Alabama is hosting the Alabama Interstate Development Convening on April 5, 2021 to offer a space for states to discuss the myriad elements of talent development planning. The event, keynoted by Mr. Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation, is designed to serve as a professional development experience including over a dozen breakout sessions covering key education and workforce development topics that are germane to developing a statewide talent development strategic plan. Alabama hopes to use the convening as a catalyst to curate consensus on priority action items for the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA).

April 5

1:00PM – 5:00PM CDT

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Schedule at a Glance

1:00 pm Welcome & Opening Remarks by Governor Kay Ivey

1:15 pm Alabama Talent Development Strategic Plan

1:30 pm Breakout Session I

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Keynote Address & Panel Discussion

3:30 pm Breakout Session II

4:30 pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Live Plenary & Keynote Sessions

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jamie Merisotis

Author & Innovator

Speaker Bio

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Governor Kay Ivey

ALABAMA TALENT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN

Nick Moore

Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation

1:00 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

HUMAN WORK IN THE AGE OF SMART MACHINES

Mr. Jamie Merisotis

President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

2:45 PM

MODERATED PANEL DISCUSSION

THE FUTURE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA

Dr. Jimmy Clarke

Dr. Ken Sauer

Dr. Jim Purcell

Kim Hunter Reed

4:30 PM

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Governor Kay Ivey

ALABAMA TALENT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN

Nick Moore

Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

HUMAN WORK IN THE AGE OF SMART MACHINES

Mr. Jamie Merisotis

President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

MODERATED PANEL DISCUSSION

THE FUTURE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE POST COVID-19 ERA

Dr. Jimmy Clarke

Dr. Ken Sauer

Dr. Jim Purcell

Kim Hunter Reed

1:00 PM

2:45 PM

4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions I

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Credential Transparency and Credential Engine

Using a common, machine-readable language and process for registering credentials is necessary for credential transparency.

  • Emilie Rafal, Credential Engine
  • Robin McGill, ACHE
  • Lesley Hirsch, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

A Two-Generation Approach to Human Capital Development

Human capital development doesn’t begin in secondary school—it’s starts with toddlers and their parents.

  • Commissioner Nancy Buckner, ADHR
  • Secretary Dr. Barbara Cooper, ADECE

The Role of Non-Degree Credential Quality Assurance

Democratizing credentials requires a countervailing quality assurance regime and a strong partnership with business and industry leaders.

  • Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, NSC
  • Cleve Poole, ACCCP
  • Vicky Ohlson, ACCS

The Role of Non-Profits and Community-Based Organizations

Organized and accessible CBO’s have the potential to shoulder the scaling burden that integrated service provision requires.

  • Joe Morton, BEA
  • Margaret Morton, SAFE Sylacauga
  • Ryan Hankins, PARCA

Strategically Braiding Funding and Aligning Indicators of Performance for Maximum Public Workforce System Efficiency

  • Tammy Wilkinson, Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division
  • Jessica Dent, AWSP Manager
  • Kellen Grode, U.S. Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration

Alabama’s Data-Driven Process for Determining Regional and Statewide In-Demand Jobs

Knowing which occupations are in-demand at a regional and statewide level is crucial to improving labor force participation and public workforce system outcomes.

  • Tonya Lee, ADOL LMI
  • Nathan Rankin, ADOL LMI

Alabama Sector-Strategies and Demand-Based Talent Development Ecosystem

Specialization of the labor force relative to neighboring labor markets through proliferating employer stakeholdership and strategic economic development is mutually beneficial.

  • Ed Castile, AIDT
  • Nick Moore, Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation

The Role of Short-Term and Asynchronous Learning Modalities during COVID-19 Workforce Recovery

Forgoing a classroom setting and enabling learning at trainees’ own pace are key requirements for emergency workforce recovery programs during a pandemic.

  • Katelyn Cutshall, TRANSFRVR
  • Keith Phillips, ATN
  • Erin Berg, USDOE OCTAE

Best Practices for Interagency Relationships and SLDS Use for ETPL Administration and Performance Reporting

  • Christen Pentek, Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
  • Meredith Fergus, Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
  • Jess Niebuhr, Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development

All breakout sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Breakout Sessions II

3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Mitigating Benefits Cliffs

Benefits cliffs keep workforce age people out of the labor force, but we have a tool that can help identify and overcome them.

  • Alex Ruder, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Julie Kornegay, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Birmingham Division
  • Rosa Rada, Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors

Community Colleges at the Forefront of the Future of Postsecondary Education

Community colleges are the ideal vehicle to deliver crucial credentials and education to a broader audience now more than ever before.

