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COABE/NCL/PAACE PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY STRAND

The following sessions demonstrate the breadth of public policy issues and advocacy being addressed during the COABE PAACE conference. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 

MONDAY, MARCH 17

  • 1:45 State Advocacy Success Stories presented by Art Ellison and JoAnn Weinberger
  • 3:30 Updates from Washington D.C.: A Federal Policy Forum presented by Jackie Taylor, Lennox McLendon, Margie McHugh and Peter Waite

TUESDAY, MARCH 18

  • 9:15 Tweet Up with Brenda Dann-Messier
  • 9:15 Education and Advocation of Emerging Refugee Populations presented by Juli DeNisco
  • 2:00 What Will Immigration Reform Mean for the Adult Education System? presented by

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Register Now! Webinar: What Is PIAAC and Why Does It Matter To You?

What is PIAAC and Why Does It Matter To You?

Click Here to Register Today!

When: Wednesday July 31, 2013

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDST

Who Is It For: National Non-Profits and advocacy organizations within and outside of adult education **

On October 8, 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Report. The report will have significant implications for organizations serving adults in the U.S.  It’s up to us—non-profits and advocates…

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Join Us! #Adulted Twitter Town Hall 2013

For the second consecutive year, COABE and the National Coalition for Literacy are co-hosting a Twitter Town Hall with Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier. Whether or not you are attending the COABE/LAPCAE Conference next week, you and your students can participate in the Town Hall from your location!

Please see these Town Hall Instructions on how to participate, whether you are on-site at conference or someplace else.  This short sheet also includes classroom ideas for instructors and students to participate.  Be sure to follow @NCLAdvocacy for the official Town Hall tweets.

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Public Policy Advocacy Strand for the 2012 COABE/VAACE Conference Strand

Co-hosted by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)  and the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL)

We are pleased to bring you the annual Public Policy Advocacy Strand at the COABE/VAACE Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, April 9-13, 2012. To register or add preconference sessions and excursions, visit: http://www.coabeinvirginia2012.org/index.html

Tuesday, April 10              PreConference Sessions

8:30-11:30 am    The Politics of Adult Education

Presenter: Art Ellison, Policy Chair, National Council of State Directors of Adult Education

1:00-4:00 pm      Tapping the Potential of Social Media for Advocacy

Presenters:

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    First #AEChat in Adult Education Focuses on Public Policy Advocacy

    Join Nell Eckersley (@LACNYCNell) and Jackie Taylor(@jataylor10) for the first ever #AEChat on Twitter, Friday, November 4, 9-11 am Eastern (8-10 am Central). This first #AEChat is held in conjunction with the Public Policy Forum at the #USCAL Conference titled “Mission or Money: Can You Have Both?” (See description below).

    What is a Twitter Chat?

    A Twitter “chat” is a focused conversation on a specific topic that takes place on Twitter, and it is often conducted using a Twitter hashtag (what’s this). #AEChat is focused on topics relevant to adult education…

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    Adult Educators at CAEPA Rendezvous Organize for Advocacy

    Hello CAEPA Participants!

    We are thrilled to be here in Denver, Colorado, at the CAEPA Rendezvous October 21-22, 2011. We are presenting a couple of workshops: “Using Social Media for Grassroots Advocacy” and “Public Policy Advocacy and YOU!”. We are posting e-files of our handouts here. Please comment in the box below and tell us something that has stood out to you during either of these sessions. And let us know what you plan on implementing or trying out when you return home.

    Also, here are some photos we took while in Denver:

    Here is the…

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    The National Coalition for Literacy to Present at USCAL, Houston, Texas

    The National Coalition for Literacy will be presenting several interactive public policy advocacy sessions at the US Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL) in Houston, Texas, November 2-5, 2011. We hope you will join us! Come share your experiences and recommendations in advocating for adult and family literacy and have a voice in strengthening NCL’s advocacy nationwide. Leave armed with resources for strategically developing your advocacy campaigns.

    Add a preconference to your schedule: Register today for our day long preconference on Effective Advocacy Strategies. Early registration has been extended until October 21. Register here.

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    Join the National Coalition for Literacy at COABE 2011!

