Workshops and Featured Sessions

Building on the tremendous success of our past conferences, and with your ongoing input, we've designed our 2017 national conference around the most pressing issues facing our field today—from technology to fundraising; from instruction to advocacy; from citizenship to HSE preparation; and much more—all while keeping costs affordable in a central location with much to see and do.

Workshops

The ProLiteracy conference planning team has compiled a vast array of over 100 presentations that explore how organizations and practitioners can work collaboratively to build instructional capacity and best deliver innovative, effective literacy services for the benefit of adult learners, their families, and our shared communities. Click the button below to view a sampling of the workshops that are planned for the 2017 conference.

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Workshop Presentations

Click on any of the linked workshops below to view their PowerPoint presentations. We will continue to add presentations to this list as they come in.

  • Theory to Practice: How a "Theory of Change" Drives Results
  • Blended Learning for Adult Educators
  • Learning Circles for Adult Basic Education (including ESL/ESOL)
  • The Member Toolkit: 12 Marketing Tools Every Successful Literacy Program Needs
  • Money Balling Adult Literacy: Communicating Success Through Data Visualization
  • ProLiteracy’s New Basic Literacy and ESL Tutor Training (Presentation handouts)
  • Tools for Adult Literacy through Libraries
  • Expanding Access—Developing a Curriculum to Use with CBOs
  • Integrating English Language Learning into Business Development for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Collaboration + Innovation = Success
  • Why Your PR Plan is More Important than Your Fundraising Plan!
  • Stop the Grant Writing Madness! Create a Sustainable and Diverse Fundraising Plan
  • Improve the Ability to Comprehend by Teaching Students to Develop Questions
  • Recipe for Teaching Reading—Order Matters
  • Tackling Reading Difficulties (Dsylexia) With Phonological Awareness
  • News Literacy: How to Help Learners Tell Fake News From Real. Handouts: Don't Fall for Fake News, Evaluating Fake News, Ten Questions for Fake News. Poster: E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News
  • Adult ESL for Manufacturing: A Brief Guide to Contextualizing ESL. Handout: Adult ESL for Manufacturing
  • Empowering Volunteers to Become Advocates
  • An Active Learning Journey in Adult ESL (PERCS: Planning, Engagement, Repetition, Corrections and Skills)
  • Road to Work: A Pathway to Success
  • What Students Need to Know: Problem Solving & Algebraic Reasoning
  • Strengthening Your Nonprofit with Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector
  • Standards Implementation: The Unexpected Adventures of a Minnesota College and Career Readiness Standards PD Cohort
  • Build Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Let’s Beef it Up! Rigorous Instruction for Today’s Adult ESL Learners
  • Strategies to Survive and Thrive
  • Contextualized Workplace Resources
  • What Students Need to Know: GED® RLA Extended Response
  • Gemma Open Door for Literacy
  • How to Improve Outcomes for More Learners Using Social Mobile Games
  • Empowering Volunteers in Computer Labs
  • Findings from the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy
  • ETS High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET®) Program Updates
  • Why Your PR Plan is More Important than Your Fundraising Plan!
  • MOBILE UP! Cellphone First Instruction for Low-Wage Immigrant Workers
  • Cloud-based Technology Solutions for Literacy Organizations
  • Five Keys to Growing Your Literacy Organization
  • Community Literacy: Innovation in Tutoring Program
  • Community Foundations, Literacy Coalitions, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Family Literacy Programming
  • Discussion with a Donor
  • Resources to Train and Support ESL Volunteer Teachers
  • Program Improvement through Leadership Training
  • Women in Focus: Creating Readers and Leaders
  • Blended Learning in the Low-Intermediate to Advanced ELL Classroom
  • Experiment & Iterate: How to Harness the Power of Technology for the Adult Learner
  • Skill Building by Making Thinking Processes Visible (MTPV)
  • Preparing Yourselves and Your Adult Students for Success in WIOA: Teaching Best Career Building Practices with WorkWise!
  • Keeping it Real: Integrating Transitions Skills and Career-Focused Lessons with Adult Literacy
  • A Regional Model for Supporting Literacy Providers Across Wisconsin
  • Building Numeracy Into Your ESL Curriculum
  • Building Bridges with Books: Parent Read at Ramsey County Correctional Facility
  • Are You Listed? Learn the Benefits of Joining the National Literacy Directory Community
  • Supporting Learners with Dyslexia
  • Designing for Mobile Learning: Using Mobile Phones to Teach, Test and Track Learners
  • Dyslexia Simulation
  • Where Did They Come From, Where Did They Go? Practical Strategies for Supporting Learner Persistence
  • How a Smartphone App Can Transform Your Literacy Program
  • Technology that Works for Corrections
  • Align and Redesign—Innovating Service Delivery with New Paradigm for Literacy Services
  • Skills, Education, and Training in U.S. Prisons: Results from the PIAAC Prison Study
  • Best Practices for Teaching and Learning Mathematics
  • Tutor Ready: Literacyworks Resources for Teaching Adults to Read
  • Computer Usage in Pre- and Low-Literacy ELL Classrooms
  • An Active Learning Journey in Adult ESL (PERCS: Planning, Engagement, Repetition, Corrections and Skills)
  • Collaboration + Innovation = Success
  • Road to Work: A Pathway to Success
  • What Students Need to Know: Problem Solving & Algebraic Reasoning
