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President's Article

Wednesday, July 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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This past month I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the Adult High School in Cookeville TN. I shared my own story of being a first-generation college student from “the neighborhood” and how I developed a love for learning that has opened many opportunities in my life. It was inspiring and humbling to stand before these hard-working adult students and offer them words of encouragement as they move on to the next steps in their lives. What a great example of adult learning impacting the lives of people on a daily basis!

This experience reminded me again of the breadth of the definition of the term “adult educator”. Adult Education/Learning is such a wide-ranging field of work and study. The AAACE family includes these teachers and administrators working in Adult High School/GED programs, as well as workplace educators, higher education faculty and administrators, literacy educators, community organizers, emancipatory educators, career and technical education instructors, prison educators, activists, health educators, researchers, religious educators human resource specialists, military educators, life/career coaches, consultants, and the list goes on…

One of the action items that came out of the recent strategic planning process is to create an “I am an adult educator” campaign. I believe this emphasis will tap into one of our greatest strengths as an organization. One of my favorite things about attending the annual conference is interacting with participants from such a variety of perspectives. Over the next year we will be highlighting and celebrating the vastness of our AAACE family. The annual conference in Memphis will include a special “I Am an Adult Educator” event. The website will offer glimpses of the various roles played by our membership. Be looking for opportunities to highlight your place in the family.

It is an honor to serve you as president.


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