As an organization, we strive to be as valuable to our members as possible. Each year we use a survey to listen to our membership to learn how we can be our best. Your voice matters!
Avi is an extraordinary teacher who is the true master of juggling. He has been a gift in adult ed. and brings a bridge and model to our adult education world by aligning resources and knowledge used in his other teaching assignments at the university and community college level. He is an outstanding instructor who is devoted to his adult students’ success. He excels in curriculum development, ESL, and hybrid teaching and learning. He uses various formats to create an effective learning environment which engages and supports all students. He uses technology to provide lessons, presentations, and asynchronous and synchronous discussions.
Avi, a Canvas LMS guru, takes his teaching to the next level with the help of this powerful learning management system. With Canvas, Avi is able to create engaging and interactive lessons that keep his students on track and motivated. He uses the platform to post assignments, quizzes, and discussions, to provide feedback and support to his students in real time; and train teachers.
He models the use of technology as a tech-savvy teacher who has been using technology to engage his students in the online classroom like never before. From interactive multimedia presentations to gamified learning experiences, Avi has been using a variety of digital tools to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment that keeps his students motivated and on track.
Avi is the definition of life-long learner, he constantly seeks opportunities to grow professionally, and is a natural in building community and making his colleagues and students feel safe and heard. He has a commitment to lifelong learning and is an inspiration to his colleagues and his students alike. His dedication to ongoing growth and development sets an example for all of us to follow, reminding us that the learning process never truly ends and that there is always more to discover and explore.
Good Ideas for Improvement, Lots of Details to Work Out
Leaders of CCAE and CAEAA (California Adult Education Administrators Association) have jointly developed a response to the recent report of the Legislative Analyst's Office recommending an overhaul in the funding model for California adult education. CCAE and CAEAA see merit in a number of the interests of the report's recommendations. They see much need for study and dialog to develop the recommendations in ways that will maintain services to adult learners and maintain financial stability of CAEP consortium members. See their full response here.
A New Hire at Straight Up Technologies
A Venice Skills Center grad has joined the information technology company!
We know that getting used to the new "normal" hasn't been easy. Lingering post-pandemic changes and new challenges with getting students credentialed can affect your program and hamper student achievements.
On the bright side, with challenges come opportunities.
We at GED Testing Service have served our CA Adult Education partners and adult learners for over 70 years, and we've upped our game considerably in the past several years. We have new tools, improved systems and connections with employers to help AE programs and students be prepared for today's workforce.
Now's the perfect time to explore how the GED program can help make the learning experience better than ever. We'd love to hear from you!
The Employment Development Department (EDD), in coordination with the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), announces the availability of up to $18 million from the State of California General Fund for the English Language Learner (ELL) Integrated Education and Training (IET) Fund Program Year (PY) 2022-23 Solicitation for Proposal (SFP).
The goal of this SFP is to support new or existing projects that incorporate an IET program model to prepare ELLs for in-demand, high quality jobs with sustainable wages. The grant focuses on utilizing sector-based strategies to develop new IET course offerings in partnership with employers and education providers, and utilizing documented best practices and evidence-based strategies to support ELLs with full wrap around services through their participation. Through this program, ELLs will obtain occupational skills for living wage jobs within in-demand industries in the project service areas.
Proposals will be accepted from community-based organizations, adult education providers, California Community College districts or colleges, other education or training providers, labor organizations and labor-management partnerships, workforce intermediaries, and local workforce development areas.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023. An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required for all participants. Please register through the Webinar Registration page by Tuesday, February 14, 2023. The EDD encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to apply by February 22, 2023, at noon to WSBSFP2@edd.ca.gov. To view this SFP, visit the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.
All referring member names have been added to our quarterly drawing--one for each of the following categories: new member, renewing member, payroll deduction member, and referring member--and the results are in! Congratulations to the following winners, each will be awarded a $50 Target gift card!
The joint CCAE and CAEAA Legislative Team is reaching out to give you this brief Legislative Update with the hope that you will be able to join us at the Virtual CAEAA Conference on February 3rd to get more details.
Governor’s January 2023-23 Budget Proposal
As you are probably aware, the Governor recently published his proposed budget for 2023-24 on January 10th , as required by law. The Governor faced the challenge of proposing a balanced budget that reflected a $22.5 billion dollar deficit! Fortunately, with a combination of strategies that included tapping into the rainy day fund, spending reductions, and fund shifts the proposed budget includes an 8.13% COLA for Adult Education, the same as LCFF. Considering the challenge of addressing such a large deficit, we are thankful to receive a COLA (proposed) equal to our K-12 districts.
LAO Report: Redesigning California’s Adult Education Funding Model
In this report, the LAO took a deep dive into Adult Education funding, both Adult Schools and Community Colleges. The report includes a fairly accurate account of how both systems are funded and points out both positive and concerns in the overall approach to funding. In short, the need for some change is made clear and we have known this for quite some time, although we might not necessarily agree on what that change should be. Before commenting on what we like and do not like about the proposal let me first summarize what we see the main components of the proposal are.
Key components of the proposal are:
Overall, we appreciate the proposal as one that has the intent of making the CAEP program more accountable to the students we serve. To that end, we feel the proposal does the following:
Where we have some concerns at this time:
At this time, we continue to receive feedback from the field and plan to do so even more at the Virtual CAEAA Conference on February 3 rd . We recommend members to register for the conference to hear from State level stakeholders and collaborate on next steps for a new funding model proposal.
CCAE is an important voice promoting the stability and growth of California adult education. The strength of that voice depends largely on having a broad membership base. Growing our membership is ultimately about supporting the well-being of the many thousands of Californians whose lives are improved through California adult schools. (Thank you for your membership!)
The majority of people who become members of CCAE join in response to someone inviting them.
We'd like to encourage CCAE members like you to invite colleagues to join CCAE. As serious as our mission is, we'd still like to have a little fun offering this encouragement - a chance for you to have some extra jingle in your pocket!
So here's the deal: When someone joins CCAE and gives your name as the person who referred them, your name will go into a drawing for a $50 gift card! You may "enter the drawing" as many times as you wish - by referring multiple people to join CCAE. Each calendar quarter we do a drawing for referrals made in the last three months.
Thank you for all you do for our adult learners. Along with our students, you too could be a winner!