MPAEA - CAEPA 2024 Preconference

Preconference Session Descriptions - Tentative Schedule
Sunday, May 5.

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Sessions

Adventure Awaits:  Playing and Building a Digital Scavenger Hunt

Embark on an exciting educational journey! This hands-on session is designed for adult educators to infuse fun, engagement, and technology into their teaching experiences.  You will start by donning your explorer’s hat as we take you on a guided digital scavenger hunt.  Experience the fun of problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity while navigating a curated scavenger hunt.  Once you’ve experienced the thrill of the hunt, we will shift gears to empower you as a creator.  You’ll learn how to craft your own digital scavenger hunt tailored to your unique educational objectives, whether it’s reinforcing subject matter, fostering critical thinking, or building community in your classroom. Mary Gaston, South Carolina Office of Adult Education.


Contextualizing Instruction in Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education
(IELCE) Activities: A Hands-On Training

Join OCTAE’s Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans (EARN) project in a hands-on training devoted to the contextualization of civics content. Learn the basics of contextualization and practice contextualizing and integrating civics content into your IELCE instruction.  KayLynn Hamilton, Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans.

Emerging Trends in Education: Using Neuroeducation and Microinstruction to Enhance Learning 

Recent research suggests that some of the emerging trends in education produce better results than many common teaching methods educators have been using for decades (lectures, one-size-fits-all lessons, memorization-based testing, unguided homework, etc.). Two such emerging trends are neuroeducation and microinstruction; methods that are proving to be very effective when it comes to learning and retaining new concepts and skills. This session will explore links between neuroscience and education and how using brain-based interventions (grounded on scientific principles) can significantly improve learning.  Jeff Fantine, Pathways to Success.

Problem-Based Learning: A Relevant Instructional Solution 

Addressing complex, real-world problems in class is an authentic and relevant context for ESOL and ABE instruction. It creates opportunities for learners to develop the language that demonstrates their critical thinking.  This session will address the principles of problem-based learning (PBL) and provide opportunities to engage with this learner-centered approach step by step. Together with colleagues, you will walk through an authentic problem scenario, researching, thinking through, and proposing solutions; identifying consequences; and applying a solution. The facilitator will share problem scenarios for different levels of language proficiency and demonstrate scaffolds and instructional strategies that help learners demonstrate their reasoning when presenting solutions to a problem. Resources include materials from the national Teaching the Skills That Matter Toolkit.  Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning.

Understanding the Mind of the Inmate for Effective Classroom Management

Come join this presentation to learn more about working in a correctional environment.  This engaging workshop will delve into the mind of the incarcerated student and understand how to recognize and appropriately handle inmate/student manipulation.  This presentation will share ideas on how to connect appropriately with students, how to recognize manipulation and, then,  how to make appropriate changes for effective classroom management.  Participants will have the opportunity to break into groups to collaborate and problem solve real-life classroom situations specific to incarcerated individuals using the information presented in this workshop.  Sara Gutting, Sara Z. Gutting, LLC.

Your Students are Authors!  Tips & Tricks for Encouraging Reluctant Writers

Most adult learners are reluctant writers and it can be challenging to get them to put their ideas onto the page. It can be even more difficult to respond to writing in a supportive, yet constructive, way. In this preconference workshop, participants will share their strategies for encouraging learners to write at each stage of the writing process and for responding to learners' writings. Participants will examine samples of a learner's writings and analyze how the teacher encouraged the learner to expand their writing and to correct their errors.  Kathy St. John, Literacyworks.

12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M. Lunch
(Provided if registered for 2 Preconference sessions or available for purchase)

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Sessions

Creating an Engaging Classroom 

An effective teaching and learning environment in adult education requires active teaching and learner engagement. This workshop highlights practices that will help make your classroom come alive. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include using learning centers in the classroom; differentiating instruction using multiple groupings from Intelligent Design (ID); participatory learning methodologies, including reciprocative questioning, peer teaching, and storyboarding; involving students in solving real-world problems with project- and problem-based learning; using a ‘love of learning’ mindset framework to create a passion-driven classroom; and developing competency-based lessons that promote active teaching and learner engagement.  Jeff Fantine, Pathways to Success.


Cultivating a Data-Informed Culture in Adult Education

In the dynamic realm of adult education, harnessing the power of data necessitates collaboration. Join us for an insightful session into the intricate landscape of data. We'll explore how multiple perspectives converge to illuminate data's context and meaning.  During this session, we'll demonstrate a robust data analysis protocol, guiding you through the 'What? So What? Now What?' framework for collaborative meaning making. Discover how this approach can transform data analysis into a powerful tool for decision making.  Tricia Brainard, Doña Ana Community College.

Engaging with Texts Before & After Reading: Strategies for Improving Students’ Reading in All Four Components

Struggling readers always benefit from engaging with a text before reading the first word and after reading the last sentence. They can improve their word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension if their teachers give them the opportunity to actively interact with the text’s content using a variety of interesting strategies before and after reading the text itself. Participants in this preconference workshop will use adult new reader photobooks to discuss and practice evidence-based reading best practices for teaching students all four components of reading. They will also work collaboratively to create their own pre- and post-reading strategies.  Kathy St. John, Literacyworks.

Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Neurodiverse Adult Learners (students with ADHD, Autism, etc.) to Thrive and Succeed 

Neurodivergent people experience, interact with, and interpret the world in unique ways. How do we as educators support students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Conditions, and other neurodiverse learning patterns to stay on track and motivated towards reaching their goals while overcoming all the reasons they think they “can’t” do it? This session will explore using motivation and coaching theories to encourage students of all neurotypes to overcome whatever obstacles they face to help them attain their goals.  Matthew Edelen, New Mexico Higher Education Department.

The Art of Asking Questions - More Than Wh-

Questions are an essential element of teaching and learning, and a good question can help make a lesson “sticky” by engaging learners and promoting higher-order thinking. In this session, you’ll explore different types of questions, convergent and divergent, work with two question sequences: Early Production Questions and Visual Thinking Questions, and discuss ways to build learners' questioning skills.  Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning.

Unlocking Mathematical Success: Empowering Adult Learners for Lifelong Understanding

Are you an educator who has been puzzled by your students' struggles with problems in which they once excelled? Are you searching for effective strategies that can bridge the gap between learned skills and their application in new challenges? Look no further!  Join us for an engaging presentation where we will introduce you to cutting-edge, research-based techniques that can revolutionize your teaching approach and support adult education students' short-term and long-term learning goals. Get ready to embark on a fascinating journey as we explore the power of MathTalks, systems of equations, and the captivating stories of algebra, creating meaningful contexts that ignite curiosity and encourage interdisciplinary learning.  Regardless of your experience or mathematical knowledge, you can significantly benefit from these conceptual practices. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies to encourage adult learners to engage in deeper thinking fairly and inclusively, fostering a classroom environment that promotes growth and inclusivity.  Brooke Istas, Adult Numeracy Network.

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