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Welcome to VALRC's podcast compilation, Update on Adult Education. Here, you can explore topics that are relvant to adult educaiton in Virginia.



"Voices from the Field" podcast series with Barbara Gibson

Voices from the Field Podcast 8

In this podcast, VALUEUSA Executive Director, Marty Finsterbusch and researcher Dr. Margaret Patterson with Research Allies for Lifelong Learning are interviewed. Together, they discuss their groundbreaking research being done for the field of adult education focusing on the adult learner. They give highlights of the Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE) studies, how results are being used, and where their research is heading in the future.

Reflective Questions

  • How student-centered are you? To what extent is your program(s) student-centered?
  • How committed are you to make all of your program offerings student centered?
  • How are you evaluating your program(s)?
  • How can you take what your adult learners are saying they need and make sure it gets incorporated into your program(s)?
  • Does your messaging effectively convey to your learners that you are delivering what they need? How do you know?
  • How do/can you ensure that adult learners have a voice in their program(s)?

Related Links

VALUEUSA Projects
Research Allies for Lifelong Learning
PIAAC Numeracy Skills and Home Use Among Adult English Learners by Dr. Margaret Patterson
8 Tips for Implementing Learning Circles in Any Program by Dr. Margaret Patterson

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 8

Voices from the Field Podcast 7

Adult learner leaders; Luisa Jacqueline Bonilla Santos, Elaine Randall, and Marty Finsterbusch share their insights into adult education for both practitioners and students.

Reflective Questions

  • How are adult learner leaders best utilized in programs?
  • What role(s) could current or former adult learners assume in their program(s)?
  • Why is it important to involve adult learners in outreach and information efforts?

Related Links

What is VALUEUSA?
VALUEUSA.org
Hear the Voices of Adult Learners Who Have Gone Beyond - Part 1 (33 min)
Hear the Voices of Adult Learners Who Have Gone Beyond - Part 2 (32 min)

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 7

Voices from the Field 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

Voices from the Field 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 WIOA 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
VDOE Regional Providers Listing
Local Activities/Career Pathways Partnerships and the VALRC Website

Voices from the Field 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.

Music
Digital Lemonade by Kevin MaCleod

Transcript for Podcast 4

Voices from the Field 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

Voices from the Field Podcast 2

In this podcast, Katy Parrish, Program Manager, Region 6, 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, Voices from the Field.

Voices from the Field 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
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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