Summer Institute

ABE Summer Institute 2015

Welcome from the Conference Chair and Co-Chair

Thank you for joining us for the tenth annual Literacy Action Network (LAN) and Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) Adult Basic Education Summer Institute.
Every day in ABE, we’re Opening New Doors.  For the newcomer learning English and literacy skills, we open the door to a new community.  For the adult returning to education after years in the workforce, ABE opens a door to college and credentials.  Other doors lead adult learners to the GED® or Adult Diploma and better-paying jobs.  Of course, you knew all that already.  That’s why you’re here: to connect with others who share your commitment to adult learners in all their diversity, to find new strategies to help them succeed, and to take a break from teaching to focus on your own learning journey.  We’re glad you’re here.
With over 80 concurrent sessions to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for.  Our presenters are your colleagues – teachers, managers, and ABE practitioners with something to share.  This conference is your conference, because we are you.  None of it would be possible without the hard work of many dedicated volunteers: those who serve on the planning committee and its many sub-committees, those who read proposals, those who choose award winners, those who help with technology and hospitality events, those who present a session or poster, those who help with registration, and all the other little things that make this event run.  We are deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and talents towards making this a great experience for all who attend.
We kick off the conference Wednesday with our exciting keynote speaker Chris Farrell. Thursday we look forward to the ABE update from Minnesota’s ABE Director, Todd Wagner, and the LAN Awards Banquet in the evening.  Friday morning we send ourselves home on a high note with our Hot Ideas session telling the story of how ABE Matters in communities across this great state.
While you are here, don’t forget to also take the time to visit the vendor fair, take in a hospitality event, connect with colleagues near and far, and have a little fun.  We hope you leave the conference feeling refreshed and ready for another successful year.  Thank you for all you do to “Open New Doors” for your adult learners all year long.

Emily Watts, Conference Chair, Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, Conference Co-Chair