    The Commission on Adult Basic Education and the National Coalition for Literacy are pleased to bring you the Public Policy Advocacy Strand, hosted at the national COABE Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 17-21, 2011.

    To add a preconference to your existing registration,  modify your registration or contact the COABE office if you need assistance (888-442-6223 or info@coabe.org).

    Presentations and handouts will be posted here as they are made available.

    Effective Advocacy Strategies

    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    PreConference 8:30 – 11:30 am

    Presenters:

    • Kathi Medcalf, Past President, Maine Adult

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    Tennessee Adult Educators Build Partnerships for Advocacy

    Hello Tennessee Adult Educators!

    Thank you for attending today’s symposium on Public Policy Advocacy Partnerships here in Nashville, Tennessee. We are happy to be here with you today and we look forward to exploring how we can work together to build partnerships in advocating for adult education and literacy.

    Our speakers include Karla Davis, Commissioner of the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Marva Doremus, Acting Administrator of Adult Education; Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, NCL President; Judd Matheny (R) TN House Speaker Pro Tempore; Joe Towns (D) TN House, Mike Turner (D) TN House; Brenda…

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    NCL Gears Up for Nashville & Orlando, Grassroots Advocacy

    By Marsha Tait

    The National Coalition for Literacy is pleased to announce that it will hold two public policy advocacy symposia this spring with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The first event will be held in Nashville, TN on March 15, 2011 in partnership with the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Adult Education, and the TN Association of Adult and Community Education.  Newly appointed Commissioner of the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Karla Davis, will speak.  The event will take place at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. We are pleased to…

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    NCL Hosts Spring Advocacy Symposia and Webinars

    By Marsha Tait and Jackie Taylor.

    Symposia

    The National Coalition for Literacy is pleased to announce that it will hold two public policy advocacy symposia this spring with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The first event will be held in Nashville, TN on March 15, 2011 in partnership with the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Adult Education, and the TN Association of Adult and Community Education.  The event will take place at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. We are pleased to be offering this…

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    NCL Hosts Public Policy Advocacy Symposium in Little Rock “Polite, Persistent, Persuasion”

    By Marsha Tait

    NCL held its second 2010 public policy advocacy symposium in Little Rock, AR this month. More than 85 participants were introduced to the NCL Advocacy Toolkit, blog, and Twitter. Speakers included AR State Director of Adult Education Jim Smith, State Senator Shane Broadway, Dr. Charles Allen, and legislative aides from US Representative Vic Snyder’s and Governor Mike Bebe’s offices. Local panelists Patricia Bates, Ray Pool, and Randall Whitmore discussed the collaborative W.A.G.E. project, a state-wide effort to credential workers’ skills.

    Following a role play about “how…

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    Advocates Organize at COABE Regional Institute

    Thank you for attending today’s workshop on Effective Advocacy Strategies, held at the COABE Regional Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We are happy to be here with you and we look forward to hearing from you on what’s needed to improve advocacy for adult education locally and nationwide.

    Please post an introduction in the Comment box below. Tell us your thoughts on one or more of these questions:

    • How do you plan to begin or improve advocacy efforts for adult education locally?
    • What’s needed to improve advocacy for adult education in your state or nationwide?
    • How might you better incorporate

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    Arkansas Prepares to Strengthen Partnerships for Advocacy

    Arkansas Advocates!

    Thank you for attending today’s symposium on Building Effective Local Partnerships and Collaborations here in Little Rock, Arkansas. We are happy to be here with you today and we look forward to exploring how we can work together to build partnerships in advocating for adult education and literacy.

    Our speakers include State Director Jim Smith, newly elected NCL President Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Senator Shane Broadway, Dr. Charles Allen, Senator Tracy Steele, and many local panelists and presenters. We are looking forward to an outstanding day packed with valuable…

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    NCL Dollar General Advocacy Symposium Update

    By Marsha Tait

    In June, NCL was pleased to award three advocacy “mini-grants” to attendees at the NCL/Dollar General Advocacy Symposium that took place in Columbus, Ohio, April 21.

