2015 Fall NMTESOL + NMAEA Conference Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

(Days, times, and sessions are subject to change)


Friday, 10:45

Demystifying How and Why We Read
Whether their goal is academic success or personal enjoyment, adult readers can work to improve their reading skills and redefine themselves as readers in an environment that demystifies the reading process. Through slow reading and quick written responses, participants will experience learner-centered exercises that tap into their natural inferencing skills – deepening engagement with the text and increasing comprehension and the pleasure of reading. James A. Rosenthal, Dona Ana Community College/Literacy Volunteers of Dona Ana County.

Effective Implementation of ABE Distance or Hybrid Courses
Online and hybrid classes can provide very important components to the curriculum of any ESL or High School Equivalency program. Skills taught in a hybrid course match current goals for Adult Education programs. Students need to be computer literate, comfortable using learning software, and self-motivated. To implement a PLATO hybrid class (or any hybrid class), there are many details that must be in place. The presenter has developed a hybrid program for HSE and will share his ideas, documentation, and data. Don Dutton, Dona Ana Community College.

How Can I Get A Professional Job in the U.S.?: Helping ESL Students Succeed in I-BEST Courses and Career Pathways
ESL students are often frustrated to find that they cannot use their previous professional experience in the U.S. due to linguistic and credentialing barriers. I-BEST programs can help ESL students re-enter careers or find new ones. In this session, participants will explore how project-based learning and contextualized instruction can effectively support ESL students as they master the complex professional language needed for certificate programs. Participants will also plan their own mini ESL I-BEST activity. Rebecca Sherry and Penny Mortier, CNM.

Introduction to LACES NexGen
Welcome to NexGen, the newest version of LACES! NexGen is built primarily on the same processes used in LACES, but with added upgrades in search functionality; the ability to use it in ANY browser (not just Internet Explorer!); a cleaner, more modern look and feel; and many feature enhancements suggested by local providers over the years. Of course, any change involves resetting the learning curve; so take this opportunity to learn what has changed and how to navigate, input data entry, create custom views, and run searches and reports in the upgraded system. Shannon Stangis, LACES

NMSU-Alamogordo Adult Education Retention Plan
Retention starts with getting students into the classroom and keeping them. In Adult Education, students have many obstacles for not attending class. This presentation will outline a pilot program the Adult Education Program at NMSU-Alamogordo has instituted to outline the commitments students must undertake to be successful in the program. Judie Strawderman, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo.

OCTAE’s College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education & the CTE Employability Skills Framework
What are they and how do you integrate them into your instruction to prepare your learners for college and careers? This session will provide an introduction to the CCRs and the Employability Skills Framework. Participants will learn more about the relevant parts of each and identify what they need to move forward with planning instruction that is designed to prepare learners for entering careers and/or post-secondary education – while attending adult education classes! Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting & Training.

Program Directors’ Forum
An opportunity for Local Program Directors to discuss current work and needs. Unhosted

Teaching Academic Vocabulary: Practical, Research-Based Approaches to Instruction
This interactive workshop engages teachers in describing essential components of vocabulary and what it means to know a word. Teachers will gain a deeper understanding of how to determine which words are important to teach. They will be able to evaluate approaches to vocabulary instruction and design methods for assessing learners’ vocabulary knowledge. The session also highlights ways to support learners to learn vocabulary independently. Instructors working with ABE and intermediate and advanced ESL students will take away many practical ideas for teaching academic vocabulary effectively. Susan Finn Miller, LINCS National Trainer.

Writing from the Senses
Writing instruction and practice can be intimidating for many adult learners and instructors. Participants will learn creative strategies for encouraging writing by engaging each of their senses in fun, hands-on activities. Participants will experience and discuss ways to incorporate sensory writing techniques into individual, small group and class room instruction. The techniques demonstrated in the workshop can be used with all levels of ESL and native English-speaking students. Participants will receive a handout outlining the workshop’s agenda and describing the workshop’s activities so that they may replicate them in their own programs. This session will be repeated Saturday at 11:30. Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant and LINCS National Trainer.


