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First Annual LARAEC Conference

May 13, 2017

"Accelerating Student Transitions to the Workforce and Postsecondary Education"

Workshop Schedule

Sheraton Universal Hotel | 333 Universal Hollywood Dr. | Universal City, CA 91608
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Workshop Session I

8:55 AM - 9:40 AM

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Studio I

Nontraditional Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education

Francisco Narciso, Teacher Advisor

Description

The presenter will discuss themes that emerge from various research articles regarding nontraditional student perceptions and implications towards transitioning to post-secondary education. The presenter will discuss the answers to the following questions: What are the cultural, instructional, and institutional needs of nontraditional students? Using Kurt Lewin's Force Field Analysis, what are the driving forces and restraining forces that support or prevent the changes that address the needs of nontraditional students? Using John Kotter's 8 Step Change Model, how can we implement change in post-secondary institutions that support nontraditional students?

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Studio II

Adult School to College Transitions: First Year Insights and Lessons Learned

Monica Balbuena, Kathy Davis, Dianna Domingo, Carrie Frogue, Julie Grair, Jenisha Hasselberger, Quinn Harmon Kelley, Melissa McCarthy, Reginald Reed, Vanessa Sanchez, Dorothy Teola, Eunice Vines, LARAEC Counseling Subject Matter Experts

Description

Participants will learn steps to create an efficient and effective counseling support service model with their partner college(s) to increase the number of adult students that matriculate into the community college system.  Participants will learn strategies to raise student awareness of post-secondary opportunities, assist students in removing barriers to post-secondary transition, and to stay on track to matriculate.

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Studio III

WIOA and Human Capital Development

Mitch Rosin, Consultant, Aztec Software

Description

As states are moving forward with implementing unified and combined state plans under WIOA, the needs of adult education classrooms are evolving. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the WIOA legislation, what drivers led to the passing of the act, as well as practical applications and strategies for implementation. In this workshop you will learn the details of WIOA, why the law was written to include a customer focus, the use of credentials in competency-based learning, and how contextualized instruction and career pathways can help build applied workplace skills.

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Studio IV

AEBG: Partnering to Support Adult Career Pathways

Liz Ben-Ishai and Judy Mortrude Senior Policy Analysts, Center for Law and Social Policy

Description

AEBG asks adult education to 'partner for a strong workforce' and impact the regional community of need. Adult educators know the needs of low-skill, low-income adults are many and that lasting solutions will take strong partnerships. A new tool helps practitioners, policymakers, and funders strengthen existing activity, start new partnerships, and join resources to scale and sustain quality career pathways for adults. Understand the six elements that are essential to building career pathway systems, derived from CTE, WIOA, Linked Learning and other frameworks. Overview of career pathway elements and 50+ California specific initiatives analyzed within the six element framework. Research and development behind the creation of the cacareerpathways.clasp.org website.

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Terrace A

LARAEC ESL Subject Matter Experts Workgroup Report

Maria Carmen Alfaro, Yvette Barrios, Jennifer Bedon, Evelyn Chacon, Dave Coleman, Kathy Davis, Cindy Diaz, Rita Halasz, Rosana Jeronymo, Charlene Joseph, Lia Lerner, Esther Lomeli, Sofia Mayoral, Marianne Noss, Edgar Perez, Mariane Ruane, Maura McCarthy Sakhakorn  LARAEC ESL Subject Matter Experts

Description

The LARAEC ESL Subject Matter Experts Workgroup will present an update with information from 2015-17 on deliverables and pilots connected to LARAEC objectives. They will share their data collection and learning process leading up to conclusions and recommendations to the LARAEC Executive Committee. They will describe the process related to regional course outline alignment, assessments, modularized courses and the professional development plan for the coming school year to follow our new course outlines.

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Terrace B

Brainstorming: The Higher-Order Thinking Gateway to Success in Writing

Pamala Karol, Adjunct Assistant Principal, Noncredit ESL, Los Angeles City College

Description

Arm your writing students with the cognitive skill that powers up a first draft.  Adaptable lessons include modeling, whole-class guided discovery, and group exercises.

