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2015 RI Adult Education Conference - October 1, 2015 (8:30am - 3:00pm)


RI Adult Education Conference Schedule: October 1, 2015

Workshop Descriptions are Below Chart

 

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8:30-9

Breakfast  and  Conference Check-In

 

 

9 – 10:30

 

Standing out in the Job Search - ATS friendly resumes

 

Audra Lavoie

 

Contextualized Curriculum

 

Dr. Al Alba

 

 

Learning to Use the TI-30XS Calculator for the GED Math Test

 

John Schieffelin

 

Learning from the Inside Out in and Adult Education Environment

 

Jennifer Bryant, Sharon McMahon

 

The Basics of Teaching Reading

 

Barbara Bowen

RI public library services to support your adult learners

(All Access)

Karisa Tashjian, Elizabeth Dalton, Ed Garcia, Don Gregory and Jill Holloway

Virtual Participation in Adult Education: Professional Development, Meetings, Classes, and More

Sherry Lehane & Kim Libby

United Way's Adult Education Convening Project

 

Alexis Stern, Brady Dunklee & Jill Holloway

10:30-10:45

Break

10:45 – 12:15

 

Becoming WIOA (Workforce) Ready!

 

Robin Adams

 

Teaching Fractions Conceptually

 

Sherry Lehane & Lynn Foley

 

 

GED® Test: What other states are doing to guide students to pass the 2014 GED® Test

Angela Salvadore

 

Algebra, the Quadratic Formula, and You

 

John Schieffelin

 

 

The STAR Essentials of a CCRS Aligned Modular Program

 

Kelly Domenico & Kerri Marion

 

Reflections on Pilot for Common Core Implementation

 

Barbara Bowen & Donna Chambers

 

“Network RI!”

 

Karisa Tashjian, Cristina Cabrera, Brady Dunklee, Bernice Morris, Nancy Fritz and Sophie Tan

 

Getting Tech Training Smart: Developing an Internal Plan for Teachers and Staff

 

Sylvia Stipitch & Kim Libby

12:15-1:30

Lunch

1:30 – 2:30

 Integrating Workforce Literacy into Beginning Level ESOL Classrooms

Bonnie Taylor, Enriqueta Molina Brandon Lozeau, Margaret Pleasants 

 

Using Khan Academy to Support Math Class

 

Beatrice McGeoch

 

 

Financial Literacy

Dr. Al Alba

 

 

NIRN: Implementing, Scaling-up and Sustaining Initiatives

 

Barbara Bowen

 

 

Recipe for Writing a Five Sentence Paragraph

 

Sandra Barone

 

How Collaboration has benefited our learners and programs OR Collaborate to save time, money and effort.

Ruth Tureckova, Donna Nabb & Camron Ennis

 

 

Online Resources Unique to RI

 

Jill Holloway & Karisa Tashjian

 

 

RIC: Outreach Programs success in remediation, contextualized training and job placement/retention

 

Dawne Pezzuco, Jenifer Giroux, Nancy Miller, Lauren Lamendola & Claudia Iacozzi 

 2:45

Q & A with RIDE staff 

                       

Workshop Descriptions are Below

Session One:  9-10:30 am_________________________________________________________

Standing out in the Job Search - ATS friendly resumes      Audra Lavoie

Participants will be provided with an understanding of what an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is, how it impacts applicants (over 70% of resumes do not get through an ATS), benefits to employers (over 90% of large companies use ATS), and how to create a competitive resume that is compatible with ATS.  Understanding the systems that often serve as the first set of "eyes" on a job application will better prepare people for their career.  The significance of this topic is in the growing prevalence of ATS in the application process.   Participants will also learn from each other ways and tips to maximize the job search.  The information gained will allow participants to immediately help clients strengthen their resume, and also provide more information in any workshops that they host.

Audra Lavoie, MPA, resume writing business owner, President of the RI Career Development Association, and a manager within employment services at Dorcas International Institute of RI. 


Contextualized Curriculum       Dr. Al Alba

This workshop will provide strategies for building contextualized lessons which may incorporate reading, reasoning, research, math, and writing skills.  The lessons bridge classroom concepts and subject matter with students’ needs in their daily lives.  The workshop focus and resources will empower students to obtain education programming and use real life problem-solving skills by exploring financial resources,  job training,  and life skills that will meet academic and career goals.

