Participate in the live webcast on Adult Career Pathways in Correctional Education and Re-entry Programs by tuning in online and submitting questions via social media. The event will be held July 1, 2013 from 2:15 – 3:15pm EDT. Host Laura Lanier, Division Director, Kratos Learning, will lead a panel featuring:
John Linton, Director, Office of Correctional Education, U.S. Department of Education, OVAE;
Renee Collins, Program Administrator, Jail Program, Elk Grove Adult and Community Education, CA; and
Brian Walsh, Corrections Education Director, Peninsula College, WA
The discussion will be broadcast live from the Correctional Education Association Conference, being held in Cleveland, OH.
To view the webcast online, click here to register.
The inspiration for Alma Miller to obtain her GED started with a simple statement from her youngest son: “Mom I challenge you to finish your GED.”
Attaining the GED would be no easy feat for this mother of four who dropped out of school when she was sixteen. Fortunately for Alma, her children stepped up and volunteered to tutor her in preparation for the exam.
Today, Alma Miller is a proud GED recipient but most importantly, she’s an inspiration to her children, just as much as they are an inspiration to her.
Miller is one of eleven adult learners who recently met with Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier at the Department of Education (ED) to share their stories and make recommendations on how ED can improve services offered to adult learners.
Dann-Messier acknowledged that these adults face many barriers to success in the labor market. Some of the barriers she cited were: a lack of a high school diploma, no postsecondary degree or training, and an inability to speak, read, and write English well.
Each of the adult learners at our recent meeting displayed a tremendous amount of courage in order to overcome the odds associated with returning to school as adults, but what is more laudable is the strength they found in their families and in support organizations.
“I was an honor roll student in high school, but I just kind of lost my way,” said Shamika Hall, the state vice-president for the Delaware Career Association.
Hall lost her sister to an act of senseless gun violence, a devastating tragedy that altered her life’s course. She credits her family and the James H. Grove Adult High School in Wilmington, Del., for helping her get back on track. Watch Hall tell her story below:
Secretary Duncan said that he was inspired by each of the adult learners resilience and tenacity. “It’s pretty remarkable to hear not just where you’ve been but how far you’ve come, and most importantly, where each of you are going,” he said.
Before the meeting concluded, Reuben Holguin, an ex-gang member and convicted felon, showed Secretary Duncan his inmate ID. He said that even though he acquired his GED, completed college courses and changed his life around, he will always carry his inmate ID with him to remind him just how far he’s come.
The adult learners who stopped by ED were in town to attend VALUEUSA’s National Adult Learner Leadership Institute, and Dann-Messier thanked VALUEUSA, the only national literacy organization governed and operated by current and former adult learners for helping to organize the meeting with Secretary Duncan.
This fall, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will release the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The goal ofPIAAC is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults ages 16-65 around the world. PIAAC covers 23 countries, including the United States. OECD will also release a country report specific to the U.S. to accompany the data release. The report will identify policy implications for improving the skills of adults in the U.S.
De’Rell Bonner works in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach
Participate in the the live webcast on Applying Lessons Learned from Career Technical Education to Adult Career Pathways by tuning in online and submitting questions via social media. The event will be held tomorrow, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 – 9:45 AM CDT. On the panel will be:
Albert Palacios, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Blake Flanders, Vice President for Workforce Development, Kansas Board of Regents
Brian Durham, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and Career & Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board
Moderator, Hope Cotner, Vice President, U.S. Projects, Center for Occupational Research and Development
Join a week-long event on LINCS.ed.gov to explore Kentucky’s Strategic Initiative to implement Common Core standards in adult education. The event begins with a free webinar on Monday, June 24 from 2:00-3:00pm ET; click here to register. The webinar will be followed by discussion in the LINCS online community’s College and Career Standards topic group. To participate in the online discussion, join the LINCS Community.
Susan Pimentel has been involved with OVAE for the past decade assisting states with the establishment and implementation of standards-based education. At the Annual State Directors Meeting (ASDM) on May 22, she presented an overview of the recently released College and Career Readiness Standards document while making a strong case for increasing the rigor of adult education teaching and learning. “It is crucial that adult students have the opportunity to acquire skills they need for postsecondary and career success,” she said.
Since 2007, LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) has worked to redesign its approach to high school equivalency preparation by providing contextualized, career-focused GED bridge classes that integrate basic skills instruction with occupational content to prepare adult learners to pass the GED exam and transition more effectively to postsecondary education and training or the workforce.
