2017 VLF Conference, March 2 & 3

About the Conference

This annual conference, sponsored by the Virginia Literacy Foundation (VLF), is the only statewide conference in Virginia expressly designed for the staff and volunteers of Virginia’s community-based adult literacy organizations. Staff and administrators of public adult education programs are also welcome to attend, but please note the change in the fees.

dr-brownOur Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey D. Brown, Director of Workforce Services, Governor’s Office, will speak at the Awards Luncheon, Friday, March 3

Mr. Brown brings broad experience in both the private and public sectors, particularly in the field of education and the workforce. He began his career as a naval aviator. He served in the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and worked as a congressional liaison officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While in Washington, Mr. Brown gained expertise in personnel policy issues on Capitol Hill, and he left the Navy to develop education and workforce policy, including welfare reform. Mr. Brown was tapped by the governor of Virginia to direct welfare reform efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was later appointed Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).

He served as a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After serving with DOLI, he left the public sector to pursue his life-long aspiration of teaching English literature. He served briefly as head of the upper school at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville before returning to Washington to serve as director for the 200-year-old U.S. House of Representatives’ Page Program. Mr. Brown also served on the faculty of the prestigious Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville and as Director of the Virginia Employment Commission Workforce Services Division. He currently serves in the Virginia Office of the Governor as Director of Workforce Services.

This year’s workshops focus on soft skills that will help adult learners to navigate civics institutions in their communities and their workplace environments. Listed below is a preliminary sample.

Introduction to PluggedInVirginia Pathways, a workplace curriculum designed for adults who read at the 0-5th grade levels.

Integrating Workforce Skills to New Immigrants will identify skills recognized by employers to help students obtain and retain employment. The workshop will also cover lesson planning, ways to identify gaps in workforce skills and methods to facilitate effective feedback.

Cookie Monster Rubric Protocol. In this workshop participants will explore the creation of rubrics that are helpful in measuring the progress of adults who read at the lowest literacy levels.

Basic Media Advocacy. This workshop will cover the different types of media, why it needs to be a critical component to any program, how to create a media plan, and simple steps to get started.

Strategies for implementing an ESOL program in a small community setting will focus on teaching strategies and implementation of an ESOL program in small community non-profit setting. An overview of the structure ofthe organization will be included as well as a description of a Family Mentoring program designed to help improve communication with between non-English speaking parents and their children’s schools.

Contextualized Science and Math Projects for the Adult Ed Classroom includes , practical, semi-hands-on, and fun classroom and group demonstrations of basic scientific concepts that all pre-GED students should know. This presentation (based on a 3-hour training) offers a look at how teachers may use science content to bring CCRS aligned mathematics, digital literacy, team work, and critical thinking together. Participants will be introduced to four science projects that expose students to the Scientific Method, a variety of inquiry processes, and ways to use digital tools to record, present, and interpret data. These activities are well suited to a multi-level, multi-interest classroom (even ESOL!!).

How to Create and Publish a YouTube Video for Your Social Media Site will provide a hands on demonstration on how to create a YouTube video using your smart phone or handheld tablet, images, and or powerpoint demonstrations.

Registration Information

Registration for the VLF Conference is now open! This year’s registration forms are online. Each individual attendee should fill and send in a registration form. If a program is paying for more than one person, please email the name of the organization and the number of people you are paying for by check or through PayPal. The link to registration form is: https://goo.gl/forms/iqiMsnR6eYudZoii1

Early bird deadline is January 31, 2017. For costs, please see the sidebar on this site.

Hotel room reimbursements for community-based literacy organizations only

The Virginia Literacy Foundation will underwrite the cost of a one-night stay at the Four Points Sheraton for CBLO staff and volunteers attending the full (2-day) conference. Single occupancy will be reimbursed at half rate, double occupancy will be reimbursed at the full room rate. CBLO’s will need to turn in a copy of their room bill at end of conference in order to receive reimbursement.

