Volume 4 | April 1, 2021

PAACE inspires adult education partners through advocacy, networking, and professional development so that adults succeed and communities thrive.
2021 PAACE Virtual Conference
April 20-23,2021!  

Please contact coordinator@paacesite.org if you are in need of either of these options or if you have any other questions.
Conference Key Note Speakers Announced

Noe Ortega was nominated to serve as Secretary of Education in October 2020. Prior to his nomination, he had served as the Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education (OPHE) at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). As commissioner for higher education, he led the work of the agency aimed at closing the postsecondary attainment gaps that have persisted among historically underrepresented populations and communities of color in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mr. Ortega facilitated the efforts of the department to improve the diversity of Pennsylvania's educator workforce and to ensure that every student of the Commonwealth has access to educators who have been trained in culturally responsive and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. 

Prior to joining PDE, Mr. Ortega spent eight years at the University of Michigan, where he held several academic and administrative roles. During his tenure he worked as the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and as the Managing Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. While most of his research focused on postsecondary access and success for all students, his most recent publications examine how public investment in higher education influences decision-making at colleges and universities. Additionally, Mr. Ortega spent nearly a decade working in the areas of financial aid and enrollment management at both public and private universities in Texas, and he also served as a P-16 Specialist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Ortega also spent nearly seven years as director of a language institute in Japan where he trained teachers in the area of early childhood language acquisition.

Sheila Ireland is the Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Sheila previously served as the Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development. Her charge was to implement the City of Philadelphia’s citywide workforce development strategy – “Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine”. This comprehensive plan leveraged the collaborative efforts of the city’s major education and workforce development entities to fill the human capital needs of employers and to create career pathways for the city’s most vulnerable populations. During her tenure Sheila created innovative and collaborative approaches that have effectively engaged employers, funders and the workforce development community in the fight against poverty and unemployment in Philadelphia.

Sheila Ireland’s hallmark of success is her ability to translate the context organizational problems to effectively re-align people and processes with organizational objectives. Her ability to create tactical, innovative and strategic initiatives results in programs that drive performance improvement and produce bottom line results in intensely competitive and highly regulated markets.

With more than 25 years of management experience, Sheila has been responsible for the successful leadership of the human resources. training and workforce development functions in the non-profit, healthcare, consulting, government and public utility fields. This includes her time as is the Deputy Director of Workforce Development and Inclusion for Rebuild, the City of Philadelphia’s $500M investment in infrastructure improvements to Philadelphia’s park, libraries and recreation centers. Sheila’s role was to ensure the Kenney Administration’s promise of workforce diversity in the skilled trades and expanded access to contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses was realized.  

Previously Sheila has served as the Vice President of Workforce Solutions at University City District (UCD). Sheila was the founding Director of West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and lead its growth to prominence as a national model for innovation and effectiveness in workforce development programming. She also launched and shepherded the growth Green City Works, UCD’s first social venture. GCW expanded the demographic footprint of workforce development in West Philadelphia by bringing a new industry to West Philadelphia, expanding the job opportunities for individuals with higher barriers to employment.  

Sheila graduated with honors from Community College of Philadelphia with an A.A.S. in Finance, Temple University with a B.B.A. majoring in Human Resources Management, and LaSalle University with a M.S. in Human Capital Development. She holds a SPHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. Sheila’s commitment to giving back and passion for education includes roles on multiple non-profit board of directors and serving on the board of trustees for local colleges.

Tony Moore is a Culture Architect, International Keynote Speaker, Author, and recovering Human Resource Executive. After 25 years of experience in the C-suite and leading the people-side of multiple mergers and acquisitions, he developed a proven method of building a CULTURE of engagement, ownership, and bottom-line performance. Tony has the unique ability to transform abstract concepts into concrete, tangible, actionable steps. His "Four Laws of Culture" are the revolutionary foundation for all his keynotes. Tony entertains audiences with his humor and storytelling, while delivering disruptive ideas designed to produce exceptional outcomes.
Upcoming Events

Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:00 am (EST)

Description: Join us to play a fun Jeopardy game and gear up for the upcoming PAACE Virtual Conference. This networking event is for administrators, teachers, support staff, and volunteer tutors - all are welcome!
Update From Advocacy

The Pennsylvania Department of State has launched a survey to collect information on the experiences of new Pennsylvanians who have gone through or tried to go through the licensure process in Pennsylvania. This survey will provide valuable data to inform how these processes can be improved for immigrants, refugees, and asylees to help reduce barriers as newcomers work to reclaim careers. The survey will be available through the end of July 2021 and is available in English, and eight other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese) through Google Translate. Respondents can select the language of preference in the upper right-hand corner on each page of the survey. Please share this information with people in your network to ensure that it reaches as many immigrants, refugees, and asylees seeking licensure in Pennsylvania. 
PAACE encourages participation in the department’s survey in an effort to better inform the department's policy and legislative efforts to improve licensure for our students.
Survey Information
If you are a member of the immigrant, refugee, or asylee community and you:
  • have worked in a licensed profession or applied for a professional license in PA; OR
  • moved to PA in the last 5 years.

PAACE would like to thank the Department of State for its efforts to consider ways to make occupational licensure accessible to qualified newcomers. 
Gamify Your Lessons!
Significant research surrounds the role of play, and there are numerous definitions and conceptions that have been constructed. For years, play has been recognized by theorists to have a considerable impact on intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Play can serve as the driving force to promote and encourage emergent literacy and mathematical concepts in this digital age. As play continues to be researched in education, we see a movement toward the inclusion of these developmental domains in technology that progress well beyond the early childhood years and into later educational settings and adulthood. If we are tailoring our learning and curriculum to prepare educators and students for the future workforce, game-based learning is key in meeting these goals. 

Game play integrates both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and can easily be included in lesson plans to blend learning with personal interests. Playing games actively engages learners of all ages and develops skills through trial-and-error exercises that will assist us in solving problems. Many theorists support game integration to enhance learning outcomes, and they include: skill-based, cognitive (declarative, procedural, and strategic knowledge), and affective learning outcomes. Advanced technology and games also allow the learner to collaborate with others far beyond classroom walls. Students see value in relevant and relatable topics, and we can do this by using real-life, interactive applications during instructional opportunities.

One concern shared by schools/programs is the alignment of digital applications and games to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRSs). Games are now starting to connect standards during the initial game design to attract more users. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchy of ordering cognitive skills that can help teachers teach and students learn. Bloom’s Taxonomy has been revised over the years to include models for technology, apps, games, and even game design. Instructors can use this framework to create lessons and assessments, evaluate the complexity of the assignments/games, and frame questions around content. This helps to ensure that learning a skill is central to the game when choosing and/or creating games so that students are not just playing to play.

For instructors looking for a starting point for creating digital games to use in their classrooms, Flippity.net is a free option.