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2019-20 Professional Development Pricing

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Mark your calendars or register today!- MACAE Spring Institute 2020: In Perspective May 14-15, 2020

Register today! Click here! 

Conference information: The Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education is pleased to announce its Spring Institute dedicated to adult, alternative education and workforce development. 

The theme of this year’s conference is “2020: In Perspective” focusing on the vision for education, credentialing and workforce development in Michigan.  Innovative sessions for alternative education and youth populations (Thursday) and adult education and workforce training (Friday).

Hotel Accommodations: Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo. Hotel Accommodations are available in the MACAE block rate on Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14 at $129/night.

To secure your hotel through the MACAE block rate, click here. 

Registration Costs and Information: One Day Member ($75); Two Day Member ($140); One Day Non-Member ($125); Two Day Non-Member ($200). Thursday’s schedule is 8:30am-4:00pm.  Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm. (Breakfast, Lunch and a snack included each day).  SCECHs pending.

To register, click here! For help with online registration, call our office at 517-492-1367.

Conference Presentations: We are seeking presentation session for this year’s institute! To submit a presentation, click here!

MACAE Spring Institute Save the Date

High School Equivalency- Getting to the Finish Line

Friday, February 28, 2020
MACAE Office- 826 Municipal Way, Lansing, Mi 48917
8:30am Check In/Breakfast; 9:00am-3:30pm Training
$45 for MACAE Members; $100 for Non-Members (Full day session); Register by clicking here!  

This hands-on learning day is presented by practitioners and HSE instructional staff from across the state. Participants will walk away with best practices, curriculum resources and alignment tools to increase student performance and participation. The interactive sessions will provide the most current and useful resources to instructional staff and tutors. Topics will include instructional strategies according to the common subject areas on high school equivalency tests including: Reading and Social Studies and Reading and Writing and Math and Science.

Members of the MACAE High School Equivalency Committee

SCECHs and Food:
Breakfast and lunch will be served with coffee, water and tea. SCECHs available.

Grant Writing Workshop 101

Friday, January 24, 2020

MACAE Office: 826 Municipal Way, Lansing, MI 48917


$45 for Members; $100 for Non-Members.  Register today by clicking here! 

Please note: In order to register you must have an account on our Digital Sign Up site.  If you have never used our site, you will need to create a new user account.  Please contact the MACAE office at (517) 492-1367 or with registration questions.

SCECHS pending.  Light breakfast and lunch will be served.


As administrators, an important part of the educational and nonprofit leadership sector is leveraging funds and monies for program management, improvement and growth. This full day interactive workshop will explore the many facets of nonprofit and educational grant writing. Attendees will the learn the concepts of administrative grant writing for their educational entities. We will discuss basic grant writing techniques and strategies for building effective and sustainable program budgets.

 Biography of Facilitator:

Elizabeth Barton, Ph.D. is the founder of The Waverly Group-MidWest, an organizational change consulting corporation. Barton tailors her services to meet the unique development goals of clients, working closely with organizations to ensure long-term financial sustainability. She has successfully secured funding for clients from the private and public sector including local, regional, and national foundations and federal agencies. Clients range from modest local nonprofits to organizations with an international presence. Support is provided with grant writing, building public-private partnerships, identifying funding strengths and gaps, prospect research and planning, and fund development training for nonprofit board members and staff.  For nearly 25 years, Dr. Barton has served as an Associate Professor – Research at Wayne State University, teaching courses in human development, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

grant writing 101

Adult Education Resources to Reach and Teach Webinar

Tuesday, December 17, 2019. 1p:00pm-2:00pm. SCECHs Approved. To register, please email Patrick Brown at

Free for Members; $10 for Non-Members

This training is intended for Adult Education ABE and ESL instructors to improve curriculum outcomes and learn more about instructional resources available to them. Specifically, it is for instructors to learn more about strategies to engage low performing students. Instructional templates and tools will be shared with participants to begin to implement in their programming the next semester.

Google Digital Applied Skills Boot Camp

Join us for this exciting opportunity!

Friday, August 20, 2019 at the MACAE Office, 826 Municipal Way, Lansing, MI

9:00am Check In; 9:30am-12:30pm Training Session

$25 for Members; $50 for Non Members

Space is limited so register today by clicking here!

