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Dear IAACE Members,
The thing we can be most certain of is change.  We hope to make up for canceling the conference by offering our members, regardless if you were registered for the conference the ability to participate in a few sessions in June for Professional Development Points. Please see the details in the newsletter. We will also be holding the announcement of the 2020 IAACE awards on Wednesday, June 24, at 10:00 am EDT.  It will be held via zoom and broadcast on one of our YouTube Channels and/or Facebook Page.  Thank you to the awards committee and Jenn for making this happen.  We have a wonderful lineup and we look forward to sharing the awards.
As we make our continuing plans with the back on track plan by our Governor, let us remember that we are #inthistogether.  Jenn will continue her weekly Zoom office hours for members to have an opportunity to network, brainstorm, and share resources and knowledge.  I encourage you to join in on any Thursday at 10:30 am EDT and utilize this additional member benefit.
The board is closing out our fiscal year and as we make the transition in June and July we welcome ideas from our members on how we can improve our membership, contact any board member or join a committee.
Thank you for being an IAACE member, read on and stay safe out there.

Ted Pearson, IAACE President

P.S. The Literacy Auction starts next week, Thanks to all the programs that built the wonderful items.

What’s inside…
How Region 1 responded to COVID, Professional Development Session Schedule, Award and Retirement Recognition Event, and Peek of Literacy Auction and a “loveseat” availability…

With the onset of the current pandemic we were asked to find a solution for an Adult Education program that allowed teachers to still connect with their students and also allowed the program to build a process to enroll and engage new students – this was the birth of the ConnectAble platform. We know there are a number of solutions for eLearning, but very few, if any, are focused on the specific needs of Adult Education students.

We’d love to show you our new platform – ConnectAble. You can join us on the net 2 Friday’s on a webinar, or schedule a 1 on 1 demo at a time that is convenient to you.

Book a Demo link is:

The webinar link for this Friday – May 29, 12:30 pm –
Webinar link for next Friday – June ​5, 12:30 pm –

We hope to chat (or have a yarn) soon!
Owner & Chief Marketing Strategist
Join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 pm EDT (1 pm CDT) for the PIAAC* Data Discovery Session. Rob Moore, Amy Grant, and Lara Pastore will guide you through an overview of the methodology, explain how to use the Map and the Advocacy Tools to sell your program to funders.
Register for this session at

Refer to the page for your latest advocacy news.

(*Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies)

The Literacy Auction is moving online! We are making the finishing touches to all the details. Watch your email box next Wednesday, June 3rd for all the information on how to get your bids in for all the wonderful items to raise money for Indiana Literacy.
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How Region 1 Responded to COVID

Lynn Pergher, Judy Commers, and Liz Brooks, Region 1 PDFs,  took the reins and created not just one webinar to assist their Adult Education teachers and demonstrate the joy of Zoom, but they designed a Professional Development website for teachers.

Teachers from Northwest Indiana now have the opportunity to see how their students feel.  The teachers have become learners and experience the stress of being a student.  Assignments as well as instructional resources are posted on our Region 1 PD Google classroom helping them maneuver through the work they need to do.  Some examples of assignments are:

Set up a Zoom account

  • Host a Zoom meeting

  • Use Breakout Rooms in Zoom

  • Remote Proctor a Testing session

  • Create an assignment for a Google Classroom

  • Create Editable Worksheets

  • Make Your Own Backgrounds

They are hoping the creation of this depository of helpful information will be beneficial to all of the teachers in Region One!

The announcement of the 2020 IAACE Awards and Retirement recognition will be on Wednesday, June 24th, at 10:00 am. Invites will be sent to join the Zoom to all nominees, nominators, and other VIPS. We will offer additional members space on the zoom as space is available, but please know we will be broadcasting live on our YouTube Channel and/or our Facebook page for all to be able to watch live.
List of Awards:
Retirement Recognition
Business Partner
New Teacher
TCU Meritorious Service Award
John R Craddock Award
Adult Learner/Student
June will have several sessions for your professional development points needs and personal growth.  The list may grow!  Here’s what we have to start. Log in to the web page to view the list and descriptions and register at any time. Registration in advance is required, you will receive a link special to you when you register.

Thursday, June 4, 2:00 PM EDT
How Adult Education Students Can Benefit from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program
Mandy Mahurin, TAA Unit- Operations Manager, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Register in advance for this session:

Friday, June 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Transform Your Classroom

Eileen Ford
Sponsored by Burlington English
Register in advance for this session:

Thursday, June 18, 4:00 PM EDT
Reading Strategies for Success

Sara Gutting
Sponsored by New Readers Press
Register in advance for this session:

Friday, June 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Making Teaching Easier Using Technology

Tania Curruchiche
Register in advance for this session:

Tuesday, June 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Discard the Scarlet Letter

Karen Crawford
Register in advance for this session:

Thursday, June 24, 4:00 PM EDT
Time Travel with Employer Partners – A Case Study of Wayne Township Adult Ed/ IU Health (Riley Hospital) WEI Partnership

Amy Richmund
Register in advance for this session:

Thursday, June 25, 3:00 PM EDT
Looking Back for the Future

Gretchen Easterday
Register in advance for this session:

The  promotion is 10% off Journey to Success  Series– the promotion code is JTSW20 and begins on 6/18/20 and is valid through 7/31/2020.

Elaine Pardieck
Sales Consultant
Cell: 812.498.2277
Fax: 312.561.4734

It is always a great time to join IAACE or renew your membership but now is great with all of the Professional Development opportunities coming your way  The membership committee wants to show some appreciation for our TopFans on our Facebook page!  Thanks, Konnie McCullum and Mandi Logsdon for being a ‘Top Fan’ of!


Did you hear?  The COABE Conference scheduled in August has been moved to a virtual format starting June 29th.  If you are registered or if you register you may now “Share the Love” of the conference with a friend at no additional cost.  If you are interested in participating in the COABE virtual conference, submit your name and reason for wanting to attend by email to Jenn is attending on a scholarship by the Indiana Literacy Association and she has a “love seat” to share!
Click the pictures for Upcoming COABE Webinars (PDP), Update what emails you receive from COABE, Complete the COVID 19 Survey for COABE by 6/1 and the 3 asks link.
Join Jenn on Thursdays in June to ask questions,  network, brainstorm, or share a success. The topic today was researching multiple screen sharing for proctoring TABES with Zoom.  We are searching for a feature or tool that will allow multiple TABEs to be proctored by one teacher/proctor.

We generally allow the individual’s joining to start the topics but Jenn will have a topic or resource to share to get the conversation flowing as a backup plan. She’s been known to release stuff early and solve issues for members…

June 4th the topic starter- IAACE Benefits highlights.  If you have an idea for any other Thursday send them to, with subject Jenn Chat Topic. Email reminders generally go out on Wednesday.
Click here to schedule a Chat with Jenn
Meet Buddey (L) and Millie (R).  These are Jenn’s fur children.  Jenn caught this photo on a recent camping trip. Bud is almost twelve and Millie is around 9 years old.  They hang out with me in my home office most of the time unless something fun is going on outside.
Click here for Calendar of Events

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