CCAE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It is with heavy hearts that we inform the CCAE family that one of our CCAE champions, Steve Prantalos, passed away in his sleep. Steve was the executive director of CCAE for 14 years and helped guide CCAE and Adult Education through some of its most difficult times. Information regarding his services will follow shortly. For now, please keep Steve's wife, Joyce and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donate to Kiwanis International in honor of Steve Prantalos.
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Executive Director's Message
The school year is quickly coming to an end. I'd like to wish everyone a restful, yet productive, summer. In addition, I'd like to review a couple of items with you.
Many thanks to those who attended the CCAE State Conference, in Long Beach, and helped make it the largest and best conference ever! We had over 900 attendees! Many thanks to the presenters as well as the conference committee and staff. Congratulations to all the award winners! I know the Central Section conference committee is excited to carry the momentum forward into 2018 for the Fresno CCAE State Conference.
The feedback from the Northern and Southern California Regional Consortium meetings is now posted on the CCAE website. Click on the AEBG tab for the most recent notes. Many thanks to those who recorded comments during the meetings. In addition, dates for the upcoming meetings will be posted by the end of July. Check the website to be sure you don't miss any of these interesting meetings.
The GoFundMe CCAE Scholarship Campaign is designed to help adult students reach their goals and achieve their potential. Adult education provides a pathway out of poverty into the middle class; it gives students a hand up, not a hand out. Criteria for distribution of these funds is yet to be determined--- stay connected to find out how your student(s) might benefit! Click on the Donate tab to connect to GoFundMe Campaign.
CCAE members receive discounted hotel rates through HotelStorm. This benefit can be used via the CCAE website (HERE). Remember to use the CCAE access passcode: ccaeper.
The Educate & Elevate Campaign is sponsored by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE), and the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC). The campaign is designed to help funders, policy makers, and the community at large understand the value adult educators bring to students, workers, and businesses in contributing to social mobility and economic growth. Find additional information about Educate & Elevate on the CCAE website (HERE).
Once again, best wishes for a safe and restful summer!
CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY REPORT ON AEBG IMPLEMENTATION RELEASED
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization, released Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities. The report was supported by funding from the State AEBG Office and included contributions by the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), California Department of Education (CDE), CASAS, WestEd, IMPAQ, and OTAN as well as field input from the AEBG regional consortia via survey completion.
In January 2016, the CLASP commenced an 18-month project to study the implementation of California's Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) initiative. CLASP set out to foster greater understanding of the implementation of California's AEBG governance and direct service activities, analyze current and potential impacts of the AEBG initiative for partners and participants, and offer recommendations for potential policy and implementation changes in future rounds of AEBG funding and other coordinated funding streams, for consideration by the CCCCO, the CDE, and other policymakers.
The study employed several research methods including surveys, focus groups, and semi-structured interviews as well as ongoing communication with AEBG leaders and practitioners.
As a result of this study, CLASP details 19 recommendations in the following categories:
- Clarify AEBG's mission and vision so that leaders, practitioners, and community members can clearly identify and articulate the major differences between the legacy, pre-2014 adult education system and the AEBG structure envisioned by California law.
- Use AEBG to drive a comprehensive pathways system by re-imagining adult education as a strategic partner in strengthening individual economic mobility and regional economic competitiveness through community-wide skill development.
- Tie AEBG accountability to impact through the establishment of a cross-system accountability structure. This requires a number of barriers to be addressed:delineate and distinguish "populations from services" in fund reporting; clarify fund reporting on AEBG's five objectives; align data definitions and processes among AEBG, WIOA title II, and community college providers; maximize the use of WIOA-measurable skill gain in AEBG; clarify transition to postsecondary education across reporting for AEBG, WIOA title II and LaunchBoard and, measure progress on mandated objectives in AEBG regional plans.
- Provide comprehensive technical assistance and professional development. The AEBG professional development technical assistance provider can greatly enhance capacity for comprehensive capacity building.
Principal, Adult Education and Career Pathways
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of, and reporting to the District Superintendent or designees, the Adult Education and Career Pathways Principal shall be responsible for all aspects of the management and operation of the Adult School. The Principal is expected to maintain an environment that promotes high academic and ethical standards among students and staff. The purpose of this
position is to provide strategic and program planning; budgeting; oversight; personnel supervision; service delivery; and accountability for the development and implementation of the district’s Adult Education and Career Pathways programs. Assists with the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of a District-wide program aimed at increasing student access to postsecondary education and employment opportunities.
