Presentations

Objectives

This three-day meeting hosts State Directors from across the nation and aims to provide the following:

  • An opportunity to interact with senior administration leaders, federal partners, and other stakeholders on policy related to adult education programs and the soon-to-be-released publication, Making Skills Everyone's Business.
  • A forum to network with colleagues about the impact of various proposals and initiatives on the preparation and implementation of state plans.
  • Learning opportunities related to the administration of the adult education state grant, including the development of new programs and services to support the transition of adults into postsecondary education and training.

Tuesday, May 13

7:00 AM–4:00 PM Registration and Information
8:00 AM–8:30 AM Welcome and Roll Call of States
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Presenter: Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
8:30 AM–9:00 AM Plenary Session: Welcome from Secretary
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Presenter: Arne Duncan, Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
9:00 AM–10:30 AM Plenary Session: Making Skills Everyone's Business—A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the U.S.
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  This session will preview the findings and key strategies included in the soon-to-be-released publication, Making Skills Everyone's Business, as well as provide an opportunity for State Directors to engage in discussions to implement these strategies in their respective states.
  Presenters: Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
10:30 AM–10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM–11:45 AM Plenary Session: Champions of Change—Meeting the Call to Transform Adult Learning
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  The engagement process to develop Making Skills Everyone's Business cultivated new partnerships among foundations, federal agencies, labor, and the private sector. This panel will highlight partnerships underway and the resulting commitments to transform adult learning in the U.S.
  Moderator: Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
  Presenters: Alex Chisholm, President, CEO, and Co-Founder
Skylab Learning, Inc.

Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director
District 1199C, Training and Upgrading Fund

Susan Hildreth, Director
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lisa R. Ransom, Chairwoman and CEO
Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation
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11:45 AM–1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM–2:00 PM Plenary Session: A Conversation with the Assistant Secretary – Tomorrow's Horizon
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier will reflect on the past five years in adult education and share thoughts about its future. She will be joined by key national leaders in an interactive discussion and engage meeting participants to assist her in crafting her exit message on the importance of adult learning to Administration officials.
  Presenters: Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Jennifer Foster, Chair
National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, Inc.

Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
2:00 PM–2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM–3:15 PM Plenary Session: Rethinking Remediation—Supporting Student Success by Connecting Developmental and Adult Education
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges will provide an update on the Administration's efforts to strengthen remediation to support student success. State and local examples of how developmental and adult education are working more closely together to support student success will be shared.
  Presenters: Mark Mitsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Christopher Coro, Deputy Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
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3:15 PM–4:00 PM Plenary Session: Next Generation NRS
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  The NRS educational functioning level descriptors (EFLs) serve as the framework for assessment and measuring educational gain in adult education. This session will describe an ongoing project to revise the EFLs for adult basic education to align them with College and Career Ready Standards for Adult Education. It will describe the revision process, points for field input, and the implications for assessment and English as a second language descriptors. The session will also review a draft framework of NRS EFLs and outcome measures, in relationship to career and employment readiness.
  Presenters: Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Larry Condelli, Managing Director
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
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4:00 PM–5:30 PM Marketplace of Ideas for Innovative Practice
  Room: Edison CBA Foyer
5:30 PM Close of Day 1

Wednesday, May 14

7:00 AM–4:00 PM Registration and Information
8:00 AM–8:45 AM Special Interest Session: Distance Education—Policy and Practice
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  This optional session will review federal policies related to operating and reporting distance education programs, and provide an opportunity for states to network on the topic.
  Presenters: Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Larry Condelli, Managing Director
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
8:45 AM–9:00 AM Break
9:00 AM–10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions I
  Moving Career Pathways Forward
  Room: Bell
  During the past decade, a number of federal, state, and philanthropic initiatives have focused on career pathways as an approach to assist low-skilled adults and youth earn credentials and obtain jobs in high demand and high-wage occupations. These initiatives have supported development of state systems for career pathways as well as local implementation of comprehensive education, career awareness, job preparedness and training, advising, and support services. The experiences of these initiatives can help guide the expansion of career pathways at the state and local levels. This session discusses lessons learned from career pathways initiatives, the role of business and industry as a key partner in career pathways, and the activities that will be conducted under the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's new project, Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration.
  Presenters: Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist
Abt Associates
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Nate Anderson, Program Director, Building Economic Opportunity
Jobs for the Future

Hope Cotner, Vice President of Community College Initiatives
Center for Occupational Research and Development

