|The Voice of Adult Education in California|
On behalf of the CCAE state leadership, I would like to wish each of you and your families a joyous holiday season. While many of our members and schools have ongoing challenges, there are definitely blessings to be counted. Among them are the following:
• We have strong dedicated members who provide exceptional services to their communities
I am sure that you can think of many more reasons to look optimistically upon the ringing in of 2014. From my perspective, the future of educational services for adults in our communities is definitely looking brighter. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!
Dear CCAE Members,
As we continue our voyage into October, please stay the course! Fall is such a critical time for Adult Education. Now, more than ever before, we need you to stay connected to CCAE. Please check out our website for up-to-date information or go to http://ab86.cccco.edu/ for the latest information regarding the Regional Consortia. This is such a critical time, and everyone needs to participate as we continue our fight for dedicated K-12 Adult Education funding. Please read the articles from Jerry Green, CCAE Executive Director, and Chris Nelson, CCAE Past President, regarding funding and the Regional Consortia. I encourage everyone to start the process. Your regional consortia efforts need to start NOW!
Click on the links below regarding the latest Regional Consortia information that Dawn Koepke, CCAE Legislative Advocate, sent to Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Brice Harris, Chancellor of California Community Colleges.
Please continue to let CCAE know if your district is not complying with the MOE (SB 91-MOE for AE). Ed Code 2575 (k)(2).
Stay tuned for information that will be coming out regarding the California Career Pathways Trust (AB 86). This is a one-time competitive grant for K-14 career pathway programs that will provide $250 million in funding.
You and your Adult School must begin now to lead in developing your local Regional Consortium for Adult Education. It is clear that Adult Schools must take the lead so as to ensure a positive impact on the outcome for the adult learners that we serve. As Dawn Koepke stated in her article, "K-12 based adult schools need to actively and forcefully participate in the regional consortia development and planning process at the local level. Participation is critical to the future of K-12 based education across the state. Additionally, your local elected officials need to continue to hear from you about your current situation, what you are doing to participate in the regional effort, and what your needs are going forward. It isn't enough to merely participate in the regional consortia effort."
Let's not forget that the five program areas (ABE/ASE, ESL/Citizenship, Short term CTE, AWD and Apprenticeship) that the State developed Regional Consortium planning grants for are mainly the students that we currently serve in K-12 based Adult Education. The idea is that these students are going to get a better coordinated service by aligning K-12 based Adult Education and Community Colleges. Adult learners are mainly our students in K-12 based programs, so it is imperative that we advocate for them through the Regional Consortium process.
So now is the time to meet with your local Community College District. Here are some strategies and assurances for you to have as you meet with your Community College District staff and begin those conversations:
These are just some suggestions. If you have others, please let me know and I will print them up in our next issue. Don't forget, you and your Adult School must begin now!
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!
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.
Ten Reason to Join CCAE
1. Advocacy: Your CCAE membership supports advocacy efforts to fund and grow adult education services in California.
2. Solidarity: CCAE is the only organization that includes teachers, classified staff members, administrators, counselors, students, and friends of adult education.
3. Awards: CCAE recognizes members at state and section events for their outstanding accomplishments.
4. Professional Development: CCAE provides professional development opportunities to members at the state and section levels, as well as partners with other adult education organizations to provide job-specific training.
5. Conferences: CCAE holds annual state and local conferences. Members register at a reduced fee.
7. Leadership Opportunities: CCAE is run by member volunteers. When you become a member you have the opportunity to participate and run for chapter, section, and state officer positions. This is a great way to stretch leadership skills and develop valued friendships.
8. Communication: CCAE members receive The Communicator monthly and can connect with CCAE through various online social networking sites where you can network with others in regards to adult education.
9. Healthcare Benefits: As a member of CCAE, you will have access to low cost insurance services provided by EJS Insurance Services and Vantage Business Support and Insurance Services.
Special legislative update
To Fund or Not to Fund, Is That the Real Issue?—As you know, over the past couple of years the key focus of our advocacy has been centered on obtaining dedicated funding for adult education. More...
State Awards Deadline Approaching
The deadline for any CCAE member to submit on line nominations for State Awards, with the exception of the Life Membership Award is December 21, 2013. More...
CCAE State Conference 2014 Registration Open
Click here to register today and enjoy the early bird rate.
Specialized Workshops for Classified Staff
The Program Team for the 2014 state conference in San Diego wants to make sure there are workshops that address the specific training needs of classified CCAE members. Please email suggested topics to Adriana Sanchez-aldana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Develop and Staff Recognition Events in November
On November 14, Central Section held a power-packed one day staff development event focused on Regional Consortia and other timely topics—140 in attendance
CCAE Legislative Day
Renew Your Membership
Registration links for 2013-14 are now open for Individual and Institutional Membership renewals, as well as new member enrollment. You may pay on-line with a credit card, download the membership formand mail it with your check, or download a payroll deduction form and process it through your school district. More...
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• Your company logo and contact information on our VIP Business Partner Page of the CCAE website
• 25% discount on CCAE State Conference 2014 exhibitor table fees
• Membership in COABE our national affiliate
List of current VIP Business Partners: