Mountain Plains

Adult Education Association

2020 MPAEA Conference Session Descriptions
(Preliminary, Tentative List – More Sessions To Be Added Later)

A Storied Approach to Changing Client's Narratives
The Career Construction Interview is a technique designed to externalize client stories in order for practitioners to gain insight into client values, interests, and core problems surrounding career. Career Construction Theory can help clients make vocational choices by changing the way they view their narrative and drawing attention to the overlooked details that fill client stories. Career Construction Theory implements important research from 20th century vocational development into a comprehensive model for 21st century clients. The techniques discussed during this session are current, relevant, and move beyond basic career advice in order to meet the fluctuating needs of clients.

Across Six Continents: Wyoming and International ESL
Students from all over the world land in the small college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Many arrive seeking to improve their English language skills in order to enter the U.S. university system, gain better employment, or make sense of disparate American cultures. This presentation introduces these dynamic, diverse students and explores the methods, strategies, and limitations of teaching them English in rural Wyoming.

Adult Education and Apprenticeship: An IET Model
For the past year, the Albuquerque Adult Learning Center and the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) have collaborated on a pilot program designed to increase access to six in-demand construction industry trade apprenticeships currently offered by ABC. In the past, qualified candidates were automatically turned away if they didn't have a high school diploma or equivalent. This pilot allowed more people to participate in ABC's apprenticeship training tracks via a customized Integrated Education and Training program built on an evidence-based and scalable model. This workshop will go into detail about the project, including lessons learned and plans for future improvement.

Adults Having Fun Learning
As children we used items to associate their learning but quickly it turned to book learning.  Adults learn faster and retain the information longer if it is fun and use items that are related to their normal lives. I will demonstrate how to use normal items to learn money management, graphing, math related subjects, and even sentence structure. Using normal items like Monopoly for money management or Battleship for graphing is a fun way of teaching adults applies to HSE readiness and life skills. Fun learning helps a student to develop strong skills that will relate to the HSE tests, Postsecondary education, and enables the adult learners to share this lesson with their own children.

Advancing Innovation: Preparing Your Innovative Practice
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project is soliciting applications from programs to identify local adult education programs implementing innovative practices that result in improved outcomes for adult learners. This session will provide guidance to adult education program staff in how to identify and document their innovative practices for consideration by the project. Session participants will: Increase their understanding of the project, increase their ability to clearly describe and communicate about a practice; and consider appropriate outcome measures for assessing learner's success from participating in innovative practices.

An Introduction to Training From the 4 C's
Do you want to sharpen your teaching skills?  If so, join us to learn about evidence-based teaching methods from Sharon Bowman's Training from the Back of the Room. This session will provide a brief introduction to Sharon Bowman's of teaching and learning:  connections, concepts, concrete practice, and conclusions.

Boosting MSGs and Fundamental Skills on the 1st Post-Test
Rio Salado College revised its HSE Foundations course to meet the evolving demands of students and rigor of TABE 11/12. The introductory course exposes students to fundamental concepts in RLA, Math, and workforce training, designed to provide a spiraling, online, and interactive learning experience. Lessons incorporate daily edits, reading comprehension, and word problems, preparing students for the TABE 11/12. The course includes lessons on civics, testing strategies, and possessing the mindset of a mathematician and effective communicator. This workshop will show participants how a 5-week course will boost the readiness of HSE students and MSGs on the first post-test.

Brain-Based Learning for Career Pathways Content
This workshop will focus on using brain-based learning that can be used with any content, but the focus will be on career pathways.  Methods shared will be based on Sharon Bowman's Using Brain Science to Make Training Stick.

Building a Pre-Apprenticeship for English Language Learners: Environmental Services Technician as an IET Model
College of Western Idaho's Environmental Services Pre-apprenticeship has successfully partnered with a local hospital system to co-develop an integrated education and training course for English language learners as part of a pre-employment pathway to a CHEST apprenticeship. Participants will learn seven key elements of program design and that were critical to successful delivery of this pre-apprenticeship and which can be applied to development of similar programs.