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Terrace C

Career Technical Education Pathways Roadmap to Success

Alma Alvarez, David Earhart, William Elarton, Henry Fimbres, Rich Iadevaia, Ana Martinez, Gonzalo Perez, Jose Zaragosa, Lorena Zorrilla, LARAEC Career Technical Education Subject Matter Experts

Description

Discover how the Career Technical Education Workgroup developed new and exciting career pathways within and between local adult schools and community colleges.  Find out how students will be able to have access to multiple entry/exit points to accelerate their career pathways.

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Terrace D

AEBG 101 for Classified Staff

Yanira Chavez, LARAEC Point Person, Elizabeth Lozano, School Administrative Assistant LAUSD/DACE

Description

This workshop will focus on the basics of the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG): data entry and collection; student progress and outcomes; fund sources. The workshop emphasizes the work and contributions that classified and support staff contribute to the grant.

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A Dialogue With Our Adult Education Students: Gaining knowledge about student needs and interests

Elvis Carias, Yvette Fimbres, Adrienne Ann Mullen, Matthew Oberlander, LARAEC Point Persons Team

Description

This session will be devoted to learning about the interests, needs, and concerns of our adult education students from representatives from all LARAEC member districts.  This will be a moderated dialogue with our students to better understand their educational and workforce objectives and how we, as educators, can support them.

Workshop Session II

10:00 AM - 10:45

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Studio I

Adult Secondary Education = Faster, Better and Together

Kim Brendzal, Armida Chow, Michelle Cohen, Carrie Frogue, Gabriel Lopez, Imelda Macias, Patrick Meyer, Leila Rosemberg, Michele Steihl, LARAEC ASE Subject Matter Experts

Description

In the process of reviewing consortium high school diploma and HSE programs and reflecting on an array of local collaborations between adult schools and community colleges, the LARAEC Adult Secondary Education Workgroup has begun to answer two essential questions: What are promising practices for helping students to reach their goals more rapidly? How can we ensure that ASE students transition to their preferred career path, whether within adult school, at community college, or other next steps?

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Studio II

ETS HiSET: Working with you every step of the way

Sara Querubin, Director, ETS HiSET

 

Description

This session will provide HiSET updates like new program initiatives with Work2Career, test taker outreach, and new partnerships with preparation providers such as Essential Education. It will Inform participants of all new program initiatives; provide new resources to HiSET instructors and update participants on new program partnerships with preparation and professional development providers. Participants will hear about new program initiatives such as the Work2Career Program and test taker outreach efforts. Information about new partnerships with preparation providers such as Essential Education will also be highlighted. Participants will also have discussion opportunities with a HiSET Program Director.

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Studio III

WIOA Navigators: Co-location 101

Laura Chardiet, Coordinator, Policy and Program Development LAUSD/DACE, Sam Powers, CTE Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

This session will provide an overview of the process involved in developing a strong partnership with City and County WDB partners leading to a successful co-location partnership. WIOA Navigators will share information about what their job entails, the challenges associated with co-locating and evolving best practices. We will outline the process for strengthening the workforce development partnerships outlined by WIOA legislation.

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Studio IV

AltaMed/LAUSD DACE Licensed Vocational Nurse Licensure Pathway Partnership

Alma Alvarez, CTE Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE, Rocelia Beard, Assistant Principal Adult Counseling, LAUSD/DACE, Dianna Domingo, LAUSD/DACE, Deanna Matsumoto, AEBG Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

The AltaMed/LAUSD DACE LVN Licensure Pathway Partnership exemplifies many of the Adult Education Block Grant strategies to promote workforce entry: collaboration, integration of basic education and ESL, pathways, support systems, and employment outcomes. This workshop will show how industry and educational institutions can work together leveraging resources to create an accelerated, affordable, competency-based LVN licensure program. This collaborative can be used as a model that can be replicated with other industry sectors throughout the state.

