|The Voice of Adult Education in California|
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Member Drives begin in August or September depending upon school, service areas and chapter's timelines. It is extremely helpful if site leaders foster opportunities for staff to learn about CCAE's mission. These might include social events, presentations to staff, sign-up tables, renewal or new member incentives, membership drawings, electronic newsletters or even more creative outreach ideas.
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By now many of you have participated in Regional Consortium planning to coordinate strategies between K-12 based Adult Schools and the Community Colleges to better serve adult learners. The first quarterly report from each of the consortia was due on July 31st. This first report focused in on Objectives 1, 2 and 4 of what the State Workgroup and the Legislation states in AB 86 asking for each consortium to gather. The objectives are:
We will now be able to see what we currently offer throughout the state in Adult Education. We will also be able to see what our current needs will be as a result of not only the cuts to Adult Education but other events that have taken place in California that may drive what we must do for adults seeking education and re-training. An initial draft of the statewide data on these objectives should be available in the next few months.
In the meantime, please keep participating in Regional Consortia activities. Last month the CASAS Summer Institute put on an amazing session which I was a panel member, attracting over 200 California Adult Educators to discuss AB 86. Entitled "AB 86- California Consortia: Sharing Progress, Plans and Challenges" this session provided a forum to learn about the successes, challenges and opportunities that have been presented to us as we have been planning for the future of Adult Education. For a link to the powerpoint, click here.
If you would like to share what you are doing for planning of your Regional Consortium in this column, please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporters of Adult Education Update
Thank you for being one of over 3,223 supporters of Adult Ed who have signed up to receive important information about the current dismantling of the State's Adult Education program that has been in existence since 1856. The first class was held in the basement of St. Mary's Cathedral on Grant Avenue in San Francisco. Since that time, the Adult Education program grew to serve over 1.2 million students. Now, statewide enrollments are estimated to be down to 600,000 students and the total is continuing to drop each year.
By joining this email group you will be receiving information on what is happening both locally and at the state level that is affecting Adult Education. Honestly, we are expecting most news will be bad UNLESS we act in a coordinated way to express to decision makers the importance of Adult Education and how their decisions are having detrimental effects on the program. We need your voice!
In these emails you will not only get the status of Adult Ed but you will also, at times, be asked to act. This could mean sending a letter to your representatives, calling their offices, attending a school board meeting or possibly traveling to the capital to voice your concerns and opinions directly to legislators while they meet in their committees.
The battle ground to save adult education continues to reside within the Legislature. Continue to make calls and send letters and emails to your legislators. Be sure to copy our office at email@example.com or fax 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies when lobbying the issue. Please encourage others to join the Supporters of Adult Education campaign to keep the pressure on the Legislature to save adult education.
Legislative Update and Call to Action Webinar
Missed the Legislative Update and Call to Action Webinar on July 31 hosted by CCAE’s Legislative Liaison, Dawn Koepke? Click on the following link for a full recording of this critical training.
2015–2016 Legislative talking points
It is absolutely critical that legislators (and their staff) hear directly from their constituents about the looming risk for their local adult schools to be able to continue to provide services to those most at risk in their communities.
While we are engaged in the development of local regional consortium plans as provided under AB 86 (2013), the concern for the future existence of K12 adult schools is at an all time high. The two-year maintenance of effort (MOE) as provided for in the 2013 budget is set to expire July 1, 2015. Unfortunately, after that date there is no funding currently available to support K12 based adult education—despite the regional consortia process. More...
gEARING UP TO MOVE ADULT EDUCATION FORWARD
Over the past few months we have heard loud and clear, from around the state, concerns regarding the timing of funding for K-12 based adult education. This certainly is making things tenser than ever with the general uncertainty you are faced with in your district, as well as within the regional consortia planning process. The concerns have not gone unheeded—we agree the timeline before us is incredibly concerning. We fully understand the need to provide clarity, certainty, and funding for districts, well ahead of the March lay-off notice deadlines. In this regard, it is absolutely critical that the Department of Finance (DOF) and Administration get it right in their January budget proposal. There will be no coming back from a bad January proposal, and we well know that recovery with a better May Revise will be too late for virtually all adult schools. More...
OTAN is announcing a Request for Proposals for the Community Model of Online Learning project. Three pilot projects will be established to increase the quantity, quality, and effectiveness of online and blended instruction to support adult learners. Applicants must be a California-based, Workforce Investment Act, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act-funded agency with a history of success serving adult learners. For more information, please visit OTAN and log in. If you are not yet an OTAN member, it is free. Just select the "Register here!" link to enroll.
Want To Know About CALPRO Workshops?
There's still time to get in on CALPRO's professional development offerings before the start of another school year! For the first time ever, Community of Practice: Evidence-Based Reading Instruction is being offered in Northern California. The deadline is nearly here, so submit your institutions' applications right away! Additionally, Rubrics Revealed: How Rubrics Support ESL Learner Self-Assessment webinar will be offered in August. You can register here for these and other summer events.
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