Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TIMAC at CASAS Summer Institute 2012

These are the TIMACers spotted at CASAS National Summer Institute 2012.

  • Susan Coulter
  • Susan Briggs
  • Diana Batista
  • Francisca Wentworth
  • Peter Hubbard
  • Sharon Ram
  • Jesus Gonzales
  • Cindy Wislofsky
  • Andria Kaiser

Susan Coulter and Peter Hubbard will be more involved in accountability and testing at their respective agencies, because both eTesting and TOPsPro will continue to require higher and higher technology skills .

Sharon Ram was accepting the CASAS 2011-12 WIA Title II Promising Practice Award for VESL Computer Lab at Fremont Adult School in the category of Curriculum/Instruction. The VESL Computer Lab Class provides intensive instruction in public speaking, reading, vocabulary building, and composition. Students learn the skills they need to succeed in higher=level ABE courses, CTE programs, and in postsecondary education.

Andria Kaiser was accepting the CASAS 2011-12 WIA Title II  Promising Practice Award for EL Civics Program Improvements in the category of EL Civics and Citizenship. Lompoc created a rigorous ESL curriculum integrating Common Core standards, and restructured the school’s learning environment to provide clear, articulated and goal-oriented transitions from level to level.This program began in 2007-08, and has since proven to help improve student performance and learning gains, as well as provide a very structured pathway for students to achieve their goals.

Marcie W.M. Foster from CLASP was the keynote speaker at this year’s CASAS National Summer Institute. She addressed strategies for building pathways to postsecondary credentials for lower-skilled adults. Ms. Foster held a key role with the Joyce Foundation’s Shifting Gears initiative that helped states implement systemic changes to institutionalize innovation in adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education programs. Here's her presentation:

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