Dear IAACE Members,

September is such a busy month in Adult Ed.

We are finishing our TASC test – how is that going?  It is making me a bit crazy. Remember the last day to give the test is September 30.

We have our Adult Ed week next week – please go to // for links to all the free resources and ideas.  I challenge each of you to post a social media picture each day of this next week on your personal and your school social media sites.  You can find great social media pics at the link above.

Finally, we end the month with our Connect Four Conference in Michigan City.  We have three amazing Keynotes and some varied and excellent presenters.  The virtual attendees get a choice from four sessions each breakout and access to Keynotes and awards. The Board has voted to keep all of its members as safe as we can by requiring masks/shields in the conference center at all times, regardless of vaccination status.  There will be sanitizing stations, food will be served or plated by the Conference Center Staff and we have limited the number to allow for more spacing. Remember the only thing we want to take home from the conference is knowledge. Thank you for being responsible to each other.  For fun, we will have some mask prizes – think educational masks on Wednesday, funny masks on Thursday, and your favorite masks on Friday.  Drawings will happen each day for this prize.

Can’t wait to see you in Michigan City in less than 2 weeks.Best Regards,
Sheila Butler
IAACE President 2021-2022

Hello IAACE members,

The IAACE Fall Conference (Connect Four theme) is fast approaching, just under two weeks.  I believe we have a great conference planned.

As a social activity on Thursday evening, we have planned a simple game night.  We would ask that if you have a favorite board game that you will bring it to play.  Who knows what people will bring (Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Checkers, Chess, Rock’m Sock’m Robots, Cards for Euchre, Anything that is your favorite, or maybe even Connect Four).

We will have a cash bar and popcorn at the activity.

We look forward to seeing what all games will be brought.

See you at Blue Chip,

Mike Thombleson
IAACE Presedent-Elect

A must-read list for the conference which is less than two weeks away!

What if you are not registered for IAACE Connect Four Conference 2021?

Late In-person &  Virtual Ticket registrations are due Friday, September 17, 11:00 pm.  There are no refunds after Friday, September 17, you may change your ticket to virtual OR transfer it to another person. To purchase a ticket visit

IMPORTANT NOTE: An auto email is sent to every registered attendee for the IAACE Conference. It would have gone to the email you put in your ticket. The subject is Event Registration: IAACE 2021 Fall Conference. It looks like the picture below. If you did not receive you should check your spam or junk folder. If you do not have it, you MAY NOT be registered. Remember there will be NO walk-in registrations, verify that you are REGISTERED! PLEASE check your email for your Event Registration.

What if I need a hotel reservation?

The hotel will allow bookings until we are sold out.  All the information is at:

What if I want to know the sessions available for the breakouts?

The schedule is subject to change up to conference time but see all the sessions at:

What if I don’t know the time zone the conference is observing?

Michigan City is on Central Daylight Time.  That is one hour behind Eastern time. All times in all communications are in Central Daylight Time.
What if my region or organization wants to donate a prize basket to the door prizes for the conference? (We are accepting virtual gifts as well)

We are so excited to be offering prizes all through the conference with some other surprises as well.  If you want to help us out, please click here to let us know. 


What if I’m attending the IAACE Connect Four Conference virtually?

The platform we are using is our Connectable platform at  An Email will be sent to all attendees that include instructions on how to create a Login with the email that you purchased your ticket. You will create a password, be sure to document that password and note it for the conference days.  If you attended the Virtual Institute you will utilize that login and a membership to the Connect Four Conference will be created for you.  Our team is working hard to get everything set up.

Does my in-person ticket include a platform membership?

Yes. See above.

What if I want to bring a guest to the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 1 at 11:00 am Central?

The Friday-only ticket is $39 (the price of the meal) for the banquet and may be purchased on the ticket page up to Friday, September 24th. All guests may arrive between 10:30 am and 11:00 am central to arrive on time for lunch served at 11:00 am central.  The program will begin at noon central.

What if I selected that I want to volunteer for the conference?

We are very excited to have volunteers signed up for the conference! We need facilitators, exhibitor helpers, technology help, iaace table help, photographers, and more! Emails have been sent to sign up for facilitating sessions. We will assign as many duties as possible prior to the conference mainly by email.

What if I need Professional Development Points?

The conference program will have a certificate available for each attendee to track the sessions they attend.  Each attendee will complete the certificate and keep the certificate for their records. The form will be available for download within the platform.

What if I want a printout of the sessions or a printed program?

