Thursday, February 03, 2011

Workshop Trainers: VLLC 2011 Conference, February 24 & 25

Mark Emblidge and Jeannie Baliles from the VLF, Steve Clementi, Verizon (and award recipient) and Carol Holmquist, President of the VLLC, at the 2010 awards breakfast.

Workshop Titles and the Bios of the workshop presenters:

Using Technology to Support Struggling Learners
Dr. Heidi Silver-Pacuilla: A senior research analyst at AIR, Dr. Silver-Pacuilla brings over twenty years of experience in literacy work with learners of all ages. She has personal experience at every level of adult education programming and has published scholarly work in adult pedagogy, disability services, integration of technology into basic skills learning, and service delivery systems. Since joining AIR in 2004, she has been extensively involved in several of AIR’s adult education projects, specifically managing knowledge development and production of web-based tools in the Teaching Excellence in Adult Education (TEAL) Center and the reports to the National Institute for Literacy, Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning (2008) and Literacy, Employment and Youth with Learning Disabilities: Aligning Workforce Development Policies and Programs (co-author, 2010). She provides training and technical assistance on a variety of projects addressing the needs of struggling students through innovative uses of technology and develops practitioner friendly materials for a variety of print and web-based outlets. She serves as the 2010-2011 President of the National Coalition for Literacy.

Interview Portion of the Citizenship Exam
Gloria Williams-Brevard is a Community Relations Officer within the Office of Communications, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Ms. Williams-Brevard’s works out of the Washington District Office, District #7, that has jurisdiction over the state of Virginia and Washington, DC. Her major areas of responsibility are those areas not covered by the Norfolk field office. As a Community Relations Officer, Ms. Williams-Brevard builds collaborative relationships with various stakeholders and conducts outreach presentations to familiarize the community with USCIS initiatives and products and services. Her 20-year USCIS tenure has included supervisory and management experience in the Records, Information and Administrative areas. Ms. Williams-Brevard holds an A.A in Legal Support Sciences and a B.A. in Business Administration from Southeastern University.

Strategic Planning to Improve Program Performance
Annette Loschert: Annette Loschert ‘s professional experience includes corporate marketing and events planning, positions in academic administration as business and alumni publications editor, director of career services, and assistant dean of admissions at the graduate business level, and 12 years of experience in adult literacy as tutor, board member, and Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Roanoke Valley from 2003-2010. She currently serves as a non-profit consultant, facilitator and trainer. Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA in management from Pace University. She serves as a mentor to new program managers for the VA Department of Education, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, and provides strategic planning workshops to community-based literacy organizations through the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Literacy Foundation, the Virginia Board of Education Advisory Committee on Adult Education and Literacy, and a past Vice President of the VLLC.

Keeping Track of Tutor Hours
Ken Campanelli During his first year in retirement, Mr. Campanellivolunteered his services to several organizations, eventually tutoring ESL Learners at Rita Welsh Literacy Center which today is known as Literacy for Life. In 2007, he taught computer classes for Literacy for Life, and in 2008 joined the staff on a part time basis to manage the organizations 30 plus computers, along with creating various data reports on an as needed basis. A spin off of this activity includes a program he designed called “Easy Hours” (EZHours). With Easy Hours, tutors can easily and quickly register each meeting for themselves and their learners each time they meet. Many other features are available with the program, such as messaging. Best of all this access database is easy to manage and run reports. Monthly summary information is consolidated for input into State and government database reporting. Ken’s educational background includes: Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Cuyahoga Community College, Parma Ohio Bachelor Degree in Business Administration: University of Akron, Akron Ohio Masters Degree: Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio.

How the GED Essay is Scored: Strategies for GED Instruction
Hillary Major is the Publications and Communications Specialist at VALRC. She edits a variety of Resource Center print and online publications, including the Progress newsletter. She also helped develop and deliver trainings and resources related to writing instruction, outreach, and technology use. In addition, she served as technical facilitator for many of VALRC’s online courses, helping to make sure the online learning experience runs as smoothly as possible.Hillary has taught a number of workshops in Strategies for GED Instruction for VALRC. Hillary was born and raised in Virginia but spent three years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she taught English composition and creative writing while working on a Master of Fine Arts in poetry. She also holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

In my free time, I can usually be found with a book in hand. I also enjoy writing, playing and listening to music, and watching movies.

The Five R's of Volunteer Management
Pam Adams has worked for Literacy Volunteers of Roanoke Valley for 3 ½ years. She began her full-time employment there as program coordinator for both the BL and ESOL programs. LVRV then hired Betsy Hale (her co-trainer in this conference) to take over the reins of the BL program. Pam now works full-time as the ESOL Program Coordinator. Pam graduated from Bluefield College with a BS in Organizational Management and Development. She currently attends Hollins University where she is scheduled to graduate in May, 2012 with her MALS – Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an Interdisciplinary Studies concentration. Pam designed her personalized program of study to include courses in culture, curriculum writing, diversity, non-profit management, leadership, and multicultural communication. She is writing her thesis to support her research based ESOL tutor training she designed. Her professional background includes business ownership, at-risk youth case management, and magnet school program coordination.

