Professional Development Opportunities

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5/18 and 5/25/2011 Learning to Achieve

A Research-Based Training on Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities (

Learning to Achieve is a three-day training program designed to help adult education and vocational training practitioners, social workers, and other human service providers improve their knowledge of learning disabilities (LD) in adults. The program offers instruction on how to actively support adults with LD in educational and workplace settings. There are 8 face-to-face modules and 3 online modules-- Literacy New York trainers presented the first 3 modules in February. They will present the next 2 sets of modules over these two days.

Modules 5/18/11: Modules 5/25/11:

The Program: The National Institute for Literacy developed Learning to Achieve based on the latest rigorous research to increase practitioners, knowledge of learning disabilities and their ability to provide effective services to adults with LD. The program launched in July 2009.

The Materials: The development of Learning to Achieve was informed by an extensive literature review that serves as a foundational document reflecting the current knowledge base.

As a result of participating in Parts One, Two, and Three of Learning to Achieve, participants will have content, strategies and materials to use directly in their classroom and/or with their students. This is material for practitioners, participants cannot return home and train others in L2A.

April 11 and 12, 2011 Postsecondary Transition Summit II - Career Transition: Moving Adult Education to the Future

Postsecondary/Career Transition Summit

Moving Adult Education to the Future

Cosponsored by:
NYSED, ACCES, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services
SUNY, State University of New York
CUNY, City University of New York
NYSDOL, Department of Labor

April 11 & 12, 2011

WORKING AGENDA (click to open a printable version)

Day One April 11th:

8:00 am to 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:30 am Welcome
Agenda Review
Introduction of Plenary Speakers
Anne Frank, ACCES – Adult Education, NYSED

9:30 am to 11:00 am Plenary Session
Robert Purga, Supervisor ACCES – Adult Education, NYSED
Bruce Herman, NYS Department of Labor
Jill Lansing, Director of Education Pipeline Strategies, SUNY
Suri Duitch, University Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Deputy to the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York
Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director, Workforce Strategy Center
Gloria Mwase, Jobs For the Future, NYS Department of Labor

11:00 am to 11:15 am Break

11:15 am to 12:45 pm Workshop Session I (see below)

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm Lunch Buffet

1:15 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch Speaker
John Twomey, CEO - NYATEP

2:15 pm to 4:15 pm Workshop Session II (see below)

5:30 pm
Networking Dinner

Day Two April 12th:

8:00 am to 9:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am to 11:00 am Workshop Session III (see below)

11:00 am to 11:15 am Break

11:15 am to 12:45 pm Welcome Back - Plenary Session
Robert Purga, Supervisor, ACCES, NYSED
Dr. Daniel Larson
, President, Cayuga Community College

12:45 pm to 2:00 pm Networking Lunch
Anthony P. Carnevale, Georgetown University, video presentation
Robert Purga, NYSED Future Planning

Monday, April 11, 2011

Workshop I 11:15 – 12:45 pm

Julian L. Alssid, Executive Director, Workforce Strategy Center
Bridge Programs
Building a Higher Skilled Workforce: Results and Implications from the BridgeConnect National Survey. This workshop will present the findings and implications from a national survey of bridge programs. Bridge programs assist students in obtaining the academic, employability, and technical skills required to enter and succeed in post-secondary education, training, and careers. The survey findings capture a myriad of efforts underway in 515 programs.

