Summer Institute

2014 Adult Basic Education Summer Institute:  Building On Success

2014 Summer Institute Evaluation Form

The annual adult basic education Summer Institute was held August 20-22, 2014 at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center.  This year's theme was 'Building on Success'.   The theme represents  both the transition the field has seen in the past year with the development and rollout of new high school credentials, as well as a nod to our continued to work to see the success of our learners being one step in their path to transition towards reaching their goals.

The conference keynote speaker was Craig Boykin.  "Craig went from a mother on drugs, fatherless, repeated 3rd & 5th grade, diagnosed with learning disorder, dropped out of high school, shot by a gang member, went jail for unpaid tickets, harassment, and forged instrument (checks)! to a G.E.D, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery, a Master's degree in Theology and in Criminal Justice, both from Faulkner University. Craig currently working on a Ph.D. in Adult Education at Auburn University, Craig J. Boykin has a truly inspiring story and is motivating millions through his "Make Life Count" seminars and his book: "My Life Your Inspiration".

Other conference highlights included: New teacher orientation pre-conference, over 60 break-out sessions, vendor fair, ABE Reads book club, Literacy Action Network awards banquet, silent auction, canoeing the Mississippi, a 3K fun walk/run and time for professional networking.  Back by popular demand was the Friday morning Hot Topics session; this year's theme was "Classroom Strategies for Successfully Managing Multi-Level Classrooms".

We're looking forward to another great conference next year August 19-21, 2015!

Summer Institute Conference Planning Committee