Dr. Albert Alba has worked for the State of Rhode Island for over 25 years as an Academic Instructor, and has earned the designation as a Highly Qualified Correctional Educator. 


Learning to Use the TI-30XS Calculator for the GED Math Test (It won’t make you smarter, but it will make you faster.)   John Schieffelin  

This interactive workshop is for GED instructors who are not familiar with the TI-30XS calculator. (Participants will need to bring their own calculators.) Through guided instruction using a Power Point presentation, participants will learn about the buttons on the calculator that their students will need to know how to use to succeed when they take the GED Math test. Examples will be worked, and attendees will have the chance to show their proficiency on the calculator. A handout will be provided that will have the location, and the function of the buttons on the TI-30XS calculator.

 John Schieffelin has been a GED instructor at the ACI for over 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, with an emphasis in math and history, from Baylor University in 1986

 

Learning from the Inside Out in an Adult Education Environment   Jennifer Bryant, Sharon McMahon

How do adults learn? How do we build educational confidence with adults who have struggled with learning? How can we support and encourage gradual change when students expect immediate results? How do we keep low level adult learners motivated to persist? How do we incorporate critical thinking into daily student learning? We will share the everr-evolving unique service delivery model utilized at Crossroads Rhode Island Learning Center. Five years of work, adaptation and implemenation are based on results and direct client feedback that has shown positive motivation, forward movement, persistence and success.


Jennifer Bryant has been with Adult Education at Crossroads for 5 years. Prior experience includes preschool teacher, substitute teacher (K-12_, and Law Enforcement Officer.

Sharon McMahon has been an adult education instructor for 7 years. Her experience also includes 6 years of various teaching positions within the early childhood field in RI, includiing Head Start.

The Basics of Teaching Reading     Barbara Bowen

This informational workshop outlines the costs and investment of intermediate reading instruction. ESL High and Advanced, and ABE Low and High Intermediate literacy programs can particularly benefit from best practices and evidence-based research in reading instruction as adult learners tend to stay at these levels longer than necessary. Come find out why a careful Intake process, reading diagnostics, managed enrollment, and explicit instruction will progress your adult learners in both reading and writing. Applications for the STAR Institutes may be distributed to interested programs as funding allows.

 Barbara Bowen is a Reading Specialist for instructional support to RI adult education programs through the RIAEPDC.  She is also a certified National Trainer for STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading).


RI public library services to support your adult learners:  Learning Lounges and Labs, One-on-One Tech Appointments, Assistive Technology Exploration Stations, Computer Certification, Jobs Clubs and More!       Karisa Tashjian, Elizabeth Dalton, Ed Garcia, Don Gregory and Jill Holloway

This session will share details about the services available at RI public libraries to support adult education learners.  The presenters will discuss the innovative partnership between two public libraries and among various community organizations as part of Adult Lifelong Learning (ALL) Access at the Libraries.  The presenters will discuss the collaborative efforts of the Providence Public Library, the Cranston Public Library, the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), Tech Access of Rhode Island and other partners and will describe how public libraries are addressing a wide range of issues related to digital literacy, adult education and workforce development.

ALL Access provides services targeted to adults with low digital literacy, low educational attainment, low English language skills, disabilities and those who are un or under employed.  Over the past two years, ALL Access has created a model that includes:

  • the use of one-on-one technology appointments for bridging the digital divide;
  • a learning lounge concept for addressing learning and employment needs;
  • assistive technology stations in libraries for helping patrons with disabilities,
  • the RI Resource Hub, a website that coordinates statewide efforts and reduce redundancy of service in libraries and community organizations;
  • Jobs Clubs for adults seeking support for finding employment;
  • Computer certifications validating digital literacy skills;
  • Typing Clubs for adults for developing skills; and
  • IPad/IPhone Clubs for adults for gaining comfort with using these devices.

ALL Access is an inclusive and student centered “not business as usual” approach to addressing some of the longstanding barriers to adults achieving their education and employment goals.  The session will provide information and materials for how to engage adult learners in the use of the services.  The workshop will also include a group discussion of how libraries across the state can work more closely with adult education agencies and bring ALL Access services to their locations.  The presenters are eager to hear from participants about their ideas for promotion of ALL Access services and development of future services.

