November 20, 2009
Vol. 1, No. 6

Strategic Plan Needs Assessment

Strategic Planning
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In the fall of 2008, the CDE Adult Education Office approved a contract with WestEd for the development of an adult education strategic plan. In phase one of the strategic planning process a high-level needs assessment focusing on national and statewide data and perspectives was conducted by WestEd. The recently completed Needs Assessment will not be a static document but rather will serve as the point of departure for the planning process, to be updated and informed by ongoing inquiry and group process.

Find out more about the Strategic Planning process and view the Needs Assessment.

Technology Workshops

Face to Face Workshop

Be a technology leader in your area by hosting a face-to-face workshop at your school. You reserve and provide access to a computer lab at your school, and we do all the rest. Sound too good to be true? Maybe, but that is how easy it is and there is no charge to you or the participants. Select the workshop most suitable to your staff. We place the workshop on the CA Adult Education Professional Development calendar and advertise the workshop to teachers in your area. If we get the minimum of 10 participants, then we will come and present the 3 hour workshop.

To schedule a workshop at your school, or to get more information, contact Linda Swanson at or 800-894-3113.

Dropping Out Costly to Teenagers and Taxpayers

Researchers at Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies have published a study examining the cost to taxpayers of high school dropouts. The study reports on research conducted on employment, earnings, incarceration, teen and young adult parenting experiences and family incomes of the nation's young adult dropout populations and their better educated peers, placing the cost of each high school dropout at $292,000.

The full story and a link to the study can be found by following this link.

Two New Consultants Join the Adult Education Office

The Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE) welcomes two new consultants.

Noelia Ramirez, originally from the Salinas area, is coming to adult education from two years working with the AVID program statewide in the Intersegmental Relations Office.

Matthew Parsons, a native of Sacramento, is coming to the Adult Education Office from the Nutrition Services Division at CDE, where he has been since July of this year.

Read more in OTAN News

CA Budget Update: Gov. Announces Large Budget Shortfall

CA Capitol

Gov. Schwarzenegger announced last week that the state faces a $5 billion to $7 billion shortage before the end of the current fiscal year next June. That's a dramatic shift from the roughly $500 million cushion that had been predicted in an $85 billion General Fund that already had been cut by $6 billion from the year before. The Governor indicated that this means a new round of cuts is coming.

Read more in this CA Budget Update.

Raising Awareness for Adult Literacy: Cultivating Media Relations

Face to Face Workshop

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has posted a series of articles on their blog aimed at helping adult education agencies raise awareness of adult ESL, create strategic partnerships and cultivate media relations to benefit programs.

Read more in OTAN News


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