It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the Volunteer Management Conference

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the Volunteer Management Conference

Volunteers are an important part of the ABE delivery system in Minnesota. Last year, 1,544 volunteers provided nearly 63,000 hours of service to learners and programs.

To support the use of volunteers in ABE, Literacy Minnesota hosts a yearly conference for coordinators, teachers, managers and other program staff. The conference focuses not only on getting started with volunteers, but also how to support them during their time in the program.

This year’s conference will be Friday, December 2. It will be virtual on Zoom. It’s freeee for Minnesota participants ($20 for out-of-state guests). To register or find out more, go to:


8:30 – 9:00 am      Welcome and Awards

9:15 – 10:15 am      Concurrent Sessions:

Volunteer Management 101
Patrick Smith, Literacy Minnesota
Annelisa Donlan, Literacy Minnesota

Using Volunteers in Remote ESL Classrooms – Five Tricks of the Trade

Sheri Lear, Literacy Minnesota (retired)

Mental Wellness!  It Matters! Mental Health Tips for Self-care & in the Classroom

Wendy Sweeney, Physical and Nonapparent Disability Assistance (PANDA)
Andrea Echelberger, Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program

10:30 – 11:30 am      Concurrent Sessions:

What’s New (and not-so-new) in Volunteer Training
Rob Podlasek, Literacy Minnesota
Meghan Boyle, Literacy Minnesota

Five Ways that Volunteers Can Support Digital Literacy
Dani Brown, Literacy Minnesota

Five Ways to Show Volunteer Appreciation
Sophie Phan, Literacy Minnesota
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota

11:30 am – 12:30 pm      Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 pm      Concurrent Sessions:

Tracking Volunteers in SiD
Jenny Schlukebier, SiD
Mary Zimmerli, SiD

English Unlocked:  Made for Volunteers

Meghan Boyle, Literacy Minnesota

Risk Management: Supporting Successful Volunteer Assignments

1:45 – 2:45 pm      Concurrent Sessions

Saviorism and Volunteerism
Brianne Carmichael, Literacy Minnesota

Volunteer Outreach Strategies and Trends
Matthew Miller, Metro North ABE
Amy Kilgore, Metro South

Using Volunteers as Digital Navigators
Elizabeth Bennett, Literacy Minnesota
Nick Houlson, Literacy Minnesota

Rob Podlasek Literacy Minnesota