Support Services Conference 2021: Registration Now Open!

Support Services Conference 2021: Registration Now Open!

2021 ABE Support Staff Conference

“Reflecting on the Past While Reimagining the Future”

Thursday, November 18 – Friday, November 19, 2021

We’ve all become “experts” at using Zoom or Google Meet, and masks are common apparel. We didn’t think we would still be in this phase when we planned our first virtual Support Services conference a year ago. But here we are, and we’ve gotten pretty good at this! Please join us one more time for an online Support Services Conference. We will think about where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, and focus on where we can go in the 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. 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.


Registration Deadline: FRI. 11/12/21


Pre-Conference – Thursday, 11/18/21

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

9:00-2:00 – CASAS Implementation Training (Marty Olsen and Stacy Everding)

12:30-3:30 – TABE Implementation Training (Linda Keller and Dave Haugen)

Conference – Friday, 11/19/21

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

10:00-10:45 – Session 1

    • SiD Class Labeling (Jenny Schlukebier)
    • Google Suite Session (Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt)
    • Mental Health Session (Wendy Sweeney)

 11:00-11:45 – Session 2

    • SiD Online Registration Form (Jenny Schlukebier)
    • Going Live with CASAS (Marty Olsen and Jenna Weyer)

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-1:45 – Session 3

    • GED Info Session (Melissa Hultstrand)
    • Going Live with TABE (Linda Keller and Lee Fang)
    • What I Wish I Would’ve Known (Panel Discussion)

2:00-2:45 – Session 4

    • HiSet Info Session
    • Marketing Session (Becca Bair and Julie Kleve)


Get general information about the conference at

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

NOTE:  Registrations must be received by Friday, November 12. 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, Program Coordinator SW ABE-South