  • Amber Garrison-Duncan, Lumina Foundation
  • Chancellor Jimmy Baker, ACCS

Human Capital Development is Talent Development

Ensuring that citizens have what they need to confidently pursue higher education and training.

  • Commissioner Nancy Buckner, ADHR

Modularizing Degrees as a Pandemic Response Strategy

Degrees still matter, but why should they stay contained to two or four years?

  • Jim Purcell, ACHE
  • Jennifer Worth, AACC

The Alabama Occupational Ontology

Jobs have DNA just like cells—how do we sequence and categorize jobs efficiently?

  • Alabama Occupational Ontology
    • Scott Cheney, Credential Engine
    • Robin McGill, ACHE

Spotlight on Work-Based Learning

How to champion work-based learning and institute the required systems change to do so well.

  • Josh Laney, AOA
  • Jodi Robbins, Washington State Director of Apprenticeship
  • Kathyrn Castelloes, Apprenticeship NC Director

Analyzing Alabama’s Postsecondary Attainment Equity Imperative

What do postsecondary attainment goals mean for opportunity across demographics?

  • Chandra Scott, Alabama Possible

Developing a Vision for High-Quality STEM Education

High-quality STEM education is STEM workforce development, but only if it is built around key design features.

  • Dr. Lee Meadows, AL STEM Council
  • Dr. Andy Shouse, Washington STE

Using Competency Frameworks for Curricula Designs

Competency frameworks provide a solid, skills-based foundation for curricula creation.

  • Diana Elliott, Urban Institute

All breakout sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Speakers

Chancellor Jimmy Baker

Alabama Community College System

Speaker Bio

Commissioner Nancy Buckner

Commissioner of Alabama Department Human Resources

Speaker Bio

Kathyrn Castelloes

Apprenticeship NC

Speaker Bio

Ed Castile

Deputy Secretary of Commerce & Director of AIDT

Speaker Bio

Scott Cheney

Credential Engine

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jimmy Clarke

HCM Strategists

Speaker Bio

Secretary Dr. Barbara Cooper

Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

Speaker Bio

Katelyn Cutshall

TRANSFRVR

Speaker Bio

Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield

National Skills Coalition

Speaker Bio

Dr. Amber Garrison-Duncan

Lumina Foundation

Speaker Bio

Ryan Hankins

Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama

Speaker Bio

Governor Kay Ivey

Governor of Alabama

Speaker Bio

Scott Jenkins

Lumina Foundation

Speaker Bio

Josh Laney

Alabama Office of Apprenticeship

Speaker Bio

Tonya Lee

Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division

Speaker Bio

Chairman Tim McCartney

Chair, Alabama Workforce Council

Speaker Bio

Dr. Robin McGill

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Speaker Bio

Dr. Lee Meadows

Alabama STEM Council

Speaker Bio

Jamie Merisotis

Lumina Foundation

Speaker Bio

Nick Moore

Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation

Speaker Bio

Dr. Joe Morton

Business Education Alliance

Speaker Bio

Dr. Vicky Ohlson

Alabama Community College System

Speaker Bio

Cleve Poole

Chair of ACCCP Committee of the Alabama Workforce Council

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jim Purcell

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Speaker Bio

Emilie Rafal

Credential Engine

Speaker Bio

Nathan Rankin

Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division

Speaker Bio

Jody Robbins

Washington State Director of Apprenticeship

Speaker Bio
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Dr. Alex Ruder

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ken Sauer

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Speaker Bio

Chandra Scott

Alabama Possible

Speaker Bio

Secretary Fitzgerald Washington

Alabama Department of Labor

Speaker Bio

Jennifer Worth

American Association of Community Colleges

Speaker Bio

Rosa Rada

Connecticut 2Gen

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Dr. Andy Shouse

Washington STEM

Speaker Bio

Deputy Commissioner Lesley Hirsch

Office of Research and Information, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Speaker Bio

Jessica Dent

Alabama Department of Commerce

Speaker Bio

Jess Niebuhr

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Speaker Bio

Meredith Fergus

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Speaker Bio

Christen Pentek

Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development

Speaker Bio

Kellen Grode

US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration

Speaker Bio

Julie L. Kornegay

Federal Reserve Bank of Atalanta – Birmingham Branch

Speaker Bio

Tammy Wilkinson

Workforce Development Division, Alabama Department of Commerce

Speaker Bio

Diana Elliott

Urban Institute

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