THURSDAY – JUNE 4, 2009 Concurrent Session A Time: 8:45-9:35 Developing Character and Teamwork Skills in Adult Education Settings Emmanuel Ngomsi, Ph.D. Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Imagine a new learning and teaching group activity that reaches across all cultural, physical and intellectual boundaries, fully delights and engages participants, teaching them respect and teamwork, collaboration and responsibility, promotes acceptance and trust, and boosts players‟ self-esteem and leadership skills. It is more than an educational game that creates a higher degree of concentration in the learner; it is a complete multicultural, intellectual and character building process that reinforces work ethics and relationships among participants. Thinkfinity Literacy Network: Using Free Online Resources for Professional Development Todd Evans Category/ Strand Teaching Technology Thinkfinity Literacy Network is part of Thinkfinity.org supported by the Verizon Foundation! Expand your professional development capacity by incorporating Thinkfinity's expanded resources and free online courses. In this workshop, review your professional development needs and identify strategies for incorporating online courses and resources into existing training and professional development initiatives. Advertising in a Down Economy Deb Turpin & Sandra Eckert-Stewart Category/ Strand Administration The question…what to do now? Let Deb lead a discussion of what steps should be taken when thinking of marketing as the budgets are reduced. She will cover looking at the history, how to get on board and the 10 commandments of marketing. Missouri's Quality Rating System (QRS): Coming to an afterschool program near you! Terri Foulkes Category/ Strand After School Missouri is joining at least 30 other states in developing a Quality Rating System (QRS) for early childhood and school-age/after-school programs. MO QRS will provide a method for parents to evaluate and select high quality programs, create an accountability mechanism for policymakers and funding organizations, and provide specific feedback for programs to develop continuous quality improvement plans. We invite you to learn more about MO QRS and how your program can participate! The Younger Learner-How do you turn them around when their turning signal is broken? Karen Ulanski & Kim Kirk Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Our classrooms are changing. The students are getting younger. Are we really meeting their needs? How do we get through to them when they don't really think anyone cares? Our presentation will help teachers understand the younger learner. We will help you break down barriers, give motivational tips, and talk about self-esteem. We will help you look through their eyes - the younger learner. Low Level Adult Readers-where do you start and what can you do Lisa Rinehart Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Literacy skills are necessary for survival. Many adults are now being required to obtain their GED, attend higher education facilities to upgrade skills, or are choosing to attend college for the first time. However, as instructors, how do you help adults who only read between a 2nd -5th grade reading levels prepare for the challenges of higher education? This presentation will focus on specific ideas, strategies, and materials that can be utilized to work with the a low level adult reader. The goal of this presentation is to show how to develop and implement a plan using various strategies and materials in order to assist low level adult readers in preparation for their educational or vocational goals. Participants will be able to apply the information and utilize the materials suggested in the workshop with their students. GLOBAL EXPERIENCE-Promoting Cultural Awareness in Rural Communities Laurel Hall Category/ Strand Community Education Learn how a community education program in a rural area is offering the world to their community through global experiences. The idea was formed from the realization that many people in the community had never had the opportunity to travel or experience cultural events. It was also formed on the fact that it's the daily activities and practices, festivals, ceremonies and events that weave the fabric of a society, not something to be preserved or observed but learned and practiced. Cultural awareness and exchange is an important part of OMTC's Community Education Program by offering classes, events, and opportunities to experience different cultures and heritages through traditional attire, food, art and dance forms and sports. Effectively Integrating Learning Journals into the Classroom and Workplace Dr. Carrie Boden, Deborah Cook, Tennille Lasker-Scott, Sylvia Moore, Debbie Shelton, & Sara L. Thompson, M.Ed Category/ Strand Higher Education The presentation will include a summary of current learning theory and examples of how learning journals have been used in various contexts including higher education, adult basic education, GED, community education, medical, and corrections settings. Participants will work with the facilitators to create learning journal assignments or activities that can be incorporated into their practices. Concurrent Session B 9:45am-10:35am FREE! LINCS Resources and Trainings to Improve Your Literacy Services Locally Tim Ponder & Beth Ponder Category/ Strand AEL Teachers The National Institute for Literacy‟s Regional Resource Centers provide publications and online resources to enrich your programs. This session highlights resources for educators related to reading and using research. Participants will become familiar with resource collections, discussion lists, multimedia and more. Participants will recognize how they might use research-based resources to address their own challenges. Bridging Families, Communities, Schools, and Adult Education-Helping Parents Reach Educational Goals and a Way to Support Child Achievement Phyllis A. Harris Category/ Strand After School "Bridging Families, Communities, Schools, and Adult Education - Helping Parents Reach Educational Goals as a Way to Support Child Achievement" Marketing: Using Technology as the ‘Mousetrap’! Deb Turpin & Sandra Eckert-Stewart Category/ Strand Administration Marketing using technology as the „mousetrap‟! • Attract visitors to your web site • Keep them there longer • Bring „Em back or more!