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Terrace A

ESL Curriculum Alignment: from Adult School to Noncredit to Credit ESL

Allison Tom-Miura, Faculty Director, Noncredit and Adult Education, West Los Angeles College Veronica Montes, Principal Monica McCarthy, ESL Coordinator Culver City Adult School Clifton de Cordoba, Principal Venice Skills Center Lisa Saperston, ESL Coordinator West LA College

Description

The Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium's (LARAEC) vision of a seamless and collaborative adult education to community college transition is becoming reality at two adult schools in partnership with West Los Angeles College (WLAC). This past fall, Culver City Adult School (CCAS), Venice Skills Center (VSC), and WLAC joined to form the Westside LARAEC. This group has focused on aligning its ESL classes from adult school, to college noncredit, and through college credit. This summer, CCAS and WLAC are taking their partnership a step further where WLAC will offer some of its noncredit ESL classes at CCAS. Through this summer partnership, the Westside LARAEC hopes this serves as a model for these schools to refer and coordinate all its ESL classes to provide the community with a seamless set of ESL classes. Best practices on curriculum alignment, sharing of students, student registration strategies, co-location of classes, and integrating assessment.

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Terrace B

Stand Out Third Edition: Critical Thinking in the Adult Education Classroom

Rob Jenkins, Steven Maggiore

Description

Critical thinking activities ensure that students engage and communicate while seamlessly developing College and Career Readiness in ESL instruction. The presenter will demonstrate how Stand Out is designed to provide evidence-based instruction and critical thinking for real learning. The new edition includes new National Geographic content and new technology tools. The presentation will help participants develop a critical thinking guiding principle they can use to evaluate their own classroom activities and test it out in an interactive activity from the Stand Out textbook series. Participants will learn the strong connection between critical thinking and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) so they can identify best practices in the classroom.

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Terrace C

Career Cruising

Henry Fimbres, Career Technical EducationaI Instructor, Montebello USD

Description

Career Cruising is an online self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career, and life. The presenter will explain how Montebello USD utilizes the online program as part of the Career Technical Education courses.Through lecture and demonstration the presenter will provide an overview of the Career Cruising program. It will explain how students utilize the program and discover their interests and abilities to guide them to their educational goals or career pathway. The program also allows students to create resumes and letters of application utilizing existing templates. They will also have the opportunity to search educational institutions throughout the United States that offer training in their selected career pathway. Students will be able to search for related job opportunities through the Career Cruising program.

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Terrace D

Integrated Education and Training: An Introduction

Jennifer Bedon, Integrated Education and Training Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

What is IET?  Why should we do it?  What are some promising practices to help guide this work?  This presentation will share what LAUSD is doing to support IET:  IET Advisor, partnerships with WorkSource Centers, CALPRO training and DACE Community of Practice.

Workshop Session III

11:05 AM - 11:50

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Studio I

Transitioning Adult School Students to Community College with Noncredit and Credit

Allison Tom-Miura, Faculty Director, Noncredit and Credit Adult Education, West Los Angeles College Court Clyborne, Assistant Principal Los Angeles Technology Center Jo Hart, Assistant Principal Harbor Occupational Center (formerly teacher counselor at LATC)

Description

Successful Transition to College: West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Technology Center have created a partnership to provide an ongoing and sustainable way to transition students to college beyond a single or series of workshops. WLAC taught its free noncredit courses called Intro to Post-Secondary Education (BS 75) to 38 LATC students at the adult school campus in the fall. Approximately 70% of these LATC students are now taking Political Science 1 (credit course) and two noncredit courses in the current spring semester. Political Science 1 meets graduation requirements at both institutions, and the noncredit study skills class and noncredit college placement test prep class help students succeed in their credit class and prepare them to place at college level on the college placement test. Students are not only earning college credit, but are becoming more familiar with the academic rigors of college while gaining academic skills and confidence to successfully transition to college. Join us and learn the tips and pitfalls in expanding your adult school's collaboration with community colleges in this informative and exciting workshop.