Elaine Kost, NYS Department of Labor
John R. Wiechec, NYSED/ACCES-VR, Policy and Interagency Partnerships, Associate Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Frank Coco, CRC Manager, VR Policy and Partnerships, NYSED, ACCES-VR Program
Disability Employment Initiative
Elaine Kost is the State Lead for the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) that was recently awarded to the NYS Department of Labor and will presenting an overview of this program and how it will impact the statewide public workforce system serving people with disabilities. The DEI is charged with improving the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of adults who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. A total of 13 Local Workforce Investment Areas in NYS will act as pilot sites for this initiative over the next 3-years and will be responsible for staffing their One-Stop Career Centers with Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). A host of programmatic strategies associated with the DEI will be presented at this workshop including the use of Integrated Resource Teams within the One-Stop Career Centers, structuring the array of benefits and work incentives planning and assistance services that exist and are available throughout New York State, and operating the One-Stop Career Centers as Employment Networks in order to participate in SSAs Ticket-to-Work program. Ideas, suggestions, and comments will be welcomed at this workshop to help engage statewide networks working with the disabled population form alliances with the DRCs located at the various One-Stop Career Centers. ACCES-VR is a strategic partner with DOL for this initiative and local district office VRCs will be coordinating services with local one-stop DRCs.

Sandy Goodman, World Education
LINCS National Career Awareness
National Career Awareness Project sponsored by the Literacy Information and Communication System, LINCS. The goal of the project is to increase and improve adult learners’ career awareness and planning throughout all levels of the ESOL, ABE, and Adult Secondary Education spectrum by helping adult education program staff incorporate career awareness and planning into their instruction and counseling activities. Research has proven that clear career goals motivate students to persist and help them attain the education and training needed to obtain and advance in jobs that pay family sustaining wages

Jen Vanek, Learner Web - St. Paul, MN
Learner Web Career Pathways
Jen Vanek, Learner Web Trainer will introduce you to the new innovation for student driven career pathways. Learner Web is a learning support system providing structure and resources for adults who want to accomplish specific learning objectives. Learners access the system through the internet and are guided to support services from existing local education programs, community based organizations, postsecondary institutions, and social service agencies.

Workshop II 2:15 – 4:15 pm

Gayle Cooper-Shpirt, Professional Development Coordinator/Reading Specialist, CUNY of Office of Academic Affairs
Leslee Oppenheim, CUNY Director of Language and Literacy Programs
Hilary Sideris, Professional Development Coordinator/Writing Specialist, CUNY Office Academic Affairs
GED to College Transition to CUNY: A strong GED program may not be enough
Even with a strong start in an academic GED program, GED graduates (and other high school diploma holders) often need additional college transition studies. In CUNYs college transition programs for English speakers and limited English speakers, students strengthen their academic skills leading to reduced time in remedial studies, and enter college credit courses better advised and better able to succeed.

Amy M. Dalsimer
, Director, Pre-College Academic Programming, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
Wynne Ferdinand, GED Bridge Program Coordinator, Pre-College Academic Programming, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
Gloria Mwase, Project Director, Jobs For the Future
Contextualizing Adult Education Classes: Integrating Academic and Career Preparation
Recognized as a Breaking Through best practice by Jobs for the Future, the GED Bridge to College and Careers Project at LaGuardia Community College has increased adult and out-of-school youth students’ access to and success in pre-college and post-secondary educational programs. Designed as a springboard to college or vocational training, GED Bridge classes offer career-focused contextualized instruction that develops students academic and career competencies in preparation for the GED and beyond. At this hands-on workshop, participants will: 1) learn about Jobs for the Future Breaking Through Initiative and the Contextualization Toolkit promoting the development of practices and policies that connect low-skilled adults with post-secondary or technical education 2) become familiar with the evidence-based GED Bridge to College and Careers Program Model 3) participate in a career-focused contextualized GED classroom activities and 4) and consider how contextualized instruction might transfer to a variety of adult education settings.

Signe Nelson, Syracuse City School District
Sheriff Walsh
, Onondaga County Jail
Incarcerated Transition
Signe Nelson, Incarcerated Coordinator, Syracuse City School District will outline their development of a comprehensive incarcerated transition program for youth and adults returning to their community from incarceration. As youth and adult move from incarcerated education classrooms into our Literacy Zones, supports can be in place to strengthen the transition and support these youth and adults and their families, particularly those with young children. Highlighted will be the newest introduction of Learner Web as a student driven case management system designed to follow youth and adults as they transition from incarceration.

