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Forum for Excellence 2018

Conference Program and Schedule

The Conference program contains the full schedule, session descriptions, biographies for featured speakers, and sponsor information. An archived version of the conference program is available at the following link: Forum for Excellence 2018 Program

 

Pre-Conference: Perkins Administrator Cohort Meeting

Welcome and Introductions
Whitney Thompson, Director for Career and Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board

Grant Compliance Overview
Natasha Allan, Associate Director for Career and Technical Education Compliance, Illinois Community College Board

Equity in CTE, Serving Special Populations Students
Aime’e Julian, Director, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

FY 2019 Priorities, Grants, and Professional Development
Whitney Thompson, Director for Career and Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board
Aime’e Julian, Director, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

Perkins Reauthorization
Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate for Federal Policy, Advance CTE

Q&A with ISBE and ICCB
Marci Johnson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State Board of Education
Whitney Thompson, Director for Career and Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board

 

Forum For Excellence Conference

 

General Session

Welcome and General Session
Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director, Illinois Community College Board

Keynote – Exploring the Future of Work
Maria Flynn, President and CEO, Jobs for the Future

 

Breakout Session 1

Stratagies and Lessions Learned In Developing Successful ICAPS Model 1 and Model 2 Programs
Arlene Santos-George, College of Lake County
Levia Loftus, College of Lake County
Jennifer Cordova-Arteaga, College of Lake County

Compassionate All-Inclusive Retention Efforts
Toula Kelikian, Morton College
Lydia Falbo, Morton College
Carolyn Markel, Morton College

Strategies Promoting CTE Program Awareness to Area Youth
Paul Bruinsma, Frontier Community College

Kara Blanton, Frontier Community College

Incorporating Research into a Standard-Aligned Lesson
Amy Elston, College of DuPage
Jennifer Schreier, College of Dupage/Harper College

High Quality CTE Programming: Taking Another Look at Program Approval and Review Policies
Whitney Thompson, Illinois Community College Board

Choosing, Applying, Interviewing, and Succeeding with Road to Work and Workwise
Michael Matos, Albany Park Community Center
Carol Larsen, New Readers Press/ProLiteracy

Maggie’s and Mary’s Top Tips for Building and Sustaining Effective One-Stop Relationships
Margaret Wolf, Kankakee Community College
Mary Posing, Kankakee Community College

My Big, Fat, Greek and Latin Roots
Susan Wilson, C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corporation

Creative and Practical Approaches for Incorporating Career Awareness in Language Arts Instruction
Irina Cline, Morton College

Moving Equity Beyond Inquiry Through Pathways to Results
Marci Rockey, Office of Community College Research and Leadership

Chaddrick Gallaway, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Heather Fox, Office of Community College Research and Leadership

 

Plenary Session

Panel on Scaling Apprenticeships in Illinois: A Collaborative Effort
Facilitated by: Whitney Thompson, Director for Career and Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board

 

Breakout Session 2

Blended Learning for Any Class
Kerry Urquizo, Heartland Community College
Heather Huckstadt, Heartland Community College
Khrystyna Sanborn, Heartland Community College
Valerie Conrady, Heartland Community College

A Powerful Combination for Instructors – Using TABE 11 and 12 Blueprints and the IL ABE-ASE Content Standards
Anita Kerr, Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center
Amber Fornaciari, Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center

Experiential Learning in Criminal Justice Make it Real
Jemel Townsend, Elgin Community College
Cathy Taylor, Elgin Community College

Special Populations Update: What’s New with Perkins Reauthorization?
Aime’e Julian, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

Do the Math! Accelerating Students’ Progress in Level-Up Math
Jacqueline Lynch, Triton College
Mitchell Goins, Triton College

GED© Program Update: New Tools and Resources for Student Success
Liz Lanphear, GED© Testing Services

Supporting ELLs in Bridge and IET Programs
Laurie Martin, Adult Learning Resource Center
Catherine Porter, Adult Learning Resource Center

Micro What?  Micro-Aggressions and the Impact on Faculty, Staff, and Student
Marci Rockey, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Chaddrick Gallaway, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Heather Fox, Office of Community College Research and Leadership

Strategies to Increase Adoption of Digital Literacy Tools – Evaluating Success Both Inside and Outside the Classroom
Elizabeth Romero, Illinois Digital Learning Lab
Heather Erwin, Illinois Digital Learning Lab
Eduardo Pimentel, McLean County Youthbuild
Mary Ann Kolls, Kishwaukee College
Nilay Zan-Donmez, Albany Park Community Center

Aligning Free and Open Educational Resources to Support TABE 11/12 Transitions

Jeff Goumas, CrowdEd Learning

 

Breakout Session 3

The Psychology of Scarcity – Why Questionable Decisions May Make PERFECT SENSE
Sarah Goldammer, Southern Illinois Professional Development Center

Get Your Motor Running – Partnerships with Purpose
Alyson Gasper, Waubonsee Community College

Ken Kunz, Waubonsee Community College
Kathryn Leiting, National Coalition of Certification Centers
Brian Steele, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Update from the Illinois State Board of Education
Marci Johnson, Illinois State Board of Education

Steve Parrott, Illinois State Board of Education
Brian Houser, Illinois State Board of Education
Whitney Mehaffey, Illinois State Board of Education
John DeWeese, Illinois State Board of Education