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Studio II

You Can Take It With You! High School Equivalency Preparation - Distance Learning Pilot

Monica Balbuena, Coordinator of Adult Counseling Services, LAUSD/DACE

Description

Yes, you can take it with you! That is if you are a student participating in the High School Equivalency Test Prep Distance Learning course. Why should students participate? On-the-go learning allows students to earn a certificate for a FREE HiSET battery. Learn why this pilot was developed and how the first semester is progressing. It can work for your students! Participants will learn why the High School Equivalency Preparation Distance Learning course was developed. Participants will be able to describe how the course is managed, what are the best practices and how they can implement this course to work for their students.

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Studio III

Increasing I-Train/ETPL Referrals to your school

John Alvarez, WIOA Navigator, LAUSD/DACE; Debbie Torres, CTE Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

Learn how to build a system that will make your school the first choice for job training for WorkSource/AJCC participants. This presentation would be geared to schools that are already listed on I-TRAIN or ETPL, but not receiving enough referrals, or any referrals at all. The presentation will inform the audience of what lens they need to look through to recognize what changes need to be made to increase referrals and the amount of WIOA job training dollars being spent at their school. What is a WorkSource/AJCC? What other agencies will sponsor training? Understand WorkSource's purpose and goals.  Learn how to create a win-win-win situation between the participant, WorkSource and the school.

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Studio IV

AEBG Technical Assistance Project

Diana Batista, Director of Adult Education, Sacramento County Office of Education

Description

Overview of the AEBG Technical Assistance grant project at SCOE in partnership with AIR, CASAS and OTAN. This presentation will share an overview of the activities for the AEBG Technical Assistance project. Professional development and support details will be announced including plans for input from the field, webinars, website enhancements and networking for consortia. The AEBG Technical Assistance project will provide expanded leadership, expertise and support to the field through SCOE in partnership with AIR, CASAS and OTAN.

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Terrace A

Blended Learning Solutions to Supplement Instruction

Wendy Heard, Blended Learning Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE; Sean Abajian, Instructional Technology Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

Learn how to use a learning management system to supplement existing courses, accelerating student learning and reducing barriers for adult learners. Learn how an LMS can supplement a course's existing instructional model. View curation of Khan Academy for ABE Math students. View study, instructional, and planning resources for citizenship students. Briefly review best-rated LMS platforms.

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Terrace B

How the GED® Program Enhances your WIOA Outcomes

Debi Faucette, Senior Director, GED® Testing Service

Description

The GED® program provides opportunities to meet WIOA requirements. Learn to embed student-driven program advantages for WIOA success beyond testing to postsecondary education and workforce. Attendees will learn ways to integrate innovative programs from GED Testing Service to enhance the student learning experience. You will learn how engagement/enrichment to support content strategies will prepare students for workplace and postsecondary levels to align with goals/outcomes for WIOA. Attendees will become knowledgeable about the following resources to enrich and extend student learning and success:
1. GED Works
2. GED Prep Connect--Student Outreach effort
3. College Ready Initiative
4. Resources External and Internal to the GED(R) Testing Service Web Resources

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Terrace C

2016-17 LARAEC Adult Basic Education Workgroup Collaboration

DeAnne Susino, Rocelia Beard, Adriana Juarez, Marjorie Schneider, Daniel Moynahan, and Joyce Rosenberg, LARAEC Adult Basic Education Subject Matter Experts

Description

LARAEC ABE Subject Matter Experts wil showcase their collaborative alignment tasks requested/completed this 2016-17 academic school year.

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Terrace D

The New Soft Skills Course

Dave Coleman, ESL Teacher Advisor, LAUSD/DACE

Description

Soft Skills, also known as employability or 21st century skills, have actually been requested as an educational curriculum objective by employers since 1907, if not before. Studies of Fortune 500 CEOs by the Stanford Research Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation found that 75% of long-term job success depended on people skills (soft skills) and only 25% on technical skills.  According to psychologist Daniel Coleman, the ability to relate to other people matters twice as much as IQ or technical skills in job success. Come find out about a two exciting  30-hour courses LAUSD had developed to help students in all programs be career and management ready for day one in their new jobs. Participants will experience a soft skills learning activity and reflection component within larger discussion of the critical emphasis on soft skills in the new adult education for student success in the global economy. Participants will also identify the what, why, and how of student learning of the 'skills that pay the bills'.

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