Networks for Integrating New Americans ("Networks") is a national initiative funded by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, that is positioning adult education programs as key contributors to place-based, multi-sector networks working to advance immigrants’ civic, economic and linguistic integration. The panelists will share relevant research and sample activities on the role adult ESOL programs can play as part of networks. Presenters will share examples of both network development and integration activities. Speakers:
- Silja Kallenbach, Project Director and Vice President, World Education, Inc. -- Silja Kallenbach, Project Director, World Education, Inc. where she is Vice President and oversees its US programs. Silja has 34 years of experience in adult education as administrator, professional development provider, program developer, researcher, and ESOL teacher.
- Andy Nash, Technical Assistance Coordinator, World Education, Inc. -- Andy Nash, Technical Assistance Coordinator, World Education, Inc. Andy coordinates and provides professional development for state, regional, and national adult education initiatives. She specializes in the areas of contextualized ESOL, civic engagement, learner persistence, and participatory practice.
- Jeffrey Gross, Director, New Americans Integration Institute; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition -- Jeffrey Gross, Director, New Americans Integration Institute; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Jeff joined MIRA after a diverse career as a college humanities instructor , ESOL teacher, team leader in high technology, and public policy researcher.