2017 Annual Knowledge Translation Consortium 11.29.2017

2017 Annual Knowledge Translation Consortium 11.29.2017

>>[Inaudible] speak on this call, so we’ll
be unmuted. So, we wanted to welcome everyone to the 2017
Knowledge Translation Consortium Meeting focusing on WIOA implementation from a disability perspective. I’m Rebecca Salon, Project Director of the
LEAD Center. The LEAD Center is the national center on
leadership for the employment and economic advancement of people with disabilities. And we’re a collaborative of disability, workforce
and economic empowerment organizations led by National Disability Institute and funded
by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Our mission is to advance sustainable individual
and systems level change that results in improved competitive integrated employment and economic
self-sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disabilities. And we’re very excited about this year’s knowledge
translation consortium call. Facilitating today are myself and Michael
Morris, Executive Director of National Disability Institute and the chair of the policy team
for the LEAD Center. We’re very grateful and excited to be joined
by three national leaders in workforce development. We have Julie Squire with the National Association
of State Workforce Agencies. She’s the policy director and general counsel. Diane Duff is Executive Director of the National
Association of Workforce Development Professionals. And Ron Painter is Chief Executive Officer
of the National Association of Workforce Boards. We ask because we do want this to be a conversation
and we have all the lines unmuted. We ask that you all mute yourself if you’re
not speaking and if you, you know, aren’t actively engaged in the conversation we also
ask that you not put your phone on hold, so we don’t get whatever background music your
system might provide. And with that, I’d like to turn it over to
Michael Morris who will review the agenda for today’s call.>>Thank you Rebecca and thank all for joining
us today. We’re going to have in sharing the agenda,
we are going to take a rollcall in a few minutes. But really, the purpose of today just is to
hear from these three wonderful leaders at NASWA, at NAWDP, and at NAWB, National Association
of State Workforce Agencies, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, and
the National Association of Workforce Boards. It’s an opportunity to hear from these organizations
which represent such critical components of the activities that are taking place at a
local state and national level in the implementation of WIOA. I do before we turn to rollcall and ask Christopher
Button, the supervisor of the Workforce Systems Policy Office of Disability Employment Policy
at US Department of Labor and who is the lead for us with the LEAD Center funded by ODEP. Just for all of us to lay out a context, what
is this KT consortium? Well what it is, is it’s once a year we have
brought together federally funded training and technical assistance centers, which in
some way touch on the critical issues of trying to achieve better outcomes related to competitive
integrated employment for youth, as well as adults with disabilities. Each of the centers that are on this call
have a different facet or a focus. Of course, there are some overlaps as well. Many of us work with each other and really
what this call is helping identify additional opportunities for collaboration and to learn
from each other about promising strategies for knowledge translation. Let me try next to do a brief rollcall, there
are a lot of people who have signed up, but I will try to do this in as organized and
orderly a way as possible. So, I’m going to start with by calling out
the names of different centers that have registered and you can identify whether you’re the only
one from your center or there are others that are joining with you and as well your organization
or agency that is managing the center. The first center I have on my list is the
National Center for Workforce Development Youth, which is a center funded by ODEP and
let me ask if Curtis Richards has joined us on this call.>>I think he’s still logging in.>>Okay we know he’s trying to log in. Did anyone else from that center join us? Okay we know they will be joining. The next center I have listed is the National
Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment. The name I have related to this center is
Sophie Kershaw, Sophie did you join? Yay, batting a thousand so far, but I’m sure
people will be joining us. The next center that I have is an ODEP funded
center Partnerships on Employment and Accessible Technology or known as PEAT. Did Josh join or Joiwind [phonetic] join?>>Yeah, this is Joiwind and Josh are both
here, thank you.>>Okay thanks so much. The next center that I have funded by Social
Security is Maximus leading that very large effort to Ticket to Work and employment networks
and serving beneficiaries. Did Jamie Pendergast join us?>>Hi Michael, Jamie’s here.>>Okay wonderful, thank you. Next, I have from an ODEP funded center MCAT
University of North Carolina Charlotte and I hope I don’t mispronounce your first name
Lajuana [phonetic] Baker have you joined? Not yet okay. Anyone else join from that center? Okay next, I have several centers from AIR,
the first one is the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research,
Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research and did either Kathleen or Joann
join?>>Hi Michael, Kathleen is here and I also
see on the participant list Jasmine Park and Cindy Cai and Joann Starks.>>Oh, okay and you’re all part of that same
center?>>All of them work on KTDRR and some of them
work on [inaudible].>>I got it okay, thank you.>>I’ll let them introduce themselves too.>>Okay, please go ahead.>>Yes, this is Cindy Cai I’m here, hi everyone.>>Okay.>>Hi, this is Jasmine Park.>>All right, thank you. The next center I have is the National Consumer
and Consumer Support Technical Assistance Center funded by SAMHSA and did Rachel join
us? Or anyone else from that center? No, okay. Next, I have the Disability Employment Initiative
Training and TA Team, Department of Labor. Did Laura Glennick [phonetic] join us?>>Yes, hi Michael it’s Laura.>>Okay and do you have anyone else who joined
with you or just you?>>At this time I do not think so.>>Okay, thank you. The next center I have is let’s see Job Accommodation
Network and did Anne Hirsch join?>>Yes, Michael Anne Hirsch is here.>>Okay, thank you. The next center I have funded by RSA is one
of the tax centers and I think JD is for job development.>>Job driven.>>Job driven VR [inaudible] and did Katie
Allen join from ICI?>>I’m here, hi.>>Okay, thanks Katie. Next, we have LEAD Center.>>We’re here.>>And Rebecca is here with others okay. Next, I have the Pathways RTC from Portland
State, did Emily Taylor join? Okay, next I have from Transcend the Mid-Atlantic
ADA Center and did Karen Goss join? Yes, was that?>>I think so.>>Okay. We have from EARN, one of the ODEP centers
Brett Sheiks, did Brett join?>>Yes, hi how you doing?>>Okay thanks for joining. I also have the Northeast ADA center and part
of the Diversity Partners Project, did Wendy join or Elise join? Okay. The next I have is the RRTC on Advancing Employment
for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, did Allison Hall join? Okay, well hopefully many of these folks who
did sign up will be joining with us shortly. I know we have representatives from a number
of federal agencies from [inaudible], from RSA, from Department of Labor, from SAMHSA,
from ODEP. I’m going to call all the individual names
which would take quite a bit of time. So, I think with that let me turn it over
to Chris Sutton to say a few words before we turn it over to our guest speakers.>>Thanks Michael, thank you to our LEAD Center
