July 1, 2008
Digest No. 4


Innovation Program

An adult school can claim all the apportionment earned by Innovation Program students, if the adult school's Innovation Application reimbursement and Accountability formula is approved by CDE.

It is not necessary to have a 7 percent waiver for the Innovation and Alternative Delivery Program to claim earned apportionment over five percent. It is only necessary to have a waiver to use 7 percent of your block entitlement to expend on providing the Innovation Program.

For more information on waivers see Innovation and Alternative Delivery Waiver Questions [pdf].

EL Civics Programs Recognized at CASAS National Summer Institute

Exemplary EL Civics programs were honored by CDE and CASAS at the CA Consortium June meeting. These programs are "Making a Difference" by fostering and encouraging students to actively use newly acquired language and literacy skills to interact with their communities in life changing ways.  Debra Jones, CDE Adult Education Administrator, recognized the 2007-08 award winners including:  Harbor House, New Haven Adult School, San Diego Community College District Continuing Education, and Ventura Adult and Continuing Education.

Promising Practices Programs Honored at CASAS National Summer Institute

Promising Practices programs were honored by CDE and CASAS at the CA Consortium June meeting.  These "Promising Practices" go beyond the basics in ways that are effective, innovative, and creative. Debra Jones, CDE Adult Education Administrator recognized the 2007–08 Promising Practices award recipients, commending outstanding activities at these agencies: Bassett Adult School, English Center for International Women, Los Angeles USD (Adult Ed), Merced Adult School, North Orange CCD, Redlands Adult School, Torrance Adult School, and Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz.


Reach Higher, AMERICA: Overcoming Crisis in
the U.S. Workforce

REACH HIGHER, AMERICA is a new report that documents the adult education and skills crisis facing American workers. It proposes a fundamentally new approach to adult basic education and workforce skills. Download the report from the Commission's website.

Migration Policy Institute Publishes Report on Immigrants in LA

The Migration Policy Institute recently released Los Angeles on the Leading Edge. While the focus of the report is on Los Angeles, it raises questions about the need for development and implementation of coordinated integration strategies and policies to benefit immigrants and communities in the United States. Read more and download the report.

California Unemployment Hits 6.8%

The Los Angeles Times is reporting, this increase is "1.5 percentage points higher than last year, the state reports. The May rate is the fifth highest in the nation." [ The Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2008 ]

Professional Development

Online Registration for Fall 2008 Training Now Available

CASAS trainings and meetings for California Workforce Investment Act Title II, Sections 225/231, and EL Civics funded agencies, and California Adult Schools are now posted.  Web-based workshops with special focus topics in assessment, accountability, data collection, and data analysis will continue in 2008-09! Two day trainings are scheduled at nine sites across the state and will start September 9, 2008. Register online now!

Online Course on Learning Disabilities Begins July 15

Several places remain open in “Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 1: Awareness for Adult Educators,” a four-week online course for adult education instructors and administrators. Enrollment in this free course is limited, so register now at the CALPRO online campus Web page.

Online Workshops

OTAN completed 75 online workshops this year, and is now reviewing data and surveying trainers and participants, getting ready to plan the offerings for the coming year. Read more about workshops to request, or find workshops on the professional development calendar.


The Technology Integration Mentor Academy is in the process of confirming participants for the coming year. OTAN received 33 applications for 10 sponsored spots and 5 tuition spots, and is looking forward to another great year. The next application, for 2009-10, will be available in March 2009.

Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC)

JSPAC is a committee comprised of educators from the K-12, adult education, and community colleges as well as business, industry, and the trades who are committed to enhancing the Career and Technical Education field as well as encourage girls and women to explore and enter into training programs and careers that are non-traditional by gender as well as high-wage and high-demand.

Civic Objectives and Additional Assessment Plans (COAAPs)

All agencies with a Civic Participation program can use information gathered from their community and student needs assessments to select or develop measurable civic objectives and additional assessment plans (COAAPS).. Agencies should consult the Pre-approved Civics Objectives List and the Pre-Approved Additional Assessment Plans list available on the EL Civics page of the CASAS Web site. A list of Revisions to COAAPS for 2008-09 is also posted. For more information about COAPPS and the selection process, contact your CASAS Program Specialist.

Did you know…


…the CALPRO Web site offers literacy providers help with grant writing? Shaking the Funding Tree: A Grant Writing Program for Literacy Providers offers a step-by-step explanation of how to identify potential funding sources as well as apply for private and public dollars.

Small School Success

…the CALPRO Web site offers new and experienced administrators of small adult schools a handy reference tool? Success for Small Schools: A "How to" Guide for Administrators identifies some of the major challenges facing those administrators and outlines some suggested solutions.

Free Health Literacy Materials

Adult educators can download free health literacy materials from the Joint Commission aimed at improving medical treatment through better doctor-patient communication. Materials, including a video and pamphlets in English and Spanish, teach patients how to prevent medication mistakes, infection or mistakes in surgery, and more. Read more and find links to download materials.
From the OVAE Thursday Notes, June 26, 2008

CAELA Guide for Adult ESL Trainers

The CAELA Guide for Adult ESL Trainers contains training materials that enable professional developers to work with local and regional program staff on important topics for adult ESL instruction. These topics are broadly categorized under Information for Trainers, Workshop Modules, Study Guides for Study Circles and Mentoring, and Resources for Training. [ From CAELA Network News, May 2008 ]

Information on Nontraditional Careers

American Careers, Parent Edition, can be ordered[pdf] now for the fall. Produced by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, the magazine provides information for parents on nontraditional careers, wage earning potential, and profiles of  nontraditional role models.

Create a Timeline

No more creating timelines with a ruler and a mechanical pencil! Have your students create an interactive timeline online, and comment on each other’s entries.

These items are for information only. CASAS, OTAN and CALPRO items are supported by CDE.