    Awardees were: The Ohio Literacy Network, for their Collaborative Advocacy Project Proposal; the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education for their Statewide Advocacy Symposium for Adult Basic and Literacy Education proposal; and Parma Adult Education Services for their Coalition for Advocacy for the Life‐long Learner (C.A.L.L.) proposal.  All three…

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    North Carolina Gears Up for Adult Literacy Advocacy Campaigns

    After the North Carolina Grassroots Advocacy Symposium held in fall 2009, advocates find strategic and innovative ways to move adult literacy advocacy initiatives forward.

    Earlier this year, two organizations from North Carolina were awarded $5,000.00 Advocacy Grants from the National Coalition for Literacy: Reading Connections and Wake Technical Community College. The purpose of the grants is to support initiatives designed to build the capacity for adult literacy advocacy in the field and increase the impact of the Dollar General Presentation Series. To be eligible for…

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    Grassroots Advocacy Symposium Held in Ohio

    NCL held its second public policy advocacy symposium this month in Dublin, OH in connection with the state-wide Partnerships in Transition conference. The symposium was planned by NCL in collaboration with the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the Ohio Literacy Network and the ABLE Resource Center Network. Speakers included Jackson Routh from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Dr. Peter Waite, president of NCL, Aketa Marie Simmons, Press Secretary and Education Staff for Congresswoman Fudge, Ed Roberts, Congressional Aide to Senator Brown, representatives of local partnerships and collaborations in OH, and adult student Dawana Martin.

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    Tweet Up and Blogging from the 2010 COABE/ProLiteracy Conference

    Did you go to Conference? Share what you learned on public policy and advocacy so other adult literacy advocates can benefit from your ideas. Advocacy is a team effort! Tell your colleagues who stayed home to bookmark this space and watch for updates.

    If you did not go to Conference, this Blog offers a way you can benefit from the conference afterwards. Session handouts you can download are now available! Just click on the title of the session that interests you and you will find the handouts linked there. Share your comments/questions for any of the…

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    Federal Legislative Update

    Popularly known as the “Policy Panel” that has drawn over 400 participants each conference, this preconference provides you an exclusive opportunity to interact with panelists for an in-depth look at the federal legislative issues. National adult education leaders will update you on federal legislative developments in adult education and related areas. Then join roundtable discussions led by panelists, examine how policy affects practice, and target policy change in areas that concern you most. Create a plan; bring it home.

    Monday, March 15, 8:30 – 11:30 am

    Boulevard C

    Panelists:

    • Jeff Carter, Policy and Government Affairs Director, ProLiteracy
    • Art Ellison,

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    Pathways and Advocacy: Building the Grassroots Base

    The session features practical, hands-on strategies for planning and implementing a successful grassroots advocacy program. Participants will discuss strategies and tactics and create action plans that integrate advocacy with community and business partnerships. Built on the successes from the National Coalition for Literacy grassroots advocacy symposia, with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, you will hear from local and state level advocates on how they have implemented successful advocacy campaigns.

    Monday, March 15, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

    Boulevard C

    Panelists:

    • Brenda Brown, Vice President, Adult Education, Middle Georgia Technical College
    • Dorothy Ferguson, Coordinator, Adult Education, Middle Georgia

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    Public Policy Debate

    For the first time ever, a panel of experts at conference will explore different perspectives on hot policy issues that affect adult education[i] in the U.S. today. COABE and ProLiteracy Members not attending conference can also participate in the debates live via Webinar.

    Topic 1: Investing in the Lowest Level Learners

    Video Archive of Debates, Topic 1

    The first topic explores whether and to what extent federal and state monies should be invested in the lowest level of learner in an economic and political climate that is focused almost entirely on jobs creation economic stimulus.  

    Topic 2: Adult Education: Situated in

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    Implementing the Vision: Initiatives and Resources to Foster Integration Through the Naturalization Process

    This workshop will highlight the demographic trends and policy developments leading U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to encourage civic participation by providing tools and resources for immigrants and communities that serve them to facilitate the naturalization process and celebrate citizenship.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2:45 – 3:35 pm

    Northwest Seven (Lower Level)

    Presenter:

    Rachael Shaw, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Handouts:

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    Lakeside Chat With Cheryl Keenan, Part I and Part II

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what is new at the US Dept. of Education’s Office of Adult and Vocational Education. Ms. Keenan will share information and news about OVAE’s initiatives and will answer your questions in this highly interactive double session.
     

