MPAEA - WyLLA 2023 Preconference


Preconference Session Descriptions
Sunday, April 23

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

Career Pathways Strategies for Small/Rural Programs

Many career pathways models that are promoted are not designed for small programs or programs in areas with limited resources.  Therefore, these programs often feel like a failure if they can't forge robust partnerships, or offer extensive academic and career planning services, or provide a menu of IET programs.   During this preconference session, participants will explore ways to address each essential component of a comprehensive career pathways services model that are feasible for small and/or rural programs and evaluate which options are best for their program.

Drilling Down with LACES

This session will provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions based on their user experience in LACES. This could include, but will not be necessarily limited to data entry, searches, reports, and utilizing LACES for program management.  Time will also be spent highlighting new features and functionality.

Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Writing Instruction

Writing can be stressful for adult learners to do and challenging for instructors to teach. But with effective approaches and a positive mindset, writing can be fun to teach and do! In this workshop, participants will learn about the writing process and a variety of ideas and strategies that will make everyone in your classroom eager to put their thoughts down on paper.

Scaffolds & Differentiation - Strategies That Build Knowledge & Make a Difference!

Effective English language instruction is differentiated and scaffolded, mirroring the needs of the adult learners in our classes. Sometimes the choice to use these techniques is made on the spot and other times the differentiation and scaffolds are baked into our lesson design. 

During this session, we will first examine the essential elements of differentiation and scaffolding in the adult English language classroom and then define and distinguish between the two techniques. Throughout the workshop, you will explore and experience a variety of scaffolds as well as the three basic types of differentiation that can be applied in our virtual, in-person, and HyFlex learning environments. As a "proof of learning" task, you’ll have the opportunity to work in level-alike teams on relevant instructional scenarios and materials in order to determine which scaffolds could be employed and how best to differentiate the instruction to meet the varied needs of your adult multilingual learners. 

A Google Drive resource folder with the session materials will be provided.

Trauma-Informed Practices for Adult Education

What is the impact of trauma on your adult learners? How can you recognize the challenges adult learners may face that is connected to trauma? How can you provide services that are sensitive to the trauma-related needs of adults? The answers to these questions and more are the focus of this interactive preconference session.

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

Career Pathways Strategies for Low-Level Learners

It's important that we don't leave low-level learners behind as we address career pathways in adult education.  Let's explore ways to organize services that will accommodate low-level learners in a career pathways environment and identify effective strategies that will prepare them for college and career success; i.e., using targeted assessment, emphasizing metacognitive strategies and differentiated instruction through multiple groupings in Intelligent Design.

Contextualized Mathematics Instruction

This interactive session will focus on research-based strategies for teaching adult mathematics using everyday situations and hands-on learning. These activities will help individuals acquire a combination of mathematical skills, critical thinking, and self-management skills - along with employability skills that address working with others and increasing their preparation for the workforce.

Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia & Ways to Help

Participants will have the opportunity to experience Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia. There will be four simulations (two reading and two writing) that will allow participants to experience the social/emotional impact that dyslexia can have on students. This presentation will also include information about what dyslexia is, what it isn't, and how to help. 

FUN-damentals of Digital Literacy

We promise to keep it FUN as we explore the fundamentals of digital literacy.  We will consider what it means to be digitally resilient and how this connects to digital skill instruction. You will be introduced to an EdTech Integration Toolkit full of instructional strategies, routines, and resources that will support both you and your learners.  This will be an interactive session and you need to bring your digital device to be a full participant.

The Lexical Feast: Teaching Vocabulary Learning Strategies (VLS) to English Language Learners

Current research in vocabulary learning points to the need for a combination of direct instruction of vocabulary and explicit practice of vocabulary learning strategies to enable English learners to successfully acquire the vocabulary they need. This workshop addresses the question: What does effective vocabulary instruction look like in the learner-centered class? 

Throughout the workshop, you will work with a variety of vocabulary learning strategies (VLS) and consider how to help learners practice these strategies both synchronously and asynchronously. You’ll also collaborate with colleagues to stage vocabulary acquisition routines using backward design.  As a "proof of learning" task, you’ll have the opportunity to choose written or oral texts, edtech tools, and templates to develop routines that will support your learners’ practice and acquisition of target vocabulary related to the selected texts.

A Google Drive resource folder with the session materials will be provided.

Explicit Instruction: Best Practices for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Many adult learners have undiagnosed or diagnosed learning disabilities that make learning particularly challenging for them. Workshop participants will learn about explicit instruction, a tried-and-true teaching strategy that is effective for all learners, but especially those with learning disabilities. Participants will use the explicit instruction model to practice research-based reading and writing strategies they can use with their learners immediately.

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