July 26, 2017

emagazineAEBG Office releases eMagazine

The AEBG Progress Report, a new eMagazine developed by the AEBG Office, was released this week. The eMagazine tells the story of why adult education is important to California's economy and provides an overview of AEBG activities, data and innovations. Additionally, the eMagazine features a promising practice for each program area. Share this eMagazine with your colleagues in adult education, as well as your partners outside of adult education, so they can learn more about AEBG and its impact.


A reminder that the following items are due soon:
  • Due Monday (7/31) in the expense and reporting system:
    • 2015-16 Period 4 - Activities July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017 expenses and progress report due (online certification required)
    • 2016-17 Period 2 - Activities July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 expenses and progress report due (online certification required)
  • Due Tuesday (8/1) in TOPSpro® Enterprise: final year-end data submission for the 2016-17 PY
  • Due Aug. 15 in AEBG web portal
    • 2017-18 annual plan
Important Links:

LetterLetter to Consortia Regarding 2016-17 End-of-Year Student Outcome Data Submission

The AEBG Office released a letter regarding the 2016-17 year-end student outcome data submission. Consortia receiving AEBG funding for the 2016-17 program year must submit the required student outcome data via TOPSpro® Enterprise (TE) by Tuesday (8/1). Be sure to review the letter for complete details about the submission requirements. 

webinarAdult Ed Block Grant Technical Assistance
Webinar Series Schedule

Friday (7/28) Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Leveraging Resources
Description:  In this webinar, you will learn how to identify and determine existing structures, resources and assets to collaborate for the benefit of adult learners. It will be presented by the  Spark Policy Institute with Steve Curiel, Valentina Purtell and Cherise Moore. They will use an interactive approach to share relevant examples and experiences of leveraging resources and how it benefited the services offered. By the end of the webinar, participants will understand the concepts of leveraging resources and braided funding; will learn about benefits of leveraging resources to the end user, the students; and will have practical ideas for how to better leverage resources for their programs. 

Aug. 9 Webinar: OTAN Resources for Adult Education

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Description: This webinar features online teaching resources to support many of the AEBG program areas and will be hosted by staff member of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators (OTAN).  These resources include online tools for preparing classroom activities, and a database with hundreds of sites to use with adult learners will be shared. All resources provided in this webinar are free and available on the OTAN Web site.

AEBG Webinar Information:
  • The AEBG Office and the AEBG Technical Assistance Project (TAP) are hosting a series of webinars and events to provide professional development, technical assistance and important AEBG updates and information. Check the AEBG Webinar page for a complete schedule.
    • Wednesdays are designated for professional development, 
    • Fridays are designated for policy/state updates. 
  • Webinars will use Adobe Connect. After you register for the webinar at the link provided below, you will receive an email with directions about how to access the webinar. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, an archived recorded version will be made available on the AEBG website.
  • If you need help registering for or accessing the webinar, please call the AEBG TAP at 1-888-TAP-AEBG (888-827-2324). You also can email your questions in advance of the webinar to tap@aebg.org. If questions arise at the time of the webinar, please call instead, as your email likely won't be seen once the webinar is underway.

There are the adult learners who never imagined, given their life circumstances, that they could earn a high school diploma, much less go on to take classes at a community college. Those who immigrated to this country with job skills and much to offer but needed help overcoming the language barrier, and others who found adult education was their ticket into a career and higher-paying job thanks to career education classes. These are just some examples of the many scenarios that play out in adult education across the state and make the work you do rewarding on a daily basis.

You also might have an employer in your area that deserves recognition for an innovative solution that is contributing to the adult education mission. Maybe the employer has launched an evening basic skills class or computer course for employees or has developed special training to address an area of need with its employees, improved math skills, for instance.
Note those success stories that move you the most and get ready to share them with Full Capacity Marketing, Inc. (FCM), the AEBG Communications Technical Assistance Provider. FCM developed an easy way to upload employer and student story online at aebgpracticeswithpromise.com . These stories will be displayed on our AEBG campaign website starting in mid-August, as well as the national adult education campaign website

To note when submitting a story: When you click on a submit a story link, a login will be requested. If you have used this site before, but do not remember your password, click on "send password to your email address." If you have not used the site before, you can easily register by clicking on "register now." Once you submit some basic information, you will receive a password via email and you can begin the story submission.
The goal of the California campaign is to tell the story of the impact that AEBG is having by highlighting individual student and employer successes stories, consortium innovations and data and results - and to ensure that this information reaches stakeholders in a strategic, coordinated manner. If you still haven't had a chance to check out the July 14 webinar on this topic, please find it at this link to review all of the toolkit items and strategies for this campaign.

Also, if you have not yet responded to advocacy questionnaire, please do so by clicking the link below to complete the Google Form by Friday, (7/28).

SavetheDateSave the date: AEBG regional training
for 2017-18 Policy and data collection

Save the date for regional face-to-face trainings that will cover all the new policy changes for 2017-18. These two day trainings will be held at various locations across the state.  More detailed information, including address, time, registration process, and agenda will be released soon.

Who should attend:  AEBG coordinators, data entry staff, administrators, and technical support.

Overview of training: Day one will focus on AEBG data and accountability, policy changes, program metrics, community college specific changes, and more. Day two will be in the lab with CASAS TOPSpro® Enterprise  (TE) experts to walk you through hands on reporting through TE. All AEBG members must use CASAS TE to report student data. It is critical that your program, data, and technical people attend this training.

Aug. 17-18  Mt. Diablo
Aug. 24-25  Bakersfield
Aug. 29-30  North Orange County Community College District
Sep. 26-27  Burbank
Oct. 5-6   San Mateo
Oct. 10-11  Sacramento County Office of Education
Oct. 17-18  Vista
Oct. 24-25  Madera
Nov. 7-8  Santa Maria
Nov. 15-16  San Bernardino

article4AEBG Field Teams Update

All White Papers and Meeting Documents Posted

All white papers and meeting documents related to field team work have been posted to the AEBG Field Teams webpage . We will continue to post new items here as they become available.
The AEBG Office established the three field teams - the Data and Accountability Committee, the CTE Assessment Committee and the ABE/ASE/ESL Committee - to develop  recommendations related to adult education data tracking, definitions, assessment and accountability reporting. Their recommendations were used in developing a policy paper that currently is being finalized for submission to the legislature. The policy changes will be shared with the field during the above-scheduled regional trainings.