staff, and thank you to everyone who has joined the call today. I know that we here at ODEP are very excited
about today’s call with two national leaders from NASWA, NAWDP and NAWB. We also are really fortunate because Jennifer
Sheehy, our Deputy Assistant Secretary, has been able to fit this into her schedule today
and she wanted to say a few words of welcome. So, I’m going to turn it over to Jennifer. Jennifer.>>Yeah, thank you so much Chris and thank
you Michael and everybody who is participating today, really, really think this is a valuable
opportunity for us to talk with NASWA and NAWDP and the NAWB and sorry, I know all of
your acronyms, but I know we only have an hour and a half, so we’re going to keep moving. But we really, really need to hear from you
and then make sure we are coordinated and delivering you valuable information that is
helpful and that helps all of our job seekers with disabilities find successful interventions
and then get good jobs. So, I’m very anxious today and listen to the
discussions and then follow up as necessary with anybody to help do what we need to do
to meet the needs of our guests here. Thank you.>>Thanks Jennifer. Michael, back to you. Michael, are you on mute?>>Oh, so sorry. Okay talking here just to Rebecca. All right yes, we’re going to hear first from
Diane Duff, Executive Director of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. And maybe before you tell us a little bit
about NAWDP can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get into this job, what some of
your background and then you can take that to sharing with us the NAWDP mission?>>Sure, I’d be pleased to. And thanks so much for having me on this call. I joined NAWDP in June, so I hope you will
all give me a little bit of a pass for being new as I reflect on many of the things that
I’m working on NAWDP. It probably won’t be completely complete because
I’m still learning an awful lot about what has been and where my board and my members
would like to go. But with that, I’d just like to say that I’m
thrilled to be here. I came to NAWDP after spending 11 years as
the Executive Director for the Southern Governors Association which southern governors have
a broad portfolio of interest, but one of the things that was a recurring point of conversation
was workforce development and how do we make sure that our states and our communities have
the talent pools available for the businesses that we’re working to attract to our state. So, I’ve actually done a lot of project work
with states on looking to the future of work and understanding business community’s needs
with regard to talent pool. And that is the background that brought me
here. I do have 30 years of experience in the Washington
political policy conversation, about 20 of it spend in association management capacities
and another 10 in policy and at general advocacy. So, I was really thrilled to come to NAWDP
and we’re working a lot on systems improvement and really understanding how we can broaden
our portfolio of things that support the continued development of the workforce development professional. So, unless there are any questions about that
I’m happy to just jump into my brief set of slides introducing what NAWDP is working on. Are there any questions at this moment? If not, NAWDP’s mission broadly is to advocate
for the workforce industry and to develop the professional capacity workforce professionals. And so, a lot of that comes through our programming,
our programming and our conferences, our e-learning and our certification products. So, we are really focused on providing excellence
in those areas and helping our members achieve the best outcomes possible to all jobseekers
and the businesses that they serve. Next slide. NAWDP’s history is interesting and I’m still
learning a lot about this. We trace our beginnings back to 1984 when
the national job training partnership was formed to help support programs that were
part of the Job Training Partnership Act. And a few years later that partnership launched
something called the Partnership for Training and Employment Careers recognizing that this
field really need to focus on professionalizing its services. So, after a couple of years of that project
they decided to incorporate that organization in 1992 with an emphasis on skill building
and standards. And the NJTP was at that same time renamed
the Partnership Education Fund. And then a couple of years later PTEC was
renamed NAWDP. So, if you were able to follow that bouncing
ball easily then you’re doing better than I am. But the bottom line is NAWDP is 501(c)(6)
organization, the Partnership Education Fund is a 501(c)(3). They operate jointly and share the same Board
of Directors and staff. And so, everything that we do falls under
those tax identification numbers. Next slide. Right now, NAWDP’s programming is focused
on professional development which is largely performed in person at conferences and workshops. Professional development using online e-learning
products, including webinars and webcasts. We offer certification, the certified workforce
development professional based on nine core competencies. And we provide reporting and aggregated resources
that inform our membership of program and policy development, innovations industry,
promising practices, research data and the like. Next slide. There we go. So, the CWDP core competencies are currently
focused on these nine areas, business and economic development, intelligence, career
development, collaboration and problem-solving, customer service, diversity, labor market
information, communication, program implementation, and workforce development structure policies
and programs. At this particular juncture my board is spending
a lot of time looking at the CWDP credential and specifically the competencies to figure
out whether and how it would be appropriate to broaden those things so that we are reflecting
the growing group of people that function in the workforce space. And so, I’m sure there’s going to be more
information about that in the coming month. But we want to make sure that when we talk
about certification in the workforce development industry that we’re clear about what exact
skills we are certifying. So again, focus on program outcomes and understanding
how to make the best outcome for jobseekers and for businesses. Next slide please. In addition to those core competencies we
have applied e-learning tracks or professional development and e-learning tracks that align
with some of the more defined areas, including business services, jobseeker services, youth
services, management services, and then of course, there is also the more general workforce
professional functions. So, I think that those four categories provide
some distinct areas, but again that is under review and we want to make sure that we are
hitting all of the special population needs the way we should. Next slide. So, this is the subtracts improving program
outcomes, serving priority populations, strengthening career pathways, improving employer engagement
is really key and then leadership and personal development. So, all of these themes really run through
all of our programming and we’re spending a lot of time right now figuring out how to
improve our own structures and systems so that we can make sure that the entire workforce
development professional community has the resources that they need to get the best outcomes
for where they’re working. And I think that’s maybe my last slide, is
that my last slide? One more, one more. Okay, so in that vein I am working diligently
on producing a new online presence for NAWDP, it will involve a member portal where members
are going to be able to virtually connect with each other at any time, they’ll be able
to exchange ideas and information, act as aggregated resources and develop customized
professional development plans based on the resources that we provide there. If you are not already involved directly with
