2022 ABE Support Staff Conference Registration Now Open

2022 ABE Support Staff Conference Registration Now Open

2022 ABE Support Staff Conference
“Past, Present, Future”

Thursday, November 17 – Friday, November 18, 2022

Please join us again this year for an online Support Services Conference, as we learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future. We’ll reflect on where we’ve been and use those lessons to focus on building a better future.

The Support Professionals Advisory & Resource Committee (SPARC), Southwest ABE, and the Minnesota Department of Education, are jointly sponsoring this training opportunity for ABE program support staff, and all other interested staff. This annual event will be held virtually and is free of charge to all who register.

This conference is designed especially for support services staff that work in areas such as student registration and intake, student testing, data entry and management, and any other accountability role. This could also include teachers or managers with multiple roles who also serve as a program’s support staff.


Pre-Conference – Thursday, November 17

Virtual implementation trainings for both CASAS and TABE will be offered for all staff that may be responsible for intake and assessment.

  • 9:00-12:00 – CASAS Implementation Training (Marty Olsen)
  • 12:30-3:30 – TABE Implementation Training (Linda Keller and Dave Haugen)

Conference – Friday, November 18

9:00-9:45 – Opening Session featuring MN State ABE Staff

10:00-10:45 – Session 1

  • HiSet (Adam Springwater)
  • SiD Testing Strategies (Jenny Schluckebier)
  • Mental Health Session (Wendy Sweeney)

11:00-11:45 – Session 2

  • GED Direct-What is it and how can it help your program? (Melissa Hultstrand)
  • LAN Marketing Toolkit (Kaija Bergen)
  • Stay Organized and Productive with Google Keep and Google Tasks (Jason Brazier)

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-1:45 – Session 3

  • TABE Recertification (Linda Keller)
  • Student Surveys & Focus Groups (Julie Kleve)
  • Racial Equity Grant (See Moua-Leske)

2:00-2:45 – Session 4

  • Google Session (Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt)
  • CASAS Recertification (Marty Olsen)
  • Training New Staff (Tim Rowe, Kelly O’Brien, Linda Keller)

More information

Click on the following link for general information about the conference: https://www.mnabeassessment.com/support-services-conference. A more complete conference agenda with additional information will be posted by the end of October.

Please address any event or registration questions to Marylynn Dvorak, Chair of SPARC, at [email protected].

NOTE:  Registrations must be received by Friday, November 11. Links to join the Zoom sessions will be sent out via email prior to the conference, along with the conference program.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Marty Olsen, Assessment Trainer SW ABE