  • Strengthening Your Nonprofit with Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector
  • Standards Implementation: The Unexpected Adventures of a Minnesota College and Career Readiness Standards PD Cohort
  • Build Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Let’s Beef it Up! Rigorous Instruction for Today’s Adult ESL Learners
  • Strategies to Survive and Thrive
  • Contextualized Workplace Resources
  • What Students Need to Know: GED® RLA Extended Response
  • Gemma Open Door for Literacy
  • How to Improve Outcomes for More Learners Using Social Mobile Games
  • Empowering Volunteers in Computer Labs
  • Findings from the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy
  • ProLiteracy’s New Basic Literacy and ESL Tutor Training
  • Blended Learning for Adult Educators
  • ETS High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET®) Program Updates
  • MOBILE UP! Cellphone First Instruction for Low-Wage Immigrant Workers
  • Cloud-based Technology Solutions for Literacy Organizations
  • Five Keys to Growing Your Literacy Organization
  • Community Literacy: Innovation in Tutoring Program
  • Community Foundations, Literacy Coalitions, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Family Literacy Programming
  • Tools for Adult Literacy through Libraries
  • Discussion with a Donor
  • Resources to Train and Support ESL Volunteer Teachers
  • Program Improvement through Leadership Training
  • The Member Toolkit: 12 Marketing Tools Every Successful Literacy Program Needs
  • Women in Focus: Creating Readers and Leaders
  • Blended Learning in the Low-Intermediate to Advanced ELL Classroom
  • Experiment & Iterate: How to Harness the Power of Technology for the Adult Learner
  • Skill Building by Making Thinking Processes Visible (MTPV)
  • Preparing Yourselves and Your Adult Students for Success in WIOA: Teaching Best Career Building Practices with WorkWise!
  • Keeping it Real: Integrating Transitions Skills and Career-Focused Lessons with Adult Literacy
  • A Regional Model for Supporting Literacy Providers Across Wisconsin
  • Building Numeracy Into Your ESL Curriculum
  • Building Bridges with Books: Parent Read at Ramsey County Correctional Facility
  • Are You Listed? Learn the Benefits of Joining the National Literacy Directory Community
  • Supporting Learners with Dyslexia
  • Designing for Mobile Learning: Using Mobile Phones to Teach, Test and Track Learners
  • Dyslexia Simulation
  • Where Did They Come From, Where Did They Go? Practical Strategies for Supporting Learner Persistence
  • How a Smartphone App Can Transform Your Literacy Program
  • Tackling Reading Difficulties (Dsylexia) With Phonological Awareness
  • Technology that Works for Corrections
  • Align and Redesign—Innovating Service Delivery with New Paradigm for Literacy Services
  • Skills, Education, and Training in U.S. Prisons: Results from the PIAAC Prison Study
  • Best Practices for Teaching and Learning Mathematics
  • Tutor Ready: Literacyworks Resources for Teaching Adults to Read
  • Computer Usage in Pre- and Low-Literacy ELL Classrooms
  • Life After State Funding
  • The Intergenerational Classroom
  • Educate and Elevate—COABE's National Campaign
  • Science & Social Studies: Focusing on Data Literacy
  • Workforce Training and High School Equivalency for ESL Students
  • Bridging English Language Learners to GED Test Prep: Strategies for GED® Success
  • The Adult Literacy XPRIZE: Our Impact Two Years Post-Launch
  • Incorporating Technology into Your Lessons
  • A Novel Idea
  • Integrating "Parents are a Child's First Teacher" Programming in Adult Education
  • Evidence Based Resources from State Literacy Organizations
  • Examining Adult Learners’ Digital Problem Solving in Libraries Using A Learning Typology
  • Worthwhile Tasks for Volunteer Classroom Assistants
  • Low-Prep Math Routines That Foster Conceptual Understanding
  • Bridging the Digital Divide Between Students, Teachers, and Volunteers
  • The New ProLiteracy Education Network
  • Diversifying Your Funding Sources
  • Introducing the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education
  • Work + English = Humanitarian Center English Program in Salt Lake City
  • What Every Immigrant Needs to Know
  • Interactive E-Learning: A Convenient and Effective Way to Train Tutors
  • Adult Literacy XPRIZE Fireside Chat: What Are You Doing With All That Data?
  • Who are “We the People?” Strategies for Engaging Students in Social Studies Content
  • 5 1/2 Tips for Designing Great Workshop Presentations
  • I'm Here, Now What?
  • Digital Literacy for Adult English Language Learners: LINCS ESL Pro Professional Development Materials
  • Leamos™ (Let's Read)—Lessons Learned for Teaching Spanish Literacy
  • Adult Education Roundtable Coalition
  • Interactive Reading Guides: A Strategy for Assisting Struggling Readers
  • Framing the Problem: Quantify the Need In Your Community With the LoSAC Score
  • Help! I’m Drowning in Clutter! Overcoming Visual Disorder For the Sake of Learning
  • Learning Centers: Hands-On, Self-Directed Learning for Adult English Learners
  • Recipe for Teaching Reading—Order Matters
  • Increasing Engagement for Intermediate Adult HSE Learners: Creating Student-Generated, Project-Based Theme Units
  • Get Up Off That Thing!
  • Doing More With Less—High Impact, Low Effort Professional Development for Tutors
  • Resources to Train and Support Tutors and Teachers
  • Correctional Education: Contextualized Literacy Lessons to Prevent Recidivism
  • Techno Team Teaching for HSE Student Success
  • Carrot, Stick, Computer? Incentivizing Distance Learning with Computer Scholarships
  • Volunteers Need Professional Development, Too! A Texas Initiative
  • Lessons Learned During Curriculum Development
  • Flourishing ESL Literacy Students—Vigor Through Handwriting