     Part I: Wednesday, March 17, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

    Part II: Wednesday, March 17, 2:45 –3:45 pm

    Location for Part I and Part II: Blackstone Hotel, Crystal Ballroom (4th Floor)

    Presenter:

    Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

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    The Next Dimension * Career Pathways

    Adult education has many dimensions—literacy, ESOL, GED, high school, family literacy, etc. Due to the severe economic situation, adult educators are being asked to add a complex additional dimension to our work—career pathways. What are the subsequent national, state, and local implications for policy, practice, and professional development?

    Thursday, March 18, 8:00 – 9:00 am

    Blackstone Hotel, Crystal Ballroom (4th Floor)

     Presenter:

    Lennox McLendon, Executive Director, National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC)

    Please share your comments on this session or this topic in the Comment Box below; click Comment to submit.

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    Strategic Partnering in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Context

    During challenging economic times, it is increasingly important to leverage resources, foster collaboration, and develop partnerships at both the state and local levels. Participants in this session will discuss how systems and organizations can work together in order to access American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

    Thursday, March 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am

    Blackstone Hotel, Inspiration Studio (5th Floor)

    Presenter:

    Jeffrey A. Fantine, State Director of Adult Education, Maine Department of Education

    Handouts:

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    Key Elements of Effective Advocacy

    Learn key elements of effective advocacy at the state and federal levels: what you can do as an advocate, and strategies that lead to increased funding—including how to cultivate champions for adult education and literacy. Create a local advocacy plan; leave with resources and ideas that you can use tomorrow.

    Thursday, March 18, 9:15 – 10:15 am

    Northwest Four (Lower Level)

    Presenters:
    • Jackie Taylor, NCL Public Policy Committee Co-Chair; Advocacy Co-Chair, Tennessee Association of Adult and Community Education (TAACE)
    • Marsha L. Tait, NCL Public Policy Committee Co-Chair           

    Handouts:

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    WIA Update

    Following her keynote address, Brenda Dann-Messier (Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education) and Cheryl Keenan (Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Vocational and Adult Education) will update conference attendees about reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act. The session will be moderated by David C. Harvey, President and CEO of ProLiteracy. Do not miss this chance to learn what is happening with the federal legislation that authorizes adult basic education in the US.
     

     

    Thursday, March 18, 1:45 –2:45 pm

    Continental Ballroom B (Lobby Level)

    Presenters:

    • Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary, Office of

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    Shifting Gears: Shifting State Adult Education Policies to Support Postsecondary Success

    In this session, you will learn about Shifting Gears a multi-state, state policy initiative geared toward increasing the number of low-skilled adults achieving postsecondary credentials. We will also explore the barriers and opportunities in your state to the development of career pathways to college and career success for low-working adults.

    Thursday, March 18, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

    Boulevard A (2nd Floor)

    Presenters:

    • Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP
    • Jennifer K. Foster, Senior Director for Adult Education and Family Literacy/State Director for GED Testing, Illinois Community College Board

    Handouts:

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    National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

    The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy lays out a vision and seven goals to create a health literate society. This workshop will discuss the development of the goals and strategies, the potential impact of the plan on policy, and its use in everyday practice.

    Thursday, March 18, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

    Boulevard B (2nd Floor)

    Presenter:

    Gary Podschun, Manager, Community Outreach and Cultural Competence Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, American Dental Association (ADA)

    Handouts:

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    Stabilizing and Strengthening the Adult Education Workforce

    Professional quality—including both teacher quality and the working conditions professionals need—is critical for advancing the adult education and literacy system. Learn how panelists advance this cause in their programs and states, and through federal legislation. See how you can stabilize and strengthen the adult education workforce in your area.

    Friday, March 19, 8:30 – 9:30 am

    Continental Ballroom B (Lobby Level)

    Panelists:

    • Jackie Taylor, NCL Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
    • Mary Ann Corley, Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research
    • Richard Tariff, Director of Adult Services, EASTCONN
    • Andy Nash, World Education; MA Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) Working Conditions Committee

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