March Newsletter Open to All

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Stay Safe out there!
There are so many options to make a switch to virtual learning. These are all links to information or videos that assist you with choosing a tool. If you have found a tool that you love, please submit your story with
Take the challenge and learn a new tool to deliver education.  1. Zoom offers a free account, 2, Loom is free for Educators, Web x has a free option and virtual learning tools and for the real adventurous, going live on YouTube!
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“Kahoot challenge”

Michelle Spear, Adult Basic Education Teacher, Washington Township Adult Education tried the “Kahoot challenge” where you assign a game at home and set a deadline for them to complete. she said, “Super easy to do and the students have liked it so far! The first one I sent was an idiom challenge. Here is my data so far to know who took it…see below. Also, if you are interested in learning how to do the Kahoot challenge, here is a tutorial link:” Thanks for sharing Michelle!
Link to ProLiteracy Resources Page        Elaine Pardieck Offers Help for IAACE
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Create an account and get access to tons of Historical  Reading Lessons.
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Don’t Scramble, let’s do

As a director of 12 mostly rural counties, I was in a scramble about how to take care of our students.
Here are some things we’ve done:
We created a committee of teachers who formed a quick response to our crisis. They have sent videos and tips to all of our teachers on how to set up a Google classroom, and they have created homework packets that can be printed online or sent to students via regular mail or drop-offs.

I also assigned every teacher to a team. I paired tech-savvy teachers with experienced teachers. I made sure new teachers had experts on their teams.

I’ve created a tech/media team, and we are looking at ways to help educate the public and keep sending positive messages, etc.

I’m anticipating this being a long haul situation, so I’ve reached out to Indiana University’s Master of Adult Education program for help in teaching teachers how to create effective online content. I graduated from that program, and it’s an awesome resource. I’ve just heard back from them, and they are ready to help!

We are working on an interactive website. That will be up and running by April 1st.

I hope these tips can help others, and I’m absolutely looking for others’ ideas.

Konnie McCollum
Director of Adult Education
River Valley Resources

Keeping Students Connected

Along with all of our adult education colleagues across the state, Washington Township Adult Education teachers and aides have been working to transition instruction to an all on-line or remote learning format. Many of our staff have found ways to work from home and complete most of their necessary activities from a remote location.
However, one of our most recognizable and well-connected staff members is Diana, our main office receptionist and test registrar. Miss Diana is a friendly face that answers calls, responds to requests on our website, and registers students for orientations and testing dates. Many of our students rely on her bright smile, quick wite and words of encouragement as they make their way to and from class each day.
As we suddenly moved to a remote working and learning format at the beginning of this week, Miss Diana was concerned that she wouldn’t have much of a role within our program for the foreseeable future. Our volunteer coordinator, along with lead staff, started brainstorming on ways to keep Miss Diana connected to our students by filling gaps in our new learning reality.
The plan we came up with was to have Miss Diana maintain the positive relationships she had built with our students by communicating via phone and e-mail to students to answer questions, practice speaking English, and to connect them to resources as they become available. Some of this will be answering the types of questions she already fields. Still, it could also include walking students through the new Census form they are receiving in their mailbox or navigating the on-line application for unemployment through the State website. This would be achieved by working with teachers to connect Miss Diana to students who are interested in this type of support and forwarding her the questions they are not sure how to answer.
We are in the very beginning stages of this role transition but wanted to share how we are trying to find new ways to keep our staff busy in the work of best supporting our students from a distance. Like all of the other adult education programs in the state, Washington Township realizes that the role we play in our students’ lives goes beyond that of education. In a time when we are all serving some of our most vulnerable neighbors, it is incumbent on program leadership and staff to think beyond what we have done to what we can do.
A huge shout-out to our volunteer coordinator, Robin Minturn, lead ELL teacher Chrissy Matthews, and our receptionist, Diana Cochran, for coming up with this idea and creating a plan for trying it out!
Lara Pastore

Pictured above Miss Diana with Washington Township Schools.

