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The CAEL Conference, last held in November 2020, is widely known as the leading place to support adult learners through PLA and Credit for Prior Learning advancement. But it's also a place where leaders across the work-learn-earn spectrum make necessary connections between education and career success to generate the powerful ideas that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth to transform individuals and help communities thrive. 

Please join us in November of 2021 for the 47th CAEL Conference at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

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“The coronavirus has acted as an accelerant in our transformation to digital. Within two weeks of the World Health Organization declaring this a global pandemic, entire companies transitioned to distributed workforces while full school systems from K-12 through higher ed and learning and development organizations converted to online learning. This is incredible adaptation at scale showing us a glimmer of what we are capable of doing.”



“As a result of the global pandemic, millions of adults are finding themselves unemployed or underemployed. Many of them will turn to higher education as a path to a credential and better job opportunities, and it’s imperative that institutions are ready to support them. I’m excited to share strategies that will help colleges and universities put needed structures in place, making it possible for more adult learners to meet their academic goals and get back into the workforce.”



“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” 
                                                                                                Albert Einstein

ANDRE BENNIN (WGU/NewU Ventures), DARA WARN (Penn Foster), SCOTT FLEMING (Strada Education Network), LOU PUGLIESEand KIP WRIGHT (Genuent)

COVID has amplified workers' need to continuously upskill themselves to prepare for the future of work and learners' need to map training and coursework to in-demand skills for growing careers. Join us to hear from experts on how learning providers, employers, technology, and data can work together to meet the evolving needs of learners and workers in the COVID era.                      

Calling for a global convening of leaders, experts and changemakers

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the CAEL Conference has been reimagined as a virtual event, free to all CAEL members. We'll gather as one community, risk-free, to chart the course to recovery where every adult has a pathway to lifelong learning and meaningful work.

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5 days
153 speakers
11 tracks

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Educational needs of a non-traditional student population: Perspective of the adult student ..... November 04, 2020, 07:40 PM
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Prior Learning Assessment: the Impact for Today’s Students and the Importance for Tomorrow’s November 05, 2020, 07:30 PM
Rosa Garcia, Sarah Leibrandt, Amelia Parnell, Nan Travers & Alexa Wesley
Latino Adult Student Success Academy: Driving opportunities to support enrollment, persistence, and completion of adult Latino students November 06, 2020, 06:15 PM
Leslie Jones, Gerardo Moreno, Rafael Pasillas, Eyra Perez, Susan Thomason & Janie Valdes
Equity through Innovation in Teaching and Learning: Systemwide Implementation of Direct Assessment CBE November 04, 2020, 06:30 PM
Cheryl Aschenbach, Amparo Diaz, Chantee Guiney & Aisha Lowe

With more than 150 experts, the strategies you need are just a click away

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with our experts who will be sharing their years of knowledge, strategies, and tactics. If you’re focused on implementing change, we've got you covered.

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