November 2, 2009
Digest No. 19
Autumn Leaves


Brenda Dann-Meisser

Brenda Dann-Messier Confirmed
Brenda Dann-Messier has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.  In this role, she will oversee the administration of high school, career technical and adult education; lifelong learning; community colleges; and workforce and economic development programs across the country.

Noelia Ramirez and Matthew Parsons

Two New Consultants at CDE
The Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE) welcomes two new consultants, Noelia Ramirez and Matthew Parsons. They will be starting work on November 2. Please welcome these two new consultants to the adult education family.

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PLC Institute
The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is pleased to offer California adult educators the opportunity to participate in the 2009-2010 CALPRO Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Institute. All California Department of Education, Adult Education Office WIA Title II or State Apportionment funded agencies are eligible to apply. The application is due November 6 and the first part of the training will take place Dec. 7-9 in Sacramento. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and additional details appear on News and Events page of the CALPRO Web site.

Data Portal

CASAS Data Portal
CASAS Data Portal Provides Access to WIA II Performance Outcomes for 2008-09 at the state and local agency level. The California WIA Title II NRS Federal table data for program year 2008-09 will be posted on the Data Portal in early November. Visit the CASAS data portal to compare your agency data with California state goals and performance and performance of other local agencies, counties, geographical regions, provider types, and enrollment size. All data is available for download into Microsoft Excel®.

Wild Turkey

CASAS Closed Thanksgiving Week
The CASAS Office will be closed November 23-27, 2009. Please place crucial orders before November 9 to avoid any delivery delay prior to the holiday.



CA Capitol

Private Postsecondary Reform Bill Passed
AB 48 will establish a Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education once again in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Read more.

CA Capitol

Susan Handy, Bakersfield Principal, Honored
Susan Handy, Principal of Bakersfield Adult School, will be honored as one of four outstanding "Women with a Heart for Bakersfield." Read more.


National Distance Learning Week
November 9th – 13th has been designated as National Distance Learning Week. A fact sheet and announcements of free webinars and other events are available.


Professional Development

Distance Learning

Distance Learning Dec. 4
The next online Distance Learning Forum will be Dec. 4, an open forum to share information on programming and especially ABE curriculum now that the Innovation and Alternative Delivery Instructional Program applications are complete. Register here.

3 Snowflakes

Winter Online Courses
Beginning Nov. 18, the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) will open registration for its Winter 2010 facilitated online courses. Each course explores a different topic: learner persistence, teaching adults with learning disabilities, managing ESL multilevel classes, and using questioning strategies to improve instruction. For registration and additional information, visit CALPRO's online course schedule.

CAE Digest

WIA Title II Assessment and Accountability Fall 2009 Regional and Online Trainings
Over 900 administrators, coordinators, instructors, and other agency staff have participated in WIA II regional or online training for assessment, accountability this program year. CASAS is offering additional Fall 2009 Statewide Regional and Web-based Trainings available for all WIA Title II 225/231 and EL Civics funded agencies. Included are online self-paced courses delivered through the Moodle course management delivery system. These online courses are a great way to ensure that all staff receive training and make the connection from assessment to instruction and improved learning outcomes.


Did you know…


Use Moodle to Create a Course Web Site
Moodle lets you have an online site for your class with assignments, quizzes and discussions, or develop a whole online course. Contact OTAN to get started.

Red Check

Best Practice TIPS for Improving Learning Outcomes
Establish a core leadership team to review student data on a regular basis, set performance goals and monitor progress towards those goals. Student persistence is key to improving learning progress and outcomes, increasing performance on the NRS Federal Table 4 and increasing payment points.


"Hide not your talents, they for use were made.
What's a sun dial in the shade?"

— Benjamin Franklin

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