IAACE Members-
I am so honored and excited to serve as your IAACE Board President for this fiscal year. For those of you who do not know me, I am the Region 8 PDF and a full-time teacher with Broadview Learning Center and MCCSC Adult Education in Bloomington, Indiana.
As we get back to normal, we have many new adventures ahead of us. We have lots to learn about our new HSE test – HiSET. And we have our fall conference at Blue Chip in Michigan City on September 29, 30, and October 1. I’m looking forward to coming together in person again, networking, learning from one another, and having fun. We have learned many new skills during the pandemic, and we will continue to use them. We have embraced webinar training and zoom meetings. New websites have been created or discovered to enhance our teaching and lives.
Remember, there is so much on our website at www.iaace.com. You also have membership in COABE www.coabe.org for professional development, help with advocacy to keep your funding, and so much more. Your dues provide you with so many free resources. Please take advantage of them all.

This month we are celebrating Christmas in July. Please read the newsletter to get all of the news and info you will need for the conference. Join us for some interesting Thursday guests via Zoom and some other planned networking and fun activities. Join me on Wednesday, July 21st for a brainstorming session on how to keep students in class and active. (More info below)

What is your favorite part of Christmas? Mine is Stocking Stuffers! Here is a digital stocking stuffer for you all, my Prezi with all of my favorite digital resources. Https://prezi.com/view/B9La6CmWfh4Yhr0xBPPk/ I recommend the Virtual Escape room link. They are so fun to play with your students. I love them.

I am available if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments you want to share. Please just email me at sbutler@mccsc.edu. I look forward to an amazing year. We have an excellent Board that will help continue to support one of the best Adult Education States in the USA.

Best Regards,
Sheila Butler
IAACE President 2021-2022

People have been celebrating Christmas in July forever, but this year we thought #IAACE should celebrate because of that crazy 2020 we had, and it might help boost some moods and bring some spirit to adult education. We started celebrating last week with conference registration opening and IAACE President Sheila Butler taking questions and ideas for the month, conference, and membership benefits.

Here are 5 more ways we are celebrating Christmas in July!

  1. Thursday, July 15, Jerry Haffner, DWD, gives the gift of his listening ear. Do you have an idea or a question? Jerry is ready to listen. See below for results.

  2. Thursday, July 22nd, Rob Moore, Advocacy Chair, gives the gift of information. Join Zoom.

  3. Wednesday, July 28th  Several Talented Members & You! Gift of Retainment- Discussion on Best Practices for Student Retention (Join Zoom OR Facebook Live)

  4. Thursday, July 29th, Steve Haffner, Conference keynote, comes by with a Sneak Peek gift! Join Zoom!

  5. Playing games and giving prizes within all the above events.


We will add more to the schedule WITH YOUR IDEA! Submit your idea by joining us for any of the above events, scheduling a chat, calling, or emailing Jenn or any of the IAACE Board Executive Committee, Sheila Butler, President; Mike Thombleson, President-Elect; Lisa Cruea, Treasurer; Karen Crawford, Secretary; Laura Smart, Past-President.

Remember by joining us for a Christmas in July event you could win a prize. Prizes will vary by week.

You can always find all the events at https://iaace.com/calendar-of-events/.


In today’s Christmas in July with Jerry Haffner, Polly Redmond won the prize for the best question she won an Amazon gift card. The Question?
Is there a chance that the state could do a marketing push? I’ve noticed that other departments of the government have done that. It would really help student recruitment for those of us who work across large areas.
I wish we could do a marketing campaign like our Kentucky counterparts. Not sure if it helped them. “I wish IAACE would market for adult learners.” If you have ideas on how IAACE can help with your marketing efforts, email director@iaace.com with your ideas.
It was also noted that the impact of state funding being returned has an impact on all adult education programming. There will be a panel discussion lead by Jerry Haffner with four seasoned adult directors on how to spend your budgeted amount and all the other burning questions directors may have on how to run an effective program that utilizes all their budget!