In this session, you will receive a deep dive professional development training on Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. Applied Digital Skills is a free, online and video-based curriculum that you can use in the classroom with your students to teach them the basic digital skills needed for today’s evolving job market.

The curriculum has hundreds of hours of lessons that you can choose from, including how to send an email, make a resume, search for a job, plan an event, and even create a business plan. It also includes free resources like student progress tracking and assignment submission. By the end of this session, you will be able to leverage the curriculum in the classroom with your students.

Important Pre-Work: Please come to this session with a Google account. To make a new Google account for free, go to



Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 8:30am- 12:00pm (MACAE Office- 826 Municipal Way Lansing, MI 48917)

To register, email  Free for MACAE Members, $50 for non members.

Share ideas or information surrounding these important topics.  Hear best practices and innovative ideas with colleagues for implementation.

Program Topics Include:
IELCE Funding Guidelines
Program Administration and Budget Management
Program Models/Cohort Structures
Contextualized Curriculum Resources
Statewide Data from 2018-19
Program models and best practices from other states

MACAE New Directors Training:

Friday, August 2, 2019 from 8:30am-3:00pm (MACAE Office- 826 Municipal Way, Lansing, MI 48917) 

To register, email Free for MACAE Members, $50 for non members.

ARE YOU A NEW, FIRST YEAR OR SECOND YEAR DIRECTOR? Join MACAE and seasoned adult education directors for an interactive training and information session on:
Adult Education Terminology
Section 107/WIOA Funding Guidelines
Budget Development
Adult Education Documentation (ALP, MAERS, etc.)
Program Administration
Curriculum Resources
Software for ABE/ESL/HSE
MACAE Resources


CASAS Connection: E-CASAS Summer One Day Training

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8:30am- 3:00pm (Breakfast, Lunch, SCECHs provided)

MACAE Office: 826 Municipal Way, Lansing, MI 48917

E-CASAS tests purchased? Online training complete? Ready to implement? Join practitioners from across the state in a one-day training on E-CASAS. Share best practices, ideas and review introductory procedures for implementation. We will review the basics: overview of the system, adding classes, registering students, etc. and brainstorm best practices for implementation on July 1!

Register by clicking HERE ! Only 30 seats available!

TABE 11-12 Implementation Workshop!

Friday, May 17, 2019 from 9am-noon at Romulus Adult Education

9650 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI

Register by clicking HERE ! Only 30 seats available! Free for MACAE Members! $30 for Non-Members.

Join colleagues from around the state in a discussion on the TABE 11/12 assessment program implementation!

This interactive and guided workshop will walk you through example test questions, overview of the assessment program and give you the opportunity to practice scoring a paper/pencil test.  In addition we will share some insights on what is working with programs who have already started using TABE 11/12.  We will share best practices for test management and ideas for student placement after assessment.  


Registration now open:

GED Workshop: Getting over the hump: best practices for instructors

Friday, March 22, 2019 from 9am-3pm

SCECHS available! Bring your PIC!

This full day professional development for Adult Education instructors will provide hands-on training for best practice instructional strategies in the areas of general instructional innovation, reading strategies and math strategies for GED.   Share in GED classroom techniques, teaching tools and ideas with your colleagues. Troubleshoot and collaborate on successes and challenges among your student populations. Participants will have resources and take-home activities to implement in their GED classroom the next day!

$20 for MACAE Members ; $40 for Non-MACAE members 

Light Breakfast and lunch will be provided!


Sign up today!: GED Troubleshooting Webinar

Friday, February 22, 2019 from 10am-11am

Are you a GED instructor or administrator that uses the GED Manager? Join this webinar for trouble shooting strategies to more effectively operate GED Manager. Participants will be able to submit questions ahead of the webinar and share ideas for what works best for their classroom or program! We will be joined by Adora Beard (GED) and her colleague Melissa.

Free to MACAE Members; $10 for Non-MACAE Members 


November/December 2018
Professional Development Video Webinars
Registration is now open click here 

Video participation is limited, registration required.
These are free to MACAE members.  $10 for non MACAE members.

Tuesday, November 27 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  MACAE Regional Conveners Cohort Webinar

Tuesday, December 4, 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. CASAS Webinar

Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Post-Election 2018 Webinar:  Where do we go from here?

Wednesday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. TABE 11/12 Conference Call

Please see the flyer for more information

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