IMPORTANT: CAEP Directory (Data Needed)

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Dear Colleague,

As you know, CCAE has been compiling a directory of Adult Ed providers which includes primary contacts, program areas they deliver instruction in, and total number of students served. The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating a directory of programs that is easy to use.

You may remember that we had this before flexibility, and it was quite popular and useful. If you have not done so yet, please take a few minutes to click HERE to complete the short form for your Adult Ed school to ensure it is included in the directory.

If you need assistance, please contact administrator@ccaestate.org to schedule an appointment with our dedicated staff who can help you or one of your lead staff complete the form in under 5 minutes.

We appreciate your help with this important work!

Sincerely,

Steve Curiel
CCAE President

Adult Education Week: April 8-12, 2019

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Adult Education Week is a good time to build awareness of your programs within the community. Ask your mayor, city council or county board of supervisors to declare one day during the week as ”Adult and Continuing Education Day.” Plan events for the week and let your local media know about them. Schedule an open house, create in-school displays and bulletin boards that focus on your school’s programs and achievements, hang a banner, honor your students, recognize teachers. It’s a week to tell the community where you are and what you do. 

2019 Bay Section Winter Conference and Excellence Awards

The 2019 Bay Section Winter Conference and Excellence Awards conference will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education, 4700 Calaveras Avenue, Fremont, California. Continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. 

Collaborate with your colleagues from northern California. Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from state- and national-level speakers. Four strandscomprised of more than 25 breakout sessionswill be offered, providing valuable, state-of-the-art training that you will be able to bring back to your adult ed program!

Join more than 250 conferees and enjoy numerous networking opportunities with your peers in adult education. Registration for the 2019 Bay Section Winter Conference and Excellence Awards is now open! Register today!

CCAE History–Celebrating 75 Years

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As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE), I think it's appropriate to take a look back at a bit of our history.

The early growth and development of adult education support groups, such as CCAE, has not been well documented. We do know however, that a support group called the California Association for Adult Education (CAAE) was formed in 1926 to promote the goals of adult education and it continued to function until 1937. Because of the seven year time lapse, it has never been fully determined whether or not there was a connection between CAAE and CCAE. We do know however, that in 1944, George C. Mann was the Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education (now the Adult Education Office, California Department of Education) and that he is credited as the driving force behind the founding of the California Council for Adult Education during the 1943-1944 school year. In addition, he served as the first Executive Director of CCAE.

The main purpose for forming CCAE was the need to have some grassroots support for Dr. Mann and the Adult Education Division in working with the legislature when they were pushing for positive legislation for adult education. If local adult education administrators could work with legislators in the local areas and personalize the needs of adult education, then we could have greater success gaining their support in Sacramento. Professional development was also an issue that needed addressing.

Several other educators have been recognized as contributing to the early organization of CCAE. Leo James, assistant to Dr. Mann, worked on the goals and purposes of the organization. E. Manfred Evans, from Los Angeles, continued the work for Mann when the Chief of the Bureau was called into service for the Navy during World War II, and Guy Garrard and Louise Heyl, who were both leaders in adult education in the 1940's and later became CCAE presidents, were instrumental in organizing and promoting CCAE around the state.

As mentioned above, Dr. Mann was the first Executive Director of CCAE, and he continued for about a dozen years in the duel role of CCAE Executive Director and Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education. His role in founding CCAE and guiding it through the early years cannot be minimized. Without his efforts there would be no CCAE, and adult education would most certainly not have been as successful as it has been over the years. In 1956, Dr. Mann retired from the Bureau and as Executive Director. It is interesting to note that his successor, Stanley Sworder, continued the tradition of serving in both capacities. So, there has always been a strong link between CCAE and the Department.

Next month: The Structure of CCAE

This information was condensed from the CCAE State Leadership Handbook, 2018-2019. Most of the information was researched by Steve Prantalos (Executive Director, 1999-2013) and Virginia Donnellan, (President, 1995-1996).

2019 CCAE State Conference Accepted Presentations

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Accepted Presentations

Collaborate with your colleagues from around the state on April 25-27, 2019 in San Diego, California at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

The conference team has selected more than 97 innovative sessions that will enhance and enrich instruction and student support services in the field. 

Click the button below to view a list of all accepted sessions organized by title.

 

Next Steps for Presenters

  1. Make your hotel reservations at the San Diego Hotel & Marina. Rooms will go quickly, so don't delay!

  2. Register for the 2019 CCAE State Conference. (All presenters must register for the conference by February 15, 2019)

  3. Ensure your membership is up to date. If unsure, please contact membership@ccaestate.org to check. (All presenters must have current membership)

  4. Download the CCAE app.

CCAE State Board Meeting

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Hello Everyone, 

Happy New Year to all! I hope that you are settled into the new year and off to a great start! 