NAWDP I’d encourage you to check us out as this space comes active in January. There will be an opportunity for people to
create profiles who are not members so that you can see what’s going on. But again, this is a real opportunity for
us to connect all of the folks that are involved in the workforce industry and really use our
collective experience to improve outcomes. So, if anybody has any questions I’m happy
to answer them.>>Diane, this is Michael. I’m curious how many NAWDP members are nationwide
and here’s the second part, are they equally divided in terms of focus on youth versus
focus on adult jobseekers?>>So, at the moment we have about 4,000 members
and it is my goal to grow that dramatically in the coming years improving the services
that we offer. In terms of how they stack up compared to
youth [inaudible] versus other populations, current systems don’t really allow me to track
that. So, get into this new [inaudible] that I just
referred to, we will be able to people create their own profiles, identify the areas that
they’re working on, and provide more consistent data about members they’re serving and information
about sorts of things in that area. So, unfortunately right now I can’t answer
that for you. Anybody else?>>Yeah, with a question before we turn to
our next speaker.>>Hello everyone, this is Kurt [inaudible]
from ODEP and I just had a question for you Diane and I’m sorry to put you on the spot. But I was just wondering how many professionals
have obtained their credential and I don’t know if you can answer this, have you seen
any measured improvement in terms of performance from the people who have attained that credential,
are they seeing better results, better outcomes with individuals or even better performance
outcomes for the staff that have that credential?>>Those are all excellent questions and questions
that I hope to be able to start aggregating data about in a new database scenario, but
quite frankly because we don’t have capabilities for collection of a lot of that information
I can’t really give you a sense of it. In terms of how many CWDP’s have been issued
I’d have to swing back with you on that one as well to tell you the truth. I can tell you that on a quarterly basis we’re
getting somewhere around 40 or 50 applications, but we’ve got a period coming up where I’ve
got 120 people looking for tips and strategies for completing their form. And a CWDP certification is good for three
years. So, if I just gave you a raw number I don’t
think it would be reflective of how many individuals hold that credential. So, if you’d like me to swing back with you
with more specific information I can certainly do that.>>Thank you Diane, actually I got your e-mail
and I’ll actually send you an e-mail so that we can touch base, I appreciate that.>>That would be great, thank you.>>Is there another question before we move
on? I do see one I think that came through the
chat box. The question is and we’re going to get to
this later, how do you see your membership interacting with the many technical assistance
centers, providers who are working more specifically with people with disability? And I’ll answer the first part of that question
even though not intended for us at the LEAD Center. But the LEAD Center has had a very active
role with your predecessor, as well as with you since you’ve come onboard presenting at
conferences that you’ve been operating on a national level for I think every year now
for about four years. And have really given us the opportunity not
just in breakout sessions, but also in plenary sessions to introduce the opportunities and
different strategies related to support of youth, as well as adults with disabilities. And so, I want to thank NAWDP for that collaboration
which has been going on now for quite a number of years. I don’t know if you want to add to that at
this point or we can save it until we hear from the other speakers?>>Well, thank you. First of all, thank you for jumping in on
my behalf because again, with a mere five months under my belt I can’t say that I’m
necessarily the best person to answer some of these bigger historical questions. But one of the things that I’ve really been
pushing my board towards is creation of sort of an outline of programming so that we can
really clearly state what our programming speaks to. And so, in the case of the disability community
from my perspective it makes perfect sense for us to have a line of e-learning where
technical assistance providers would be able to do a webinar that we host for very specific
topics and issues that are being raised in our membership. We’ve not had a formal structure for that
ongoing throughout the years in the past, but we have made an effort to incorporate
disability into our conference programming. My goal now is to broaden our offerings and
make sure that we’re consistently addressing the concerns of all of our different communities,
including the disability community. So, I encourage any of you who want to send
me an e-mail and talk more about some of the opportunities that you see as appropriate
to address the disability community issues, please send me a note and let’s talk about
it because we’re developing new stuff as we speak.>>You know Diane, this is Chris Button at
ODEP and I just want to say that you represent where the rubber meets the road really in
terms of service through the workforce system to people with disabilities, youth and adults
with disabilities. In that respect as Michael indicated a few
minutes ago we really appreciate the partnership at ODEP because we feel that by working with
you and your tentacles reaching out to all those direct line staff that are in the system
that it’s really a very important connection for us in terms of getting out information
about best practices, strategies for serving people with disabilities, partnerships, collaborations,
etcetera. But that has been just really very essential. And so, I want to just reiterate his appreciation.>>Well thank you Chris and I’d love to talk
with you more about that because I’d really like to set up a lot of the things that we’re
doing to make it a two-way street communication, what are these people on the ground experiencing,
what do they need help with and I’m not sure that they always know how to tap into that
and I want to make it easier for them and I’d like to make it easier for you as well. So, let’s keep talking.>>Excellent. Diane, thank you so much. Let me now turn to our second presenter Julie
Squire who is the Policy Director and General Counsel at NASWA, the National Association
of State Workforce Agencies. I know for so many of us on this call we have
for years worked with CSAVR and the state VR agencies, but I suspect much less of us
have actually reached out and been doing things with NASWA. And Julie, I’m going to ask you the same question
that I had asked Diane, how did you come to NASWA and you know what’s some of your prior
background and how long have you been at NASWA before we turn to your slides?>>Well, thank you Michael and I thank you
also Rebecca and good afternoon everyone. So, I have been NASWA I’ll be coming up on
three years and prior to joining NASWA back in February of 2015, I had for many with the
Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation first as unemployment insurance
director and then I was director of the division of workforce development there. So, it was a great experience and really this
new job gives me a chance to share with states across the country really our goal of sharing
best practices and driving the national workforce agenda. So, my background is from a state and now
I’m really, it’s a great passion of mine helping states with resources so that they can do
their jobs. And I’ll talk just a little bit about NASWA
because I know that you know a lot of the people on the call are with VR and we do have
