CCAE Membership Update: November 2017

Raymond Lopez: Winner of the GoFundMe Scholarship

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Many members of CCAE and supporters of adult education came together to support adult education, with the intent of helping adults reach their goals and achieve their potential. As we know, adult education provides a pathway out of poverty into the middle class; it gives students a hand up, not a hand out. Please join us in congratulating Raymond Lopez, the winner of the GoFundMe scholarship fund!

Classified Spotlight: Ana Rubalcava

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Ana Rubalcava is an incredible coworker and friend. With over 30 years of experience at the Baldwin Park Unified School District, she shares her skills and abilities with students and staff alike.

Ana entered adult education as a library technician in 1993, where she established an interactive learning resource for all. Presently, Ana is in charge of the Learning Center at Baldwin Park and Community Education. She serves students, teachers, and the community by maintaining the library resources and organizing workshops and events. She tutors students and puts extra effort into finding the best resources for each individual. Ana has dedicated herself to adult education through her role in support services and also holds a teaching credential in adult programs. Ana has taught basic computer skills and was involved in older adult programs. Her students consistently return and express how thankful they are for her instruction.  
 
Apart from her work at BPACE she plays a key role in the CCAE South Coast Section as Section Treasurer. She advocates for CCAE Baldwin Park Chapter, as she has stepped up on multiple occasions to take on the duties of Chapter President.
 
With great thought, she uses her creativity and crafting skills to fundraise for student scholarships because, as she expresses, "It's for the greater good of our students and community." Baldwin Park is also Ana's hometown, and she participates and supports local events that bring families and friends together. Join us in recognizing Ana for her kindness and dedication. Great work, Ana!

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up & a Look Forward to 2018

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As you may know, the legislature wrapped up the 2017 legislative session in the early morning hours of September 16th. Out of over 2,000 bills introduced this year, a mere 977 bills made it to the governor's desk by the end of the year. Of those 977 bills, Governor Brown vetoed 12.1% (118 out of 977 bills); the rest were signed into law. 

However, many measures failed to pass out of the legislature and were either held in the appropriations committees or held on the floor of one house or another. While there were many controversial issues hanging in the balance at the end of session, there were some important, beneficial outcomes impacting adult education and the students we serve. Two key measures actively supported by CCAE and CAEAA included SB 68 (Lara) and AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry).

Greater Good Parenting: Raising Caring, Courageous Kids

The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce a request for proposals

(RFP) to help parents nurture generosity, gratitude, forgiveness, and related "prosocial" skills in themselves and their children.

With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, the GGSC is offering awards between $25,000 to $150,000 to organizations that serve parents, particularly education programs run through schools, houses of worship, community centers, or other community-based organizations. The programs must develop or expand innovative ways to educate parents on the research-based keys to guiding children toward choices that place the long-term good of their communities ahead of their immediate self-interest.

Important Dates:

  • October 2, 2017:  Application window opens
  • December 11, 2017:  Applications due
  • February 1, 2018:  Application review process completed, grantees notified
  • April 1, 2018:  Project period begins
  • March 31, 2020:  Project period ends

Message from the CCAE State President

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By now most of our schools are well into the 2017-18 school year. It always amazes me how different our start dates are. I know some programs start their year in early August, while others in mid-September. We adapt to the needs of the community, and that is what makes our schools so vital to the Adult Education system in California. As we move through this school year, I want to make sure that CCAE is working right beside you to support the students we serve. Many of our sections will be hosting a fall professional development conference and will provide the most current information on AEBG and WIOA, share best practices, recognize great teachers and support staff, and provide fun opportunities to make new Adult Ed friends and catch up with old ones. Moving into spring, we anxiously await our State Conference being held in Fresno and hosted by Central Section, who know how to throw a fun conference. Based on what I've heard so far, I think this is going to be one to remember!

I also want to share with you that, at the CCAE State Board level, we are busy working on an advocacy campaign that is at a level that I have not seen in my 17 years of experience in CCAE. We believe this is the right time to elevate the importance of Adult Education in California, and we have identified a number of strategies that we will use to do so. That is all I will say for now, other than we will need your help. As always, it is our local CCAE members and their engagement locally with legislators and other key decision makers that make our success possible. We recognize that this local engagement can be difficult, but we will not leave you without resources. We will help you be successful locally so that we can be successful in Sacramento. Again, more to come...

I want to wish you a great school year and remind you that CCAE is always here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are having difficulty in serving the community, for whatever reason.

Sincerely, 
Steve Curiel, President
California Council for Adult Education