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Marshall Consortium Staff Meeting

Marshall Area Adult Learning Center

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Lyon County Government Center

607 West Main, Marshall, MN

 

Present: Gail Perrizo, Cheryl McChesney, Bonnie Ludeman, Adele Thomas, Jamie Verdeck, Lois Schmidt, Pam Grebel, Sue Burnett, Karen Miller, Charles Carrera, Ted Stamp, Judy Hacker, Delores Johnson, Pat Thomas, Barb Glaeser, John Doyle, Stephanie Guza and Tammy Bukowski

 

1.  Pat welcomed staff and introduction were made

 

2.  Concurrent sessions

a.           Computer Training – Charles Carrera provided training on using Microsoft Word to Email.  Information from the training can be found under the Technology Link on our website www.marshalladulteducation.org

b.           EFF Discussion – Stephanie Guza led a discussion on the EFF Standards.  The following is a summary Lois Schmidt has compiled from the discussion “Questions for Reflection”.

 

Set-up:  Small groups convened according to 4 EFF Skills:  Communication, Decision-Making, Interpersonal and Lifelong Learning.  These four skills involve 16 separate EFF Standards.  Purpose of the session was to provide an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm.  Goal at this point is not a finished product or consensus on the topic.

 

Skills:  Decision-Making, Communication, Interpersonal, Lifelong Learning

* Please note the common thread used to answer these questions:  honest, dependable, positive attitude, prompt/punctual, desire to learn.  All describe one’s attitude.  Not once was one’s literacy level mentioned!

1.a.  What makes a good employee?

 

Decision- Making

Communication

Interpersonal

Lifelong Learning

 

 

 

 

Flexible

Enthusiasm

Self-starter

Punctual

Honest

Positive attitude

Dependable

Dependable

Objective

Motivated

Positive attitude

Honest

Knowledgeable

Prompt/Punctual

Good people skills

Cordial/Polite

Competent

Desire to learn

Flexibility

Positive Attitude

Responsible

Dependable

Honest

Can follow instructions

Dependable

Responsible

Motivated

Friendly, Cheerful

Courteous

Trustworthy

Punctual

Assertive

Eager & willing to learn

 

Get along with others

Committed

Confident, can-do attitude

 

Can handle constructive criticism

Understands the program

Interest & Enthusiasm     for job

 

Quick learner

Can apply goals of program

Open to new ideas

 

Good listener

Takes time to enjoy job

Bringing value to the job

 

Sense of humor

Respectful of rules/policies

Polite

 

Can handle negative criticism

Has goals

Team player

 

Reliable

Good ambassador of org/co.

Desire to improve

 

Cooperative

 

Positive Attitude

 

Can make transitions

 

 

 

Can create value for employer

 

 

 

Trainable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills:  Decision-Making, Communication, Interpersonal, Lifelong Learning

1.b. What makes a successful learner?

* Note the common thread of good attitude and self-motivation.

 

Decision- Making

Communication

Interpersonal

Lifelong Learning

 

 

 

 

Self-motivated

Good attitude

Trainable

Meets benchmarks

Communication skills

Self-confident

Good attitude

Gives feedback

Own learning style

Enthusiastic

Commitment

Self-directed; motivated

Knows how to ask questions

Can relate learning    to real life

Participate fully

Learns from mistakes

Objective

Responsible

Motivated

Willing to be a lifelong learner

Careful, thoughtful

Desire to learn

Can focus on project at hand

 

 

Prompt/punctual

Goal-oriented

Follows directions

 

Dependable

Recognizes that learning is a process

Participates in lesson

 

 

Confident

Reviews lesson at home

 

 

Able to use higher thinking skills

Plans ahead

 

 

Has good study skills

Prioritizes

 

 

Time management skills

Good listener

 

 

Perseverance

 

 

 

Organized

 

 

 

Responsible

 

 

 

Self-starter

 

 

 

Flexible

 

 

 

Keeps track of materials

 

 

 

Problem-solver

 

 

 

Has strategies to process

 

 

 

  information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills:  All Groups

*  Again note that there is no mention of literacy level but all identified skills revolve around people skills or problem solving skills.

2.  What skills/characteristics do good employees have? 

 

Several of the above terms were mentioned.  Additional skills/characteristics:

Mathematical knowledge, problem solving strategies, communication – vocalizing ideas into words, writing skills, reasoning with unbiased approach, ability to see things from a different perspective, social skills, evaluate, select the right info to solve, determine how to solve problems, observe critically, knowledge of important information, ability to identify the main topic/point, ability to convey information & instructions, observe critically in order to fit in (not easy if learner or employee has a social inhibition or is from a different culture than dominant one), guiding others, adds value beyond the job description, acts consistent with mission statement of organization, engages in research to stay updated on workplace issues, seeks out new, appropriate way to do things

 

3.  Look at each of the components of the skills.  Please put each of the components into simpler terms; i.e. what is another way of naming or describing the skill?

 

Decision-Making Skills:

Standard:  Use Math to Solve Problems & Communicate

Standard:  Solve Problems and Make Decisions:

Standard:  Plan

 

Communication Skills:

Standard:  Read With Understanding

Standard:  Convey Ideas in Writing

Standard:  Speak So Others Can Understand

Standard:  Listen Actively

Standard:  Observe Critically

 

Interpersonal Skills:

Standard:  Guide Others

Standard:  Resolve Conflict and Negotiate

Standard:  Advocate and Influence

Standard:  Cooperate With Others

 

Lifelong Learning Skills:

Standard: Use Information and Communications Technology

Standard:  Learn Through Research

Standard:  Reflect and Evaluate

Standard:  Take Responsibility for Learning

 

 

4.  How can we intentionally teach these components?  Give ideas.

Decision-Making Skills:

 

Communication Skills:

 

Interpersonal Skills:

 

Lifelong Learning Skills:

 

For future reflection and discussion:

 

5.       Give examples of how you teach these things right now.

6.       What obstacles do you see in trying to teach these skills?

7.       How can we measure these skills in our classroom?  Be sure to think about how your measure will transfer to other classes.  Our teaching methods may be different, but our measure has to be similar or the same.

8.       Are these skills feasible for our program?

9.       Where do we go from here?

10.   Was this valuable?

11.   What do you see as our program vision?

 

 

3.  Updates/Wrap Up