WHAT IS EDUCATE & ELEVATE?
Welcome to our inaugural edition of the Educate & Elevate eNews. Our campaign is a proactive approach to educating policy makers about the importance of adult education and how it is an investment in America's future. This eNews will keep you abreast of campaign toolkit materials, timing of special events and updates on funding that affects our work. Join 55,000+ adult educators standing strong to let our voices be heard and our stories told. Click here to check out the resources on our campaign website and our upcoming live webinar schedule.
Call to Action
The Trump administration's initial budget proposal, which was recently released, proposed a budget cut of 13.5% in the U.S. Department of Education for FY2018. While adult education was not specifically mentioned in this proposal, we anticipate that the complete budget, which will be released in mid-May, will include the cut of 13.5% for adult education along with most other education programs.
Given the tremendous harm that a cut of this size would cause to adult education programs and students across the country, the National Council of State Directors and COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) are launching a national advocacy campaign to ensure that members of Congress do not approve this devastating cut.
The message for this campaign is NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION. Each of us as adult educators, students, and friends of adult education have the responsibility to take swift and decisive action to ensure that the proposed cut is not enacted. Learn more >
OTAN's Professional Development Opportunities
OTAN is offering WIOA funded adult education agencies an opportunity to try out EdReady - an online math curriculum designed to get learners prepared for both college and career math. Learners choose a math goal such as passing the AccuPlacer or GED® exam. Additionally, there are over 150 career pathways that help learners understand the math needed specifically for that pathway. Contact OTAN for additional information.
Another offering from OTAN is for adult education teachers who are interested in learning more about Blended Learning in adult education. This online course starts with the basics of educational technology concepts and then gives the instructor the tools and skills to blend the educational technology with their direct classroom instruction.
Research shows that blending traditional classroom instruction with technology improves student learning and motivation. The challenge is for the adult education instructor to find the time and technical knowledge to make it happen! This course takes approximately 6 -10 hours to complete online. Contact OTAN for access to the course.
STATEMENT BY TOM TORLAKSON
Due to the outcome of the recent presidential election, there has been a great deal of concern among those in education, including those in adult education. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has issued a statement to assure California public school students that they are safe from discrimination and bullying:
“In California, diversity is strength. Our students come from all kinds of backgrounds, cultures, languages, and religions, and they all come together to learn on their way to success in 21st century careers and college. California already has, and will always maintain, strong legal and state constitutional protections against any and all kinds of discrimination, regardless of a student’s race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”
The California Council for Adult Education strongly supports the sentiments expressed by the State Superintendent and wants to assure the 1.3 million adult education students in California that we will continue to serve and support their educational needs and interests.
Adult Education: A Crucial Foundation for Middle Skills
More than 24 million US workers lack key foundational skills in reading, math, or spoken English, and would benefit from adult education to help them build the skills needed to pursue occupational training and compete for these jobs.
Adult education models such as Integrated Education and Training (IET) have a proven track record in helping adult learners acquire key skills, earn secondary and postsecondary credentials, and obtain middle-skill employment.
The National Skills Coalition has developed a fact sheet that highlights four federal policies that can support the implementation of adult education program models such as IET, and provides examples of states that are capitalizing on these policies to do just that. Download the fact sheet (HERE).
CCAE has established an AEBG resources page to support the efforts of AEBG in all 71 consortia. Please bookmark this page for additional information regarding:
- Various regional meetings
- Notes and information from CCAE/CAEAA sponsored regional meetings
- Best practices from the field:
- Data collection, reporting and analysis
- Developing new programs
- Student support services
TABE/TASC is the proud sponsor of the AEGB Resources website
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CCAE Scholarship Fund
When you support Adult Ed, you help adults reach their goals and achieve their potential. Adult education provides a pathway out of poverty into the middle class; it gives students a hand up, not a hand out. CCAE is dedicated to supporting schools in this endeavor by ensuring adequate funding for adult education.
However, we need your help in supporting students in the next step in continuing their education. So many of you have expressed an interest in helping in some way. That’s why CCAE has started a Scholarship Fund.
Please consider sponsoring a student today by donating to the CCAE Scholarship Fund! 100% of your donation will go to help students transition to college and Career Technical Education. Help spread the word!