Michele Armani, Clinton Essex Champlain Valley BOCES
National Work Readiness Credential
NWRC is a preparation program for candidates wanting to sit for the National Work Readiness Credential, a nationally recognized credential which demonstrates a person’s readiness to enter into the labor market. The NWRC tests candidates in four areas: Active Listening, Reading, Situational Judgment, and Math. The NWRC preparation program uses the Equipped for the Future Skills as the foundation for instruction and assessment. Each lesson incorporates the EFF skills best aligned to meet the criteria of a specific NWRC test. The NWRC preparation program has been created as a hybrid program delivered through classroom instruction, distance learning assignments, and technology.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Workshop III 9:30 – 11:15 pm

Christine Alvarez, Director of Prehospital Care Programs, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
Amy Dalsimer, Director of Pre-College Academic Programming at LaGuardia Community College /CUNY
Training 9-1-1: Designing Integrated Health Care Career Pathways Programs for Adult Learners
This session provides an overview of two of LaGuardia Community Colleges Integrated Healthcare Career Training Programs designed for adult learners. The S. A. V. E. EMT and Integrated Medical Office Clinical Technician (I- MOCT) programs are modeled on Washington States Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative which helps underserved populations develop basic educational and vocational skills simultaneously in order to move into careers that lead to better paying jobs. The success of the integrated model is a result of the unique instructional environment resulting from the collaboration between occupational and basic skills instructors and a comprehensive program design. In this hands-on workshop participants will understand the rationale for the integrated health care career trainings (I-BEST) model, explore the key elements of the program design, participate in actual classroom activities, reflect on contextualized teaching and learning strategies, and discuss the applicability of this health care career training model in their own workplace and community.

City University of New York
The CUNY I-BEST ESL Program Models
ESL students in adult literacy programs at three CUNY colleges earn occupational certifications in food handling, NCLEX-LPN/medical office procedures and computer technology as they learn English. Through SED funding, the I-Best model of dual instruction has been adapted for use in CUNY ESL programs.

Kingsborough Community College
I-Best Food Handlers ESL Program: Bridges to Success
Frank Milano, Director ESL Programs Continuing Education

LaGuardia Community College, Center for Immigrant Education and Training
I-Best ESOL NCLEX-LPN and Medical Office Clinical Technician (MOCT) Programs
John Hunt, Acting Director, Center for Immigrant Education and Training
Beth Godley, Welcome Back Center Education Coordinator

Borough of Manhattan Community College
ELLA+: Learning to Talk Computers
Charles Brover, Staff Developer and Instructor
Denise Deagan, Director of Adult Basic Education Program

Robert LePage, Center for Occupational Research & Development (CORD)
Adult Career Pathways
CORDs national reputation in curriculum design is built on our integrated curriculum development process that ensures course content reflects academic, industry, and employability standards. Our overarching goal is to ensure your curriculum meets state, regional, and local needs. To help achieve this, our experienced team:
1. pre-assesses the needs of educators and employers
2. gathers input from employers on essential skills and knowledge
3. assesses current curriculum and instructional materials
4. ensures new curriculum is aligned to standards and supports seamless transitions

Vicki Gray, Paula Perna, Kristina Krise, NYSDOL Career Development & Youth Initiatives Office
Connecting Career Planning to Adult Education
Did you know that for every available position, there are six people waiting to fill that job? In this competitive, global economy it is important for jobseekers to be knowledgeable about labor market information and understand how to take charge of their destiny through career planning. This workshop will provide information and strategies to assist Adult Educators with career exploration, planning and management using CareerZone, JobZone and Learner Web to make connections between customers’ interests, talents, skills, abilities, and workforce opportunities.