Friday, 1:15

Come “Hangout” with Google!
This interactive session will guide participants through how to use Google Hangouts, a free online meeting tool. Participants will learn how to schedule a hangout, how to invite participants to the hangout, how to broadcast a hangout, and how to distribute videotaped hangouts. Participants will need to have or create a Gmail account prior to the session, and the use of personal electronics (tablets, smartphones, etc.) is encouraged! Jamie Bearden and Terri Gustafson, New Mexico DELT Project.

Engaging Your Local Workforce to Increase Educational Outcomes
Imagine a world where local businesses not only understood the value of a better educated workforce but actively engaged in ensuring its success. This workshop is designed to help programs think outside the box when it comes to employer/education partnerships. It offers tips and hands-on activities to help you reach out to local employers and get them interested in participating in the educational process. Teri Wimborne, Mission: Graduate.

The HiSET Program by ETS
The ETS HiSET test became an accessible alternative option to the GED in New Mexico in May 2015. Currently, New Mexico has over 17 test centers throughout the state and growing. During this session, participants will gain an understanding of the program and the collaboration with stakeholders. They will receive up-to-date information regarding the HiSET informational website and free instructional materials, as well as participate in a question and answer session. Gladys Recinos, HiSET.

Using LACES for Program Improvement
Learn and review how to use LACES to improve the efficacy of your program, from tracking level gains to receiving alerts for areas of concern. LACES NexGen contains simpler, more robust search functionality to allow agencies to create a wealth of searches related to retention, assessment and enrollment data, and everything NRS related. The dashboard is new and improved to allow greater tracking of data across multiple fiscal years to measure growth and compare to prior year’s data. Shannon Stangis, LACES.


Friday, 1:15 – Double Sessions

CARE Leadership
The Gallup Q12 survey revealed that 29% of the workforce is engaged, 55% is not engaged, and 16% is actively disengaged. What about your employees? Does your team reflect better engagement numbers? What does it take to have an engaged workforce of 2 or 200? The right leadership! Jenny Lambert-Beaty, San Juan College.
Designing Curriculum for Work-Based ESL Classes
Join a discussion on designing curriculum and content for work-based ESL classes. Using expert reviewed research-based LINCS resources, this session will address tailoring curriculum and contextualizing class materials to meet immigrant students’ and industries’ employment needs. This session includes time for networking and sharing ideas and experiences with others in the field. Susan Finn Miller, LINCS National Trainer.

Google Tools in the Classroom
This workshop is designed to help professionals maximize the use of Google Tools in the classroom. Hands-on training will be provided in order to ensure that professionals have the opportunity to maximize the use of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and YouTube as teaching and record-keeping tools. E-portfolios will also be discussed. Candace Lamb and Allison Lucero, UNM-Valencia.

Supporting Technology Enhanced Instruction and Distance Learning
This workshop is designed to help administrators and leaders support technology in the classroom and increase intensity of instruction through hybrid-distance learning. Policy, data, and best practices will be presented and participants will have the opportunity to draft a plan of implementation for their programs. Tina Newby, UNM-Valencia.

Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension
While comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, it’s only one component of reading. We’ll begin by discussing how comprehension relates to the other three components of reading (Alphabetics, Fluency and Vocabulary). We’ll look at a robust definition of comprehension that helps us understand that it’s an active cognitive process. We’ll do a couple of fun activities that show how most comprehension assessment and instructional activities aren’t as effective as we think they are. We’ll learn about some effective and valid methods for assessing readers’ comprehension. Then we’ll explore a new approach to teaching comprehension – comprehension strategy instruction. We’ll discover why focusing on comprehension strategies that equip readers with the tools they need to understand all texts is a more productive approach than those that focus on teaching students to comprehend only the text being read at any given time. We’ll discuss the merits of a variety of recommended research-based comprehension strategies and see a couple in action, and we’ll close by learning about excellent free resources participants can use to put these strategies into practice with their own students. Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant and LINCS National Trainer.

