Resume

 

EDUCATION

1991 - 1996

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, School of Continuing Studies, Division of Education. (Post-Graduate course work in Adult Education/Special Education/Evaluation).

1978

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, Graduate Courses in Educational Administration.

1976

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, School of Education, Department of Exceptional Education, Majors: Mental Retardation and Learning Disabilities, M.S.

1975

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, Summer Courses in Behavioral Psychology.

1974

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, College of Letters and Science, Majors: Psychology and Sociology, B.S.

1970

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, College of Liberal Arts.

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1996 - Present

STUROMSKI & ASSOCIATES, Consulting Firm, Originally Washington, DC, Currently St. Petersburg, FL.

1993 - 1996

ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Washington, DC, Director of the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center (NALLDC).

1984 - 1993

LAB SCHOOL OF WASHINGTON, Washington, DC, Director of the Night School for Adults with Learning Disabilities, 1987 to 1993; Assistant Director, 1985 to 1987; Night School Instructor, 1984-1985.

1991 - 1993

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, School of Education, Department of Special Education, Ad-Hoc Instructor.

1987 - 1991

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, School of Education and Human Development, Department of Special Education, Ad-Hoc Instructor.

1988 - 1993

INDEPENDENT CONSULTING, Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Special Education; U.S. Department of Education, Office of Education Research and Improvement; Interstate Research Association; Central Intelligence Agency.

1980 - 1988

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Maryland, McKenny Hills Learning Center, Case Management Coordinator, 1987-1988; Westland Intermediate School, Alternative Education Teacher, 1985-1987; QUEST Summer Program at White Oak Intermediate School, 1987, 1986, 1985; Sligo Intermediate School, English Teacher, Basic Skills Coordinator, 1983-1985; Longview School, Teacher of Students with Severe and Profound Mental Retardation, Summer 1984, 1983; Mark Twain High School, Teacher of Students with Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, 1980-1983.

1976 - 1980

WAUKESHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Wisconsin, Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities, K – 6, Educational Diagnostician, Started a Gifted and Talented program.

 
STUROMSKI & ASSOCIATES - SELECTED TRAINING and CONSULTING CONTRACTS

2010 – Present

Georgia Institute of Technology, Alternative Media Access Center: External Evaluator on two Federal Government grants. The grants were awarded through the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice.

1996 - Present

State of Oklahoma (Year Long Trainings): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. Trainer-of-trainer component held in 1998-99, 2000-2001. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates). In 1997 helped organize and coordinate statewide, multi-agency task force that set state policy and supported evaluation of state programs for individuals with special needs. In 1999-2000 taught The Reading Process - Teaching Reading to Adults in Adult Education and Literacy Programs. A Trainer-of-trainer component held in 2001. A Woodcock-Johnson-Third Edition, Tests of Achievement, training on the broad scores as updates for GED Accommodations. A number of 2003-2004 trainings have been held or are scheduled - Using Adult Education and Literacy Evaluation Data for Program Improvement, Instructing GED Examiners on Accommodations for Adults with Disabilities, Supporting Adults with Learning Differences and Leaning Disabilities, and Reading, Writing and Math Strategies for the Adult Education Teacher. In 2004-2005 five programs across the state were evaluated and technical assistance was provided to the program directors and instructors. In addition, technical assistance workshops were provided including one titled – Adult Education: More than a GED held in McAlester. In addition at the GED Chief Examiners meeting, Instructing GED Examiners on Accommodations for Adults with Disabilities was provided and Back to Basics, Instruction in Reading, Writing, and Math Strategies for the Adult Education Teacher was provided. In 2005-2006, eight programs across the state were evaluated and technical assistance was provided to the program directors and instructors. In addition, Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs, the 12-day yearlong training was again provided, as was Back to Basics training. In 2006-2007 nine programs across the state were evaluated and technical assistance was provided to the program directors and instructors. In addition a training titled Goal Setting to Lesson Planning was planned and training was provided. In 2007-2008 six programs across the state were evaluated and technical assistance was provided to the program directors and instructors. In 2008-2009 seven to nine programs across the state will be evaluated and technical assistance was provided to the program directors and instructors. In 2007-2007 a training titled Teaching in Adult Education: Instructing Adults was planned and training was provided. In 2008-2009 training on Learning Disabilities in Adult Education was be provided. In 2009 – 2010 – contract continued for trainings, program evaluations, etc.

1997 - Present

General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS): Disabilities Consultant - providing evaluation of accommodation’s policy, reviewing accommodations requests, and providing informational training to state GED Examiners and also teaching the “review” process to State GED Administrators and designees across the country. Have provided individual State GED Administer training in Illinois, New York, and Louisiana. Have provided training to other GED State Administrators in group-sessions in Washington and at yearly conference – most recently in Savannah, GA in 2009 and for the 2010 GED Administrators conference in St Louis.