IAACE is saving trees this year. If you want a hard copy of the sessions or the program. Visit the Conference page and utilize the Sessions and Keynote button or program button and download and print yourself a copy prior to the conference and bring it.  We suggest you wait until Monday, September 27 to complete this as the schedule is subject to change until the conference.

What if I don’t want to print but I’ll need the information at the conference?

Bring a Smartphone, tablet, or laptop. We will have QR Codes available throughout the conference to scan and open the sessions/program on your device.

What if I need a bag to carry my device or other stuff during the conference?

The gift for the all-in-person attendees is a bag. It has the Indiana Adult Education logo.

What if I forget my mask when I come to Blue Chip?

One disposable mask will be provided to each in-person attendee in the gift bag. As Sheila mentioned in her message. Wednesday’s theme for masks will be educational, Thursday will be funny and Friday will be your favorite.  Bring your masks and enter to win each day!


Submit your door prize donation at

IAACE Award Event

This year the winners of each award have only been announced to your board of directors except for a few special awards. Nominators should expect an email from next week. Thank you for being willing to make it a surprise.  Remember, if you are a winner of one of the 2020 awards we will ask you to introduce the 2021 winner. We are doing things differently this year for many reasons.

Date: Friday, October 1st 

Time: 11:00 am lunch will be served, the program will begin at 12:00 pm central time.

Where: Stardust Ballroom in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is located at 777 Blue Chip Drive – Michigan City, Indiana

Tickets: Guest tickets are available for a buffet cost of $39.00 on the ticket website until Friday, September 24.

Neil does Tech Talks each month. Review them by clicking this button.
The platform is what will be used for the IAACE Conference Virtual Component.  All member conference tickets will receive access to the virtual component. Select sessions will be available hybrid and some sessions may be recorded and added to the virtual conference on the platform. Reminder if you have access to the Virtual Institute (VI) Membership you may log in and view material from VI but a virtual conference ticket will be required to gain access to the Virtual Conference material. Stay tuned for more information closer to conference time.

By Rob Moore, IAACE Advocacy Chair

It’s Our Week! Adult Education & Family Literacy Week will be observed September 19-25, 2021. It’s a great opportunity to market, advertise, recruit, and showcase your adult education program. To make it easy to education the public about the work we do, here are two resources we can use.
Check out all the resources at ://

In our local program, I plan to use these resources throughout the week on our social media accounts. We can also approach our mayors, town councils, or county commissioner boards to pass a resolution to acknowledge Adult Education & Family Literacy Week and acknowledge our local adult education programs.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

IAACE will be announcing a Student Essay Contest and a Save the Date for the Indiana Education day at the Rotunda on January 24, 2022.

Jenn would love to include what you are doing in the Invest in the Midwest Region 3 Virtual Rally on Friday, September 24. Be a part and register by clicking here. All the details on COABE’s lineup for #AEFLWeek are at this link.

If you don’t tell your story, who will?



Check out the AEFL Week page to get all the links you need

Search on any social media platform with the hashtags #AEFLweek or #IAACE to reshare posts, retweet, and or like and comment.  This will bring more awareness to #AEFLweek.

Follow all the social media channels to stay in the loop!

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.

COABE wants your opinions!

COABE Is surveying all members!  All IAACE members have a membership to COABE.

The Conference 2022 Survey of Interest is waiting for your response! Make your voice heard and complete the survey today!
a survey on Education Priorities.

Did you hear about the Emergency Broadband benefit program?

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

COABE Call for presentions is open. Deadline is October 15,2021.
Click here COABE Call for Presentations 2022

IAACE September Birthdays

Laura Elsbrock    1
Jennifer Milliner    1
Jenalee Veenkant    4
Debra Lane    6
Janice Suding    9
Cynthia Hurt    10
Vera Hunt    11
Deborah Cambron    11
Sarani Sandhu    12
Kathryn Loving    13
Alexandra Lesniak    15
Felicia Harrison    16
Matt Wire, MBA    18
Yvette McLaren Roberts    18
Andrew Thompson    18
Aaron Holden    19
Rebecca Reiner    19
Ted Pearson    20
Marilyn Pitzulo    22
Mary Lou Cox    23
Sharron K Leeka    24
Veronica Bryant    26
Neil Blaze    26
Kenneth Knuppel    26
Peg Ballinger    26
Susan Shannon    27
Joseph Opyt    29

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Watch your email for important updates for the conference. The Conference Program will be released Thursday, September 23rd. Remember all times for the conference are in Central Daylight Time!

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 Thanks for reading!

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