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2019 Annual AE Directors' Meeting — Workshop Descriptions

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

7:30-8:45 - Registration

8:45-9:30 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:15 - Keynote Speaker
Student Keynote

Session A: 10:30AM-12:00PM

(A1) Program Accountability: How ACLS reviews and Evaluates Adult Education Programs
Wyvonne Stevens-Carter, Director; Toby Maguire, Assistant Director; Russell Fenton, Team Leader; Brian Newquist, Data Analyst; ACLS
Presenters will describe the ACLS vision of grantee accountability. The session will include descriptions of the accountability system and evaluation tools and processes. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

(A2) Serving Adult Learners and Business Customers in the Next Four Years
Sacha Stadhard, Grant Management Specialist, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and Olga Yulikova, State Director for SCSEP, Executive Office of Elder Affairs
In this session, we will look closely at accelerating employment for our target populations as well as engaging businesses and supporting business growth. This is an opportunity for the state to hear from you what enhancements, opportunities, and/or changes should be considered in the development of the new state plan from the adult education perspective.

(A3) MAPT and the CCRSAE: Challenges and Opportunities
April Zenisky, Research Associate Professor, Center for Educational Assessment, College of Education, UMass Amherst
The MAPT-CCR has been operational for two years, reflecting Massachusetts' recent shift to instruction using the CCRSAE standards. The presenter will discuss recent test analyses and share data with participants about the MAPT-CCR's measurement properties and test administration aspects, including testing time, in order to foster in-session conversations about the test, what's measured, and its use/interpretations.

(A4) Data Analysis in LACES
Shannon Stangis, National Training and Project Manager, LiteracyPro Systems
National Trainer, Shannon Stangis, will lead three sessions on using the data analysis features, tools, and reports in LACES, as well as answering questions related to your specific program data. Please bring your laptops and know your LACES login credentials so you can access your data for questions, as well as create and save custom views, searches, and reports. These sessions will be limited to 30 participants.

(A5) Need Something CALM-ing? Look no further than the Curriculum for Adults Learning Math!
Donna Curry, Director, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center
If your program is struggling to put together a comprehensive math curriculum that doesn't feel like the traditional way math was taught years ago, then this session is for you! Participants will come away with a better understanding of the Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM), a full curriculum for all levels of adult learners based on the CCRSAE for Math. Participants will have a clearer picture of how CALM is different from traditional curricula and a better understanding of the value of CALM.

(A6) EdGrants 101/102
Jennyfer Cabral, Grant Specialist, DESE
This session will focus on processing FY2020 continuation grants or new grants in the EdGrants system, in order to award funding without delay. For both current and new users, the session will explain how the award gets processed in EdGrants. DESE will also demonstrate how to complete and submit through the Front Office Application Submission(s) step for the awarded funds and review the process to request funds and the internal approvals process.


12:00PM-12:30PM - Lunch - Common Center Ballroom


Session B: 12:30PM-2:00PM

(B1) Massachusetts ESOL Impact Study Launch Workshop
Blake Heller, Harvard University; Kirsten Slungaard Mumma, Harvard University
Participants will join a discussion with DESE research partners to work through the details of adopting a lottery-based admissions process for their adult ESOL programs. Program leaders will develop a blueprint to transition their programs from a first-come first-served admissions process to a lottery-based admissions process. This session will cover the requirements to participate in the research study and troubleshoot challenges individual programs face in adopting a lottery-based admissions policy.

(B2) What Should Massachusetts Cross-System Alignment Look Like in the Next Four Years?
Cheryl Scott, Executive Director, MassHire State Workforce Development Board; Jola Conway, Team Leader, ACLS
In this session, we will look closely at the current cross-system alignment and engage in a conversation on how the systems can work better together. This is an opportunity for the state to hear from you what enhancements, opportunities, and/or changes should be considered in the development of the new state plan to bring our cross-system collaboration to the next level.

