2014 LAPCAE Conference

Paragon Resort and Casino in Marskville, LA

August 3-6, 2014

Collaborate with you colleagues for professional growth, networking, and inspiration. All events, meetings, and workshops will take place at the Paragon Resort and Casino.

 You can expect...

  • Outstanding professional development
  • Excellent keynote speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • ...and much more!

Conference Strands

The purpose of having six program divisions called “strands” is to help presenters and attendees to find areas of the program in which they can find meaningful involvement. These distinctions are just guidelines to focus the interests and choices of those considering participation. The examples given in each of the strand descriptions are not exhaustive and should not limit the creativity and innovation of potential presenters. Also, some topics may be appropriate for more than one strand, but the specific focus taken in a presentation may make a topic a better fit for a specific strand.

1. Impactful Instruction

Presentations in this strand include the “what” and the “how” of instruction.
“What” to teach includes all topics related to course development, curriculum design, integration of academics with career and technical education, integration of developmental education outcomes with adult education competencies, adult high school, ESL, high school equivalency (HSE), adult basic education, and similar offerings.
The “How” of instruction includes presentations on topics like learning styles, contextual teaching, best teaching practices for improved learning, technology in the classroom, and assessments. Also included are school structures for improved student success such as smaller learning communities and career academies.

2. Student Support Services

Presentations in this strand deal with issues involved in helping students transition from one level of education to the next and on to careers. Topics in this strand include innovations designed to help students enhance their academic and work readiness skills, increase their retention and graduation rates, meet basic college requirements, and successfully complete their academic pursuits.

3. Diversity and Inclusion

Presentation topics in this strand include high-quality, high impact strategies designed to continually and successfully embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into a campus culture that values different perspectives and fosters student, employee, and community engagement.

4. Culture of Evidence

Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to improve, revise, and introduce comprehensive systems used to collect and analyze data required to improve student learning outcomes.

5. Career Pathways & Workforce Solutions

The link between education structured around career pathways and the resulting improvement in the availability of a highly qualified workforce and economic prosperity are a central focus of this strand. Involvement of business and industry partners is key to the success of career pathways programs. Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to successfully align adult education resources with business and industry sector needs to meet local demands for skilled workers and elements of successful partnerships such as active advisory boards, internships, apprenticeships, and business involvement in curriculum development.

6. Leadership & Operational Strategies

Presentation topics in this strand include strategies designed to manage change and achieve outstanding results through improvements in leadership, decision-making, planning, conflict resolution, marketing, advocacy, and sources of funding through grant writing and building community support as well as strategies designed to maximize the professional and personal development of faculty and staff to improve teaching practices, strengthen leadership and management skills, and facilitate institutional commitment. Also included here would be information on choosing appropriate types of professional development and technical assistance.