a few state workforce agencies who are now having VR in their agency. In fact, I’m really excited we’re just starting
kind of an updated survey of our members to make sure that we know exactly what workforce
programs are in their agencies because sometimes as a lot of you know, states are so different
as far as how they’re organized. And some of these workforce programs can be
in two different state agencies that happens actually more often than you would imagine,
even with [inaudible] services and unemployment. But I just want to step back and just give
a little kind of overview about NASWA. So, for those of you who haven’t heard of
us, we are the Association of the State Workforce Agencies. So, what we do is we support the state workforce
agencies to accomplish their workforce goals and responsibilities. So, our members are the administrators of
the state agencies that work with the federal workforce programs, including WIOA, Unemployment
Insurance, Labor Market Information, Employment Services, and the Jobs for Veterans State
grant. All 50 states plus the District of Columbia
are members of NASWA. We have a strong policy interest in those
areas and we love to collaborate with other groups quite often, but those are really our
main policy areas that I mentioned. Our history I’ll just mention a little bit
about it because Diane did. NASWA actually was founded in 1937, our name
has changed since then. We in the old days we were the Interstate
Conference of Employment Security Agencies. And how it happened is that when the Social
Security Act was formed states really found that they needed to talk with one another,
especially about operations, people moving from state to state, and also so that their
voice could be heard in the United States Department of Labor and in congress. So, actually we can go back to the slide before
here, there we go. So, we did change our name to NASWA in the
year 2000 to kind of be a little bit more modern. And we have a board of directors kind of arrangement,
we have 10 board members that are selected from the workforce administrators across the
country. And we also have an executive committee. And I just included this slide so you can
see who the leaders of our organization are and we are really a board driven association. We meet regularly with the board and it’s
a very active board. Our new president is Renee Olson from Nevada
and we have Jon Pierpont from Utah, Dale Peinecke was our president last year from Washington
State, [inaudible] Donald District of Columbia, and Kelly Schulz from Maryland. We are nonpartisan which is great and it’s
amazing how much you can agree upon in the area of workforce development, which is wonderful
for our organization and everybody agrees we just need to push this forward and work
together. If you could go to the next slide please. So, we really have two main strategic goals
at NASWA, the first is driving the national workforce agenda. And this really is to be the voice of the
states collectively in Washington, DC. At the end of the presentation our website
is up there, it’s ww.naswa.org and we do have legislative priorities. Our board meets every year to update these
and it’s really what we want to push both at the Department of Labor and in congress. With this group here. I wanted to mention a new initiative that
we have and our partners who are on the line from the Department of Labor know about this
and possibly others do. We just started working with USDOL, a group
it’s called the WIOA Information Technology Support Center WITSC. And what this is it’s really a convening and
working together of federal partners and also state partners to look at information technology
to support WIOA. The states have really needed more IT systems
that can really integrate different programs, especially under WIOA now that we have agencies
that might have for example, unemployment insurance and vocational rehabilitation and
adult education. So, this is a new initiative that we’re really
just getting off the ground and we’re very excited about that and hopefully be able to
offer advice and best practices for the state as they are really aligning their IT systems. Next slide please. So, we have at NASWA committees, so in addition
to the board level we really involve the state employees in the different policy areas. And one way we do this is to have committees,
we have an unemployment insurance committee, we have an equal opportunity committee, a
veterans committee, employment and training, labor market information, administration and
finance, and technology committee. And what they do is really twofold again,
echoing our strategic goals. One, driving the national workforce agenda,
sending forward policy goals, policy changes that need to be made. The other area that is very important for
NASWA along with our high-value member services it’s really sharing best practices. So, we have conferences which are a great
way for our members to share best practices and learn from experts and from each other. This slide here is from our veterans’ conference
which is held once a year, this year it’s from our conference in Washington, DC in august. That is Brad Snyder standing on the right,
he is a veteran of the Afghanistan war and he lost his sight in the war and he is now
in the Paralympics as a swimmer and he’s doing quite well. And in addition to this conference if you
can go to the next slide, I’ll just a mention of couple of our other bigger conferences. We have an annual workforce meeting and we
have an unemployment insurance meeting. These are really opportunities again for members
to learn from each other and share best practices. And if you could go to the next slide, I wanted
to mention something else that NASWA is working on that some of you might not know about. So, Direct Employers is an association of
employers. And about 10 years ago after USA.jobs stopped
NASWA started working with Direct Employers on a national labor exchange, a job site and
it is under my.jobs. And this is a national labor exchange that
the states can feed their jobs into this from their state job banks and this is really the
national labor exchange at this time. It’s really exciting and if you’re not familiar
with it check it out because it does have a microsite for disability jobs. And I don’t know if all of you are aware of
that, but I thought it would be something to mention. Next slide please. So, we do have a big conference coming up
in September, this is going to be a combined workforce development and UI conference. We’re very excited about it, we don’t have
any information on our website yet, but we’re working to get there. So hopefully, if our work is closely aligned
with yours you might be interested. But I’m really interested in following up
with NDI and LEAD Center to find out who all is on this call and the other organizations
to see how we can have further collaborations. We love collaboration, NASWA has done a lot
with NAWB over the last couple of years since WIOA was passed as Ron knows and other organizations. Really excited about Diane joining NAWDP and
collaborating with her as well. And we’ve had great success with the LEAD
Center and with NDI working with our members. And NDI National Disabilities Institute has
done some great projects with our members and any time that we can let our members know
about resources available to them it’s really beneficial. So, I’m hoping that after this call Michael
and Rebecca might be able to share with us, the speakers, information about the different
organizations so that we can think about how we can collaborate further. So that’s just kind of a high level. If you go to the next slide my information
is there, including the website www.naswa.org. Next slide please. I guess the last slide didn’t make it, it
also had my e-mail on it. So, can you try going back one just to see