Please see below for information regarding the upcoming CCAE State Board and State Awards Committee (Section Presidents only) Meetings. In addition, I have attached a DRAFT agenda for your convenience. 

If you are responsible for a section or professional organization report, please send your report to CCAE State Secretary, Darlene Neilsen (darlene.neilsen@lausd.net) and copy me on your email. Please submit your reports by Friday, February 1, 2019, so that I can send electronic copies out to all members before the meeting. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please bring 30 copies of your report to the board meeting. 

The meetings will take place at the Sheraton Grand, 1230 J Street, Sacramento. In case you need to arrive the night before, here is the reservation link: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/CAEAAFeb2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

State Awards Committee Meeting
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Bataglieri Room 

CCAE State Board Meeting
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bataglieri Room 

Please let me know if you have any questions---I look forward to seeing you in February! 

Adriana Sanchez-Aldana
Executive Director
California Council for Adult Education

Teacher Spotlight

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Southern Section wishes to spotlight two of our own powerhouse teachers, Francisco Lopez (Chaffey Adult School) and Roland Espinosa (Inland Career Education Center).

Francisco, a 21-year veteran teacher, and 2016 CCAE State Excellence in Teaching awardee and Teacher of the Year for Moreno Valley Unified School District in 2018, with 12 years at Chaffey Adult School, is currently teaching Online-HS diploma and ABE math, began his Adult Education (AE) career in ESL, and is also a full-time 2nd grade teacher. Roland, also a two-time award winning teacher, as District Teacher of the Year in 2000 for Santa Ana Unified, and as a 2016 CCAE State Excellence in Teaching awardee, started his career in elementary and middle school 27 years ago, then entered AE in 2011 at the Inland Career and Education Center where he has taught in the ABE, ASE and ESL program areas. Currently, Roland teaches five GED courses that prepare students for their Reasoning Through Language Arts and Social Studies exams.

Both Francisco and Roland note that teaching in AE is incredibly rewarding and provides adults with opportunities for career pathways. Francisco enjoys teaching fractions to his students, and he utilizes technology in the classroom to assist in their learning. Francisco says, "Teaching adults is like a walk in the park for me. I love the fact that students want to be here." Roland points out that it is amazing that students who may not have been in an academic setting for many years can apply themselves and thrive academically. Roland says, "I enjoy witnessing the transformation of how students feel empowered to transition on to college and career opportunities after passing their GED exams."

Francisco and Roland have been members of CCAE for 8 and 5 years respectively. Both, jumped into CCAE leadership positions right away. Starting at the chapter level, both have been Chapter Presidents; Roland with the San Bernardino Chapter and Francisco with the Chaffey Chapter for which he was a founding member. Presently, Francisco is serving a second term as Southern Section President and Roland is serving as President-Elect. It is also important to note that Francisco and Roland are the 2019 CCAE State Conference Co-Chairs. They have brought together a large team of fellow teachers, clerical support staff and administrators to put adult education in the spotlight and to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of CCAE.

Francisco Lopez and Roland Espinosa are extraordinary adult education teachers who go above and beyond for their students, their districts and the adult education field. Their CCAE Southern Section Board Members are honored to spotlight Francisco's and Roland's contribution to adult education.

First Financial Credit Union: CD Has An Impressive Rate of 4.50% APY

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Founded 85 years ago by educators for educators, First Financial Credit Union takes tremendous pride in serving the financial needs of the educational community and has proudly done so since 1933. Unlike other credit unions, we have a closed field of membership—not open to the general public—which further strengthens our commitment to the educational community.

If you work in the educational community, ask about our convenience-based products and services that you won’t find elsewhere, including our School Employee Flex Share Certificate (CD), which has an impressive rate of 4.50% APY.*

For more information, please contact Community Relations Director, Therese El Khouryat (800) 537-8491 extension 3123, (626) 315-7716, or telkhoury@ffcu.org.

Must meet First Financial Credit Union (FFCU) eligibility requirements and establish membership in order to take advantage of these offers. *APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Restrictions apply, including only one School Employee Flex Share Certificate (CD) per member and/or per household. Fixed-term of 12 months from date of opening. A minimum opening deposit is required. Dividends are paid only at maturity and will automatically transfer to member’s FFCU savings or checking account. Federally insured by NCUA. Information accurate as of November 2018. Call for complete details.  

