network 2019 - HIGHLIGHTS
At turns informative and inspirational, MCAE’s NETWORK 2019 Conference brought together over 550 teachers, tutors, counselors, administrators, and advocates on May 10 to strengthen the practice of adult education in Massachusetts and to celebrate the passion, intelligence, and perseverance of a community so vital to the Commonwealth’s future.
Members of Massachusetts' adult education community gather for NETWORK 2019
NETWORK’s program of more than 50 workshops, on topics ranging from mobile and distance learning to enhancing writing and communication skills, allowed attendees to exchange new ideas, explore new technologies, and gain valuable first-hand experience putting new methods into action. Interest in NETWORK was so high this year that the conference was sold out.
MCAE's Roberta Soolman poses with Jeneschya Sanchez, recipient of the 2019 Derfler Memorial Scholarship
During the conference’s Awards Luncheon, MCAE honored four members of the adult education community for their dedication, leadership, and commitment to improving the lives of the educators and learners around them. The organization recognized Shugri Elmi, a Somali native and now US citizen who attends the Boston Public Schools Adult Learning Center, as its Outstanding Student of 2019 and named Kathleen Klose its Outstanding Educator. Ms. Klose is an ESOL Literacy and Citizenship Teacher at The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. It also bestowed a Lifetime Achievement award upon Andy Nash, the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, in appreciation for her thirty years of service to the field and her tireless advocacy on its behalf. Finally, MCAE presented its annual Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship to Jeneschya Sanchez, a Haverhill resident who is currently studying psychology and human services at Northern Essex Community College and who completed her adult education courses at Community Action, Inc.
NETWORK 2019 was made possible in part by sponsorships from Dunkin’ and GED Testing Service.
For a copy of the NETWORK 2019 program, please click here.
To view an array of photographs from the event, please click here.
To access select workshop presentations from the conference, please click here.
Remember! NETWORK 2020 will be held Friday, April 3, at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, MA.
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Massachusetts One Step Closer to a Fairer Tax System
On Wednesday, June 12, the Massachusetts legislature took a major step toward a more equitable tax system, giving preliminary approval to the Fair Share Amendment (FSA) to the Commonwealth’s Constitution by a vote of 147-48. As a member of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition, MCAE is a strong supporter of the FSA, which would impose a 4 percent tax on incomes over $1 million and would devote the resulting revenue to critical education and transportation needs in the Commonwealth; given the potential the measure holds for restoring funding to Massachusetts’ adult education system, MCAE has endorsed the FSA as part of its broader legislative agenda. The FSA must now be passed by the Legislature during its 2021-2022 session before it can go before the voters for final approval in November 2022.
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To read MCAE’s testimony in support of the FSA, please click here.
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