March 1, 2010
Digest No. 22


Strategic Planning

CSCAE Supports Adult Education Week March 15-19
Many promotional materials are available online from CSCAE to assist adult schools in promoting their programs during Adult Education Week.

Policy to Performance

Update on Transition Policy Grant
Debra Jones and Mariann Fedele attended an initial meeting at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education to prepare for California’s participation in the Policy to Performance grant. The full teams from the eight participating states will attend a meeting to kick off the project at the end of March.

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Web Site for New Administrators
Are you new to adult education, or do you know a new administrator? Send them to CDE’s wiki for new administrators, where many resources are gathered in one place.


Nominate a Successful Former Student
OTAN’s Students Succeed Project is now accepting nominations. The deadline is a distant May 21, but earlier applications, especially from the Bay Area and Northern California, will be candidates for having a video produced and receiving the award at the ACSA conference in September.

CA Adult Schools

Promising Practices and EL Civics: Making a Difference Awards
Nomination forms are now available for the Promising Practices and EL Civics: Making a Difference in the Community Awards. These CDE awards (administered by CASAS) recognize WIA Title II-funded ABE/ASE/ESL and EL Civics programs that have implemented innovative, creative and successful projects and practices. Nomination forms are due on or before March 30, 2010.


WIA Title II Statewide Performance Report for 2008–09 Video Available Early March
Identifying key initiatives to support continuous program improvement for the future, CDE Administrator Debra Jones shares WIA Title II statewide performance data in a video presentation to be posted onine in early March. Along with panelists Jack Bailey (Santa Barbara CCD), Laura Chardiet (Los Angeles USD) and Brant Choate (Charles A. Jones Skill Center, Sacramento City USD), Jones also discusses program strategies for success including:

  • Setting local performance goals
  • Using data to inform instruction
  • How to help students transition to post secondary education and the workforce

Watch for an email announcing online access to this video. For more information, contact CASAS.


Budget Cuts

News Articles about Budget Cuts Collected Online
OTAN has created a Web page listing news articles and videos about budget cuts at the district and agency level. Anyone can join this wiki in order to add news items.

Census 2010

2010 Census Participation – Student Can Impact Local Community and the Nation
A count of everyone living in the United States, the 2010 Census will produce data vital to adult education programs. It is critical that students be aware of the importance of the Census, understand that the Census is completely confidential, and complete the Census Questionnaire (10 questions/10 minutes.) Online teaching tools are available to provide students with information about the census, as well as a handbook for teachers. For more information about incorporating census participation into your program, contact your CASAS Program Specialist.

Education News
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Elk Grove Unified to Open a Virtual School
The Sacramento Bee reports that "this August a few hundred students in the Elk Grove Unified School District will have their school year delivered to their doorstep in a giant UPS box. The K-12 students will be part of the district's first-ever virtual school." Read more.


Professional Development


GED Academy II in April
CCAE will be presenting GED Academy II at four locations in April. The Saturday session will cover learning modalities, Internet for teachers and students, accommodation for special testing, and other topics. This is a continuation for those teachers who participated in GED Academy I. Read more and register online.


TIMAC Application Available Now
OTAN’s Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is a peer-mentoring-based professional development initiative with the goal of supporting individuals to become the technology mentor for their program. The application for 2010-11 is now online, and will close on April 30. Read more.


Webinars on Technology Topics for March
March 5 – Creating Podcasts for Your Courses – Learn how to post audio files online for listening or reading practice, or for students to post their own presentations.

March 9 – Share, Review and Collaborate with Online Documents – Learn how to create documents online and share them with a group, class, or colleagues.

March 12 – Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom – Bingo and Study Helpers – Learn how to create Bingo games and interactive student worksheets in just a few minutes using your own course content.

March 22 – Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet – This workshop will give you the tools to locate, organize and evaluate online information, and provide tools for teaching your students to think critically about the information they find online.

There are six more webinars in March, and you can find them all here.


Regional Workshops
The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is collaborating with agencies to host regionally offered face-to-face workshops. Online registration is available for March 2010 workshops such as Organizing and Managing ABE Instruction; Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection; and Using Questioning Strategies. Register online.


Online Professional Development
The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is offering two facilitated online courses beginning in April: Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection; and Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction. Online registration opens Mar. 8.


CASAS Schedules Regional Spring Trainings
CASAS announces selected Spring 2010 regional training dates. Sessions will cover CASAS Implementation, California Accountability, and TOPSpro Basics.






March 24-25

Metropolitan Adult Education

760 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose 95136


April 8-9

North Orange County CC

 1830 W Romneya Dr, Anaheim 92801


April 21-22

Fresno Adult School

2500 Stanislaus St, Fresno 93721

Visit the California Adult Education Training Web site for more detailed information and to register for these workshops. All CASAS sessions scheduled through June 2010, whether on-site or online, are now available for registration.


CASAS eTests® Online Trainings Continue to Grow
Two new online, self-paced trainings target the specific CASAS eTests modules and their functions. Admin Module Training covers ongoing implementation following installation of CASAS eTests. Test Module Training covers test administration using CASAS eTests. For more information about CASAS online training opportunities, visit the California Adult Education Training Web site.

Workforce Skills Certification Pilot

Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS) Pilot
With the goals of strengthening workplace-related soft skills and academic instruction, forging meaningful ties between adult education providers and business and industry, and creating pathways for students to seamlessly transition from adult education into the workforce, CASAS Workforce Skills Certification System (WSCS) pilot sites have met to coordinate spring implementations. CASAS, CDE and Learning Resources, Inc. are providing the support and resources necessary. Participants from the pilot sites — Burbank Adult School, Contra Costa County Office of Education (Parolee Project Sites), Eureka Adult School, Charles A. Jones Skill Center (Sacramento City USD) and Vallejo Adult School — will share progress and results at the CASAS Summer Institute in June.


Did you know…


Are Smart Phones Coming to a Classroom Near You?
Here is a list of many iPhone applications that could be used in the classroom, and here is a Web page on m-learning where adult educators around the country are adding classroom and distance activities they are doing with cell phones. There will be one more online workshop this year on Using a Cellphone to Enhance Learning.


"The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage -- to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature -- is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousand fold more precious."
— Gardner Murphy

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