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                   National Conference on Integrated Basic Skills Pathways

                                                     AGENDA

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
   To provide content and support as teams and states continue to implement integrated career pathways

   To come together as a national learning community committed to providing program re-design fostering student
    attainment of credentials and family supporting employment

   For each team and state to gain clear guidance and strategic direction toward the implementation of policies to
    support the implementation of integrated career pathways

TUESDAY, MAY 8TH
7:00 – 7:30 am         Light Breakfast & Registration for Site Visit                                       Spanish Ballroom Foyer,
                                                                                                           Fairmont Olympic Hotel
7:30 – 8:30 am         Shuttle to Site Visit

8:30 – 11:45 am        Site Visits
                       Green River Community College                          Bus departs at 7:30am
                       Pierce College: Fort Steilacoom                        Bus departs at 7:30am
                       Highline Community College                             Bus departs at 7:45am
                       Shoreline Community College                            Bus departs at 7:45am
                       Seattle Central Community College                      Bus departs at 8:00am

11:45 – 12:45 pm       Lunch – Open Discussion and Wrap-up

12:45 – 1:30 pm        Dedicated Team Time Reflection and Sharing
                       Teams will discuss what was learned in the site visits, things they can take back to implement,
                       and what are some of the changes and strategies for scaling the projects to meet the needs and
                       next steps.

1:30 – 2:30 pm         Shuttle to Hotel
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2:00 – 3:00 pm   Conference Registration                             Spanish Ballroom Foyer, Fairmont Olympic Hotel

3:00 – 3:45 pm   Welcome                                                                        Spanish Ballroom
                 Maria Flynn, Vice President, Building Economic Opportunity, Jobs for the Future

                 Setting the Stage
                 Richard Kazis, Senior Vice President, Jobs for the Future
                 Jan Yoshiwara, Deputy Executive Director, Education Services, Washington State Board for
                 Community & Technical Colleges

4:00 – 5:15 pm   Concurrent Sessions

                 Empowering Students to Re-Enter the Workforce:                                      Parliament
                 Integrating Communication Studies, Prof-Tech Coursework and
                 Support Services in a Compressed Certificate Program
                 Presenters will discuss the approach and impact of integrating a communication studies course
                 and support services within a compressed, professional/technical certificate program. In this
                 course, students hone necessary workplace communication skills as an integral part of their
                 technical work to more effectively express ideas, successfully interact in team-based
                 organizational environments, and extend their technical skills further than they would in the
                 technical courses alone. The program shows increased student persistence, completion, and
                 graduation rates compared to a sequential course. Presenters will share research results,
                 integrated syllabi, and assignment samples highlighting how the integrated certificate program
                 has increased student success, both academically and professionally.
                 Brian Bansenauer, Founding Faculty, Cascadia Community College
                 Danielle Powell, Faculty, Cascadia Community College
                 Kurt Simmons, Director of Professional Services, Workforce Development Council,
                 Snohomish County
                 Jannette Rasque, Student, Cascadia Community College

                 Integrated Pathways 101                                                             Kensington
                 More than one third of Washington State’s community and technical colleges offer complete
                 I-BEST pathways. This includes components such as on-ramps, professional-technical
                 certification, and I-BEST for Developmental Education and Academic programs. State Board for
                 Community and Technical College staff and local program leaders will discuss the essential
                 components of I-BEST that unite this effort to move more students further and faster.
                 Kathy Lynn Cooper, Adult Basic Education Policy Associate, Washington State Board for
                 Community & Technical Colleges




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                 Building Effective Local Partnerships Part I: Employers and CBOs                          Senate
                 This session will highlight successful examples of how Pierce County Colleges collaborate with
                 community-based organizations and businesses to deliver high quality workforce training
                 programs that integrate basic skills instruction and lead to gainful employment. The session will
                 also showcase the Goodwill Reach Center that co-locates colleges and CBOs as well as INVISTA
                 Performance Solutions, a single point of contact for incumbent worker training.
                 Richard Corak, Director of Workforce Development, Tacoma Goodwill
                 Lisa Edwards, Global Solutions Officer, Invista Performance Solutions