 Elizabeth Dalton is Director of Development and Research for the TechACCESS Center of RI and a member of the ALL Access Core Team.

Ed Garcia is Director of the Cranston Public Library and a member of the ALL Access Steering Committee.

Don Gregory is the Lead Technology Instructor for the Providence Public Library.

Jill Holloway is Director of the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center and member of the ALL Access Core Team.

Karisa Tashjian is Director of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and ALL Access. 


Virtual Participation in Adult Education: Professional Development, Meetings, Classes, and More     Sherry Lehane and Kim Libby

Rhode Island’s adult education field is spread out across the state. Full and part time staff and volunteers often find it difficult to attend meetings and professional development offerings due to work schedules, time constraints, and limited funding. Even within a single organization, getting together for staff meetings and professional learning activities is challenging.

During the 2014-2015 program year, RIFLI and RIRAL received funds through the Technology Breakthrough Grant to provide state-wide professional development opportunities to integrate technology in adult education.  While initially these offerings were intended to be face-to-face meetings, there was a clear need from the field to provide a virtual option in order to reduce costs/time and maximize the ability to participate. In response to this need, we began offering virtual participation using Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air.In this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • receive hands-on training for Google Hangouts and Hangouts On Air
  • create a Google+ account
  • initiate a Hangout
  • experiment with screen shares
  • learn how to use built-in apps 

 This blended learning style workshop will be comprised of large group and breakout activities that will allow participants to work with a variety of materials including how-to videos, equipment checklists, troubleshooting resources, case studies, and next-step plans for agencies. Resource materials will be made available prior to the workshop through the PDC’s website.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own devices (including headphones and microphones if possible) with the ability to download and install software if needed. PLEASE NOTE that not all mobile devices are compatible with the public version of Google Hangouts. If you do not have this equipment or your device is not compatible, we will have devices available for you to use or share during this workshop.

 Sherry Lehane has been working in adult education for 20 years teaching ESOL and math. Her recent endeavors include integrating technology in adult ed. 

Kim Libby has been working in adult education in Rhode Island for over 10 years. Currently, she is the Technology and Communications Manager at Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL).

 

United Way’s Adult Education Convening Project       Alexis Stern, Brady Dunklee &  Jill Holloway

In Spring of 2015, the United Way enlisted the support of Adult Education practitioners in a review and analysis of the field in Rhode Island. Starting with a look back at the Governor’s Task Force on Adult Literacy in 2003, and its subsequent report: Building the Critical Links, a report and review was written and then several convenings of practitioners and stakeholders were held April through June.   Join the presenters in reviewing the rich documentation and process of the project, as well as the resultant Recommendations that have been  developed to sustain and guide the field in the coming years.

 Alexis Stern is the Project Manager for Workforce Development at United Way of RI

Brady Dunklee is a Coordinator and Instructor for the Institute for Labor Studies and Research’s Workplace Adult Education Project. He has worked in adult education in Rhode Island for more than ten years, primarily as an ESOL instructor and program administrator.  He is a founding member and past coordinator of WeRIN, and has worked as a consultant for United Way of Rhode Island on their Adult Education Convening Project.  Previously he was Executive Director and founder of ATRAVES, an organization that worked for education, health and economic development in Nicaragua.  

Jill Holloway is Director of the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center

Session Two:  10:45 am-12:15 pm__________________________________________________

 Becoming WIOA (Workforce) Ready!  Robin Adams

 This reflective activity will provide attendees an opportunity to examine their current intake and service delivery practices to assess whether they are WIOA-Ready for meeting learner employment and career goals.  We will identify first steps to move the programs further along the WIOA continuum. Attendees will leave the workshop with an outline of a program specific WIOA Ready Action Plan.  

 Robin Adams is on staff at the PDCenter supporting practitioners in their goals to incorporate and/or expand on work readiness and workforce development offered by programs statewide. She is a certified workforce development professional and has worked, in different ways, with low-income, low-skilled adults for more than 25 years.


