We Need Your Help

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Please contact your legislator today to let them know how critical this funding is to our work.  You can send them an email, make a call, sign our petition, and forward this on to your colleagues, adult learners, family, and friends. Now is our time to come together on behalf of our field!

On February 9, President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution that includes significant increases in Non-defense Discretionary spending and offers the opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education, among other programs. Now, each Appropriations Committee must decide how to allocate its new funds.

SENATOR JACK REED (Rhode Island) is proposing to increase funding for Adult Education by $100 million (a roughly 17 percent increase) from about $582 million to about $682 million.

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.

Free Online Course

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Enhancing Learner Persistence

DATES: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, to Monday, March 19, 2018
PRESENTED BY: S. Casperite

Goals: The goal of this course is to provide an overview of current research on factors that contribute to learner persistence in adult literacy programs and to help participants identify program changes that can be made to enhance learner persistence.

Description: This course takes place entirely online and runs for four consecutive weeks, from 02/20/2018 to 03/19/2018. Weekly participation is required, though participants may, during a given week, log in whenever they wish. A kick-off Webinar will take place on February 22, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

What's all the excitement surrounding the topic of learner persistence, how does it differ from student retention and motivation, and how do I encourage my students to persist in their learning? Based on research on factors that promote learner persistence, this workshop engages participants in brainstorming implications for changing practice in the four areas of intake, orientation, instruction, and program activities. Come see what all the excitement is about!

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of participation (14 hours); they are also eligible to apply to California State University Sacramento for 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) if they wish.

Visit our webpage where you can learn more about all that CALPRO offers in the way of online professional development, including 10 self-directed online courses. All CALPRO professional development courses are available for free only to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education Family Literacy Act (WIOA, Title II: AEFLA) - funded programs.

The CALPRO Project Team
2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 320
Sacramento, CA 95833-4130
www.calpro-online.org 
Fax: (855) 459-6213
ain: (916) 286-8816

Moving Adult Education Forward into FY 18-19

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With the arrival of 2018, we find Sacramento filled with anticipation....the return of the Legislature from interim recess, the introduction of new bills, the last chance for 2-Year bills introduced and still in their house-of-origin from 2017 to remain active, and the widely anticipated release of the Governor's FY 18-19 Budget Plan.  What also makes 2018 a year of anticipation is the fact that it is also a significant election year in California with statewide as well as legislative offices up for vote.  Election years typically evoke a mixture of excitement and uncertainty and this year is no exception - will politics win over policy? Will candidates supporting causes near and dear to our hearts win their races? Who will be our next Governor? How will recent scandals affect the budget and legislative process this year, particularly in light of the loss of the Assembly's supermajority?

CCAE Membership Update: January 2018

Message from the Executive Director

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This year has gone by so quickly. It's hard to believe that we are once again approaching the year end holiday season and shortly thereafter the release of the governor's budget in January! 

I want to thank all of you who have submitted samples of your "Program Fact Sheets." These one-page summaries are important tools to share with our legislators locally, as well as in Sacramento during our annual Legislative Day event (scheduled for April 9-10, 2018). We have posted a few examples of Program Fact Sheets on the CCAE website under the Legislative tab, Grassroots Resources, and will post additional samples as we receive them. We'd also like to hear from you if you have waiting lists (subject, approximate number of potential students), and information on budget cuts to programs. Please submit your samples and waiting list details to Vittoria Abbate abbategv@mdusd.org and Adriana Sanchez-Aldanaexecdir@ccaestate.org if you have not already done so. 

With your support, we will continue to work on the following priorities:

  • Increased Funding
  • Indirect Rate Cap at 5% or less
  • Incorporating Immigrant Integration Metrics into AEBG
  • "Grant" in AEBG
  • Common Fee Policy

I am also excited to share that CCAE is compiling a directory of the most updated adult education providers which will include primary contacts, program areas in which they deliver instruction, and total number of students served. The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating an easy to use directory of programs. As some of you might remember, we used to have this before flexibility and it was quite popular and useful. We need your help to ensure that this directory is complete and accurate. If you are the school administrator, please complete the California Adult School Information form for your school or contact membership@ccaestate.orgfor assistance.

My heartfelt thanks for the work you've already done, and I know you are ready for the work ahead. I look forward to working with you in 2018! Best wishes!

Adriana Sanchez-Aldana
Executive Director
California Council for Adult Education

AEBG Regional Consortium Data

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CCAE is compiling a directory of Adult Ed providers which will include 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.
 
As you might remember, we had this before flexibility, and it was quite popular and useful. Please 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 membership@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

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!

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