ESOL Writing
Tanya Conover is an English Instructor and EL/Civics Coordinator at Prince William County Public Schools Adult Education ESOL Program. She graduated from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, with a BS in Middle School Education, and earned her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. For 8 years she taught Middle School in Bath and Fairfax County Schools, Virginia, as well as EFL in Bogotá, Colombia. Tanya also home schooled her own 2 children for nine years. For 6 years Tanya has worked as an instructor for the Prince William County Public Schools Adult Education ESOL Program. Her duties have included Adult ESOL Instructor at all language levels at many sites, including the PWC Detention Center. Currently, her roles include ESOL Multi-level Instructor and PWCS Adult Education Program Liaison at the Prince William Workforce Center. Since 2008, Tanya has also served as PWCS Adult Education ESOL Program English Literacy/Civics Grant Coordinator. Initiatives have included creation of Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Community multi-level process writing curriculum with teacher training for professional development and implementation of the curriculum. Additionally, Tanya serves as editor of the PWCS Adult ESOL student publication entitled Our Voices. Using authentic texts from Our Voices, Tanya created a PWCS Adult ESOL reading curriculum entitled Our Voices Are Not Silent. Many of these resources are now available online.

Using Program Data To Tell Your Story
Virginia (Ginger) Hilleary has served as the Executive Director at Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County since 2005. Ms. Hilleary earned her B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University and certification in Early Childhood Development from George Mason University. Prior to her position at LVFC, Ms. Hilleary served as the Executive Director of the Fauquier Chapter of the American Red Cross (including service at the Pentagon during 9-11), Director of St. John Catholic Church Religious Education and Director of Warrenton United Methodist Preschool. Ms. Hilleary is president of the Board of Directors of the Workplace (One-stop Career Resource Center) and Head Start (received Volunteer Award 2005). She has presented workshops at the Proliteracy Worldwide Conference (2006); Adult English Literacy Providers of Northern Virginia 2005, 2006; TALTT Conference (2008); LVFC Conference (local conference) 2004, 2005, 2006, and has served on the VLLC Board of Directors and as Conference Chair for The VLLC Conference for the past two years.

LD Strategies for Tutors and Teachers of Struggling Learners
Lauren Ellington is the Learning Disabilities Specialist, Online Training Specialist, and ERO System Administrator at the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center. She has been at the Resource Center for the past six years. During that time, she has focused her work on providing training to Virginia adult literacy educators on how to successfully and effectively work with adult who struggle with learning due to learning disabilities, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Before coming to the Resource Center, Ms. Ellington was a teacher in Virginia's K-12 system for eight years.

Hogar Immigrant Services' Information for Personal Empowerment (IPE) Speaker Series
Brooke Hammond Pérez is a Manager of Education Services at Hogar Immigrant Services in Falls Church, VA. She coordinates ESOL classes and workshops for the immigrant community in Northern Virginia. Brooke has a MA in International Development, with a concentration in NGOs and Civil Society, from the University of Pittsburgh. She focused much of her graduate education on development efforts to immigrant and other socially marginalized groups. She has extensive teaching experience working for the Education Department of Madrid, as well as teaching ESOL to elementary and high school students at both public and private schools in Spain. Brooke also has volunteered to teach ESOL at various non-profit organizations in the United States and Spain.

From Compass to College
Ruby Tassi has tutored the NOVA COMPASS class from fall 2008 through fall, 2010 and has just started the spring class. Ms.Tassi retired in 2005 as a school Librarian from Prince William County schools, and worked for 14 years at Hylton High School, Woodbridge, VA (1991-2005) and13 years at Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge, VA (1978-1991). In 1991 she the degree of Master of Arts in Education, Major: Curriculum and Instruction, from VA. Tech., Blacksburg, VA; a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1967, (Major: School Librarianship, and finished her last elective class to while her husband was in Vietnam), and also attended San Jose State University, San Jose, CA and Stockton College, Stockton, CA (Community College). She was married in 1960 and started traveling.

Thinking Outside the Box: Reading and Writing Strategies for Challenging Learners
Margaret Stout has been a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America - Prince William for four years. She has her Master's in Special Education and has been teaching for 7 years. Currently, she is an Autism Resource Specialist working with students in grades K through 12 for Prince William County Schools. When she is not working or tutoring she is enjoying time with her husband, son, and Great Dane. Her LD workshop at last year’s VLLC conference was so popular that she was invited to return for the second year.

Using Facts and Stats to Make a Case for Your Program
Victoire Gerkens Sanborn has been the literacy specialist at the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center since April of 2000. She has facilitated workshops in grant writing, strategic planning, train the trainer, board development, marketing and outreach, tutor training, technology training, and reading comprehension strategies. She has also worked as the Community Relations Director at The READ Center, volunteered as a tutor and trainer, and exhibited and sold her watercolors when she lived in Charlottesville. She attended the College of Notre Dame of MD, the Maryland Institute of Art, and Boston University, and received a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and a certificate from the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. When she is not immersed in the field of adult education and literacy, Ms. Sanborn blogs about Jane Austen.

Other Workshops:
  • Branding Your Program (Facilitator, Victoire Sanborn)
  • Networking Tables:
Advocacy - Patti Donnelly, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
ESOL Speaking Ideas – Elise Bruml, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
Administrative and Staff Development – Annette Loschert, Trainer, VALRC
Director Round Table – Kim Sells, Literacy Volunteers of Prince William County
Basic Methods for Low Literacy Tutoring – Leslie Harper, The READ Center
Gathering Data and Reporting it – Carolyn Zong, VALIT Database Manager, VLF