Other great news we heard:

Christy McIntyre, MSD Wayne Township Adult Education The Office of Career and Technical Innovation Program selected their program for a special project. Stay tuned for more information.

Hannah Price, HSE Indiana Online Program, “While Covid maybe had had a negative impact on other areas of adult education, It made Indiana Online just explode!” We have had a huge influx of numbers and web-based programming impacts have been beneficial to the programming. We graduated 56! We have tripled numbers, serving over 300 in the past year. We enroll 8-10 new students a week.

The trivia question was: In the classic Christmas movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch was described with three words. What are they?
Stink, stank, stunk.

Don’t be described in that way, be a part of the next Christmas in July, next Thursday join us for Rob Moore, the gift of advocacy information.

Join Rob on Thursday, July 22nd at 10:30 am EDT on Zoom for the gift of Advocacy Information. A couple of early gifts are below.

A Rerun is always a good gift! Check out these great tips on how to market your adult education program.

Another rerun of great information, find links to claim your Google Page, Adding your program to the National Literacy Directory, Tips to improve your website and utilizing the Move Ahead Campaign. https://iaace.com/2021/03/wanted-adult-learners-seeking-high-school-equivalencies/

Welcome, 2021-2023 Board Members!

We look forward to a great year with our new board members and leadership. You may view all the board members and an email contact link at //iaace.com/board-contact-us/.
Watch for fun facts about your IAACE Board of Directors new and old in Social Media and other communication.


IU Health is setting up a Mosaic Center for Work, Life, and Learning. This is a workforce development project that will help youth and adults navigate a path to, and across, healthcare careers, clinical and nonclinical. The Mosaic Center will provide a “mosaic” of individualized and intensive services designed to support the work, life, and learning goals of Center participants, which includes the community, existing team members, and students in existing education groups, all intended to lead them and their families toward greater self-sufficiency.

The Mosaic Center will be comprised of Career Coaches, Financial Coaches, and Social Workers who will provide individualized coaching and mentoring, connect with a broad spectrum of supported education and training opportunities, financial coaching, social capital building, and other support services; with the ultimate aim to prepare people for and provide access to “promising” and “good” job opportunities in healthcare with self-sustaining wages.

The Mosaic Center will provide clearly defined pathways from promising jobs to good jobs to meaningful careers, and provide individualized services every step along the way.

Questions? Want to be a part?

Brandi Burgin, CTT+
Organizational Development, Career Center
Human Resources – Learning Institute
Indiana University Health
2039 N Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202

How do I register for the Conference?
Visit this page.  Scroll down to below the picture graphic of the ticket. Sign In with your email and password for the Member Rate ticket, Wednesday Only Member rate, Thursday Only Member Rate, or the Virtua Component only and follow prompts.

How can I pay for the conference?
The preferred method is to pay via credit card when you register, you may also pay via check by mailing it to IAACE, 9801 Fall Creek Rd. #151 Indianapolis, IN 46252.

How do I pay with a purchase order/check?  
When you registered for the conference, complete the purchase order number space with the correct number. Notify your administrator you registered and forward the invoice you will receive automatically to them.

What if I need to register more than one attendee for the conference?
We encourage you to allow each attendee to register on their own due to questions on the registration form. If you need to pay via one check, create your purchase order number and request an invoice for all your registered attendees to director@iaace.com. If you have a special request, email director@iaace.com.

When does registration close?
Conference Registration will end on September 15, 2021.

What is the cancellation policy?

Conference Registrations that are canceled by September 15th  will receive a full refund. After this date, no refund. Your registration IS transferable. Contact director@iaace.com for more information.

Does the conference count for my professional development points?
Our annual conference is an approved DWD activity for the required professional development points. ​* A ‘certificate’ documenting hours of attendance will be given out at the conference. You may ask your administrator if this counts for hours towards the renewal of your license.​
A certificate just has to be a documentation method of your time and sessions. It is the attendee’s responsibility to document and maintain their own records of professional development they have completed.

