NAE to Sponsor No. Nevada CATESOL Conference Nov. 18-19

November 15th, 2011

Nevada Adult Educators is proud to be a sponsor of the Northern Nevada CATESOL Chapter Conference to be held November 18 – 19 in Reno, Nevada. NAE will have a booth set  up. Stop by and say hello!

Click here for the CATESOL_Conference brochure.

Nevada Adult Educators Bylaws Updated

September 21st, 2011

NAE LogoThe NAE Board of Directors revised the association’s bylaws on September 14, 2011.
A downloadable copy of the bylaws are always available on our website’s About NAE page.

See Article V, Section 5 for changes.

American Jobs Act – Impact for Nevada

September 9th, 2011

On September 8, President Obama unveiled his plan to create jobs, the American Jobs Act. You can find complete details here. The White House released a paper outlining the impact to each state. We obtained a copy from the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) . You can download the full report here. The excerpt below details the impact his plan would have on Nevada.



The American people understand that the economic crisis and the deep recession weren’t created overnight and won’t be solved overnight. The economic security of the middle class has been under attack for decades. That’s why President Obama believes we need to do more than just recover from this economic crisis – we need to rebuild the economy the American way, based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street.  We can work together to create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education, and by making things the world buys. The President understands that to restore an American economy that’s built to last we cannot afford to outsource American jobs and encourage reckless financial deals that put middle class security at risk.


To create jobs, the President unveiled the American Jobs Act – nearly all of which is made up of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and that Congress should pass right away to get the economy moving now. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And it would do so without adding a dime to the deficit. The American Jobs Act has five components:



1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow

•             The President’s plan will cut the payroll tax in half to 3.1% for employers on the first $5 million in wages, providing broad tax relief to all businesses but targeting it to the 98 percent of firms with wages below this level. In Nevada, 50,000 firms will receive a payroll tax cut under the American Jobs Act.


2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America

•             The President’s plan includes $50 billion in immediate investments for highways, transit, rail and aviation, helping to modernize an infrastructure that now receives a grade of “D” from the American Society of Civil Engineers and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job. Of the investments for highway and transit modernization projects, the President’s plan will make immediate investments of at least $250,800,000 in Nevada that could support a minimum of approximately 3,300 local jobs.

•             The President is proposing to invest $35 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers, while supporting the hiring of tens of thousands more and keeping cops and firefighters on the job. These funds would help states and localities avoid and reverse layoffs now, and will provide $258,300,000 in funds to Nevada to support up to 3,600 educator and first responder jobs.

•             The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools – investments that will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs.  Nevada will receive $168,400,000 in funding to support as many as 2,200 jobs.

•             The President is proposing to invest $15 billion in a national effort to put construction workers on the job rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of thousands of vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses. Nevada could receive about $585,600,000 to revitalize and refurbish local communities, in addition to funds that would be available through a competitive application.

•             The President’s plan proposes $5 billion of investments for facilities modernization needs at community colleges. Investment in modernizing community colleges fills a key resource gap, and ensures these local, bedrock education institutions have the facilities and equipment to address current workforce demands in today’s highly technical and growing fields. Nevada could receive $39,100,000 in funding in the next fiscal year for its community colleges.


3. Pathways Back to Work for Americans Looking for Jobs.

•             Drawing on the best ideas of both parties and the most innovative states, the President is proposing the most sweeping reforms to the unemployment insurance (UI) system in 40 years help those without jobs transition to the workplace. This could help put the 88,000 long-term unemployed workers in Nevada back to work.

•             Alongside these reforms, the President is reiterating his call to extend unemployment insurance, preventing 35,200 people looking for work in Nevada from losing their benefits in just the first 6 weeks.  And, across the country, the number saved from losing benefits would triple by the end of the year.

•             The President is proposing a new Pathways Back to Work Fund to provide hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries. Pathways Back to Work could place 1,400 adults and 3,300 youths in jobs in Nevada.


4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and Family

•             The President’s plan will expand the payroll tax cut passed last December by cutting workers payroll taxes in half next year. A typical household in Nevada, with a median income of around $51,000, will receive a tax cut of around $1,580.


5. Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan.

•             To ensure that the American Jobs Act is fully paid for, the President will call on the Joint Committee to come up with additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its deficit target. The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan that will show how we can do that while achieving the additional deficit reduction necessary to meet the President’s broader goal of stabilizing our debt as a share of the economy.

Join or Renew NAE, get MPAEA and COABE for free!

