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Report from Adult Education Strand at ACSA 2012

Posted on 11/26/2012


This year, the Association of California School Administrators' (ACSA) Adult Education Council was very excited to fully integrate its previously offered stand-alone conference with the Leadership Summit, which provided a greater opportunity for attendees to receive specific adult education professional learning and select from a wider variety of sessions focusing on leadership. Kicking off this year's event was a full-day pre-conference workshop on November 7, "Adult Ed 101," which covered Adult Education basics for new and not-so-new administrators. On Saturday morning, the participants had the opportunity to attend the Final General Session where always inspiring Student Success Stories were presented by the Outreach & Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). Below are presentation descriptions with links to handouts where applicable.

Adult Education 101 Pre-Conference
This full day workshop helped participants discover the critical issues, strategies, resources and knowledge necessary to ensure success as an adult school administrator.

CDE Briefing for Adult Educators
Jacques LaCour, Branka Marceta, Patricia Terry, Jay Wright
Participants heard what is new with the Strategic Plan, Field Partnership Team, and the Leadership Projects. Patricia Terry, CDE Adult Education Administrator, and the Directors of the Adult Education Leadership Projects provided an overview of what is on the horizon at the state and federal levels for adult education. Participants heard about the Implementation Guide for the Adult Education Plan, Linking Adults to Opportunities, along with the particular initiatives of each of the Leadership Projects (CALPRO, CASAS, and OTAN) to support effective Adult Education programming in California.
Patrica Terry's slideshow and the Leadership Projects slideshow are available online.

Adult Education Luncheon & Speakers: Beyond Surviving to Thriving
Cheryl Cox, Amber Weber, Ashley Swearengin
The mayors of Chula Vista and Fresno discussed educational programs supported by their cities, Chula Vista Serves and Learn2Earn.

Creating Effective Partnerships
Jan Heying, Karyl O'Brien, Cora Bagley
Participants heard how to identify potential partners, establish relationships, and ensure sustainability while exploring examples of internal and external partnerships with a panel of experts.

Fee-based Community Education Programs
Denise Stanley, Steve Niemeyer
Participants became more entrepreneurial by adopting a business model and learning strategies to create and implement a successful fee-based community education program.

Superintendents' Perspectives—the Value of Adult Education
Superintendents from both large and small districts discussed how their districts have made the most of their adult education programs, even in times of categorical flexibility.

GED® Update
Diane Hernandez, Denise Moore
The presenters discussed changes to the GED® testing program and the effect on test takers and GED® testing centers.

Marketing with Social Media
Jenna Stenderup, Karyl O'Brien
Escondido Adult School and ROP shared how they use social media to market programs and to stay in touch with students.

COE and WASC Accreditation for Postsecondary Institutions
Stephanie Houston, Susan Yamate
Participants heard from those who have recently undergone the WASC process for post-secondary institutions and learned about the COE accreditation process (for financial aid) and how to marry the two.

Promising Practices for Successful Postsecondary Transition Programs
Joyce Lude, Brian Head, Dave Boulware
Participants heard about easy-to-implement practices for successful postsecondary transition programs.

More handouts and slideshows are being posted online by ACSA.