if it’s there? No, okay. The last slide somehow didn’t make it, but
my e-mail is [email protected] And our website if you want to see more of
what we do is naswa.org. Does anybody have any questions?>>Oh Julie, thank you. I think what we’re going to do is hold on
questions right now because we want to make sure there’s enough time for Ron to present
and then we also want to hear from the centers that are on.>>Great.>>So, thank you for right now and we’re going
to move quickly to Ron Painter, Chief Executive Officer, the National Association of Workforce
Boards. And Ron, I’ll ask you the same question to
start, you know what’s your background, how long have you been at NAWB, and then you can
proceed with your slides?>>Okay. I’m guessing you can hear me?>>We can.>>We can.>>All right, not really sure on the technology
am I like doing this right. Michael, thanks and I also want to express
my appreciation to LEAD for asking me to join you today. What I want to do obviously is introduce NAWB,
but in response to your question Michael, my life began with some brief tenure, a couple
of years in the private sector and then local elected office in western Pennsylvania. As part of that I got exposed to a project
that I would describe as it was federal money that helped employ young people in the summer. And I moved over to head up that project and
fell in love with the whole concept of skills and how people acquire skills and what is
it that they do with them, how do we find and develop talent. That led me from western Pennsylvania to a
stint with the Department of Labor on loan for a project looking at how would you take
a Malcolm Baldrige criteria, organizational criteria and how would you inject that into
workforce development organizations. And I stuck around DC to work for the National
Alliance of Business. Headed back to my home territory of Pittsburgh
to work first for the mayor and then move over to the workforce board. And in 2009 came here to DC to head up the
National Association of Workforce Boards. So, it’s been an interesting journey. You can hit the next slide. So, the National Association of Workforce
Boards was founded in 1978 and it began when a group of individuals who had been appointed
to something called a Private Industry Council that back in that legislation was an advisory
council around this federal money that came for employment and skill development. And they got together because they really
didn’t understand public policy well, weren’t really sure how effective they could be if
they didn’t really understand how does all this end up, how does it all begin at the
federal level, how does it end up at the local level, what is these partnerships, how can
they influence one another. And so, they got together and in October of
1978 incorporated what was then the National Association of Private Industry Councils. NAPIC became NAWB when the Workforce Innovation
and Opportunity or the Workforce Innovation sorry, the Workforce Investment Act came into
being and workforce boards were created. The boards have since the beginning been a
majority membership from the private sector. And that really gets to be important later
on when we talk about what do I see as some of the primary drivers for WIOA. But NAWB represents and there about 550 local
business led workforce development boards across the US and the territories, that’s
a very dynamic number as we see some consolidation around boards, we also see new boards being
created to respond and reflect regional labor markets. We do our work through what you might think
of as for tracks or for buckets. The first is advocacy, do a lot of work here
in Washington, DC, representing the work of the boards both on Capitol Hill, with the
administration. And as you notice on the left, an increasing
number of national business associations and foundations who was work overlaps into workforce
development and the local boards. We do it through training and technical assistance,
do a lot of work with the locals around working with them. And I’m glad the Employment and Training ETA
DOL is joining us today because they’re a great partner for us. So, we do a lot of technical assistance in
the field, a lot of that sometimes involving helping local workforce development boards,
their staff understand opportunities and constraints inside the legislation and the regulation,
and working with DOL sometimes to better define that. We do a lot of communications with our members
and again, referring back to we do a lot of strategic partnerships. We have a number of learning providers that
work with us. We have a number of large corporations that
we work with and as you see a list of companies to the left. Recently, we added Google.org to that list. We were very pleased and very proud to cohost
with MIT and Google a conversation not too long ago in Cambridge around what’s the future
of work and how do, you know, how do we see the workforce development system playing in
that space. NAWB is a 501(c)(3), our board is made up
of 24 individuals that come from across the US. We have two local directors on the board,
the balance are all private-sector individuals who either sit on local workforce boards,
chair workforce boards or you know are national concerns around workforce development. So, you can hit the next slide. Currently, the board is chaired by Tom Peterson
from Hoffman Construction in Seattle. I think when we talk about the workforce boards
both state and local and what they’re driving at I think it’s important for us to remember
what eventually became the reauthorization of the federal initiative around workforce
development. The Workforce Investment Act took 13 years
basically to reauthorize and when it was done it was called the Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act. I refer to it as often as the INO because
I think if we forget that innovation and opportunity are core concepts in the act, then I think
we’ve really lost the intent of the discussions that led to the reauthorization. So, I put the purpose up there. And the first word you notice is to better
align. You know there’s a lot of money that is pumped
into employment and training across the country, both public and private dollars. So, the question becomes, what are they doing
and we spent a lot of time in the reauthorization talking about workforce development as a system,
it’s not a program it’s a system, it’s an ecosystem of a number of organizations and
a number of funding subsets. But the idea is that what we want to do across
the country is to create an environment, a system, an ecosystem where we can have economic
gain for our regions and for the individuals who live there. We operate in a labor market, so there are
enormous challenges in any kind of a market and certainly as you know, we have that in
the development in the labor market. To give you some sense and I can’t see you
so this is a little strange, but I’m going to assume that when I ask you how many of
you got hired in a room, I see there’s 55 people on the call. So, I’m going to ask you to raise your hand
if you got hired in a room with 54 other people at the same time? Okay I don’t see any hands, so that means
that you experienced getting hired primarily the way I do, which is I got hired, I got
a letter, I got an e-mail, I got a phone call. There were 50 million of those transactions
in the US labor market last year. So, this is an enormously dynamic thing called
the labor market. So, a part of the work of the workforce boards
is to analyze what is happening in their regional labor markets and then work to align the resources
around developing skills to make it matter in their region. And there’s one more slide and you can jump
to that. We do an annual conference it’s called the
forum, it comes up the end of March, it’s at the Washington Hilton, registration is
going on right now if you’re interested. I know a number of folks on the phone are
