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Thank you for attending our Winter Virtual Conference on February 1 - February 5, 2021.

If you enjoyed this session, join us for The Big Share on March 2nd, a day of online giving that allows Wisconsin Literacy to offer this type of programming.

Recordings and Resources

Monday, February 1

Welcome and Keynote with Ruth Colvin

At age 104, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America and co-founder of ProLiteracy Ruth Colvin says, “Age is just a number. It’s what you do with your number that counts.” Be inspired, as you learn from Ruth’s story, over a hundred years in the making.

Unconscious Bias: Can We See Our Blind Spots? with Reggie Jackson  

Reggie Jackson, co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners, incorporates fun, interactive exercises to explore how our normal brains serve as effective pattern-making machines that unconsciously “prime” us for stereotyping – whether we intend it or not. We examine how the concept of race developed throughout US history and how this history and human tendency towards bias helped create and maintain today’s systemic racial inequities. We explore together how bias affects daily life, and whether something this difficult to perceive can ever be changed.

Tuesday, February 2

Naturalization 101 with Maria del Carmen Rodriguez and Gene Cloutier

Maria del Carmen Rodriguez and Paul Cloutier, USCIS Community Relations Officers, co-conducted the Naturalization 101 PowerPoint presentation, which included an overview of the eligibility requirements for citizenship, the English-language and Civics examinations, as well as USCIS' online resources and study materials. 

This session was not recorded.

USCIS Contact Center (800) 375-5283

  • If you are in the United States or a U.S. territory, call the USCIS Contact Center at (800) 375-5283
  • For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, dial (800) 767-1833 to access automated information through an interactive menu 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • You can also get live help from a USCIS representative Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern except on federal holidays.  

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Making Numeracy Make Sense with Amy Cops

It is essential for students to find meaning and make sense of math to engage in learning. Join us as Amy Cops, Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College, explores strategies, activities, and games that can be utilized with adult learners that relate to their daily lives. This session is for tutors, technical college instructors and literacy staff and will focus on basic math skills in a fun way.

Wednesday, February 3

Wisconsin State and Regional Economic Trends with Scott Hodek

Scott Hodek, Section Chief of DWD Office of Economic Advisors, discusses current economic trends. Wisconsin's labor market was in the midst of an unprecedented talent crunch in 2019, with businesses doing everything they could to attract and retain talent.  Then the pandemic hit, and Wisconsin lost almost 450,000 jobs in a single month. Learn about current conditions in today's volatile Covid-19 economy, the major workforce trends accelerated by the pandemic, and what the economy and labor market may look like post-pandemic.

Local Job Centers and Workforce Development Boards: Statewide Overview with Mari Kay-Nabozny and Bruce Palzkill

Mari Kay-Nabozny (CEO of the NW WI Workforce Investment Board) and Bruce Palzkill (Assistant Administrator of Division of Employment and Training with DWD) for a general overview of local job centers and Workforce Development Boards (WDBs). In addition to basic organizational structures, we will explore how WWDA and DWD differ and collaborate, and how local job centers and WDBs intersect.

Thursday, February 4

Virtual Accommodations 101: Tips to Support Students with Disabilities with Gateway Technical College

Disabilities Support Services staff from Gateway Technical College teach concrete strategies to ensure virtual instruction is accessible to all students and tutors, including those with special needs. We looked at use of color, text and font size, use of white space and even closed captioning. We also reviewed what the Americans with Disabilities Act means for literacy programming and virtual testing accommodations. 

Friday, February 5

Mindfulness for Educators and Caregivers with Ann Brand, Ph.D.

Ann Brand, Mindfulness Instructor with The Center, explored why mindfulness is such a great practice for those in education and other roles where we support the growth and development of others. Our capacity to manage our stress, stay focused, and be kind and compassionate are central to working effectively with others. Tending to our own well-being is part of professional development. Our capacity to bring mindfulness practices into our work with others comes from practicing ourselves, so that is where we start.

This session was not recorded.