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Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference 2013

Preconference Sessions
Wednesday, November 13
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creating Cultures of Respect in the Adult Education Classroom

Federico Salas-Isnardi
Salon IV

The ability to respect differences and work with diversity is a skill needed in the 21st century. Teachers learn to create safe classrooms for discussing the relationship between diversity and social justice. Participants will engage in activities to identify their own biases, develop the strengths of the learning community, and learn to integrate these concerns in the curriculum.

Federico Salas-Isnardi is an adult educator with 25 years of work in the field. He has worked as a teacher, administrator, professional developer, and consultant. He is a published author and Chair of Professional Development for Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).


Appendix 4 TESOL White Privilege
Appendix 6 TESOL Characteristics of Allies
Appendix 7 TESOL Action Continuum
Appendix 8 TESOL Action Plan
Appendix 9 TESOL Selected resources
Cycle of Oppression
Race and Justice Antidiscrimination Activities
Will You Be the Teacher

Teaching about Clean Energy for Work, Home, and Community

Sandy Goodman and Alex Risley Schroeder
Salon V

The ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors project was designed to provide clean energy industry background information, key concepts and real-world industry exposure to participating program staff and students. The project enhanced staff capacity to teach students about clean energy and provide informed guidance on local clean energy career and training opportunities. 
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the project activities, curriculum resources, and outcomes. The workshop will discuss ways you can incorporate them into your own teaching, advising and program design. Resources and tools you can use to investigate the potential clean energy career and training opportunities in clean energy will also be identified. 

Sandy Goodman is the Director of Career Pathways at the National College Transition Network (NCTN), where her work includes designing and leading college transition and career pathways initiatives.

Alex Risley Schroeder has 20 years of experience in the fields of adult basic education and workforce development. Since launching Finding Earth Works, she has helped educators and program developers integrate “green economy” thinking into their curricula.

Rethinking Science Instruction

Cynthia Zafft
Salon III

What are the instructional shifts you need to consider as you prepare students in the science content area?  Recent changes in high school completion requirements mean that adult learners need deeper conceptual understanding, knowledge, and practice problem solving within a science context.  This interactive workshop will focus on science principles and practices with both textual and quantitative examples.  Participants will have some fun with science as they sample classroom activities that include the three major content domains: life science, physical science, and Earth and space science.

Cynthia Zafft is the Senior Advisor for the National College Transition Network (NCTN) and principal investigator for Region 1 of the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS), a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education initiative.

Nurturing Resilience in Transitions Students

Cynthia Peters
Bristol A

This workshop explores teaching styles and concrete tools that nurture resilience in transitions students. Learn about approaches that are both personally and collectively empowering and that help students stay in school and meet their goals. See lessons modeled and leave with ready-to-use lesson plans.

Cynthia Peters is the editor of The Change Agent at World Education, Inc. She previously taught ABE, ESOL, Bridge to College, and the Adult Diploma Program through the Worker Education Program in Boston.




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