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ASTD Nebraska: The Parallels of Teaching Adults and Children

How Much Have You Been Over-Emphasizing Adult Learning Princ
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
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Glenda Hinz
(402) 850-6710

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Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106
Price: $20/$25/$35

The Nebraska Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development, Inc. (ASTD Nebraska) is pleased to present the June 2014 programming event. Please join us from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, for a program with presenters Christine Hitchcock and Jonathon Titus. This program will provide members and guests with professional development opportunities in regard to Instructional Design and Training Delivery CORE Competencies.
The idea for this program stems from a "back-to-the-basics" approach to learning. Christine Hitchcock, Training Development Manager at West Corporation, and Jonathan Titus, Continuing Education Director at Bellevue University, will present a fun and engaging program about the principles of pedagogy, where they will help us draw out both the similarities and differences between that and andragogy. As adult learning professionals, it can be easy to underestimate some of the important principles and research regarding pedagogy. When we narrow our focus so intently on how we can best impact our adult learners, it is easy to lose the forest for the trees. We encourage you to join us for the June program to step back and take a refreshing look at learning from a child's perspective. We will challenge you to use some of the well-practiced Early Childhood Education strategies that you may have begun to take for granted, such as:

  • Telling engaging stories to keep the attention of your learners;
  • Playing games that aid in repetition and layer the information (knowledge transfer, scaffolding); and
  • Breaking up big ideas into smaller chunks.

Great examples and activities will be provided during the session. You will be able to take new knowledge back to your workplace and positively impact your learners the very next day!
Christine Hitchcock
Chris began her career teaching elementary school children from kindergarten to sixth grade. After teaching middle school students at Boys Town, she was offered a position training other teachers and learning professionals across the United States to use the behavioral management program utilized by the Boys Town schools. The transition from teaching children to training adults was less of a leap than expected. Now Manager of Training at the West Corporation, Chris has been teaching adults for more than 15 years and continually finds the principles of teaching children to be relevant and applicable in her work with adult learners. She currently serves on our board as the Past President. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education.
Jonathon Titus
Jonathon has been specializing in effective communication and knowledge transfer for over a decade. Many of the intense learning experiences he encountered as a Peace Corps volunteer with youth in small villages in the Chuquisaca Department of Bolivia have transitioned well to his adult learners at GEICO, the University of Iowa, Mutual of Omaha, and now Bellevue University where he is the Director of Continuing Education. Last year, Jonathon earned his CPLP (the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from ASTD), and he currently serves on our board as the VP of Education. He holds an MBA from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He is passionate about the value of life-long learning.
Program: Members $20 until Thursday, June 5; $25 until Tuesday, June 10; $35 day of program. Non-Member price $35.
For more information or to register, visit or call 402.850.6710.
About the ASTD Nebraska Chapter
ASTD Nebraska has over 300 members representing over 100 companies in the Omaha metro area. The mission of the chapter is to enhance members' abilities to train, develop, and support clients and organizations and our local and global communities. Networking and programs are held on a monthly basis. For more information, visit or email contactus [at] astdnebraska [dot] org.
About ASTD
Initiated in 1943, ASTD is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants and as suppliers. Members connect locally to more than 120 U.S. chapters and with 28 international partners. ASTD is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance with organizational results. For more information, visit

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