Teaching Fractions Conceptually       Sherry Lehane and Lynn Foley

How much time do you spend teaching fractions, decimals and percents?  And how much time do you spend re-teaching this same content?   Research shows that students have very weak conceptual understanding of fractions and operations with fractions and therefore cannot apply these concepts to solve real world problems or succeed in standardized tests.   In this interactive workshop, we will first share research findings with you and then offer some strategies to help learners gain a conceptual understanding of fractions and operations with fractions using concrete and visual materials. You will be given materials for a unit on fractions that includes a culminating activity of creating a wood-working product.  Finally, we will make connections to the College and Career Ready Standards and how they can be used as a guide in your planning.  A list of additional resources will be provided for further practice and exploration.

 Sherry Lehane has been working in adult education for 20 years teaching ESOL and math. Since 2012, she has been focused on teaching math more conceptually.

Lynn Foley has been teaching in AE for 20 years.  She teaches GED to youth 16 to 24 and hopes to instill in them, and you, her love of math!  

  

 GED® Test:  What other states are doing to guide students to pass the 2014 GED® Test       Angela Salvadore

There is not one solution to helping learners pass the 2014 GED® Test.  What are 3 programs in other states doing? This workshop will review approaches to successful outcomes on the new test.  What materials work best?  How is the GED® Ready Official Practice test used?  A variety of resources will be shared.  Bring your own best practices!!! 

 Angela Salvadore has been working in Adult Education since 1991.  She has worked as a counselor and instructor at Warwick Adult Education, and is currently the Transition Pathways Coordinator at the Community College of Rhode Island and the CASAS State Level Trainer for Rhode Island.

 

Algebra, the Quadratic Formula, and You (They are more afraid of you then you are of them.)     John Schieffelin  

At the end of this session, we should be able to answer the following question: why learners exposed to popular education have greater possibilities of success in obtaining a high school diploma, in getting a job and/or in moving on to higher education. Workshop participants will be able to learn about Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and his popular education teaching methodology. Participants will be able to leave this workshop with concrete tools and methods -like critical thinking methods, codes, problem-posing, theater of the oppressed- to help them bring popular education into their own GED & NEDP classrooms, as well as into their ESOL lessons.  Popular education is a learning process by which learners acquire a new language and develop thinking skills in the context of their lived experiences around issues that they face in their own communities. Popular education incorporates non-traditional tools and methods of learning (visual arts, music, theatre, poetry, etc.) and is inclusive of all learners with a variety of backgrounds and educational levels

 John Schieffelin has been a GED instructor at the ACI for over 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, with an emphasis in math and history, from Baylor University in 1986

 

 The STAR Essentials of a CCRS Aligned Modular Program     Kelly Domenico and Keri Marion

The presenters will demonstrate how the many facets of STAR play an essential part in enrollment, CCRS modular creation and implementation. In addition, findings and data from their experience with piloting this in their program will be shared, along with plans for future goals. 

Attendees will gain an understanding about:

  • STAR and how to use its components for enrollment and placement purposes to make classes and reading groups more homogenous
  • how creating modules are beneficial to students, teachers and the administration
  • CCRS (College and Career Ready Standards) and how to align the standards w/ modules
  • how to create certificates of completion/achievement based on lessons and skills learned

 Kelly Domenico is the Coordinator of Adult Education under the COZ model for Pawtucket Schools.  She is a certified teacher and has a passion for literacy and its implementation.

Keri Marion is an instructor for Pawtucket Adult Education. She loves to facilitate learning while connecting with both her GED and ELL students.

 

  Reflections on Pilot for Common Core Implementation      Barbara Bowen and Donna Chambers

 Challenged with the responsibility of exacting HOW to implement the Common Core standards within all classrooms ABE and ESL, the RIAEPDC and RIDE collaborated to create a Pilot aligned with research and best practices from the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN).  Using core proficiency-based teaching and learning (PBTL) strategies, 4 RIDE-funded adult education agencies were accepted through an application to collaboratively participate in planning and teaching standards-based units of study.  Panelists will share their experiences, learning, and benefits of implementing PBTL for student learning. Common Core Readiness Standards (CCRS) will be implemented by all instructional programs from ESL to ASE.  This panel discussion allows opportunity for information, questions and addresses interest in implementing the standards.

