Lifeinthe backseat


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This is a presentation I made at the Spring ITBE workshop regarding issues for adjuncts in adult education.

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Lifeinthe backseat

  1. 1. Life in the Back Seat ITBE Workshop April 21, 2012
  2. 2. Todays AgendaReview the problemDiscuss possible solutionsOpen discussion
  3. 3. We are not alone...Did you know: 70% of faculty at universities and over 80% of faculty at community colleges are adjuncts or graduate students.
  4. 4. We are not alone...There is a website that shows the working conditions of adjuncts in general...The Adjunct ProjectThere is also a blog where adjuncts can discuss the issues.
  5. 5. But Adult Ed seems to bethe hardest hit...More than 90% Adult Ed Faculty are adjuncts.Many adult educators dont work for academic institutions.Therefore, adult education does not have the voice and presence of other educational groups.
  6. 6. Adult Education Issues• pay• hours• benefits• work conditions• lack of full-time jobs
  7. 7. The Solutions?What can we do to change attitudes and conditions so that we can get out of the “back seat?”
  8. 8. Be involved in state, national, andinternational organizationsAddress the lack of full-time jobs and general attitudes:IACEA - sends out blasts about legislation at state levelCOABE - sends out blasts about legislation at national level
  9. 9. Be involved in state, national, andinternational organizationsTESOL - sends out newsletter as well as job opportunitiesITBE - voice for ELLs at state levelSIG Groups
  10. 10. Be involved in state, national, andinternational organizationsProliteracyLobby Day - chance to show Congressmen at state level what we doWrite to Senators and Representatives - show them that there is support
  11. 11. Be involved in college level andcommunity committeesRaise awareness of adult ed: what we do our accomplishmentsBe seen as professionalsBe seen as "real" teachers
  12. 12. Be involved in college level andcommunity committeesOthers see value in having adult ed more involved (ATD, Alliance)"What have you done to benefit the college? What makes you stand out?"Benefit on CV as well
  13. 13. UnionsThese can have an effect onpay, hours, benefits, and working conditionsHave a voice at the local level (college level)Combination of full-time/ part-time union hasproven to be strongerMust have leadership within union to represent adult education interests
  14. 14. Have a VoiceBe proactiveLose the victim mentalityPropose solutions
  15. 15. Raise StandardsEmbrace professional development:Be at the cutting edge of technologyBe involved with emerging initiative (I-CAPS)Keep up-to-date with researchImprove teaching methodology
  16. 16. Raise StandardsDistance learningDiversify portfolioActive learning - Learning how to learnMany new hires have a Masters Degree= Be prepared
  17. 17. Improve TeachingMany possibilities for professional development:ALRC - workshops and onlineTESOL - online training and webinarsCOABE - online training and webinars (Effective Advocacy Strategies for Challenging Times, scheduled for April 24.)
  18. 18. Improve TeachingMore Online: Proliteracy; ELL-U; Performance Learning Systems; ICCBConferences: APC (ECC), ALRC, ITBE, IACEA, COABE (attend and/or present)What counts for professional development hours?
  19. 19. Be Flexible and AdaptableAccept changeVolunteer for something newTeach different levels or areasExpand your portfolio
  20. 20. Full-time JobsDevelop a CV - highlight achievementsProfessional Philosophy of TeachingMake connectionsCheck for jobs regularly (especially in Dec/Jan and August/September)
  21. 21. Full-time JobsResources: College job websites TESOL Placement Bulletin ITBE Website Chronicle of Higher Education Illinois Worknet Center Higher Ed Jobs
  22. 22. Discussion