Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adult education

Grandma-style. A program to train adults to work in day care centers in Colorado, from The Atlantic

On a recent morning, 15 women gathered in a mint-green classroom at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado, to learn more about the fundamentals of childcare. They talked about mapping out daily schedules with time for reading activities, group play, meals, and naps. They traded tips about the inexpensive educational materials available at Dollar Tree stores. 
But this was no Saturday-morning babysitting boot camp. It was part of a 120-hour training course that will eventually earn participants a national childcare credential.

What made the class unique was the women enrolled. Ranging in age from 20-something to 60-something, they were Spanish-speaking mothers, aunts, and grandmas who care for the young children of friends and relatives in their homes. Some do it for free. Others earn a small wage. 
Most are undocumented immigrants and, as a result, they are not eligible to become licensed childcare providers in Colorado. Still, they are a critical part of Colorado’s early-childhood workforce—one that is often overlooked in the policy realm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Call for Proposals

All Call for Papers and Presentations 2017
June 17-21 2017
Jekyll Island Club Hotel 
Jekyll Island, Georgia 

Proposals are due December 16, 2016


Sponsored by the Online Journal of Distance Learning
Administration and the University of West Georgia

The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage and support distance education activities.

The Planning Committee of Distance Learning Administration 2017  invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to the management and administration of distance learning.

Topic strands include:

* Managing Growth in Distance Education
* Training & Support for Distance Instructors
* Support for Distance Students
* Budget and Cost-Benefit of Distance Education
* Marketing Distance Courses and Programs
* Distance Learning Ethics and Copyright Issues
* Organizational Issues in Distance Education
* Quality Assurance and Evaluation
* Striving for Excellence

Proposals should include a 30 to 50 word description.
Instructions for submitting proposals can be found at the conference website:

Accepted papers will be published in the printed conference Proceedings. Proposal submission indicates your commitment to preparing written materials for the Proceedings and making your presentation (Paper Session) at the conference. Fishbowl Sessions (see website) do not require a written paper. All sessions will last 45 minutes each. All presented papers will be considered for Best Paper Awards. Award winning papers will be invited for publication in The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration and will receive a trophy.

The conference registration fee for all presenters and participants will be $325. Registration includes printed proceedings, all sessions, refreshments, two dinners, and the closing luncheon. The conference hotel will be the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, guest room rates start at $139 per night. All conference sessions and activities will take place at this beautiful, historic hotel.

See our conference website at:

Or contact:
Dr. Melanie Clay (, Conference Director
Kendall G. Dickey (, Conference Manager
Austin Janowski (, Events Manager

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor - December 7, a day which will live in infamy
Brought to you by The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nominate outstanding adult learners for ACE’s Student of the Year Award

​Nominations are open for the American Council on Education's Student of the Year Award, which honors adult learners who show qualities such as perseverance, the capacity to overcome great odds and the ability to inspire others to set high lifelong learning goals.

Anyone who teaches, works with or knows of eligible adult learners can submit the names of worthy individuals by using the form on ACE’s website. The winner will be recognized at ACE2017, ACE’s 99th Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC, March 11-14, 2017. Adult learners also can nominate themselves, as long as they also can submit a nominating organization and statement of support.

The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievements in their community or workplace while successfully balancing demands such as family, career and education.

ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service and Military Evaluations evaluate workplace education and training programs or military courses and occupations and recommend academic credit at the college level.

The award was presented last year to Mario Sankis, a former Marine, retired police officer and cancer survivor.

Click here for more information. Please email or call 866-205-6267 with questions.

Nomination forms must be received by Dec. 16.

Visit the ACE 2017 website for more information and to register for the meeting.

Save the date!

ACHE South Annual Conference
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
April 11-13, 2017