‟ This presentation will be centered on the use of Google, E- Blasts, web site content and building, etc. Come with questions and to be ready to learn! Social Bookmarking for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Charlotte Knoche & Greg Argo Category/ Strand Teaching Technology Social Bookmarking is a strategy for storing, organizing, managing, and most importantly, sharing your favorite webpages. Using a site like Delicious can simplify this for you. It also permits you to find websites on your topic that others have found useful- plus you can access them from any computer, not just yours. "What the Hex": Using Manipulatives in the Classroom Cathy Manning & Joan Edwards Category/ Strand AEL Teachers "What the Hex" will focus on using polygons to play a game and to explore fractions. The objective of the session is to introduce manipulatives that can be used in the math classroom. In addition, the presentation will discuss questions used in math journaling to assess understanding. Show Me the STAR's! John Stains Category/ Strand AEL Teachers & Administrators This session is for MVAEA members who are considering to or are in the process of implementing the STudent Acheivement in Reading (STAR) project in their states. Missouri members who are not currently participating in STAR are also welcome. Discussion will be the process Missouri used to pilot and implement the project and the State office role in supporting implementation. Lessons of Community Education in Traditional Africa for Community Education in a Global Environment Mejai Avoseh Category/ Strand Community Education This session focuses on the lifelong and complex traditional African community education that involved the three-in-one community of the ancestors, the living and the unborn. Traditional community education emphasized active citizenship and good character as the ultimate „credential‟ of an „educated‟ person. The presentation draws some beneficial links for community education in a global environment. Practical Application of Adult Education (Andragogical) Principles in Various Programs John A. Henschke Category/ Strand Higher Education Adult Learning Principles [Andragogy] have an extensive foundation in the world-wide literature and practice of adult education. Application with adult learners in various situations addresses their characteristics of self-direction, accumulated experience, developmental tasks, motivation, current life issues, and reason for learning something. Sharing successful applications may encourage other participants to consider how their own programs may be benefited. Concurrent Session C 10:45am-11:35am Mixing in the Math Timothy Folwer Category/ Strand After School Learn games and activities to mix math into your day! This workshop for after-school providers will include demonstrations and games that include math-related content, as well as resources from SEDL's After school Toolkit. FOUL!-Playing Nice in Multicultural Classroom Theresa Noellsch Category/ Strand AEL Teachers We have all done it in our multicultural classrooms. In the middle of a lesson, or demonstration, we inadvertently offend someone of another culture. In this session we will learn a little about other cultures and how to avoid these common mistakes in the classroom, as well as share some experiences. Making the Leap to Month-Long Classes Gail Voss, Amanda Rose, & Angela Gielow Category/ Strand AEL Teachers & Administration St. Charles GED classes implemented monthly managed intake at a large site with out- of-class registration and at rural sites with a single teacher in a single classroom. Teachers and students loved the results. Frustration went down and student success went up. Attendees will learn how this was done and will receive packets with handouts. Community Education Live! Michelle Hanson, Terry Ramig, Phil Wagman, Nancy Holman & Diana Watson Category/ Strand Community Education Are you looking for new ideas and great classes? This is the place for generating solutions! Community educators from several states will share their best-of-the best suggestions from their many years of experience generating programs for students both young and old. This session will be open to comments and suggestions from audience. Bring brochures to share!! Stimulating Mini-Lessons: A new look at an old concept Jamy Preul Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Are you ready to try something different in your classroom? A mini-lesson focuses on a specific teaching point and lasts five to twenty minutes. You can teach a mini-lesson with a whole group, small group, or with individual students. Mini-lessons are ideal for quick lessons leading to active engagement. Learn how to write, model and use mini lessons. Combining Pragmatism and Conscientization to Empower Adult Learners to Achieve their Best Mejai Avoseh Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Many economic, cultural and socio-political barriers militate against adult learners becoming all-star students that achieve their personal best in the age of globalization. This presentation combines Dewey‟s Pragmatism with Freire‟s Conscientization to offer some suggestions for breaking down barriers and empowering students and educators to aim for the stars. Passing the New Citizenship Test Todd Evans Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Do you want to know what‟s on the new citizenship test? Are you wondering how your instruction will need to change? Come and hear ideas for retooling your