Concurrent Sessions by fionan


									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
Todd Evans
Category/ Strand Teaching Technology
Thinkfinity Literacy Network is part of 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

FREE! LINCS Resources and Trainings to Improve Your Literacy Services
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
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

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

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

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
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

Building Relationship with Human Resource Representatives and External
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
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
Concurrent Session E

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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