Christy McCollough:
Contextualized Instruction

Riverside West

 

Jane Lipton:
The Science of Happiness

 

Kenda Grover
Licensure in Adult Education:  One Ingredient to Success

Jerry Bayliss:
WAGE-A Key Ingredient to Program Success

Porter (Robinson Center)

 

Beth Williams:
The Key Ingredients for Keeping up with Essential Education

 

Chasity Wright:
TABE Testing Updates and Overview of the New TABE Readiness Portal

Sherra Thompson:
Rerouting Your G.P.S.

Hamilton (Robinson Center)

 

Amy Roberts:
Achieving the Dream:Path to Citizenship

 

Crawford County Adult Education Center:
Best Practices for Incorporating Alternative Sentencing in Adult Education

Mellissa Hulstrand:
Best Practices for GED Corrections Test Centers   

Davis (Robinson Center)

 

Eduardo Lemm:
Recruitment & Retention:  Serving the Most in Need

 

Elizabeth Taylor:
Teaching with Animated Short Films in the ESL Classroom

Browder Swetnam:
What's That? Ten Proven Speaking Activities for the ESL Classroom

Edgehill (Main Level)
Literacy Councils

 

LaTanza Atkins:
Supporting Struggling Readers and Dyslexia

 

Jenny Walker:
A Solid Foundation: How Collective Impact Improves Stability for Adult Learners

Ali Miller:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Beginning the Journey

Please visit our vendors and show your appreciation for their support of AACAE!

 

 

 

Please visit our vendors and show your appreciation for their support of AACAE!

 

AACAE & ALA CONFERENCE                                   Friday, October 28, 2022

Location

Membership Business Meeting, 8:30 am - 9:15 am

Breakout 4
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Breakout 5
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Salon D

Membership Business Meeting

Kerri Cisneros-Smith and Pinghui Wu:
Family Literacy (Parental Involvement)

Riverside East

 

Loretha Robinson:
Knowledge is Power

 

Charlie Weeks:
8 Best Practices for Teaching with Essential Education

Riverside West

 

Daniel Lee:
Using LACES and YouTube to Achieve Student Success

Ashley Hammond:
"Slow down to Speed Up" Calm Math using manipulatives

Edgehill (Main Level)

 

Dakota Shelton:
Ingredients for Marketing with Canva

Dianne Doyle:
Tips and Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety 

Piazza

 

Clarence Childs:
How Adult Education’s Special Programs Can Be Your Special Sauce

Bobbie Bournes-McNutt:
How to Make Educational “GUMBO”

AALRC
Auditorium
Literacy Councils

Belinda Sanders:
Self-Care = Effectiveness

Literacy Council Roundtable

Literacy Council Roundtable

 

 

Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center

 

The block is ready for reservations!  Reservations must be made by 9/24/2022 in order to receive the conference rate. 

For your group room block, guests can access the discounted rate by using the link pasted below or following the step-by-step directions: 

https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=LITMBDT&groupCode=CDTALC&arrivaldate=2022-10-25&departuredate=2022-10-28&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Step by Step Directions: 

  1. Go to doubletreelr.com 
  2. Enter arrival/departure dates 
  3. Click the "Special Rates" box 
  4. Enter "ALC" in the Group Code box 
  5. Click the "Check Rooms & Rates" box. The group rate of $96.00 per night is available for Standard King and Double Queen rooms. 

Guests can also call 1-800-HILTONS and reference the AACAE room block to receive the discount. 

 

 

Program for the 2022 AACAE Conference

 

 

 

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Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE)
Message from the AACAE Executive Committee


Regina Olson named AACAE president

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Dorissa Kaufman
President

Dr. Robbie Cornelius
Vice President

Scott Sikora
Secretary

LaCarol Clement
Treasurer

Anne Bonkofsky
Parliamentarian

 

 

Welcome to Little Rock for the Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education Annual Conference!  The AACAE Executive Board carefully chose our location and theme, “Key Ingredients to Success,” to represent our hard work and continuous growth in adult education. Adult Education has grown beyond the brick-and-mortar of getting only a high school diploma.  We have expanded our horizon by  offering our students WAGE I and II certificates and IETs (that include but are not limited to CNA, phlebotomy,manufacturing, CDL, paraprofessional certification and welding). We hope that this conference inspires you to spend time learning and connecting with colleagues.  Adult Education is an ever changing world, and we can all be better, together.