                 Scale and Sustainability: State and Institutional Level                           Spanish Ballroom
                 Getting to scale is a major goal of Accelerating Opportunity as well as most education initiatives
                 across the country, but the majority of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what
                 works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. During this session, Israel Mendoza,
                 former State ABE Director in Washington, will discuss strategies for scaling up education reform
                 initiatives, drawing on both research and practice. In particular, the session will focus on how
                 Washington was able to scale up the I-BEST models to all of its community colleges. Participants
                 are invited to share their experiences and struggles with getting to scale.
                 Israel Mendoza, Independent Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
                 Rachel Pleasants, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future

                 Using Evaluation for Continuous Program Improvement:                                        Council
                 A Conversation with the Accelerating Opportunity Evaluators
                 (AO State Leads and Coordinators are required to attend this session)
                 Presenters will provide an overview of all segments of the Accelerating Opportunity evaluation
                 and how they fit together, the timeline for each component and an update on progress, with a
                 special focus on the implementation study and the role and expectations for AO states and
                 colleges. Drawing on the AO states’ interests and experiences with using data, they will lead a
                 discussion on how states and colleges can employ data from the evaluation – and other
                 programs – to improve their programs, promote changes in attitudes toward ABE students as
                 members of college communities, and make the case for integrated pathways. Participants will
                 also have the opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of the evaluation, their role in it,
                 and its potential benefits.
                 Lauren Eyster, Research Associate, The Urban Institute
                 Maureen Conway, Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program, Aspen Institute

                 Effective Labor Market Connections                                                         Congress
                 Building on the efforts of JFF's Credentials that Work real-time labor market data initiative, this
                 session will explore some of the sector-targeted mechanisms developed for conducting a robust,
                 dynamic analysis of in-demand skills, occupations, and employers. We will then cover a range of
                 integration and dissemination strategies for the data that our network colleges are currently
                 exploring.
                 Jeremy Kelley, Project Manager, Jobs for the Future

6:00 – 7:00 pm   Reception                                                                                            The Garden




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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH

7:30 – 9:00 am     Team Time and Breakfast                                                      Spanish Ballroom
                   Working with a coach/TA provider, teams will have a strategic discussion about action steps
                   they need to take in the next few months to drive comprehensive systems change. Teams will
                   have an opportunity to share some of their ideas with the larger group.

9:00 – 10:00 am    Innovative Employers: Spotlight on Investing in Frontline Workers             Spanish Ballroom
                   This dynamic plenary will feature employers speaking about why they are investing in the
                   development and career mobility of frontline workers. The panel will address what types of
                   innovative practices they are implementing, and what seems to be working the best for their
                   companies and for their employees. The employers will share their perspectives about how
                   education and training providers can effectively partner with the business community to
                   maximize the development of career pathways.
                   Moderator: Jim Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College
                   Sarah Reed, Starbucks U Program Manager, Starbucks
                   Roger Walker, Program Manager, Nursing Operations, Group Health Cooperative

10:00 – 10:30 am   Break                                                                               Spanish Ballroom Foyer

10:30 – 11:45 am   Concurrent Sessions
                   Empowering Students to Re-Enter the Workforce:                                        Parliament
                   Integrating Communication Studies, Prof-Tech Coursework and
                   Support Services in a Compressed Certificate Program
                   Presenters will discuss the approach and impact of integrating a communication studies course
                   and support services within a compressed, professional/technical certificate program. In this
                   course, students hone necessary workplace communication skills as an integral part of their
                   technical work to more effectively express ideas, successfully interact in team-based
                   organizational environments, and extend their technical skills further than they would in the
                   technical courses alone. The program shows increased student persistence, completion, and
                   graduation rates compared to a sequential course. Presenters will share research results,
                   integrated syllabi, and assignment samples highlighting how the integrated certificate program
                   has increased student success, both academically and professionally.
                   Brian Bansenauer, Founding Faculty, Cascadia Community College
                   Danielle Powell, Faculty, Cascadia Community College
                   Kurt Simmons, Director of Professional Services, Workforce Development Council,
                   Snohomish County
                   Jannette Rasque, Student, Cascadia Community College