 Barbara Bowen is a Reading Specialist for instructional support to adult education programs through the RIAEPDC. She is collaborating with Donna Chambers, Consultant for RIDE, in this Pilot project.

Donna Chambers is a Professional Development Specialist with over 35 years’ experience in Adult Education Proficiency-Based Instruction and Assessment 

 

“Network RI!”   Karisa Tashjian, Cristina Cabrera, Brady Dunklee, Bernice Morris, Nancy Fritz and Sophie Tan

This highly interactive session will center on the purpose, benefits, challenges and status of adult education networks in Rhode Island.  Participants and presenters will share their experiences and lessons learned and gain knowledge of network development locally and nationally.

The core questions of the session include:

-        What is the purpose of having a network?

-        What are the benefits of networks?

-        What have been the challenges of having a network?

-        How can a network be formed without additional funds?

The members of WeRIN, an adult education network comprised of English for Action, Institute for Labor Studies and Research and the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, will share their experiences over the past four years.  WeRIN started as an informal network to support immigrants in the Providence area.  It has continued to develop and is participating in the national “Networks for Integrating New Americans (NINA)” project that is exploring how five networks across the United States develop and grow.  NINA focuses on networks that include AEFLA-funded ESOL programs and on the development of the ESOL providers’ role.

The group will share information about NINA including their immigration integration framework and resources for those interested in similar work.

The session will include a technology enabled, speed networking portion to create shared knowledge of the unlimited possibilities for adult students, programs and the overall adult education system as a result of collaborating.

 All of the presenters are members of the four-year-old WeRIN network.

Cristina Cabrera is a Lead Facilitator for English for Action and an instructor for the Institute of Labor Studies and Research.  She has two cats, one a calico named Cleo and a white one named Nala.

Brady Dunklee is a Coordinator and Instructor for the Institute of Labor Studies and Research’s Workplace Adult Education Project.  He has a Burmese cat named Yoko.

Nancy Fritz is the Assistant Coordinator of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative.  She has a wire haired pointing Griffon dog named Jack.

Bernice Morris is the Director of Education and Employment Services for Crossroads RI.  She has an orange tabby cat named Rufus.

Sophie Tan is a Coordinator for the Institute of Labor Studies and Research’s Workplace Adult Education Project. She has a tortoiseshell cat named Aggie.

Karisa Tashjian is Director of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative.  She has a black and white cat named Lucy.

 

Getting Tech Training Smart: Developing an Internal Plan for Teachers and Staff        Sylvia Stipich and Kimberly Libby

The presenters will compare and contrast the approaches to technology training initiatives undertaken by their respective programs. While the programs share similarities in student and teacher populations, the theoretical approach varies from tech integration to blended learning. Quantitative and anecdotal data on training initiatives will be shared to help program coordinators and directors decide on best approaches to teacher tech trainings for their agencies.

This workshop will model blended learning concepts such as flipped classroom approach and the station rotation model.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own devices (including headphones if possible) with the ability to connect to the Internet and download and install software if needed. If you do not have this equipment or your device is not compatible, we will have devices available for you to use or share during this workshop.  A list of resources will be made available as a link or printout for those who do not have a device.

Resources from presentation can be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/Approach2TechPD

 Kim Libby has been working in adult education in Rhode Island for over 10 years. Currently, she is the Technology and Communications Manager at Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL).

Sylvia Stipich has worked in various contexts, teaching language and technology to adult ed, EFL and ELL students of over fifty nationalities for over 10 years. She is ILSR’s Technology Point Person.

 

Lunch: 12:15- 1:30 pm in the Cafeteria

Session Three:  1:30-2:30pm______________________________________________________

Integrating Workforce Literacy into Beginning Level ESOL Classrooms     Enriqueta Molina,

Bonnie Taylor, Brandon Lozeau and Margaret Pleasants.

We will be presenting ways we incorporate workforce literacy/development into all levels of ESOL instruction, with a focus on beginning levels.  We hope that sharing our ideas and eliciting ideas from participants will give everyone some concrete activities they can take back to their organization and try with their beginner-intermediate ESOL students and/or RI Works participants. Participants will receive copies of a strategy or activity from each presenter to try with their own classes.

Enriqueta Molina is from El Salvador. She has worked in the adult education for 12 years, teaching multi and low level classes. In addition, she has taught a low level RI works class for 2 years.

