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Greetings IAACE Members, 

Happy National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!  I want to encourage you to take time this week to celebrate successes in the field of adult education and partake in activities that will raise awareness of our unified work.  

Advocacy is more important now than ever! Policymakers are making vital decisions about adult education funding and striving to address the needs of adult students and teachers.  Inform members of Congress about the challenges you are facing and how they can provide assistance.

The 2021 conference planning is underway! The theme will be Connect Four. I strongly encourage each of you to consider submitting a proposal for the conference this year. This has been a year of uncertainty and teaching beyond our comfort zone. Please share your ideas and suggestions with your fellow educators. 

I would like to personally thank Sheila Butler and Jenn Wigginton for co-chairing the 2021 conference.  The conference will have a completely different look at the Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City.  However, through the work of Sheila Butler and the conference committee, I have no doubt that the conference will be very successful. An extra thanks to DWD for your continuous support. 

Happy fall!!

Laura Smart

2020/2021 IAACE President

Happy Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!

#AEFLWeek #IAACE #EducateAndElevate #AdultEdMatters #LiteracyMatters  #COABEontheHill2020 #COABE2020 #AdultEdu2020 #AdultEdLiteracyWeek

Vincennes University (VU) Evansville Adult Education (EVV AE Center) and Trinity United Methodist Church (Trinity UMC) in downtown Evansville (Vanderburgh County) have a unique partnership, the church agreed to allow the Adult Education program to move into the beautiful facility and offer all the adult education services in one convenient location. This transition was beginning prior to the pandemic and though it put the ribbon cutting on delay, the rest of the services have been in full swing since August.

The facility has three classrooms, an intake office, an office for each staff member, and a staff comprehensive center for storage and more plus a career clothing bank. The center also has a few common areas that include a meeting space, a huge room for testing, and a library.

The new space has allowed the entire intake process from orientation to instruction time to happen in one location and this “has allowed us to not lose students from dispersing them to multiple classroom locations.” said Lauren Bell, VU Director of Adult Education, “We are a class act program and now we have a class act space that will allow us to create more success stories.”

Take the video tour of the facility by clicking below. Congratulations to the entire team at EVV AE Center and we look forward to the ribbon-cutting.

VU serves 12 counties in Region 7, 8, and 11.

Click here for more pictures and videos on the blog page.

Happy Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!

I hope you enjoyed the Five Tips to Market your program!  Did you miss them?  Review them here!

Rob Moore
#IAACE Advocacy Chair
Here’s the link to the COABE webpage.
The link to the National Coalition for Literacy Week page


Click here for the Professional Development Replays

LOGO Contest Extended!

The theme for the 2021 IAACE Conference is Connect Four! We are seeking input from IAACE Members and all Adult Educations Professionals for a logo and the tagline of the four connections. Some suggestions for the Connect Four items are Students or Adult Learners, Teacher, Program, State OR Student, Teacher, Training, Employment. But we want to hear your ideas and thoughts. Submit your ideas to, director@iaace.com.  Please send a jpeg or png file format by Thursday, September 10th.

What: Logo Contest for Connect Four 2021 Conference

Who: Designed by You or a Student, Everyone is eligible

When: Extended until October 8th.

Why: To extend talented individuals the invitation to showcase their passion for designing and helping Adult Education. Plus You can win a $25 Gift Card, recognition in the program, website, and social media.

How: Email a jpeg or png file of your original design to director@iaace.com

Conference Schedule:
Call for Proposals will be between November 15- January 15.
The registration will be released in January.
Award nominations will be collected in February. 
Your go-to page for all things conference is https://iaace.com/conference-promo/.
The next Conference Committee meeting is Friday, October 9 at 12:15 pm EDT via Zoom. Sign up for the conference committee to get the invite, click here.

Member Highlight

Meet Lauren Bell

Lauren’s passion in life is “any and all kinds” of education, and she has dedicated over 20 years of her life to it.  Lauren began her career in the public schools teaching English to students in grades 7-12.  After “accidentally” falling into adult education (which she taught for 7+ years) many years later, she became VU’s Lead Instructor/Coordinator for the greater Evansville area (2016), instituting Evansville’s formal orientation process and first-ever GRAND annual graduation ceremony.  Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in English (Writing) and a Masters degree in Education, and her mission is to continue to make VU’s adult education program be the best it possibly can be. Lauren lives in Evansville with her husband, Dave, and three daughters Alex, Berkeley, and Briley.

Meet Lauren and other members on the Membership Directory.  If you would like to be featured in a future newsletter, join Jenn on a Thursday Zoom chat. 

Join on a Thursday in October for the Fall Festival of Topics.  
October 1, 2020- Need to know for October
October 8, 2020-Picked by the first person to Zoom in
October 15, 2020-Adding Halloween to your Lessons?
October 22, 2020-#HSE #GED- What term do you use?
October 29, 2020- What are you doing for Halloween?

Bryan Norman with Vincennes University has joined Rebecca Bonassin and Darcey Mitschelen on the Communications Committee!  We need nine more regions represented!  Please nominate an individual from your region, we have extended the nominations until our goal is reached.   Don’t you want your region represented?                                                       Nominate today!

Would you like a say on how funds are distributed? Join the ILA Board Meeting.

The Indiana Literacy Association Board of Directors is meeting on Monday, October 12, at 4:00 pm EDT/3:00 pm CDT via Zoom.  If you are interested in attending or have an interest in serving on the Literacy Committee, please email inlitassoc@gmail.com.  We will invite you to attend the Zoom meeting and we will listen to your ideas and answer your questions.

COABE Announces Amazon Virtual Fair!

COABE Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

Submit your presentation here

The deadline to apply is 10/16/2020.


Click here to visit the latest news from DWD!

DRC fees will increase October 16, 2020.

In order for testing centers to maintain the current testing center fee, the maximum charge for HSE testing will be increased to $115.00 effective on October 16, 2020.

The CARES funding reimbursement will be up to $115.00, from October 16, 2020, through December 30, 2020, for testing during this period.

Miss a Blog?

IAACE Member September Birthdays
Laura Elsbrock (1st)
Ted Pearson (20th)

IAACE Member October Birthdays
Donna Lovelady (10th)

Please sign in and provide your birthday to be included in this newsletter and other things to come! The blog that requested birthdays was released on July 15.

Click here for Calendar of Events

Social Media Highlights #IAACE









We are recruiting members who want to be on the committee. We want to know what our members want us to focus on, and what topics they would like to see presented at the conference. We will set a date for a zoom meeting very soon so join today!  Let’s get things moving. 

Thanks for reading, Happy Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!

Overview and Pilots are available by contact Indiana’s representative, 

Elaine Pardieck 812-498-2277 elaine@elainepardieck.com

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