Tim Driscol, Greater Southern Tier BOCES
Kathy Lent, Syracuse City School District
Les Leopold, Buffalo City Schools
Alternative Education
In NYS, approximately 404 AHSEP and HSEP Programs are run by districts, BOCES, and the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Generally, these programs are directed toward students between the ages of 16 and 19 who have fallen behind in earning high school credits towards a regular local or Regents diploma. This workshop will explore three different programs and the strategies they use to serve this population and transition these young people successfully to postsecondary institutions and careers.

March 10 and 21, 2011 Bridges Into Health

aha! Process, Inc.



Dear Health Professionals,

Bring your cup of coffee and join me for some fully interactive professional development in the comfort of your own office! 

This session will cover concrete Bridges Out of Poverty strategies within
TDSmiththree areas:
1) Health inequities
2) Patient care
3) Clinical staff education

The training uses an engaging format targeting real solutions for your community.  Participants will come away with a strategy overview and continuum for reducing health inequities and increasing economic sustainability. What: Bridges Into Health

Why: It is an easy way to train and learn new strategies.
Where: Your computer!

How: Making great professional development individualized, convenient, cost-effective, interactive, and imperative for your job.
When: March 10 and 21, 11:00 a.m. CST
Who: Created for you! 
Price: Only $195 for the course and at least one hour of one-on-one feedback!

Click here to see dates or to register!

Feel free to forward this invitation to those you think might be interested!

Terie Dreussi-Smith
aha! Process, Inc.

11/4/10 Literacy Coalition of Oswego County - Provider and Employer Forum

Literacy is a Show Stopper (for all of us)

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3/23/10 Webinar - Learn about Visual-Perceptual Processing and the Color Connection

The Color Connection -- Light Sensitivity & Visual Processing May Be Keeping Your Adult Students from Succeeding

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I do not want you to miss this very special professional development opportunity -- Attend and learn from Helen Irlen, an internationally recognized expert in the area of visual-perceptual processing problems. Find solutions, based upon her pioneering research and discoveries, to help your struggling students. Learn how to improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity.

The NAASLN Webinar Series invites you to attend Helen Irlens March 23 Internet-based seminar

Online Registrations accepted up to March 21

March 23, 2010 4:00 5:00 ET

The Color Connection -- Light Sensitivity & Visual Processing May Be Keeping Your Adult Students from Succeeding

Session Description: Did you know that more than half of the adults who struggle with reading have problems with light sensitivity, glare, contrast, attention and concentration, resulting from distorted perception of print? Many of you may have heard about the research based Irlen Method which uses colored overlays and other classroom modifications to improve reading. This is not a method of reading instruction. It is a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information. In this webinar you will learn to recognize the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome, understand the mind-body-learning connection, and learn about modifications and classroom accommodations that will help to overcome these problems that create barriers to literacy.

Presenter: Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFT, Executive Director Irlen Institute International HQ, PPS Credentialed School Psychologist, Educational Therapist, Adult Learning Disability, Specialist, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Licensed Therapist. Ms Irlen is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, therapist, scholar and expert in the area of visual-perceptual processing problems. She is the author of Reading by The Colors: A Piece of the Puzzle, and IRLEN REVOLUTION: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life.

NAASLN Webinars Internet-Based Seminars
Participate right at your desk with your own computer, headset or telephone -- At your fingertips High Impact Low Cost*

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Fee per session: $40.00 Non-Members

                                $20.00 Members **

Fee per video of this session and other archived sessions: $40.00 Non-Members
                                                                                                            $20.00 Members **

**NAASLN Members
: To get this discounted fee of $20.00 when you register online, use your Members Only Code. If you dont have your code, contact us at and we will send it to you.

Go to for more information about the on-going NAASLN Webinar Series and registration. If you have any questions, you can email us at or leave a message at 888-5NAASLN (888-562-2756)

WEBINAR Benefits:
     • One hour of quality professional development at your desk
     • All you need is a computer and a telephone
     • Real time presentations and recorded presentations
     • Audio and visual simultaneous presentation
     • Q & A during presentation
     • Follow-up postings on NAASLN website
     • Certificate of attendance offered for proof of professional development

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