Conference Registration and Workshop Information

Online Registration Form

Online Registration Form

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: http://goo.gl/forms/gKatAYOPaq

Early bird deadline has been extended to January 25, 2016. For costs, please see the sidebar on this site.

Workshop Information – Tentative Agenda

Thursday, March 3

Opening Speaker, Nell Eckerlsey

Reboot your Digital Strategy – 3 hours

Reboot Your Digital Strategy Training Event 3 hrs In this session, learn how your program and students can take advantage of national developments in digital literacy and access. Watch demos of helpful resources, websites, and tools to get your teachers, tutors, and students “connected.” Bring your own device (BYOD) to get a hands-on experience.

Ginger Hilleary and Grace Bassler, LV Fauquier County

Get That Job!

Practical Strategies to Help Clients Find Employment, Sessions I and II

Chriss Cazayoux, Assessment Publisher

Tabe 2016 and Beyond

What’s new for TABE in 2016 & beyond. TABE launched in 1967 and continually adapts to align to new standards in order to meet the needs of Adult Educators. This session will discuss how TABE is in the process of aligning to the new College and Career Readiness Standards and changes in High School Equivalency tests.

Kim Herbstritt, LV Winchester

Elevating the Discussion

The broader community has a role to play in addressing low literacy in adults. The majority of the time CBLO focus their efforts on providing direct services for adults with low literacy skills. However, in order to better address the needs of students, an approach that seeks to understand the attitudes and perceptions of the broader community regarding adults with low literacy skills is needed.

Becky Shiring and Lindsey Crifasi, Carlos Rosario Internationial Public Charter School

It’s Getting HOTT in Here

The 21st century workplace requires students to utilize both higher order thinking skills and technology in a variety of ways. In this session participants will be introduced to 10 free technologies that can be used to facilitate classroom activities that promote higher order thinking and prepare students for workplace success.

Teacher Hacks: Creative Solutions to Classroom Challenges

A “hack”, a recently surfaced slang word, is defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. In this presentation, participants will learn about 20 “Teacher Hacks” to improve quality of instruction and reduce workload. Presenter will demonstrate innovative ideas to address challenges in the following areas: lesson planning, classroom management, professional development, and resource procurement.

Heather Lamb and Lillian Allen-Brown, Solvent, Inc

Teaching for Retention.

The activities presented in this session will lend educators to participate in a dialogue that will address how to increase student learning, skill retention and comprehension, and effective use of formative assessment.

Kevin Franklin, VALRC

WIOA: Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice

This workshop provides an overview of strategies for lesson planning under WIOA, including elements of technology implementation, CCRS, Career Pathways, and more.

Friday,  March 4

Katie Bratisax, VALRC

Disabilities Awareness Training

This training will focus on how adult literacy programs instruct adults with learning disabilities and will help increase knowledge and awareness that learning disabilities are a lifelong issue and that they vary from person to person. Adult educators will also use reflective practice to develop a better understanding of the struggles that adult learners with learning disabilities face and the instructor’s role in supporting their learning.

Caitlin Phelps, Chesterfield County

Man Your (Literacy) Battlestations

Literacy Stations! A simple, yet powerful tool in differentiation and teaching the five components of literacy. We know that adults don’t have an attention span much over 15 minutes, so learn how to pack as much learning as we can into a station. Participants will learn the structure of literacy stations, get an opportunity to experience one as a student, and leave with turn-around lessons for your classroom.

Jenna Kelly, Literacy for Life

Weaving in Career Readiness for Beginning ESOL

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have a better idea of CCRS and what employment skills are needed for the beginning ESOL learner to succeed and will have practical strategies and tools to take directly back to their learners.

Kevin Franklin

Integrated Education and Training (21st Century Skills)

This workshop will demonstrate how teachers can repurpose old lesson plans to meet WIOA goal,  identify good and bad contextualization of curricula, and integrate GED instruction with contextualized instruction.

Victoire Sanborn

Creating a Tutor Report with Google Forms

Google forms provides a simple, easy, and cloud-based method to gather important information. At the end of this session, participants will feel comfortable creating a report form that is easy to develop and use, and in which the data is automatically collected into a spreadsheet. Teachers will find this tool useful too.

Jeffrey Elmore

Managing Educational Content with Symbaloo

Create your own Symbaloo site and create different pages for different classes or content areas on this visual online bookmarking tool. We’ll cover saving websites, embedding documents and folders, and saving videos.

Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Creamer, will speak at lunch on the challenges adult learners face in finding and keeping employment, and how the low level literacy learners are included at the start of the Career Pathways Ladder.

For more conference details, go to 2016 VLF Conference on this blog site.

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SAVE the DATE for our next conference! March 3 & 4, 2016

The next VLF Conference will be held on March 3rd & 4th, 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for two days of workshops and networking! The conference theme is: Pathways to Student Success. Our opening speaker will be Nell Eckersley, Director of Instructional Technology & Communications at Literacy Assistance Center, Greater New York City Area. Our Keynote Speaker will be Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. For more information about the conference, click on this link.

Conference proposal form: Due October 19th

Registration opens November 2, 2015.

See you then.

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.