In a California elementary school, parents have a classroom of their own

Yordanos Habte hands out practice absence slips to her classmates at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, California on Oct. 1, 2018. She is a student in a family literacy class at her child's school. The class help parents learn skills, such as writing notes to their childrens' teachers.

Yordanos Habte hands out practice absence slips to her classmates at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, California on Oct. 1, 2018. She is a student in a family literacy class at her child's school. The class help parents learn skills, such as writing notes to their childrens' teachers.

Inside a classroom at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, California, about 20 women are practicing spelling out loud in English.

They’re the mothers, aunts and grandmothers of children at the school. Four mornings each week, the women — immigrants from Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean — drop off their children and then head into a classroom of their own to learn English.

Wahbiai Alqaifi, a mother from Yemen, has been in the US for 15 years. She has six children, one of them a fourth grader at Fruitvale. She used to struggle to understand English in her daily life, she says, but the class helped her expand her vocabulary.

“When I go the store, when I go the hospital, I understand a lot,” Alqaifi says.

Oakland Unified School District is one of more than 100 school districts nationwide working on family literacy, teaching parents English and helping them engage in their students’ education, which in turn helps the children do better in school. Adult education programs struggle for funding, so these programs are not widespread across the country. But in the Oakland schools that offer the program, principals and teachers say the benefits are real: Parents get more involved in their children’s classrooms and are able to help more with homework. And the fact that Oakland’s program is held inside elementary, middle and high schools is part of what makes it work.

2018 Legislative Session Officially Comes to a Close, Governor Signs Sponsored Bill

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As of September 30th, the 2017-18 legislative session officially came to an end with the Governor taking final action on the bills sent to him by the Legislature before they adjourned on August 31st.  The issues debated this year were diverse and, at times, controversial ranging from wildfire liability to privacy to sexual harassment and more.  Impacting much of the debate and shaping policy proposals were actions taken at the federal level by the Trump Administration and also by the #MeToo movement.  In the final weeks of the legislative session, hundreds of bills were heard and ultimately, many received enough support to pass.  Further, this session was Governor Brown's final round as he moves towards the end of his fourth and final term as governor. 

In terms of a historical perspective, since 2011 Governor Brown vetoed 10.7% to 15% of the bills he was presented.  This year's totals were at 1,016 bills signed and 201 vetoed, with his highest veto rate ever at 16.5%.

Among the many bills signed this session was CCAE and CAEAA's sponsored bill, AB 2098 (McCarty), related to immigrant integration.  You will recall that the proposal was originally part of our FY 18-19 Budget framework along with increased funding, instituting a COLA, changing the term "grant" in AEBG and addressing the inequities in the indirect rates. As shared with the field in our July update, the Department of Finance, Administration and budget committees ultimately decided the issue needed to go through a policy process rather than a budget process.  Hence, we moved quickly to identify authors in Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento)(Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education) and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond)(Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction).  Both members were a pleasure to work for and wholeheartedly supported moving the bill forward. 

Fortunately, there was widespread, bipartisan agreement that instituting immigrant integration metrics into the Adult Education Program, as applicable, made sense to ensure the needs and outcomes of our immigrant and refugee students who may not yet measure up against the Program's current academic literacy and career progress metrics were explicitly accounted for going forward.  As you all know better than anyone, serving immigrant and refugee adults in need of English language skills has been at the core of adult education since its inception.  Immigrant and refugee students come to adult schools to develop literacy, and in doing so, gain cultural competency and literacy more broadly defined as health, financial, digital literacy, parenting and family literacy, and civic engagement, all also critical to successful transition to college and careers.

To be clear, AB 2098 is permissive and applies as applicable for adult schools and community colleges.  It seeks to address the lack of metrics for these students in the Program by incorporating immigrant integration metrics consistent with English Language Civics ("EL Civics") and associated Civic Objectives and Additional Assessment Plans (COAAPs) that are already in use for federal WIOA reporting purposes into the Adult Education Program.  Doing so will help preserve and ensure access and support for these students who are most in need of the programs and services offered in adult education by providing the tools for the students and adult education providers to demonstrate outcomes and progress for these students.  Also of note, while permissive as applicable, the language also provides flexibility for those adult schools, community colleges and partners who are collaborating and pushing the boundaries of the EL Civics to be able to do so for the benefit of their students.

At the end of the day, the Legislature wholeheartedly passed AB 2098 with unanimous, bipartisan support and no "NO" votes.  The bill was subsequently sent to the Governor who signed the bill on September 26th. 