Chrys Limardo, Project Director
Kratos Learning Solutions

Andrala Walker
Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
  Career and Technical Education: A Partner in Transforming Adult Education
  Room: Wright
  Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education share important advances in transforming programs to provide pathways to credentials. In this session, two national leaders in CTE will identify advances that intersect, including how programs of study fit into the broader context of states' career pathways systems. It will include a focus on developing sectorial partnerships, the incorporation of employability skills, and highlight opportunities for partnerships between CTE and Adult Education.
  Presenters: Sharon Miller, Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
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  Effective Teachers: Professional Learning and State Policy
  Room: Hopkins Boardroom
  Research affirms that teacher effectiveness is a critical factor in the achievement of their students. This session will explore recent work in adult education that can inform transforming teacher effectiveness and professional learning. Presenters will discuss exploratory research into characteristics of current teachers in adult education, state policies on adult education faculty requirements, and a field test of teacher competencies and job-embedded induction for beginning teachers.
  Presenters: Alisa Belzer, Director and Associate Professor
Rutgers University
Graduate School of Education
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Larry Condelli, Managing Director
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
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Jessica Darkenwald-DeCola, Research Assistant
Rutgers University
Graduate School of Education

Mariann Fedele-McLeod, Principal Researcher
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
  Adult Education and Prisoner Reentry: Understanding a Changing Landscape
  Room: Banneker
  In the reentry field, correctional education is a key tool in reform efforts—but expectations for what it should be and should accomplish have changed. This concurrent session will introduce participants to: (1) important new research on correctional education supported by the Second Chance Act and conducted by the RAND Corporation; (2) a reentry education model, supported by OCTAE and developed by RTI International, which is currently being implemented, evaluated, and improved; and (3) the emerging role of technology in correctional education and reentry. Presenters will also share recent work of the federal Reentry Council chaired by the U.S. Attorney General. Participants will be invited to respond to in- process work on encouraging expanded technology applications in prisons and also to share state and/or local developments connecting the adult education system with state and local reentry work.
  Presenter: John Linton, Director, Office of Correctional Education
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
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Michelle C. Tolbert, Program Director, Adult Education
RTI International
  Digging Deeper into the U.S. Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 2012
  Room: Edison B
  This presentation provides additional U.S.-specific results from PIAAC since the initial release of data in October 2013. It will provide more in-depth analyses focused on the characteristics of adults at or below "level 2" (i.e., below average) skill performance, and examine the relationships between low skills and a variety of background characteristics, such as gender, age, employment status, and participation in education and training.
  Presenter: Daniel McGrath, Branch Chief for International Activities
National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Department of Education
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Timothy Werwath, Research Associate
American Institutes for Research
10:15 AM–10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM–11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions II (Repeat of Above Sessions)
11:45 AM–1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM–4:15 PM Mini-Institutes (must be pre-registered)
  Monitoring Local Program Providers: Tips for State Administrators
  Room: Wright
  Monitoring local program providers is an integral part of state office responsibilities. This session will examine key federal requirements for monitoring local programs funded with Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds. Participants will learn about relevant federal government resources from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as well as specific provisions in the Education Department's General Administrative Requirements (EDGAR). Participants will explore ways that risk analysis can be used in the monitoring process, including how state negotiated performance targets can be used to evaluate local program performance and promote continuous improvement.
  Presenter: Karla Ver Bryck Block
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
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Teresa Bestor
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Sharon Harrington
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Rebecca Moak
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Zina Watkins
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
  Data Visualization: Infographics
  Room: Hopkins Boardroom
  Infographics are data visualization tools that present complex data and information in a short, appealing format. Although they are not new, the relative ease with which they can be created and disseminated has greatly increased their use and popularity in recent years. In this session, we will present eight types of infographics and discuss the characteristics of infographics that make them effective. We then will discuss how to develop them, beginning with the basic principles of effective infographics and concluding with a step-by-step development process.

Good infographics can be a compelling and attractive way to tell a story about your agency, program, teachers, learners, and other facets of your work. Typically, you promote or explain your program by using reports, report cards, fliers, websites, and other methods that provide important information to various stakeholders. Think of infographics as yet another tool in your communications toolbox that has grown incredibly popular because of the unique combination of data and compelling, attractive visual displays. Unlike other materials you develop, though, infographics have the potential to become viral—embedded in your websites or Web pages, through links, blogs, and microblogs—to reach further and faster than print media and static Web pages. During this session, states are encouraged to participate in our activities in evaluating infographics, planning their infographic story and designing and sharing their own infographics.
  Presenter: Larry Condelli, Managing Director
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research