Who may register under the support staff rate?
Students, Administrative Assistants, Support Staff, Teaching Assistants

Will all tickets include access to the virtual material?
The virtual-only ticket will include the virtual component with the virtual.iaace.com platform during the conference days and select material will be available after on-demand. The Member ticket will have access to select material via the platform after the conference on a date to be announced.

How do I get my hotel reservations?

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa in Michigan City on Tuesday, 9/28, Wednesday 9/29 & Thursday 9/30 is $119.00 single/double per night plus taxes and fees (~$144.47 per night)  in the Blue Chip Standard tower and $129 single/double per night plus taxes and fees in the Spa Blu Standard Tower (~$155.67 per night).  Reservations can be made by calling Blue Chip Reservations Department toll-free at 1-888-879-7711  & use the Group Code GIA0427, Group Name: IAACE, or by going online at www.bluechipcasino.com/groups and enter group code GIA0427. A credit card is required as a guarantee only, your card will not be charged prior to the visit. * The deadline for the special hotel rate is  September 1st.

Can we see a tour of the Blue Chip Space?
Yes, it is located at https://iaace.com/2021hotel-information/ and https://youtu.be/A-HRwPsZ9Yo
What is the schedule for the conference?

Visit: https://iaace.com/conference-at-a-glance-schedule/

Who are the keynotes?

Visit: https://iaace.com/2021conferencekeynotes/

Visit https://iaace.com/conference-promo/ for all the details.


We need your help! The more we succeed, the more you benefit!

The Conference Committee is officially making the call for sponsors and exhibitors for the fall conference on September 29, 30, and October 1 at Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa. Due to the 2020 Conference being canceled we do have a few carryovers but we have spots to fill and we would love your help. The more sponsors we have the more fun we can add to your conference and it helps keep your cost low!

Do you have partners, collaborators, or other supporters that other Adult Education Centers could collaborate and partner with to expand our reach and gain more learners?

Do you have a great relationship with a supplier?

Do you have an idea for an exhibitor/vendor that you would love to meet, greet and shop with?

If so we would love your help in getting the information to them to be a part of something great, IAACE Fall Conference!

All the information is available on the website. Please utilize the links and invite those you want to be a part of the conference. If you want some help, or want a conference committee member to assist email, Jenn.

Which one of your colleagues deserves to be recognized for the hard work they have put in?

2020 was made of some champions! Who do you know that knocked it out of the park? please take the time to nominate one of your colleagues, partners, or learners who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you think you deserve it, self-nominations are allowed. Ideally, each region should try to nominate someone in each category. Please consider taking a few moments to nominate someone from one or more of the following categories:

Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year

Outstanding Paraprofessional

Outstanding New Adult Educator

Outstanding Adult Educator

Outstanding Administrator/Coordinator

Outstanding Tutor/Volunteer

Business and Industry Partnership Award

In order to expedite the nomination process, please complete the form(s) online by simply clicking on the name of the specific form above, completing the information, and clicking “submit”. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6:00 pm EST.

All of the criteria for each award are included in each form. Through your efforts, IAACE will recognize those who have made significant contributions to the field of adult education, demonstrated professional dedication and leadership, and inspired others to do the same.

Those who have retired since our last conference, or who are retiring this next year, should also let us know by Monday, August 9, 2021, 6:00 pm EST. IAACE wants to recognize the achievement and dedication of those who have made adult education a career.

Please feel free to contact us at director@iaace.com if you have any questions regarding the nomination process for the 2021 IAACE Awards to be presented at the fall conference in Michigan City at the Blue Chip Casino. The Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, October 1st.