(B3) Learning Disabilities, Difficulties, and Differences: An Integrated Approach to PD
Donna Curry, Director, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center; Merilee Freeman, Director, SABES ELA C&I PD Center; Dori McCormack, Director, SABES ESOL C&I PD Center
Are you stymied because some of your students don't seem to be making progress? Do you suspect learning disabilities? While disabilities are a possible explanation, there are other reasons learners might be having difficulties. Perhaps our teachers need new strategies to reach ALL learners? Come to this session to find out how the SABES C&I PD Centers for Math, ELA, and ESOL are addressing learning disabilities, learning difficulties, and learning differences in their PD offerings.

(B4) Data Analysis in LACES
Shannon Stangis, National Training and Project Manager, LiteracyPro Systems
National Trainer, Shannon Stangis, will lead three sessions on using the data analysis features, tools, and reports in LACES, as well as answering questions related to your specific program data. Please bring your laptops and know your LACES login credentials so you can access your data for questions, as well as create and save custom views, searches, and reports. These sessions will be limited to 30 participants.

(B5) Workforce Preparation and Employability Skills
Sandy Goodman, Co-Director, SABES Program Support PD Center
WIOA outlines a set of workforce preparation activities, which are essential interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cognitive lifelong learning skills. Learn about resources and strategies teachers and advisors can use to teach workforce preparation activities and employability skills that are vital to achieving education, career, and life goals in the 21st century.

(B6) EdGrants & ISAs
Jennyfer Cabral, Grant Specialist, DESE
This session will focus on state agencies (i.e., community colleges, correctional/sheriff facilities, state universities) that will receive FY2020 continuation grants or a new grant. DESE will discuss the estimated processing time of grant(s) in the EdGrants system and on your ISA. This session will also focus on the importance of working together with your fiscal office to process the ISAs on the state accounting system (MMARS).


2:00PM-2:15PM Coffee/Tea

Session C: 2:30PM-4:00PM

(C1) Program Accountability: How ACLS Reviews and Evaluates Adult Education Programs
Wyvonne Stevens-Carter, Director; Toby Maguire, Assistant Director; Russell Fenton, Team Leader; Brian Newquist, Data Analyst; ACLS
Presenters will describe the ACLS vision of grantee accountability. The session will include descriptions of the accountability system and evaluation tools and processes. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

(C2) The Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education
Andy Nash, Director, New England Literacy Resource Center; Dori McCormack, Director, SABES ESOL C&I PD Center
This session will introduce the new Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (MA ELPS), providing background information about their development, a walk through the standards and benchmarks, and a discussion of how directors can bring the MA ELPS to life in their programs.

(C3) How Changes to HSE Tests Are Raising the Bar in Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready
Michael Farma, HSE Specialist, ACLS
Participants will see that the introduction of computer based HSE Testing in 2014 has required shifts in how programs prepare their students for these assessments. Additionally, changes in student goals no longer make teaching to a specific test the best option for our students. Participants will look at the HiSET® exam in comparison to the GED® exam and review how the two are more similar than ever.

(C4) Data Analysis in LACES
Shannon Stangis, National Training and Project Manager, LiteracyPro Systems
National Trainer, Shannon Stangis, will lead three sessions on using the data analysis features, tools, and reports in LACES, as well as answering questions related to your specific program data. Please bring your laptops and know your LACES login credentials so you can access your data for questions, as well as create and save custom views, searches, and reports. These sessions will be limited to 30 participants.

(C5) Distance Learning, Digital Literacy, and Heutagogy
Luanne Teller, Co-Director, SABES Program Support PD Center
Heutagogy is an emerging adult teaching and learning theory. Building on andragogy, it focuses on the need to build students' capacity to become nimble learners who will be able to solve problems that don't yet exist. In this session, we'll explore this theory and why it's so important to teachers and learners. We'll share activities that model heutagogy and consider how we might adapt existing lessons to help learners use technology to acquire and create information.

(C6) Preparing for a Successful — and Pain Free! — Grant Audit
Patricia Rydlak, Audit Supervisor, DESE
This session will focus on DESE's data and fiscal grant compliance. We will discuss the Audit and Compliance group and provide tips on how to prepare for our monitoring. We will focus on the processes/procedures you should continuously be doing to prevent fiscal compliance findings and, even worse, returning funds.





Last Updated: May 14, 2019



 
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