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It's All About the Adult Learner!. Dianne Duthie, Director Division of Lifelong Learning Bureau of Workforce Transformation. Setting the Vision. Cut by 50% the number of Michigan workers lacking the basic skills or credentials needed to attain a family-sustaining job. Surprises.

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It's All About

the Adult Learner!

Dianne Duthie, Director

Division of Lifelong Learning

Bureau of Workforce Transformation

setting the vision
Setting the Vision

Cut by 50% the number of Michigan workers lacking the basic skills or credentials needed to attain a family-sustaining job

evolution vs transformation
Evolution vs.Transformation

Family-Sustaining Jobs

Integrated Training

Career Pathways

Preparing Workers for the 21st Century

College Transitions

Health Literacy

Financial Literacy

EL Civics

Workplace Education

Family Literacy

Correctional Ed

The Three R’s

serving adult learners better
Serving Adult Learners Better
  • Variety of learning needs
  • Quality services for all adult learners
  • Regional partnerships
    • Coordinated and aligned services
    • Easy navigation
    • Cross-training
    • Support services
serving adult learners better1
Serving Adult Learners Better
  • Variety of support needs
  • Coordinated network of assistance
  • Case management
    • Enroll in further education AND
    • Complete it and find family sustaining employment
cleg report recommendations
CLEG Report Recommendations
  • A unified strategic approach
  • Regional collaborative partnerships
  • Clear connections between learning and jobs
  • Accelerated and connected pathways
  • Increased access
  • Funding priority
  • Accountability
  • Communication
michigan went first
Michigan Went First!

Change is good.

You start.

change not politics
Change…not politics!

DELEG Agency





change not politics1
Change…not politics!
  • Good for adult learners
  • Good for Michigan’s economy
  • Good for adult education
a strategic approach
A Strategic Approach

Go slow

To go fast

a strategic approach1
A Strategic Approach
  • Piloting new concepts
  • Determining PD and technical assistance needs
  • Agreeing on common terminology
  • Aligning intra- and inter-agency policies
today s session
Today’s Session
  • Bring you up-to-date on changes and new initiatives
  • Give you an opportunity to provide feedback
  • Jot down your questions.
tomorrow s session
Tomorrow’s Session
  • Two concurrent sessions
    • Building collaborative partnerships: things you can get started on now
    • Contextualized instruction: what is it and how can my instructors use it?
  • Check your nametag.
the times they are a changin
The Times They Are a Changin’

Come gather 'round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You'll be drenched to the bone

If your time to youIs worth savin'

Then you better start swimmin'

Or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin'.

the times they are a changin1
The Times They Are a Changin’

Gloomy Michigan economy focus of GOP panel


Michigan Economy Ticked Up But

Remained Weak in December

Michigan Economy Nearing Life Support


funding rewards
Funding Rewards
  • 2009 – 2010 Federal Adult Basic Education grants
    • Rewarded strong proposals that addressed the new changes in the RFP with a higher percentage of available funds
  • 2010 – 2011
    • Will provide increased training, technical assistance, and models
  • 2011 – 2012
    • New grant cycle – start getting ready now!
self assessment
  • To help you prepare
  • Provides clear expectations for what we will be looking for in 2011-2012
  • Integrates
    • Program Standards
    • CLEG report recommendations
    • Research-based principles
    • 2009 – 2010 RFP elements
    • Federal/state policies
self assessment1
  • 2009 – 2010
    • Ongoing PD
    • Electronic resource library
    • Online surveys
  • 2010 – 2011
    • Begin to integrate some of the elements into the onsite monitoring process
  • 2011 – 2012
    • Full integration of elements into the monitoring process
    • Integration of elements into the RFP
transformation taskforce
Transformation Taskforce
  • Develop a transition strategy for Section 107
  • Currently meeting
  • Report due in November, 2009
nwlb adult learning demonstration grants
NWLB Adult Learning Demonstration Grants
  • Ten partnership pilots
  • Will use lessons learned to develop appropriate training, policy alignment, and supports for future partnerships
  • Learning Networks to facilitate and encourage communication and interaction among the partnerships
carl perkins pilot grants
Carl Perkins Pilot Grants
  • $200,000 to fund Adult Learner Transition pilot projects
    • Develop and implement programs of study to connect adult basic education and developmental education graduates to postsecondary education
    • Integrated training
      • Adult education + occupational training
    • Bridge courses
    • Available in the fall, 2009
common definitions
Common Definitions
  • Developing a glossary of terms to ensure all partners speak with one voice
    • Integrated training
    • Accelerated learning
    • Career pathways
    • Contextualized instruction
    • Dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment
    • Career readiness certificate
    • Middle college
    • Etc.
alignment of pd
Alignment of PD
  • DELEG-sponsored professional development must align with CLEG report recommendations and/or principles.
  • Spring conference will focus on models and promising practices for the adult learning system.
    • In-state and out-of-state presenters
    • Inter- and intra-agency participation
alignment of taskforces
Alignment of Taskforces
  • Examining the roles of current practitioner taskforces to more closely align with CLEG recommendations
learning labs
Learning Labs
  • Joint project between DELEG, private foundations, and local stakeholders in Detroit
  • 10 labs in Detroit neighborhoods
    • Computer-based basic skills curricula
    • Career navigation and educational advising
    • Workplace skills enhancement
    • Access to wrap-around services
    • Tutoring and access to academic support
we change too
We change too!
  • State staff
    • Aligning new responsibilities
    • Participating in their own professional development to support your efforts
    • Will be meeting with intra-agency staff
      • MWA’s
      • Community colleges
    • Support from NHRD and CSW
next steps
Next Steps
  • Collect your questions.
  • Discussion time
discussion topics
Discussion Topics
  • Regional collaboratives and partnerships
  • Educational counseling/advising
  • Integrated training combining adult education and occupational training
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • What experience have you had in each?
  • What resources (professional development, materials, references, examples, models) do you need to make each component work?
  • What questions do you need answered before you can proceed?
before we get started
Before We Get Started
  • Examine a conceptual framework focused on adult learners
  • Develop a common language – define the terms

