October 18, 2017

Educate & Elevate: The Value of Character-Driven Success Stories

A bidders conference will be held Thursday (10/19) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those interested in applying for the  California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) Pre-Apprenticeship and Enhanced On-the-Job Training Grant, a new non-AEBG funding source. The application is due Nov. 15.

The California Communit y Colleges Chancellor's Office Division of Workforce and Economic Development recently issued a request for applications (RFA) for the grant. This opportunity, part of the FY 2017-18 CAI, seeks to create new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors. Eligible applicants include California community college districts, California Department of Education local educational agencies, including regional occupational centers and programs, and county offices of education. For more information, including application materials and instructions on how to access the bidders conference, click the link below

Monday (10/23) is the deadline to apply to serve on the Adult Education Field Team. Applications are being accepted through an  online portal, with the assistance of the AEBG-TAP. Those selected for the team will be notified by Nov. 30, and team members will serve three years, to coincide with the consortia's three-year planning process.

The field team comprises adult education professionals who are charged with developing, for the AEBG Office, recommendations to 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.

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.

A note about upcoming AEBG-TAP webinars: The next few webinars are related to data submission via TOPSpro Enterprise and are designed to provide support for this important task. The webinars will be followed by training on promising practices for leveraging resources, with support services and additional direction related to the community college data-collection guidelines.

Friday (10/20) Webinar: New Fiscal System - NOVA

Time:  12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 Webinar: Data, Partnerships and Support Services - Key Strategies for Student Success

Time:  1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Oct. 26 Webinar: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Advancing Adult Education

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Description: How do you harness the power of social media to educate all types of key stakeholders about the importance of adult education? This session highlights key Twitter and Facebook strategies to showcase success stories, important data points, infographics and calls to action to motivate engagement with your adult education programs and our statewide AEBG Educate & Elevate campaign. Learn how to build your following and connect with our campaign's social media strategy to maximize reach and exposure.

Oct. 27 Webinar: Impact to Credit College (details coming soon)

Nov. 8 Webinar: AEBG Educate & Elevate Campaign: Working with Key Influencers to Build Support

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Description:  In a highly competitive funding environment, adult educators need a coordinated strategy to inform key stakeholders about the positive impacts of adult education. This session shares how to conduct a successful briefing for key influencers using the campaign fact sheet, video and legislative talking points from the AEBG Educate & Elevate campaign toolkit, coupled with your compelling local success stories and innovations. Leaders from the AEBG Advocacy Committee share their insights and strategies, as well as their game plan for a coordinated outreach effort.

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 Webinars 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 Webinars page (scroll to bottom).
  • 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.

IET integrated education and training webinar
scheduled for oct. 24

The Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium (LARAEC) is partnering with the  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.  

To access the first webinar in the series, which was about IET definitions and models,  CLICK HERE

There two additional webinars in the series are as follows:

Oct. 24: Redesigning Curriculum, Instruction, Partnerships and Policies
Time: 12 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: Connecting Adult Education Students to Living-Wage Careers
Time: 12 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

SummitProposals AEBG-TAp now taking proposals for 
2018 aebg summit presentations 

The AEBG-TAP is now taking proposals for presentations for the 2018 AEBG Summit to be held Jan. 22-23 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, with "Together Towards Tomorrow" as the event theme. We invite you to submit a proposal for featured presentations, panel discussions, networking and the sharing of promising practices that focus on the impact of the AEBG consortia to improve the adult education system across the state. The proposal submission deadline is Nov. 15, and you may submit your proposal  using this online form.

At this third annual professional-learning event, we would like to offer adult education consortia professional development and resources related to accelerated learning; curriculum alignment; instructional strategies; data collection, accountability and reporting; annual reporting tips; marketing; collaboration; team building; leveraging funds; technology integration and professional development. Consortia teams are encouraged to submit shared proposals. Share and discuss your promising practices. 

The event will feature expert s peakers,  highlight prom ising  practices and provide opportunities to  participate  in  breakout sessions and in activities focused on  building  r egional  capacity .   Each   consortium  will be invited to send member  representatives,  including  administrators , coordinators,  consortium leaders  and  staff.

PDpage new webpage categorizes resources
in single, convenient location

We understand that you can't attend all webinars and training events, so we have launched, on the AEBG website, a Professional Learning page that puts a variety of resources in a single, convenient location and groups them by category to make it easier to find the r esources you need. Categories include seamless transitions; student acceleration; leveraging funds; partnership and collaboration; shared professional development; marketing; student data reporting; policy; and meeting the needs/filling the gaps.

On this page, you will find links to archived webinars and related presentations, manuals, plans, sample bylaws and memorandums of understanding, as well as related promising practices. 

One of the most recent additions to the page is a link to the Oct. 12-13 Transformational Leadership Symposium in Sacramento.  The latest research and findings from CLASP and WestEd were shared at the symposium, in addition to information about the Educate and Elevate Campaign  to inform others about adult education in California and next steps for local involvement. Information also was shared by the AEBG Office and from data and accountability plans. 

Visit our dedicated page to access presentations from the symposium.

Being able to communicate the value and relevancy of the 71 AEBG consortia is critical as we prepare to collectively share with key influencers (funders, legislators and employers) the program's impact on adult education. Consortium members, we are calling on you to submit a success story about an individual(s) who has been helped by one of your programs. Currently there are only a dozen adult learner and employer success stories in our campaign database.
The goal of the Educate & Elevate 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. These stories and innovations will not only be highlighted on the California campaign website but also on the national Educate & Elevate campaign website so that your organization and its associated consortium receive national recognition.
Click here to submit your organization's success stories in time for our first big push to conduct outreach at the end of October. To understand better why these stories are so important to our efforts, click here to read a Harvard Business Review article by scientist Paul Zak. 

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. 24-25 in Madera, with two remaining sessions scheduled in 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. 24-25  Madera
Nov. 7-8  Santa Maria
Nov. 15-16  San Bernardino

Spotlightfeature spotlight on innovation: education to career network

This week, we are resuming our effort to highlight innovative practices in place by the state's 71 consortia. Regions are doing great work to advance adult education in California, and we want to be sure those practices are recognized and made accessible to members of all the consortia. Look for this Spotlight on Innovation feature every other week in the newsletter.

First up is the Education to Career Network of North San Diego County, which understood that an aligned curriculum among the organizations that serve adult learners goes a long way to ensuring student success as they transition from one program to another or from an adult school to postsecondary education. With this in mind, nearly 40 faculty members from the consortium's member organizations joined to align more than 100 courses in eight separate disciplines, creating 40 multi-course alignments across the consortium.  Read more about the consortium's work.