Announcing: VLF is Partnering with VAACE to Hold Joint Conference

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Hospitality House and Conference Center, Fredericksburg

This fall, the VLF (Virginia Literacy Foundation) and VAACE (Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education) are partnering to offer a joint conference in Fredericksburg, VA on November 1-2, 2017. This exciting joint venture, whose theme is Collective Impact, provides administrators and educators with the opportunity to attend more workshops, meet colleagues from all over the state with a wider background, and see more vendors. Workshops for CBLO (Community-based literacy organization) staff and administrators will be offered, alongside workshops for public programs.

VAACE/VLF Schedule: Click on the link

Dr. Christopher Coro

Dr. Christopher Coro, U.S. Department of Education

2017 Conference Keynote: Dr. Christopher Coro

Dr. Coro is an Education Program Specialist at the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).  He is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. Among his duties, Dr. Coro oversees the implementation of various research and technical assistance activities for OCTAE’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy. He has also been involved in the development of regulatory and non-regulatory guidance to support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

For more information on Dr. Coro, go to www.vaace.org.

Workshop proposals targeting community-based literacy programs:

  1. Deborah Abbott, LV of Prince William County: Workplace for New Immigrants: Transitioning ESL Learners into the American Workforce
  2. Deborah Abbott, LV of Prince William County, Speaking of Success – The Confidence Course
  3. Brooke Perez, Hogar Immigrant Services: Know Your Rights: Understanding One’s Rights in the U.S. Regardless of Immigration Status
  4. Brooke Perez, Hogar Immigrant Services: Immigration 101: Understanding the immigration barriers English Language Learners Face
  5. Courtney Lord, Hogar Immigrant Services: Industry-Specific ESOL to Prepare Students for the Workforce for CBLOs
  6. Corlis Webb, BEACON Center: Thinking About How You Think: An Interactive Experience (Volunteer tutors)
  7. Jennifer Mora Zuniga, BEACON: Games and Activities for the ESOL Classroom
  8. Stephanie Holladay, Blue Ridge Literacy: The Dynamic Classroom: Engaging Multilevel, Multilingual, Multiethnic ESOL Learners
  9. Melissa Rea, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia: Empowering ELL Students with Practical Strategies for Reading and Listening Comprehension
  10. Linda Jilk, LV of New River Valley: Jailhouse Rap
  11. Karen LaForge, The READ Center: Funding, Partnerships, and Collaboration for CBLOs
  12. Ginger Hilleary, PRACEP: Keep Calm and Integrate Your Soft Skills
  13. Vic Sanborn & Tom Suh, Take a Tour of the Facts and Statistic for Adult Education and Literacy in Virginia and the US Website (for grantwriters, fundraisers, and outreach specialists.)

Other workshop proposals of interest:

Kermit Kaleba, The National Skills Coalition: Federal Workforce and Education Policy – What’s Happening, and How Can You Engage?

Session description (maximum 75 words): 2018 is likely to be a critical year for a range of federal workforce and education policies, as Congress looks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, federal agencies gear up for the next round of state plans under WIOA – and all of Washington prepares for the next round of budget and appropriations debates. This session will cover key political conversations in Washington, and how adult education advocates can make their voices heard.

Glen Jones, Organization/Affiliation, Main Street Management Group, LLC: Strategies to Collaborate

Employers have stated that they need a better educated and trained workforce. Partnerships offer significant advantages in the current environment of limited budgets and greater client need.

This workshop will discuss the necessity of collaborating to help achieve employer mandated outcomes. We will offer a few strategies for establishing and maintaining these valuable partnerships.

Note: A full schedule of workshops will be posted on the VAACE Conference page in the near future.

Conference Registration Form:

Early bird registrations end October 15th. If mailing in your registration (done via VAACE), make sure that the postmark shows this date.

To download registrations forms: Be sure to enable editing: 2017 Conference Registration Form Final

  1. Complete the attached fillable registration form and email it to Betsy Mathias at bcmathias@aol.com, OR
  2. Print, fill out, and mail the form to Betsy Mathias (address on registration form), OR
  3. Register on MemberPlanet (click link). Non-VAACE members will need to set up an account on MemberPlanet before registering.

Payment Options:

  1. Mail a check directly to Betsy Mathias with your registration, OR
  2. Request an invoice from Betsy by emailing her at bcmathias@aol.com, OR
  3. Pay directly via credit card on MemberPlanet.

Reimbursements: The information sits at the bottom of this post. Only nonprofit literacy program staff are eligible for partial reimbursement for attending the conference.

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel reservations:Hospitality House, Fredericksburg: https://reservations.travelclick.com/15003?groupID=1792808.

The cut-off date for making reservations at the conference rate of $91 per room is October 15. If you are calling the hotel, ask for the “VA Assn for Adult & Continuing Educ” block of rooms.

Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Convention Center is situated within minutes of Fredericksburg’s Civil War and colonial sites, shopping, dining, the University of Mary Washington, and more. The hotel offers a fitness center,  junior Olympic size pool, two restaurants, convenient and walk-able shopping and dining in Central Park, and high speed internet connection.

Reimbursements for nonprofit staff:

The first 50 nonprofit literacy program staff who register for the joint conference may apply for VLF for conference reimbursements, so submit proof of date of registration at the end of the conference. Forms for reimbursement will be available at the conference. Only one reimbursement is made per nonprofit program for ALL staff and instructors attending the conference. Submit proof of date of registration. VAACE cancellation policy is October 15, 2017.

Please note: The $30.00 VAACE membership fee will NOT be reimbursed. VAACE membership, however, also provides free COABE membership for the year.

 

Average early bird cost for the participant will be: $60 registration, free double occupancy hotel room for one night, and free awards luncheon meal on Wednesday. Costs incurred include travel, VAACE/COABE membership, and other meal costs.

As information about the conference comes in, we will keep this site updated.  Contact Victoire Sanborn at vjsanbor@vcu.edu if you have questions.1st announcement_final

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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.