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.

Twitter Webinar a Success

February 1st, 2011

A big thanks to the members and other adult educators that joined us for the “Twitter Literacy for Adult Educators” webinar.

We are already planning a follow up webinar where we will dig deeper into this exciting social media. So stay tuned.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

Click here for the slides: Twitter Literacy for Adult Educators

COABE/MPAEA Conference Early Bird Registration Extended Feb 15

January 27th, 2011
COABE 2011 Conference

COABE 2011 Conference

The joint COABE/MPAEA conference has extended the early bird registration to February 15, 2011. If you have EVER been an MPAEA member, you are eligible for membership rates. Be sure to CHECK the MPAEA Member box when registering. And don’t forget to buy a lunch ticket for the MPAEA awards luncheon.

April 17-21, 2011
San Francisco, California

Go to www.ccaecoabe2011.com for more information

Free Webinar – Twitter Literacy for Adult Educators

January 3rd, 2011

Ken Zutter

Ken Zutter

Join us for a Webinar on January 31, 2011  3:00 pm-4:00 pmtwitter bird

As a professional adult educator,  you can use Twitter to quickly share knowledge, gather information and insights, and build relationships with people who also care about the field. There are meaningful conversations about adult education happening on Twitter all the time!.

Learn how Tweets, Followers, HashTags, and Twitter Chats can be a part of your personal learning network and aid your professional development. NAE’s own Ken Zutter will introduce you to the “literacy” of Twitter, show you how to set up your own account, and get you started on this exciting and rewarding social medium.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This webinar is free for all current members of Nevada Adult Educators.

Not a member? Click here to Join.

Need to pay your dues? Click Here

NOTE: This webinar will be using VoIP (voice-over-internet) for the audio content. Speakers are required for listening and microphone is required to speak. Participants are encouraged to use a USB headset – see http://goo.gl/215wl

A toll number will be provided for those without computer speakers or headset (listen only).

MPAEA Offers Scholarships for 2011 Conference

December 21st, 2010

COABE 2011 Conference

As a membership benefit, the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association will provide the conference registration fee for 24 MPAEA members to attend the joint COABE/MPAEA/CCAE to be held April 17 – 20, 2011 in San Francisco. The MPAEA 2011 Conference Scholarship will pay for conference registration fees only, are not to exceed $325, and may not be used for pre-conference fees, tours or side trips. The applicant must be working in an MPAEA member state and must be a current member of MPAEA.

MPAEA continues to offer two additional scholarship opportunities, based on available funding:

  • Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies: Up to $1000 annually to a graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program in adult education or closely related field or in a college or university located in one of the eight Mountain Plains member states. To be eligible, a member must be appropriately enrolled in a graduate program and a member of MPAEA for the past calendar year.
  • Teacher Innovation Scholarship: Up to $250 annually for creative ways to reach students. The intent of this flexible scholarship is to supplement direct instruction to students. Applicant must be working in an MPAEA member state and be a member of MPAEA (may submit a membership application along with the scholarship application).

For conference details, visit www.ccaecoabe2011.com

Social Media Webinar – Thanks for Participating

November 9th, 2010

Dr. Bozarth presented an excellent overview and offered many tips. The NAE board is already coming up with ideas to further explore the topics in depth. Please send any ideas you have and look for future webinar offerings.

Click here for the handout from Dr. Bozarth.

The telephone slide picture is available at http://www.twitpic.com/19792p

Dr. Bozarth’s new book “Social Media for Trainers” and other books are available on Amazon.com
Click here for Dr. Bozarth’s Amazon Page

Nevada Adult Educators has started a Facebook Page.

Please Like the page to connect with us on Facebook.

Free Webinar on Using Social Media to Improve Student Learning on Nov 8 for NAE Members

October 25th, 2010

The Nevada Adult Educators (NAE) organization announces an upcoming free webinar addressing the timely topic of social media.   Presenter is Dr. Jane Bozarth, nationally renowned author of the recently released book “Social Media for Trainers: Techniques for Enhancing and Extending Learning.”  Dr. Bozarth will discuss techniques and strategies for incorporating social media into the teaching of adults.

DATE: November 8, 2010
TIME: 3pm – 4pm PST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at

This webinar is free for all current NAE members.

Not a member? Click here to Join.

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Brad Deeds Named Nevada’s New State Director of Adult Education

September 30th, 2010

Brad DeedsBrad Deeds has been selected as Nevada’s new state director of adult education. For the past six years, Deeds served at Truckee Meadows Community College as Manager of Adult Basic Education and in 2010 was an Administrator-of-the-Year candidate. Throughout his stint, he was responsible for launching innovative transitions to post-secondary programs and advocated for adult education at local, state and national levels. Deeds recently served on the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education Immigration Workgroup, and is the Nevada Single Point of Contact for national adult education legislative alerts. Deeds is a founding board member and current recording secretary of Nevada Adult Educators, and is the current President-elect of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association.

Brad Deeds fills the position vacated by Mary Katherine Moen, who retired August 13th.  He assumes the responsibilities of Adult Education Coordinator and GED State Administrator on September 27th, joining department staff in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in Carson City.