After 3.5 Years, LARAEC will be back in-person!

October 15, 2022

7:30 AM - 2:30PM

If you should have any questions, please contact our conference chairs: 

Michele Stiehl: 

   Registration, Presenters, and Awards  

Justin Gorence: 

   Exhibitors and Venue

Men Le: 

   Volunteers and Tech Support


The LARAEC Experience: 3YP 2022-2025 edition

We are excited to announce our upcoming and in-person LARAEC Experience scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022!  This event will kickoff our consortium new three-year plan for 2022-2025. We will host some exciting speakers and breakout sessions  focused on our three-year plan priority areas. More details will be coming soon!

Registration is free for member-district staff!

As always, the event includes breakfast, lunch, swag bags, and awards!

We sell out every year. Reserve your spot before it fills up! 

If you are LAUSD or unable to access Eventbrite due to recent technical issues in your district, member-district staff may register using the button below. 

Conference Highlights

  • LARAEC and Adult Education State Updates
  • New Three-year Plan Highlights! 
  • 2 Keynote Sessions! (See details below) 
  • Hot Topic Sessions
  • Innovation and Collaboration Awards (nomination form)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Parking!!
  • Exhibitors!!
  • Community Partner Booths
  • and time for networking and sharing with others committed to improving the lives of families in the Los Angeles Region.   

Keynote Spotlights

Speaker Bio – 

Mark Church works with schools throughout the world wishing to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms. He believes in the difference teachers can make for students when they strive to make thinking visible, valued, and actively promoted as part of day-to-day experience of learners. Mark encourages teachers to become students or their students, and more broadly, students of themselves and the choices they make to leverage the power of making thinking visible. 

Mark is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking Initiatives, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives he has gained working with educators throughout the world. Together with Ron Ritchart, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and The Power of Making Thinking Visible: Practices to Engage and Empower All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2020).  

Mark Church
Session: Rethinking Engagement

Creating engaging opportunities for learning is at the core of promoting knowledge, skills, and understanding for learners of varying levels, backgrounds, and expertise. But what does it mean to create engaging opportunities that lead to deeper learning? For a number of years, the Cultures  of Thinking project has worked closely with educators to examine the qualities and conditions it takes to engage learners by making their thinking visible, valued, and actively promoted. In my sessions, we will explore some big ideas related to deeper engagement, examine some quality practices that make learners’ thinking visible, and reflect upon our own teaching contexts in order to foster and sustain a rich culture of thinking. 


Dr. Michelle Knight-Manuel

Michelle Knight-Manuel’s areas of research and teaching expertise include curriculum and teacher education, equity, and urban schooling. Dr. Knight-Manuel is Dean of Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Previously she was an education professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and executive editor of Teachers College Record, the nation’s oldest leading education journal.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she has maintained a robust research agenda in culturally relevant education, inclusive pedagogy, and immigrant youths’ civic engagement. He two books co-authored with Joanne Marciano are Classroom Cultures: Equitable Schooling for Racially Diverse Youth, and College Ready: Preparing Black and Latino Youth for Higher Education through a Culturally Relevant Lens.

Michelle Knight-Manuel earned her PhD in curriculum and teaching from the University of California at Los Angeles, her MS in TESOL at Monterey Institute of International Studies, and her BA in French and secondary education from Franklin and Marshall College. She spent much of here academic career at Teachers College, also serving as director of Culturally Relevant College and Career Readiness in the New York City public school system. 

Excerpted from: Clark, Mary • Announcement • Faculty & StaffUniversity NewsMessages from Leadership  • March 29, 2022

Carolyn Zachry
Session: State Adult Ed and Budget Update

Dr. Carolyn Zachry is currently the State Director and Education Administrator for the Adult Education Office in the Career and College Transition Division (CCTD) at the California Department of Education (CDE). Her office is responsible for administration and management of the federal WIOA Title II grant as well as co-administration of the state funded Adult Education Program.

Prior to her time in the Adult Education Office, Dr. Zachry was the administrator for the office with the federal Perkins and state CTE Incentive Grants. She was on the team responsible for the revisions to and professional development for the California Career Technical Education standards.

She is currently a representative on the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE) Board of Directors and has served on the executive committee for the National Association for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE).

Prior to joining the CDE team, Dr. Zachry was a county office program coordinator where she started a County Administered Adult Education Program. Within her 33 years in education she has also served as a site principal and teacher.

2022 LARAEC Innovation and Collaboration Awards

They’re back!!  The LARAEC Innovation and Collaboration Awards are designed to recognize schools and staff within our consortium who have introduced new strategies to promote innovation or collaboration. We are looking for practices and programs that can be shared across member-districts. Recipients will be acknowledged at the 2022 LARAEC Experience on October 15th! 

Nominees may be an faculty, administrator, or staff member (or group of members) of a LARAEC district. Nominee(s) may be selected by their respective adult school or staff member, or may self-nominate with a Dean/Principal validation. 

Nomination forms can be found here – Click Here

Nominations are due September 28, 2022. Please email completed forms to  


Introducing our new career education and college resource fair!

Check back for the LARAEC EDGE conference schedule and link to our online conference center!

If you should have any questions, please contact our conference chairs: 

Michele Stiehl:

     (College transitions, registration, and presenters)

Justin Gorence:   

     (Career training and exhibitors)

Men Le:

     (Volunteers and tech support)


Thank you for attending  our first LARAEC career training and college resource fair, The LARAEC EDGE – When you’re Ready for What’s Next! The LARAEC EDGE showcased programs, resources, and services designed to accelerate your pathway and give you an edge toward your ultimate career goal. Session and exhibitors included local colleges and universities, FAFSA and student financial aid, career technical education programs, apprenticeships, workforce development services, and much more. If you’re ready to explore what’s next for you, please join us in 2023 for the next LARAEC EDGE

Registration is free! 

This event is open to all Los Angeles region adults, high school seniors, and adult educators looking for transition resources, career training options or pathways to college. 


The LARAEC EDGE Schedule

We are just starting to schedule our line up of presenters!  Check back in 2023 to see what we have planned. 

Wednesday, March 8 – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 9- 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Thank you for attending LARAEC ROCS!

LARAEC ROCS showcased best practices and innovations that support online and remote schooling throughout the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium. It was held on September 25, 2020 .  The conference was open to adult education teachers within the LARAEC consortium, the greater adult education community in California, and partner organizations.

Check back again for LARAEC ROCS 2021! 

If you should have any questions, please contact our conference co-chairs, Justin Gorence ( and Michele Stiehl (  


Thank you to our keynote speaker!


WE were excited to have George Couros as a speaker for LARAEC ROCS! 

For a copy of his presentation use the link below. You can connect with George on his blog, “The Principal of Change” (located at or through Twitter (@gcouros).

Check out our schedule!!

We had a great line up of presenters from near and far. Our conference focus  was to provide you with tools and resources to support remote learning efforts.  Follow the link to explore our presenters and sessions.  Some presenters have included handouts and presentation materials on the schedule website.