Spring 2016 Harlem Adult Education Conference – Request for Workshop Proposals

January 29, 2016

total equity now in harlemAre you a Harlem-based adult-education instructor, learner, program administrator, or researcher?
The Spring 2016 Harlem Adult Education Conference–organized by The City College of New York – Continuing and Professional Studies, Harlem YMCA Literacy Zone, New York Public Library – Upper Manhattan Adult Learning Centers, and Total Equity Now–will take place on Friday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street, New York, NY.

With four successful semiannual conferences under our belts, conference co-organizers are excited to welcome high-quality, inquiry-based workshop proposals from Harlem-based adult educators, learners, administrators, and researchers.

Workshop proposals are due by Friday, February 12, 2016.


The primary goal of the semiannual Harlem Adult Education Conference (HAEC) is to facilitate the community-based exchange of tools, strategies, and research among members of Harlem’s adult-education community in order to build stronger connections and expand learning opportunities.

The theme of our Spring 2016 conference, “Adult Education in 2016: In Search of Pathways to College, a Career, and a Better World,” reflects three of the primary goals that drive adult learners and their teachers.

Workshop facilitators are the very heart of the Harlem Adult Education Conference. Instead of lecture-centered sessions. Instead of lecture-centered sessions, HAEC workshop facilitators structure and guide peer-to-peer learning experiences, ensuring all participants meaningful opportunities to both offer and acquire useful, solution-oriented information.

In the spirit of meaningful collaboration, leadership development, and nonhierarchical learning, we encourage prospective facilitators to consider including one or more learners as co-facilitators.


Proposed workshop topics must post an inquiry-based question in one or more of the following categories:

*    Adult Literacy/Adult Basic Education
*    Citizenship/Civic Preparation
*    College and Career Readiness
*    Digital Literacy
*    English for Speakers of Other Languages
*    Policy Development and Advocacy
*    Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and the Common Core


The Harlem Adult Education Conference Committee welcomes proposals–from Harlem-based instructors, learners, administrators, and researchers–that:

*    reflect our Spring 2016 conference theme: “Adult Education in 2016: In Search of Pathways to College, a Career, and a Better World”;
*    are designed to facilitate discussion and problem solving by anywhere from 5-20 workshop participants around specific, inquiry-based in the field of adult education (rather than lecture-based presentations on specific strategies); and
*    answer completely all questions in the online proposal-submission form.

IMPORTANT: The Harlem Adult Education Conference will only accept proposals designed to promote peer-to-peer exchanges; workshops promoting specific commercial products, brands, or institutions will not be accepted.


The example below is intended to serve only as a guide. Please modify the format in order to align with the goals of your proposed workshop.

*    Welcome and introductions (10 minutes)
*    Facilitator outlines a specific, inquiry-based question and asks (or assigns) participants to form groups of 3 or 4 (5 minutes)
*    Small-group discussions (20 minutes)
*    Small-group share-outs and large-group discussion (30 minutes)
*    Facilitator summarizes major “takeaways” and lingering questions (10 minutes)
*    Workshop evaluation / networking (15 minutes)


To submit a workshop proposal, please click here: http://bit.ly/harlemadultedrfp.

All workshop proposals are due by Friday, February 12. (We will notify prospective facilitators regarding the status of their proposals by Saturday, February 20.)

Please direct all questions regarding the proposal-submission process to yolandarodriguez@nypl.org.


Please direct general questions about the conference to harlemadulted@gmail.com or 646-543-5695.

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