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Effective Transitions in Adult Education 2012

Thursday, November 8
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Dr. Dann-MessierDr. Brenda Dann-Messier was nominated by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education on July 14, 2009. On October 5, 2009 she was confirmed by the United States Senate and began her official duties on October 13, 2009.

Prior to coming to the United States Department of Education Dr. Dann-Messier served for a decade as the President of Dorcas Place a community-based adult education agency based in Providence, Rhode Island. While working to expand educational and career opportunities for low-income, low-literacy adults, Brenda has been commended by the R.I. Department of Education for her commitment to the low-skilled learner.

Dr. Dann-Messier has been a tireless advocate for the adult learner, serving on numerous state and local boards. She was member of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education and chaired its Academic and Student Affairs Subcommittee. Brenda is frequently a presenter at national and international conferences and forums, including the National Commission On Adult Basic Education, Council for Opportunity in Education, National Center for Family Literacy, and the European Access Network.


The Power of the Positive: From Our Staff to Our Students
What it is, why it matters, and how to use it in an educational setting!

Carrie Stack, M.Ed. is a Certified Life Coach, author and motivational speaker with over 20 years of experience providing people with skills and tools to make positive changes in their lives. Founder of the Say Yes Institute (SYI), a company focused on building emotional intelligence skills through training and coaching, she has provided services to leaders, managers, and staff at 60+ nonprofit agencies and shared her "people skills" strategies with thousands of people looking to build more positive and powerful relationships, both at home and at work.

Carrie brings a range of experiences in to her training and coaching, from the classroom to the conference room, as she has been a teacher, counselor, trainer and program director. In her roles she has worked with children, teens, and families dealing with many challenges in life and has had privilege of witnessing people (of all ages!) evolve in ways that both inspire and awe.

Carrie is the author of, The Dream Boss (due for release Oct. 2012), Conversations with the Future, and a featured columnist for Achiever magazine. She was named in "101 Women to Watch" by WE Magazine and featured on 7-NEWS, FOX 25, Boston Globe, Boston Literary Magazine, The Lynn Item and North Shore Sunday. She is also founder of the nonprofit Courage2Know and co-founder of EO Your Life.

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Plenary Session
Friday, November 9
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Countdown to 2014 – It’s More Than Just a Test

On January 2, 2014, the GED Testing Service™ will launch the next generation GED® assessment. The new assessment system will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential while at the same time measuring career- and college-readiness skills necessary for today’s workforce and postsecondary education and training. This plenary session will include an overview of the content of the new test and how those content changes will impact instruction in adult education programs.

Since 1998, Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman-Shetler have teamed to create innovative and cutting edge professional development activities and materials. With a passion for the adult learner, Bonnie and Susan have established themselves as respected leaders at the local, state, and national level in the field of adult education training. Both own and operate a national consulting/educating/ training company specializing in improving individual and organizational performance.

Friday, November 9
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Adam Sennott is a graduate of the Community Learning Center's GED and Bridge programs who earned an Associate's Degree in Communication from Bunker Hill Community College. Adam is now earning a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Emerson College. Adam's professor describes him as a "hard working, well prepared, inquisitive and articulate student" who "showed great reporting and writing talent." The CLC Bridge program coordinator notes his "energy and enthusiasm for his goals, his studies, and a college life that included many extra writing projects, including serving as editor of Spare Change News and completing two summer internships for GateHouse Media."







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