WIOA and Career Pathways: An Introduction
WIOA ushers in a new era for New Mexico Adult Educators to move participants along career pathways that lead to good jobs with wages sufficient to sustain themselves and their families. We will take a look at the big picture by considering the landscape and learn the basics about WIOA and career pathways before diving into some of the details like regional labor market information about career opportunities and how to translate that information into education and training programs with “stackable credentials” that enable participants to build their skills and advance in their careers over time. This session will provide an overview of WIOA’s career pathway focus and how to begin an implementation strategy. Facilitator will share career pathways promising practices. Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting & Training.


Friday, 3:00

Creating Custom Material for Primary and Supplemental Instruction with Adult Education Learners
In this session we will explore some advanced features in PLATO that allow us to create customized material that can be used to supplement or extend lessons with learners. This material can be short, as in based on a single classroom concept, or a larger piece that covers many concepts. This session will cover several such examples and demonstrate how to combine material plus adding your own material as well. David DIsko, PLATO (VENDOR SESSION).

Quadratic Functions: Easy Approach for the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test
Quadratic function skills are now incorporated in the 2014 GED test. This session is presented as an interactive, participatory, hands-on workshop focusing on solving and graphing quadratic equations. The workshop starts with a review of the coordinate plane and ordered pair, followed by a brief discussion of the importance and application of quadratic equations in daily life. The approach used in the teaching of the concepts yielded high passing rate in the GED tests. Cynthia B. Aguila and Loreto G. Aguila, NMCD Springer Correctional Center.

Quality Matters: Introduction to Best Practices in Distance Learning
This workshop will explore Quality Matters, an internationally recognized inter-institutional rubric for best practices in distance learning. The purpose of this rubric is to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses. Topics will include Instructor Introductions, Learning Objectives, Assessment & Measurement, Instructional Materials, Learner Interaction & Engagement, Course Technology, Learner Support, and Accessibility. Terri Gustafson, New Mexico DELT Project.

The Mind of English as a Foreign Language Learners: Face-to-Face Dialogue to Talk About Vertical
Distinct spatial conceptualization occurs between Japanese and English when expressing vertical space. Statistical analyses suggest that teaching iconic co-speech gesture (ICSG) accompanied by auditory processes plays a role in reconceptualizing the lexicon-grammar when learning vertical space in a Japanese EFL high school class. Tae Kunisawa, University of New Mexico.

Troubleshooting with LACES
You spend a lot of your time on your data entry, but how do you know that everything is correct, comprehensive, and inclusive of what’s needed for state and federal reporting? This session will review best practices for data review and troubleshooting in LACES NexGen to insure that you are correctly inputting the data needed for NRS reports. Shannon Stangis, LACES.


Saturday, 8:30

Current Rules and Regulations under WIOA for Adult Education Fiscal Personnel
Because of the implementation of the new WIOA guidelines, several processes regarding Adult Education may change. This includes the fiscal aspect of Adult Education. We are all starting out on the same playing field with the new WIOA regulations, and we need to work collaboratively to ensure that all rules and regulations are being adhered to and that we are getting the knowledge we need to succeed. In this session participants will learn the basic financial concepts concerning Adult Education and have the opportunity to ask questions concerning expenditures and budget. Cesaria (Cia) J. Tapia, New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Distance Education and Learning Technologies; DELT Team Workshop
This open forum will feature the Master Teachers of DELT presenting work developed during the last 12 months. Open to all, team members will preview and review many of their projects and encourage input and suggestions from the field. Don Dutton, Tina Newby, Terri Gustafson, Cash Clifton, Jamie Bearden, and Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo, New Mexico DELT Project.

Fanfiction in the Classroom: Engaging ESL/ELL Students to Write
There is a correlation between fanfiction and ESL/ELL students that may provide them with an alternate means of interacting with English outside of the classroom by taking advantage of the tools provided by fanfiction communities online. This presentation will investigate these possibilities and allow instructors and tutors a means to interact with fanfiction to determine if they agree with this premise. James Westphall, UNM-Valencia.

Integrating Career Awareness in Your ELL and ABE Classrooms
Come learn more about HOW to integrate career awareness and employability skills into your classrooms as you develop new or redesign current lessons. This session will be engaging and participatory! Participants will participate in specific activities that can be incorporated into your existing lessons. Walk away with ideas, sample materials, and activities that can be replicated in your classrooms. Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting & Training.

