IAACE members:

Welcome to 2023, and Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and is reenergized to advance  Adult Education further and support our students to succeed in this school year.

I want to encourage you to participate in the Adult Education day at the State House on February 15 at 11:30 am ET.  I know the advocacy committee has put a lot of time and energy into planning this great event.  On a side note, I would like to thank the New Castle Correctional Facility Building Trades program led by Hank Cecil for making the block calendars that are being given to our government officials with their invitation to this rally.

I also encourage our members to look at natural leaders and nominate them for the open board positions and encourage you to read below for details you will need to make great choices.

Have a great January,

Mike Thombleson
IAACE President July 2022-June 2023

In This Edition of the IAACE Newsletter:

IAACE is More Than A Conference
Meet the Nomination and Election Committee
Board of Directions Nominations are open
Adult Education Day, Invest in the Story
Winner announced of Conference Logo Contest 

Professional Development Opportunities
January Birthdays
Social Media #IAACE highlights

IAACE is More Than A Conference

We talk about the conference year-round! It is one of the important things we do for the professional development of Adult Education professionals. But IAACE is more than a conference; we are a 40-year-old membership organization that stands up for the needs of Adult Education and works hard to create the awareness that AE deserves. Our purpose is to advocate for adult education 365 days a year. We offer benefits to further your own education with WGU Indiana and Grand Canyon University. We offer dual memberships with COABE and Indiana Literacy Association. We offer representation with AAACE and Pro Literacy. Mentoring, Awards, and retirement recognition are just a few more. Join Jenn on Friday, January 20, at 9:30 am CT/10:30 am ET to talk the benefits of IAACE. She will answer all your questions. This is the new time for the twice-a-month (1st Thursday and 3rd Friday) chats she offers to keep our members informed and supported.
Join Jenn on Zoom on Friday at 10:30 am ET

Meet your Nomination & Election Committee

The nomination and election committee are Lauren Bell, Mandi Logsdon, Ted Pearson, and Cynthia Warner Lowe. They have started the important task of IAACE Board of Directors nominations. The process opened Wednesday, Jan 18th, and will close Thursday, February 2nd. They are available to answer your questions and discuss your interest in a nomination.

Lauren Bell, Director of Adult Basic Education at Vincennes University, 
“Indiana AE is changing at a fast pace, and our future depends on dynamic people willing to rise up to represent us ALL as IAACE Board Members effectively.  We all know colleagues BURSTING with incredible gifts and talents, constantly looking to expand their AE network, demonstrate their leadership, and acquire new knowledge.  It is more important than ever to nominate them today! “
Mandi Logsdon, Adult Education Coordinator at River Valley Resources, Inc., says, “I enjoyed my time spent on the IAACE board. I felt I was always “in-the-know” as it pertains to Adult Education. I enjoyed serving on the Membership Committee as well; meeting all the new members via email as they joined the association was a daily highlight. Most importantly, and what I miss the most, is that I enjoyed meeting folks from around the state and forging new friendships. I will continue to serve as needed and as asked unofficially, and I look forward to future opportunities to serve IAACE.”
Ted Pearson, Ivy Tech Regional Coordinator of Corrections,  “My favorite part of serving on the IAACE Board was planning the conference, the camaraderie of the board and dedication to planning and sourcing the conference, they are true superheroes.”
Cynthia Warner Lowe, Director of the Adult Education School City of Hammond, “My Philosophy
is Life is a series of lessons. The desire to learn never ends. Neither should the opportunity. Education is a very important aspect of all our lives. The IAACE board members held up my philosophy in all they accomplish for Adult Education, from advocacy, communication, professional development, and membership benefits. I treasure the lessons I learned while serving on the board and enjoy serving as I keep learning with IAACE.”
Would you like to make sure who you want to nominate is a current IAACE member? Check the membership directory!
IAACE Membership Directory
Board Leadership positions are open!

Board members lead and direct our organization to support our mission/purpose to advocate for adult education in Indiana,  to support the vision to cultivate leaders who advance adult education for stronger communities, and also the IAACE values:

Collaborates with Indiana adult education stakeholders.
Communicates and promotes adult education.
Facilitates professional development.
Provides support to members.
Frequently asked questions: READ MORE.

Read More
Click here for Nomination Form
Have you accepted your invitation? This is the time to bring attention to the day; please invite your staff to share the posts on social media, and make any last-minute submissions at the links below.
Click here to join the event on Facebook. We’d like to encourage you to share on the page why you are attending and tag and/or invite your legislatures to the event.
Student Stories Link
Business Partner Recognition
Share an Advocacy Success
Join the event on Facebook

Conference Logo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Camelia Manring, DWD Adult Education Outreach Coordinator, for designing the winning logo for the 2023 Conference. The committee likes the 80’s vibe that it has with the neon colors. The committee is hard at work reviewing keynotes for the conference. If you would like to be a part of the conference committee, the next committee meeting is on February 10 at 12:15 pm ET via Zoom.

Professional Development Options:

GED® will hold a webinar for GED® Testing
Friday, January 27⋅10:00am CT/11:00am ET
InTERS Digital Attendance Training Webinar
Monday, February 6 at 10:00 am ET.
Registration link:
Webinar ID
The Science of Reading with Reading Horizons
Tuesday, February 7 at 9:00 am CT/10:00 ET
Registration link:
ISLA TCU Financial Literacy Webinar
Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET
Registration link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfu6upjgqHdflFQ94PEju6dpygBAxRYCu
This event is in collaboration with the Indiana State Literacy Association and Teachers Credit Union
Click for More Options on the Calendar
Save the Date for the IAACE annual meeting. The 2nd annual Virtual Institute will follow the meeting. Digital Skills will be a highlight of the professional development opportunity.  Join the event on Facebook.
COABE is gearing up to launch a national digital equity campaign which will be led by our technology committee. Please take a short, five-minute survey to share about the broadband needs of your programs and adult learners.

Everyone who submits a survey will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Broadband Survey
A COABE Membership is a benefit of your IAACE Membership. Need help with your benefits, reach out to our IAACE Executive Director, Jenn Wigginton.

Happy Birthday to all January birthdays!

Michelle R Langwell 3
Caleb Beasley 4
Robin Minturn 5
Jennifer Poore 8
Larry Cordray 9
Roger Dutcher 9
Rebecca Kessler 10
Nancy Mitchell 11
Annie Hilbert 16
Jessica Gensic 16
Kristi Brumley 21
Deborah D. Graves 22
Thomas Phelps 22
Alecia Conrad 26
Gayle Brooks 27
Christina Matthews 28
Elizabeth Alber 28
Nathan McNeely 31
Sherry Weldy 31
 The blog that requested birthdays was released on July 15, 2020. New Memberships are asked for birthdays; if your birthday is missing, sign in to your profile and add your birthday month and date.

Social Media Highlights #IAACE

Finding what you need on the IAACE Website is easy; check out the https://iaace.com/help/ page for searching tips and help on the virtual.iaace.com platform.
The platform virtual.iaace.com is available for all IAACE members and is a viable option for your professional development needs. Find details on Professional Development Options at https://iaace.com/professional-development/
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