P.U.L.S.E Conference: Adult Literacy, Education and Workforce Strategies

 In America

Wayne State University Harris Literacy Program and Reading Works Present

The 4th Annual PULSE Adult Literacy Conference
Education and Workforce Strategies
Friday, November 30, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Morning Panel Discussion: Barriers to Learning
By: Caitlyn Pisarski, M.S.W., Southwest Economic Solutions; Amy Graham,
M.A., Wayne State University; and Maria Yoo, L.M.S.W., Community Care Services
Moderated by: Colleen Allen, Ph.D., Autism Alliance of Michigan

An interactive panel of experts to discuss working with adult learners who may be facing mental health issues, learning disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and other barriers to learning. Outcomes include: identifying the challenge, best practices in the classroom and accessing resources for our adult learners.

Morning and Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions
There will be six concurrent breakout sessions for participants to choose from, breakout sessions A, B, & C in the morning and breakout sessions D, E, & F in the afternoon.

Breakout Session A: Reading Comprehension Strategies in Math
By: Erin Howarth, Washtenaw Literacy
Word problems present a particular challenge for low-literate adults; even those with great math skills struggle to reach correct answers if they cannot understand the questions. This session will share strategies for comprehending problems commonly found in the GED and college admission tests. Attendees will also discuss how to incorporate “real life math” into their lessons, building practical
numeracy skills for all adults.

Breakout Session B: Online Resources and Strategies for Building Adult Literacy
By: Daniel Yowell, M.A., Livonia Public Schools/Wayne RESA
This session will provide participants with an overview of several online literacy resources for adult learners, as well as strategies for creating a literacy-rich classroom environment. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or mobile phone to participate in interactive portions and browse featured resources.

Breakout Session C: Data Driven Decision-Making
By: Stephanie Quesnelle, M.P.A., Data Driven Detroit
This session will cover basic research method, focusing on creating a shared understanding of basic data definitions and analysis options. Attendees will leave the session having conducted a group brainstorming session on measurable factors related to adult literacy and ideas for the types of activities they can measure in their own organizations to track progress towards their goals.

Lunch and Learn
Lunch will be provided to participants. During lunch, attendees will receive an update on workforce strategy and building foundational skills from Alaina Jackson, Ph.D., United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and view a presentation on getting to know MACAE by Patrick Brown, MACAE.

Breakout Session D: Bridging the Digital Use Divide – Meaningful Technology Use in the Adult Education Classroom
By: Begüm Aydinol Aslan, M.A., Wayne State University
In this session, utilizing group exercises and research based strategies, participants will learn how technology integration into the teaching and learning process can help create meaningful learning experiences.

Breakout Session E: Disruption, Connection, Wonderful, Weird: Using the Power of Writing to Motivate Adult Learning
By: Naimah Wade, Ph.D., 826michigan and Catherine Calabro, M.F.A., 826michigan
During this session, 826michigan organization members will share practices that they use to excite young students to connect with wider audiences through writing. Participants are encouraged to consider how these practices can engage adult learners in the writing process and spark an interest in lifelong learning.

Breakout Session F: Adult Education and Workforce: Four Strategies that Work
By: Mary Freeman, M.A., Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and Vickie Choitz, M.P.P., Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
During this session, participants will explore the four strategies that work in adult education and the workforce. These include bridge programs, career pathways, employer based education and training, and accelerated high school completion. These four strategies have been tested and proven nationally to move people out of poverty and into jobs with family sustaining wages. Join us to learn how these strategies relate to the work you do.

Afternoon Panel Discussion: What to Expect from our Next Governor and Legislature
By Larry Good, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and Dusty Fancher, Midwest Strategy Group
Moderated by: Kyle DuBuc, United Way for Southeastern Michigan
An interactive panel of experts to discuss what to anticipate from our next Governor and Legislature in adult education, workforce, and other policies that impact our work.


Early Bird Registration is $40 and includes parking.  On November 1st the late registration is $60.  Up to Six State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) will be available for interested participants.

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