MACAE Professional Development:

Our upcoming Professional Development Opportunities are listed below!

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For questions or concerns, please contact the MACAE Office at (517) 492-1367 or macaeoffice@gmail.com

Professional Development and Membership! 

This year in 2022-23 all professional development for webinars and monthly professional development is available with the cost of the MACAE Members.  That is a great savings to members! Non members pay a nominal fee. You can learn more about MACAE Membership by visiting our membership page.

Are you looking for past MACAE Professional Development Opportunities: 

Are you looking for SCECHS?  Are you looking to continue learning more about adult, alternative, community education and integrated education and training?  MACAE has created the opportunity to view past professional development opportunities at a reduced rate. The fee helps to reduce costs of development for professional development and to keep our operations running.  We have our past virtual webinars from this year and our Fall conference sessions available all at a reduced rate.  You can still apply for and receive SCECHs through May 31st.  It’s easy, all you do is register on our website and look for the ‘Past MACAE 2021-22 Professional Development Offerings’, select which one you’d like to view and then we will email you the video. You can see a complete listing and register at our website here.
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MACAE Virtual Teacher Pre-Conference

Friday, October 21, 2022

Virtual Zoom Webinar

9:00am-1:15pm Virtual Training

Cost:

$50 Registration

Registration for MACAE Members in Regions 4 and 10: Register Here

Registration for All other MACAE Members and Non-MACAE Members: Register Here

Live virtual; thereafter asynchronous learning through May 31, 2023

Description:

The Instructional Pre-Conference will be an opportunity for alternative and adult education instructional staff to participate in quality professional development.  Three sessions will offer insights into working with English Language Learners and Math learners who need additional assistance.

Facilitator:

Lee Shainis co-founded the nonprofit Intercambio in 2000 and was the Executive Director for over 20 years. He helped the organization connect 10,000 adult immigrants with 5,000 volunteer teachers in Boulder County through English classes, establish a national network of several hundred organizations, and grow from a budget of $0 to $1.7 million.  He gives keynote speeches at conferences, he has trained thousands of teachers locally, and he has led over 200 workshops for educators and administrators nationwide on language, culture, and inclusion.  Lee received a BBA from the University of Michigan. He lives in Boulder with his wife Marcela and their young sons Valentino and Mateo.

Wendy Kittler, Wendy has experience teaching and leading a local English Language Learner program, which helped prepare her to serve as the English Language Learner Liaison for the Arkansas Adult Education Section, where she continues to work with ELL teachers across the state to meet their diverse needs. In her current role as a Program Advisor for Arkansas Adult Education, she serves the Northeast Regional Adult Education programs, serves on the PD Committee, and provides technical assistance and content trainings.

Andrea Willis, Director of USA Learns at the Sacramento County Office of Education, applies more than twenty years of project management experience to ensure that complex technical projects are completed on time, within budget, and that they meet the unique needs of their target audience. Her flagship project is USA Learns (www.usalearns.org), a free website that teaches English to adults around the world, helps immigrants prepare for U.S. citizenship, and teaches job skills. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to envision new courses and lead the team that builds free, high-quality online instruction to help adults improve their skills and their lives.

SCECHS:               AGENDA:

1.25                        9:00am– 10:15am: Simplifying Language to be better understood by people from diverse language backgrounds.

The Simplify Language training teaches practical skills to make your written and spoken communication, in English, better understood by English learners and people from diverse educational backgrounds.  In this workshop participants will learn 8 simplifying tips and practice using the skills in small groups.  We will examine language barriers that have to do with us as instructors, not with our learners. Even the most well-meaning educators unknowingly use unnecessarily complex language that excludes people.

Break                    10:15am-10:30am

1.25                        10:30am-11:45am: Strategies for Taking Anxiety Out of Math for Fearful Students

This session will provide several strategies to use with math-anxious or math-frustrated students in Adult Ed. Specific reasoning and brainstorming activities will be demonstrated, and apps for virtual instruction will be discussed. Many adult learners come to us because of deep-seated issues with learning that may be rooted in childhood or high school, and this is especially true in math. This presentation will help give the teacher strategies to bridge the gap.

