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The annual Fall Technical Institute is an opportunity for Breaking Through and Accelerating Opportunity state teams to receive targeted TA on a variety of topics. For this meeting, JFF recruited 18 subject matter experts from across the country to help state teams work through complex issues such as sustainability planning, employer engagement, and building comprehensive support services. Nine state teams attended this year's Institute.

Meeting Objectives 

  • Provide state teams with targeted technical assistance designed to strengthen solutions, advance the work, and meet outcomes through structured interactions with subject matter experts.
  • Enable teams to exchange effective practices and understand how other states or colleges are addressing key issues through peer sharing opportunities.
  • Ensure that teams leave the Institute with specific actions and plans to further their implementation and sustainability efforts.
Jobs for the Future

Wednesday, June 29th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

This webinar for state leads, coordinators, data staff, and IR directors offers guidance on the data reporting requirements for Accelerating Opportunity design grant states.  Randall Wilson of Jobs for the Future and Christopher Spence, New Growth Group Inc., describe the content, format, and purpose of the required September 1st, 2011 data report for the states. They cover the measures to be used for creating baselines on the ABE population and for describing state data capacity for participating in the evaluation of Accelerating Opportunity in the longer term. The webinar also introduces guidance tools and templates for submitting data with the September report.

Presenters:
Randall Wilson, Jobs for the Future
Christopher Spence, New Growth Group Inc.

Moderator: Barbara Endel, Jobs for the Future 

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=21371827&rKey=e699bf310440ca4b

Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=21371827&rKey=852afcb3368b2fbf 

2011
Randall Wilson, Christopher Spence
Jobs for the Future, New Growth Group

Thursday, June 30th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges developed this webinar to further explore concepts about I-BEST and I-BEST-like model development. States also had the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

Presenters:
Louisa Erickson, SBCTC
Israel Mendoza, former State ABE Director for Washington

Moderator: Rachel Pleasants, Jobs for the Future

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=21382477&rKey=c33b91df0fdf227f

Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=21382477&rKey=82dc1ae345cb620a

2011
Louisa Erickson, Israel Mendoza
Jobs for the Future, Washington SBCTC

Wednesday, August 25th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. lead this webinar to highlight current online course offerings and other NCTN resources aimed at supporting states' professional development needs. NCTN also provided an overview on effective professional development and upcoming professional development activities co-hosted by the NCTN.

Presenters:
Priyanka Sharma, Coordinator and Project Manager, NCTN
Kaye Beal, Project Director, World Education, Inc.

Presenter/Moderator: Ellen Hewett, Director, NCTN

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=21807067&rKey=1f8c13e8467f6c6f

Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=21807067&rKey=0f7247fed8470f96

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2011
Priyanka Sharma, Kaye Beal
National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.

Tuesday, August 30th, 3:00 PM EDT

The Douglas Gould & Company team presented how to identity the core components of a strategic communications framework. This webinar was designed to prepare grantees to create realistic, effective plans as part of their implementation proposals. Core components discussed included:

  • Clarifying goals
  • Localizing key messages
  • Mapping target audiences
  • Outreach and engagement tactics
  • How to create a timetable for action
  • How to budget for costs
  • How to evaluate progress

Presenters:
Jennifer Hahn, Douglas Gould & Company
Nathan Boltseridge, Douglas Gould & Company

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=21838612&rKey=2cf10eddbb03487b                                                                                                                                                                
Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=21838612&rKey=e5616a4c6e05ff64

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2011
Jennifer Hahn, Nathan Boltseridge
Douglas Gould & Company

Monday, September 12th, 3:00 PM EDT

Jobs for the Future hosted a Bidders' Webinar to help design states develop their implementation proposals. The goals of this webinar were to:

  • Create a common understanding of the goals for the Three-year Implementation Phase;
  • Reinforce the high level expectations of states that will be selected to participate; and
  • Address questions about the Request for Proposal.