MDRC conducted a random assignment evaluation of LAGCC’s GED Bridge to College and Careers programs, the results of which were released last week. Preliminary evidence strongly supports LAGCC’s redesigned, contextualized approach.
The first day of the 2013 National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors largely focused on what is needed to achieve truly transformational change in adult education. The case for transforming our adult education system was made clear during the afternoon panel discussion, moderated by OVAE Deputy Assistant Secretary Johan, that included OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier; Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education; and Mona Mourshed, Director for McKinsey & Company.
All three panelists emphasized the moral imperative and economic necessity of this work. As Roberto Rodriguez noted, “Our efforts to build a strong economic engine that can drive our economy moving forward really depends on our work to build stronger education and training pathways for individuals to develop the skills and levels of literacy that they need to be successful in our economy…we cannot afford to leave any adult learners behind.”
Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier emphasized the dire consequences our society will face if we do not achieve this kind of transformational change to serve more adult learners: “I am afraid we will have a permanent underclass in our society that is more or less permanently disconnected from the labor market, which will have tremendous social and economic costs for our society.”
Mona Mourshed noted the challenge of educating young adults to transition successfully to the workforce is an acute one felt in many education systems around the world, evidenced by the fact that more than 75 million young people globally are unemployed and more than twice that number are underemployed. McKinsey & Company recently completed a multi-country research project examining the often weak connection between employment and education. The McKinsey & Company study focused on youth and young adults aged 15-29, which includes a significant part of the adult learner population targeted by AEFLA-funded programs. Mona Mourshed summarized a number of the key findings of this research during the panel discussion:
First, educators and employers often operate in parallel universes, and there is very little agreement between them on the work readiness of graduates.
Second, many young adults (over 40% of those surveyed by McKinsey & Company) feel they lack sufficient information to make an informed decision regarding what they should study and where they should study.
Third, many young adults and employers are relatively disappointed in how well postsecondary education has prepared individuals to succeed in the labor market.
Fourth, not all young adults are in the same position when it comes to work readiness skills, and the interventions required to increase the employability skills of different subgroups of students are often very different. Likewise, some employers are already meaningfully engaged with education institutions in designing education and training programs, while others are not.
All three panelists agreed education and training programs, those aimed at youth as well as adults, need to more fully engage employers and other key partners to transform the learning experience for their students and provide them with opportunities to earn credentials with real labor market value that lead to careers in high-demand fields and provide family-sustaining wages.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department and Education invite you to attend a live online panel discussion this Thursday, May 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session will highlight important focus areas for the third round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program including employer engagement, capacity building, and innovative service delivery.
UPDATE: The PWS has been released. Proposals are due June 14, 2013. Questions are due May 21, 2013 noon EST. Please find all materials on the FedBizOpps site by searching for the solicitation number ED-VAE-13-R-0025.
OVAE is seeking a company to execute a new initiative designed to contribute to the Department’s ongoing efforts toward building teacher effectiveness by supporting state-based teacher professional development and training efforts through the provision of high quality, on-demand, evidence-based instructional support for teachers of adult learners who are learning English. Find all materials on the FedBizOpps site by searching for the solicitation number ED-VAE-13-R-0025. Sign up at the site to stay informed.
This new three-year initiative will build on, and extend, OVAE’s previous investments to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of teachers working with adult ELLs by providing collaborative, evidence-based, and technology-enhanced professional development opportunities.
It is anticipated that an unrestricted full and open competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on May 13, 2013. All responsible sources may submit a proposal which the agency shall consider. A contract with a base year plus two, twelve- month option years is anticipated. The award date for the procurement is planned to occur no later than August 28, 2013.
Last month OVAE hosted a webinar on emerging community college correctional and reentry education models and the many contributions community colleges can make to promote more effective reentry of incarcerated individuals. During that event, Brian Walsh from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA discussed the many innovations his institution has implemented to strengthen the education and training programs offered at Clallam Bay Corrections Center and Olympia Corrections Center. There was a lot of interest in particular in the way Brian’s programs have been able to use technology inside the prison. Brian has shared with us a list of many of the technology resources his institution utilizes, which you can find here.
In case you missed the live event, you can watch the full webinar and download a copy of the presentation slides here.