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2021 Featured Sessions


Featured Sessions


Jennifer Paul,
Michigan Department of Education




"Restart & Revamp with the EL Strategic Vision"


This session will focus on the use of the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE) recently released Advancing Equity: A Strategic Vision for English Learners document (download here) as a grounding framework for revamping and reworking the ways in which schools are educating English learners (ELs). COVID brought many challenges to schools and students. However, its greatest gift is now opportunity; opportunity for change. During this session, participants will hear how educators from around the state are using the MDE EL Strategic Vision to do innovative work and work towards positive changes in their schools.

The entirety of the EL Strategic Vision is grounded in peer reviewed research. Each strategy and goal is aligned with current research (Michigan Department of Education, p. 17).

About Jennifer Paul, Michigan Department of Education:
Jennifer Paul is the Michigan Department of Education’s English Learner (EL) and Accessibility Assessment Specialist who works to improve access to the content of Michigan’s assessments through continuous advancement of accessibility options for ELs and all special populations of students. Jen’s experiences in the classroom and at an intermediate school district drove her passion for improving the educational system for ELs and for the educators of these students. During Jen’s 10 years at MDE her concern for underrepresented students and knowledge of assessment has provided her many national publication opportunities through organizations such as the Council of Chief State School Officers. She has additionally garnered external leadership opportunities across national assessment consortium such as serving as Smarter Balanced’s Assistant Director of Supports for Under-Represented Students and actively serving as a member of WIDA’s Executive Committee. Jen holds a BA in English, Spanish, and teaching certificates from Kalamazoo College, a MA in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, a MA in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University.  

Patrick Brown,
Michigan Association
of Community & Adult Education

Karyn Goven,
Southwest Economic Solutions

Saturday, November 6th

@ 2:25pm

"The State of Adult Education in Michigan"

Join MACAE, the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, as we dissect the adult education landscape across our state!  We will explore the trends showing us and what are the intersections between academia, workforce development, education and training.  We will discuss some of the bright spots in Michigan and also some of the challenges facing adult education ESL participants. 

About Patrick Brown, Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education:
Patrick Brown has been with the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE) since 2018.  During that time he has served as Communications and Outreach Coordinator and Director.  His work is to help lead through association through strategic planning and providing networking, professional development and outreach support for over 130 individual member programs.  Prior to his work at MACAE, Patrick held various positions in education.  He served an English teacher and formerly as the Program Specialist at the Okemos Adult Education Program.  He began his career in adult basic education and English language instruction.  His background includes work in the public education and non profit sectors.  Patrick has presented at the statewide and national levels through MITESOL, MACAE, National Career Pathways Network, and Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

About Karyn Goven, Southwest Economic Solutions:
Karyn Goven is the Director of Workforce Development for Southwest Economic Solutions.  In this position she oversees the financial grant investment portfolios and programming efforts of the workforce development arm of the organizations.  Prior to her work at SWES Karyn served as the Director of Okemos A+ Education Program.  She previously held educational leadership roles as the Director of Community and Adult Education at Novi Schools and Willow Run Schools.  Karyn served as a contracted facilitator for the establishment of nine adult education reading labs in the City of Detroit.  Karyn's expertise is in wide scale program launches from cradle to career and grant writing.