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The 55,000+ adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to move learning opportunities forward for all Americans to achieve economic mobility. If you are an adult educator stand with us in this educational campaign to help funders understand the value we bring to students, workers and businesses in contributing to social mobility and economic growth. If we educate, then we elevate.  Learn more >

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

As an integral element of  OTAN's professional development this school year, OTAN's Google Certified EducatorMelinda Holt, has been running up and down the state, training numerous agencies on G Suites for Education and Google tools in general. In addition, OTAN will highlight two popular workshops this year.

Mobile Devices: Formative Assessment 

Formative assessment helps students learn what they know and what they need to know. There are many formative assessment tools available to conduct these assessments. In this workshop, you will explore different assessment tools and decide which tools work best for you. All the tools can be accessed by students, using their mobile devices. Participants will learn how to assess students learning before class, during class, and at the end of class and how to share these assessments with students. Time permitting, the presenter will share tips and tricks for getting students to create their own formative assessments.

OTAN trainer, Susan Gaer, will offer this workshop on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Glendale Community College - Garfield CampusRegistration is still open to surrounding agencies.  

Teaching Vocabulary with Technology

Adult students need a strong vocabulary foundation in order to develop their literacy and use their English effectively in their many roles: employees, parents, and community members. Learn a research-proven, six-step process infused with technology to help students not only better learn and retain vocabulary but also move new terminology into their productive vocabulary knowledge. Learn to use select resources appropriate to each step of direct vocabulary instruction.

OTAN trainer, Kristi Reyes, will offer this workshop on Saturday, April 08, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Chaffey Adult SchoolRegistration is still open to surrounding agencies.    

OTAN Resources

For ESL, ABE, ASE learners -> Use this free site to build reading and life skills. It is organized in 11 topics of interest to adult learners.

For teachers and administrators -> Check out handouts, photos, and videos from OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017. Links to videos and photos can be found on the home page. For each presentation, the handouts are posted at the bottom of the page with the title, name of presenters, and description. These can be accessed from the schedule.


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). 

AEBG Resources

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!