Breakout Session 2
11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

All times based on Central Time Zone (CDT)


Adult Education Teacher
Metro North Adult Education
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Metro North Adult Education
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Teaching the Adult Student

Do you know the difference between formative and summative assessments? Are you sure your students “got it” until you correct their exams? We’ll show you how you can benefit from well planned and executed formative assessments. We’ll also discuss the ways Quality assessments can allow instructors to spend time focused on what adult students need instead of covering things they already know.


C-PLAN Advisor & Coordinator
Minnesota State Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN)
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Student Directed Learning Director
Metropolitan State University

Track(s): Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), Collaborating with Workforce Service Providers, Developing Adult-Based Programs

Join us in this interactive workshop to explore a system-wide model for faculty reviews of certificate and other micro-credentials for potential award of college-level transfer credit, under development in the Minnesota State system. Participants will engage case examples about evaluating credentials as well as discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing a consistent and quality review model that aims to be applied across system institutions.


Director, Innovative Academic Initiatives
University of Memphis
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Advising Adult Learners, Developing Adult-Based Programs, Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Today’s workforce includes millions of adults who started college and left with no credential. Inviting students back to finish what they started without fundamentally changing the student experience does not work. Discover lessons learned from the Finish Line Program (University of Memphis) that has resulted in a variety of best practices for degree completion. Key strategies for this program are intrusive advising and coaching practices, flexible degree pathways, and Credit for Prior Learning.

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Statewide HIV Strategy and Services Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Tonja Honsey View Bio

Restore the Vote
College Readiness Academy


American Civil Liberties Union
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Track(s): Developing Corrections/Reentry Programs

Join us for a panel discussion with 3 Justice-Informed Individuals who are out making a difference in their communities. Moderated by Ann Deiman-Thornton.

Angela Carollo View Bio

Director of Marketing
Interact Communications
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Jamie Wagner View Bio

Executive Director of Media Prefs
Interact Communications
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Advising Adult Learners, Focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Teaching the Adult Student

We asked them, and they answered… pretty darn honestly. Students aren’t shy in telling you what they like (or don’t like) when it comes to college communication. That’s why each year since 2007, Interact does a national survey on communication preferences and media consumption habits of community college students. In this interactive presentation, you’ll learn what adult learners have been saying, what they expect from you, and what you can do to show them the love!

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Marsha Danielson View Bio

Vice President Economic Development
South Central College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), Developing Adult-Based Programs

A successful Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program depends on multiple college areas working in concert. Learn from South Central College’s successes and challenges. This session delivers known best practices for faculty, staff, and administrators to develop a CPL structure with broad buy-in to attract students, support momentum, and accelerate completion. Each attendee receives access to the presenters “Strategic Guide to Implementing Credit for Prior Learning.”

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Admissions Representative & Certified Yoga Instructor
Dakota County Technical College
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Track(s): N/A

All-levels vinyasa flow that will energize your body and mind. Linking breath to movement, this sequence will incorporate gentle stretching, foundational postures and breath work in a dynamic moving sequence and end with a guided relaxation (Savasana!). Full-body invigoration and balance are the goals, engaging the body’s range of motion with standing postures, gentle twists, mild heart-opening, accessible forward folds, and hip openers. Come exactly as you are, do what feels good in your body, and leave out what does not serve you.