May 2, 2008
Digest No. 2



The new and improved online Innovation Programs Application, which is required for agencies that wish to provide distance learning courses, will be available at the end of May. Applications from new programs will be due June 30, and for continuing programs the application will be due September 15.

Mary Ann Corley takes new position with American Institutes for Research

Mary Ann Corley has decided to take a new position with the American Institutes for Research, and will be leaving her position as the Director of CALPRO. The Adult Education Office of CDE would like to deeply thank Mary Ann for her extensive work to provide an excellent variety of professional development opportunities to adult educators in California, and to wish her well in her new position.


National Refugee and Immigration Conference

The 2008 Refugee and Immigrant Conference, September 25-26 in Chicago, offers groups and individuals assisting refugee and immigrant children and their families an opportunity to network and learn about issues affecting refugee and immigrant children and their families, schools, health, and health care, along with the challenges of cultural adjustment. Presentation proposals are due May 1 [PDF].

IES Research Grants

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released three new funding announcements for FY 2009: Education Research Training Grants (84.305B); Education Research and Development Center Grants (84.305C); and Special Education Research Training Grants (84.324B). The Requests for Applications are available now. "Interventions for Struggling Adolescent and Adult Readers" is included in the research and the center grants. The summer application deadline is June 26, 2008, and the Fall application deadline is October 2, 2008.

Making a Difference and Promising Practice Awards

Exemplary EL Civics programs "make a difference" by fostering and encouraging students to actively use newly acquired language and literacy skills to interact with their communities in life changing ways. Promising Practices go "beyond the basics" in ways that are effective, innovative, and creative. The California Department of Adult Education will recognize 2007–08 award recipients at the next California Consortium Meeting (taking place during the CASAS National Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 – 5:30 pm). This year’s outstanding activities vary from making healthy meal choices to initiating environmental projects in communities. Other agencies are invited to learn more and adapt these model programs to suit their own students’ needs.

California Consortium June Meeting

Keynote speaker will be Debra Jones, Administrator of the California Adult Education Office. She will focus on 08-09 initiatives and support systems for continuous program improvement, highlight state performance goals, and begin discussion on setting local performance goals. Immediately following her presentation, focus groups will address the process of setting local performance goals.  (Meeting takes place during the CASAS National Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 – 5:30 pm.)

Summer Institute Naturalization Test Redesign

CASAS National Summer Institute
Dr. Michael R. Jones of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship will lead two sessions at this year’s Summer Institute.  A Senior Advisor on Immigrant Education and Testing, one of Dr. Jones’ highest priority assignments is serving as Director of the Naturalization Test Redesign Project. His sessions will address what every teacher should know about the Naturalization Interview, provide an update on the Naturalization Test itself, and discuss relevant CASAS Citizenship Assessment Resources.

Administrator of the Year

Corinne Price, Principal of Salinas Adult School, is the ACSA Administrator of the year!

Professional Development

CALPRO Professional Development Events

Training-of-Trainers’ (ToT) Institute, June 25-27, Los Angeles
CALPRO invites program administrators to nominate staff members to this institute, which trains facilitators to lead a number of new and newly revised professional development workshops for adult literacy providers. Click here to download a PDF file of the Training-of-Trainers' Institute Invitation Memo.

TOPSpro Enterprise Workshops…

…are scheduled during the CASAS National Summer Institute. Product development manager Richard Ackermann will discuss this new software platform for statewide accountability and management of student information. TOPSpro Enterprise will operate at the next level of presentation, efficiency, and scalability to enhance performance and ease of use.

OTAN Online Workshops
are easy and convenient. Coming up…
OTAN Face to Face Workshops Coming up…

Using Web Sites to Teach Math — Los Angeles — May 16

Creative Classroom Activities with Word — El Monte-Rosemead — May 30.

Online discussion forums

CASAS Forums can connect you with administrators, support staff, teachers and CASAS staff in California and across the country. You can join groups to discuss EL Civics Participation, TOPSpro database management, testing accommodations for POWER or Special Needs learners and much more. CASAS Forums puts you in contact with other agencies and staff in your field. Subscribe to these free discussion groups at the CASAS Web site.

ProLiteracy Online Courses

ProLiteracy has two courses for ESL instructors coming up soon:
Managing the Multilevel ESL classroom — May 12 - June 13, and
Using Cultural Artifacts to Teach ESL — June 9 - 20.

Register at

Did you know…

Administrator resource

… the CALPRO Web site provides a practical resource to help new and experienced administrators of small adult schools. Success for Small Schools: A "How to" Guide for Administrators identifies some of the major challenges facing those administrators and outlines some suggested solutions. View this guide on the CALPRO Web Site

CALPROgress newsletter

… the Spring 2008 issue of the CALPROgress newsletter is now available. Download a PDF file of the current newsletter and access previous issues from the CALPRO Web site.

OTAN News articles

… the News articles on the home page of the OTAN Web site are updated several times a week. Check in frequently or set up an RSS feed to keep up with the latest.

Classroom Projects

… Suggestions for classroom projects using online photos are available on OTAN's Web-based Class Activities page.

These items are for information only. CASAS, OTAN and CALPRO items are supported by CDE.