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Mary Katherine Moen to retire

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Mary Katherine Moen

Mary Katherine Moen will retire on August 13 after serving as Nevada’s adult education director for 11 years. Charged with overseeing the state’s Adult Basic Education and GED Testing system, Mary Katherine focused her tenure on developing infrastructure to serve the state’s rapidly expanding population of adult learners.

“I’m very proud that we’ve codified policy, developed an Administrator’s Handbook to document it, created Adult Education Content Standards for the AEFLA-funded programs, improved our professional development system, and boosted accountability,” she said. “I am extremely blessed and honored to have worked with such dedicated people doing such important work.”

Mary Katherine served on the Executive Committee of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and is recognized as an effective advocate for adult education by her colleagues throughout the country.

She plans to move to Portland, Oregon, near her brother, sisters, children, and granddaughter Louise.

The AEFLA-funded programs will celebrate Mary Katherine’s life change at the end of their annual summer retreat on Thursday, August 12 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Plaza Picnic Pavilion (near the Brick House) at Bartley Ranch Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno. Contact Claudia Bianca (, 775/824-8604) by August 1 if you’d like to join the party!

Student Persistence Online Discussion – Free Webinar for Members

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:
Why our students leave and what we can do to help them stay.

Part I:  Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 2:30 PST

Part II: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 2:30 PST

Click Here to Register for Part II Now!

We finally have good research on adult learner persistence.  In preparation for Part I, you will read four short research briefs and during Part I we will review those findings to learn what that research tells us about adults’ participation in our programs.

Between Part I and Part II, each of you will use a framework derived from that research to list classroom, program policy, and professional development strategies you use now to promote persistence.  (Everyone has successful strategies.)

In Part II we will discuss strategies for each of the parts of that framework.  Dr. McLendon will share with you strategies that come out of the research as well as strategies that he has collected from working on student persistence with your colleagues in more than sixteen states.  He will also ask you to share strategies that you have found to work to add to his list.  As a result of our discussions, your task will be to think about matching strategies that fit your local program, your staff, and your students.  To wrap it all up, we will discuss a template for your using these materials to engage your colleagues in your program to create a student persistence learning project.

Free Webinar for NAE members – Register Here

Download the Learner-Persistence-Training-Packet

Download Required Reading for Part I: Learner-Persistence-Research-Briefs

Download Presentation Slides for Part I

Fight for Nevada

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Signature Petition Drive

If you believe that funding cuts to K-12 and the Nevada System of Higher Education are not solutions for the state’s budget crisis, then consider adding your name to Fight for Nevada: A Petition in Defense of Education.

The Fight for Nevada website is sponsored by The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and has collected thousands of signature from alumnus, alumna, students, faculty, staff, and supporters of Nevada’s institutions of higher education.

MPAEA 2010 – Arizona Releases New Details

Monday, February 1st, 2010

MPAEA 2010 Tempe, AZ

Arizona, host of MPAEA 2010: Mining the Treasures in Adult Education” recently released many details for the annual conference. At you’ll find a conference overview, schedule-at-a-glance, and information about the Fiesta Resort Conference Center in Tempe. You can register online or print hard copy for mail-in registration.

NAE members Kim Forney (Humboldt County School District), Joy Zimmerman and Gail Hettich (TMCC), and Teri Zutter and Angela Andrade (WNC) will be presenting. (Anyone else out there? Let us know!)

Nevada Adult Educators will meet Thursday from 5-6 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

MPAEA Scholarships Available – Deadline 11/15/2009

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

mpaea-post-logoDeadline for MPAEA Scholarship Applications is 11/15/09

The Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA) offers several scholarships each year. Deadline to submit is 11/15/09. Applicant must be a current member of MPAEA or submit a membership application when applying for these scholarships. Applications are posted at (click on “scholarships”). Scholarships available include:

Professional Development Scholarship — Up to $500 (one per state)

Purpose: To provide funds to attend conferences or other staff development activities during the MPAEA year (from beginning of the annual conference through the conference of the following year).

Teacher Innovation Scholarship — Up to $250  (one per state)

Purpose: To supplement direct instruction to students.

Larry B. Wickham Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies — Up to $1000  (just one for MPAEA)

Purpose: To fund tuition, books, and/or school related expenses for a graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program in adult education or a closely related field in a college or university in one of the Mountain Plains states.

Nevada is represented on the MPAEA Board by NAE members Brad Deeds and Sharyn Yanoshak.

Alan D. Pierce joins the Board of Directors

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Alan PierceAlan D. Pierce has joined the Board of Directors, providing representation for institutional programs. Alan keeps very busy at Lovelock Correctional Center, where he teaches math and U.S. history to the general population, plus business English, creative writing, and constitutional history to students working on advanced degrees through WNC. He also oversees the GED Tests and NSHSPE (Nevada State High School Proficiency Exams) for segregated students and coordinates the education program for them as well. From 1984-2005, Alan taught all subjects to incarcerated youth at the maximum security Lane County Juvenile Justice Center in Eugene, OR. He received his B.A. in political science/education from Washington State University, his M.S. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon, and a special education endorsement from Lewis and Clark State College in Portland.
Alan leads his colleagues as well as his students: He was an institution representative for the Union Education Association and has served in various Executive Board positions for the Lane County Education Association. He currently serves as building representative for the Pershing County Classroom Teachers Association and also holds membership in the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association, the Correctional Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Nevada State Education Association.
“I believe education is one of most vital programs offered in prison,” said Alan, “as it gives students the opportunity to succeed, which ultimately benefits all of us. I joined the Board because I’d like to be involved with other adult educators to enhance and improve services for the prison population and for all those in need of adult education.”