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ABE Support Services Conference: Partners In Progress - By Marty Olsen, State Assessment Trainer

You don’t want to miss this year’s Support Services Conference! The members of the SPARC team have been working toward building another fantastic event, to be held November 17 and 18, 2016.

Conference Highlights

PRE-CONFERENCE – Thursday, November 17th will be filled with trainings necessary for all staff. This will include “ABE Foundations for New Support Staff”, “CASAS Implementation Training”, and “TABE Implementation Training”.

WIOA – “Everything You Need to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask” – The Friday, November 18th keynote of the conference will focus on the opportunities that the Workforce Opportunities and Innovation Act provide for ABE, and the responsibility that support staff have in implementation.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS – Following the keynote, there will be a variety of sessions to choose from.

  • New Statewide Database: A couple of the developers of the new statewide database will join us to share their expertise – come with your questions and let the experts answer them. 
  • What Is New for GED Administrators and ABE Coordinators?: This session will provide GED Administrators and ABE Coordinators with updated information on the test. 
  • Advocating for Students with Disabilities: Policy issues will be addressed in this session that focuses on the processes and documentation required for GED testing accommodations.
  • Critical Issues in Assessment: Information will be provided on best practices in assessment, updates on the new CASAS and TABE tests, and other critical issues. 
  • Intake Panel: Do you have questions about intake processes? This will be a panel presentation sharing a variety of intake processes, looking at the pros and cons of the various practices. 
  • Bridges to Benefits: Since education is only one of the many needs that our students face, there will also be a presentation on this project which links families and individuals to public works supported programs.
  • Communication: One of the major problems that we face in Adult Ed is communication – with our peers, with our staff, with our students. This presentation will help the participants improve their communication skills in a variety of situations.

The registration for this conference will be available during the first week of October. Watch for a link in the MN ABE Newsletter. There will also be a link on the MN ABE Assessment website.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarships for hotel and mileage for those who travel more than 75 miles to attend the conference will again be available this year. A link to the scholarship application can be found at the same link as above.