2005 - Present

Louisiana – Trained Teaching Reading and Writing, to Adults in Adult Education to adult education instructors. Worked with GED Chief Examiners and Examiners on accommodations’ requests. Currently contracted for 2010-2011 GED accommodations’ reviews process and potential training support.

2007 - Present

State of Texas (Year Long Trainings): Effective Instruction in Adult Basic Education for All Students Including Those with Special Learning Needs, trainer-of-trainer component 2008-2009 and again in 2009-2010. Evaluation report provided each quarter. Working with ABE staff on 2011 conference presentations for February conference.

2010

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Project – Worked with Oklahoma City Community College in support of their newly formed TANF classes in adult education.

2010

Transition Project – Created a training module on transition planning and supportive services in adult education in Illinois. Worked with the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, a part of the Southern Illinois University.

2007 – 2008

State of Vermont (Multi-Session Trainings): Basic Skills - Teaching Reading, Writing, and Math to Adults in Adult Education and Literacy Programs.

2003 – 2008

State of North Carolina (Year Long Trainings): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs was held in 2003-2004 and again in 2004-2005. Trainer-of-trainer component held in 2006 and 2007. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates).


1997 - 2006

State of Illinois (Year Long Trainings): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates). Trainer-of-trainer component held in 1999. Consultation/Planning for Training held in 1997. Helped organize Statewide, multi-agency collaborative task force. A second set of trainer-of-trainer workshops was held again in 2005-2006. A Woodcock-Johnson-Third Edition, Tests of Achievement, training on the broad scores as updates for GED Accommodations, was held in 2006.

2006

Harris County Department of Education - Texas LEARNS: Provided technical assistance on the State of Texas Disabilities Policy Manual, providing information to the 20 service centers via Television Network on long-term training, disabilities, learning disabilities, and effective instruction.

2004 – 2005

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Employment and Training Division – Workforce Oklahoma System Training – Worked for Payne & Associates in training on LD for One-Stop Center and Center partners.

2003

Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Learning Disability Regional Form Meetings to Support Policy Development - Denver, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Baltimore. Keynote Presentation and Technical Assistance Consultant on Learning Disabilities to Each State Team.

2003

National Institute for Literacy, Adult Learning Disabilities Workshop and Symposium Writer. Symposium held September 14 -16, 2003.

2003

ProLiteracy Worldwide - to conduct two-day seminar/training - Understanding Learning Disabilities: Effective Instruction, and Specific Strategies and Techniques for Literacy Providers - in Washington, DC.

2003

LDOnline - “Ask Neil Sturomski” - Providing Responses to Questions Asked by Adults on Issues Having to do with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

2001-2003

District of Columbia (Year Long Trainings): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates). Trainer-of-trainer component held in 2002-2003.

2002

State of Illinois Collaborative project between the Departments of Health and Human Services and Adult Education. Educational specialist project including technical assistance, resource information, and program evaluation.

2001

State of Nebraska Training: The Reading Process - Teaching Reading to Adults in Adult Education and Literacy Programs.

2000 - 2002

McKenzie Group, Educational Consultants, Washington, DC. Consultant to President’s Task Force on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities - resource mapping project of Federal government agencies’ programs regarding the transition of youth with disabilities and the evaluation of those programs. Wrote the Executive Summary -- the final evaluation report.

2000 - 2001

State of Rhode Island (Year Long Training): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates).

1998 - 2000

State of Mississippi (Year Long Training): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates). Trainer-of-trainer component held in 2000.

1997 - 2000

State of Washington (Year Long Trainings): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates). Trainer-of-trainer component began in late 1998 and a second set of trainer-of-trainer workshops was held in 1999. Implementation Team Planning Training held in 1997.

1997 - 1999

Suwannee River Regional Literacy Center (Six Month-Four Part Training): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs.

1997 - 98

State of Nebraska (Year Long Training): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. (In collaboration with Nancie Payne and Payne & Associates).

1997

State of New Jersey (Video-Taped-Four Part Training): Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs. Videotapes to be used by trainers in New Jersey to provide long-term training throughout the state.

 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2011

Sturomski, N. (2011). The use of organizers to support instruction: Using organizers in all educational settings including with adults in adult education and literacy programs. St. Petersburg, FL: Sturomski & Associates Publishing.

2011

Sturomski, N. (2011). Teaching reading the reading process: Insightful information instructional ideas. St. Petersburg, FL: Sturomski & Associates Publishing.

2007

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). Taking the GED Tests: Requesting Accommodations.

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Florida Human Resources Development, Inc. How to effectively implement instruction for adults with special learning needs in the “imperfect” adult education setting. Practitioners’ Points, Volume 3, Issue 1. Reprinted in 2005 in another Florida publication.

2001

American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Providing accommodations on the GED test. Adult Learning, Volume 12, Number 2.

2001

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). Taking the GED tests: Accommodating accommodations. LDA News Digest January/February, Volume 36, No. 1. Reprinted at “LDOnline” in April.

