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Don't Miss the ABE Support Services Conference: Partners in Progress - By Marty Olsen, ABE Coordinator

Don’t miss out on a fantastic learning experience! It’s also a great time to connect with others who have similar job responsibilities. Friday, November 11 is the last day to register for the Support Services Conference, to be held November 17 and 18. It’s also the last day to apply for a travel scholarship.

REGISTER for the conference >>

Conference Highlights

Thursday, November 17 – PRE-CONFERENCE: The trainings offered on Thursday are important for all staff. Trainings offered include “ABE Foundations”, “CASAS Implementation Training”, and “TABE Implementation Training”. Staff can attend these trainings even if they won’t be attending the Friday sessions.

Friday, November 18 – CONFERENCE

KEYNOTE – Are you feeling lost in the whirlwind of WIOA and other ABE initiatives? The keynote 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. The sessions fall into the areas that are required for those desiring to earn a Support Professional’s Certificate. The areas include Tech Tools, Policy, Customer Service, and Work Culture. 

A copy of the conference program can be viewed here >>

  • What’s New In Distance Learning?: This session will familiarize you with the new Distance Learning platforms that are replacing Skills Tutor.
  • SID (Student Information Database): Do you have questions about SID? Come to this session to get them answered and learn more about the new statewide database. 
  • 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: Finding Your Voice at Work, and in Life: Finding your voice and then appropriately expressing it is a key to success at work and in life. This session will blend “Minnesota Nice” and “Courageous Conversations.”

REGISTER for the conference >>

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS – There are still a few scholarships available for hotel and mileage for those who travel more than 75 miles to attend the conference.

Find the application form and instructions to apply for a scholarship >>