SAVE the DATES: November 30-December 2, 2006!


The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), the California Department of Education (CDE) Adult Education Office, and the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) of the American Institutes for Research are pleased to announce a Meeting of the Minds II: A National Adult Education Practitioner-Researcher Symposium.

Scheduled for November 30-December 2, 2006, at the Sheraton Grand hotel in Sacramento, California, the symposium is designed to provide opportunities for adult education practitioners and researchers to share and discuss the most current research findings and practitioner wisdom. It will engage practitioners and researchers with questions related to goals, accountability, and efficacy and efficiency in policy, practice, and research. The ultimate goals of the symposium are to highlight systemic changes that can enhance literacy practice and increase student learning gains. The theme of this year's symposium is Systemic Change and Student Success: What Does Research Tell Us?

As in the first Meeting of the Minds Symposium that was held in 2004, each session of the 2006 Symposium will be structured so that the research presentation is followed by a panel of practitioners who will discuss implications for practice or policy. In addition, conference attendees will have opportunities for small group interaction and networking with researcher-presenters to discuss not only how research can inform practice and policy, but also how practice and policy can inform and suggest a research agenda.

More information about the Meeting of the Minds II symposium will be available soon on the symposium Web site, (This Web site currently lists presenters' PowerPoints and abstracts of sessions held at the 2004 Meeting of the Minds symposium as well as thoughts generated by attendees regarding implications of the research findings.) We are in the process of updating this Web site to house information about online registration for the 2006 symposium as well as information about hotel registration. We will send out another notice after the Web site has been updated. In the meantime, please save the dates and plan to join us in November in Sacramento!

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