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Executive Director Update

Your advocacy over the next few months can significantly influence the future of California Adult Schools. We have just a short amount of time to convince the legislature and Governor's administrative team that school district-based adult education programs are an essential part of creating healthy communities and an equitable economy. This advocacy needs to occur through all of your schools' involvement in the Regional Consortia process, as well as through coordinated outreach to your state legislative representatives. This July, August, and September are of particular importance, given the timing of funding decisions in Sacramento. Click here to read Dawn Koepke's article for more details.  

Renew now, and invite a colleague to join CCAE! A larger membership means a stronger voice when advocating for adult education. Your membership dues enable CCAE to provide a wide range of services to members, including staff development and staff recognition events. But of even greater significance at this time, your dues allow CCAE to hire the services of our excellent Legislative and Government Advocate—McHugh, Koepke and Associates. Without CCAE's legislative interventions last year, many more adult schools would have been closed and staff laid off. If your adult school's doors are still open and/or if you have a job in adult education, then it should certainly make sense for you to be a member of CCAE. Enrollment jumped 12.8% last year thanks to your recruiting efforts. Please join or renew today!   

Jerry Green
CCAE Executive Director


AB86: An Instructor's Perspective
Sonya Ramirez, LA Metro Section

As a participant on the AB 86 Expert Panel, the task of collaborative planning and shared leadership brought a concern to the AB 86 Work Group regarding the teacher/faculty awareness and participation. With 72 community college districts and 281 school districts identified as members and partners, the composition and planning of each regional consortia will be different. However, the teacher/faculty/staff inclusion, involvement, and engagement in this process is critical and necessary in the ongoing development and successful program integration within each consortium.

As an instructor, I have participated in my district's AB 86 planning by attending an AB 86 symposium, several AB 86 planning meetings and, most recently, in the disseminating of an AB 86 student survey. The student survey was created in a collaborative effort among the district's AB 86 Work Group, two principals, two UTLA representatives, and ten teachers.

If you are not yet involved in your consortium, become involved. Every level of involvement is important, whether it is at the local level, on a committee, or in a work group. Our participation as instructors will impact the model that will be used in the long range planning. To ensure inclusiveness in the development of the recommendations made, the AB 86 Cabinet has suggested consideration of the following questions:

1. Have faculty, staff, and local bargaining units been engaged and involved in developing, reviewing, and supporting the consortium's regional planning?
2. Are faculty and staff provided information about the consortium deliberations and provided an opportunity to give input?
3. Is feedback provided to faculty and staff, regarding the input they make?
4. Have you given ample notice to faculty, staff, and bargaining units about the timing and frequency of meetings related to the planning process, to encourage their participation?

Your input to these questions may be provided directly to the AB 86 Cabinet and Work Group at Additionally, should you have any questions or comments, go to the AB 86 website where you can find the latest information, access previous webinars, and become informed of upcoming webinars that you can participate in.

This month's article was contributed by Sonya Ramirez, a teacher from LAUSD's Division of Adult and Career Education. We are seeking more articles on Regional Consortium work throughout California. If you would like to contribute an article or an opinion piece on how your Regional Consortium or AB 86 Work Group is working in your area, please e-mail Chris Nelson (

Student Spotlight

When Travon Willis was only 10 years old, his father died while in prison. When his mother became addicted to drugs and was no longer able to care for Travon and a sibling, his grandmother stepped in and raised them. At 19 years old, before finishing high school, he got married. At the age of 26, Travon resumed working toward a high school diploma at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education (FACE).

He has always believed this was one of the best decisions he ever made. In the two years he attended, 2004-06, he overcame poor grades and moved from the freshman level to attaining all the credits necessary to complete the program and earn his High School Diploma. He also won an Academic Achievement Award in Math, and the Community Advisory Council Scholarship. Travon possessed a strong desire to prepare himself to fully provide for his growing family. He enrolled in Patten University of Oakland and graduated Cum Laude, in 2011. Voted "most studious" by his peers, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Theology, and was on the Dean's List in three of his four years at the school. As part of his undergraduate studies, Travon was involved in two internships. He co-facilitated substance abuse counseling at the Latino Commission, and was a tutor at Centro de Juventud in Oakland.

Travon credits FACE with instilling in him the intense desire to be a father, husband, and friend, and with equipping him with the tools he needed for future success. He is in a doctorate program for Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. Part of his program includes a practicum/ internship, which he completed at a middle school, working to build the self-worth of under-privileged youth, through conflict management and positive reinforcement.

As he works toward his doctorate in psychotherapy, Travon plans to volunteer for a suicide hotline at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, with the long-term goal of opening a rehabilitation facility.

Regardless of all his educational accomplishments, being a positive role model to his family is the most important thing to Travon. His career is about helping people, and he believes he has an ethical and moral duty to provide them with his best care.

One example of this comes from outside his work. Travon possesses a compassion for homeless people, and each Thanksgiving and periodically throughout the year, he and his wife collect used clothing which they distribute to homeless people in the area. From this and other examples, his family has gained the same ethical and moral sense as Travon, along with the understanding that each one of us plays a part in contributing to a better tomorrow.


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—July 2014

Executive Director's Message
Legislative Update
2015–2016 Legislative Talking Points
AB86: Instructor's Perspective
AB86 Regional Consortium Discussion
SB173 Update
Student Spotlight
OTAN Professional Development
CALPRO Professional Development

Call To Action

Please join the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) and the California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) for a legislative update and call to action webinar on Thursday, July 31 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Our Legislative and Governmental Budget Advocate, Dawn Koepke, will be discussing the latest insights on the budget and next steps for action to protect K-12 Adult Schools. Webinar registration instructions will be emailed to members within the next week.

Legislative Update and Call to Action Materials

2015–16 Budget Timeline
2015–16 Budget Myth vs. Fact
2015–16 Budget Sample NASCAR Letter
2015–16 Budget Talking Points
CCAE Section Legislator Responsibilities

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...


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 Professional Development

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?

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO), in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE), is pleased to offer a Community of Practice Institute on Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI). Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) offers school programs ways to help struggling readers, by providing teachers and administrators with concrete knowledge and successful practices to teach reading to adult learners.

This Institute provides training in adult basic education (ABE) reading instruction. It also supports and assists programs with EBRI implementation. The EBRI Institute includes six face-to-face sessions and substantial implementation and online activities taking place from August 2014 through December 2014. Details here.

Check out additional CALPRO upcoming events through August! Included in our online professional development are three unique offerings—a new facilitated online course on Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom, our new self-directed course on Effective Strategies for Writing Instruction that started in June, and a Northern California Community of Practice: Evidence-Based Reading Instruction. There is also an online course on Using Questioning strategies to Improve Instruction. You can register here for these and other summer events.


Contact CCAE

PO Box 978
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0978

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

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