IAACE Awards Committee

You may view past winners at https://iaace.com/annual-awards-history/


Click here to begin your nomination or submit a retiree

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Thank You to Neil Richmund with getconnectable.com IAACE Virtual Institute Title Sponsor

Thank you to Texas Instruments, IAACE Virtual Institute Title Sponsor.

Thank You to Career North, IAACE Virtual Institute Title Sponsor

Click here to submit Feedback on the Virtual Institute

You will need the email that you originated your membership with and your password. Go to Member Sign In page. Enter your email that your membership originated with and your password. Change any or all of the information in your profile.  Be sure to upload a picture and add social links as well.


A Win for Monroe Co. Adult Ed Program

Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Adult Education Program has been selected by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning to join its High Impact Coalition to design a new framework for effectively serving adult learners.

The Council reviewed 51 applications submitted by adult degree completion programs and short-term training providers across the United States, both within accredited postsecondary institutions and other training providers. MCCSC Adult Education was selected as one of 10 Coalition members because of its “commitment to providing innovative, relevant programs and services for adults,” according to Barry Nickerson, Director of Initiatives for the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning.

The purpose of the Coalition is to uncover the methods, resources and supports that most significantly impact adult learner success and formulate them into the CAEL’s Principles for Effectively Serving Adult Learners.

MCCSC Adult Education will be represented by its director, Robert Moore, and up to 5 adult learners from the program yet to be named. In response to the invitation, Moore commented, “Our program is honored to have been selected to participate in this important work of improving service to adult learners. Our staff works very hard to ensure that adult learners in our community can meet their goals for education, training, and employment. We’re excited about this opportunity to learn from other successful adult education programs and share what we have done in Indiana and the Monroe County community.”

More information about the Monroe County Community Schools Adult Education program is at www.mccsc.edu/adulted. Information about the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning’s High Impact Coalition is at www.cael.org/lp/framework.

What are you missing with your COABE Membership!

1. The IBM Skills Build- Not only for your adult learners but for you! A session about presenting well earns you a badge; this may be a criterion in the future to present at COABE conferences. (Jenn is going to take it, how about you?) The graphic below will link you to all the details.
2. Move Ahead with AdultEd. If your program is not a part of this yet, you should be. It has lots of free resources to help you build your program and reach more potential students. The graphic below will link you to all the details and note Rob Moore with Monroe County Schools is featured on the site.
3. COABE Journal is available for purchase. The edition is Workforce Edition.

COABE offers you professional development opportunities monthly through webinars. Check them out at coabe.org/pdwebinars1/.
Need more information, visit //coabe.org/membership/


IAACE July Birthdays
Lisa Cruea 2
Keshonna Lissade Gardner 5
Merindy Carpenter 7
Hilary Duvall 11
Lou Anne Kuntzman
Amy Wood 15
Tracy Geglein 15
Amy L. Engle 18
Alyssa Riddhagni 19
Kimberly Smerdel 20
Paola Zurita-Valdebenito 22
Katie Sattler 22
Medhat Estaphanous 23
Misael Cortez 25
Robert Moore 28
Caroline Foster 30
Jerome Joffe 31

Happy Birthday to all the missing ones!

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, 2020. New Memberships are asked for birthdays.

The Virtual.iaace.com platform is coming to all members. Stay tuned.
Social Media Highlights #IAACE


This is the space we tell secrets. Did you hear? You will be able to learn more about your #IAACE membership at the conference!
All selected proposals have been notified of their selection. Stay tuned for a lineup of fabulous sessions within Technology, Adult Basic Education, Management, and more!

If you need a zoom link on an event, a Jenn Chat, a Committee meeting, check out the Calendar link below. If you want an event added to the calendar just let Jenn know at director@iaace.com. Thanks for reading!
Click here for Calendar of Events

Play the game, Send your answers to Jenn by end of the day Wednesday, July 21. The one with the highest points will receive a prize to be announced within the Christmas in July Zoom on Thursday, July 22 at 10:30 am EDT.