Amanda Duffy, Research Associate
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
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Michelle Yin, Senior Researcher
Workforce and Lifelong Learning Program
American Institutes for Research
  How to Build and Use Networks for Collective Impact: Leading Concepts, Tools and Strategies
  Room: Bell
  As defined in Net Gains: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change (2006), networks provide social change agents with a fundamentally distinct and remarkably promising organizing principle to achieve ambitious goals. This informative and interactive session will explore how network organizing can contribute to the common collective impact of State Directors of Education, as well as other adult education stakeholders. Topics will include: what networks do best; characteristics of a healthy network; how to build and strengthen network ties to maximize alignment and impact; network infrastructure needed at different stages of network development; and how to adapt network form to network function.
  Presenter: Madeleine Taylor
Network Impact
  Seeing is Believing! The College and Career Readiness Standards Come Alive
  Room: Edison B
  During this session, you will experience first-hand what the key advances in College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for adults actually look like in terms of lesson content and instructional practice. Observing teachers and students in action—through a series of videos of reading and math lessons—will bring the CCR standards to life. You will be introduced to an easy-to-use observation protocol designed for the CCR standards and learn how to spot an essential set of core actions in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to prepare students for postsecondary success. This field simulation promises to make for a lively and interactive experience!
  Presenter: Meredith Liben, English Language Arts/Literacy Content Lead
StandardsWork, Inc.
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Kaye Forgione, Mathematics Coach
StandardsWork, Inc.
  Reboot Your Digital Literacy Strategy
  Room: Banneker
  PIAAC data and input from the stakeholder engagement sessions has clearly articulated a need for programs and communities to enhance their technology planning and programming in order to reach more adults, boost digital literacy, and provide greater intensity of service to accelerate learning. This mini-institute will be an active planning session, co-presented with leaders of EveryoneOn.

National surveys have consistently reported the following main barriers to computer and Internet adoption by Americans: access, affordability, perceived relevance, and ease of use. To help programs and state offices plan their digital strategy and address these barriers, OCTAE has produced a planning tool called the Who's Online Where Index. The Index maps broadband availability, community access points, available initiatives, and population needs for adult education and training. This tool will form the basis of the mini-institute as participants plan how they can utilize initiatives to address gaps and bridge the multiple digital divides.

With EveryoneOn, a non-profit that aims to eliminate the digital divide in America, OCTAE has announced that all adult education students, teachers, and programs are pre-qualified for low-cost Internet service and refurbished devices. The goal of this collaboration is to empower students and their families with their own home access and devices and encourage teachers and programs to integrate technology into instruction. EveryoneOn also promotes digital literacy programs and will share best practices the organization learned from working with libraries, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations across the nation. Participants will explore the offers and resources for their state and program areas.

OCTAE has also focused resources on developing teacher-training materials available through LINCS that develop technology skills and confidence among teachers. These resources will be introduced as participants make plans to increase their teachers' abilities to integrate technology into instruction.
  Presenter: Zach Leverenz, Chief Executive Officer
EveryoneOn
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Sheila Dugan, Marketing and Communications Manager
EveryoneOn

Heidi Silver-Pacuilla
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
4:30 PM–5:30 PM Special Interest Session: Maintenance of Effort
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  This optional session will provide participants with a description of the statutory maintenance of effort (MOE) and matching requirements. Participants will learn how to calculate MOE using both aggregate expenditure and cost-per-participant options. They will hear about a variety of possible scenarios resulting from reduced non-federal spending. This session also is an opportunity to receive technical assistance on specific state concerns with meeting the MOE requirement. Each state attending this session will receive an individualized state profile containing data on aggregate federal and non-federal expenditures and non-federal cost per student.
  Presenter: Jay LeMaster
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
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Josh Behsudi
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
5:30 PM Close of Day Two

Thursday, May 15

8:00 AM–9:00 AM Plenary Session: Making Standards-Based Reform Efforts Work
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Standards-based reforms that seek to make instructors full and active partners in transforming their classrooms for the 21st century require large-scale systemic changes. The success of such reforms hinges on the ability to replicate and institutionalize them. A central goal of this session is for participants to deepen their understanding of what the research says are the steps needed to sustain momentum and build capacity for program-wide implementation. Expanding the reach of reforms depends on the extent to which those launching reforms are able to focus—at the outset—on sustaining them.
  Presenter: Ronna Spacone
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Margaret Bowles, ABE State Director
Montana Office of Public Instruction
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9:00 AM–9:15 AM Reflections
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Presenter: Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
9:15 AM–9:30 AM Break
9:30 AM–12:00 Noon State Regional Meeting Breakout Sessions
  Region 1 Teresa Bestor (Northeast)
Room: Whitney
  Region 2 Sharon Harrington (South)
Room: Banneker
  Region 3 Rebecca Moak (Midwest)
Room: Bell
  Region 4 & 5 Zina Watkins (West and outlying areas)
Room: Wright
12:00 Noon–12:15 PM Closing Remarks
  Room: Edison Ballroom D
  Presenter: Cheryl L. Keenan, Director
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

Handouts

Making Skills Everyone's Business
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