Archived Webinars

AO Evaluation: Year 1 Findings

On June 14, 2013, Theresa Anderson from the Urban Institute led a webinar discussing some of the early evaluation findings, including the results of the college survey. PLEASE NOTE: there was a miscalculation in the slides used in the recording; the cost per student discussed in slide 30 should be $4,546. The slides posted here have been updated with the correct amount.

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Due to the file size, the PowerPoint is in two parts.
Part I
Part II


Accelerating Opportunity Bidders Webinar

March 7, 2013

This webinar was for Arkansas colleges interested in taking part in Accelerating Opportunity. In 2013, Arkansas joined Accelerating Opportunity as an Affiliate Network state; four colleges will take part in a six-month design phase, with the goal of moving into a longer-term implementation phase. This webinar is an overview of the initiative and what Accelerating Opportunity will look like in Arkansas; in particular, how it will weave together this model and the state's existing Career Pathways Initiative.

Presenters:
Mike Leach, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges
Karon Rosa, Arkansas Career Pathways, Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Jim Smith, Arkansas Adult Education
Barbara Endel, Jobs for the Future

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https://jff.webex.com/jff/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=25767242&rKey=935053f7842d287d
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RFP

 

Fidelity to the Model: Program Approval Processes

October 4, 2012

As states start to grow and expand pathways it’s important to think about how to ensure fidelity to the model while allowing for local variations when needed. On this webinar Louisa Erickson of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges discussed how states can create processes to evaluate current pathways and approve new pathways, drawing on the process used for I-BEST programs.

Moderator: Darlene Miller

Guest Expert:
Louisa Erickson, SBCTC: Louisa will talk about the I-BEST program approval process, and how SBCTC works with colleges whose proposed pathways don't meet the approval criteria to improve the pathway design.

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Support Services

Thursday, September 13th, 2:00 PM EDT

49 Support services are a critical part of the AO model. While there isn’t necessarily a perfect prescription for support services, there are definitely some ways to standardize what’s offered across colleges. In this webinar we discussed about how supports are being offered, and the way that systems and colleges can create structures that promote successful, sustainable models for providing student supports. 

Moderator: Sandy Goodman, NCTN.

Guest Experts:
Judy Mortrude and Nola Speiser, Minnesota FastTRAC: Judy and Nola shared how Minnesota has established a single point of contact for students and the state and college structures that have made that model successful. Nola also talked about her experiences as a Navigator and how she was able to make connections across agencies to better serve her students.

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Links to Professional Development Resources for Navigators/Support Services Staff
 
Minnesota FasTRAC's Professional Development Website and Module on Navigators

Online courses from NCTN: Finding True North - The Role of the Navigator and Navigating Pathways to Opportunity

The next sessions for the facilitated course from NCTN start September 25th and October 16th!


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Recruitment: The Pink-to-Green Toolkit

Wednesday, September 5th, 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar highlighted a new toolkit developed through JFF's Greenways work. Women represent less than 25 percent of the labor force and remain underrepresented in many occupations that offer high wage jobs and career advancement opportunities.  Recruitment is the first step in connecting women to these high quality careers and emerging areas of the economy, and this webinar provides concrete ideas on how to recruit women into training for nontraditional occupations. Lauren Sugerman of Wider Opportunities for Woemn discussed the value of adding a gender lens to outreach and assessment and provided examples of successful strategies that have been implemented by workforce development providers.

The webinar also introduced the Pink to Green Toolkit: Adding a Gender Lens to Green Jobs Training Programs, which provides tools to assist organizations in developing relevant plans, processes, and curricula at each stage of their training programs in order to foster success of women in nontraditional occupations.

Toolkit:
http://greenways.jff.org/toolkit/pinktogreen

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Links:
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc (video)
Chicago Women In Trades Online Manual

Presenters:  Deborah Kobes, JFF and Lauren Sugerman, Wider Opportunities for Women

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*Note: the recording starts about 15 minutes into the webinar.

 

Professional Development

Monday, August 27th, 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar focused on how AO states can make the best use of the professional development tools and resources available so that faculty and staff are well-trained and well-supported, including external resources (such as SBCTC and NCTN’s online courses) and internal resources (such as state conferences/trainings). Both presenters emphasized the need for long-term professional development plans in addition to the initial training needed to get programs up and running. State coordinators shared what they are currently doing for professional development and discussed some of their capacity gaps.

Moderator: Ellen Hewett, NCTN

Guest experts:
Jon Kerr, SBCTC: Jon discussed some of the strategies that SBCTC has used to provide PD to I-BEST colleges, including the development of a cadre of expert I-BEST instructors to provide PD and technical assistance across the state. He also shared what PD looks like at the state and college level.

Andy Nash, NCTN: Andy discussed how states can best take advantage of the online PD developed by NCTN, including how to connect the online courses with other PD activities for maximum effectiveness.


Online courses from NCTN

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Recruitment Strategies

Wednesday, August 15th, 2:00 EDT

This webinar focused on approaches to recruiting students into AO programs, including partnering with referring agencies, marketing efforts, and employer engagement. Bill Sperling of Shoreline Community College in Washington shared some of the ways the college has marketed its I-BEST programs, including partnering with workforce agencies, outreach to CBOs and the K12 system, and the creation of marketing materials. The coordinators and college representatives from Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Illinois each shared some of the strategies they have been using to recruit students into AO programs.

Moderator: Nate Anderson, JFF

Materials and Links

More about Shoreline Community College I-BEST

Shoreline Pathway Diagrams (PPT)

Kansas's Marketing Materials

Kentucky's AOKY Website

From the National Skills Coalition: SNAP Education & Training Guide

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Note: Shoreline's I-BEST video starts at 9:05

 

Evaluation Webinar

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:
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Implementation Phase Kick-Off Webinar

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:
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Statutory Changes to Pell Eligibility

Friday, 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:
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Using Integrated Instruction to Accelerate Learning: Pre- and Post-Conference Webinars

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:
https://jsi.webex.com/jsi/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=62303647&rKey=8ff31ca8e9fe68a1

 

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

 

Accelerating Opportunity Bidders' Webinar

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

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Building a Strategic Communications Plan for Implementation Proposals

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:
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Professional Development

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:
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Model Development

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

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Preparing for Accelerating Opportunity Data Reporting

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

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