The Louisiana Language Access Coalition will hold its 2019 Conference:  “Securing the Future of Language Access in Louisiana” July 18, 2019

“Securing the Future of Language Access in Louisiana”

Thursday, July 18, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Medical Education Building
1901 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Register here

This year’s conference will provide specialties in tracks dedicated to Health, Justice and Education for both professional and community advocates, community members, service & healthcare providers, educators, administrators, policymakers and interpreters/translators.

The conference promotes understanding and cultural competency for populations of Limited English Proficiency, and is open to any interested party.

Registration is $50.00 and required. We expect your commitment to participate in the full scheduled conference time.

We will provide continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. The space is provided by our host LSUHSC School of Public Health.

For more information and to register to for the 2019 LLAC Conference visit

Karla Sikaffy duPlantier, LLAC Co-Chair
Daesy Behrhorst, LLAC Co-Chair

The Louisiana Language Access Coalition promotes full and meaningful participation in public life, without barriers based on language, for all people.

Louisiana Language Access Coalition (LLAC) 2019 Conference: Securing the Future of Language Access in Louisiana in New Orleans July 18th

The registration is now open for our upcoming conference Securing the Future of Language Access in Louisiana on July 18, 2019.   
The registration link is on our website:
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Daesy Behrhorst, LLAC Co-Chair

Karla Sikaffy duPlantier, LLAC Co-Chair

The Louisiana Language Access Coalition promotes full and meaningful participation in public life, without barriers based on language, for all people.

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American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Pre -Conference Advanced Training Institutes, January 27, 2019

Pre-registration closes on January 18
and will reopen at the conference.
Choose between two informative Institutes
Hot Topics in Promoting Resilience in Children
The presence of so-called protective factors in the lives of children can buffer some of the negative effects of maltreatment, and resilience is considered an important protective factor. Defined as a “combination of supportive relationships, adaptive skill-building, and positive experiences;” individuals, families, organizations and communities can support the development of resilience in children. This pre-conference institute will provide an in-depth look at three domains where adaptive  skill building in parents can  promote supportive  relationships and positive experiences,  fostering  resilience in  children: 1) family-based human sexuality  education as a tool to  promote sexual health and safety; 2) shifting cultural norms to reduce the use of a prevalent risk factor for child physical abuse, corporal punishment.; and 3)  understanding and identifying psychological maltreatment. Each topic will include a theoretical background, and offer resources to implement in your practice or community.
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Techniques: Interviewing Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Using Evidence in Forensic Interviews
The first part of this presentation will provide content that forensic interviewers should incorporate in interviews of minors suspected as trafficking and/or internet crimes victims.  The focus will be on non-caregiver cases.  Commercial sexual exploitation interviews will be compared and contrasted to intrafamilial cases.  Strategies to obtain case specific details will be discussed.  The second part will be focused on advanced issues in presenting evidence in forensic interviews.
Support for this session is provided by The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College.

5th Annual “Greater New Orleans Adult Learning Institute (ALI), June 1, 2018

Dear Colleague:

We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 5th Annual “Greater New Orleans Adult Learning Institute (ALI)” which will take place on June 1, 2018 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Loyola University’s Monroe Library. The Institute is hosted by the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans.

The Adult Learning Institute’s goals are to offer training for Adult Basic Education teachers and leaders and promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among Adult Education providers and the Greater New Orleans community.  We want to discuss and learn more about:

  • Food literacy, family literacy, and workforce literacy!
  • Adult learning in a variety of contexts, from adult basic education to workplace training and professional learning.
  • The fact that with new educational experiences adults take on new identities.
  • Expanding ESL, Civics, and Citizenship Education in our Communities.
  • How we can propel our students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
  • Are we in alignment with the mandates of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and if not, what resources do we need?
  • What’s working for you, your program, and your students?

To that end, the Literacy Alliance of GNO would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at our 5thannual conference. The 2018 conference theme is “Bridges.”If you feel that you have anything to offer the field of Adult Education, please tap into your creativity and submit a proposal!  Breakout sessions will be 55 minutes. Among the topics that our attendee’s consistently seek more guidance in are: Different ways we are working to BRIDGE literacy, adult learners, and adult education to further work and academic opportunities; Selecting marketing channels that work; Improving adult student retention; WIOA; Test-taking strategies for the HiSET and Test of Adult Basic Education; Leadership skills for ABE Providers; Transition Strategies; Partnering with Workforce Leaders for Student Success; Workforce Curriculum Materials; Tracking adult student retention; Advocating for adult students internally and externally; Building buy-in among colleagues and leaders; Making data-based decisions to increase student success; Working with technology; Funding Opportunities; Understanding what adult students “want”; and, Assessing feasibility of new program ideas to name a few (see form for more tracks).

Attached are copies of the Registration and Call for Proposal forms; the deadline is extended to May 30, 2018 for bothPlease note that there is a “$20.00 REGISTRATION FEE (presenters are exempt from the fee), and it is important for you to register.  If you have any questions please email us or call Erika W. May at 504-237-1283.  Thanks and we hope to see you there!


Erika W. May, M.Ed.
ALI Committee Chair
Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans
4140 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

ALI Call for Proposals 2018ALI Registration Form Blank 2018

LaTESOL Annual Conference, Nov 10th

Information for tables for non-profits is as follows:

  • There are two dates:
    • Mini-Dream Day, a professional development day for non-ESL teachers who work with English Language Learners, will be on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the University of New Orleans.
    • The LaTESOL Annual Conference will be on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the University of New Orleans.
    • Both events will be from approximately 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.
    • Parking beside the building is available for $3 per day.
  • Recognized non-profits can table for free (normally $150 a table), but are asked to pay the registration fee ($75) to come to either the November 9 or 10 event. To come to both events is $130. We may be able to make an exception to work with a group that we really feel will bring great value to our organization on a case-by-case basis if they really cannot pay the registration fee, but please remember that we are also a non-profit! Tell them to email me directly at
  • For a non-profit that just wishes to have their information available for distribution at a table, a non-profit can mail or drop off information (fliers and other documents) to my office at the University of New Orleans no later than November 3. Email me for a mailing or physical address.
  • For non-profits who will be tabling, we may combine multiple groups to a table if space becomes an issue.
Thank you so much for getting this information out! We really appreciate the number of groups who are interesting in promoting their services at the conference. This has been a request for years from our membership, and we hope that we can begin to build a long-term, sustainable relationship with community partners!
All the best–

Louisiana TESOL Annual Conference


Can you please let members of your group who are in the area of education know that the Louisiana TESOL Annual Conference will be held on November 10 at the University of New Orleans? We are also running a training for K-12 teachers, “Mini-Dream Day,” who are not ESL-trained on Thursday, November 9 at UNO as well. Mini-Dream Day is specifically to give non-ESL teachers some training who work with English Language Learners in their classroom. Full information can be found at our website:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about either of the conferences!

All the best–

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