Kudos to you all for your support, letters and overall assistance in pushing the bill to the finish line - this is a significant victory for you and for the students we serve. And thank you to San Jose City Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose - Evergreen Community College District, ACCE, ALLIES, ACSA, CATESOL, CFT Local 4681, the California Immigrant Policy Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action and many other organizations across the state who provided support and grassroots engagement. Congratulations!

For more information on AB 2098, please see http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2098.


Looking Ahead to 2019, Moving Adult Education Forward

It is that time of the year when CAEAA and CCAE begin formulating priorities for the next budget cycle and legislative session.  As you know, it is an election year with not only a host of changes in legislative offices possible but also changes in important statewide offices such as for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction.  While it will be some time yet before we are able to fully understand the priorities of the newly elected, we must get started on determining our own priorities for adult education to continue to move us forward.  In this regard, we would welcome feedback from the field on policy and budget proposals you would like to see considered for action in 2019.  Some of the issues we are already considering include additional funding in the budget, legislation to address the challenges and reciprocity for credentialing of teachers, Education Code changes, career technical education investments and fees, and more.  If you have ideas about these issues or others you'd like to have considered by both boards, please share with us no later than October 15th.  While we have some time, we must begin evaluating the proposed priorities, determining which to move forward in 2019, prepare language and materials, and begin reaching out to the Department of Finance, Legislature and stakeholders to ensure the smoothest path to success we can hope to achieve. 

We thank you for your engagement and look forward to another productive legislative and budget year ahead in support of adult education! 

Classified Spotlight: Harvey Gunderman, Davis Adult & Community Education

By Grace Sauser, Principal, Davis Adult and Community Education, District Director, DJUSD AVID

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Harvey Gunderman practically tripped and fell into Adult Education.  “I never considered working in adult education, but now, it seems like it’s where I was always meant to be,” he says with his characteristic grin on his face. Harvey came to my attention 3 years ago when he was referred to me as an AVID tutor (AVID being my other hat in the district). I told him that I was looking for tutors for our adult night program, but, at that time, I had no resources to pay him. He offered to volunteer two nights a week and the teachers were happy to have his help.  Soon, he was coming into the office early to see how he could help and the teachers were praising the way he was able to connect with students in the classroom. 

Eventually, we were able to bring him on as an hourly paid tutor, but his role soon expanded to include attending trainings on CASAS testing, TOPS Pro, and consortium initiatives. Once our state funding was restored, I created the position of Adult School Coordinator, a job tailor made for his skill set and capabilities. He has been my right hand man ever since, running all of our CASAS testing, acting as our data manager in Tops, assisting both ESL and ASE teachers, and running all of our student orientation sessions. Harvey is a self-starter and problem-solver extraordinaire. I know that I can give him any task, some idea of what I am looking for, and he will figure out the best way to get it done. It’s amazing to have such a great assistant who can not only accomplish the day to day tasks, but also act as a thought partner for new ideas and as a leader for our school.

Harvey is currently attending UC Davis, majoring in Philosophy and considering a double major or minor in Education. I worry about the day that he graduates because I don’t know what I will do without him, but I also cheer his success.  If you attend the CCAE conference in the Spring, keep a look out for Harvey (you’ll know him when you see him), and come by and say hi!

Santa Monica Malibu Adult School Featured on "The Talk"

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CBS's Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show, The Talk, features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities discussing current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity, and the trending topics of the day.

Earlier this year, in May, CCAE shared an exciting opportunity with you regarding an opportunity to submit a teacher at your school as a potential candidate to be featured on "The Talk". We are pleased to share that Titia Murphy of the Santa Monica-Malibu Adult School was selected and shared about the value of Adult Education!

Are you wondering why your school is not featured as an option in the "Finish Your Diploma" database that is sponsored by Dollar General Literacy Directory? Each school must complete the form HERE to participate.

CCAE Membership Update: October 2018

Toyota Teacher of the Year: Beth Detwiler

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On Wednesday, August 22, Beth Detwiler was at Coliseum College Prep Academy teaching her normal morning family literacy class to a group of adult students when suddenly, her day was turned on its head. First, in walked OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell followed by a video crew. Minutes later, Johnson-Trammell introduced a visitor with a big surprise. Click HERE to read the press release about her surprise visit from the National Center for Families Learning.

Advocacy Materials for 2018-2019

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To help you advocate for Adult Education as an investment in America’s future, California Council for Adult Education(CCAE) and California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) have assembled these advocacy materials. These materials should help you showcase your success stories, garner press coverage, and motivate stakeholders to support adult education by contacting their legislators.