September 28, 2017

Friday (9/29) Webinar: Educate & Elevate - Working Effectively with the News Media

  Oct. 4 Webinar: AEBG Data Submission Guidelines

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Description: The California (CA) Data Submission Guidelines for AEBG webinar will review submission requirements for the first quarter data submission. Learn the "do's" and "don'ts" of data submission, and learn how to avoid the most common data submission errors. In this session, you will:
  • Learn the details of each data submission requirement
  • Verify the due dates and options for submitting data
  • Find out about common pitfalls and the steps to ensure your data submission is successful
Audience: This training is appropriate for administrators and database managers responsible for completing specific deliverables required to meet the CA AEBG quarterly and end-of-year reporting requirements.

Other Upcoming Webinars (details coming soon):
  • AEBG Educate & Elevate Campaign series including:
    • Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Advance Adult Education
    • Working with Key Influencers to Build Support 
AEBG Webinar Information:
  • The AEBG Office and the AEBG Technical Assistance Project (TAP) host 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 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. Archived recordings of webinars are 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 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.

Interested in being part of a group that helps shape AEBG policy? Then now's the time to apply for a spot on the Adult Education Field Team. This group of adult education professionals is charged with developing, for the AEBG Office, recommendations that help ensure the grant program is being implemented properly and effectively. The field team plays a significant role in ensuring that high-quality and effective programs are delivered at the regional level so California's adult learners have access to the education and resources they need to meet their educational and career goals.
Applications must be submitted by Oct. 23, and those selected will be notified by Nov. 30. Team members will serve three years, to coincide with the consortia's three-year planning process.
Scope of Responsibilities
The team will meet as needed or, at a minimum, quarterly (travel costs will be paid for by the consortium or member). During the meetings, the AEBG Office will brief members on relevant matters, actions and issues. The meetings will provide an opportunity for facilitated discussion and problem solving with the end goal being a set of recommendations that have adult learners' best interests in mind and that meet the goals of state legislation and funding requirements.
Open Application and Endorsement
The AEBG Office is looking for qualified applicants (see application for criteria) who can commit to attending all required meetings, engage in collaborative discussion and problem solving and make learner-centered recommendations. Applicants must receive the endorsement of at least two adult education professionals. One endorsement must be made by a representative of the applicant's adult education consortium, which certifies that the consortium as a whole is supportive of the application. Applications will be accepted through an online portal with the assistance of the AEBG TAP.

Many changes are in store for the 2017-18 program year, and we want to be sure that all consortia are prepared to implement the changes within their regions. In addition to face-to-face regional meetings to discuss new policy (see item below), we have gathered key documents here to help you process the changes. 

laraec Los angeles regional adult education consortium professional development webinars open to the field

The Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium (LARAEC)  is partnering with Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) to offer a professional development webinar series about Integrated Education and Training (IET). The webinars are open to all adult educators in California.  

The first in the series took place earlier this month and focused on IET definitions and models. The webinar recording is available here

There will be two additional webinars in the series:

Oct. 24 Webinar: Redesigning Curriculum, Instruction, Partnership, and Policies
Time: 12:00 p.m. PST
Presenter: Judy Mortrude 

IET is more than a classroom service model; it is a system redesign strategy to support the role of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II/AEBG as a partner for a strong workforce. This hour will focus on the policies, practices and professional learning needed to support a transitions-oriented school.

Nov. 28 Webinar: Connecting Adult Education Students to Living-Wage Careers
Time: 12:00 p.m. PST
Presenter: William Durden 

In Washington state, IET is the centerpiece of pathway design for basic skills students. Students who begin in basic skills learn in context to their chosen pathway. High school completion is competency-based, and students can co-enroll in a high school completion program while participating in IET that leads to certificates, degrees and a living-wage career. 
This session will highlight:
  • IET in guided pathways as the core strategy for serving students who begin in basic skills.
  • The range of IET options available in Washington state.
  • High school completion as a competency-based, co-enrolled program.
  • Contextualization of basic skills and English language acquisition to the pathway and IET of students' choosing.
  • Navigational services designed to provide wraparound support and guide students to completion 

To help consortia understand the many policy changes and data-collection rules for the 2017-18 program year, the AEBG Office is continuing to host face-to-face regional trainings, which have been well-attended so far. The next trainings will take place Oct. 5-6  in San Mateo, with subsequent sessions scheduled through November.
If you have not already registered for the regional training nearest you, do so soon because slots are filling up quickly. To register, visit the AEBG Regional Training page and click on the events you would like to attend. From there you can register.
Day 1 of the training is for AEBG coordinators, data-entry staff, administrators and technical support and will focus on AEBG data and accountability, policy changes, program metrics, community college-specific changes and more.
It is important that you include technical staff who will be working with the data submission process.
Day 2 will be hands-on in the computer lab, with CASAS TOPSpro® Enterprise (TE) experts to walk you through reporting through TE. All AEBG members must use CASAS TE to report student data.

The questions and answers from the initial training have been posted on the regional training page. The Q&A will be updated as needed following each training.
To prepare for the training, we ask that regions:   
Upcoming regional trainings:

Oct. 5-6   San Mateo
Oct. 10-11  Sacramento 
Oct. 17-18  Vista (Northern San Diego)
Oct. 24-25  Madera
Nov. 7-8  Santa Maria
Nov. 15-16  San Bernardino

The first phase of the Educate & Elevate California website is scheduled to launch Oct. 2 and is the initial step of proactively telling our stories to key influencers who can support the AEBG mission. First-phase elements include:
  • A clearly defined mission statement about AEBG and the value propositions for engaging with the consortia
  • Fact sheets and infographics describing various facets of adult education, including adult basic education, ESL, programs for adults with disabilities and pre-apprenticeship
  • Adult-learner success stories
  • Locator map of identifying the regional consortia
  • A short video about AEBG
The second phase of the campaign website will launch at the end of in early November and will include regional profiles for each consortium. Profiles have begun to go out to consortia contacts for review prior to publication. If you have not received the link and want to inquire about the status of your regional profile, please contact .
To view the campaign website on Oct. 2, visit

Employers are a key target audience for adult education programs because their support is needed to develop work-based learning activities for adult learners and to secure job placements for those learners. These are challenging objectives. In a recent webinar, Business U discussed the findings from its national business-engagement study, which revealed that up to 72 percent of workforce and education employer-facing practitioners surveyed indicated that businesses are not giving them the buy-in needed to fulfill their mandate. AEBG webinar participants also were polled to uncover sticking points to getting businesses to join them in accomplishing their adult education goals. An overwhelming majority (75 percent) stated that employers don't have the time to participate, and they don't see the value in engaging with adult education programs (58 percent). This is due, in large part, to using a transactional approach when engaging business and industry in adult education initiatives. 

If you missed the webinar, listen to the recording  to learn key engagement strategies and how to apply relationship-development principles to the world of adult education. These strategies will help you build transformational relationships that bring businesses to the table to participate actively in sector strategies, curriculum development and work-based learning opportunities for students. If you need a template for developing a formal Business Engagement Plan (BEP), Business U has one available. You can request the BEP template, as well as more information about how to become certified in business engagement so you can develop an effective business-engagement action plan, by contacting .

savethedate save the date: third annual AEBG summit Jan. 22-23

The third annual AEBG Summit will be held Jan. 22-23, 2018, in Southern California. The location will be announced soon. The summit will include several representatives from each consortium and will cover a wide range of topics. More information, including presenters, topics and registration, is forthcoming.