February 2016
Vol. 7, No. 4

The Administrator's Digest will have a new look coming Soon!

Program available for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016

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The seventh Technology and Distance Learning Symposium will be happening in a month at Fresno Adult School External link opens in new window or tab , March 11 & 12.

Many thanks to previous hosts:

  • San Leandro Adult School in 2015
  • Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education in 2014
  • Berkeley Adult School in 2013
  • Hacienda La Puente Adult School, Willow Campus in 2011
  • Sacramento County Office of Education in 2009
  • LAUSD DACE and Sacramento County Office of Education in 2007

The program schedule for this year is now available on the Web site. Please note that the schedule is a draft and subject to change. Here are some of the highlights:

Don’t miss out on this premier professional development opportunity. Register today!

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

Curriculum Matters from Ed Week

The California Department of Education (CDE) has recently received a recommendation from General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS®) to lower the passing score for the General Educational Development (GED®) test. California state law (California Education Code Section 51420) requires that the California State Board of Education (SBE) establish the score a pupil must achieve to earn their California High School Equivalency Certificate, following a public hearing.

California has approved the use of three high school equivalency tests (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™) for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.

For more information on the testing services in California, including an update External link opens in new window or tab from the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding the proposed GED passing score, please visit the CDE High School Equivalency Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/gd/ External link opens in new window or tab .

Source: Ed Week External link opens in new window or tab, By Catherine Gewertz.(accessed on January 20, 2016)

Source: CDE High School Equivalency Web site memo (accessed on February 5, 2016) External link opens in new window or tab

EL Civics retained and expanded under WIOA

On January 11, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a program memorandum, entitled Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab. The program memorandum provides answers to frequently asked questions and clarifies statutory provisions related to the expanded use of integrated English literacy and civics education under Title II of WIOA.

Source: email from CDE AEO External link opens in new window or tab (accessed January 15, 2016).

CCAE State Conference, San Francisco, April 21-23, 2016

CCAE Bay Section is hosting this year’s conference External link opens in new window or tab titled "Adult Education: The Bridge to College, Careers, and Communities". The program co-chairs, Gladys Kiefer and Tim Doyle say that “the theme proudly distinguishes our role and the impact adult educators make on a daily basis throughout our state. These past couple of years have been full of transition and change for California Adult Education, therefore we are putting together a conference filled with workshops, keynote speakers, and exhibitors that will significantly assist and equip us as we prepare our students to cross the bridge to college, careers, and communities.”

Online registration External link opens in new window or tab for the 2016 CCAE State Conference at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 21-23, 2016 is now open!

COABE/TALAE National Conference, Dallas, April 10-13, 2016

Attend COABE/TALAE National Conference External link opens in new window or tab in Dallas titled “Bigger & Better in Texas, and collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in the lone star state! Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers. Twelve strands—comprised of more than 200 sessions—will be offered, providing valuable, state-of-the-art training that you will be able to bring back to your adult ed program! Join more than 1,400 conferees and enjoy numerous opportunities with your peers in adult education from around the country!

Online registration External link opens in new window or tab is now open for the 2016 COABE/TALAE National Conference in Dallas, Texas on April 10-13, 2016.

New grant will provide childcare to parents in training programs

On December 17th, the Department of Labor announced the availability of $25,000,000 in grants under the Strengthening Working Families (SWF) Initiative. The Initiative will award up to $4,000,000 in funds to partnerships between the workforce development system, education providers (including community colleges, community based organizations, and tech boot camps), child care providers and employers.

More information available in the blog post by Katie Spiker.

Source:

National Skills Coalition blog post.2015. (accessed January 18th, 2016) http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/news/blog/new-grant-will-provide-childcare-to-parents-in-training-programs?platform=hootsuite External link opens in new window or tab


Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Educational Technology Sharing through Alumni Online Meetings External link opens in new window or tab
February 12, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Moodle v2: Creating a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
February 17, 2016 – 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Organizing Your Online Resources External link opens in new window or tab
February 17, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Easy to Make Quizzes and Flashcards for Tablets and Mobile Phones External link opens in new window or tab
February 19, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Licensing Your Creations  External link opens in new window or tab
February 23, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Moodle v2: Getting the Most out of the Gradebook External link opens in new window or tab
February 25, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle Courses for ESL External link opens in new window or tab
February 26, 2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Moodle Courses for ABE/ASE External link opens in new window or tab
March 04, 2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Creating Accessible Documents External link opens in new window or tab
March 08, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
February 19, 2016 – 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Grossmont Adult School

Chromebooks for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
February 22, 2016 – 4:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Tamalpais Adult School

Google Tools and Drive I External link opens in new window or tab
March 04, 2016 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Pasadena City College - Community Education Center


Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

March 11-12, 2016
Fresno Adult School
More information about the Symposium

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