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Virtual Symposium
March 12, 2021
10:00 am - 2:15 pm

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Julie Brown

How to Make Your Virtual Classroom More Effective

Alex Towler

Employment Law-Hiring/Firing and Performance Evaluations

Susan Bernard

7-Sentence Argumentative Essays that Pass – for HiSET®


10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-11:30: How to Make Your Virtual Classroom More Effective by Julie Brown

11:30-12:45: Lunch

12:45-1:00: Return Pour-In & Door Prizes

1:00-2:15 Session 1: Employment Law by Alex Towler, Esq.

1:00-2:15 Session 2: 7-Sentence Argumentative Essays that Pass – for HiSET® by Susan Bernard

Julie Brown

How To Make Your Virtual Classroom More Effective

Are you struggling with your virtual classroom? This presentation provides insight on how to increase retention and student success by encouraging greater interactivity and stimulating learning by utilizing metacognitive techniques. You will also receive information addressing how to create a community of learners in an online environment.

Julie Brown is a passionate presenter and teacher of English and English as a second language (ESL). Julie has proven talents in classroom instruction, adult education, pedagogical techniques, offline/online instruction, and curriculum, program, and course design. She consistently achieves stellar results due to her content and pedagogical knowledge of English language arts, ESL, college and career readiness, blended learning/multimodality, metacognition, and interactivity. 
As an instructor for various organizations, colleges, and school districts, Julie provides teacher training as well as community and academic courses in ESL, adult literacy, and English language arts. Her students possess a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, religions, and native languages. Julie addresses differing academic preparation, language, and culture by incorporating varied educational strategies. She is also certified to teach K-12 English/ESL and teaches dual credit courses. Her training in ESL and dyslexia allow her to better meet the needs of an eclectic student population. 
Julie attained a Master of Library Science (Emphasis in Adult Education) from Texas Woman’s University. In addition, she completed Sequential English Education Dyslexia Training through The Shelton School and holds a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently attends Murray State University, obtaining a Doctor of Arts in English, Pedagogy, and Technology.

Employment Law-Hiring/Firing & Performance Evaluations

Here, you’ll learn the basic rules and regulations which give rise to best practices in the field of employment law. With a particular focus on hiring, firing, and performance evaluation, this session will provide you with the knowledge and tools to increase employee engagement, adequately document employment issues, and more effectively manage your workforce, regardless of the size of your organization.

Alex Towler

Alex Towler received her Bachelors of Science from Oklahoma State University in 2015 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma in 2018. While at OU Law, Alex interned at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Summit Financial Group, Blaney, Tweedy & Tipton, and served as a research aid for Judge Patricia Parrish at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. Alex received her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy in June of 2019.  

At Nonprofit Solutions, Alex helps support overall organizational health by providing counseling to donors in the area of planned giving, reviewing contracts, drafting and implementing effective personnel and programming policies, training supervisors, conducting human resource audits, and conducting formal personnel investigations. 

In addition to her work at Nonprofit Solutions, Alex teaches Planned Giving for the Nonprofit Management Masters program at Oklahoma City University.

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7-Sentence Argumentative Essays that Pass – for HiSET®

One of the most difficult challenges for many students to become a high school equivalency graduate is writing a passing argumentative essay.  That’s especially true for lower-level students and those whose native language isn’t English, but this essay doesn’t have to be the barrier that stops your students from reaching their goal.  Learn how to teach your students to write a simple 7-sentence essay to fulfill all the writing requirements for the HiSET® argumentative essay.

Susan Bernard is the High School Equivalency Coordinator of the Oklahoma City Community College Adult Learning Center. She is also the author and publisher of the "I'm Not Afraid . . . Anymore!" series of GED® - HSE Writing as well as ESL Writing. It has been her great pleasure over the years to lead her students out of the land of fear and into the land of success.

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Registration is FREE to OLC 2021 Individual Members. Individual memberships are $10.

Registration is $15 for individuals attending without a membership.

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