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Update on Adult Education logoWelcome to Update on Adult Education!

Welcome to VALRC's new podcast series, Update on adult Education. This podcast explores topics that are relevant to adult education in Virginia.

Our Latest Podcasts recorded at the 2018 Adult Education and Literacy Conference

Podcast 6

In this podcast, Dr. David Coogan, Terrence Scruggs, and Ronald Fountain are interviewed. All three who have written a book called Writing our way Out: Memoirs from jail. They spoke with us after their presentations and book signings at the conference. This interview includes some of their readings, a little about them, the impact the writing program had on their lives, and an update on what they are doing now.

Reflective Questions

  • What would be included in "your story" if you were writing it today?
  • Can you remember a time in your life when you chose to go down a specific path and that choice changed your life?
  • In this interview, Ronald Fountain said, "If we could see our differences as a place of opportunity and growth, we can change the world for a better place." How do you think the act of writing made Ronald define his place of opportunity and growth?

Related Links

Writing our Way Out at Amazon
Writing Instructional Strategies on the VALRC Website

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 6

Podcast 5

This podcast is an interview with Ira Sockowitz who is an expert in the Educational Technology Field. He is CEO and founder of Learning Games Studios. Ira completed two presentations at the summer conference in Williamsburg and answered some follow-up questions to expand on some of the concepts that he introduced to us in the luncheon speech and the workshop afterward.

Reflective Questions

  • Mr. Sockowitz's definition of educational technology is, "any piece of technology that serves to further teaching and learning." What technologies do you know of and use for teaching or learning?
  • Are the technologies you use for learning in the classroom setting different from those you use for learning outside of the classroom setting? How are they different or the same and why?
  • What does personalized learning mean to you? What does Mr. Sockowitz believe about the benefits of personalized education? How do you believe personalized education could be achieved in adult education?
  • How would adult education be different if it were considered the "office of lifelong learning"?

Related Links

National Skills Coalition
Digital Promise
Tech Tools on the VALRC Website
Research Allies for Lifelong Learning Critiquing Adult Participation in Education Report 3: Technology Use

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 5

The next podcasts in this first series are conversations with three regional program managers and their WIO partners about how they make their partnerships work.

Reflective Questions

In these three podcasts, Virginia adult education regional program managers and representatives from regional workforce development boards discuss how they are collaborating to build stronger regional workforce systems.

  • What common elements did you find in all three conversations?
  • What is unique to each region? Why is this so?
  • What phrases do you hear that indicate a supportive relationship? What are some opportunities to message adult education's role as a workforce partner more clearly?

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Definitions and Acronyms
Virginia Career Works
VALRC Regional Providers Listing
Local Activities/Career Pathways Partnerships and the VALRC Website

Podcast 4

In this podcast, Shirley Carlson, Regional Program Manager, Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program (Region 3) and Marty Holiday, New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board discuss their partnership.

Reflective Questions

In these three podcasts, Virginia adult education regional program managers and representatives from regional workforce development boards discuss how they are collaborating to build stronger regional workforce systems. In these three podcasts, Virginia adult education regional program managers and representatives from regional workforce development boards discuss how they are collaborating to build stronger regional workforce systems.

  • What common elements did you find in all three conversations?
  • What is unique to each region? Why is this so?
  • What phrases do you hear that indicate a supportive relationship? What are some opportunities to message adult education's role as a workforce partner more clearly?

Related Links

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Definitions and Acronymns
VALRC Regional Providers Listing
Local Activities/Career Pathways Partnerships on the VALRC Website

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 4

Podcast 3

In this podcast, Danielle Robinson, Regional Program Manager for Region 18 Middle Peninsula Adult Education and Mike Jenkins, Executive Director of the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board discuss their partnership.

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 3

Podcast 2

In this podcast, Katy Parrish, Program Manager, Region Six, Central Shenandoah Adult Education and Sharon Johnson, Director of the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board and Chair of the Virginia Association of Workforce Directors discuss their partnership.

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 2

This podcast is the first in our Series, Update on Adult Education.

Podcast 1

This podcast is an interview with Dr. Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, the Coordinator of Virginia Adult Education at the VDOE Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Dr. Silver-Pacuilla discusses the role of Title II, Adult Education, as a Virginia Workforce partner.

Reflective Questions

  • What is adult education's role in the Virginia Workforce System?
  • What is your professional role in this system? How do you represent your educational expertise and how adult education contributes as a workforce partner in your region?
  • What do you know about your region's sector strategies and career pathway development? How could you find additional information in your area?
  • Have you visited or toured your local One-Stop? If not, make a plan to do so and talk to them about adult education as a workforce partner.

Related Links

Virginia Career Works
Commonwealth of Virginia Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan
WIOA and Policy Resources on the VALRC website
VALRC YouTube Channel WIOA Playslist

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 1
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