Upcoming Conferences

Pace Learning is planning activities at the following upcoming conference events:

GDC Academic Education Conference
April 22-24
Being a “Diagnostician” in Basic Education

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, to enhance your skills in diagnostic teaching and personalized instruction. This workshop focuses on precision in assessment and assignment. Attendees will learn how to use targeted diagnostic assessment to reduce potential learning breakdowns and ensure consistent progress. We will discuss the importance of knowing your curriculum intimately, to make informed diagnostic decisions. Additionally, we will explore the significance of time awareness in the learning process, including methods for evaluating both skill mastery and skill fluency.

Key topics include: the benefits of highly segmented curricula (detailed, targeted scope and sequence); learner involvement and goal partnership; the use of “mini measure” assessments; strategies for effective program pretesting and reading level placement; methods for observation of daily work performance: learning rate, test efficiency, soft skills and behaviors.

Tips for Consistent Success with Special Education Students

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, to explore strategies for fostering success among students with special learning needs in correctional settings. We will discuss practical tips for designing and managing student assignments tailored to individual needs. Learn how to guide step-by-step, consistent progress that encourages ongoing success. We will examine ways of providing positive feedback and discuss the role of feedback in student motivation and continuous learning. Lastly, we will review the importance of recognizing student progress, in both tangible and intangible ways, including acknowledgement and praise. Join us to enhance your skills in supporting the unique needs of special programs within the correctional environment.

Strategies for Teaching Soft Skills in the Classroom

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, for a comprehensive workshop on implementing soft skills training in correctional education classrooms. Soft skills development is critically important in correctional rehabilitation. In this workshop, we will focus on defining and selecting soft skills to teach, methods of teaching, as well as evaluating soft skills. Additionally, we will review tools and strategies for documenting soft skill acquisition on a personalized basis. Finally, we will discuss limitations and unique considerations for soft skills programs in state correctional settings

Mountain Plains Adult Ed (MPAEA) Conference
May 6-7

Dr. Susan McKee will be attending and presenting at the MPAEA Conference in Vail, CO, along with Dan Bates of Circle of Care Center for families.

Transforming the Unexpected into the Predictable:
Insights from My First Experience Teaching Life Skills 25

We will explore the innovative application of the Life Skills 25 program at Circle of Care Center for Families (Valley, AL) to develop positive work ethic and soft skills needed in the local community. The resource center works with three distinct adult ed groups: incarcerated adults (Chambers Co. Jail), older youth in a GED program, and adults in workforce development. This session will highlight practical strategies, challenges, successes, and the transformative power of soft skills.

  • When: May 7, 8:45 AM in Cascade Room C
  • Keywords: Correctional Education, Rehabilitation, Soft Skills, Professional Development, Motivation
  • Presenters: Susan P. McKee, PhD and Dan Bates

Recent Conferences

CEA Leadership Forum, Addison, TX
April 7-9

Dr. Susan McKee and Clint Massey will be attending and presenting at the CEA Leadership Forum in Addison, TX

Strategies for Teaching Soft Skills in the Classroom
Tips for Consistent Success with Special Education Students
Pennsylvania CEA Conference, Boalsburg, PA
March 13-14

Dr. Susan McKee and Clint Massey will be attending and presenting at the CEA PA conference in Boalsburg, PA

Being a “Diagnostician” in Basic Education

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, to enhance your skills in diagnostic teaching and personalized instruction. This workshop focuses on precision in assessment and assignment. Attendees will learn how to use targeted diagnostic assessment to reduce potential learning breakdowns and ensure consistent progress. We will discuss the importance of knowing your curriculum intimately, to make informed diagnostic decisions. Additionally, we will explore the significance of time awareness in the learning process, including methods for evaluating both skill mastery and skill fluency.

Key topics include: the benefits of highly segmented curricula (detailed, targeted scope and sequence); learner involvement and goal partnership; the use of “mini measure” assessments; strategies for effective program pretesting and reading level placement; methods for observation of daily work performance: learning rate, test efficiency, soft skills and behaviors.

Strategies for Teaching Soft Skills in the Classroom

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, for a comprehensive workshop on implementing soft skills training in correctional education classrooms. Soft skills development is critically important in correctional rehabilitation. In this workshop, we will focus on defining and selecting soft skills to teach, methods of teaching, as well as evaluating soft skills. Additionally, we will review tools and strategies for documenting soft skill acquisition on a personalized basis. Finally, we will discuss limitations and unique considerations for soft skills programs in state correctional settings

Tips for Consistent Success with Special Education Students

Join Dr. Susan McKee, educational psychologist, to explore strategies for fostering success among students with special learning needs in correctional settings. We will discuss practical tips for designing and managing student assignments tailored to individual needs. Learn how to guide step-by-step, consistent progress that encourages ongoing success. We will examine ways of providing positive feedback and discuss the role of feedback in student motivation and continuous learning. Lastly, we will review the importance of recognizing student progress, in both tangible and intangible ways, including acknowledgement and praise. Join us to enhance your skills in supporting the unique needs of special programs within the correctional environment.

2023 Conferences

CEA Region 1 Conference, Niagara Falls, NY
May 9-11
Creating Success for Struggling Learners

Struggling learners in basic education settings need constant feedback and positive reinforcement. They need to be involved in the process and see their progress in clear, concrete ways. These students need to feel successful because success experiences in learning influence their outcomes. The Pace approach, since 1977, organizes basic education into the smallest possible steps, builds independent learning skills, and ensures consistent progress. Join us to learn why “Nothing Teaches Like Success.” 