Building Capacity to Implement and Scale IET
Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs accelerate adult learners' ability to advance in the workplace and in post-secondary education.  While resources that introduce IET concepts and program models exist, many adult educators struggle as they put policy into practice.  This session focuses on building capacity for IET program implementation through the provision of effective, needs-based professional development, and provides an overview of the PD services offered to adult education providers in California and Nevada. Attendees will identify challenges and recommended solutions for the implementation of IET and explore specific ways in which they can support new practitioners.

Career-Contextualized HSE Preparation Curriculum. Promising Solution for Lower-Skilled Adults
Research has shown that teaching academic applications in a career context is an effective way to engage hard-to-reach students and motivates them in the areas of math, written and oral communication, critical thinking skills, and problem solving. Additionally, research has demonstrated that contextualized instruction enhances student motivation and can reduce attrition rates in job training programs. In this session, learn what contextualized learning is and meet a promising contextualized HSE prep curricular approach that is changing the way we look at face-to-face teaching. No teacherbots, no technology learning paths. Meet a live classroom teaching approach that uses face-to-face contextualized learning to create engaging learning experience that produces outcomes, keeps struggling learners engaged, and improve WIOA and other program performance measures.

Components of Numeracy:  Tools for Engaging Learners in Meaningful Math
This workshop introduces adult education practitioners to the three components of numeracy (content, context, and cognitive and affective aspects) that have been aligned with the Mathematical Practices of the College and Career Readiness Standards. Components of Numeracy models the integration of conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and real-world application through a sequence of activities that come from and relate to a workplace environment in which numbers and mathematical activity are embedded. In short, this workshop will increase teacher comfort levels in generating a variety of mathematical questions and activities based on workplace situations.

Content Learning
This workshop covers instructional approaches that can help adults with learning disabilities (LD) learn content from written materials. Content knowledge is the “substance” we all need to think about ideas. It is what a person knows and includes the words used when a person thinks, writes and talks about information and ideas. Characteristics associated with learning disabilities (LD) can limit individuals’ ability to develop content knowledge. LD can lead to problems with reading comprehension, listening comprehension, working memory and higher-order processes. This workshop will explore what teachers can do to help their adult learners increase their abilities in content learning. 

Deepen Your Science Instruction (and Have Fun, Too!)
Important decisions we make every day require a foundation of scientific knowledge. In this interactive workshop, teachers practice developing lessons that dig deeper into the science content of everyday situations through eight scientific practices.

Designing Curriculum for Work-Based ESL Classes
This session is a facilitated discussion on designing curriculum and content for work-based English as a second language classes. Using expert-reviewed, research-based LINCS resources, the training address tailoring participants’ curricula and contextualizing class materials to meet immigrant students’ and industries’ employment needs. This session includes time for networking and sharing ideas and experiences with others in the field. Instrumental in building a network is learning what resources already exist—participants are asked to bring examples of materials that have been successfully used in their own programs (e.g., evaluation reports to employers, active learning activities, contextualized materials, curricula) to share with colleagues.

Dyslexia for Day: A Simulation and Overview of Dyslexia
Participants will have participate in the Dyslexia for a Day simulation with includes 5 different simulations. An overview of what dyslexia, what it is isn't and how to help a struggling learner, will also be provided.

Effective IET Models and Ability to Benefit
This session will share lessons learned in implementing Integrated Education and Training models to meet the needs of ABE and ESL learners at a variety of skill levels. Come learn about the infrastructure, partnerships, and training needed to develop and sustain IBEST programming. Learn how we leveraged the IBEST model to begin utilizing Ability to Benefit at our college. Then, learn about our approach to developing Early IBEST programs with short, industry-recognized training for lower-skilled students. Participants will gain strategies for working with workforce partners to ensure students have the supports and services needed to succeed in training and transition to employment.

