The Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA)
14 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 362-6508
Fax: (312) 476-3221
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Join Our Network
The Center maintains an active international network of adult learning professionals across practice settings. Within this network, members connect with each other, engage in continuing conversation and resource sharing and receive regular updates on upcoming programs. We invite you to join us so you can begin exchanging ideas for better learning! Visit http://caeacommcon.ning.com/
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Donors and Sponsors
Patricia J. Parson/Mason Parson Family Foundation
Patricia J. Parson is the retired CEO of AmerInd, Inc, an award winning information technology and E-learning company Parson founded in 1983. At the time AmerInd, Inc. was acquired by FCBS, revenues were in excess of $22 million with clients such as the Navy, Defense Logistics Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Guard Bureau. Parson has also been active in various non-profit organizations and programs providing Native American education opportunities. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University’s School for New Learning in 1978 and has served as a DePaul University Trustee since 2002. In 2006, the Mason Parson Family Foundation made a gift to support the Center’s conferences and to establish an endowment to perpetuate this support. In addition, Parson helped found the Center.
The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment
Bertram L. Scott is executive vice president and chief institutional development and sales officer for investment giant TIAA-CREF. He joined the company in 2000 as
president of the organization’s insurance division. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Horizon Mercy, a managed care program initiative by Mercy Health Plan of Pennsylvania and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey. Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University’s School for New Learning in 1980. A strong proponent of adult education, Scott has served as a DePaul University Trustee since 2005 and in May 2009 received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address. Scott and his wife established The Bertram L. Scott/Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment to attract renowned speakers to conferences presented by the Center.
Support the Center
Donations support high quality, innovative programs firmly rooted in best practices for adult learning. For more information about supporting the Center, contact: Michelle Bibbs, Development Director, email@example.com or (312) 362-7072.
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Most Center programs are recorded and posted on our CAEA Network site: http://caeacommcon.ning.com/video
Older programs are available on iTunes U. To access:
- Open iTunes and navigate to the iTunes store.
- Click on the iTunes U link on the top right.
- Select DePaul under the list of universities. The Center is listed under the DePaul Community. Scroll for past events.
The Center fulfills its mission by offering programs appealing to adult learning practitioners in business, government, healthcare, community-based organizations, and higher education. In addition to offering imaginative ideas for best practice, the Center creates a forum for adult learning practitioners to network and exchange ideas. The Center also works with students in SNL's Masters in Educating Adults by providing opportunities for them to extend their learning, present their practice-based inquiry projects and network with other practitioners. For a list of upcoming programs and to register for events, see http://caeacommcon.ning.com/events :
Center Programs include:
Adult Learning Innovation Institute
The Center launched The Adult Learning Innovation Institute (ALII) in Fall 2013. This new institute is designed for adult learning professionals from any setting who want to develop and refine competencies and capacities to help adults learn in diverse, changing contexts with the latest innovative practices. ALII sessions are designed and facilitated by leading educators in adult learning, drawing on the latest research and practice. See http://caeacommcon.ning.com/page/innovation-institute
The Center chooses a theme each year around which to program a series of learning experiences. This year's theme is “What If Every Community Were a Learning Community?” Learning experiences include innovative opportunities for adult learning professionals to participate in informal learning, reflection and knowledge creation through collaborative inquiry. A list of past programs can be found at http://caeacommcon.ning.com/past-caea-events.
News From the Field
Several times a year the Center hosts a forum in which adult learning professionals share the latest trends and insights from recent adult learning conferences they have attended. After brief presentations, participants discuss potential implications on their practice.
The Center regularly hosts Learning Labs for adult learning practitioners to experiment with new teaching, facilitation and learning strategies. See http://caeacommcon.ning.com/page/learning-lab.
Bertram Scott - Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture Series
Each year, the Center invites a leading contributor to adult learning and human development to provoke learning and reflection. Past speakers included Laurent A, Daloz, Annalee Lamoreaux, Elliot Masie, Kathleen Taylor, Roosevelt Thomas Jr., Margaret Wheatley, and James Zull.
Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) Graduates Showcase
Each spring, graduating Master of Arts in Educating Adults students are invited to present their culminating projects. Informal poster sessions are followed by a panel discussion and open conversation to discuss the graduating adult learning professionals practice-based inquiry.
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As funds are available, the Center supports research on strategies for working with adult learners. Research projects are future-focused in ways adults learn, develop the capacity to think globally, engage with their communities and use technology to advance learning in higher education, workplace settings and community organizations.
The Research Committe solicits, assesses and selects projects for $1,200 awards. Recipients present results at an annual conference. Past awards include:
Michelle Navarre Cleary, with Polly Hoover, Suzanne Sanders-Betzold, Peggy St. John.
DePaul University SNL, with Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL
Using Wikis to Improve Adult Student Persistence by Building Community and Improving Academic Writing Skills.
DePaul University, School of Education, Chicago, IL
Writing to Our Strengths: Social Engagement and Writing Development in an Adult ESL Classroom.
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
"Show Me the Learning" Assessing an Adult Learning DVD.
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, WI
Enhancing learning through community engagement: Understanding challenges for adult learners.
Pamela S. Buchanan
University of Mobile Mobile, AL
Effects of Analogy-Enhanced Instruction on Performance and Motivation of Adult College Students
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Adult Student Engagement
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The Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA) creates community among adult learning practitioners across sectors to exchange ideas and inspire imaginative strategies for learning in diverse settings.
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