  • Learn strategies to impact student behavior through feedback. 
  • Learn strategies that support student confidence/independence. 
  • Learn effective methods for establishing a success-oriented learning environment. 
  • Explore Pace Learning Systems’ tools and methods for instruction and assessment. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 9th, Workshop Session 1 – 9:00am-10:15am, Room 4
  • Keywords: Correctional Education, Instructional Strategies, Professional Development, Motivation, Student Independence
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
GDC Education and Reentry Training Conference, Savannah, GA
April 17-19
Flexible Learning Systems for Correctional Education

Pace Learning Systems has a long history success serving correctional education programs across the United States. For 45 years, Pace has worked to help educators develop incarcerated learners through carefully designed learning systems that ensure quick, consistent progress to higher levels of educational achievement.  

Pace systems are not only unique in their structure and design but are made available to correctional educators in unique ways. The Pace curriculum features matching instructional lesson materials in print and in the PaceWare LMS. In addition, customers in correctional programs have special access to a Permission to Copy option. This novel license allows on-demand reproduction of the Pace curriculum, further increasing flexibility to support inmates in confinement, those waiting to enroll, to fit with lockdown limitations, or adapt to other circumstances of correctional environments.  

  • When: Wednesday, April 19 at 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM; Where: Conference Room Franklin
  • Keywords: Correctional Education Technology, Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Design/Delivery
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
Effective Feedback to Enhance Academic Achievement and Self-Confidence

One critical component of an effective learning system is reliable feedback. This is especially so for more dependent, struggling learners in basic education settings. While many educators have their own personal feedback techniques, establishing a structured feedback system can dramatically improve program performance. Join Dr. Susan McKee and Pace discuss the features of effective feedback in basic education settings and find new ways to improve your feedback methods in class. Webinar objective(s):

  • Learn strategies to impact student behavior through feedback.
  • Learn strategies that support student confidence/independence.
  • Learn effective methods for establishing a success-oriented learning environment.
  • Explore Pace Learning Systems’ tools and methods for instruction and assessment. – Discover Pace materials for basic education or special education programs.
  • When: Tuesday, April 18 at 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM; Where: Conference Room Oglethorpe AB
  • Keywords: Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Design/Delivery
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
Pennsylvania Chapter CEA Conference, State College, PA
April 12-14
Customer Training Part 1, Basic Training – Learning the ‘Ins and Outs’ of a Pace System

Now that I have a complete Pace System, what do I do with it? This workshop will be a basic training covering two Pace academic programs: one for literacy-level students (At Your Own Pace) and another for the pre-HSE or HSE/GED student (The Accelerated Learning Lab). We will discuss student placement, orientation, diagnosis, prescribing and how to evaluate for mastery. Pace’s unique, self-paced lesson design is ideal for ESL, special needs students, unmotivated or struggling learners, and anyone requiring a tailored lesson plan for fast skill acquisition or remediation. It’s all about success, for both the student and teacher.

  • When: Thursday, April 13th from 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM in Silver Maple III
  • Keywords: Correctional Education, Instructional Strategies, Professional Development, Motivation, Curriculum Design
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
Customer Training Part 2, Advanced Training – Enhancing Academic Achievement and Self-Confidence

This workshop focuses on how to maximize progress with the Pace programs using various feedback mechanisms such as the Workpage, Pace Lesson Practice Tests and Mastery Tests, the Study Schedule, and helpful learning efficiency measures such as ‘Mastery Test Efficiency’ or ‘Learning Frames Per Minute’. Learn to use Pace tools and methods to change the paradigm for struggling, dependent students from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can.’ Using a Pace System, learning managers can ensure consistent success, and their students can experience real changes in self-confidence and motivation. These students can recognize their own independence, and they become a partner in the learning process.

  • When: Thursday, April 13th from 2:00 PM – 2:50 AM in Silver Maple III
  • Keywords: Correctional Education, Instructional Strategies, Professional Development, Motivation, Self-Efficacy, Student Independence
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
COABE 2023, Atlanta, GA
April 2-5
Creating Success for Struggling Learners

Struggling learners in basic education settings need constant feedback and positive reinforcement. They need to be involved in the process and see their progress in clear, concrete ways. These students need to feel successful because success experiences in learning influence their outcomes. The Pace approach, since 1977, organizes basic education into the smallest possible steps, builds independent learning skills, and ensures consistent progress. Join us to learn why “Nothing Teaches Like Success.”

  • When: Tuesday, Session 6, 11:45am-1:00pm, Room(s): L506-507/V19
  • Strand: High School Equivalency
  • Keywords: Adult Education, Instructional Strategies, Professional Development, Motivation, Curriculum Design
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD
2023 CEA Leadership Forum, New Orleans, LA
February 5-7
Flexible Learning Systems for Rigid Learning Environments

Pace Learning Systems has a long history success serving correctional education programs across the United States. For 45 years, Pace has worked to help programs develop inmate learners through carefully designed learning systems that ensure quick, consistent progress to higher levels of educational achievement. Pace’s systems are not only unique in their structure and design but are made available to correctional educators in unique ways. The Pace curriculum features matching instructional lesson materials in print and in the PaceWare LMS. In addition, Pace customers in institutional correctional programs have special access to a Permission to Copy option. This novel license, which allows on-demand reproduction of the Pace curriculum, further increases flexibility to support inmates in confinement, those waiting to enroll, to fit with COVID-19 limitations, or adapt to other limitations of correctional environments. Join us to learn about this option for your school and hear success stories of Pace customers during the pandemic.

  • When: Tuesday, 8:30-9:30 in Parish Room
  • Keywords: Correctional Education Technology, Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Design/Delivery
  • Presenter: Susan P. McKee, PhD

*Check this page for added events, Pace workshop descriptions, and workshop handout materials.
We hope you can join us.

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If you have questions about specific conferences or Pace’s upcoming conference plans, contact Clint Massey at (205) 535-9759 or ctmassey@pacelearning.com.

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