Enhancing Learning Through Developing a Growth Mindset
Continued developments in neuroscience and brain functioning continue to add to our understanding of how people learn. This break-out session is designed to look at how these new developments are revealing the importance of how the beliefs, attitudes, and emotional reactions that learners experience while in the process of learning, affect their ability to learn. A look at how developing and re-framing with a Growth Mindset Approach can break down some of these barriers students have to learning, as well as increase retention and completion rates in adult education programs.

Event Horizon: WIOA, IET, and ELA in a Reading-Writing Class
It IS possible for ESL instructors to facilitate rigorous reading-writing projects while adhering to WIOA/IET mandates and standardized curriculum to inform the relevance of skills practiced. In a two-semester process of response-reading and student-directed content, an adult intermediate/advanced ESL reading/writing class used their own student-generated content to discover who they are as writers and how learning English impacts them in their own lives. In the end, literature was read, analyzed, enjoyed, and used as impetus for the production of an anthology of student work. A brief question and answer period will be included. No mobile devices will be needed.

Explicit Instruction for Strategy Learning
In this self-paced course designed for adult educators, participants will be introduced the principles of explicit instruction (EI) and provided with both curricular materials and video examples of how EI can be implemented with adult learners. EI is a well-structured and effective methodology for teaching academic content and skills. In addition to academic outcomes, EI is designed to enable learners to gradually take more responsibility for their learning with the goal of students becoming self-regulated learners. Course participants will also be guided through a step-by-step process to develop EI lesson plans to meet the needs of their learners.

GED Extended Response: Diamond in the Rough to a Polished Gem
Explore ways of helping students shape and polish their writing skills for the GED® extended response so they can shine like a diamond!

Growing and Sustaining IET/IBEST Programs in New Mexico
This workshop will explore the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the implementation of I-BEST in New Mexico, with a focus on growing and sustaining the next phase of I-BEST/IET programs now that the US DOL TAACCCT grant has expired.  We will discuss the program structure, resources, professional development, and technical assistance needed to build capacity and will provide training on effective team teaching strategies and integration of curriculum.  Finally, the session will cover how programs must be structured to qualify as an 'approved career pathway' as defined by WIOA so that colleges can use the Ability to Benefit to provide students without an HSE with financial aid. 

Growth Mindset: Intelligence Isn't Fixed in Stone
Learn how a growth mindset releases the gems of learning and fosters the freedom to grow and create a treasure of learning for a lifetime.

High-Yield Cognitive Instructional Strategies for Struggling Learners
Your instructional approach determines your program’s potential. Instruction is how we teach. Instruction impacts attendance, program retention, and learner outcomes. Vulnerable Learners have unique needs. In addition to knowledge and skill gaps, they often have academic baggage that impacts confidence, trust, motivation, and persistence. Our instructional methodology specifically addresses the unique needs of Vulnerable Learners. We combine evidence-based instructional strategies in content, motivation, and mindset with 20 years of practical teaching experience. The results? An active instructional approach designed for the unique needs of adult Vulnerable Learners. Learn how to teach content using evidence-based strategies that make learning more accessible, digestible, and memorable. Learn how to infuse instruction with esteem and motivation techniques that help learners overcome mental and emotional learning barriers. Build trust and diminish power struggles quickly with simple messaging strategies that reduce learner conflict and risk perception.

HiSET Mathematics
This is a 'tools you can use' attendee participation presentation with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates. We will take a special look at Mathematics, as well as a review of Educator and Test Taker resources. Using actual test examples, coupled with instructional tips and strategies for the Adult Learner (including ESL, ABE, and at-risk students), we will review and examine the most challenging and often failed mathematics test topics, such as linear algebra.

HiSET Reading and Writing: Connecting the Adult Learner
This is a 'tools you can use' attendee participation presentation with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates. Focus on Reading Comprehension across the subtests, and on Writing Fluency.  Using actual test examples coupled with instructional tips and strategies for the Adult Learner (including ESL, ABE, and at-risk students), we will review and examine the most challenging and often failed test topics in reading comprehension and writing fluency. Participants will have hands-on practice with specific tips and strategies for preparing students to take and pass the HiSET® the first time!