The Board has been working hard all year with many volunteer hours to offer top-notch professional development sessions and networking opportunities which include instructional strategies, English language learners, workforce, transitions, resources, diversity, and literacy councils. We have lots of new surprises in store!

We are very fortunate to have AACAE as a state professional organization for adult educators. However, we still need your continued support.  Your yearly dues include membership to our national counterpart, the Commission on Adult and Basic Education (COABE), which offers a variety of benefits including free regular training webinars on critical adult education topics.  We ask that you attend the business meeting on Friday morning because we need your input for AACAE’s future. At this time, we would like to acknowledge some very important members of our team.  Without support from Dr. Miles, Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center (AALRC) and literacy councils, we would not have the time, energy or resources to make this conference happen.  The AACAE Executive Board would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge its appreciation and recognition for the following individuals who attend, participate, and assist in our board meetings:

 


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Dr. Trenia Miles
Deputy Director
Adult Education

Marsha Taylor
AALRC

Dr. Sheila Wilkerson
AALRC

Klaus Neu
AALRC

Nancy Leonhardt
Director
ALA

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy the AACAE 2022 conference!
Message from the Director of Adult Education
Dr. Trenia Miles
On behalf of the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Adult Education Section, I want to thank directors, teachers, volunteers, and staff across the state for contributing to students’ success. I also want to give special acknowledgments to the Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center (AALRC), Adult Learning Alliance (ALA), and state staff for the support provided to the field. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank the members of the Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE) committee, led by Dorissa Kaufman, for organizing and planning such a great conference. The AACAE committee has worked tirelessly to ensure this conference meets your needs and has practical application for you in the classroom. This year’s theme, Key Ingredients for Success, is so appropriate and includes descriptors such as critical thinking, determination, dedication, and enthusiasm, to name a few. We know that these characteristics are essential not only in the classroom but also in life. You amaze me with your passion, creativity, problem-solving skills, love for students, and advocacy on behalf of students. Without your commitment and hard work, we would not be as successful as a state and recognized nationally in meeting federal benchmarks. A favorite quote, “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people,” is the essence of the role of teachers in educating learners. Under your leadership and guidance, adult learners have earned their Arkansas High School Diploma, attained credentials and certifications, increased earnings, and, more importantly, have seen their confidence and self-esteem soar with such accomplishments. Continue instilling critical ingredients for success in our learners. Please enjoy the conference and have fun. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Trenia Miles, Ed.D.                                                    
Deputy Director

Message from the Executive Director of Adult Learning Alliance of Arkansas
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Welcome to the 2022 AACAE Conference, Key Ingredients to Success! Are you ready to stir up some fun? We all know one of the key ingredients to a good biscuit is the type of flour, and the key ingredient to a great margarita is the tequila. We also know it takes more than one key ingredient for a successful adult education program. Teachers and volunteer tutors with passion are at the top of the list of key ingredients. Each of you have shown time and again your dedication to our state’s adult learners. Thank you. Gaining new knowledge and skills is another key ingredient. Your participation this week shows your commitment to learning new ideas and skills to share with your adult learners. Thank you. Determination is another key ingredient. We have been challenged to serve our learners these past couple of years, and we survived, because of you and the work and commitment you made to provide the best program to serve your learners. Thank you.

Enjoy this time in Little Rock to re-connect and learn, and work together to ensure the success of our programs and our adult learners.

Sincerely,

Nancy Leonhardt, Executive Director

 

 



2022 AACAE Directory of Committees

Committees:

Audio Visual
Klaus Neu, Little Rock, Chair
Rob Pollan, Ft. Smith

Awards
Scott Sikora, ASU Three Rivers, Chair

Bylaws
TBD

Facilitators
Anne Bonkofsky, Russellville, Chair

Legislative
Dr. Debbie Faubus-Kendrick, Chair
Kathleen Dorn, Northwest
Dorissa Kaufman, Southeast
Barbara Hamilton, Southwest
Tammie Lemmons, Northeast
Bill Ritter, Central
Marsha Taylor, AALRC
Dr. Trenia Miles, Adult Education Director
Nancy Leonhardt, ALA Director

Luther H. Black Scholarship
Lloyd Black, Chair
Janie Carter, Crossett, Secretary
Karolyn Farrell, Assist. Secretary
Paulette Martin, LR, Treasurer
Bobbie Sanders, LR, Asst. Treasurer
Marsha Taylor*, AALRC, AACAE Rep.

