Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


LINCS & CLEE at COABE in Dallas

COABE2016CLEE Staff from the southeastern LINCS Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC II) will be presenting at the annual COABE conference in Dallas, TX.  Held April 10 – 16th, this conference is one of many activities by the national Commission on Adult Basic Education designed to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons.

RPDC II presentations at COABE:

  • Monday, April 11, 3:45–5:00
    Creating Effective Learning Environments
    by Gail Cope
  • Tuesday, April 12, 9:30-10:45
    Critical Thinking and Numeracy in Social Media
    by Aaron Kohring and Duren Thompson

More COABE session information:

Knoxville “Community Conversation” on Employment for People with Disabilities

Community conversationWhen: 6-8:15 pm, August 11, 2015

Where: Embassy Suites, 9621 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN  37922

Who’s Invited: All members of the Knoxville community

Why Attend: To share and discuss ways to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Knoxville.

How do I register:

The Knoxville Area Employment Consortium (KAEC), Tennesseeworks, and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center are hosting a Knoxville “Community Conversation” to discuss employment for people with disabilities. These Community Conversations have been conducted throughout the state – resulting in great feedback from community members and the development of successful strategies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the local communities.

Community Conversation Knoxville Flyer – Please pass the word!

All members of the community are welcome to participate – Knoxville Mayor, Madeline Rogero plans to join in! As KAEC members, CLEE Center staff Mike Sass, Tina Jones and Stephanie Cowherd are helping to plan and facilitate this event.  Look for them there!


Madeline Rogero


Stephanie Cowherd


Mike Sass


Tina Jones





CLEE’s Flipped Learning Presentations at FlipCon 2015

picture-Duren ThompsonCenter staff member Duren Thompson was selected to attend FlipCon 2015 on July 13-15th, as a presenter for two topics. Her presentations highlighted the Center’s efforts to improve the quality of professional development for adult literacy practitioners, as well as strengthen adult learners’ skills for college and career transition.

FlipCon, held at Michigan State University and sponsored by the Flipped Learning Network, is focused on a growing trend in K-12 and Universities to ‘flip’ the traditional learning experience – moving direct instruction (lecture) into individual learning time (typically online, through focused visual presentations). This then provides more time in group settings for applications of learning, higher level discussion, and problem solving real-world tasks with the immediate support of instructors and peers. Take a look at ALL this year’s scheduled sessions online here.

Duren’s Sessions at FlipCon2015:
All sessions at FlipCon2015 model the flipped approach, requiring ‘pre-work’ for conference attendees.

Find out more about FlipCon2015 and Flipped Learning in this article from EdTech k-12 Magazine:
FlipCon 2015, the Flipped Learning Conference, Expands in 8th Year.

FlipCon2015 on Titter: #Flipcon15

Sponsors: As a graduate student in the Instructional Technology Master’s degree program at the University of Tennessee, Duren’s conference attendance has received support from:


July 2015 TIE That Binds – Tennessee Disability Resources

tennflagJuly 2015 TIE that Binds
a Publication for Tennessee community rehabilitation service providers.

In this issue:

Hits and Myths: …about Social Security benefits and work

The Professional: On being a caring and SMART professional.

Job Development and Creation:  5 beliefs that can increase the odds of finding jobs for people.

Best Practice Award 2015: Congrats to SRVS for winning this national award!

June 2015 TIE That Binds – Tennessee Disability Resources

tennflagJune 2015 TIE that Binds
a Publication for Tennessee community rehabilitation service providers.

In this issue:

Conversation with an Employer: Working with a staffing agency.

Analyzing the Labor Market: Questions to ask when searching for businesses to approach.

Case Studies: Quick professional development – scenarios for discussion at staff meetings.

TNAPSE: List of great things being done across TN by TNAPSE members!

EFF Preparing for Work Training – Registration Closes Soon!

PFWvideosnap3Are you a service provider or instructor who helps prepare adults to get jobs?

Do you need a curriculum that addresses both employability skills (or soft skills) and academic skills?

The Equipped for the Future Preparing for Work curriculum can help. Training available in Knoxville, TN: June 9-10, 2015. 

Registration closes soon  – REGISTER ONLINE  by May 25, 2015

For more information visit the registration page or our previous post on April 28, 2015.

Nashville CapABILITY Career Expo May 20, 2015

As part of the Expo Planning Committee, CLEE is proud to announce the following event:

Have you Heard? Have you passed the word to Jobseekers with Disabilities in the Greater Nashville Metropolitan Area?


On May 20th – a great opportunity at the Career CapAbility Expo for Jobseekers of all levels of Abilities to meet with Companies who are EAGER to HIRE.

Expo runs from 3pm-7:30pm at the Nashville Airport Marriot
See Event Flyer for details
Jobseekers Register here:


JOBSEEKERS –  Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will provide their Career Coach from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. that day (attendees may use their services to prepare for the Expo). The Career Coach provides Internet access for research or online applications, help with resumes, printing,  and interview practice.   A list of companies attending the Expo is available here:

EMPLOYERS – You are invited to a Diversity and Inclusion Lunch and Learn at the Nashville Airport Marriot 11:30 am -1:00 pm. For more information visit: . Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management.

Please share this opportunity widely via social media (link to CLEE Facebook) and encourage everyone to register and attend.

May 2015 TIE That Binds – Tennessee Disability Resources

tennflagMay 2015 TIE that Binds
a Publication for Tennessee community rehabilitation service providers.

In this issue:

SPOC: Businesses want a a Single Point of Contact.

Behavioral Interviews: Do you have the skills or experiences to help my company be better?

Training Tips: Good points to remember if you are teaching one on one or in a classroom.


Register for EFF Preparing for Work Training, Knoxville, TN: June 9-10, 2015

Prepare your clients for success in entry-level employment!

Register online NOW!  Registration deadline is May 25th, 2015.

PFWvideosnap1Preparing for Work, developed by Equipped for the Future at the Center for Literacy, Education & Employment, University of Tennessee, is a skills-based course designed for implementation in organizations and agencies involved in preparing their clients and students for entry level work. Each of the instructional modules that comprise the Preparing for Work course has integrated the specific SCANS tasks (Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Basic Skills) and the EFF Content Standards, identified on the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC) profile.

Video: Hear what employers, teachers and learners have to say about this program!

During this hands-on one-and-a-half day training, participants will engage in activities designed to support their:

  • Understanding of the purpose and organization of the curriculum, and its critical features;
  • Facilitation of activities from each curriculum module;
  • Evaluation of ways the curriculum can be integrated into their current practice; and
  • Development of a preliminary plan for implementation

PfWbrochuresnipEach participant will receive the following materials:

  1. a copy of the Preparing for Work Curriculum instructor’s guide,
  2. a copy of the Preparing for Work Curriculum student manual, and
  3. a master copy of student materials on CD.

Cost for the one-and-a-half day training is $750 per person.
All meals and travel costs are the responsibility of the participant.

For agenda, travel details and more information; or to register online, visit:

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