COABE's Student Engagement Strand promotes the notion that engaged learners become leaders in their classrooms and community. Student attendees will have the opportunity to network, and learn about what works in adult basic education along with professional educators and fellow student presenters. Learners who play this kind of leadership role at a national conference persist to success because they transform the way they see themselves - key stakeholders and experts in the field of adult basic education. This gives them a boost in self-esteem along with knowledge, skills, and abilities for their future endeavors in transitioning to higher education and careers. The range of topics covered in this strand is aimed at audiences from across the field of adult education with student perspectives and voice as the central focus.
The Ambassadors Train the Trainer pre-conference session is designed to provide hands-on training for adult education teams (admin/staff/student) from around the country who want to develop advocacy leaders for their states. Ambassadors representational leadership training program focuses on the development of student voice and provides adult learners a recognized role in which they can publicly speak about their own experience and represent the common interests and needs of others. Student ambassadors develop confidence and skills that transfer to personal, academic, and professional lives. The training provides teams a foundation with four crucial components of representational leadership for adult basic education. Awareness – statistics and research. Stories – a powerful tool to affect change. Public speaking – crafting a message and delivering it effectively. Meeting with officials – planning and facilitating a meeting with a person in power.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT STRAND PROPOSALS
Title: Adult Education Ambassadors representational leadership - Train the Trainer (Pre-conference all-day)
Abstract: The Ambassadors representational leadership training program focuses on the development of student voice in the fullest sense. It provides adult learners a recognized role in which they can publicly speak about their own experience and represent the common interests and needs of others. Students develop confidence and skills that transfer to other personal and professional roles. During this train-the-trainer session, participants will learn and participate in the four crucial components of representational leadership for adult basic education. Awareness – statistics and research. Stories – a powerful tool to affect change. Public speaking – crafting a message and delivering it effectively. Meeting with officials – planning and facilitating a meeting with a person in power.
Title: Adult Education Transforms Communities: Stories of Empowerment and Self Efficacy
Abstract: The effect of experiential and transformational learning that takes place throughout the adult educational instructional experience can create the foundation for a successful life after adult education. The stories of adult learners can help others understand their journey to overcome challenges can empower other to advocates for themselves.
Title: Connecting Math and Science: Contextualizing to Topics that Count
Abstract: Where do standards for Mathematical Practice come together with Science and Engineering Practices? How can the vocabulary, discussion and themes in the math class support the student’s knowledge of science content and take advantage of student interests? This Instructor/ Student Leader co-presenter team uses the topic of recycling to demonstrate application to our math classes with lessons for fractions, percents, ratios and other foundational math skills. We bring together the GED Science focusing theme of Energy and related systems, with real data, charts, infographics and information about recycling and materials cycles. Students care about recycling. It is a way to be civically active. Experience the connections to GED and career preparation that integrating science and math can bring to your students in your classroom. Extensions to reading and writing lessons are available and encouraged. This session will provide usable takeaways for your classes.
Title: The Writing Process Builds Skills, Develops Voice, and Supports Students to Persist
Abstract: Teaching writing touches on so many important learning opportunities. Your students will learn the basic skills they need to be successful in school and in their careers. They will access their “voice” – by using the writing process to grapple with concepts, make sense of complex idea, and determine their own perspective. Finally, they will be inspired to stay in school – because writing (at any level) is a deeply rewarding way to be heard. When students put their ideas on the page, and those ideas are taken seriously, and they are invited to refine their ideas and make deep connections, they will see themselves as successful students and thinkers who belong in school!
Title: "Connect the Dots: Student Leadership Development and WIOA Employability Skills".
Abstract: In this interactive session, participants will explore the connection between student leadership training and WIOA Employability Skills. The session, which may include one Student Ambassador, will examine the skills developed during leadership/ambassador training related to leadership, teamwork, communication, customer service, professionalism, and self management among others.