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Executive Director's Message
September 2014

Dear CCAE members,

I need to let you know that health and family challenges will sideline me for the next several months. Eventually these challenges will undoubtedly be worked through successfully, but meanwhile I find it necessary to resign my position as Executive Director of the California Council for Adult Education.

Eighteen months ago I became part of the CCAE leadership team and what an exciting time period it has been. Collectively our tenacious and talented CCAE members have progressed in their mission to save K-12 adult education, and we have made significant advances towards the goal of revitalizing our professional organization. Thanks to grass roots efforts, strong legislative advocacy and the initiative of CCAE members, we have much to celebrate and notable reasons for optimism:

• Maintenance of effort legislation significantly reduced adult school program shrinkage Approximately 240 adult schools are now involved in the Regional Consortia process
• Members are charging ahead with implementation of the Call to Action plan Grassroots advocacy groups have sprung up in many parts of the state

• Legislator are perhaps more aware then ever of the need for basic adult education
• CCAE membership increased by 12.75% after 7 years of decline
Institutional Membership is up 13%
• CCAE's stronger budget enables us to purchase additional PR and advocacy services
• Participation in staff development, awards and social events has increased
• More members are volunteering for leadership roles
• The Communicator and CCAE website are better than ever and receiving more traffic
• Almost all CCAE procedures and protocols have been reviewed and updated
• Hundreds of new friendships and collaborations have developed among members

What a joy to have been part of CCAE during this exciting period. Thanks to your work, the stage is being set for a gradual renaissance in California adult education. Long live CCAE! Long live K-12 adult education!


Jerry Green
CCAE Executive Director


AB86 Update—Chris Nelson, Past President
September 2014

Earlier this month, CCAE in conjunction with CAEAA and ACSA provided sessions to check on the status of how the regional consortium process is going in local areas. These sessions were designed for administrators, coordinators and teacher leaders mainly from K-12 adult schools. There were two 2 1/5 hour sessions. One was held in Northern California on Friday, August 1st at Hayward Adult Center and the other was held on Friday, August 8th at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education. 22 people attended the Hayward session and over 40 attended the session at Hacienda La Puente.

Each session began with a brief update on the current status of AB 86. Participants were reminded of the recent report deadline and future deadlines for reports related to AB 86. This was followed by a brainstorm where participants declared their recent successes, challenges and opportunities for their local regional consortium planning. Once all matters were put forward, each participant chose their top issues that were important and warranted deeper discussion.

The following were the items that were the most significant to participants:

1. Lack of K-12 Adult Ed dedicated funding—This was the overriding issue for many. The discussion incorporated other funding concerns including:

• Consortium planning for the future when there is no definite funding stream for the K-12 Adult Education system
• Districts' different interpretations of language for the Maintenance of Effort in place last year and this year • • LCFF and how is it factored or not into the future of K-12 based Adult Education funding
• AB86 timeline extending beyond when long term budget decisions are made

2. Data systems for Adult Education need major upgrades to keep up with future accountability including:
• Virtual common assessment/tracking system that allows easier access for students including counseling, addressing learning disabilities, no wrong door
• One-Stop - clarity of how assessment/tracking is defined to determine success
• Mandated assessments - Will there be mandated assessments that K-12 and Community Colleges jointly use? How many assessments do we want to make students take?

• Referral and tracking of students - What type of statewide systems should be developed in these areas? Perhaps developing a system like the city of Fresno's Learn to Earn model where the goal is a one-stop, including referral & tracking. Also, how can we coordinate large geographic regions with a history of division of services, little communication and lack transportation?

3. Planning process collaboration and engagement—There has been some effective planning and collaboration in consortia but a number still are having trouble engaging all members. In some areas a "take-over" climate exists while other consortia have conflicts with control and dominance between community college and adult school members. In addition, it has been difficult to get participation from some consortia members due to lack of time, lack of leadership, overwhelmed with current job responsibilities, and more.

4. Timeline of report deadline and legislative decisions—With the timeline for the governor's budget, legislators need information about the consortia planning results sooner than later. The December draft submission should be a more completed report to share with legislators. We should be talking with our legislators and their staff members now to inform them on the progress of the consortia planning, which will help significantly with the urgent timeline. Does the Work Group have a voice in the issue of the urgent timeline? Can an extension be considered or recommended so that adequate planning will render comprehensive results? If so, what can be done to support K-12 adult schools when the MOE sunsets?

At the end of the sessions, many discussed their vision of a new Adult Education delivery system resulting in a vision where students have knowledge and access to a variety of educational programs through centralized coordination involving all members, partners, stakeholders, WIB's, corrections and employers. We need to continue to have these discussions locally on what we envision for the future of Adult Education in terms of regional planning so that we begin to see common themes as we build a better coordinated system for adult students.

If you would like to share what you are doing for planning of your Regional Consortium in this column, please drop me a line at

Chris Nelson
CCAE Past President


Student Spotlight—Yolanda Davis
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
Los Angeles Unified School District—Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE)

Yolanda Davis is the definition of dedication and a positive attitude. Despite her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and her stellar work experience, Yolanda found herself in the position that many of our adult education students find themselves in when they first enter our doors: unemployed. However, instead of letting her situation bring her down, Yolanda chose to see it as an opportunity.

With the goal of updating her employability skills in order to reenter the workforce, Yolanda came to Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE). She enrolled in the Administrative Assistant 1: Office Procedures class with instructor Dianne Jackson. Ms. Jackson found Yolanda to be “honest and straightforward in her approach to her work, business, and family,” and Yolanda excelled in the class.

