OVAE is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of David Baker of the Illinois Community College Board. David is remembered as a critical member of the outstanding Illinois adult education system which has leveraged strategic investments to improve access and quality throughout the State for adult learners. As the Professional Development lead, David was a driving force behind the implementation and scaling of initiatives such as STAR evidence-based reading and philanthropic initiatives such as Shifting Gears and Accelerating Opportunities which emphasize bridge programs and career pathways. We celebrate his contributions and vision and note that he was sharing his knowledge with others even to end, attending the COABE conference and presenting with the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD) on “Current Issues in Professional Development.” He will be missed.
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