The Role of Counseling and Advising in Adult Basic and Secondary Education September 14 -18, 2009

The Role of Counseling and Advising in Adult Basic and Secondary Education
September 14 -18, 2009

Discussion Description | Discussion Guests


The topic of this five-day, asynchronous online discussion is the Role of Counseling and Advising in Adult Basic and Secondary Education (including ESOL/ESL). We will look, for example, at what programs' responsibilities are for providing adult learners with advising and counseling, who should provide these services (teachers, advisors, counselors?), what the range of these services should be (academic -- work and vocational -- and citizenship advising only, or also personal and/or case management counseling?) We will look at how advising fits -- or could fit -- with volunteer work experience, internships or apprenticeships, and when learners should be referred for specialized counseling or advice.

Guest panelists include Dr. Judith Alamprese, Sandy Goodman, Cathryn Gannon, Margaret Van Duyne and Anita Webb

Background on Discussion Guests

Judith A. Alamprese is a Principal Associate in the Economic and Social Policy Division of Abt Associates Inc.  For the past 30 years, she has directed research, evaluation, technical assistance, and program development projects in adult education and workforce development.  Her current research is focused on organizational change, program improvement, and policy development in adult education, pathways for adult education participants’ transition to work and postsecondary education, and the instructional and organizational factors that are associated with adults’ development of reading skills.  These projects are supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Literacy, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health.  Her previous work has included studies of effective practices in workplace and family literacy, the evaluation of statewide adult education systems, and the provision of assistance to states in program and policy development.  Among the committees that she has served on are the U.S. Department of Education’s Adult Literacy Assessment Workplace Literacy Panel and the National Institute for Literacy’s Lifespan Literacy Methodology Panel.  Ms. Alamprese also was a member of the National Research Council, Board of Testing and Assessment’s Committee on Performance Levels for Adult Literacy and the Committee on Alternative Assessments of Adult Literacy.  She received her M.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where she also completed her coursework for a Ph.D. in Sociology.         

Cathryn Gannon’s first position in Adult Basic Education was in 1985 as the counselor in a small, part time ABE program in Massachusetts.  Her qualifications for the position included an M.Ed. in College and Community Counseling from Northeastern University, teacher certification, and experience as a counselor in vocational high schools.  After 3 months she became the director of the program and continued in that role until 1999.  She was a consultant to the Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) and developed and delivered trainings to ABE Program counselors across the state.   In 1999 she joined the Central Massachusetts SABES staff as the ABE Community Planning Coordinator statewide and later became an associate coordinator in the Central Massachusetts region.  She continued her work with counselors by convening a regional counselor/student support coordinator working group, and delivering and participating in the design of counseling workshops. 

Sandy Goodman is the Director of the New England College Transition Project at the National College Transition Network (NCTN) of World Education, in Boston, MA.  She directs two regional initiatives that involve substantial career and educational counseling and advising using the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE/ESOL Classroom, a curriculum guide for teachers and counselors, written by Carol Bower and Martha Oesch, and edited by Sandy. She also wrote and facilitates on online course for practitioners using the curriculum. Sandy has directed community based workforce development and ABE/ESOL programs in Boston, where she supervised career coach/case managers and counselors. Before joining the ABE field, Sandy trained and supervised volunteer counselor/advocates staffing a battered women’s shelter and 24-hour hotline, and consulted to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services on domestic violence risk assessment, case management protocol, and policy.

Sandy is the lead author of the College Transition Toolkit. Both the College Transition Toolkit and the Integrating Career Awareness curriculum can be found at

Margaret Van Duyne (Peg) began One WITH One, Inc. an organization fostering refugees and immigrants' integration with Americans in our communities and businesses through two programs. For 21 years Learning Partnerships paired 3500 volunteer adult tutors and newcomers from 70 countries for English conversation. For 15 years in the re-/ pre-employment training Entrance: Office Careers, 524 women and men prepared for entry level jobs and gained employment. Peg led the staff's professional development as program and curriculum designer, educational counselor and tutors' workshop leader. She also was the director and fundraiser for One WITH One's two programs. She is currently completing a memoir of Loving Teaching, Principles and Practices for Professional Development along with seven manuals and guides for the Experiencing English series with Anita Webb. For five years Peg participated in post- graduate long distance adult education courses led by business consultant Dr. Fernando Flores, now of Chile.  Peg completed her MA in Communications from William Paterson College and BA in English from Bryn Mawr College. She is a licensed NJ teacher, former library trustee and consultant as well as a former job search counselor for the national out-placement firm of Tom Jackson, author of The Perfect Résumé.

Anita H. Webb has worked in English as a second language, cultural, and business education for 15 years as a teacher, trainer and educational counselor. Working with Margaret Van Duyne at One WITH One for 12 years, Anita managed the Entrance: Office Careers program for 5 years.  Anita has an M.Ed in Education in Adult Education and Community Development with a focus on Work and Career from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT) in Toronto , Ontario. She is also a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Certified Employment Interview Professional through the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

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