WIOA and Workforce Preparation in the Adult Education Classroom
WIOA lists 3 components of the education program requirements, the first two of which are Literacy (reading and math skills) and workforce preparation (career pathways and employability skills). Adaptation of these requirements are discussed along with samples of materials that address each topic. Participants will examine materials for use in the classroom. Sally McIntosh, McGraw-Hill Education (VENDOR SESSION).


Saturday, 8:30 – Double Sessions

Using Google Classroom in Traditional and Distance Learning Programs
This hands-on workshop is designed to instruct participants in the use of Google Classroom (a free learning management system) and its associated tools in both traditional classroom and distance learning settings. This presentation allows participants to become acquainted with how to set up and utilize Google Classroom as well as how to access training and support. Kristen Waring, UNM-Valencia.

Learner-Centered Practice in Adult ESL
Teachers of adult English learners often hear they should strive to be learner-centered. But what does learner-centeredness actually look like, and how can busy teachers implement such a practice? In this highly interactive workshop, participants explore various ways to implement learner-centered practices in their teaching including through conducting needs assessments, drawing upon students’ stories, and engaging learners in meaningful and authentic language tasks and projects. Susan Finn Miller, LINCS National Trainer.

Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency
While comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, it’s only one component of reading. We’ll begin by discussing how fluency relates to comprehension and the other two components of reading (Alphabetics and Vocabulary). Many programs and instructors don’t focus on fluency when they assess or teach their students. Through discussing, demonstrations and practice, we’ll learn why they should. Fluency is critical to comprehension and is often the key to unlocking the comprehension challenges of students at all levels. We’ll explore all three aspects of fluency (speed, accuracy, and phrasing and expression) as we learn how improvements in each of these areas can improve comprehension. After practicing some ways to assess fluency skills, we’ll discuss the recommended, research-based instructional strategy to increase fluency: Guided, Repeated, Oral Reading. We’ll explore seven types of Guided, Repeated, Oral Reading strategies that can improve students’ fluency. We’ll discuss how fluency is the component of reading in which progress can often be seen most quickly and dramatically. We’ll learn that this can be highly motivational and how increased fluency can encourage students to stay in programs long enough to make significant learning gains, and we’ll close by learning about excellent free resources participants can use to put these strategies into practice with their own students. Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant and LINCS National Trainer.


Saturday, 10:00

ESL Online Resources and Software to Enhance Learning
One of the biggest challenges in Adult Education is to accelerate the language development of ESL students and prepare them for college and career success. This path includes preparing students to become computer literate and active users of technology. In this interactive session, participants will identify criteria to evaluate free and affordable ESL websites and tools, find exemplary resources based on these criteria, and discuss ways to overcome the many obstacles to integrating technology in ESL instruction. Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo, New Mexico DELT Project, and Josán Perales, NM DELT/UNM-Taos.

Question & Answer Session with the State Adult Ed Office
This session will provide local programs with an opportunity to ask questions to the Adult Education State Director and Finance Officer and receive updates on the latest WIOA requirements. Frances Bannowsky, New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Transcultural Capital: A Foundation for Classroom Cultural Cohesiveness
Twenty-first century multicultural schools call for classroom environments, teacher preparation programs, and pedagogies that promote transcultural competence. In preparation for the global, formidable, transcultural challenges of the 21st century, we propose a dependable, supportive classroom environment that allows for the formation of a true learning community. We draw from the accumulated wisdom of the peoples of American Southwest, Pakistan, and Russia to propose an environment where transcultural teachers can work and transcultural competence flourish. José Antonio Lecea Yanguas, Yasir Hussain, and Svetlana Mylnikova, University of New Mexico.

What is Speak English with NEEPO?
A revolutionary, digital e-learning approach to teaching beginning English speaking skills using the power of New Phonetics Technology Methodology (NEEPO) to transport non-English speakers to low intermediate level speaking ability with good grammar and with little or no accent in 72 hrs. or less of online instruction with an ESL Teacher as a Facilitator/Tutor. Audio-lingual pattern drills with pictures create fluency of speech and good comprehension skills. Learning Management System included. Kat Green, New Phonetics Technology LLC (VENDOR SESSION).