Don’t Be Humble Share Your Success
Melissa Lachcik, Joliet Junior College
Michelle Lyman, Joliet Junior College

Civil Rights Reviews – Ensuring Equity and Student Success Through Best Practices
Natasha Allan, Illinois Community College Board

Measuring Outcomes and Identifying Opportunities
Lucas Dickson, Economic Modeling Specialist International (EMSI)

The Language of Math – Fusing the New ESL Math Standards
Meg Dawczak, Moraine Valley Community College
Patrick Lohan, Moraine Valley Community College
Christian Torres, Moraine Valley Community College

Work = Play:  To Homework or Not to Homework
Alexsandr Zvodinsky, City College of Chicago – Malcolm X College

Science with a Special Learning Needs Twist
Monica Waller, Lewis and Clark Community College

Defining a Concise Problem Statement to Guide Equity-driven Change Through Pathways to Results Implementation
Marci Rockey, Office of Community College Research and Leadership

Chaddrick Gallaway, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Heather Fox, Office of Community College Research and Leadership

 

Breakout Session 4

Stackable Certificates and Career Pathways
Mary Beth Ottinger, Harper College

John Sands, Moraine Valley Community College

Is This Thing On or Am I Wasting my Time?  Using Faculty Development and Employer Engagement to Improve CTE Program Design and Assessment
Patty Zuccarello, Joliet Junior College

Technical Math at Illinois Community Colleges: Status and Recommendations
Kathleen Almy, Northern Illinois University

Scaling of Pathways to Results – A New Approach
Amanda Smith, Rock Valley College

The Twilight Drone: Partnering within Your Own College to Enhance Curriculum
Chris Edwards, Rend Lake College

Gabriele Farner, Rend Lake College

Answering WIOA: See What’s New in Career Exploration and Soft Skills
Brandi Cardwell, Burlington English

Robert Breitbard, Burlington English

Making iPathways Math Meaningful
Lisa Liltchfield, Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CIAT)

Southwestern Illinois College – Building CTE Programs Through Strategic Partnerships
Mark Bosworth, Southwestern Illinois College
Brad Sparks, Southwestern Illinois College

Programs of Study to Career Pathways – The Nuts and Bolts

Fred Stanley, Illinois Community College Board
Mary Werries, Illinois Community College Board

ICAPS and Business Technology – Planning, Collaborating, and Graduating Students for Success
Khrystyna Sanborn, Heartland Community College

Linda Lambert, Heartland Community College

 

Breakout Session 5

Demystifying Math Practices
Amber Fornaciari, Central Adult Education Service Center
Dawn Hughes, Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center

Employment 101: Tools to Reach Training Employment Goals
Natasha Telger, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
LaToya McRae, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

PWR ACT and Transitional Math: Updates on Implementation
Jon Furr, Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University

Kathleen Almy, Northern Illinois University

Emphasizing the E (Education) in Your Welding Program
Merri Johnson, Realityworks

Diane Ross, Realityworks

DAISI-PENTAHO Using Excel PivotTables to Analyze Program Data and Manage Student Testing
Benjamin McDaniel, Illinois Community College Board

ETS HiSET Program Updates: Tools and Resources Available Now!
Douglas Garcia, ETS HiSET

Industry Partnerships Making the Connections
Don Sykora, Morton College

Exploring Resources for Students with Autism
Nikki Michalak, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

Math Activities for ESL/ELL Students

Michael Matos, Albany Park Community Center

i-Pathways 3.0: What’s New?
Kathy Tracey, i-Pathways

 

Breakout Session 6

WIOA Innovations in Adult Education and Their Partners
Jamil Steele, Illinois Community College Board

Stephen Alderson, Instituto del Progreso
Dan Deasy, College of DuPage
Christina Hutcheson, Rend Lake College
Reni Mitkova, Township High School District 113
Maggie Wolf, Kankakee Community College

New Tech City – The Growing Demand for Industrial Maintenance Technology
Marc Battista, Elgin Community College

George Rosa, Elgin Community College

Why is CTE Academic Integration So Difficult
Melissa Andrews, Illinois Community College Board

A Hidden Pathway to Higher Education
Mindy Diaz, Joliet Junior College
Libby Budd, Joliet Junior College

Illinois College2Career: A New State Web Tool for Connecting Illinois College Graduate Data with Employment Outcomes
Jay Brooks, Illinois Community College Board

Every Student, Future Ready!
Lisa Kardish, Xello, formerly Career Cruising
Jarrod Hann, Xello, formerly Career Cruising

Close Reading Strategies for College and Career Readiness in ABE-ASE and ESL Classes
Laura Sherwood, Adult Learning Resource Center
Laurie Martin, Adult Learning Resource Center

Learning on the Go
Kathy Tracey, i-Pathways

Strategies for Teaching and Applying Digital Literacy Skills

Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learners
Jeff Goumas, CrowdEd Learning

 

Closing Session

Closing Statements
Jennifer K. Foster, Deputy Director for Adult Education and Workforce, Illinois Community College Board
Dr. Brian Durham, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Illinois Community College Board

 

ICCB Resources

Perkins Expenditure Resource
ICCB Helpful Web Links

 

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