October 2017 Newsletter


COABE Virtual Conference

One benefit of your CAACE membership is that you are automatically enrolled in the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) which is our national partner in all things adult education.  Every year, COABE conducts an incredible virtual conference led and attended by adult educators across the nation.  This year CAACE is pleased to announce that we have purchased a statewide license for this conference which will enable all adult educators in our state to attend the conference free of charge! 

The conference is scheduled October 25 & 26.  For more information about your Conference registration, click HERE.  All sessions will be archived and available for your review for up to six months after the Conference concludes.

Click HERE for information on the Conference schedule and sessions offered

Watch your email for additional information on how to sign into the Conference.

CAACE Conference 2018

Planning for the 37th Annual CAACE Conference is underway!  This year the conference will be held at the Mystic Marriott Resort and Spa in Groton, CT, on March 22nd and 23rd, 2018.  We are pleased to announce the theme for this year’s conference:

Better Together!

Head over to the CAACE website to find award nomination forms, presenter invites and exhibitor invites.  Please consider sharing your talents by becoming a workshop presenter!

CAACE Board Meetings

Our CAACE Board meetings are set for 2017-18 and we are ready to go for another exciting year!  For dates and locations please visit the CAACE Calendar on our website. 

Remember everyone is welcome to our Board Meetings.
Our next Board meeting is Friday October 20th in West Hartford.  All are invited to attend.

Missed a meeting?  Visit the Board Communications section of our website to catch up on all of our news.


Hard to believe, but we're still waiting for our state government to come up with a budget that would finalize both education spending and the grants our towns can expect to receive in terms of education cost sharing funds.  There's talk of a budget proposal by October 17.  We'll see.
This budget stalemate has also meant that there has been no activity possible to correct the bureaucratic snafu that led to enrichment teachers falling under the same background check requirements as certified, full-time teachers.  As we've said since June, when we know something, you'll know something!
The statewide challenge to adult ed funding means that it's even more important this fall that adult ed programs and their students engage the members of their boards of ed and town governments so that they make the right decisions with their shrinking local dollars and state aid.  First semester is a good time to invite local dignitaries to classes for discussions about the community, town government and responsible citizen participation in both.
For help on organizing these activities check out a quick tutorial at

If an event visit isn't possible, a classroom writing exercise on communicating a significant concern of your adult learners, addressed to local decision makers and/or the local newspaper, lets the wider community know more about the adult learners in their neighborhood. For more on written advocacy, check out https://www.coabe.org/media-outreach-toolkit/.  In fact, the COABE.org website has loads of ways to make contacting legislators and media outlets easy and quick.
We also encourage adult education programs in the Greater Hartford area to take advantage of the Voices of Connecticut's Adult Learners (VOCAL) 8th annual Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition Salute (STARS) program, to be held on November 30 at the Hartford Library.  The program recognizes outstanding adult ed students and teachers, which can generate some great press releases.  For further information, please contact Dana Little at dlittle@crec.org

Special thanks to David Downes and Judy Blei and associates for staying on top of all of this.

"Good Stories, Well Told"

Please let Kelley Lanahan or David Downes know about your efforts to keep adult education in the forefront while important funding decisions are being made. 

For ideas, take a look at a new addition to the CAACE website called "Good Stories, Well Told" which highlights news releases and stories that shine a light on our programs, staff accomplishments and advocacy events.  We'd love to see additional submissions to feature on this site.

CAACE Professional Development

This past Friday CAACE held its first Professional Development session of the new year.  Three speakers joined us regarding Health Insurance Literacy, Financial Literacy and Marketing Tips and Tricks.  We had over 50 adult educators representing 18 different adult education programs in attendance!  Special thanks to Kristin Hempel and Risa Filkoff for organizing three outstanding and informative presentations. 

Our next session is entitled "Blended Learning in Adult Education" and will be held on Friday, December 8th.  For more information or to register visit the Professional Development section of the CAACE website today!


CAACE has contracted with Eventbrite to register participants for all of our Professional Development and Conference events.  This new streamlined program will help us keep track of who is going to which of our many events and programs!

Payment options are by credit card AND invoices.  If you wish to be invoiced for an event, simply click the drop down menu under the credit card button and select "pay by invoice".  As in the past, you will receive a timely invoice for processing.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to Kelley Lanahan.

Did you know?

CAACE’s newly designed website was featured in COABE’s Educate and Elevate webinar as a model site?  Stop by to explore all the resources www.caace.org

Hello & Best Wishes!

Congratulations to some of our recent retirees and welcome to our newest Directors!
Best wishes to
Francine Coppola, West Haven Adult Education
Alan Curtis, Greenwich Adult & Continuing Education
Richard Hageman, Stratford Continuing Education
Kim Holley, Unified School District #1 

Welcome to
Michelle Bonora, New Haven Adult & Continuing Education
Kerry Carter and Frank Herrick, Groton Adult Education
Anthony Cordone, West Haven Adult Education
Susan Domanico, EdAdvance
Gina Eller, Stratford Continuing Education
Zandralyn Gordon, Hartford Adult Education (Interim)
Judy Michalski, Berlin Adult Education
Maria Pirro-Simmons, Unified School District #1 
Andy Rocket, Vernon Regional Adult Basic Education
Braulio Santiago, Greenwich Adult & Continuing Education

We apologize for any errors or omissions

Have a Wonderful and Productive 2017-18 Academic Year!

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