Nominating
Dr. Casson Brock, Southwest, Chair
Kendall Morrison, Northeast
Pinghui Wu, Northwest
JJ Bayliss, Southeast
Onisha Chandler, Central

 

 

 

Presenters
Dr. Robbie Cornelius, Fayetteville, Chair
Anne Bonkofsky, Russellville, Chair

Publicity
TBD

Registration
LaCarol Clement, Lonoke, Chair
Marsha Taylor, AALRC

Vendors
Marsha Taylor, AALRC, Chair

Note:  Additional committee members may be appointed or recruited by chairs as appropriate.

 

Schedule
Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
Pre-Conference
Salon D-DoubleTree


8:00 am – 9:00 am                     

 

Registration
Vendor’s Open

 

9:00 am- 11:30 am

 

 

 

 

11:30 am-12:30 pm

 

12:30 pm- 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trauma Training Learning Plan

  1. Define Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care
  2. Learn Adverse Childhood and Community Experiences
  3.  Acknowledge Trauma Survival Skills/Resiliency Develop Awareness of Trauma Information Strategies

 

Lunch

 

Customer Service Training

  1. Strategies & Tips for Effective Verbal & Non-verbal Communication
  2. Professionalism
  3. Positive Attitude
  4. Phone & Email Etiquette

 

 

 

 

 


Schedule
Thursday, October 27th, 2022

 8:00 am – 9:00 am

 

Registration
Vendors Open

9:00 am – 10:30 am

General Session

Opening Ceremony
Invocation & Pledge

Scott Sikora, AACAE Secretary, ASUTR

 

Welcome

 

Dorissa Kaufman, AACAE President, Director of Adult Education at UAM-McGehee

Welcome from COABE

Introduction of Speaker

Dr. Robbie Cornelius, AACAE Vice President,
Director, Fayetteville Adult Education

Keynote Speaker

Karen Walker, Karen Walker Speaks, LLC

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Breakout #1 Please note:  Today’s breakout rooms are located at both the hotel and convention center.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

 

Buffet Lunch is served - Robinson Center Ballroom A-C

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

Vendor Presentation
Awards Presentation
Dr. Luther H. Black Scholarship Award
Outstanding Paraprofessional
Outstanding Adult Education Teacher
Outstanding Education Administrator
Outstanding Adult Education Supporter

 

 

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout #2 – DoubleTree & Robinson Center

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Break - Visit our Vendors

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Breakout #3 –  DoubleTree & Robinson Center


Schedule
Friday, October 28, 2022

 8:30 am – 9:15 am

AACAE Business Meeting - Salon D
Presentation of New Officers
Nominating Committee 2022

 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Breakout #4 –DoubleTree & Robinson Center

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Breakout #5 – DoubleTree & Robinson Center

    

     
Keynote Speaker:  Karen Walker

Karen Walker is and serves as the Community Education Manager for Arkansas PBS and has over 20 years of experience in designing and leading interactive, education camps and workshops for adults and children. In the past 16 years, Karen has created many new partnerships while strengthening existing partners in areas of early learning (formal and informal), K-12 educational activities, and adult education. Walker has led many national, regional, and local initiatives that focused not only on educational activities but also on addressing the needs of the community through social support
partnerships throughout the state. She serves as an on-camera and event spokesperson for AR PBS.

                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In January of 2022, Karen’s project, “Reading in the Delta” won a National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) public media award.

 

Thank You to our Vendors & Sponsors!

 

WE APPRECIATE YOUR PARTNERSHIP!