How an App Can Improve GED® & HiSET® Passing Rates

See how instructors use the new Learning Upgrade app to help learners pass the GED and HiSET using computers and their own smartphones. Learners with diverse skill levels including ESL reading and ABE math can move up to HSE level and prepare for the test.

How to Plan and Implement 8-Week Intensive GED Classes
Since 2015, all of our ASE and ABE classes at Durango Adult Education Center have been intensive classes, and we have maintained a GED® test pass rate that exceeds state and national averages.   More importantly, no student has ever complained about the intensive model.  Surprisingly, our teachers love it, too!  Participants will experience the intensive model as they learn how to plan and implement intensive classes.  We will provide curriculum guides for the 4 GED® test subjects, weekly schedules, skills checklists, and a lesson planning template.  Each participant will plan one effective 2-hour lesson based on College and Career Readiness Standards and the GED® Assessment Targets.

Humor and Games in the Classroom
Corrections offers some obstacles when it comes to being creative with lessons. We have found numerous ways in the corrections setting to reach out students. As we all know students learn in many different ways, so we try our best to accommodate them. By finding new and excited way to keep our students engaged we are helping them to not only learn academically but to also enjoy school, many of them for the first time. In corrections it can sometimes be a somber environment, by making it more joyful and visually stimulating it can offer the students a sense of normalcy which allows them to thieve. We plan to introduce many ideas that are corrections friendly, to achieve this!

Implementing Induction: Strengthening Teacher Practice
Mentoring is a well-researched, effective strategy for developing the capacity and confidence of teachers. This session will introduce resources from the Adult Education Teacher Induction Tool Kit, particularly the Mentoring and Instructional Leader Guides, and explore ways programs might implement the tools. These resources help instructional leaders provide guidance and support; experienced teachers perform effectively as mentors, and beginning teachers plan, practice, and reflect on evidence-based instruction.

Implementing the ELP Standards for Adult Ed
This session will provide hands on guidance for how to align instruction to the ELP Standards for Adult Ed. The session will detail the relationship of the ELPS to the CCRS for curriculum planning and provide classroom ready approaches to implementing the standards.

Infographics: Developing a Critical Mindset Towards Data
An infographic is a visual image, such as a chart or diagram, used to represent information or data. Understanding infographics and data visualization is an increasingly important skill in the 21st century. This workshop is designed to increase adult education practitioners’ comfort and skill with introducing data and statistics to learners. Participants will be introduced to infographics and how to evaluate infographics using a critical mindset based on a foundational knowledge of data and statistics. Activities conducted with workshop participants can be adapted for use with adult learners in the math classroom. These activities are designed to empower adult learners to analyze and interpret information they encounter in their daily lives in order to make better, informed decisions as citizens and consumers.

Integrating Career Awareness Into the ABE & ESOL Classroom
This session introduces practitioners to the career-planning lessons and tools contained in the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom curriculum guide and other career-planning resources.

Integrating Digital Literacy and Problem Solving into Instruction
Hear how adult educators have been integrating digital literacy into instruction. Ideas will be shared on how to use project-based learning activities to help adult students improve their problem-solving skills while offering practice with reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We will share ideas on how adult learners can improve digital literacy skills and access to technology, thereby accelerating learning.

LACES Q & A
This is your opportunity to ask anything you've ever wanted to know about LACES! Come with your questions and be prepared to discuss data entry and analysis related to intake, hours, assessments, NRS tables, staff records, or anything LACES-related, large or small!