already, you know, already joined us each year. We also do something called Workforce Central
which are podcasts that you can find on iTunes or Google. And we’d really love feedback in terms of
topics that would be of interest to you. We have interviewed a number of people, you
know, over the course of the last couple of years talking about labor market information. We have my friend Richard Lum come on to talk
about what the future looks like and how you build scenarios to potentially deal with the
future or be prepared to deal with it. So, I’d encourage you to go out and check
out the podcast and let me know what you would like, you know, you’d like more information
about or you wish that we would talk about on the podcast. So, with that Michael I am going to hand it
back to you and hang out and listen and if I can answer questions I’d certainly be happy
to do that.>>Ron, thank you so much. I’m going to skip past a question we were
going to ask each of you is, what do you feel are the most significant changes that you’ve
seen since the implementation of the WIOA? We’ll probably come back to it, but I want
to turn to the centers that are on the on the call. I want to acknowledge, I think Curtis Richards
was finally — broke through and got onto our system. Thank you, Curtis. And I believe that Cheryl Mitchell.>>Thank you Rebecca.>>Cheryl Mitchell with EFSLMP also made it
onto our system and there may be some others. But I want to turn to the centers on the call
and ask if anyone would like to take the lead in terms of how was your center involved in
supporting WIOA implementation and there obviously are several that could spend hours now speaking
about what they’re doing. But is there — maybe try to keep answers
relatively short and is there anyone who’d like to respond to that question and just
identify yourself and your center?>>Hey Michael, this is Josh Christianson
from the Partnership Employment and Acceptable Technology.>>Great.>>I can speak a little bit to our overlap
with the WIOA and it won’t be long we don’t have a ton there, but we have put together
a guide and this is really aimed at the AJC’s to better understand their responsibility
around accessibility as it relates to their programmatic and thus digital resources. So, I think a lot of them are familiar with
the physical space and we’re talking about accessibility in the digital space. And so, on our website we put together some
resources in a link we call policy matters and I can put that in the chat window or whatever,
but I’ll briefly review what they are. First, we’ve got a great video by Bobby Silverstein
which I know many folks know talking about, speaking directly to the states and their
responsibility. And we put together an overall guide, kind
of an overview of what is accessibility, what is required under WIOA for the American jobs
centers. And then within that we have a few very tangible
concrete resources for people to use. We have got kind of the five top things that
they need to know. We have a checklist so the job centers can
go and kind of look at what they have and go down the checklist to help them. We even have put together a presentation deck
like a PowerPoint that someone at an American Job Center could use for their learning or
to share with their staff, you know, or some people that manage multiple agencies could
share to understand what it is around accessibility they need to do and improve as it relates
to the WIOA. And I’ll stop there by just saying that a
lot of what is required we also have resources on generically on our site as we have tools
and resources free to everyone around accessible workplace technology.>>Thank you. I think the least I can do is call on you
Curtis since we made it so hard for you to get online. You really have two centers, one RSA funded,
the other ODEP funded, probably have more than that for all I know. But you want to just give a few examples of
your supporting WIOA implantation?>>So, a couple things. Thank you, Michael. First of all, we through particularly the
ODEP supported NC National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth have presented
at all three of your conferences over the years many times. And also, Diane and this is, you know, just
something that we had mentioned when we met you last week that we want to chat about is
our youth service core competencies that we developed became the basis of your youth endorsement
at one point. I know you’ve been going through some revisions,
so we need to just sort of catch up on that. We’ve developed a series of training modules
based on those youth service core competencies that we are now delivering, we’ve delivered
them to the VR system in Alaska, this is under the youth VR TA center that the Department
of Ed is supporting. Folks are just hungry for how to work better
with youth, how to train their counselors to work better with youth. So, we’ve now done all eight trainings in
Alaska, we’ve done four trainings in Nevada, we’re about to move into Arizona. And then we’ve also been supporting the VR
system in six or eight states where we are delivering customized employment training
so that the VR folks understand how to implement a customized employment. And given the time I’ll just drop it at that
and feel free to check in with folks.>>Thank you, Curtis.>>This is Cindy Cai from TTVR [phonetic]
Center, we also developed a webtop series to support VR professionals to implement WIOA. As a matter of fact, Curtis is one of our
speakers on the webcast series. And so, we encourage folks to check it out,
our ttvr.org website. And what we do is to develop, you know, identify
a group of — a research panel. So, we have researchers, we have professionals
to represent on each of the webcasts to translate the best practices as a support [inaudible]
the VR practices. So, we also have been working on a new webcast,
actually it’s going to be live in collaboration with a workforce innovation technical assistance
vendor, it’s called the Clear Pathways, A Roadmap for Innovation and Integration. And this live training is going to be on December
12th at 12 o’clock p.m. pacific time, so we encourage folks to check it out. Thank you.>>Thank you very much. I’m going to call on Laura Glennick just so
I make sure that people are aware of Workforce GPS and other, you know, quick highlights
from the DEI training and TA.>>Okay great, thank you Michael and hello
everyone. Workforce GPS for those who don’t know is
the web portal for WIOA for workforce professionals. It is literally workforcegps.org. The NDR DEI technical assistance team helps
to host and maintain two websites on this web portal. One is disability unemployment, community
of practices. Workforce GPS lays out websites either as
community practice or collection sites. We also have a disability employment initiative
collection site. But for all of those on this line really would
point you to the disability unemployment community of practice because it’s been developed really
to serve as the medium through the regular workforce channel to provide access to current
resources, information and tools around disability unemployment. And we’re actually in the process of revamping
it, I think it will be helpful. And just to say Michael also, the Disability
Employment Initiative for those who don’t know is a jointly funded project with ODEP,
administered by the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor. And with WIOA and the emphasis around disability
it really provided a platform in the states and local areas where DEI exists. They were and currently continue are leveraging
DEI to really address the disability provisions in WIOA. So, it’s really been an exciting opportunity
for the technical assistance team to see this happen and we hear from project leads that
they think that the DEI is a blueprint for WIOA. So, it’s been a very exciting time. And I’ll also put in the chat the websites
