port of portland, maine

September 4th – 6th, 2019     Portland, Maine.


This year’s agenda will include a variety of interactive formats including advanced workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable conversations.

Together, we’ll promote excellence in Vocational Rehabilitation services and highlight strategies, ideas, and best practices in program evaluation and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Our Conference App will offer opportunities to connect with attendees, presenters, and access materials and resources!

Attendees join presentations and participate in Roundtable Discussions around topics such as:

  • Lean and Six Sigma

    Process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma in government

  • Capstone Project

    Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment for Pre-ETS – an Evaluation (Capstone project)

  • Outcomes

    Post-High School Outcomes for Transition Students in Illinois

  • Quality Improvement

    Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Quality Improvement

  • Data Visualization

    Building a Data Attitude Through Data Visualization

  • Accessibility

    Prioritizing Accessibility in Maine’s Workforce System (presented by Labor/Workforce representatives and VR representatives)

  • Online VR Evaluation

    Examples of VR Program Uses of the online VR Evaluation Coach

  • Learning Experiences

    Work-Based Learning Experiences: Models and Early Lessons

  • Consumer Process

    Keeping Consumer Voice in the Process

  • ROI

    Return On Investment – Virginia and Maryland Results

Tuesday, September 4

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Blessing Ceremony by Native American Representative

1:30 – 5:30 pm
WINTAC (Workforce Innovation Training and Technical Assistance Center) Presentations

2:30 – 4:30 pm
PEQA Advanced Workshop

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 – 8:30 am

8:30 – 6:00 pm
Poster Sessions

8:00 – 8:30 am
Welcome to Oklahoma: The Significance of Native American Ceremonial Attire

8:30 -10:00 am
Keynote: Panel Presentation by Oklahoma WIOA Core Partners – Shared Services and Partnerships

10:00 – 10:30 am
Break – Networking

10:30 – 11:45 am
Conference Presentations

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Plenary Sessions – Rehabilitation Services Administration Staff Presentations

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Roundtable Conversations

3:45 – 5:00 pm
Conference Presentations

Thursday, September 6

7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration and Information

7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Poster Sessions

8:00 – 9:30 am
Plenary Sessions

  • Portland, Maine: Summit/PEQA Conference 2019
  • Summit Navigators Report
  • Keynote: Elizabeth Jennings, “Hope: A Strategy”

9:30 – 10:00 am

10:30 – 11:30 am
Roundtable Conversations

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
VR Evaluation Coach – Panel Presentation by Mathematica Policy Research and VR programs

1:15 – 2:45 pm
Conference Presentations

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Wrap-up and Goodbye

Agenda at a Glance

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This event is provided with support from the Technical Assistance Center on Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (TAC-PEQA) grant from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) award number PR#H263B150004. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.