Keynote Speaker

Elena SilvaDr. Elena Silva
Senior Associate
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Elena Silva is a senior associate at The Carnegie Foundation, where she contributes to the Foundation's research and writing projects and represents the Foundation and its work in the Washington, D.C. education policy community and nationally. She comes to Carnegie from Education Sector, where she was a senior policy analyst researching and writing on a wide range of educational issues, including public school staffing, scheduling, assessment and the role of teachers' unions in reform. Earlier in her career she was the director of research for American Association of University Women, where she led national research initiatives and wrote related research reports on gender equity in science and technology, higher education and the workplace, and managed the Foundation's research grants portfolio. Silva developed and directed one of the first AmeriCorps service programs in the United States for the ASPIRA Association.

Silva holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in education from University of California-Berkeley, where she taught undergraduate courses in urban education, high school reform and qualitative research. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Some of this year's sessions will include:

  • Two for the Price of One (Using professional development training to earn credit toward a college degree)
  • The Best of Both Worlds: Creating Pathways from Apprenticeship to College Degrees
  • PLAgiarism: Academic Honesty in PLA
  • Creating a Culture Shift for Assessment-Based Program Improvement: Lessons Learned
  • The New World of PLAs: Re-examining Your Prior Learning Assessment Program
  • Assessing All Learning – Towards a University-Level Learning Assessment Framework
  • Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning
  • Validating MOOC Learning for College Credit
  • Historical Review and Future Directions of Prior Learning Assessment at Texas State University
  • Doing Research on PLA: Keeping Our Ideas Flowing
  • Developing a Prior Learning Program: Nuts and Bolts
  • Competency-Based Assessments: What's Happening in Your State and at Your Institution?
  • Revisiting the definition of the non-traditional adult learner: Assessment Practices Redefined
  • Exploration of the Degree Qualifications Profile: An Approach to Adaptation
  • Competency Map: Communicating Curricular Status to Adult Students, Faculty, and Academic Advisors
  • Permission to Write: The Unlearning Involved in Prior Learning Portfolio Production
  • A Paradigm Shift: Higher Education's shift from luxury to necessity
  • Metrics to Determine the Success of a PLA Program
  • What can you do with a MOOC?
  • Electronic Mentoring: What Is It?
  • Report from US Dept. of Education
  • Opportunities available for enhancing or sharpening your skills in prior learning assessment
  • System Developing Effective Online Discussion Boards for General Education Science
  • PLA's as Reflections of Career Learning among I.B.E.W. Local Union 3 Electricians
  • Warriors to Workforce (Workforce Development Track; short or full presentation)


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