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Fall 2021 ABE Conference: Still Here, Still Awesome! – Virtual Event

November 5, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CDT Free

Registration Deadline: FRI. 11/5/21

If you require ASL Interpretation, please contact Marisa Geisler at mgeisler02@hamline.edu

Well, we’re still here.

We’re still in this “in between” space between what was before and what’s next.  While we’d rather welcome you to an in-person Regional Event, it is not yet in the cards. Yet we know now just how much can be accomplished remotely!  Please join us for our statewide virtual conference on November 5th to connect with your colleagues from all over the state and attend relevant workshops, including re-licensure areas.  Yes, we’re all still here, and we’re all still awesome.  Let’s spend the day learning together!

Our Keynote Speaker, Tammy Gifft, is a licensed psychologist practicing as an organizational coach and leadership trainer. She specializes in working with individuals, teams, and organizations as they navigate today’s complex business environment to obtain business objectives while supporting optimal performance. She is passionate about coaching for resilience and wellbeing while helping leaders develop and create a culture that supports collective success. Tammy has over 20 years of experience in coaching and consulting in professional service firms, health care, manufacturing, and education. She is on the faculty of The Center of Character-based Leadership and is adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.


8:25 – Login and check video and audio

8:30-9:30 – Welcome and Keynote Address: Creating a Better Path

9:30-9:45 – Break

9:45 – 10:45 – Session 1

  • Managing Uncertainty: How to use Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Help Adult Students
  • Introduction to the HiSET Exam
  • Culture of Respect: A Proactive Approach for Addressing Difficult Topics in Learning Spaces
  • Looking at Fractional Reasoning Across Math Levels

10:45-11:00 – Break

11:00-12:00 –  Session 2

  • Is Your Mental Backpack Too Heavy? Learn How to Lighten the Load & Understand Key Warning Signs of Anxiety Disorders
  • Moving Students from the Red Zone in Math
  • Powerful Reading Routines
  • Introducing Academic Tasks for HSE Test Prep and Adult Diploma!

12:00-12:30 – Lunch

12:30-1:15 -Session 3

  • Activities and Routines to Engage Low-Literacy English Language Learners
  • Integrating Northstar Digital Literacy Standards & the CCRS
  • Marketing and Recruitment Strategies for Your Program
  • Google Suite Tips & Tricks

1:15-1:30 – Break

1:30-2:15 – Networking Coffee Break (by context/subject)

  • Low-level Native English-Speaking Readers
  • HyFlex Instruction
  • Using an LMS (Learning Management System)
  • Digital Navigation
  • Career Pathways and English Learners
  • Returning to In-person Instruction
  • Math Resources
  • Teacher Verification Model (TVM)

2:15-2:30 – Break

2:30-3:15 – Session 4

  • This Is Your Song
  • Integrated Education and Training (IET) 101 Revisited
  • Salud: Using ACES/TIF to Teach Health Literacy
  • Teacher Verification Model (TVM) Lesson Showcase

3:15-3:30 – Break

3:30-4:30 – Affinity groups [OPTIONAL]

  • Mental Health & ABE Practitioners
  • BIPOC ABE Practitioners
  • LGBTQ+ ABE Practitioners
  • Antiracism in ABE
  • Non-native English-Speaking ABE Practitioners



November 5, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm CDT


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