2020 Conference

Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Hotel Madison, LobbyThe 2020 AE&L Conference: An Overview

When: February 19-21, 2020

Registration deadline extended to January 31st, 2020.

Where: Hotel Madison, Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA https://www.hotelmadison.com/

Who: Audience

  • Adult Education (ABE/ASE/HSE/ESOL/IELCE)
  • Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP)
  • Community-Based Literacy Organizations/Volunteer Literacy Organizations (CBLO/VLF)
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state & local agency partners
  • Workforce development partners & business partners
  • DOC/Corrections & Institutions

Vision for the Future:

  • Career Pathways
  • Integrated Education & Training (IET)
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Standards Based Instruction (SBI)
  • Overcoming barriers

Please note Community-Based Literacy Organizations (CBLOs):

  • While the Virginia Literacy Foundation promotes this conference, it will not reimburse program staff for their participation this year. Our reimbursements will resume in 2021.

More about the conference below:

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2020 VIRGINIA ADULT EDUCATION & LITERACY CONFERENCE

Secure your spot today! Online registration closes January 17, 2020.

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Conference Program

FEBRUARY 19 – 21

Guided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Virginia’s Combined State Plan, content at the conference will concentrate on five key theme areas: Career Pathways,   Integrated Education and Training (IET), Workforce Preparation,     Standards-Based Instruction (SBI), and Removing Barriers. The conference program will provide you with rich learning experiences that can be readily applied in practice.

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ONE OF THE BEST VALUES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT ONLY $40 FOR 3 FULL DAYS!

Here are some highlights of what’s to come.

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Moderator, Dr. Sharon Johnson

CEO, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board

PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Wednesday will begin with a plenary panel featuring workforce development leaders who will attest to cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships that create and enhance opportunities in communities. In An Industry Perspective on Partnering for Talent Development and Workforce Solutions, the panelists will discuss lessons learned in the implementation and sustainability of collaborative endeavors.

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Panelist, Jeff Stapel

Human Resources Manager, Shickel Corporation

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Panelist, Debbie Melvin

Assistant Vice President, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

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Panelist, Mary Ann Gilmer

Vice President of Mission Services, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

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Panelist, Wes Dove

Founder of Dove Development & Consulting

Wednesday afternoon workshop sessions will be partnership-focused offering a glimpse into successful initiatives and promising collaborations.

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INSTRUCTION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Thursday will be instruction-focused. Workshops will address the key theme areas of the conference and provide tools, resources, and insights for increasing student engagement and learning.

National experts will facilitate six mini-institutes designed to offer more intensive professional development offering effective practices and hands-on tools that can be used in the classroom.

  • Introduction to Workforce Preparation and Employability Skills
  • Blended Learning: Strategies and Models to Meet Learner Needs
  • Addressing the Instructional Challenges of Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Getting There from Here: Tasks to Help Adult English Learners Acquire Essential Language Strategies
  • Components of Numeracy: Tools for Engaging Learners in Meaningful Math
  • GED® Strategies to Help Students Hit the Mark for High School Equivalency

Meet Virginia’s own Bushiri Salumu, Dollar General’s 2019 Student of the Year. He will be recognized and honored during the mid-day luncheon.

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BUILDING TOGETHER

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Friday’s plenary session will feature motivational keynote speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown, III (Servant Leader | Author | Humorist | Master Teacher). In We’ve Gotta Reach Em’ to Teach Em’™ Every Student, Every Day!, you will learn and laugh with the outrageous motivation and highly-interactive education delivery of “Doc Brown” as he takes all on a journey of socio-emotional learning. With music, motivation, and profound messages, this is a session that will inspire, ignite, and excite all who attend.

Various group events will then be held to address the charge of “Building Together”. These include:

  • Co-Teaching: Strategies for Successful Collaborative Instruction and IET Success
  • VATESOL: Visualizing, Voicing, and (re) Vitalizing English Language Teaching
  • Correctional Education and Challenges, a facilitated discussion
  • The Consortium for Higher Education in Prison
  • CBLO Executive Directors
  • AEFLA Regional Program Managers
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We look forward to welcoming you to Harrisonburg!

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Hotel Reservations

This year’s conference takes place at the luxurious Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Conference Center.

The room rate of $96/night is available until January 19, 2020.

 

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The 2020 Adult Education & Literacy Conference is brought to you by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center with support from the Virginia Department of Education and this year’s featured partner, Virginia’s Community College.