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         Making Pathways to Work and College a Reality: I-BEST and I-BEST-like programs            Council
         Do you want to make transitions to work and college more seamless for students AND
         faculty/staff? Wondering how to improve the pathways to work and/or college for students? Do
         you have questions about how to overcome barriers which faculty, advisors, and staff face when
         working to transition students into degree and certifcate programs? Learn and share! Come and
         learn what members of Clark College’s Transition Team are doing to promote the transition
         mission! We will focus on I-BEST and I-BEST-like programs at Clark College that are transitioning
         students to work and college. This session will include a collaborative discussion forum.
         Kimberly Russell, Acting Associate Director of Basic Education, Clark College
         Amy Tam, Advisor, Basic Education, Clark College
         Teresa Boyd, I-BEST Instructor, Clark College
         Les Rivera, ESL Professor, Clark College

         Building Effective Local Partnerships Part II: WIBs                                       Senate
         Join an interactive, facilitated discussion on building effective partnerships between community
         and the local Workforce Investment Board. Panel representatives will share examples of
         successful collaborative activities and how they contribute to student success.
         Marlena Sessions, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Council Seattle
         Holly Watson, Chief Administrative Officer, WorkForce Central
         Bryan Wilson, Deputy Director, Washington Workforce Board
         Jo Ann Baria, Dean of Workforce Education, Pierce College
         Wendy Price, Director of Grants, South Seattle Community College

         Building the Case for Adult Education: A Guide to Advocacy Communications              Congress
         To become a true agent for change, you need to articulate key messages to a wide variety of
         stakeholders. But just knowing the messages is not enough. You must be able to reach the right
         audiences that can impact change. Learn how to reach both internal (faculty, students,
         administrators) and external (policymakers, business leaders, media) audiences with your
         specific messages and share your own experiences about what has worked, and what hasn’t.
         Steven Baker, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Jobs for the Future
         Kent Fischer, Vice President, GMMB Marketing and Communications
         Jennifer Foster, Senior Director for Adult Education & Family Literacy,
         Illinois Community College Board
         Jeff Landis, Director, Public Relations, Jobs for the Future




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                    Great Ways to Support Your Work                                                       Kensington
                    This session will focus on how states and colleges can use online tools and resources to deliver
                    more effective professional development and create stronger communities of practice.
                    Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about existing resources, such as the Virtual
                    Academy, NCTN and Minnesota FastTRAC’s online courses, and Basecamp. Participants will also
                    be able to provide input on how the Accelerating Opportunity partners can help ensure that
                    professional development meets the needs of instructors, advisors, and administrators.
                    Rachel Pleasants, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
                    Ellen Hewett, Director, National College Transition Network
                    Judy Mortrude, State Program Administrator, Minnesota Department of Employment and
                    Economic Development

                    Scale and Sustainability: State and Institutional Levels                          Spanish Ballroom
                    Getting to scale is a major goal of Accelerating Opportunity as well as most education initiatives
                    across the country, but the majority of us still struggle with figuring out how to scale up what
                    works and create real, sustainable, high-impact change. During this session, Israel Mendoza,
                    former State ABE Director in Washington, will discuss strategies for scaling up education reform
                    initiatives, drawing on both research and practice. In particular, the session will focus on how
                    Washington was able to scale up the I-BEST models to all of its community colleges. Participants
                    are invited to share their experiences and struggles with getting to scale.
                    Israel Mendoza, Independent Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

11:45am – 1:30 pm   Luncheon Plenary                                                                 Spanish Ballroom
                    From Federal Policy to Student Impact
                    Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin will provide an update on federal policy, especially on the
                    upcoming change to the status of Pell eligibility for students without a high school diploma/GED.
                     We will also hear from adult learners who were engaged in integrated pathway programs. In
                    this moderated session, we will explore perspectives on various topics of interest from
                    "opposite ends" of our work and will answer questions from the audience.
                    Moderator: Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future
                    Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S.
                    Department of Education

                    Student Panel:
                    Thao Tran, Former Renton Technical College Pharmacy Tech Student
                    Maria Crespo, Former Renton Technical College I-BEST CNA Student
                    Teresa Jimenez, Current Central Service Tech (Allied Health) Student

1:30 – 2:30 pm      Peer-learning and Sharing                                                          Spanish Ballroom
                    This session will consist of small-group discussions on a variety of topics. State teams should
                    plan to split up among the tables so they can engage in cross-state sharing.

2:30 – 3:15 pm      Structured Team Time                                                          Spanish Ballroom
                    Teams will be provided a set of questions to discuss and answer. The questions are based on the
                    conference events and will provide teams an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned.



