The essential place of Adult and Community Education in Scotland’s learning culture. ACE Conference Presentation 2017Maureen Mallon has been one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education in Scotland for over ten years. She is an Assistant Director in Education Scotland with leadership responsibility for Community Learning and Development, developing a National Improvement Hub for Scottish education practitioners, parental engagement, family learning, and transformational change. She has inspected and worked to improve practice across the country and spent a number of years working as a district inspector undertaking challenge and support across education in local authorities. Maureen has a background in community learning and development and has worked in various roles in adult learning, social enterprise and youth work. Her main thematic interests are around strategic planning, partnerships and making best use of resources and undertook an MBA at Edinburgh University with a focus on decision making in the public sector.

Adult learners in the ACE context-Evaluation and review to support sustained learner success ACE Conference Presentation 2017Lesley and Tracey will explore how successful learning is defined by learners in the ACE sector and how this can inform the programme interventions and activities offered in this learning context. They will also examine a learner-centric mechanism for ongoing evaluation and review of the interventions and activities ACE providers offer.

Lesley has an extensive background working in the higher education, corporate and Government sectors. She is involved in a broad range of research projects covering topics such as mentoring programme evaluation, supporting dyslexic learners, literacy & numeracy, enhancing professional practice, and leadership capability development.

Tracey is Education Manager at Wairarapa REAP and has been project lead on the Ako Aotearoa, Central Hub project in which feedback was collected from 43 learners enrolled in adult and community education (ACE) programmes in three New Zealand REAPs to discover what they perceive is successful learning and how their learning experience and outcomes are supported by the REAP.

Exploring access and challenges for tertiary education in Tai Tokerau ACE Conference Presentation 2017In this workshop, Phil will outline a recently completed research project conducted by Te Matarau and NorthTec to identify the challenges and enablers to accessing higher education for learners in Tai Tokerau (Northland). The exciting outcome from this work is a highly practicable action plan, with clear strategies based around five priority domains: partnerships and stakeholder engagement; leadership; learners and graduates; staff capability; and Inclusive learning environments. Phil will explain this framework which will have many transferable applications for other community education providers.

Philip Alexander-Crawford (Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi, Ngati Rehia, Scottish and English) was born in Kaikohe, Tai Tokerau. His whānau value education highly and he has degrees in law and management, a Masters in Indigenous Studies and is completing a Masters in Professional Practice. His kaupapa includes helping change learning environments to work more effectively for a wider range of learners. He is presently Chief Executive of Te Matarau Education Trust which is a Tai Tokerau based iwi and hapü based education trust helping Māori and Pasifika into trades training.

Digital Navigators ACE Presentation 2017Lina is a great advocate for lifelong learning and a strong educator in literacy and ACE. She is multilingual, and rightly claims her greatest achievement as being mother to 23 year old daughter Jessica (Sika). She holds the tulafale-ali’i matai/orator speaking chief title of “Tuiloma” from her mother’s village Sapunaoa, Falealili, Samoa and is proficient in the Samoan, Te Reo Māori, Tongan, French and English languages.

In her workshop, Lina will share the work she is completing for her PhD through Massey University’s Whāriki/SHORE Research Centre, the School of Public Health. Her thesis is entitled: Digital Navigators – how young Pasifika adults are navigating the new millennium on Facebook.

Sorted ACE Conference Presentation 2017Presenter Rebecca Cameron-Turner will provide background on the work the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) is doing in schools, communities and workplaces and outline the Sorted tools and resources. Rachel Hill from Buller REAP will then share a practical example of how she delivers the Sorted seminars in a range of contexts in her West Coast community.

Rebecca is responsible for the scale up and roll out of the Commission’s long term behaviour change programmes nationally, which includes; working with organisations to embed financial capability into workplace wellbeing, national scale project implementation, quality assurance of programme design and delivery and cross-government collaboration. She oversees the programme delivery team responsible for workplace programme content design, programme logistics, client relationship management, facilitator management, recruitment, training and QA.

Rachel is well known to the ACE Sector. She is Adult and Community Education (ACE) Coordinator with Buller REAP and has been active in her region across a range of networks, events and projects including Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga.