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Hello, IAACE Community!

I am honored to serve as your president of IAACE. I remember going to my first conference committee meeting approximately seven years ago. I was so excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and fun people! I am humbled to follow the steps of Ted Pearson; he has done an amazing job for our organization. 

2020 has proven to be a very challenging year for everyone. Even though the conference was canceled, I was in total amazement as I watched teachers all over the state rise to the challenge of teaching virtually! I am in awe! IAACE has such amazing educators. 

As we venture into the school year with concerns of COVID, we want you to know IAACE is here to support our members. Through opportunities for professional development, advocacy, and collaboration to keep adult education strong in Indiana’s state. 

Your current committees and chairs are listed below for 2020/2021:

Advocacy: Rob Moore

Communication: Currently Seeking Volunteer

Membership: Cynthia Warner-Lowe

Employer Engagement: Laura Elsbrock. 

Audit: Lara Pastore

Conference: Sheila Butler & Jenn Wigginton

Professional Development: Karen Crawford & Michael Thombleson

Adult Learner: Konnie McCollum

The IAACE Board and staff encourage you to get involved with the committee that interests you. This organization belongs to our members. We want to do our best to support all adult education programs in Indiana. 

Please continue sending success stories! We want to show legislators the great work you and your programs are doing to support Next Level Jobs. I am excited about the upcoming year!

Laura Smart, IAACE President

What’s inside…
Advocacy Invitation
Book Club Invite
Conference Theme Brainstorm Session
Member Highlight

Do you love to met people?
Do you love to advocate for Adult Education?

Will, you join me and attend The Barnes & Thornburg Government Services Team (B&TGST) events? B&TGST is proud to once again host our clients and the leaders from the four legislative caucuses for an opportunity to mix fellowship with leadership. The Senate Caucus events for September 1, 2020, and the date for the House of Representatives Caucus events for September 28, 2020. Times and additional details are below.

These anticipated events enable our clients to join us in a unique opportunity to interact with key policymakers in a closed and relaxed setting. During this unprecedented public health crisis, we want to ensure that the health and safety of our clients, our team, and our friends in the legislature are of the utmost importance to us. As we get closer in time to the event, we will most certainly let you know if there is a need to reschedule or re-imagine these events.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding the events below.

Where: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Senate Democrat Caucus Luncheon with Minority Leader Senator Tim Lanane
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Senate Republican Caucus Reception with President Pro Tempore Rod Bray
4:30 – 6:00 pm

Monday, September 28, 2020
House of Representatives Democrat Caucus Luncheon with Minority Leader Representative Phil GiaQuinta
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

House of Representatives Republican Caucus Reception with Speaker Todd Huston
4:30 – 6:00 pm

If you are interested in attending contact Rob Moore by July 31st.

Rob Moore
Advocacy Chair

Everyone is invited to participate in our first book IAACE Book Club. We will start by reading Leadership Redefined by Dave Weber. If you would like to participate, purchase the book and we will start with our first session on Tuesday, August 4th at 2:30 pm EDT/1:30 pm CDT. 

Our first read, Leadership Redefined: The 12X’s of Success for TODAY’S Leader

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Announcement of ILA Board Meeting

The Indiana Literacy Association Board of Directors is having its fiscal year kick-off meeting on Monday, August 3rd at 5:00 pm EDT/4:00 pm CDT via Zoom.  If you are interested in attending or have an interest in serving on the Literacy Committee, please email  We will invite you to attend the Zoom meeting and we will listen to your ideas and answer your questions.

The Indiana Literacy Association wants to thank everyone that placed bids and congratulates the winners. Enjoy your wonderful items. Here’s a quote from a satisfied winner:
“They delivered the cabinet, and it looks marvelous!! I so appreciate that they brought it, and I made sure that they knew that. 🙂 Thank you again!”  –Kathryn

We will be offering a Professional Development Session in August. We hope to schedule the session, Learning Styles with Mike Thombleson.  The session will consist of a presentation of 15 learning styles with a discussion on each learning style.  The discussion may be examples of how an instructor has interacted with a student using a particular learning style or just how they can present material with a student that learns in that method.  The presentation will show that students learn in various ways and that we as instructors need to be flexible in how we present materials to individual students. Follow us on our social media channels and watch the Professional Development Webpage for the latest news.  The Committee Chairs are Mike and Karen, if you have an idea for a session or would like to present, please email us.
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Join Jenn any and every Thursday in August to ask questions,  network, brainstorm, or share a success. Have an idea for the newsletter, blog or website?  We want to hear from you! Join us each Thursday at 10:30 AM EDT/9:30 AM EDT.

Next Thursday, July 30 Guest Host Sheila Butler, 2021 Conference Co-Chair is encouraging members to join her to brainstorm theme ideas for the 2021 Conference!  Join Sheila to share your thoughts, the meeting ID is 3177219365 and the password is 222324


Join us on Thursday, July 30th, 10:30 am EDT/9:30 am CDT  via Zoom to brainstorm theme ideas for the 2021 Conference!  Sheila Butler is our 2021 Conference Co-Chair and she will guest host Jenn’s chat on Thursday, July 30th to get your thoughts and ideas on the conference.  Have a theme idea or thoughts on what you want to make sure we bring to the 2021 conference, then please join us and share your thoughts, ideas, and questions.

Jenn has chats every Thursday at 10:30 am EDT/9:30 am CDT. Join anytime to share or ask questions. We encourage you to join the conference committee as well.

We are super excited to be headed north in 2021 to bring you a conference you will never forget.

Sheila Butler, President-Elect

Laura Smart, President

Jenn Wigginton, Executive Director


Did you know that COABE has changed up the regions?  We are in region 3 now.  A calendar has been released for the dates scheduled for region meetings via Zoom. Every member is welcome to attend.  Download the calendar.

Submit an Article to the COABE Journal

Since the COABE Journal started using a themed format – first with Career Pathways, then Prison Literacy, then Leadership, and most recently with our Workforce Literacy edition, we have seen a tremendous response. The journal has amassed more than 98,000 downloads collectively. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise as we begin planning for the Fall 2020 issue.

Click below to submit your manuscript.  Contact with questions.

The deadline for article submissions is September 15, 2020.

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IAACE Blog recap

IAACE Blog is published on Wednesday’s, did you miss one?  We are collecting birthdays of members!  Be sure and click and add your birthday to the Membership data.

Click on the visuals or visit to keep up on the latest.

We take submissions for blog themes, topics, success stories by joining Jenn on any Thursday Zoom chatscheduling a session with Jenn via the drift link or by an email.

Member Highlight

Meet Laura Priebe

Laura is with River Valley Reads – Dearborn County. She has been there since November. She came from a Literacy organization. She is teaching currently. She had her jail students write essays about their how education is helpful in their recovery and is now utilizing these essays to assist them to remain loyal to their intentions. “telling their story is valuable and it is extremely valuable when it goes somewhere.” She is currently exploring the option of a new online class as they have all been released. She really does love online teaching and enjoys learning technology tools herself.  Meet Laura 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. 

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