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3:15 – 3:45 pm   Break

3:45 – 4:45 pm   Facilitated Roundtable Discussion

                 Student Supports Services                                                                   Senate
                 Terms like "wrap-around services," "single point of contact," and "case management approach"
                 are often used when describing national student services models, but it is not always clear how
                 college staff can actually apply these concepts effectively at their own institutions. Join
                 representatives from Lake Michigan College and Fayetteville Technical Community College in an
                 open discussion about your experiences developing and embedding student support services so
                 that they have a real impact on student success.
                 Facilitators: Barbara Endel, Program Director, Jobs for the Future
                 Jenny Schanker, Associate Director, Michigan Center for Student Success
                 Margarete Morley, Coordinator, Fayetteville Technical Community College

                 We've Identified Career Pathways, Now What? Career Planning with Students              Kensington
                 You’ve studied the labor market data, conferred with industry partners, and identified the
                 targeted career pathways. Now you need to translate this information to students but are not
                 sure where to start. In this roundtable we’ll discuss career planning approaches that can
                 empower students with the information they need to consider the available opportunities,
                 weigh the costs and benefits, and make informed decisions and investments in their futures.
                 Come ready to share your experiences and questions.
                 Facilitator: Sandy Goodman, Director of Career Pathways, National College Transition Network

                 Performance Funding                                                                        Council
                 Join us for a roundtable discussion on performance funding as a mechanism to accelerate the
                 progress and improve the success of students enrolled in Adult Basic Education and integrated
                 pathways. A number of states have implemented performance-funding strategies for allocating
                 resources. In this session, we'll hear from representatives from Illinois and Kansas on their
                 experiences in developing performance-based funding systems in their states. Come prepared
                 to ask questions and share your state's experience!
                 Facilitators: Lexie Waugh, Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
                 Blake Flanders, Vice President for workforce development, Kansas Board of Regents
                 Zoe Thompson, Associate Director for Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
                 Karen Hunter Anderson, Vice President for Adult Education & Institutional Support, Illinois
                 Community College Board

                 Getting Students Beyond the First Credential                                            Parliament
                 In many career fields, an initial credential is not enough to ensure a family-sustaining career. To
                 advance students' educational and credential attainment, we need to build robust career
                 pathways that lead from entry-level to advanced credentials, and we need to provide career
                 guidance and other wrap-around services to motivate students to continue along the pathway.
                 In this roundtable discussion, participants will hear how Washington has built career pathways
                 from I-BEST to Associate's degrees and learn about the strategies they have used to motivate
                 and prepare students for more advanced education and training. The discussion will focus on
                 how states and colleges can use these strategies as they build out their Accelerating
                 Opportunity pathways.
                 Facilitator: Jon Kerr, Director of Adult Basic Education, Washington State Board for Community
                 & Technical Colleges




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                Policy: Financing Integrated Pathways without Pell                                       Congress
                No single policy change has had more impact on Breaking Through and Accelerating Opportunity
                than the loss of the Ability to Benefit provision, making many ABE students ineligible for Pell
                Grants. There is no easy replacement for Pell, but many states and colleges have begun to
                identify potential funding solutions that will allow them to reduce cost per student and bridge
                tuition gaps. Attendees are encouraged to join JFF's Mary Clagett and representatives from
                MN's FastTRAC program and Wisconsin Technical College System in a discussion around
                strategies for funding your integrated pathways programs without Pell.
                Facilitators: Lisa Soricone, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
                Mary Clagett, Director, Workforce Policy, Jobs for the Future
                Kathy Cullen, Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Wisconsin Technical College System
                Ann Marie Leland, State Program Administrator, Minnesota Department of Employment and
                Economic Development

                Integrating Technology to Accelerate Learning                                     Spanish Ballroom
                Technology can play an important role in helping students to develop their skills more quickly.
                Programs can use learning management systems to supplement instruction both within the
                classroom and outside of it. Through web-based platforms, self-paced modules can allow
                students to build key competencies and strengthen areas of weakness through repeated
                practice and online guidance. Come and share about how you are using technology to help your
                students advance, including strategies for addressing digital literacy and digital access issues.
                Facilitator: Gloria Mwase, Program Director, Jobs for the Future

4:45 – 5:15pm   Wrap Up                                                                        Spanish Ballroom
                Maria Flynn, Vice President, Building Economic Opportunity, Jobs for the Future
                Barbara Endel, Program Director, Jobs for the Future

5:15 pm         Adjourn




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