The New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) is hosting a free webinar on Friday, June 2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Building Cross-Agency Partnerships: A Growing Role for Instructional Leaders. Register for the webinar HERE.

This webinar will explore what current and former program directors from 3 states (RI, MA, and VT) have done to develop partnerships with employers, colleges, and other agencies to create better-integrated and innovative programming, and how they have braided funding to support these collaborations. Participants will hear the presenters' strategies for building relationships, designing and funding programs, managing the partnerships, and dealing with the brass tacks of MOUs, reporting requirements, and staffing.

The panelists for this webinar are:

  • Mina Reddy is the former director of the Community Learning Center in Cambridge, MA. Mina will describe the¬†College Success Initiative, which involves the school department, the adult basic education program, local colleges, and nonprofit organizations. Disturbed about the unsatisfactory rates of college completion by low-income youth and adults, educators formed this collaboration that benefits students in the adult transition to college program.
  • Jack Glade is the executive director of The Tutorial Center in VT. Jack will describe a rural agricultural partnership that involves many stakeholders (employers, government, schools, colleges, CBOs) in preparing adults with the academic and work skills needed in a variety of sectors, from food growth and preparation to a student-run food distribution network.
  • Karisa Tashjian is the director of Education for the Providence Public Library and the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI). Karisa will describe the beginning stages of developing partnerships with a variety of employers-manufacturers, a bakery, a roofing company, and sushi-makers.¬†RIFLI is helping employers access state Incumbent Worker Grants that will match employer contributions to workplace education services.
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Ed and Career Planning