Break for Lunch 11:45am-12:15pm

1.25                        12:15pm-1:15pm: Access America: Supporting Immigrant Integration via the Online Language Classroom

Have you heard the exciting news? USA Learns (usalearns.org), the FREE website that teaches English to adults around the world, recently added a new course – Access America! We hope you can join our presentation to learn about this innovative web-based instructional resource that helps immigrant and refugee English learners access America and integrate into their communities using interactive language learning opportunities. During the presentation, participants will learn to use this FREE resource to support learners’ language learning and integration goals. Participants will learn about the overall USA Learns website, and you will hear from an experienced teacher who will share hands-on practical strategies for engaging learners and best practices that will help you get up and running quickly. Thanks for joining us!

1:15pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total: 3.75 SCECHs

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New to MACAE and Adult Education Training

Friday, September 23, 2022

Virtual Zoom Webinar

9:00am-10:30am Virtual Training

Registration for MACAE Members is free: MACAE Members register here

Registration for Non-Members is a cost: Non-Members register here.

Cost:

Free for MACAE Members (included in Membership costs); $50 for Non-Members (Half Day session)

Format:

Accessible through May 31, 2022 because it is recorded virtual training for asynchronous learning.

Description:

The training is open for new members of MACAE and for new or recently new Directors and administrators, teachers or program support staff of adult education.  This professional development will review some of the major news and developments regarding adult education through the MACAE association.  We will share some of the important functions of the association, ways to be engaged in professional learning communities and important features and functions of our website. We will share new strategies and research surrounding adult education and updates pertaining to the daily management and operations of programs.  We will also share some of the latest information on MAERS information, instructional strategies and more.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of the adult education landscape in Michigan.

Facilitator:

Patrick Brown is the Executive Director of the Michigan Adult, Community and Alternative Education (MACAE) Association. He previously served in the education sector at the high school and adult education levels.  He has presented at the statewide and national levels on topics related to curriculum development, instructional delivery and design, program administration and strategic planning.

SCECHS:               AGENDA:

.5                            9:00am– 9:30am: MACAE Update

Sharing updates from the MACAE Association regarding professional learning communities, research and advocacy initiatives.

.5                            9:30am-10:00am: Overview of Adult Education in Michigan

This update will include a history of programming in Michigan and current funding for Section and WIOA, Assessment Policy Changes and Updates, Programming and Operations

.5                            10:00am-10:30: Breakout discussion:

There will important breakout mini sessions on how to support financial oversight and program management, innovative instructional strategies and outcomes for data support staff.

After small groups, all small groups with share their top goals for the next program year and also their top questions or priorities that we will focus on for future meetings.

10:30am Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total: 1.5 SCECHs


Burlington Bootcamp

Monday, August 22, 2022-Thursday, August 25, 2022

Virtual Zoom Webinar

3:00pm-4:30pm each day

With our partners at Aztec, MACAE is pleased to introduce this professional development opportunity.

This is a virtual webinar.

Click here to register if a Member. A reminder that all MACAE webinars and monthly professional development is included in MACAE Membership for 2022-23.

Click here to register if a Non-Member. A reminder that all professional development is included for MACAE members in your membership. Non members must register and pay.

Cost:

Free for all MACAE Member Programs; $50 for Non-Members; Open to all educators in alternative and adult education

Description:

Are you looking for ways to engage students in English language learning? Are you looking for tools to organize and streamline your instruction? Then this PD is for you.  Participants will explore the latest curriculum updates in Burlington English software.  They will discuss and learn about strategies for implementation in instruction.

As a group cohort in a weeklong series, each day will focus on a different component of the Burlington English system including but not limited to: Orientation, Classroom Management, Instructional Learning Tools and Strategies for Instruction.

Facilitator:

Louie Para is the State Relations Manager for Burlington English.  He has presented at the state and national levels around the adult education software and curriculum tool, Burlington English.

Monday, August 22, 2022

SCECHS: AGENDA:

1.0          3:00pm– 4:00pm: Curriculum resources and Instructional Strategies for Success

In this section we will review orientation and introduction strategies for introducing adult education participants to Burlington English online software.  The presenter(s) will review important strategies around instructional design as well as curriculum resources from printed text to online/virtual learning platforms available on the Burlington English system.

.5            4:00pm-4:30pm: Individual/Group Work Time

Participants will discuss in small groups some of the key instructional strategies learned and how they will implement them into their programming this program year.  Attendees walk away with a comprehensive list of competencies and correlated instructional support tools and strategies.

4:30pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total for Day One: 1.5 SCECHs

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

SCECHS: AGENDA:

1.0          3:00pm– 4:00pm: Curriculum resources and Instructional Strategies for Success

In this section we will review ongoing classroom management strategies for infusing the Burlington English online software into a hybrid classroom setting.  The presenter(s) will review important strategies around instructional design as well as curriculum resources from printed text to online/virtual learning platforms available on the Burlington English system.