that I just referenced.>>Great, thank you. Do we have others who wanted to share some
of your work that would be relevant today?>>Yeah, hi Michael.>>Michael.>>This is Barry Whaley from Southeast ADA.>>Hi, Barry.>>Can you hear me?>>We can.>>Yeah, thank you. What we’ve been doing over the last year at
Southeast ADA we’ve been developing a curriculum, a youth and self-advocacy curriculum that
touches on each of the five pre-ETS components, job exploration, work-based learning, trying
to remember them all now, readiness, self-advocacy, counseling, postsecondary counseling. And what we have done is we’ve developed what
right now is an eight-module training curriculum that includes a PowerPoint presentation and
interactive activities. It’s very content rich curriculum that has
a lot of different activities based upon individual learning styles for a broad range of disability
groups. Currently, we are piloting this curriculum
in cooperation with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation. We also are looking to pilot the curriculum
next year at South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. I just think it has a lot of opportunity to
reach out to students to provide some basic information on how to advocate for yourself,
what to do on the job, how you ask for an accommodation on the job. So, it’s something that we’re very proud of.>>Thank you, Barry. Is there another center?>>Hello, Michael.>>Yeah.>>This is Kirk and I just wanted to throw
something out to Barry. Barry what you’re doing sounds really exciting. We wanted to make sure that we’re coordinating
with you and we know that there are efforts around those same topics around pre-ETS. So, we would love to talk to you and make
sure that.>>Sure.>>All those efforts are coordinated and we’re
talking the same language, and to make sure that whatever resources you have that we can
share with those other [inaudible], so we’re actually consistent. So, if possible I would like to reach out
to you and start to facilitate that discussion?>>Yes, that’d be great, I’d love to have
that conversation. Thank you.>>Okay and it’s Barry, what’s your last name
Barry?>>It’s Whaley W-H-A-L-E-Y and let me give
you an e-mail address it’s pretty simple, it’s B-A-W-H-A-L-E-Y at law.syr.edu.>>Okay, thank you Barry.>>Is there another center who would like
to share? Okay Rebecca, I think you’re going to share
a little bit from the LEAD Center.>>Yeah, I was going to mention for those
of you aren’t aware, the LEAD Center has been involved with all three of the organizations
that presented today. But we’re doing a number of things, we’re
working to promote the equal opportunity provisions of WIOA, having been part of creating the
Disability Reference Guide and are doing technical assistance and training in different parts
of the country. We’ll be launching with the Civil Rights Center
and ODEP and ETA of community practice on equal opportunity. We’ve been piloting guided group discovery
in American Job Centers with partners to provide an alternative form of assessment in a way
to introduce customized employment for people who are experiencing barriers to employment,
including people who have you know the most significant disabilities. And we have on our website a number of documents
that look at WIOA from a disability perspective, looking at different aspects of WIOA so that
you could call out those things better that are most relevant in working with people with
disabilities with suggestions. Also, on our website there’s a link to the
drive site which was created with ODEP where you can get a state-by-state analysis of what’s
happening in each state in terms of disability employment with very rich data and information
on what’s happening related to WIOA implementation, including a place that has pulled out pieces
in every state’s WIOA’s state plan that relate to services to people with disabilities and
career pathways work related to people with disabilities. So, it’s a link on our website and you know
encourage you to all look at that as well.>>Okay any other center that would like to
share?>>Michael, this is Anne Hirsch from the Job
Accommodation Network. I just wanted to quickly mention a couple.>>Oh, great.>>We’ve developed a training module on our
website called Bridging the Gap Across Transition, it’s geared to helping people understand how
and when and if to disclose a requested accommodation, as well as we do a lot of referral on our
one-on-one consultations to ODEP hubs and the youth team hubs and documents that Richard
was mentioning.>>Excellent, thank you. Well I’m going to take the question now back
to Julie, Diane and Ron that I just wanted to make sure that we got to hear from many
of the centers about relevant work that they’re doing that might be of benefit to each of
your organizations. So, maybe Ron I’ll start with you is, what
do you think are some of the most significant changes that you’ve seen since the implementation
of WIOA?>>Thanks Michael. I think we have a slide that’ll pop up there
I think. I think when we talk about the federal engagement
in workforce and I think Julie mentioned this earlier, you think about the 1930’s, but even
before that in the 1850’s business came to the, you know, to Washington no offense ladies,
but business came to say the boys that were coming from the farm did not understand how
to, you what, what was modern, what was manufacturing and how to be a part of it. And so, we created land-grant universities
and their charge was to, you know, help people transition from agriculture and also to improve
agriculture, but to transition into modern manufacturing. So, to me that really started the notion of
this was about the individual like how do we in some ways, how we fix the individual. But WIOA as I mentioned earlier, we started
to talk about systems and systems theory in the reauthorization of WIOA. And so, when you look at what the purpose
is it makes this to me very, very, very significant psychological shift in that we think about
the original land-grants, we think about the 1930’s, the work progress administration getting
people to work, Social Security, unemployment, we think about Lyndon Johnson’s call in the
1960’s and the war on poverty. And we think about all of those as social,
you know, social ventures and now you come to WIOA where it starts to talk about talent
and talent development as an economic tool, and as a means for a region to differentiate
itself. So, as we face global competition talent now
becomes an economic, you know, a great and critical economic asset. The boards have — traditionally when I mentioned
the private industry councils it was all about partnership, it was all about like how many
people are at the table and are we all-inclusive and not to say that that’s not the focus today,
it still is this outreach, this convening of the interest in a community, but it’s also
the board taking a position of leadership. How do you align these resources? How do you indicate, you know, what are industry
sectors that are critical in a region, what are the occupations that are critical, what
are the skills, how do we develop those skills in our region? And finally, I think WIOA starts to focus
the boards and again, not necessarily away from the jobseeker because obviously they’re
critical in talent development, otherwise you wouldn’t have any talent development if
you had nobody to develop. But it’s really about how do you engage with
business in a much more intense way. So, moving away from transaction, moving away
from just the job listing to how do you begin to develop very deep partnerships with business
around talent development and what is their role, how do you work with the PK through
12 system, we have a lot of workforce boards that are working closely with early childhood. We have a lot of boards that work very closely
