April 26, 2016

Wednesday Workshops

Time Spring Lake A Spring Lake B Veramendi A Veramendi B Veramendi C Veramendi D
9AM-12 PM Nonprofit Management
Pt. 1: Financials
Salesforce for Program Management Reach Them & Keep Them Beginning Literacy ESL Assistive Technology Creating a Culture of Respect
1PM-4PM Nonprofit Management
Pt. 2: Personnel & Operations
Salesforce for Donor Management Reach Them & Keep Them Beginning Literacy ESL Assistive Technology Creating a Culture of Respect

Workshop Descriptions


Nonprofit Management Pt. 1: Financials / Pt. 2: Personnel & Operations (Melanie Fisk, Literacy Advance of Houston)

Learn about best practices in non-profit financials, personnel management, and general operations. This session will cover the basics, with opportunity to discuss, ask questions, and learn from peers, and is designed for both beginners and those wanting to refresh their knowledge. Session facilitator Melanie Fisk is the CEO of Literacy Advance of Houston, a 50-year-old community-based non-profit with a budget of $1.2m. She has worked at a range of agencies, some with as few as 4 staff, and others with personnel numbering over 100.

Salesforce for Program Management (Teri Walker, CommonTeri Services)

Come learn how you can manage classes, volunteers, and attendance using Salesforce and other low-cost/no-cost software tools. No Salesforce or database experience is needed for this class.

Salesforce for Donor Management (Teri Walker, CommonTeri Services)

This hands-on class will walk you through managing the interesting donor situations we find ourselves in, including community giving days, United Way allocations, matching gifts, recurring gifts, and events. You do not need to be a current Salesforce user to participate. Please bring your own laptop for the best hands-on experience.

Reach Them and Keep Them: Recruitment and Persistence Training (Krista Mosher, TCALL)

This 3-hour workshop helps administrators and instructors consider alternate recruitment strategies for different student populations, including low-literate adults. Participants also review some tools for community building and active engagement in and between classes to improve student persistence.  

Beginning Literacy ESL (Dr. Glenda Rose, TCALL)

Beginning Literacy ESL training provides instructors with techniques and strategies to improve the persistence and performance of learners in this lowest level of ESL. Teachers will learn how to promote an environment that builds retention and community among learners. Strategies and activities focus on realia found in the learners' environment to help beginning literacy ESL learners develop basic oral communication skills and build reading and writing skills.

Assistive Technology: Creating an On-Ramp for Digital Learning (AnneMarie Molinari & Beth Ponder, TCALL)

During this three-hour interactive session, participants will learn about and explore several accessible examples of assistive technology (AT). These AT tools have instructional implications for serving the needs of students with learning disabilities (LD) in the AEL classroom. This session will focus on cost-effective and practical assistive technologies for classroom use including apps, plug-ins, and interactive websites.

Creating a Culture of Respect in Diverse AEL Classrooms (Federico Salas-Isnardi, TCALL)

During this 3-hour interactive workshop, participants will examine the role of culture in the adult education classroom and engage in activities that help build a culture of respect for student diversity.
First, we will look at a number of definitions of culture suggesting culture is a system of meaning that perpetuates a group’s shared knowledge. Working in teams, we will define explicit and implicit culture and identify our personal values.
Second, participants will work in a large group-facilitated activity positioning themselves along a cultural continuum and learning how our positions shift as a result of experience and context.
Finally, participants will define three concepts that are critical to forming a Culture of Respect in a classroom that is safe for the students’ expression of their identity and ideas.