.5            4:00pm-4:30pm: Individual/Group Work Time

Participants will discuss in small groups some of the key instructional strategies learned and how they will implement them into their programming this program year.  Attendees walk away with a comprehensive list of competencies and correlated instructional support tools and strategies.

4:30pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total for Day Two: 1.5 SCECHs

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

SCECHS: AGENDA:

1.0          3:00pm– 4:00pm: Curriculum resources and Instructional Strategies for Success

In this section we will review the newest instructional learning tools introduced in the Burlington System for administrators, teachers and participants.  We will explore each from the administrator, teacher and participant view pages on the online software.  The presenter(s) will review important strategies around instructional design as well as curriculum resources from printed text to online/virtual learning platforms available on the Burlington English system.

.5            4:00pm-4:30pm: Individual/Group Work Time

Participants will discuss in small groups some of the key instructional strategies learned and how they will implement them into their programming this program year.  Attendees walk away with a comprehensive list of competencies and correlated instructional support tools and strategies.

4:30pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total for Day Three: 1.5 SCECHs

Thursday, August 25, 2022

SCECHS: AGENDA:

1.0          3:00pm– 4:00pm: Curriculum resources and Instructional Strategies for Success

In this section we will review additional instructional strategies for small group or large group instruction.  In addition, we will share evaluative tools and resources for analyzing student success.  The presenter(s) will review important strategies around instructional design as well as curriculum resources from printed text to online/virtual learning platforms available on the Burlington English system.

.5            4:00pm-4:30pm: Individual/Group Work Time

Participants will discuss in small groups some of the key instructional strategies learned and how they will implement them into their programming this program year.  Attendees walk away with a comprehensive list of competencies and correlated instructional support tools and strategies.

4:30pm Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total for Day Four: 1.5 SCECHs

Total SCECHs: 6.0 SCECHs

 


Improve NRS Gains on TABE and CASAS with Aztec, Paxen, and Steck-Vaughn

Monday, August 15, 2022

Virtual Zoom Webinar

2:00pm-3:00pm Virtual Training

With our partners at Aztec, MACAE is pleased to introduce this professional development opportunity.

This is a virtual webinar.

Click here to register if a Member. A reminder that all MACAE webinars and monthly professional development is included in MACAE Membership for 2022-23.

Click here to register if a Non-Member. A reminder that all professional development is included for MACAE members in your membership. Non members must register and pay.

Cost:

Free for all MACAE Member Program; $50 for Non-Members; Open to all educators in alternative and adult education

Description:

Has your program struggled with meeting the National Report System requirements for adult education? Have you been looking for strategies to better align your curriculum to meet these standards? Educators and Administrators in this session will learn about the fundamental curriculum tools available to them and how they can maximize their efforts. Additionally, the presenters will share strategies for instruction to align curriculum standards to NRS outcomes.  Participants will walk away with a better understanding of college and career readiness aligned resources.

Facilitator:

After careers as a social worker and classroom teacher, Mitch Rosin managed operations for two divisions of McGraw-Hill Education in the United States and lead Adult Education/Workforce/Training initiatives globally. He spent many years on the GED Advisory Board, created the TASC Assessment, and worked for the HiSET Exam. Currently, he consultants for several organizations both in the United States and internationally including NAWB, Aztec Software, CASAS, Simply Grameen and several Adult Education Consortia in California. Mr. Rosin holds a Master of Arts in Education, a Master of Science in Curriculum Design and Development, and a Master of Science in International Public Policy. He is currently completing his Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership.

SCECHS:               AGENDA:

.5                            10:00am– 10:30am: Curriculum resources and Instructional Strategies for Success

In this section we will review key curriculum resources and instructional strategies for success in high school equivalency/diploma completion and English as a second language instruction.  The presenter(s) will review important strategies around instructional design as well as curriculum resources from printed text to online/virtual learning platforms.  In addition, the presenter(s) will review correlating content and subject area educational tools in alignment to the state approved high school equivalency tests in Michigan.

.5                            10:30am-11:00am: Curriculum Alignment

The presenter(s) will review curriculum resources around major publishing tools and their alignment to high school equivalency test competencies.  Participants will walk away with a comprehensive list of high school equivalency competencies and correlated instructional support tools and strategies.

11:00am Wrap Up and Evaluations

Total: 1 SCECH