1999

National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center (NALLDC). Bridges to practice. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development. (A Senior Developer and Author).

1998

National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center (NALLDC). Serving adults with learning disabilities: Implications for effective practice. Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development. (Editor).

1997

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). Interventions for students with learning disabilities. (NICHCY News Digest Volume 25). Washington, DC: Academy for Educational Development.

1996

Building bridges. In S. Cramer & W. Ellis (Eds.), Learning Disabilities: Lifelong Issues. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing Co.

1996

Literacy needs for adults who have learning disabilities. In N. Gregg, C. Hoy & A. Gay (Eds.), Adults with Learning Disabilities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. New York: The Guilford Press.


1996

The transition of individuals with learning disabilities into the work setting. Topics in Language Disorders, 16 (3), 37-51.

1995

Management & substance: Job training reform & adults with learning disabilities. Making Sense of Federal Employment and Training Policy for Youth and Adults. Washington, DC: National Youth Employment Coalition and American Youth Policy Forum.

 
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS - CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
2010

Oklahoma Adult Basic Education Association Conference –

Keynote speaker, title - Bridging the Gaps: Solidifying the Pipeline to Reach One’s Goals – also did a number of break-out sessions.

Oklahoma EL Civics Summit – speaker, provided information in a number of break-out sessions.

   

2010

Louisiana Association for Public, Community and Adult Education Conference – did session on accommodation issues.

2010

Georgia’s GED Examiners Training. Contract with the Technical College System of Georgia – provided sessions, training, and support on accommodations.

2009

Mississippi Full Time Adult Education Instructors Conference (February) – Two Summer Conferences in Oxford and Natchez (June) – did a number of break-out sessions at each conference.

2009

Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Conference (March) – Sessions Planned: Adult Education: Teaching Adults versus Children, Effective Instruction for Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners: Using Tactile/Kinesthetic Activities, and Transitioning to the Workplace for Individuals with Disabilities

2005- present

Yearly presentations at the State of Louisiana Summer Conferences for Adult Education. Throughout the years presentations on learning disabilities, reading, writing, math, GED accommodations, etc. with such titles as Goal Setting/Lesson Planning, Accommodations on the GED, Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Special Learning Needs: Introduction, Information, and Issues, and Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs: Techniques, Strategies, and Resources.

2006

Understanding Learning Disabilities and Teaching Reading and Writing to Adults in Adult Education Programs, American Samoa and Teaching Reading and Writing to Adults In Adult Education Programs, Hawaii, in March.

2005

“Opening Doors to Adult Literacy” a Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Community Education Section, Adult Education Association and Oahu Workforce Investment Board. Presented – Supporting the Reading Process for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs in Adult Basic Education, Workplace Education, and General

 

Educational Development Classes, Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs: Techniques, Strategies, and Resources, and Individuals with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs: Introduction, Information, and Issues.

2005

Wisconsin Technical College System Department of Public Instruction Workshop, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, January 21. Presented – GED Testing Accommodations 1001 and the 2005 Changes and The Need for the Long-Term Adult Education Instructor Training to Better Serve LD and Other Special

 

Need Learners. October 2005, Joint GED/HSED & Adult Literacy Conference Presented: GEDTS Accommodations Policies & Procedures 101-Introduction & Beyond and GEDTS Accommodations Policies & Procedures 201-Advanced.

2003

Accommodations on the GED Tests for Individuals with Disabilities: From Request to Approval and Building Capacity - Special Learning Needs Students and Systems. Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference, Portland, Oregon.

2003

The GED - Ensuring Accommodations for Special Needs Learners: From Request to Approval, and Accessing Accommodations on the GED. National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

2003

Teaching Reading to Adults in Adult Education and Literacy Programs. State ProLiteracy Conferences in Florida and Illinois - daylong conference presentations in Orlando and Chicago. Contracted with ProLiteracy Worldwide, Syracuse, New York.

2000

Accommodating the needs of adolescents and young adults with LD and/or ADHD and Accommodating accommodations: The GED model. National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention.

1997 - Present

GED Testing Service (GEDTS). Conference presentations and training workshops on learning disabilities and accommodation issues.

1997

Working with adults with learning disabilities. Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference, Detroit, Michigan.

1996

National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center: Information, directions, and resources. The Fourth North American Conference on Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Washington, D.C.

Collaboration: Two federally funded centers working together to improve services for adults with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities International Conference, Dallas, Texas.

Panel Member: Professional Development and the Adult Basic Educator, World Conference on Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.

1995

National initiatives for serving adults with learning disabilities, Rethinking adult education: Creating new approaches to literacy, Princeton, New Jersey.

Learning disabilities and their impact on correctional education, Correctional Education Leadership Forum, Washington, DC.

1994

Adults with learning disabilities: Lifelong learners, The First Global Conference on Lifelong Learning, Rome, Italy.

Panel Member: Learning disabilities: A national responsibility - Summit on learning disabilities, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Summit held in Washington, DC.