Saturday, 10:00 – Double Sessions

Effective and Cost-Effective: An Innovative Model for Career Pathways Implementation
In this interactive workshop, we will share lessons learned from our Career Pathways implementation process and offer strategies for immediate program use. Our model combines career-infused classrooms, community-based learning weeks, and structured advising sessions. Explore student-driven programming for those at different places on their journey. Discuss modalities for simultaneous instruction for career cohorts versus individual interests. Examine scheduling that allows for employer/postsecondary involvement, while providing the professional development needed to effectively transition to Career Pathways. Nina Gonzales, John Kaeck, and Judy Hofer, UNM-Taos.

Planning for Instruction for Career Pathways Programs
Where do you begin? Contextualizing? Integrating? Standards? Employability skills? Join your colleagues in this session to begin answering your questions. Participants will identify the first steps needed in planning for instruction in career pathways programs. Learn how to map your program’s instruction and identify, engage, and communicate with education and employment partners needed to create a successful career pathways program for your adult learners. Michelle Carson, Carson Consulting & Training.

Student Engagement in Distance Education
Have you ever worried about sacrificing personal connections with your students in distance learning? Join DELT Master Teacher Cash Clifton in exploring meaningful techniques to engage students through technology. Topics will include building rapport, professional boundaries, discussion topics, journals, social media, and cultural considerations. Cash Clifton, New Mexico DELT Project.

Teaching Without Training Wheels in the Post-Method World
Learn to enlist the communicative interactions and inner movements of curious, actively involved learners-learners motivated to complete, graduate, and move on. De-emphasizing method-based instruction frees learners to pose and answer questions that lead to comprehension, whereas following a method – or several methods, known as “eclecticism” – puts the teacher in the center and the learners in a passive role. Supplementing teaching methods with learner-centered activities provokes spontaneous, incidental learning in GED and ESL classrooms. Stephen DeGiulio, Dona Ana Community College.


Saturday, 11:30

Advocating for ABE Learners with Disabilities: A How-To Approach in Applying for Accommodations and Protecting the Rights of Learners
In this session, the accommodations process will be reviewed from start to finish so adult educators can better interpret the documentation guidelines, request forms, and review process. Attention will be directed mainly at the GED test, but also at the HiSET and TASC exams in order for comparisons to be made across all vendors as they may pertain to accessibility/accommodations. This session will provide many examples of sample requests/documentation letters and will outline what is needed for a request to be considered complete (i.e. rationale, functional limitations). The session concludes with a broader overview of the ADAAA legislation and a consideration of additional measures to assist/advocate for learners beyond applying for accommodations. David Haugen, Individual Consultant.

Data Q&A
Ask general data questions about LACES NexGen and receive information about the NMHED ABE website for access to resources, policies/procedures, and reporting. Debbie Maldonado, UNM-Western.

Open Resources in Mathematics
Interested in incorporating technology into your distance education and/or hybrid mathematics courses? Learn about open resources such as HippoCampus, EdReady, Khan Academy, and Nearpod – free and available to enhance student learning. Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo and Terri Gustafson, New Mexico DELT Project.

TESOL, Action Research, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
This session aims at exploring how teacher action research is developed to implement a culturally relevant pedagogy in TESOL. It provides opportunities for graduate students, university researchers, classroom practitioners, school administrators, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about a possibility of a bottom-up approach in TESOL centered on learners’ identities, cultures, and lived experiences. Students’ positive learning outcomes and teachers’ professional development are potential results of this social justice oriented practice. Rijasoa Andriamanana, University of New Mexico.

Writing from the Senses
Writing instruction and practice can be intimidating for many adult learners and instructors. Participants will learn creative strategies for encouraging writing by engaging each of their senses in fun, hands-on activities. Participants will experience and discuss ways to incorporate sensory writing techniques into individual, small group and class room instruction. The techniques demonstrated in the workshop can be used with all levels of ESL and native English-speaking students. Participants will receive a handout outlining the workshop’s agenda and describing the workshop’s activities so that they may replicate them in their own programs. This is a repeat of the Friday 10:45A session. Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant and LINCS National Trainer.