May 9, 2018


WestEd has begun rolling out new features of the LaunchBoard and is starting a noon webinar series this month to orient you to the changes as it prepares for the July launch of the new Adult Education LaunchBoard.

The first webinar, on May 10, conflicts with an AEBG webinar, but we encourage you to have  someone in your consortium join the "New Features of the LaunchBoard" webinar (it also will be recorded). A second webinar about the LaunchBoard is scheduled for May 16. 
Here are the details:
Thursday, May 10 
New Features of the LaunchBoard | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
This hour-long webinar will provide a walk-through of the LaunchBoard's new look and feel, including highlighting new functionality and possible uses in the context of Guided Pathways, the Strong Workforce Program, and K-14 CTE Pathways. 
This webinar is highly recommended to understand the full scope of the new LaunchBoard interface and functionality.
Or join by phone:  Dial your telephone conference line: 1-913-312-3202 or 1-888-886-3951  Participant Passcode: 692156

Wednesday, May 16 
LaunchBoard Adult Education Data Pipeline | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
In this webinar we will update the field on progress for deploying the LaunchBoard Adult Education Data Pipeline in July. This will be a general update that will include: 

* Steps consortia need to take to access their data once it is available. 
* Core functionality of the pipeline, data visualization elements and metrics. 
* Brief demonstration of the look and feel of the site using other data sources. 
* Plans for rolling out training and technical assistance to the field to help it use the LaunchBoard data and other data to inform three-year planning processes. 

This is a SCOE webinar. Register through the AEBG website.

Thursday, May 17
Deep Dive on the LaunchBoard for Researchers | 12 p.m.-1 p.m. 
This hour-long webinar is for the IR community and other practitioners who want to dig into the technical details. You will get a detailed look at the data in the LaunchBoard and how it is structured, plus find out how you can download the data set and reconfigure it, as needed, for local and regional planning purposes. This session will include examples of how researchers can help practitioners use LaunchBoard data to support improvement efforts. 
Join from PC, Mac, iOS orAndroid: 
Or join by phone:  Dial your telephone conference line: 1-913-312-3202 or 1-888-886-395*; Participant Passcode: 799410


Meeting notes from the March Field Team meetings now are available for each of the five committees: Member Effectiveness, Data and Accountability, Professional Development, Regional Collaboration and Pathways IET.


Wednesday, May 16: See LaunchBoard item above for information about a webinar titled "LaunchBoard Adult Education Data Pipeline."

 Wednesday, May 23: Social Media for Adult Education

Description:  OTAN has been following and documenting the ways the adult education field uses social media. This webinar will highlight promising practices and offer hands-on practice. The following list of activities will be customized to the needs of the participants. Explore ways agencies use Facebook pages and instructors use Facebook groups successfully to engage current and potential adult learners. Distinguish between features such as news feed, timeline, privacy settings for post, friends lists, events, pages, groups and apps. Participate in a Facebook group and create your own. Understand Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Snapchat basics and identify who to follow. Identify strategies to engage learners to interact professionally through social media and expand their education.

There are a couple of upcoming opportunities to learn about TOPSpro Enterprise updates in a face-to-face workshop:

Tuesday, May 15 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Fresno Adult School
Tuesday, May 29 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Sacramento County Office of Education

This workshop will provide an overview of the new TOPSpro Enterprise updates to the AEBG Summary and AEBG Data Integrity reports, as well as the new features that help AEBG consortium leads and data managers compare and contrast results with all member agencies. This in-person workshop takes a deeper dive into the AEBG webinars from Feb. 28 and March 7, providing more information about the detailed drill-down reports and consortium-level reports management, and it connects the TE data reports with the specific outcomes and services that comprise AEBG reporting, with specific examples that may trigger when each outcome/service should be reported.


The Imperial County Adult Education Consortium serves Imperial County, a region on the border of Mexico that is comprised of many small, rural communities whose residents face barriers that hinder success. Many are English-language learners, come from low-income communities and have limited employability skills. The county's unemployment rate is high, though residents are thirsty for gaining employability skills, as are employers, who want to hire highly skilled employees who also possess critical soft skills. With the inception of Assembly Bill 86, the adult education community has come together collaboratively to remove obstacles to employment.

Find out how the Imperial County consortium worked to address the challenges.