classroom for the new test and preview the newly updated edition of Citizenship: Passing the Test. Building Collaborative Partnerships Between Schools, Families and Communities Ora J. Clark-Lewis Category/ Strand Higher Education Provides a theoretical framework for two specific forms of oppression in relationship to students‟ identifies. Focuses students' multiple social identities and the interconnections among these identities. Core concepts include: social power, privilege, dominance and subordination, prejudice, discrimination and liberation. To provide a framework to establish a sense of community, enter service-learning as a remedy for fractured community; by linking theory in the classroom with student participation. To connect social justice and service learning as a framework to establish Concurrent Session D 2:00pm-2:50pm Building Relationship with Human Resource Representatives and External Partners Ginger Cook & Carolyn McKnight Category/ Strand Administration Please join us for an informative session on promoting your programming to businesses and providing excellent customer service to adult students. Ms. Ginger Cook, a highly respected Kansas City education consultant, will be sharing her insight on how to collaborate with corporate partners. She will also be covering how to keep your customers, the students, engaged at your institution. Missouri's GED Onlineclass- Distance Learning for a Brighter Future! Mary Grott Category/ Strand Teaching Technology Please join us to learn more about how GED OnlineClass – Missouri‟s Online Adult Classroom, continues to be one of the best distance learning programs for adult learners in the nation. We will discuss how AEL programs can use this program to boost enrollment and productivity. We will also discuss how GED Online is now incorporating a distance learning programs for ESL learners. Developing Cultural Diversity Skills in Adult Education Settings Emmanuel Ngomsi, Ph.D. Category/ Strand Community Education All of us view the world through “cultural lenses” constructed by us or imposed to us. Our students also view their learning environment with reference to their native cultures. Creating and maintaining a new teaching and learning culture in adult classrooms is a challenge that must recognize and value each student‟s cultural differences and unique talents, and capitalize on these to increase participants‟ degree of engagement and enhance their social and academic success. Sharepoint: The Homework Dilemma in Afterschool Programs Dianne Covell Category/ Strand After School The goal of this session will be a guided discussion and networking opportunity for afterschool programs to share each other's challenges and successes around the homework issue in afterschool programs. Participants will leave this session with new strategies and ideas on the homework in afterschool programs and future networking opportunities through technology. They’re Here! Now, How Do You Keep Them? Orientation Ideas to Help Retain Students Terina Platt Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Classroom exercises to help you keep your students‟ interest, and keep them coming back for more. Ways to engage adult students of all ages and learning levels, so you can grow that personal relationship with them. We will discuss roadblocks and how to overcome them. Come with ideas from your community! Unlock the Tests Jayne Schultz Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Based on data from the Official GED Tests 2007, the GED Testing Service researched which areas students found most difficult in the Official GED Test. This research was then provided to Steck-Vaughn who in partnership with GED Testing Service developed a new GED Series based on this latest research. The workshop will look at some of the key areas of concerns based on the research and provide strategies for teachers to use in the classroom based on this research. Transition Beyond a GED Renee Taffe-Freeman Category/ Strand AEL Teachers This presentation will explore the transition process, review the National focus, and highlight what we are doing in the state of Missouri. We will share some promising practices from the field focusing on the success of the student and supporting the experience beyond the GED. Tips for Success in A Tough Job Market Patricia Twaddle Category/ Strand Higher Education As we face the most challenging economic situation our country has confronted in recent history, this presentation will provide information to help our students make informed career choices by addressing employer needs, employment outlook by industry and sector, career development trends, „recession-proof‟ jobs, and the skill sets employers want. Concurrent Session E 3:00pm-3:50pm DESE Update Cindy Heislen, Anne Reeder & Jimmy Reed Category/ Strand After School This session will discuss the Afterschool grants that DESE makes available on a yearly basis. Topics will include funding amounts, grant requirements, and any upcoming announcements for the upcoming year. Presenters are employees of the DESE and have several years working either directly with an Afterschool Program or grant management. Using Web 2.0 to Foster Social Responsibility Joy E. Harris Category/ Strand Teaching Technology Have you ever wondered what Web 2.0 is really all about? Are you a social activist? Would you like to become one? Come to this session and find out what Web 2.0 is all about and how you and your students can harness the power of free interactive web tools to foster social responsibility. Efficiency is Key! Terina Platt Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Many times our jobs would be easier if we could be more organized, thus making us more efficient. We will cover ways to be more organized and better time-managers. Sometimes it‟s not a matter of being organized, but rather it‟s a process that needs to be put in place to assure paperwork in done properly and on time! Sharepoint: Ideas for Staff Motivation and Appreciation When You're in the "NO-CASH: Zone Dianne Covell Category/ Strand After School The goal of this session will be a guided discussion and networking opportunity for afterschool and community education programs to share each other's challenges and successes around the staff motivation and appreciation issue, especially with limited budgets. Participants will leave this session with new ideas on this important issue and future networking opportunities through technology. Super Size Me! Jana Groner Skopec Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Today's generation embraces flexible eating and personal choice at dinnertime. We will discuss the fast industry and how we can make better choices when we are eating on the run and discuss the millennial generation on how they know the time we are living in today as well. Long-Term Care Aide Educational Program Information Michelle Hanson Category/ Strand Community Education An informational discussion and Question/Answer session in regards to certified nursing assistant, certified medication technician, level one medication aide and insulin training programs. Effectively using the TABE CLAS-E System in Adult ESL Training Mike Johnson Category/ Strand AEL Teachers TABE CLAS-E is an integrated system of assessment, instruction and proposal development for educators working with English Language Learner adult students. In this demonstration, participants will understand how this coordinated system can be used for planning and instruction to supports ELL students move into basic adult education programs. Making Shared Governance Work in Difficult Financial Times W. Franklin Spikes Category/ Strand Higher Education Public systems of higher education in nearly every state in the nation are facing extraordinarily challenging financial circumstances with state appropriations to higher education regularly being cut at double digit rates. This session presents a description of how the practice of shared governance at Kansas State University to address today's fiscal planning and operational challenges. Concurrent Session F 4:00pm-4:50pm LiLAs: Where Can Learning Lead You? Suzy Makalous & Marion Wolpers Category/ Strand Higher Education Did you know that by 2010, an estimated 80 percent of all American jobs will require skill levels beyond those gained in high school? Yet for many, the high cost of education and training limits options. Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLAs) are education savings accounts that offer employers and employees a new way to co-finance education and training. The Blame Game Dr. Gina Bueneman-Cooper Category/ Strand Administration A mistake can often waste time and money, plus it can be so embarrassing. Learn the reasons why people resort to deflecting tactics when something goes wrong. Identify the de-motivating effects of "passing the buck" and other office politics. Discuss ways to remove finger-pointing for a more productive and happier environment. Show Me the Money! Ron Duncan Category/ Strand After School In this session, participants will examine funding sources from the simple to the complex. Participants will learn where to look for grants and how to write grants. We will break into groups and write a simple grant proposal. NO Hats, NO Cell Phones, NO Drinks--Welcome to the GED Exam! Angela Kaye Gielow Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Your students will benefit when YOU understand how the GED Exam is conducted. Be sure you are giving them the right preparation for the environment and processes to expect on their Exam Day! Icebreakers in the Classroom Tom DeBlauw & Tina Liston Category/ Strand AEL Teachers Are your students tired of being surrounded by nameless faces in your classroom? Do you wish your students would be comfortable enough to work together and help each other? Here is your opportunity to learn the in's and out's of the world of Ice Breakers. In this session we will have hands on demonstrations of popular Ice Breakers. We will also go into the philosophical reasons good ice breakers can bring your classroom together, cut down on missed classes, and increase your students‟ level attainment. Make Math "Add Up" for the Adult Learner Bob Khouri Category/ Strand AEL Teachers ModuMath Basic Math and Algebra multimedia courses harness the impact audio/video tutorials in a user-friendly, interactive, adaptive learning environment. Session shows multimedia addressing a wide range of skill levels and learning styles better than group lectures and discusses how Missouri colleges use ModuMath as an individualized, self- paced course and a supplemental learning resource. Teaching the 'Ability to Receive' Susan Lundry Category/ Strand AEL Teachers During this session, a tool will be introduced that will assist or guide people to look at life from an uplifting, empowering perspective. Once they begin to operate from that perspective, they will notice immediate and life altering changes in their experience; changes much for the better. How much can you gain using the GAIN? Deb Pauley Category/ Strand Administrators Recommended for Test Administrators, Instructors, Teachers, Case Managers, and Administrators who are not familiar with the GAIN assessment. In order for the GAIN assessment to accurately reflect students‟ educational gains, it is imperative that it be administered and scored as Wonderlic intended. The interactive workshop will introduce the GAIN and provide an opportunity to become a certified GAIN Test Administrator. FRIDAY – JUNE 5, 2009 Concurrent Session G 8:30am-9:15am The Basics of Planning Conferences for Educators Lynn Voss & Dr. Gina Ganahl Category/ Strand Higher Education Planning successful conferences for educators takes a clear plan, a firm timeline, and highly honed organizational skills. We will review the basic steps and elements of the planning process using interactive learning techniques.