December 3, 2009
Digest No. 20
Eastern Sierra


Statewide Needs Assessment
The Web site for the Adult Education strategic planning process was recently updated with the posting of the statewide needs assessment. The needs assessment, begun in January of this year, is a body of research to help inform the planning process. Research will continue during the subsequent stages of developing a statewide strategic plan. The first planning meeting took place November 19th with a convening of the Steering Committee, the Field Partnership Team, and the Adult Education Office consultants. The planning phase will take place through April, 2010.

More details, including a timeline of activities, are available on the Strategic Planning web site.


CAEAA Award Nominations
California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) has announced open nominations for its 2010 Awards, due December 15. Read more.

Data Portal

Federal Performance Data (Workforce Investment Act, Title II) Now Available
Check the CASAS Data Portal for 2008-09 California WIA Title II Federal Performance data. Agencies can use the data to compare their "Persistence" and "Performance" over time with the statewide data, other agency data, and data according to provider, region, and size.



Brenda Dann-Messier

OVAE Assistant Secretary Addresses College Transition Summit
OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier addressed the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project's California College Transition Summit on October 29. She focused on the importance of President Obama's efforts to increase the number of adult education students transitioning from basic skills and English language programs to community colleges. Nearly 100 of California's adult education administrators from K–12 school districts and community college districts attended the summit.


California WIA II 2008-09 Annual Performance Report
Statewide data shows improvement in learner "Persistence" and "Performance" for all Educational Functioning Levels. Every year the United States Department of Education (Division of Adult Education and Literacy) poses four questions to all states and territories receiving federal supplementary funding from the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (of the Workforce Investment Act, Title II). This report presents California's response to those questions.

I have no job

Dropping Out Costly to Teens and Taxpayers
A new report puts the lifetime cost of dropping out of high school at $292,000. Read more.


Professional Development

3 Snowflakes

Online Workshops in December
CASAS and OTAN, are offering 14 online workshops in December. Topics include effective search strategies, customized class Web sites, and eTesting. Visit the Adult Ed Training Calendar to view and register.

Face to face Training

Regional Workshops
The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is coordinating regionally offered face-to-face workshops. Registration is now open for January 2010 workshops such as Organizing and Managing ABE Instruction, Teaching Critical Thinking, and Learner Goal Setting. Register online.


January 2010 Facilitated Online Workshops
Registration for CALPRO’s January 2010 facilitated online courses is now available.  Subject-area experts will facilitate courses in Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Enhancing Learner Persistence, and Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction. For registration and additional information, visit the CALPRO Online Courses Web page.


Learner Goal Setting: Self Directed Course
Do you want to help your students set realistic goals and make progress towards them? Find out how by taking the self-directed online course on Learner Goal Setting in Adult Education Programs from The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO). Independent learners can access this self-paced professional development course whenever they like. For additional information, visit the CALPRO Online Courses Web page.


Did you know…


Touch Screens Broaden Reach of CASAS eTests®
Monitor overlays can be excellent tools for many people who are not comfortable using keyboards and a mouse. They help address the needs of examinees with low literacy skills or physical or cognitive disabilities by adapting laptops and standard desktop PCs to touch-screen technology. These devices are easily installed or removed and can be activated on touch by almost anything — finger, fingernail, gloved hand, or stylus. To explore introducing this option to your program contact CASAS.


""If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."

— Chinese proverb

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