Aztec Software, Booth 1
Chip Gillikin

New Readers Press, Booth 6
Rebecca Eller

$5 Jewelry Junkies by Paparazzi, Booth 2
Joyce Jackson & Durell Jackson

 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment, Booth 7  Sandra Lane

 

 

Essential Education, Booth 3
Beth Williams

Burlington English, Booth 8
Miranda LaBatt

GED® Testing Service, Booths 4
Mellissa Hultstrand

Townsend Press, Booth 9
George Henry

Data Recognition Corp (DRC), Booth 5
Chasity Wright

WAGE, Booth 10
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LR Convention & Visitors Bureau, Booth 11

 We appreciate your service!
                    Retirees                                                                In Memoriam
Lloyd Huskey, Arkansas Baptist College                                  Linda Kindy, Little Rock School District
Sherry Organ, ASU Beebe
Thora Peters, NWACC

 

 

AACAE & ALA CONFERENCE                              Thursday, October 27, 2022

Location

General Session
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Breakout 1
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Lunch & Awards
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Breakout 2
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout 3
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Robinson Center
Ballroom A-C

General Session

 

Lunch & Awards

 

 

Salon D

 

Regina Olson:
HyFlex - What the heck is that? One program's answer to Covid that has stuck.

 

Karen Walker:
Leading Across the Generations

Christy McCollough:
Contextualized Instruction

Riverside West

 

Jane Lipton:
The Science of Happiness

 

Kenda Grover
Licensure in Adult Education:  One Ingredient to Success

Jerry Bayliss:
WAGE-A Key Ingredient to Program Success

Porter (Robinson Center)

 

Beth Williams:
The Key Ingredients for Keeping up with Essential Education

 

Chasity Wright:
TABE Testing Updates and Overview of the New TABE Readiness Portal

Sherra Thompson:
Rerouting Your G.P.S.

Hamilton (Robinson Center)

 

Amy Roberts:
Achieving the Dream:Path to Citizenship

 

Crawford County Adult Education Center:
Best Practices for Incorporating Alternative Sentencing in Adult Education

Mellissa Hulstrand:
Best Practices for GED Corrections Test Centers   

Davis (Robinson Center)

 

Eduardo Lemm:
Recruitment & Retention:  Serving the Most in Need

 

Elizabeth Taylor:
Teaching with Animated Short Films in the ESL Classroom

Browder Swetnam:
What's That? Ten Proven Speaking Activities for the ESL Classroom

Edgehill (Main Level)
Literacy Councils

 

LaTanza Atkins:
Supporting Struggling Readers and Dyslexia

 

Jenny Walker:
A Solid Foundation: How Collective Impact Improves Stability for Adult Learners

Ali Miller:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Beginning the Journey

Please visit our vendors and show your appreciation for their support of AACAE!

 

 

AACAE & ALA CONFERENCE                                   Friday, October 28, 2022

Location

Membership Business Meeting, 8:30 am - 9:15 am

Breakout 4
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Breakout 5
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Salon D

Membership Business Meeting

Kerri Cisneros-Smith and Pinghui Wu:
Family Literacy (Parental Involvement)

Riverside East

 

Loretha Robinson:
Knowledge is Power

 

Charlie Weeks:
8 Best Practices for Teaching with Essential Education

Riverside West

 

Daniel Lee:
Using LACES and YouTube to Achieve Student Success

Ashley Hammond:
"Slow down to Speed Up" Calm Math using manipulatives

Edgehill (Main Level)

 

Dakota Shelton:
Ingredients for Marketing with Canva

Dianne Doyle:
Tips and Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety 

Piazza

 

Clarence Childs:
How Adult Education’s Special Programs Can Be Your Special Sauce

Bobbie Bournes-McNutt:
How to Make Educational “GUMBO”

AALRC
Auditorium
Literacy Councils

Belinda Sanders:
Self-Care = Effectiveness

Literacy Council Roundtable

Literacy Council Roundtable

 




 Breakout 1:  Thursday, October 27th, 10:45 am to 11:45 am

HyFlex - What the heck is that? One program's answer to Covid that has stuck.

