Lunch with LARAEC

Introducing our new Lunch with LARAEC series

To keep the magic of LARAEC ROCS! going throughout the year, join your hosts Justin and Michele at our lunch time series. Sessions are selected for general interest, support of remote instruction and learning,  curriculum, student support services, or educational research. Upcoming topics are included below. 

Please register for each session so we can send you reminders, any last minute updates, and meeting materials. 

If you are interested in presenting a Lunch with LARAEC session, you can submit a proposal by clicking the link below or contact Michele Stiehl at  Suggestions for future sessions are also welcome. 

Scheduled Sessions Zoom Link Time Title of Session Register
February 11, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 PM
How to Support Your Textbook with a
Learning Management System (LMS): Canvas and Stand Out.
Presenters: Rob Jenkins and Steve Maggiore
February 4, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 PM
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Integrating video resources into lessons
Presenters: Natasha Urias and Bruce Sahud
January 28, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Online Tools to Increase Interaction
Presenters: Donna Price and Gretchen Bitterlin
January 21, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 PM
ESL Persistence: Emerging Themes for Success and
Strategies from teachers with high persistence
Presenters: Francisco Narciso and Wendy Heard
December 10, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Remote Orientation and Enrollment Strategies
November 19, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Engaging Students on Zoom: Practical Tools & Tips
November 12, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Break Free of Boredom: Zoom Breakrooms for ESL Classes
November 5, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Real Skills Needed to Teach Online
October 22, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Senate Bill 68 and What it Means for our Students
October 15, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Introducing the Draft of Revised ESL Course Outlines
October 8, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Social Media to Engage and Retain Adult Students

Session Snapshots

December 10, 2020
Remote Orientations and Enrollment Strategies

Session Highlights:

LARAEC’s Counseling Action Planning Team will share an array of remote orientation and enrollment strategies utilized within the consortium.  These approaches have been implemented to assist and guide students in the transition process from in person to online learning.  Counselors realize that this is a first step in this journey and are excited to initiate a conversation to spark the creation of additional innovative ideas as the remote orientation process evolves!


Lisa Marie Valle, LAUSD Los Angeles Technology Center 

Lisa Marie started as an adult academic and art instructor in 1999 and also was involved as one of the facilitators in the student council.  She encountered her passion to guide students which lead her to become a counselor in 2017.  One of Lisa’s professional interests includes collaborating and being an active member of the LARAEC Counseling Action Team

Angelica Villalpando, LACCD Los Angles Harbor College

Angelica is a Noncredit Counselor at Los Angeles Harbor College for the Office of Adult & Community Education and an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. She has over eleven years of experience as a counselor and almost four years of experience as an administrator. Angelica’s professional interests are student engagement, staff, and faculty collaboration. One of her goals is to continue collaboration between LARAEC member districts and community partners.

Maria Gaytan, LAUSD West Valley Occupational Center

Maria has five years of experience as a counselor. Three years with LAUSD  as a Teacher Counselor and two as a Career Guidance Counselor Assistant at Los Angeles Pierce College. Her professional interests are building community collaboration, promoting staff cohesiveness, and encouraging students to meet their educational goals. Maria has been a member of the LARAEC Counseling Action Planning Team for three years. Her professional goals are to continue strengthening the collaboration between LARAEC member districts and community partners.

Susan Ruiz-Vargas, Montebello USD Montebello Community Adult School

Susan is the Counselor Lead for Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS), which has four main sites and seventeen satellite locations. Ms. Ruiz-Vargas has sixteen years of experience as an Adult Education instructor and has served as a counselor for the last six years in both K-12 and Adult Education settings. Susan’s professional interests include training and development for counseling and instructional staff, working with students to attain academic goals, and strengthening collaboration between LARAEC member districts and community partners.

Adriana Viera, Montebello USD Montebello Community Adult School

Adriana Viera has been working with Montebello Community Adult Schools for the past 7 1/2 years. She taught ESL level 3 and 5 for 5 years. For the past two years she has been working as an Adult Education Counselor. Her experience in the classroom has enabled Adriana to continue her relationship with her former students in completing their goals. Adriana has been a member of the LARAEC Counseling Action Planning Team for the past two years.

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