Laughing for Learning: The Power of Humor in Education
The science behind laughter as a part of learning is fascinating! We simply need laughter as human beings and that applies in our classrooms as well as our family rooms. In adult education classrooms, humor relieves stress, breaks down cultural barriers and provides hope and joy. At the same time, we must be careful where we draw the line to avoid misunderstandings, hurt feelings or humor that borders the inappropriate. This session will look at the research behind humor in the classroom, how to intentionally plan for humor in your lessons, and the guidelines in adult education classrooms. Hopefully you will also get a good laugh or two!

Leadership & Innovation: Theory to Practice for Adult Ed Teachers
Leadership and innovation don’t only come from school administrators. Teachers are leaders and innovators every day in their classrooms. This workshop will focus on identifying your leadership style, understanding the 5 skills of disruptive innovation, and putting your leadership skills into best practice.

Leverage Student-Centered Learning With Socratic Seminars
This presentation entails introducing a well-structured design for student led instructional design of a math unit. Very engaging from the start, students work in groups to unpack the standards, the curriculum, and the content of a unit, then synthesize their results in a Socratic seminar setting to design, develop and launch the unit plan in a student led learning format. This presentation will include a hands on experience for participants to pilot this instructional design.

Maximizing the TI-30XS Calculator for Student Success
This presentation will be centered on the TI-30XS calculator and how to maximize it to achieve better student outcomes on TABE 11/12, HiSET®, and the GED®. Participants will be provided classroom activity examples as well as shown how the calculator can be used to save time for students on these assessments. Classroom activities and examples will be linked to the College & Career Readiness Standards. This presentation will also show how to implement and use the TI-30XS with Smartboards, document cameras and other projector systems. Participants will be provided with tools and resources available from Texas Instruments and other online resources.

Measurable Skill Gains: The Good Kind of MSG
Under WIOA, adult education programs must collect data on program participants for the primary indicators of performance, including measurable skill gains (MSG), or measure of a participant's interim progress towards a credential or employment. The MSG indicator allows adult education programs to determine how well they are helping students make progress toward this goal and this information can be used to support program management and improvement efforts. Easier said than done! In this interactive session, participants will use their problem-solving skills to help a fictional adult education program use its data to increase MSG and gain ideas to use in their own program along the way!

Motivating Adult Learners: Self-Efficacy, Goal-Setting, and the Learner Environment
This webinar will provide an overview of a LINCS study circle that focuses on adult learner motivation. Research highlights will be discussed, and participants will have an opportunity to share strategies they use to enhance learners’ motivation.

Motivating Students Using Grit and Growth Mindset
This session will focus on ways to promote a Growth Mindset in students and how it can be used a motivational tool in the classroom and distance learning. This session is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators.

Out-of-the-Box Computer Science
Do you struggle with how to reach, teach, and engage students of the adult education population- students with different learning styles, levels, goals and starting points - that all need the same computer science credit/ coursework? Are you struggling with keeping up with the more rigorous computer science standards? This session is for you! Come and learn through hands-on activities how to implement an out-of-the-box computer science course solution for Computer Science & Technology Concepts (9-12), designed directly from the new standards for independent learning by each student. Access to course implementation resources will be provided.

Pathways to Success:  Creating a Career Pathways Model
Any program regardless of size, location, student population and resources can implement a career pathways system.  This session will highlight a process programs can use to develop and implement a comprehensive career pathways service delivery model, which includes a gap analysis to determine what is already in place and what is missing relative to career pathways services. We'll look at best practices from programs around the country and discuss how you can create an action plan to create a career pathways culture and implement career pathways related services that are missing in your program.

Pathways to Success:  IET and Contextualizing Instruction
Instructional delivery in a career pathways environment requires intensive contextualized instruction and relevant Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs.  This session will highlight a step-by-step process for contextualizing instruction and a process for creating IET programs. Participants will leave with examples of contextualized lessons and IET curriculum you can use in your program.   Come learn how to deliver instruction that drives college and career readiness.

