November 8, 2017

Educate & Elevate: E-magazine Wins Davey Award

AEBG state officials have agreed to provide AEBG regional consortia and their members more time to evaluate performance, review partner plans and look at member effectiveness as part of the update process of the AEBG three-year plan. 

The state AEBG Office will issue guidance on this next round of strategic planning for adult education in the coming months. It is anticipated that the planning and evaluation process each regional consortium (and its members) will go through to update its plans will run deep into the 2018-19 program year, with an estimated due date of late spring 2019. For a preview of next year's deliverables, click here.

Some of the concepts that the AEBG Office will introduce in the guidance include evaluating what happened in the last three years; defining member effectiveness and how to measure it; reviewing regional planning efforts; improving the integration of services; establishing career pathways and industry sector strategies and so much more. 

It is critical that once the outcome data is released in the adult education LaunchBoard that open and honest discussion about outcomes and effectiveness begin, including identifying your gaps and what technical assistance you may need to close those gaps to be more effective. Stay tuned for more updates at the beginning of 2018.  

Space is available for presentations for the AEBG Summit in January. Please take a few minutes to brainstorm with members of your consortium to consider what you are doing that would make for a good presentation at the summit.
Maybe you think that there are no large-scale programs underway so there's nothing to share. Then consider the Napa Valley Adult Education, a member of the Napa Valley Adult Education Consortium, where a teacher's creative thinking helped to address a data-collection challenge with the introduction of an E Status Card, or Employment Status Card, and monthly one-on-one meetings with students to collect important student information.
To be sure, there are larger-scale projects and programs, too. In the area of professional development, the Stanislaus Mother Lode Adult Education Consortium organized and hosted a series of regional trainings for 15 consortium member districts and area nonprofits to ensure that teachers across the region had the same understanding of college and career readiness standards and curricular approaches. In the Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium region, in the area of student acceleration, members worked together to create a career pathway that allowed students to simultaneously learn English and progress toward an early childhood credential.
And, to get the word out about all of its adult education offerings, members of the South Bay Adult Education Consortium (El Camino) came together to produce a 12-page newspaper insert. As a part of this marketing effort, a combined 60,000 copies were distributed by member institutions and inserted into the local newspaper.
These are just some examples of the work AEBG consortia are doing. Please consider any projects or practices by your consortium or a member of your consortium and submit a presentation proposal by Nov. 15 through this online form

Consortia directors will be notified of the process and given access codes to the registration system for distribution to members. 
Presenters will receive 
a separate code that will be in addition to the consortia registration slots. 

Nov. 29 Webinar: Live Demonstration of NOVA

Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Description:  Still scared to log on to the new NOVA fiscal system? Does entering your district AEBG budget keep you up late at night? Join the NOVA team as it showcases a live demo of how to enter work plans and budgets at the member level. With the deadline of  Dec. 15, 2017, for all member budgets and work plans, this may be your last chance to stay off the naughty list over the holidays.

Dec. 1 Webinar: AEBG Consortium-Level Administrative Oversight Requirement

Dec. 8 Webinar: AEBG Pre-Apprenticeship

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Description:  Join Neil Kelly and the California Apprenticeship TAP Team (Josh Modlin and Tim Aldinger) to learn about apprenticeship programs in California. The webinar will address the following questions: How does AEBG pre-apprenticeship connect or link with existing apprenticeship training programs? What should be the standards of your AEBG pre-apprenticeship program? Who is doing this well in the field? How can we expand pathways into apprenticeship training programs to include AEBG students? 

Dec. 13 Webinar: Digital Badges

Visit the AEBG Webinars page for participant details and other information.

The work the AEBG Office is doing to advance adult education has been recognized. The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) awarded a Silver Davey Award last week for the 2017 AEBG Progress Report, a highly visual and interactive e-magazine released in July and available on the Educate & Elevate California website.

If you haven't yet had a chance to review the progress report, take a look. It provides an overview of adult education in California, explains the programs offered and highlights regional innovations and successes that are helping to improve adult education throughout the state.

SummitProps2 upcoming deadlines/events

The last regional training to cover policy changes and data-collection rules for the 2017-18 program year is  Nov. 15-16 in San Bernardino. To register for one of these events, visit the AEBG Regional Training page and click on the event you would  like  to attend to begin the registration process. From this page you also can access questions and answers from the trainings we've held so far.
  • 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 to 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.
To prepare for the training, we ask that regions:   

The Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium, through its fiscal agent, the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has issued an RFP for professional services to facilitate a strategic planning process. 
The following broad outcomes are sought:
  • to clarify a shared mission to guide the work among all stakeholders as it relates to the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). 
  • data-informed and mutually-agreed upon priorities and timelines.
  • a shared understanding of the overarching goals of the consortium and the activities that will enable members to collaboratively achieve those goals.