Bonnie Taylor has worked in adult education since 2006 and has taught ESOL, workforce, ABE, GED, and NEDP classes for multiple agencies.

Brandon Lozeau has been teaching a combination of job readiness and ESOL classes for six years to students of a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds. He has an MA in international relations and a certificate in TESOL.

Margaret Pleasants is an ESOL teacher with RIFLI. She teaches at several sites, including the Providence Parent Academy and at 2 local factories, BMS and Calise Bakery. The factories are a part of a new RIFLI endeavor to bring English classes into the workplace.


Using Khan Academy to Support Math Class    Beatrice McGeoch  

The presenter has been using Khan Academy this year to support and complement math instruction in her ABE/ASE classroom, and has found it enjoyable and useful!   This workshop will show participants how to set up accounts for students and themselves, and to use the “Coach” function to assign practice and track student progress. The workshop will make time for individual teachers to ask questions and determine how they might use the site in their own practice. Beatrice will also share a document that she has been developing that sorts exercises on the Khan website by the same math content targets that are used by the GED test developers.

 Beatrice McGeoch holds RIDE certification in Secondary Education as a Language teacher. In addition to many years as a GED teacher at the ABE and ASE levels, she has served as an advisor at the MET School.


Financial Literacy       Dr. Al Alba

This workshop will provide curricula and ideas for embedding Financial Literacy in the adult education classroom. Included are activities to build skills and utilize resources for making sound decisions around jobs, housing, credit and employment.   The focus is to empower students to obtain further education and use real life problem-solving skills to meet academic and career goals.

Dr. Albert Alba has worked for the State of Rhode Island for over 25 years as an Academic Instructor, and has earned the designation as a Highly Qualified Correctional Educator. 


NIRN: Implementing, Scaling-up and Sustaining Initiatives                             Barbara Bowen

Often we hop on the “new program” initiative because there is money for the moment, but down the road funding and other resources disappear along with the program.   Worse yet, the program may be worth sustaining but limited resources impede creative solutions.  Implementation and scaling-up tools for new initiatives require review and reflection.  These tools include evidence-based practices needed to build capacity, change organizational structures and to improve outcomes. Come examine some of the tools from NIRN (the National Implementation Research Network; http://nirn.fpg.unc.edu ) with an eye toward program implementation and sustainability.

                                                                                                                                         Barbara Bowen is currently on staff with RIAEPDC as Reading Specialist.  Currently she is analyzing and assessing initiatives for sustainability to support program outcomes.


Recipe for Writing a Five Sentence Paragraph       Sandra Barone

In this interactive workshop, attendees take part in an enactment of a class teaching the 5 sentence paragraph:

  • They will receive written briefs on a specific provocative topic, and will read aloud and discussion
  • Since the topic will be “pro or con”, issues brought up during discussion will be written on the board.
  • The “Recipe” will then be written on the board and discussed.
  • “Bullets” will be explained and examples written on the board (5).
  • Each of the five sentences has a “job” to do, based on the bullets.
  • Recipe = Introductory sentence, three reasons/examples to support the topic sentence,  concluding sentence
  • Class will be split in half and each group is assigned either “pro” or “con”
  • Each group works collectively, with the goal of one set of five bullets per group and one five sentence paragraph per group.
  •  One paper per group is submitted with all of the “students” (attendees) names attached.
  • In a real class session, the two papers are collected, constructive criticism and praise are written  by the teacher overnight and copies are handed back to each student the next day.

 Sandy Barone is a retired teacher (Toll Gate HS), State Representative (1990-2000), Dean of Admissions (Katherine Gibbs), Director of the Princeton Review, and owner of TLC (The Learning Coach- a large tutorial company in Providence and Central Falls)

 

How Collaboration has benefited our learners and programs OR Collaborate to save time, money and effort    Ruth Tureckova, Donna Nabb and  Cam Ennis

These directors of three RIDE-funded adult education centers will share brief remarks, electronic and paper resources, and provide an opportunity for Q & A and an opportunity for participants to share best practices and resources.

