NLAW 2012 took place January 30th – February 5th, 2012

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2012 NLAW Conference


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“Using Social Media to Advocate for Adult Education”
Jackie Taylor, Technology Coordinator & Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy

Jackie Taylor is a Professional Development Specialist with experience designing, coordinating, facilitating, and evaluating online and face-to-face staff development to support practitioner-driven professional learning. Previously with the UT Center for Literacy Studies (2001-2007), she now contracts with clients at the state and national level. As NCL Technology Coordinator, Jackie manages technology aspects of the NCL’s Dollar General supported projects; co-facilitates the NCL Dollar General Presentation Series designed to support adult literacy advocates; and provides technical assistance to adult literacy organizations that are building their advocacy programs. In 2009, Jackie led the development of the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit, created in collaboration with Zhost Internet Solutions and an NCL Review Team.


“Unless Our Children Begin to Learn Together…”: The State of Education in Halifax County, NC
Taiyyba Qureshi, Attorney Fellow, Educational Advancement and Fair Opportunities, UNC Center for Civil Rights

Taiyyaba A. Qureshi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her law degree with honors from UNC School of Law. As an undergraduate, Taiyyaba was active in community service and interfaith cooperation. During law school, Taiyyaba participated in the Legal Education and Advancement Program, tutoring and mentoring fellow students, served two terms on the Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and worked in the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic.


“The YSA Perspective: Strengthening Your Community One Step at a Time”
Scott Ganske, Education Director, Youth Service America

Scott Ganske is the Director of Education at Youth Service America (YSA). Prior to his arrival at YSA, he was an Education Consultant at Service Learning Texas (SLT). At SLT, Scott managed a portfolio of grants and provided support, coaching, and mentoring to school districts, education centers, and organizations. Scott has 8 years of teaching experience in Arizona and Texas and was also an administrator/co-founder of a non-profit organization. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a B.A. in Education, both from Arizona State University. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, traveling, and playing sports. Growing up in Minnesota, Scott was very involved in his community. He credits those experiences for his decision to promote service-learning and the belief that all youth can transform their ideas into action.


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