Regina Olson, Director, Arkansas Tech - Ozark, rolson2@atu.edu

Arkansas Tech-Ozark is an Adult Education program serving three rural counties in Arkansas. When the pandemic struck, doors were shut, and the full-time faculty and staff put their heads together to create alternative solutions to continue instruction. How do you go from one-room, multi-level classrooms in each county to a system of collaboration and teamwork that leverages resources and offers the ultimate flexibility to students that will withstand a pandemic now or again in the future? Hyflex, or hybrid flexible, which is an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Science of Happiness

Jane Lipton, WAGE, Lonoke Prairie County Adult Education, jane.lipton@lonokeschools.org

What makes us happy? Where does true happiness come from? What causes happiness scientifically? We will experiment with the Science of Happiness...be prepared to experience giggles, delight and maybe a tear or two.

The Key Ingredients for Keeping up with Essential Education - Season 2022

Beth Williams, Blended Learning Specialist, Essential Education, beth@essentialed.com

This session will provide a brief update on three new projects at Essential Education.
1. New Courses – Digital Literacy and Employability Skills are a focus for the season. We'll take you through our latest course updates which now include Credly Badging.
2. New Features - We'll show you several of the new features we’ve added to our courses and how to quickly toggle between English and Spanish from the student's Home Room.
3. New Partnerships - We'll talk about our recent partnership with DRC and how TABE® Test Scores are imported into the Essential Education Learner Management System in real-time. The individualized TABE® Test student data prescribes software lesson assignments for students and helps instructors make informed instructional decisions.
Come and learn about the key ingredients for a successful year!

Achieving the Dream: Path to Citizenship

Amy Roberts, Instructor, Northark, amy.roberts@northark.edu
Janet Cantrell, Instructor, Northark

We hold these truths to be self-evident…What key elements are needed to become a U.S. citizen? We will discuss both the requirements set forth by the U.S. Government for an immigrant to become a citizen of this fine country we so proudly call home as well as the steps our students must take to pass the USCIS Naturalization examination. Join in the conversation of how we can help our students realize their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens so they, too, can enjoy their protected unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have had great success following these simple steps with our adult learners. Come join us for an informative session.

Recruitment & Retention: Serving the Most in Need

Eduardo Lemm, Regional Program Advisor, eduardo.e.lemm@arkansas.gov

This presentation will focus on Recruitment and Retention activities for the hard-to-serve populations or the most in need, including building partnerships to keep participants engaged in the program.

Supporting Struggling Readers and Dyslexia

Latanza Atkins, K-12 Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist, SEARK Educational Cooperative, latanza.atkins@searkcoop.com

This presentation will provide information about the characteristics of dyslexia and struggling readers and how to support them.

Breakout 2:  Thursday, October 27th, 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

 

Leading Across the Generations

Karen Walker, Keynote Speaker, karen@karenwalkerspeaks.com

Leading an increasingly diverse team can be challenging.  Each generation has unique learning and communication styles.  Break barriers and gain new approaches for communicating effectively with employees of all generations.

Licensure in Adult Education: One Ingredient to Success

Kenda Grover, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, kgrover@uark.edu

This session will provide instructors and administrators with information about the online Master of Education degree in Adult and Lifelong Learning offered by the University of Arkansas, as well as details about completing the coursework necessary for licensure in adult education. Content will focus on the admission process, the nature of required coursework, and the procedure for applying for licensure. Information about the Doctor of Education degree in ADLL will also be provided.

TABE Testing Updates and Overview of the New TABE Workforce Readiness Portal - Aligning TABE Scores to Career Skills from O*Net

Chasity Wright, Data Recognition Corporation, chwright@datarecognitioncorp.com
Mike Johnson, National Adult Education Director

This session will review updates and best practices for TABE testing including Off-Line Testing, plans for TABE 13/14 and discuss the use of TABE CLAS-E Online can support ESL programs. We will review new alignments to Grade Ranges and the Concordance of TABE 11/12 to available High School Equivalency tests. We will also explore the new TABE Workforce Portal that aligns TABE Scores to over 500 of the Bright Outlook careers posted in the US Department of Labor's Occupational Network (O*Net).

Best Practices for Incorporating Alternative Sentencing in Adult Education

Debbie Fabus-Kendrick, Director, Crawford County Adult Education Center
Theresa Baggett, Workforce Coordinator;  Wendy Hejab,Paraprofessional; LaToya Shepherd,TANF Coordinator; Chantee Reed,SNAP Coordinator

The Crawford County Adult Education Center Alternative Sentencing Program was recognized nationally for its innovative approach to adult education services. The Alternative Sentencing Program highlights effective integrated education and training programs, transitioning to post-secondary education and training, and increasing access to adult education and community resource services. Join us as we discuss our holistic approach to justice involving individuals leading to reduced recidivism and successful reintegration into society.