Presenters:

Maria Flynn, Vice President, Jobs for the Future
Barbara Endel, Program Director, Accelerating Opportunity, Jobs for the Future
Nate Anderson, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
Randy Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
Rachel Pleasants, Project Manger, Jobs for the Future

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=21926947&rKey=703e3fe49b159d4e

Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=21926947&rKey=578648b274f4b68b

2011
Jobs for the Future
Jobs for the Future

Pre-Conference Webinar: Monday, October 31st, 3:30 PM EDT

This webinar prepared participants for Using Integrated Instruction to Accelerate Learning, a full-day pre-conference provided for Accelerating Opportunity teams as part of NCTN's annual conference. In the full day session, participants learned the principles and practice of integrated instruction for classes focused on career pathways, with a focus on understanding the purpose, benefits, and challenges of integrating instruction; learning how to develop an integrated curriculum plan out of separate basic skills and a technical skills curricula; and developing a plan for presenting this model to their peers

Presenters:
Andy Nash, Professional Development Specialist, National College Transition Network, World Education, Inc.
Greg Brazell, Division Chair for Business and Social Sciences and Early Childhood Education Instructor, Pierce College, Washington
Lynette Hanson, GED/Basic Skills Instructor, Transitional Education, Pierce College, Washington

Recording link:

 

Post-conference webinar: Monday, December 5th, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

This is a follow-up webinar to the NCTN pre-conference session on integrated instruction held on November 13th.

Streaming recording link:

https://jsi.webex.com/jsi/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=62867092&rKey=a1f03d19acb9c3f7

Materials from the NCTN pre-conference session can be downloaded here: http://www.collegetransition.org/conferences.national2011.AOpreconference.html

2011
Andy Nash, Greg Brazell, Lynette Hanson
National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc.

riday, January 13th, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

The purpose of this webinar was to discuss the recent statutory changes to Pell eligibility and collaborate on devising strategies that states can use to mitigate the impact on AO students & states. For more information on the changes to Pell stemming from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2012, please see JFF's January 6th memo.

Presenters:

Maria Flynn, Vice President, JFF
Barbara Endel, Program Director, JFF
Mary Clagett, Director of Workforce Policy, JFF

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=22796522&rKey=0540c414aac40f3b

Download recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=22796522&rKey=4dcb0e02578de5b9

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2012
Maria Flynn, Barbara Endel, Mary Clagett
Jobs for the Future

Thursday, January 19th, 3:00-4:30 PM EST

This webinar kicked off the implementation phase of Accelerating Opportunity and covered a variety of topics, including important grants management information, an overview of the technical assistance plan, and an update on upcoming events. Each of the partner organizations provided a summary of the TA they would be providing. Participants also had a chance to view a variety of online resources. The four implementation states and their colleges also shared an overview of their goals for the implementation phase.

Presenters:

Barbara Endel, Program Director, JFF
Monique Sheen, Project Manager, JFF
Rachel Pleasants, Senior Project Manager, JFF
Darlene Miller, Executive Director, NCWE
Israel Mendoza, Former State ABE Director/Consultant
Jon Kerr, State ABE Director, SBCTC
Ellen Hewett, Director, NCTN
Kaye Beal, Project Director, World Education, Inc.
Randall Wilson, Senior Project Manager, JFF

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=22842732&rKey=b6c35890621c95f

Download recording link
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=22842732&rKey=afe144308acdd249

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2012
Jobs for the Future, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Nation Council for Workforce Education, National College Transition Network

Friday, February 10th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

This webinar provided the implementation states with a deeper understanding of the evaluation of the initiative, including the overall evaluation design, data collection methods, and specific evaluation activities, such as site visits and check-in calls.

Presenters:

Robert Lerman, Urban Institute, Principal Investigator and Cost Analysis Lead
Lauren Eyster, Urban Institute, Project Director and Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute, Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Burt Barnow, George Washington University, Impact Analysis Lead
Randall Wilson, JFF Senior Project Manager and Evaluation Liaison

Streaming recording link:
https://jff.webex.com/jff/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=23017977&rKey=5b083a1b9a2563f9

Download recording link
https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=23017977&rKey=2d1569a887eeeacc

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2012
Robert Lerman, Lauren Eyster, Maureen Conway, Burt Barnow, Randall Wilson
Jobs for the Future, Urban Institute, Aspen Institute, George Washington University