Upcoming Webinars

(Webinar space is limited to 500 and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.)

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Vickie Byrd, AEL Instructor at Literacy KC, Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Topics

  May   Integrated Education and Training (IET)
  June   High School Equivalency

Upcoming Webinars

Building Technology Skills for Adult ESOL Learners

DATE: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

In the wake of COVID-19, adult ESOL learners have had the challenge of adapting to remote learning on their own. Learn how a public charter school in D.C. has met this challenge through scaffolded student learning, teacher training, and differentiated digital literacy instruction. This multi-faceted approach has allowed students to succeed in remote learning this year. The school’s digital literacy focus is also preparing them for hybrid learning in the coming school year.

Presenters

Kirsten Wittkowski is an adult education coordinator and instructor at Briya Public Charter School. She has worked in adult ESOL for over ten years in a variety of settings and is serving on Briya’s instructional design team this year. Kirsten has over six years of experience in teacher training and is also currently an instructor for the NVCC TESOL Certificate program. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology – social foundations of education.

 

Jamey Sadownick is the technology integration coordinator at Briya Public Charter School. He has worked in adult education for over 10 years in a variety of roles, including teaching, curriculum development, and educational leadership. He has authored ESL textbook teacher guides and readers for major publishers. He has a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology.

 

This webinar is generously sponsored by Burlington English.

Capturing IET & Workplace Literacy MSG Performance Through the 2021 NRS Updates

DATE: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

This webinar will review the recently updated measurable skills gains (MSG) modification released by OCTAE. Recent updates to NRS reporting provide states and adult educators with great flexibility for reporting performance in integrated education, training, and workplace literacy programs. Now the actual workplace skills and competencies learned in these programs can be reported by states as gains in the National Reporting System (NRS). National experts with state directors will provide an overview of the NRS changes, suggestions for state level policy, and examples of methods the new MSG measures can be applied to in order to capture participant performance.

Presenters

Judy Mortrude is a senior technical advisor with World Education, Inc. Her first adult education teaching job was in 1984, and through the decades she has worked as a teacher, local and state administrator, and national policy advocate. This year, Judy serves as the president of the National Coalition for Literacy.

 

Anson Green is a workforce, education, and training trailblazer whose passion is deploying innovative service models for low- and middle-skilled workers to support their life ambitions. He loves challenging legacy education and training perspectives and pioneering solutions. Anson brings a deep and varied portfolio of accomplishments to his work. His diverse background in adult and developmental education and workforce development drives a vision to deliver solutions for student success.

Anson is currently developing a workforce development and credentialing system for frontline team members at Tyson Foods. The approach will measure the skills and competencies gained in adult education programs and prepare team members for upskilling opportunities to fill essential job openings. Prior to his arrival at Tyson Foods, Anson led the transformation of the over $80M adult education program at the Texas Workforce Commission into a solution for Texans seeking responsive education and training services to meet their college and career aspirations. While he was at the Alamo Colleges District, Anson directed a specialized training center in San Antonio’s historic westside empowerment zone delivering bilingual and integrated education and training solutions to the local community.

Anson has led and participated in adult education responses to natural disasters and recessions including the COVID-19 lockdown; hurricanes Harvey, Rita, and Katrina; and the dot-com bubble and Great Recession. Anson has served as a national research fellow; provided support to multiple states; spoken at Congressional briefings on effective approaches to middle-skill advancement; and had teaching posts at several colleges, universities, and public schools. In 2000, he served as a fellow at the National Institute for Literacy researching women’s barriers to education and employment. He has published two books and multiple articles on his work serving many diverse communities.

 

This webinar is generously sponsored by WorkReady Mobile.

CASAS and BurlingtonEnglish: Pairing Data with Curriculum to Promote IET/IELCE Success

DATE: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

Adult education programs across the country are looking to expand the success rates of their IET and IELCE programs while striving to increase the number of students entering them. In this webinar, you will learn how programs can use Burlington’s standards-based, CASAS-aligned curriculum to drive instruction based on CASAS performance data. See how using data and curriculum together, can empower students to take an active role in these WIOA-focused initiatives, and be better prepared to achieve their career goals.

Presenters

Jane Egüez works for CASAS, a nonprofit organization that provides assessments of workforce foundation skills for youth and adults. She works with federal and state agencies, business and industry, community colleges, education and workforce training providers, correctional facilities, and technical programs to implement assessment and curriculum that strengthens workforce talent. She holds a MA from the University of Minnesota.

 

For more than 20 years Robert Breitbard worked with Collier County Public Schools, which includes Naples, Florida, as an Adult ESL teacher, Adult ESL Coordinator, and finally Director of Adult & Community Education. He also served for a decade on the Board of Directors of Florida’s adult education professional organization, ACE of Florida, and was elected its President in 2008. His statewide work in Florida also involved being selected by the Florida Department of Education to be a member of its Adult ESL Task Force, including serving as its chair for two years. He now directs educational partnerships for Burlington English. His work there includes helping programs enhance their adult ESL offerings through Burlington’s blended learning and distance learning models, both of which include WIOA-aligned career pathways and life skills emphases.

 

This webinar is generously sponsored by Burlington English.

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