Teaching with Animated Short Films in the ESL Classroom

Elizabeth Taylor, ESL Instructor, UACCB, elizabeth.taylor@uaccb.edu

Participants will explore animated short films and learn strategies for incorporating them into ESL lessons.

A Solid Foundation: How Collective Impact Improves Stability for Adult Learners

Jenny Walker, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller County, jenny@literacytxk.org
Kristina Jones

By working with other agencies, adult learning programs can help students find the stability they need to best care for themselves and their families as they reach academic and workforce goals. This session will offer information on the 100 Families Alliance and its positive impact on the Literacy Council in Texarkana.

 

Breakout 3:  Thursday, October 27th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Contextualized Instruction Made Easy

Christy McCollough, Instructor, ATU-Ozark Adult Education, cmccollough@atu.edu

Easy ways to implement contextualized instruction in every lesson.

WAGE-A Key Ingredient to Program Success

Jerry Bayliss, WAGE Coordinator, UAM-McGehee, jjbayliss@gmail.com

This one hour workshop will demonstrate how implementation of WAGE at a program level can have a positive impact on program health. Local and state data will be utilized to demonstrate the increase in program gains, attendance hours, post-test rates, and effectiveness and efficiency (E&E) rating produced by implementing WAGE in Adult Education programs. Practical implementation strategies will also be discussed.

Rerouting Your G.P.S.

Sherra Thompson, GED Examiner, Arkansas Baptist College, reaoflifeagain@gmail.com

Rerouting Your G.P.S is a mini course that is designed to help individuals change the trajectory of their lives. Our G.P.S. is our Goals, Perspectives, and the Self-Sabotaging Behaviors that cause us to stay complacent. In this course we will focus on the S.M.A.R.T ways of creating goals, changing our mindset,shifting paradigms, and identifying the Self-Sabotaging behaviors. This course comes with a workbook for the class to follow along, as well as use certain sections for reflections of their own perspectives.

Best Practices for GED Corrections Test Centers

Melissa Hultstrand, GED State Relationship Manager, GED Testing Service, Mellissa.Hultstrand@GED.com

This session is only for those who work in a Correctional setting. We will provide helpful testing reminders, review Service Direct, who you should contact when you run into different issues as well as point out where helpful information can be located at your fingertips.

What's That? Ten Proven Speaking Activities for the ESL Classroom

William Swetnam, Instructor, Russellville Adult Education Center, william.swetnam@rsdk12.net

Getting students to speak out in English can be quite a challenge sometimes in the ESL classroom. This can be due to the students' fear of making a mistake, lack of circumlocution skills, or shyness. However, it is important for students to practice their speaking skills and to hear themselves speaking in English. Here are ten effective and fun activities in encouraging students to practice their oral communication skills in the classroom.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Beginning the Journey

Ali Miller, Inclusion Specialist, Entegrity Partners, ali.miller@entegritypartners.com

DEI is a journey not a destination. This session will go over the beginning steps and thought processes of building an INTENTIONAL culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

While it seems obvious, building a diverse, inclusive, equitable culture is essential for people to thrive. When people feel safe, they can think clearly. When people feel valued, they participate. When people are celebrated, they feel wanted. When our differences and successes are recognized, we are empowered. Why is building this culture seemingly so tricky? Where do we start? Let’s start with the basics.

 

 

 

Friday, October 28th, 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Membership Business Meeting – Salon D (DoubleTree)

 

Literacy Council Roundtable Held at AALRC

Self-Care = Effectiveness

Belinda Sanders, Program Director, Adult Learning Alliance, belindasanders@arkansasliteracy.org

In our everyday work life, we take care of day-to-day program duties and put out fires that seem to arise constantly. We all get tired and often feel very overwhelmed. During this session, we will share ideas on how to take care of YOU so that you can be more effective at managing your program.