Prison Vocational Education
The High Desert State Prison is an institution of approximately four thousand inmates and has partnered with the Clark County School District to education adult inmates. The purpose is to facilitate a seamless transition into society and a living wage career for the released felons.  With a varied and dynamic vocational program, our endeavor is to reduce recidivism by readying our inmates for release.  We offer automotive, welding, construction pre-apprenticeship programs, heavy equipment simulators, computers, and culinary learning opportunities and certification. We are continuously evaluating new and diverse programs to augment our expanding curriculum.

Reading Disabilities
Many adult basic education students struggle with reading disabilities. It can be challenging for teachers and programs to help these students improve their reading skills. In this workshop, participants will first identify the skills needed to be a successful reader. Then we’ll identify the characteristics of reading disabilities and examine three profiles of reading disabilities. Finally we’ll explore recommended assessment practices and instructional strategies that can help students with reading disabilities develop their reading skills.

Reentry Education Framework and Online Tool Kit
This session provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s Reentry Education Framework and online tool kit, which are designed to help correctional education providers create a seamless path for their students by connecting education services offered in correctional facilities with those in the community.

Reflecting on Your Practice: How Reflection Informs and Shapes Teacher Practice
This presentation addresses how Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, or English as a second language teachers can understand and use their own research to inform classroom practice. We highlight reflective methods of professional development; the free, online LINCS resource collections; and reflective methods currently used in the field and discuss a relevant professional development plan.

Sheets and Sums: Two Birds, One Stone
Learn how to teach students to use Google Sheets while demonstrating and reinforcing classroom math concepts. Lesson ideas included!

Strengthen Community Partnerships With Pathway Programs
Learn about Career Pathways that will comply with WIOA regulations (including templates to use).  The components of Integrated Educational Training (IET) programs that contribute to successful programs will be discussed including building community partnerships and using Labor Market Information to build - or enhance - your Career Pathway programs.

Supporting ESL Learner Persistence
This session explores English as a second language learner persistence strategies that arise from the persistence research and from the promising practices emerging in local programs. Organized around six “drivers” of persistence, we will focus on program and classroom strategies that build students’ sense of community, competence, purpose, relevance, and agency.

Systems Design Thinking in the ESL Classroom
Being able to understand, utilize, modify and create systems in the classroom allows for big-picture thinking and design synthesis.  In being able to describe and work within a system, design thinking allows greater opportunities for holistic, organic, and efficient processes. This, in turn, is the impetus for more engagement and critical thinking on the part of both facilitators and students.

TABE 11/12 Updates and Best Practices
This session will review TABE 11/12, the only assessment fully approved under the new Federal NRS regulations. Updates to testing times, improved diagnostic reporting to help drive instruction and alignment to high school equivalency tests will be discussed.  Participants will learn about computer-based testing options, improved scanning options for paper based testing and best practices. Attendees will review alternative uses for TABE including workforce placement, college placement, High School Equivalency Options and Ability to Benefit.

Teaching Grammar in Context With Adult ESL Students
Teaching grammar can be fun and interactive! In this workshop, we will look at grammar structures, and explore engaging activities and strategies to reinforce grammatical understanding. Additionally, we will observe three techniques for making corrections that build confidence and ignite further curiosity in students.

The National External Diploma Program
The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) is a competency-based, high school equivalency program aligned to the Adult Education’s College and Career Readiness Standards. NEDP is a flexible, self-directed web-based program, overseen by approved agencies, where the reading, writing, math and workforce readiness skills of participants are assessed through a series of tasks to earn a locally issued high school diploma. Ideally suited for Workforce and Adult Education Agencies, participants work independently online and meet with an advisor/assessor on a regular basis. NEDP is currently being implemented in numerous states.

Tutor Ready Reading and Writing: A Free, Online Resource
If you have questions about how to help your students improve their reading and writing skills, we have the answers for you! Tutor Ready Reading and Writing provides the information you’re looking for about how best to assess and teach reading and writing at all skill levels and for all purposes. Tutor Ready was created to answer the questions real tutors, teachers and program staff in programs across the country ask reading and writing specialists during trainings. This free, online resource uses a question/answer format and contains bite-sized, research-based modules that can be used by programs to help their adult learners gain and hone reading and writing skills for real life purposes.