They intend to provide directors with:

  • concrete examples of how collaboration has benefited learners
  • a list of websites used to facilitate collaboration
  • examples of how staff expertise, time and effort are all used more effectively
  • sample documents used to set the stage for collaboration
  • the underlying beliefs and behaviors that have allowed this collaboration to be successful

Please come prepared to share resources/best practices used in successful collaborations!

 Cameron Ennis is the executive director of The Education Exchange with a background as a RI nonprofit attorney and former teacher

Donna Nabb is the Family Education Coordinator for Westerly Public Schools and Coordinator of the Families Learning Together Program, including ABE/GED and ESOL Life skills programs

Ruth Tureckova is the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, and has experience as an ESL computer software teacher- trainer and teacher, volunteer coordinator and fundraiser.

 

Online Resources Unique to RI                         Karisa Tashjian and Jill Holloway

Do you know about the many educational and career resources RI agencies have created online? Are you searching for links, software or activities to use in class? Have you wondered what resources you could share with your students to increase their own skills on their own time?

This session will take you on a tour through the updated resources available on:

  • the RI Resource Hub: a website that coordinates statewide efforts and reduce redundancy of service in libraries and community organizations;
  • AskRI: the Library-based portal that is “the answer to your questions’
  • EmployRI: DLT’s online resource for job seekers and career counseling
  • WaytogoRI: the state’s portal for educational career planning
  • United Way 2-1-1: the online resource for human service needs

Each site has a real depth of resources that you could build a unit or lesson around.  We hope you will share your favorite online resources, also!

 Karisa Tashjian is Director of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and ALL Access. 

Jill Holloway is Director of the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center.


RIC: Outreach Programs success in remediation, contextualized training and job placement/retention   

Dawne Pezzuco, Jenifer Giroux, Nancy Miller, Lauren Lamendola & Claudia Iacozzi

We will discuss RIC Outreach success in remediation, contextualized training and job placement/retention.   We have been following this model for over 20 years.    Training includes:  testing and evaluation; including understanding learning disabilities, remediation learning, ESOL, training in a specific field and job placement and retention.  Case Management support staff aid students with disabilities, family issues and anxiety/stress.    Students have the option to pursue a job or continue the academic route to college.   Each student is evaluated and assigned a career pathway that will match their interest and SKA’s.

RIC Outreach has more than 100 internship sites that we work with on a daily basis to evaluate our programs and confirm that we are teaching the most updated skills in the training areas.  On the job training is augmented through internship workshops designed to aid student comprehension in their respective field.

Jenifer Giroux, Associate Vice President for Professional Studies and Continuing Education and Director of Workforce Development at Rhode Island College. Ms. Giroux is a specialist in working with a diverse population of adult students to obtain the skills necessary for competing in the current job market. She works to coordinate internships and secure employment for the adult students served at the Outreach Programs. She works to develop programming that meets the changing needs of students and employers in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Ms. Giroux holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College

Dawne Pezzuco, Assistant Director of Rhode Island College Outreach Programs. She has been working at RIC Outreach for 16 years, and held several positions: Math and Life Skills Instructor, Distance Learning and Technology Instructor, Coordinator of training programs & Assistant Director for the last six years.   Her responsibilities include program oversight, grant writing and program She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Business and International Policy.

Nancy Miller, Training Coordinator at Rhode Island College Outreach Programs for the past 4 years. She has a Bachelors Degree of English from Villanova University and a Masters in Education from Lesley University .  She began her career at RIC Outreach Programs teaching business writing and job skills with an emphasis on soft skills.  While continuing her teaching, she took on the role of case manager and eventually became the coordinator for all of Outreach training programs.

Claudia Iacozzi is an accounting professional with over 30 years experience in the accounting field.  Since 2001, she has been the Controller of Majestic Construction, and since 2006 the Accounting and Quick Books instructor at the RIC Outreach program at Rhode Island College.  She assists in the payroll for  Outreach staff, and coordinates billing for Outreach students.  Claudia received her Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Lauren Lamendola is the lead medical instructor for the Medical Assisting Program, educating students in the subjects areas of anatomy & physiology, pharmacology, HIPAA, clinical skills, job skills, customer service, etc.  She has been instructing at RIC Outreach since June 2011.  She holds a a BS degree in nursing and an MBA with a concentration in health care management.  She has held senior management positions with various health care organizations. 

 

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