The VLF has reserved a block of rooms. You are responsible for making your own reservation. Please note this change: All rooms for each CBLO attending must be paid for with one credit card. Reimbursements will be sent to the card holder for all rooms within 14 days by the VLF.

We suggest that you do NOT call the 800 number. To guarantee your rooms at conference rate, contact (804) 323-1144 and refer to the VLF Conference or Virginia Literacy.

Non-CBLO’s attending the conference are responsible for their own accommodations. For additional information or questions, please contact Victoire Sanborn at vjsanbor@vcu.edu

Check-in time for rooms is at 3:00 PM. Check out time is at noon.

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Conference Rooms

Awards Ceremony and Wrap-Up, Friday Afternoon

Despite the snow, over 80% of registrants attended this year’s conference. While there was some glitches – not all the hotel staff could drive in during the early morning to have the rooms ready by 3 PM, the energy was upbeat. More importantly, only two presenters could not make it and we canceled only one workshop! This year’s award winners were:

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation for Outstanding Support of Adult Literacy Programs in Virginia. Accepting the award was Elsa Angell, former Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and current Virginia Literacy Foundation board member.

Elsa Angell (l) and Jeannie Baliles

Elsa Angell (l) and Jeannie Baliles

Ellen Moore Osborne from LV of Charlottesville/Albemarle was the recipient of the Nancy Jiranek Award for Outstanding Executive Director of a Nonprofit Adult Literacy Program in Virginia

Ellen Moore Osborne accepts the Nancy Jiranek Award from Jeannie Baliles

Ellen Moore Osborne accepts the Nancy Jiranek Award from Jeannie Baliles

Keynote speaker Sharon Taylor, the Director of Academic Advising for the College of Business and teaches Professional Enhancement and Career Development, spoke about a strength-based approach to career development using Appreciative Inquiry. This approach, which focuses on students’ strengths, talents, skills, and abilities helps them discover who they are, where they are going, and how they are going to get there.

Sharon Taylor talks about appreciative inquiry.

Sharon Taylor talks about appreciative inquiry.

After lunch, participants stayed for round table discussions:

Kate Daly and Patti Donnelly discuss pre-PluggedInVA, a Career Pathways program for low level literate adults

Kate Daly and Patti Donnelly discuss pre-PluggedInVA, a Career Pathways program for low level literate adults

Jeffrey Elmore and Michael Nusbaum answer questions about GED 2014.

Jeffrey Elmore and Michael Nusbaum answer questions about GED 2014.

Barbara Gibson (l), manager of the VALRC, listens in as Hillary Major discusses College and Career Readiness Standards and exactly how the standards can be applied to our lowest level adult learners.

Barbara Gibson (l), manager of the VALRC, listens in as Hillary Major discusses College and Career Readiness Standards and exactly how the standards can be applied to our lowest level adult learners.

The READ Center describes how and why the organization created a Student Help book. From left to right:

Three READ Center staff describe how and why the organization created a Student Help book. From left to right: Valerie Harper, Katie Simmons, and Valerie Miller.

Detail of the student help book (on the left), as opposed to densely worded script on the right.

Detail of the student help book (on the left), as opposed to densely worded script on the right.

Friday Morning

The roads are passable. The sun is up and the skies are clear. Come on down!

Leslie Mazeska, ED, Loudoun County, and Suzi Smith, conference treasurer, eating dinner (left-overs from lunch, which the hotel graciously served us.)

Leslie Mazeska, ED, Loudoun County, and Suzi Smith, conference treasurer, eating dinner (left-overs from lunch, which the hotel graciously served us.)

Dinner on Thursday: From right to left: Ginger Hilleary, conference chair, Dr. Don Finn, presenter, Page Stirrup, VALRC support, and Annette Loschert, VLF Consultant.

