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.┬áThis 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.

Advertisements

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