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Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference 2015

The ninth Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference is set for November 9 - 11, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence, RI. Our conference is taking place in a time of great change and opportunity in the adult education field. The conference is designed with this significant transition of the adult education community in view.


Johan E. Uvin joined the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) in December 2009 as senior policy advisor to Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier. In 2011, Uvin was appointed to the position of deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives. In that capacity, he coordinates all policy and strategy development for OCTAE. This office is responsible for the Department's adult education portfolio, including corrections and reentry education, secondary, postsecondary and adult career and technical education, and community colleges.

In 2012, Uvin assumed additional responsibilities as the acting director of the Policy Research and Evaluation Services Division of OCTAE and the co-chair of the Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth, a multi-agency federal collaboration to improve the outcomes of disconnected youths. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the steering committee of the Domestic Policy Council's New Americans Citizenship and Integration Initiative, which developed a framework for federal efforts on immigrant integration. Uvin further leads the Department's Pay for Success work and coordinates the Department's responsibilities related to the implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on Job-Driven Training. In May 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Uvin acting assistant secretary for OCTAE.

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Registration is now open! Rates include access to all workshops, exhibit hall, discussion groups, keynote presentations and all meals (excluding dinners). Registration rates do not include access to pre-conference sessions and other special events.

Current NCTN members, we encourage you to take advantage of your exclusive discounted rates. If you have questions about your NCTN membership, please email Araceli Mendez at for more information.

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The Crowne Plaza at the Crossings in Providence (Warwick), Rhode Island is the official hotel for the Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference.

Discounted room rates are also available at the Holiday Inn and Nylo nearby. Shuttle service will be available between the hotels during the conference.

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We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

A detailed schedule of workshops will be released in mid-September. In the meantime, please utilize our Conference At A Glance schedule for your travel planning.

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Our conference is a dynamic exchange of over 550 participants from 48 states. By promoting evidence based practices and innovation, the NCTN strengthens the policy and best practice needed to help nontraditional learners, such as veterans, dislocated workers, and under and unemployed adults earn a family sustaining income. 

Support our effort to promote effective innovation! As a sponsor, you will be listed on our website and in the program book, have the opportunity to display your information and materials, and also get exposure throughout the event.  

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The Call for Presenters is now closed.

Among the workshop themes are: foundational skills, acceleration strategies, career pathways and workforce development, collaborations and partnerships, college and career readiness standards, English for Speakers of Other Languages, correctional education, advising and comprehensive support services, and technology integration.

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