 

Breakout 4:  Friday, October 28th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Family Literacy: How to Guide (2 Hour Session) PART ONE

Kerri Cisneros-Smith, Instructor, Northwest Technical Institute, ksmith@nwt.edu
Pinghui Wu, LACES Manager, Northwest Technical Institute

The how to guide for implementing a family literacy program. Topics will include the following: budgeting, implementation, teaching and the day-to-day operations.

Knowledge Is Power

Loretha Robinson, Student, Pulaski County Special School District, loretha88w@gmail.com

In this session, educators will hear first hand about the impact that adult education has had, from a student currently enrolled in a GED program. I will share my story of how I came to the adult education program, challenges that I have faced, and my future goals that this program is making possible. Come learn about the power of education with me.

Using LACES and YOUTUBE to Achieve Student Success

Daniel Lee, Instructor, Arkansas State University-Newport,  daniel_lee@asun.edu

Demonstrate running various Table 4s to check participant's progress and to ensure that all gains and outcomes are being counted. Explore Youtube and show various channels that are invaluable resources to help students pass all 4 tests.

 

Ingredients for Marketing with Canva

Dakota Shelton, Instructor, NWACC, dshelton@nwacc.edu

Explore marketing tools that will enhance your program's reach within your physical and virtual communities. Hands-on activities using the templates/tools of Canva to help you create materials that engage students/individuals.
TABE Testing Updates and Overview of the new TABE Workforce Readiness Portal - Aligning TABE Scores to Career Skills from O*Net

How Adult Education’s Special Programs Can Be Your Sauce

Clarence Childs, TANF Program Advisor, State of Arkansas, clarence.childs@arkansas.gov
Yulanda Riley, SNAP E&T Program Advisor

An overview of the Adult Education TANF and SNAP E&T programs and how they can benefit your students.

Literacy Council Roundtable Held at AALRC

Nancy Leonhardt, Executive Director, Adult Learning Alliance, nancyleonhardt@arkansasliteracy.org

Breakout 5:  Friday, October 28th, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Family Literacy: How to Guide (2 Hour Session) PART TWO

Kerri Cisneros-Smith, Instructor, Northwest Technical Institute, ksmith@nwt.edu
Pinghui Wu, LACES Manager, Northwest Technical Institute

The how to guide for implementing a family literacy program. Topics will include the following: budgeting, implementation, teaching and the day to day operations.

8 Best Practices for Teaching with Essential Education

Charlie Weeks, Director of Client Success, Essential Education, charlie@essentialed.com

Do you need to get your students up and running with Essential Education? Do you want to expand your current usage of Essential Education or online curricula in general? If so, this session is for you. This webinar will go over eight best practices that Essential Education users can implement in their classrooms immediately. If you do not use Essential Education software, there will still be great takeaways and ideas to implement into any classroom. This list of best practices has been compiled through research and feedback from teachers and programs across the country. Topics to be discussed include: student orientation, feedback, monitoring progress, practical strategies and activities to use Essential Education in your classroom, teachers’ presence, persistence and engagement, and more. Come learn ways to better utilize this awesome learning tool in and out of your classroom. You will leave with the key ingredients that make up a successful blended learning approach!

 

"Slow Down to Speed Up"- Calm Math Using Manipulatives

Ashley Hammond, Instructor, UAM McGehee, hammond@uamont.edu

CALM Math was created by adult education teachers for adult education to broaden the approach of using manipulatives with adults for better overall understanding and mastery. This presentation will introduce CALM Math with hands- on activities, take-home sample lesson plans, and a different approach to traditional math curriculum.

Tips and Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety

Dianne Doyle, High School Equivalency Coordinator, Adult Education Program Advisor, NE Region, dianne.doyle@arkansas.gov
Wendy Kittler, Adult Education Program Advisor

This session will address practical application steps for you to guide students toward actions they can take to help reduce general test anxiety.

How to Make Educational "GUMBO"

Bobbie Bournes-McNutt, Instructor, Arkansas Baptist College, bobbie.mcnutt@arkansasbaptist.edu

A detailed description of how to promote student excellence and self-efficacy in technology use and digital literacy.

Literacy Council Roundtable Held at AALRC

Nancy Leonhardt, Executive Director, Adult Learning Alliance, nancyleonhardt@arkansasliteracy.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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