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
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:
- Deborah Abbott, LV of Prince William County: Workplace for New Immigrants: Transitioning ESL Learners into the American Workforce
- Deborah Abbott, LV of Prince William County, Speaking of Success – The Confidence Course
- Brooke Perez, Hogar Immigrant Services: Know Your Rights: Understanding One’s Rights in the U.S. Regardless of Immigration Status
- Brooke Perez, Hogar Immigrant Services: Immigration 101: Understanding the immigration barriers English Language Learners Face
- Courtney Lord, Hogar Immigrant Services: Industry-Specific ESOL to Prepare Students for the Workforce for CBLOs
- Corlis Webb, BEACON Center: Thinking About How You Think: An Interactive Experience (Volunteer tutors)
- Jennifer Mora Zuniga, BEACON: Games and Activities for the ESOL Classroom
- Stephanie Holladay, Blue Ridge Literacy: The Dynamic Classroom: Engaging Multilevel, Multilingual, Multiethnic ESOL Learners
- Melissa Rea, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia: Empowering ELL Students with Practical Strategies for Reading and Listening Comprehension
- Linda Jilk, LV of New River Valley: Jailhouse Rap
- Karen LaForge, The READ Center: Funding, Partnerships, and Collaboration for CBLOs
- Ginger Hilleary, PRACEP: Keep Calm and Integrate Your Soft Skills
- 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
- Complete the attached fillable registration form and email it to Betsy Mathias at email@example.com, OR
- Print, fill out, and mail the form to Betsy Mathias (address on registration form), OR
- Register on MemberPlanet (click link). Non-VAACE members will need to set up an account on MemberPlanet before registering.
- Mail a check directly to Betsy Mathias with your registration, OR
- Request an invoice from Betsy by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, OR
- 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: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 email@example.com if you have questions.