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Adult educators attend conference

L’Observateur / August 10, 1998

St. Charles Parish Public Schools adult educators recently attended the 1998Louisiana Association for Public, Community and Adult Education (LAPCAE) annual conference held in New Orleans.

The focus of the conference was on training educators to assist adult learners to improve reading skills – a key to developing individual job competence and a stronger workforce. Representatives of public school adult education, school-to-work,volunteer literacy, corrections, Find Work, JTPA and other programs related to adult training and literacy were present.

Keynote speakers and 31 concurrent sessions dealt with techniques and services available to adult learners and adult instructors. These covered a wide range of topicsfrom failure-free reading instruction to building success in various workplace environments.

Several professionals from St. Charles Parish shared information about programs thatenhance adult reading opportunities in their community. Adult educators DianeCaillet, Alice Champagne, Rhonda Martin and Anne Lampert made a presentation on the R.E.A.D. Lab, a special project that provides supplemental reading instruction to adultlearners. Helen Banquer, School Partnership liaison, gave a presentation, “CreatingPartnerships That Work,” on how to create innovative partnerships between schools and the community. Banquer also facilitated an open forum on creating a statewidepublic relations initiative to increase the awareness of adult learning opportunities.

Adult education coordinator Shirl Cook facilitated a forum on developing linkages between local programs and their respective communities and, as Region V LAPCAE board member, served on the planning committee that organized the teacher training conference. In addition, Cook was installedas president elect for 1998-99. She will serve as president of LAPCAE during1999-2000.

LAPCAE is an advocacy organization for adult learners and adult educators.

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