Upcoming Webinars

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

“Your webinars have provided teaching tools we will use well beyond this pandemic crisis. Thank you for showing us a greater and better way to teach! Keep them coming…Please!”

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

Upcoming Topics

  October   Apprenticeship
  November   Workforce
  December   Technology & Digital Literacy

Upcoming Webinars

Collaboration: The Connecting of a Community

DATE: Friday, October 22, 2021 
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

With like-minded leaders working towards a common goal, collaboration seems effortless. What if the goal requires partnerships outside the organization? How do you “”sell”” a grassroots program seated in ABE culminating in knowledge and skills to promote community recovery? Collaboration inside and outside the classroom gives the student a goal, increases motivation and self-efficacy, and fills the gap from underqualified to employment and apprenticeships.

Presenter

Phyllis Atwood is a coordinator with adult education. In that role, she has the opportunity to create programs of study for the undereducated, underemployed, and unemployed. Combining over 20 years of experience in the retail industry with a BS in psychology, an MA in management, and ABD in leadership studies, she enjoys developing “”specific needs”” programs for the manufacturing industry partners in a tri-county area. Her multi-disciplinary approach to her education was beneficial in the development of partnerships and an adaptive teaching style for the adult learner.

This webinar has been sponsored by Jobspeaker.

CASAS and BurlingtonEnglish: Using Data and Curriculum to Prepare Students for Civics and Citizenship Success

DATE: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

Civics and citizenship are more important in adult education than ever before. Civics is a must-have component for WIOA IELCE funding and programming, and citizenship is at the forefront as the new administration reviews the expansion of immigrant entry. In this webinar, come hear how using easy-to-access data and comprehensive curriculum will help programs successfully address these hot topics. 

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 an MA from the University of Minnesota.

 

For more than 20 years, Robert 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 BurlingtonEnglish. His work there includes helping programs enhance their adult ESL offerings through BurlingtonEnglish’s blended learning and distance learning models, both of which include WIOA-aligned career pathways and life skills emphases.

 

This webinar has been sponsored by Burlington English.

Creating the Workforce of Tomorrow: Partnering With Workforce Programs to Bridge the Opportunity Gap

DATE: Friday, November 5, 2021 
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

Across the country, a push has been made to create a partnership between workforce development and adult education programs. By collaborating and providing services, the programs allow learners to have economic and educational success. By partnering, we are creating a skilled workforce. If we create partnerships, we can address the opportunity gap that exists. It also allows learners to address basic skill instruction and employment preparation to allow students to address the needs of local employers.

Presenter

Dorothy Grill is a dual-certified K-12 special education and elementary education teacher who has additional experience in workforce development, career counseling, leadership development, and higher education. She is currently the workforce initiative coordinator at Agency for Community Empowerment of NEPA (Ace of NEPA) in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A three-time graduate of Marywood University, she currently holds a Bachelor of Science in special education/elementary education, a Master of Education in instructional leadership, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. She is also a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Scranton, and holds her grant writing certificate from Fort Hays University. Striving to give back to her local community, she is a member of the Junior League of Scranton, Scranton Rotary, Scranton Business and Professional Women’s Club, Women in Philanthropy, and serves on the Board of Directors for Marywood University Alumni.

 

This webinar has been sponsored by Burlington English.

Accelerating English Proficiency Gains and Career Pathways with Technology

DATE: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

Are you looking to improve both your student recruitment and retention outcomes?

Do you want to help your students learn English while they prepare for the jobs of the future?

The EnGen team will provide insight into how a wide variety of programs have transitioned to blended, virtual, and career-focused language learning, and are personalizing the learning experience for each learner and their individual goals. Learn more about EnGen’s approach to supporting career pathway transitions in healthcare, technology, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, and many other growth sectors. We will use our latest career pathway, English for Pharmacy Technicians, as a real-life example of a turn-key solution for building this type of bridge program.

Presenters

Katie Nielson is the founder and chief education officer of EnGen, a public benefit company focused on leveraging technology to enable immigrants, refugees, and speakers of other languages with the English skills they need for meaningful careers. She has a Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Maryland, and she’s been a classroom teacher, an assistant professor, and a research scientist. She’s spent over 20 years teaching languages, researching how to teach languages, and/or teaching people how to teach languages in various settings around the world. Katie lectures and writes about all things related to language learning and educational technology.

 

Tadd Wamester builds partnerships that create bridges to careers for New Americans, while developing diverse talent pipelines for growth sectors. Tadd has over 12 years of experience in immigrant and refugee workforce development and education programs after nearly a decade at Upwardly Global where he used digital learning technologies for scaled impact, and also collaborated with multiple states to outline immigrant relicensing pathways and eliminate other systemic barriers to immigrant workforce integration. Tadd earned an M.A. in business education from NYU and a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.

 

This webinar has been sponsored by EnGen.

Virtual Reality as a Tool for Career Exploration and Workplace Readiness

DATE: Friday, November 19, 2021 
Time: 2:00–3:00PM (Eastern Time)

Remote learning has had a dramatic impact on ICAP/IEL, bridge, and workplace readiness classes. Connecting students to hands-on experiences may not be feasible, but virtual reality offers the next best thing: virtual immersion. In this session, you will learn about the research on VR in education, and how to implement virtual reality in a low-cost, high reward way using as little as a smartphone.

Presenter

Erin Vobornik teaches ESL and career exploration bridge classes at Elgin Community College in Illinois. She is also part of COABE’s State Advocate for Adult Education Fellowship initiative. Erin aims to impact adult learners through strategic and creative approaches to digital literacy, career exploration, linguistics awareness, and advocacy.

 

This webinar has been sponsored by Burlington English.

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