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Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference 2013

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session I - Conference Opening - Lunch

Thursday, November 14th
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

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.

Plenary Session II - Breakfast

Friday, November 15th
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Martin Kehe, Vice President, Products, GED® Testing Service

The 2014 GED® Program: Helping Adult Learners Make Critical Transitions
What does it take to help adult learners succeed? What is required for them to qualify for the middle-skill jobs that go unfilled annually? You already know that there will be a new GED® test in January 2014. But the 2014 test is just one part of the new 2014 GED® Program, an approach built from a comprehensive analysis of the adult education ecosystem, and our experience and collaborative work with adult learners, educators, employers, and post-secondary administrators. Learn how GED® Testing Service took input from key stakeholders--adult learners, educators, and employers and designed an end-to-end program focused on providing adult learners with additional skills for careers, training, and college.

Plenary Session III - Lunch

Friday, November 15th
12:30 AM – 1:45 PM
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speakers: Hipolito Rosario and Edell Howard

Hipolito RosarioHipolito Rosario has over seven years of experience working with adult education and court-involved students at every level from outreach while incarcerated to pre-GED®/GED®, college prep and on through college. In his own journey as a student, he earned his Associates Degree at Bronx Community College in 2007 and a Bachelor’s Degree at Lehman College in 2010. From 2008-2011, Mr. Rosario helped reshape adult education in New York City first as in intern and then as the Learner Leadership Coordinator at the Mayors' Office of Adult Education. Hipolito is a co-founder of IMPACT (Improving My Progress At College Today), the nationally recognized peer mentoring program at Future Now, and currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the Young Men's Initiative-funded IMPACT replication pilot now in its second year at Hostos Community College and Medgar Evers College.

Edell HowardEdell Howard, a lifelong Boston resident, is poised to be the first person in his family to graduate from college.  Edell went through X-Cel, Inc.’s college bridge program in 2006. He enrolled at Roxbury Community College and graduated in 2007. He completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management in May, 2013. Edell’s hard work and success are an inspiration for the GED® math students he currently teaches and tutors.






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