Focusing on the Adult Learner

Bilateral Referrals

Student Transition Process

(exit level of one program aligned with entry level of next)


Beginning Learners


Adult Secondary


ESL and Citizenship


Special Target Groups


Advanced Training and Education


Independent Learners


(Training, Technical Assistance, Professional Development)

defining the terms
Defining the Terms
  • For the purposes of today’s discussions
  • Based on CLEG report
  • May change over time
defining the terms regional collaboratives
Defining the Terms: Regional Collaboratives
  • The BIG group
    • Multiple stakeholders
  • Identify region’s characteristics including demographics, key industries, and available services
  • Determine where there are gaps in service providers and fill those gaps
  • Determine how services should be offered
  • Develop one or more partnerships within the region that would focus on service delivery that addresses identified needs
defining the terms partnerships
Defining the Terms: Partnerships
  • The LITTLE group
  • Focus on service delivery that addresses identified need
  • Must include, at a minimum,
    • Adult basic skills organization
    • A post-secondary institution
    • Local Michigan Works! Agency or another organization with demonstrated workforce development capacity
defining the terms educational counseling advising
Defining the Terms: Educational Counseling/Advising
  • Help students understand how learning relates to working
  • Identify learner barriers and resolutions
  • Help learners to navigate various learning pathways
  • Serve as learner advocates
defining the terms educational counseling advising1
Defining the Terms: Educational Counseling/Advising
  • Ensure instructional staff are aware of learning style or difficulties that require accommodations
  • Ensure instructional staff are aware of career pathway interests and goals so coursework can be contextualized
  • Use a case management approach to facilitate learners’ use of support resources
defining the terms integrated training
Defining the Terms: Integrated Training
  • Basic skills contextualized to occupational training skills in a high demand industry
  • Example of accelerated learning
  • Conducted through:
    • Dual enrollment or
    • Concurrent enrollment
one state s experience
One state’s experience

Integrated Instruction

Israel Mendoza

Washington State Director of Adult Education

one state s experience1
One state’s experience
  • Traditional Educational Pathway
  • Can take seven – nine years for some
  • of our learners
  • Not being successful - takes too long
  • Learners working multiple jobs
  • No benefits
  • Family responsibilities
  • Time restraints
one state s experience2
One state’s experience
  • The Tipping Point
  • One year of college credit plus
  • a certificate
  • $7,000 more per year
  • Integrated instruction versus
  • traditional pathway
one state s experience3
One state’s experience
  • Know Your Partners
  • Vocational training arena
  • Community colleges
  • Win-win situation
  • Resources Available
  • Other states
  • Models and lessons learned
  • Don’t need to re-invent the
  • wheel.
let s get started
Let’s Get Started
  • Divide into groups.
  • Designated facilitator and notetaker for each group
  • Facilitator will report back to the whole group.

This project was developed by National Human Resources Development, Inc. (NHRD) in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and funded through a grant under Section 222(a)(2) State Leadership Activities of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, amended.

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