In addition to her regular curriculum, Yolanda also volunteered in the academic department using the data-entry and records management skills she had learned in class to help the school run smoothly. Yolanda soon advanced to Administrative Assistant 2: Business English and then on to the Customer Service course. It was during this time that she became involved in tutoring other students in computer operations and basic math and began using her exemplary writing skills to contribute articles to the “Class Action Newsletter.”

But Yolanda didn’t stop there. She also took on leadership roles in the Career and Technical Education department, including leading activities to raise more than $1000 for student scholarships. Her dedication to her fellow students paid off in the spring of 2014 when Yolanda was nominated for and awarded a CCAE Los Angeles Metropolitan Section student scholarship of $500 to continue her studies. Yolanda recently used the scholarship money to purchase textbooks and enroll again with Ms. Jackson in the third class in the Administrative Assistant sequence, Business Math.

Yolanda continues to interview for positions and says that her future plans consist of continuing to improve herself, “whether that entails taking more courses or becoming employed, whichever comes first!” She also hopes to someday use her writing skills to write a memoir about her life experiences and overcoming adversity and to give advice to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances. With Yolanda Davis’ work ethic and determination to help others, coupled with the skills she is learning in her adult education courses, it is certain that her story will have a happy ending.


Migration Policy Institute

On June 18th, the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank, based in Washington, D.C., released a new report called "Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth." The executive summary and full report, which I helped review (the segments on Adult Education), can be found at: The report focuses in on first- and second-generation immigrant youth, ages 16 to 26, detailing many of the issues that immigrant youth and young adults face in all parts of California--including lower graduation rates, lack of support, and barriers to transition to college. Some items in this report that standout, as it relates to California immigrant youth, are: - A staggering 230,000 immigrant youth lack a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Certification. - The ELL graduation rate is 63%, compared to the overall state level of 80%. - 122,000 young adults are not eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), due to education requirements at the time of the President's executive order and in need of Adult Education to satisfy those requirements. This report states the issues very well and makes the connection that the education of immigrant youth and young adults is critical to the success of California's economic competitiveness, as we need to produce, by 2025, 2.3 million new college graduates on top of the 3.2 million that are already expected. Even though this study is focusing on immigrant youth, it goes into great detail about the overall current budget/programming situation with California's K-12 Adult Schools and names the issues that have concerned us over the past five years. In addition, the report offers recommendations that will be helpful as we work with the legislature and the governor's office for dedicated Adult Education funding. Take the time to read the full report; but if you can't read it all, please make sure that you read Part VI "Adult Education as an On-Ramp to Postsecondary Success" (Pages 65-74).


Supporters of Adult Education Update

imgThank 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 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.

Contributed by:

Steve Curiel
CCAE South Coast Past President





The Communicator September 2014

Executive Director's Message
Legislative Update
Adult Education Newsletter
Mission Possible Encrypted Message
AB86: Regional Consortium
Student Spotlight
Adult Educators Reach New Voters
Migration Policy Institute
OTAN Professional Development
CALPRO Professional Development
Napa Earthquake
California Department of Eduction–Adult Education Administrator Job Opening

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Legislative Update

Full Court Press to Save Adult Education Underway, Share Your Efforts and Progress Today! 

As the Legislature works to wrap up its 2014 session, we are well in the midst of our full court press to impact the Governor's January budget proposal to ensure it is
workable and protects K-12 adult schools. As part of that effort, we have taken on a number of efforts at the state level and have provided a host of activities for you to undertake at the local level. In this regard, however, we do not have a good sense of the level of engagement and completion of activities at the local level (i.e. NASCAR letters).  It would be helpful for us at the state level to receive an update from the field on the status of your efforts.

Please send such updates to Dan Garcia (Montebello) for CAEAA at and CCAE's office at

Also, thanks to the great work of our CCAE and CAEAA State Legislative Chairs Joanne Durkee and Bob Harper, we have crafted a draft letter for you to have your superintendent sign and send to the Governor. It is important that each of your superintendents are engaged and supportive of our efforts to protect K-12 adult schools and the benefits they provide to their K-12 students and community overall.  Prior to even releasing the letter, we've already received commitments from superintendents across the state to sign such a letter and work with their colleagues across the state to do the same. We hope you'll convince your superintendent to do the same! More... 

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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...

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Agents for Change:

The response to our monthly encryptions has been great! A new message will be posted on the first of each month with the answers following on the 15th. Every correct submission earns one ticket for our special drawing at the upcoming CCAE state conference. Send your answers to Encryption Message Number 4 to Darlene Neilsen by 10/15:

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OTaN Professional Development

OTAN is accepting applications for it's two academies: the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) and the Online Teaching Academy (OTAC), but the deadline is fast approaching. These are year long projects that focus on integrating technology into the classroom, and effective practices in online teaching and learning, respectively. For more information about OTAN, please visit our Web site. If you are not yet an OTAN member it is free. Just select the "Register here!


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The start of another academic year features many CALPRO professional development offerings, so be sure to register early! From a webinar on Analyzing ESL Comprehension Questions to Address College and Career Readiness Standards to a San Mateo Community of Practice on Evidence-Based Writing Instruction, CALPRO is sure to offer something that coincides with your professional development goals. You can register here for these and other events.

Napa Earthquake

CCAE leadership would like to acknowledge all of our friends and colleagues in the Napa area. We wish you strength, endurance, and a speedy recovery from the earthquake that damaged many of your homes and the Napa Valley Adult School, early this past Sunday morning. Our understanding is that the school itself suffered minor structural damage, yet there is quite a bit of interior clean-up to do prior to school reopening later this week.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the Napa Valley Adult School, please contact

Contact CCAE

PO Box 978
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0978

Phone: 888-542-2231
Fax: 866-941-5129

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