#Motivate #Communicate #ShowWeCare

Rob Moore reached out on Facebook to encourage their students to continue on their goals and also to let them know that if they haven’t received something from their teacher to please let them know. He even encouraged pictures to show the work they are doing!  We encourage all administrators to reach out to #motivate and communicate! #ShowWeCare #Educate
Last fall, IAACE leadership, in collaboration with Warren and Washington Adult Education programs, and with the support of IAACE lobbyist Joe Loftus, drafted potential legislation that would allow adult education programs the opportunity to partner with K-12 high schools in serving severely credit deficient high school seniors.  Severely deficient was defined as having 50% or less of the needed credits to graduate when entering their senior year.  The concept behind the HSE Pilot program is to reach students at risk of leaving the K-12 system with no credentials.  As adult education providers, we all understand the extreme challenges adults face trying to find a job at a sustainable wage once they leave high school with no diploma.  Statistics also tell us that 80% of all incarcerated men are high school dropouts.  The HSE Pilot program was developed as a way to leverage the important and valuable work we do as adult educators to support an identifiable, at-risk population with a viable educational option.  This program also further extends the partnership between K-12 schools and adult education providers.

Adult Education providers would work with these students, while they were still attending a traditional high school, to prepare them for the HSE Exam with the goal of leaving high school with a secondary credential.  The initial draft of the bill included four school districts in the pilot program with the ability for other school districts to opt in after the first year of the pilot program. This concept was introduced as the HSE Diploma Pilot program and was included in Senate Bill 398 with the sponsorship and support of Senator Jeff Raatz, the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, representing Richmond, Indiana.  The HSE Pilot was brought before the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and passed out of committee unanimously and passed out of the Indiana Senate by a vote of 49-0.

While the initial draft of legislation allowed students that earned their HSE Diploma to be counted in the High School Graduation rate, there was significant debate in the Indiana House on this point.  After much negotiation, it was later amended in committee to have the participants taken out of the graduation rate equation, if they complete the program requirements within two years of starting the HSE Pilot program.  There was also significant concern from the House Education Committee over allowing additional high schools (in partnership with established adult education programs) to join the pilot program.  This was also changed to authorize only three school districts to participate for the first three years.  The amended language of the HSE Pilot program was included in the final version of Senate Bill 398 passed both the Indiana House and Senate on the closing day of the short legislative. Governor Holcomb signed the bill into law (Public Law 86) at the beginning of this week.

The link to the legislation is

There will be a session at the IAACE conference, rescheduled for June 22-24, led by Natalie Reuter (Warren Township) and Lara Pastore (Washington Township) to share more details about the Pilot program and the legislative process.

Census Communication

We talked to Kristi Barber, MBA, Senior Partnership Specialist with the Chicago Regional Census Center for the U.S. Census Bureau to talk about resources for the Census.  She provided the below two videos that she thought might be helpful to our members as we continue to encourage those we serve to complete their Census.The You Count video was made in Fort Wayne and is a great description of why we should participate. The link is and can be viewed by clicking the picture.

The Welcome to the Census video is a step by step instruction video to assist with how the census is completed.  The link is  and can be viewed by clicking the picture.

Use Reliable Sources for Information

Utilizing reliable sources is more important than ever. Go straight to the source. Utilize the government websites to keep you up to date on the ever-changing situation. Don’t spread false news!
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Department of Workforce Development Updates are on our website at
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The new date for the 2020 Conference is June 22, 23 and 24th.  There has been a couple of changes. The order of the keynotes is switched up and your conference committee is working on the rest of the revisions!  Stay tuned and meanwhile think submitting your ideas about the birthday party and if you are bringing a door prize. We will let you know when French Lick is ready to assist you with your new hotel reservations. Please consider signing up to volunteer.
Register for 2020 IAACE Conference June 22, 23, 24

Google Bootcamp will be held via Zoom on April 22!  Watch the video blog for all the information you need!

The conference call, the Zoom meeting no matter what product your video call is taking these days why not put a little fun in it with Video Call Bingo!