with Carl Perkins Career and Tech Education. So, I think the shift that WIOA says to workforce
boards again that a majority of their members are from the private sector is, hey you’re
going to have to lead this conversation around talent development in your region. So, I think when I talk to business groups
and they tell me I don’t know how to connect, you know, I don’t know how to work with them
I always start off by saying guys, this is a business proposition. Because WIOA funding is based on that region
continuing to produce outcomes, how many people entered employment, what were their wages,
how long did they stay in the labor market, you know, how many industry recognized credentials
are you generating. So, this really does become much more for
the board much more of a metric conversation, a business conversation if you will. So, think that’s the major shift and I hear
it constantly as I travel the country people who thought WIOA or the INO was just a warmed
over WIA have now discovered that it is a huge shift in how we see this federal investment.>>Thank you Ron and it certainly puts in
perspective major — no question major differences between WIA and WIOA. Julie, you know, from the perspective of state
agencies WIOA had major references throughout to support individuals with disabilities and
others with multiple barriers to employment. We’ve worked with your EO committee on section
188 implementation and we’ll continue to work with EO officers around the country. You know from the state perspective what are
the big challenges that you’re having and I’m interested in
what’s the picture going to look like in the future as we begin to see the performance
reporting and really begin to look at metrics on the performance measures as in WIOA? So that’s probably a lot of questions all
bundled together, but you can pick any one of them.>>Well I think I’ll, you know, I think I
want to start off not talking in terms of challenges, but more you know I see some amazing
things. Equal opportunity, you know, the language
in WIOA it was vastly different and we have new regulations from DOL for equal opportunity. And then the states are excited. In fact, next week you know we’re going to
be having a state EO conference with US DOL, it’s invitation only to this new position
that each state for a state EO officer for workforce development. It’s a brand-new requirement, which was put
in by US DOL, we’re excited about it. And you know it really gives the state the
support and focus they need to do their job. So, it’s been an elevated position, the states
are really excited to have a higher stature for that function. So, I think that is a big change. The other area that is really is a challenge,
but it is the opportunity is that states are having different agencies work together like
never before within the state structure. So, the work, you know, unemployment insurance
for many years has kind of been off on its own little silo and we see an amazing thing
happening across the country of bringing unemployment insurance along with the other workforce programs,
especially with the reemployment and eligibility assessment, it’s called REFA which is an expanded
unemployment insurance grant that allows some individuals who are receiving unemployment
insurance to get extra help in the AJC’s. And this has bipartisan support, we’ve got
a little bit of, you know, we’ve had some more funding from that. And it’s really making unemployment insurance
part, it’s really become reemployment reintegrated much more closely with the AJC’s. So, I think that that is very exciting.>>Thank you and Diane, you’re newest to your
job, but from your work in the last couple of months and from talking with ODEP members
are there particular areas that are kind of rising up that you’d want to mention?>>Well again, I will say that anything I
say here is probably you know not thoroughly reflective of my membership as a whole. But we had Christine Quinn come and speak
at the youth development symposium about the improvements that have been happening in youth
programs under WIOA and how well the workforce system has responded to some of the new empathies
within WIOA. So, I mean I think the membership is responding
to the requirements. But what I probably hear most regularly and
certainly from the board is an emphasis on business services and how do we better connect
and serve businesses and I think that’s going to continue to be a focus moving forward. Obviously, as Chris said earlier, NAWDP’s
a little bit about where the rubber meets the road and so everybody’s individual experience
is just that, an individual experience and what does their community need and how does
that all match up. But business services are the words of the
day and we’ll continue to figure out how to connect the workforce silo with the business
silo and make sure that jobseekers and businesses are both get what they need.>>Great, thank you. I know I think all three of you mentioned
you’d love to interact more. Some of the centers that have been on of course
have talked about that, we have spoken at your conferences and have interacted with
committees and things like that. What we will try to do is put together a good
list and maybe we’ll do a follow-up to this call to make sure that we do have the names
of all the centers and the individuals who were on so that there can be an exchange. An early slide in in the PowerPoint did have
the e-mail addresses for Julie, Diane and Ron.>>And we’ll send out the slide deck to everyone
who’s on the distribution list, they will get copies of that.>>Okay. In the one or two minutes that we have left
I do want to ask the centers that are on whether you have ideas for future meeting topics. We’ll do another one later in 2018 and if
you have thoughts on a speaker or speakers, please let us know. We’ll do that as a follow-up as well to this
call. I do want to express my appreciation to Julie,
Diane and Ron for making the time today. I think everyone has a much better idea of
what each of your organization’s mission is, the kinds of activities you’re involved with,
what you’re looking ahead to accomplish in 2018, and it should lead to a great deal more
of interaction. I do want to turn back to Chris Button who
is the lead for the systems team that the LEAD Center works with, whether you have some
further closing remarks.>>No, Michael just that this has been such
a great conversation today. I learned so much, I mean we have worked with
each of your organizations Julie and Diane and Ron and yet, I still learned a lot today. And we had our phones on mute, but I was just
kind of throwing out ideas as were other people here at ODEP about ways that we might craft
some future partnerships with these really important intermediaries. So, thank you so much for being here today
both to Julie, Diane and Ron and also to all the centers who took the time to be here. Coordination and non-duplication is so, so
important for all of us. We can collaborate with each other and produce
better results and that’s what we need to be about. So, [inaudible] I’m happy to hear that you’re
planning to do a follow-up with names and information so that people can be more formal
in sharing information and perhaps collaborating around various initiatives, so thank you so
much.>>Thank you Chris and thank you again to
all the centers who joined, I think we’re just about out of time. I hope you feel as well that you learned a
great deal more about these three important organizations and also about resources and
activities that some of the centers are involved in. And I hope when we pull together the list
that there will be even more coordination and collaboration. So, thanks everyone for joining us, have a
great rest of the day and we’ll be following up with you. Take care, bye-bye.>>Thank you, Michael.>>Thank you, Michael.

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