Dinner on Thursday: From right to left: Ginger Hilleary, conference chair, Dr. Don Finn, presenter, Page Stirrup, VALRC support, and Annette Loschert, VLF Consultant.

Thursday Afternoon

Hi All, It is in the mid-30’s in Richmond, and as you can see from this image, snow has melted on the streets and in parking lots. Today’s participants arrived from Nottoway County, the Eastern Shore (yes!), Loudoun County, Louisa County and the Northern Neck. More fantastic workshops are scheduled for tomorrow.

 Hotel parking lot. Our main streets are clear. The snow is melting.

Hotel parking lot. Main streets are clear. The snow is still melting.

Opening Workshop: Finding Flight 370 with Anita Prince

Over 40 participants attended the opening workshop facilitated by Anita Prince. They used rulers, maps, and protractors to find Flight 370. During the lesson, participants learned social studies, geography, vocabulary, and math, and practiced reading news articles and doing a word search.

Today, Thursday

Parking lot conditions at 10:30 AM. The roads are clear.

Parking lot conditions at 10:30 AM at the hotel resemble the side streets. Main roads are clear.

View from the hotel.

View from the hotel.

 

Snow conditions: Midlothian Turnpike is clear and traffic is moving smoothly down the corridor. We can see the cars travel from the Moorefield Suite and all seems good. Temperatures at 9:00 AM have risen to 33 degree, and plowed streets are wet.

Midlothian Turnpike at 7:00 AM

Midlothian Turnpike at 7:00 AM

The situation is different on sideroads and we ask you to proceed with caution. We cannot reimburse registration fees, which have paid for the food and workshop rooms. Final estimates were given to the hotel on Monday, and final nonrefundable deposit payments have been made. For those who do not feel comfortable driving today, please consider coming on Friday, when road conditions will be much better.

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Snow is tapering at 8:33 AM, and will be gone by 10:00 AM.

Round Table Discussions

SNOW UPDATE: This map shows predicted snowfall. Snow event will leave Richmond around 1 PM on Thursday.

Snow prediction 9:00 PM Wednesday

Snow prediction 9:00 PM Wednesday

roundtableThis year, we will offer 5 Round Table Discussions, each lasting 45 minutes. Roundtables are scheduled from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. & repeated from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Some people opt to stay for both sessions, which is perfectly acceptable.

1. GED, Open Q&A session with Michael Nusbaum, Virginia’s GED Administrator, OAEL VADOE, and Jeffrey Elmore, Training Coordination Specialist, VALRC. (GED)

GED 2014 changes have greatly impacted how programs help students prepare for the new GED test. Come with your questions and have them answered by two experts in the field.

2. Why and How we Developed a READ Help Book for Students with Katie Simmons, Leslie Harper, and Valerie Miller, READ Center instructors (ALL)

READ Center staff created a community resource book for their low level adult literacy learners. Come take a peek and learn how and why the staff developed this popular student resource.

3. The SAMR Model, a framework for technology integration with Victoire Sanborn, Literacy Specialist at VALRC (TECH)

How is USING technology in instruction different from INTEGRATING technology in instruction. This roundtable will discuss the four main stages in a framework that is easy to understand and use.

4. How College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) apply to nonprofit literacy programs to benefit the lowest level adult literacy learners with Hillary Major, Publications and Communications Specialist, VALRC (ALL)

One assumption that many nonprofit staff and administrator make is that the College and Career Readiness Standards are too advanced for students who are taught in nonprofit literacy programs. Find out how the CCRS have taken into account the lowest level literacy learners, and how they can be applied to low level literacy instruction.

5. How PluggedinVA, a workforce and Career Pathways program, can beneft the lowest level adult learners with Patti Donnelly, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and Kate Daly Rolander, Workforce Instructional Specialist, VALRC.

PluggedInVa is a hot topic these days. Join this lively discussion to see how or if this innovative Career Pathways program can benefit the lowest level literacy students as pre-PluggedInVA