KAEA - 2020 Conference

Triumph Through Adversity



Wednesday, May 27, 2020



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Letter From The Board About The Conference

Dear Colleagues,

    The impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic has all of us making changes in our lives in multiple ways, from the measures put in place both in our state and nationally we are having to change the way we interact with others in the performance of our jobs.  At times it has been difficult, for some of us it is learning new skills with technology and how we interact with our students daily, we have accepted the challenge and continue to do our jobs to the best of our abilities.

    As you are aware, we recently changed our conference date from April 1, 2, & 3 to May 27, 28 and 29.  We as a board have been monitoring the changes and meeting regularly.  It is our desire to make the best decision about the continuation of the conference, being cognizant of the health and safety of our membership.  This past Friday the board met virtually and discussed the current state of the pandemic in the Nation and Kansas.  Considering our current shelter in place, distancing and mask requirements, after some discussion and with your safety utmost in our minds, it is with great sadness that we voted to cancel this year’s conference.

    Our strongest desire is to move all the amazing workshops for this year’s conference to next year.  After discussion with Kansas Board of Regents we have decided to credit the funds paid for this year’s conference, minus the membership dues toward next year’s fees.  What this means to you is that as a current KAEA member, you will continue to have access to all of the wonderful virtual workshops offered by Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), a benefit of being a KAEA member.  In the next few days, Program Leaders will receive a letter explaining everything in detail.

    I strongly believe that we as adult educators, rather it be in administration or instruction, will come through this stronger, more versatile and with a greater commitment to our student’s success.  We will have developed tools and methods of teaching that were beyond our imagination before.  Our creativity and resourcefulness to think outside the box are being challenged, but I believe that is when we truly rise to the occasion and excel.  Like so many times before we will exceed even our expectations, and that is what makes the Adult Education programs in Kansas so outstanding.

    Stay safe, stay strong, take care of yourself and your families, and keep showing everyone what extraordinary adult educators we have in our state.  I look forward to seeing you all at our conference in 2021.


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