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Life Membership Award

Kay Hartley

Kay is serving as the Project Manager for the AB86 Solano County Consortium Planning Grant and has earned high regard and respect from Solano Community College members. Kay is Secretary of the CCAE Bay Section Board. She currently serves on the Field Partnership Team, for CDE and is the ACSA Region 4 Adult Education Chairperson where she had made numerous professional development presentations at ACSA and other conferences. As well, Kay is presently serving on the OTAN Advisory Board and the CALPRO Advisory Board where she helps guide decisions about the content, direction and delivery of professional learning for the state. Kay has also led OTAN pilot programs and is currently leading the "Community Model of Online Learning" at Fairfield/Suisun Adult School and partnering with Vallejo Regional Career Center and Vacaville Education Extension Program to provide math proficiently skills to adult learners. Under the direction of Kay, the Fairfield/Suisun Adult School has also received the Golden Bell Award for her PEP (Parent Education Program) which provides kindergarten readiness skills for parents and children who have had no preschool experience. Kay works expertly and tirelessly for adult education students at the local, state and national level. Her level of commitment, dedication to student learning and Adult Education as an entire system are unparalleled. Her involvements and accomplishments are too numerous to name, but some are included below. At the local level, Kay has worked closely with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Solano County for over 15 years on numerous innovative projects. In collaboration with the WIB, while at both Vallejo Adult School and Fairfield-Suisun Adult school, she directed training services to pave the way to employment for a diverse group of job seekers, many with significant barriers to employment. She, along with other local leaders obtained funding from the California Department of Rehabilitation and CDE to create a cooperative program that has provided career and technical training and guidance to hundreds of adult and special education students in Vallejo. Kay lead the relocation effort at Vallejo Adult School, and provided leadership and guidance to staff while making sure students were still being served in the best way possible while downsizing. When the economy plummeted, especially in Vallejo, Kay fought hard to maintain key programs such as High School Diploma, Basic Skills and ESL alive while again downsizing by nearly half the program. In Fairfield-Suisun, she was able to maintain a reasonably sized program through the difficult times, by working closely with FSUSD. Kay's work at the state level is reflected in her work locally, and vice versa. Kay has worked as a CASAS pioneer of innovative programs and trainer of trainers for over 30 years. She was a member of the statewide CASAS Secondary Assessment committee and assisted in the development of the CASAS Secondary Diploma Program Assessments that are widely used in California and other states. She was a pioneer in the implementation of th e National External Diploma Program (NEDP) at Vallejo Adult School in the early 1980s. She has presented and trained in the use of assessments and NEDP at several conferences and at CASAS Summer Institute. Kay also involved her staff through her creative and inspirational leadership in the development, field-testing and establishment of the free online Adult Low-Level Literacy Curriculum Modules available on the CASAS web page. These modules follow principles of universal design for learning and utilize research-based practices for low-level literacy learners to advance, including metacognitive and self-determination skills. Kay served on a statewide committee to pilot and implement the Workforce Skills Certification System to help learners transition into the workforce. Kay has been a long-time CalPRO trainer as well, providing budget training to new administrators along with numerous other trainings in curriculum, assessment and program design. Kay not only provides those trainings at the state level, but is passionate about keeping her own staff involved in professional development. She often hosts and provides training at the local level which she opens up to neighboring districts. Kay has also led OTAN pilot programs and is currently leading the "Community Model of Online Learning" at Fairfield-Suisun Adult School and partnering with Vallejo Regional Career Center (formerly Vallejo Adult School) and Vacaville Education Extension Program to provide math proficiency skills to adult learners. 

Kay is presently serving on the OTAN Advisory Board and the CALPRO Advisory Board. In those roles she helps guide decisions about the content, direction and delivery of professional learning for the state. Kay is also serving as the Project Manager for the AB86 Solano County Consortium Planning Grant and has earned the high regard and respect of the Solano Community College members who look to her for guidance and leadership in the process. Her counterpart in the Consortium, Leslie Fay, states, "Kay has been dedicated to her job, profession, staff, community and county throughout her career as an educator and leader." This sentiment is echoed throughout the community and state. Kay currently serves on the Field Partnership Team for CDE and is the ACSA Region 4 Adult Education Chairperson. She has made numerous professional development presentations at ACSA and other conferences as well. Her dedication and support of colleagues as well as staff, students, and community knows no bounds. Kay's honors include ACSA Regional Educator of the Year and under her direction, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School received the Golden Bell Award for her PEP (Parent Education Program) which provides kindergarten readiness skills for parents and children who have had no preschool experience. On the national front, Kay served as the California State Liasion to the US Department of Education for the Implementation of the STAR Evidenced Base Reading initiative. she is also a National External Diploma Program Trainer. Kay's thoughtful wisdom, pedagogical background and experience, and boundless generosity for sharing with others and supporting the education of adult students make her the perfect candidate for any State CCAE Award, particularly this one. Kay has been a presenter at almost every Bay Section and State CCAE Conference for the past twenty years. Her contribution to the professional development of CCAE members is exemplary. She also served on the Plenary/Concurrent/General Sessions & Pre-Conference Committee for the successful 2011 CCAE-COABE National Conference in San Francisco. The conference Co-Administrative Team, Chris Nelson, Pam Garramone, Jerry Green and Susie Passeggi enthusiastically support this nomination and report that "Kay helped to screen and decide on the 220 presenters; her expertise as a master conference presenter and trainer were invaluable. Currently, Kay is Secretary of the CCAE Bay Section Board. Kay is the consummate educator with a rich background of experience in teaching, providing professional development at the local and state level, piloting innovative programs, writing grants, developing and maintaining balanced budgets and working at the state and national level in support of Adult Education. She is energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about her work. Kay is determined to help everyone around her work to their highest capacity, serving as an example of that work ethic herself. She loves to bake treats for her friends and staff and her on-site CCAE and ACSA meetings are a joy to attend because of the food in addition to their content!

Kay is an avid photographer and appreciator of art. She loves football and finds a way to support both the Raiders and the 49ers, loves board games and has been known to help rebuild car engines, paint walls, hang wallpaper, refinish furniture in true Kay style--that is, she is up for anything and willing to do the hard work to develop, implement and see a project through! Kay and her husband, Steve, are parents to two boys; family is of paramount importance in Kay's life as well.