College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education

Last week OVAE released the highly-anticipated report, College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education.

The work is the result of a nine-month process that examined the Common Core State Standards from the perspective of adult education. It was funded to provide a set of manageable yet significant CCR standards that reflect broad agreement among subject matter experts in adult education about what is desirable for adult students to know to be prepared for the rigors of postsecondary education and training. The report was written by Susan Pimentel, prepared by MPR, Associates, Inc. If you have any questions please contact Ronna Spacone at Ronna.Spacone@ed.gov.

Yesterday’s Dropouts are Today’s Adult Learners

Tune in to Washington, DC’s public radio station, WAMU  (88.5 FM; HD 88.5-1), to hear a week-long series, called Yesterday’s Dropouts, which explores the struggles adults face when they leave school without a diploma and the challenges they overcome. Several DC-area adult education programs are featured in the series, including Carlos Rosario International Pubic Charter School and Academy of Hope.

April 16: Making Sense of Decoding Webinar and Discussion

LINCS is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EDT featuring the publication: Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study. This research-based literacy intervention is geared toward adult educators who teach reading and writing and is designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words accurately and fluently. Daryl Mellard, P.h.D., University of Kansas; and Charles A. MacArthur, Ph.D., University of Delaware, will host the webinar and discussion on LINCS (a continuing discussion will take place in the LINCS Community after the webinar ends). Please click here to join this event on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Registration is not required.

Webinar Recap: Community Colleges and Correctional/Reentry Education

OVAE hosted the second event in its 2013 Community College Webinar Series on Wednesday, April 10 in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).  This event focused on emerging community college correctional and reentry education models and the many contributions community colleges can make to promoting more effective reentry of incarcerated individuals. 

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President’s FY14 Budget Request Released This Week

On Wednesday the President sent his FY14 budget request to Congress. To learn more about the President’s budget proposal for education, visit: www.ed.gov/budget14. For specific budget information related to OVAE’s programs, visit here. We’ll post further analysis of the OVAE proposed budget in the coming days.

Reminder: Community College Webinar Series Continues Tomorrow

The second event in OVAE’s 2013 Community College Webinar Series will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT, and will focus on emerging community college correctional and reentry education models. Click here to register for the webinar.

Reentry education, building a working model

OVAE’s reentry demonstration grant program to invest in innovative programs preparing incarcerated individuals to successfully reenter society with the support of education and workforce training is in good company.  ED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is supporting demonstration grants to develop and model effective practices for returning youth in juvenile justice confinement who have Individual Education Plans under the IDEA program. 

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In the TESOL Spotlight: Adult English Language Learners

The adult English language learner population is the largest sub-population of adult education students, accounting for over 40% of students in the federally-funded adult education system are in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. With the announcement of the Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy last year for youth up to age 30 and the growing momentum on comprehensive immigration reform, the issue of English language proficiency among adult immigrants has entered the national conversation. Adult language learning issues also featured prominently at at last week’s Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) annual conference in Dallas, TX. This international conference draws over 6,000 educators, dedicated to the teaching of English across the lifespan. For over a decade, TESOL has been a critical professional network partner for OVAE, assisting in information dissemination and implementation support for educators.

While at the conference, OVAE’s Dr. Debra Suarez co-presented at the U.S. Department of Education policy update session along with the Office of English Language Acquisition, represented by Dr. Joanne Urrutia; and the Office of Early Learning, represented by Mr. Steven Hicks. This session demonstrated the Department’s commitment to collaborate across Offices and initiatives to address the needs of English language learners of all ages, to more fully engage immigrant parents, and to support families’ language learning efforts.

Dr. Suarez also presented at “National and State Initiatives in Adult ESL,” a session that showcased how state adult education systems are strengthening their professional development efforts to improve instructional quality, in part by integrating OVAE-funded resources such as those offered through OVAE’s ELL-U project. Co-presenting with Suarez were Karen Brown, Director for Professional Development and Instructional Support at North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina; Kimberly Johnson, Director of the Adult Basic Education Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) Center at Hamline University, Minnesota; and Donna Kinerney, Dean for Instruction for Adult ESOL & Literacy Programs at Montgomery College, Maryland.

Dr. Suarez attended other events at the conference, including the Adult Education Special Interest Group and sessions devoted to adult English learning. Hot topics at the conference included for adult ESL educators included strengthening the academic readiness for adult English language learners, emergent literacy, the perceived shift toward more youth in the adult ESL population, leveraging resources and partnerships, and focusing on a research agenda specifically for adult ESL students.

Join an #AdultEd Twitter Town Hall with OVAE Leaders

Join a Twitter Town Hall, sponsored by the National Coalition for Literacy, Tuesday, March 26 from 9:15-10:30 am EST, with Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier and Division of Adult Education and Literacy Director Cheryl Keenan. The event is hosted at the Commission on Adult Basic Education’s conference (COABE) happening in New Orleans March 24-28, 2013.

The Town Hall will be taking questions from the live audience and from Twitter and Facebook. Participate by tweeting questions and comments using the hashtags #coabe13 and #adulted. Follow @NCLAdvocacy and @COABEnews. These organizations will be tweeting questions raised by their followers and answers to questions discussed during the Twitter Town Hall.

Watch the OVAE Blog for a recap of the Town Hall.