U.S. Adults' Literacy & Numeracy Skills in States & Counties
As of February 2020, results on the literacy and numeracy skills of U.S. adults are now available for all states and counties. Using newly released data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this presentation demonstrates how participants can access the most up-to-date and accurate data on adults' skills at the state and county level. Educators, administrators, and policymakers in the Mountain Plains Region will learn about the results for literacy and numeracy in their state or county and how they can use a new, user-friendly mapping tool in funding applications and policy decisions with the goal of improving adult education programs in their area.

Understanding LD & Serving Struggling Learners
Do you have students in your program who struggle with learning, who seem to be unable to progress with their skill development, and/or who exhibit characteristics of potential learning disabilities?  In Part 1 of this session, we will discuss understanding and identifying learning disabilities and examine characteristics of struggling learners.  In Part 2 of this session, we will share and demonstrate effective teaching strategies to use with struggling learners that can be immediately implemented in your classroom. 

Using LINCS ESL Pro Materials for Local Study Circles
LINCS ESL Pro Resource Collection includes 3 online courses and supplemental materials.  Utah Adult Education has been using these tools for the past three years to facilitate a series of study circles for ELA teachers that include a combination of face-to-face learning, online modules, and virtual meetings.  Come and learn how this model has helped bring ELA teachers from across Utah together to enhance their ELA instruction.

Visual Thinking Strategies in the Adult Classroom
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) provides a space for open-ended discussions. As students discuss works of art, they learn critical thinking, literacy, and language skills. VTS allows a voice to students who often don't speak up in class, including special needs and EL students. The presentation will include a VTS experience, as well as research results and information on training.

What's the BUZZ? A New Mexico IET "HIVE" Won a National Competition?
The Hub of Internet-based Vocations and Education (HIVE) won the Institute for Educational Leadership's 'Minds that Move Us' national competition, beating out nine other innovative education and training models designed to create social equity and economic mobility. HIVE received over twice the national online votes of other programs. A public-private partnership at TECC @ UNM-Taos, HIVE has four parts: co-working office, college and adult education school, small-business incubator, and supportive services. HIVE leverages WIOA and business partnerships to implement best practices for IETs in our state. Come find out why HIVE won and how you could replicate this IET model in your community.

What's TSTM Got to Do With It?
Teaching Skills That Matter in Adult Education (TSTM) is a new Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education technical assistance initiative designed to help states improve adult education program outcomes by training teachers on the TSTM toolkit. The TSTM toolkit helps teachers integrate the skills that matter in the areas of civic education, digital, financial and health literacy and workforce preparation, with instructional approaches that work. With a focus on foundations + innovations in adult education, participants in this session will learn about the innovative TSTM toolkit, hear from TSTM pilot cohort participants and see how their state can participate in the next TSTM cohort.

Work Ethic: The Building Blocks for the 21st Century Workforce
With the rapid change taking place in every sector of the workforce, a set of skills has emerged as the building blocks for the future. Sometimes called soft skills or career readiness, employers simply call them Work Ethic. Nearly 9 out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. In the classroom, students with high work ethic have significant improvements in performance and graduate college at nearly double the average rate. The challenge is that fewer than 1 in 5 people have these skills. This presentation highlights simple training and leadership approaches that everyone can use to develop work ethic.  By using employer-based research, defining the 7 skills of work ethic, and applying innovative teaching methodology, discover how you can build the foundational skills of work ethic and prepare your students with the skills for the 21st Century!

Written Expression Disabilities 
Most adult educators are familiar with reading disabilities but less is known about writing disabilities. In this workshop, participants will learn about the two types of written expression disabilities. We’ll explore the characteristics of these disabilities and examine examples of them. We’ll also discuss accommodations and instructional strategies that address problems with written composition and help students improve their writing. 


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