August 18th, 2011

Join 1 Get 2Join NAE, get MPAEA and COABE for free!

The Nevada Adult Educators organization has arranged for its members to receive memberships in MPAEA (Mountain Plains Adult education Association) and in COABE (Commision on Adult Basic Education) at no additional charge. That’s right: Your $35 NAE dues covers membership in all three organizations for the current year. A $110 value for $35!

Membership benefits in these organizations include discounted conference registration rates, free and discounted newsletter and journal subscriptions, opportunities to apply for incentive grants and scholarships, and much more.

This three-for-one offer expires 12/31/11.
Current 2011-2012 members automatically qualify.

Click here to RENEW your membership.

Click here to JOIN NAE.


July 18th, 2011
Nevada Department of Education

Nevada Department of Education

You can view the full position announcement at the Nevada Department of Personnel

This position was previously held by Rick Rasmussen who retired in June.

The Position

Education Programs Professionals assist and foster the growth of K-12, postsecondary, and related education programs throughout Nevada by providing technical assistance, training, and oversight.

Under the leadership of the Director of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) and the State Coordinator for Adult Education, this position is responsible for providing leadership, technical assistance and quality improvement for programs and projects assigned to the Adult Education Office, with a special emphasis on Adult High School (AHS) programs in the State of Nevada. Position responsibilities include: processing local applications; providing ongoing technical assistance to AHS program coordinators and administrators, including site visits, as needed, to ensure compliance and continuous improvement; conducting annual monitoring to verify compliance with state policies, regulations and laws; developing and implementing system changes to ensure continuous improvement in AHS education programs; preparation of annual reports to document data and performance; and administration of state funding. The Education Programs Professional will be responsible for oversight and management of Corrections Education and Alternative Education programs throughout the State. Position responsibilities will also include assignments to support the development and administration of Adult Basic Education programs and GED testing, to include grants management. Special attention will be directed to expand the reporting and accountability for adult learners across the state.

NAE Board Updates

July 13th, 2011

Jennifer Keiser

Jennifer Keiser, Adult Education Coordinator – GED Chief Examiner at the Clark County School District is the newest addition to Nevada Adult Educators’ Board of Directors. An (upstate) New Yorker, Jennifer graduated from Broome Community College with two A.A.S. degrees in Business Marketing and Nursing. She then received her B.S. degree from Binghamton University in Human Development. After a career in business and nursing, she decided it was time for a change and received certification and a master’s degree from Marywood University in Scranton, PA in the field of Special Education. She has taught in New York, California and Nevada in various fields of special education. After spending nine years in the classroom, she obtained her administrative endorsement through UNLV and began working at CCSD in 2009.

Drawing on her extensive background, Jennifer finds her work with adults challenging, yet rewarding at the same time. “Students come to our department from all walks of life with all types of needs. It is gratifying knowing that I can assist students in fulfilling educational goals and dreams so they may continue on with post secondary education and/or gainful employment.”

Teri Zutter

Teri Zutter, a Board member since NAE’s inception in 2007, has agreed to serve as Secretary. Teri came to adult education from the ground floor: She received her GED in 1986 began tutoring math at the community college level in 1990 and subsequently taught English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation and United States Citizenship Preparation classes.

She served as MPAEA President in 2006-2007 and is a popular presenter in Nevada and at regional conferences. She has been the Director of the Adult Literacy and Language Program at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City since 2000.

Call for Proposals – 2011 SNV CATESOL Conference

June 10th, 2011

Call for Proposals: Southern NV CATESOL 2011 Conference

“The Promise of English”

November 4 & 5, 2011

College of Southern Nevada, West Charleston Campus

SNV CATESOL invites everyone working in K–12, Adult Education, Intensive English Programs, university or community college academic English programs, teacher training, public or private school ESL, authoring of textbooks and teaching materials, or ESL research to share ideas, experiences, materials, and findings with others.

Click Here to Download the Call Proposal

MLoTS – The Media Library of Teaching Skills

June 7th, 2011

The Media Library of Teaching Skills
for adult learning and literacy

The Media Library of Teaching Skills for adult learning and literacy project is a free, online, digital library of short videos of adult education teachers and their classes or tutorials, intended for use in professional development. Each video is an example of a state-approved content standard, research-based practice, preferred approach, or specific teaching method or skill. In some cases these are examples in practice of a particular state’s approved curriculum frameworks or content standards. The project began in March, 2007, and has grown as new videos are added to the online library.