GED Institute for Adult Educators in Nevada

April 11th, 2011

Nevada Adult Education, Steck-Vaughn, and UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment have joined forces to bring Nevada GED Educators a day of training on best practices and strategies for GED instruction.

Please join us for this highly interactive workshop on best practices for GED instruction. Gain practical teaching tips you can use immediately to help your students pass the tests of GED.  Conducted by nationally acclaimed GED trainers Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman-Shetler. Snacks and Lunch provided.

Saturday May 7, 2011   8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment
1455 E Tropicana Ave.,  #650
Las Vegas, NV  89101

To sign up or for more information, please contact Renee Clark at or call 866-365-7554.

Deadline to sign up is April 25. Space is limited.

Click here for a flyer with details.
This “institute” is open to any GED instructors from the state of Nevada so please post, forward, and get the word out.   Please be aware space is limited and attendees will be accepted on a first reply basis.

Keys to Safety Campaign and Free Materials

April 8th, 2011

Adults with limited literacy may find it difficult to read or understand critical fire safety information. Without this information, these adults and their families are at a greater risk for loss, injury, or death due to fire. Adult educators can help.
Find out how at Or contact Katie Schisa, Keys to Safety project manager, at (315) 422-9121 ext. 250 or at

Through May 2011, ProLiteracy is sponsoring the Keys to Safety Campaign, a national effort that promotes fire prevention and home safety education through local adult education and literacy programs.

ProLiteracy is providing free materials and support to help Adult Basic Education, literacy, and ESL programs organize Keys to Safety activities in their communities, independently or in collaboration with area fire departments. Free fire safety materials for teachers and tutors to use with adult learners in instructional settings are also available through Keys to Safety.

The project was made possible with funding from DHS/FEMA’s Grant Program Directorate for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program—Fire Prevention and Safety Grants.

My Next Move – Web App for Job Seekers

April 1st, 2011

What do you want to do for a living?My Next Move is an easy-to-use electronic tool that enables users to explore occupations and find related information, including job openings, job outlook information, salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

My Next Move uses information developed as part of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) system. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, O*NET is a comprehensive career information resource which collects data including the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by more than 900 occupations in the U.S. economy.

Through this new electronic tool, users can search for careers using key words, industries, or their work-related interests. They also can identify occupations in the green economy. The tool is written at a reading level that makes it accessible to everyone and is great for those who may be unfamiliar with computers and Internet sites.

The tool includes a new on-line, streamlined interest assessment with 60 questions about what an individual likes to do. Based on an individual’s interests and responses, the information gathered will be used to suggest potentially suitable occupations and careers.

Washington State Seeks Adult Education Director

March 30th, 2011

sbctc logoThe Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director to join the SBCTC team.  This critical, full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington—State Board has office locations in Bellevue, Olympia and Spokane—and will provide leadership for the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Office and the adult basic education, English as a second language, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) and adult secondary education programs provided through Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges and 10 community-based organizations.  Interested candidates are encouraged to visit SBCTC’s Web site ( to gain insight into the agency’s mission and system direction.

Position Announcement (PDF)

COABE and NCL Announce Two Advocacy Preconferences

March 15th, 2011
COABE 2011 Conference

COABE 2011 Conference

The Commission on Adult Basic Education and the National Coalition for Literacy are pleased to bring you the following two half-day advocacy preconferences. To add a preconference to your existing registration modify your registration or contact the COABE office if you need assistance (888-442-6223 or


8:30 – 11:30 am

Effective Advocacy Strategies

Featuring practical strategies for planning and implementing a successful grassroots advocacy program. Join this session to hear how advocates have run successful campaigns to increase funding and save adult education from cuts. Explore effective advocacy strategies and leave with resources and a plan to implement when you return home. Workshop format.
• Kathi Medcalf, Past President, Maine Adult Education Association and Director, Sanford Adult & Community Education
• Marsha L. Tait, National Coalition for Literacy Grant Manager
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE

Room: Union Square 21


12:30 – 3:30 pm

Leveraging Social Media for Grassroots Advocacy

Join this hands-on interactive session on using social media to advocate for adult education. Based on new research in adult education, see how to engage social media activists and impact adult education policy on the Hill. Get peer and expert coaching. Develop your own social media strategy you can use not to advance your advocacy goals.
• Cheryl Contee, Partner, Fission Strategy
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE
• Marsha L. Tait, Dollar General Grant Manager, National Coalition for Literacy
• Cassandra M. Brown, Senior Specialist, Communications & Marketing, GED® Testing Service
• Laura Porfirio, Civics Program Advanced Program Coordinator , Pima Community College Adult Education
• Regina Suitt, Pima Community College, Advanced Program Manager, Adult Education Services
• John Segota, Director of Advocacy, Standards and Professional Relations, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

Room: Union Square 21

Nevada Connections Newsletter

March 2nd, 2011

NAE board member Sharyn Yanoshak is the editor the popular Nevada Connections newsletter.

Nevada Connections provides adult educators information and news related to Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language in Nevada.


Student Success Stories

March 2nd, 2011

ED Secretary Duncan Speaks About Adult Ed Budget at Senate Budget Hearing

March 1st, 2011

Secretary Arne Duncan Testified Before the Senate Budget Committee on ED’s FY 2012 Budget. You can read a transcript of his speech here. The following is the portion of his speech that talks about Adult Education and WIA reauthorization.

The 2012 request also provides significant resources to help adults pursue educational and employment opportunities, including $635 million for Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants to help adults without a high school diploma or equivalent to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education, employment, and self-sufficiency, and a total of $3.1 billion in mandatory and discretionary funds for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grants to help States and tribal governments to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

We are looking forward to the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) so that low- skilled adults and individuals with disabilities have access to the education and training they need to be successful in the 21st century economy. A reauthorized WIA would provide opportunities to upgrade the skills of our nation’s workers so that they are able to compete in this new economy. One of those opportunities includes a new Workforce Investment Fund, which we are proposing in partnership with the Department of Labor, to help provide flexibility for the connections necessary to get people into good jobs or the education needed for a better job. The Fund will also provide resources to evaluate and replicate best practices so that we better serve those who have the hardest time finding work -those with limited basic skills and individuals with disabilities.