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NMUSD Adult Education ~ Working Together to Close the Achievement Gap

…all of our progress as a high-expectation state is at risk unless we commit ourselves now to being innovative, flexible, and focused as never before. It is time for us to prioritize and to focus on only those things we know are working to close the achievement gap and help all students succeed.”Jack O’Connell, California Superintendent of Public Instruction

The achievement gap is a staggering state and national crisis.  In response to the critical educational challenge facing our District and state, Newport-Mesa USD Adult Education commits to strengthening learning supports that directly focus on closing the achievement gap.  (more…)


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The National Coalition for Literacy sponsors a website advocating for public policy that supports adult literacy:

Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit

The website features a) a  BrowseAloud plug-in that reads the website out loud and highlights the words as it reads them, b) an advocacy blog, c) a self-assessment, and d) a great advocacy toolkit. 

The Advocacy Toolkit shares the know-how from adult literacy advocates. The resources here will help you understand why we advocate for adult education and literacy and ways you can be involved. 

Advocacy Basics Contacting Legislators
What You Can Legally Do What to Say and How
Using Your Time Wisely Who You Involve
Overcoming Barriers Creating Responsive Networks
Advocacy Leadership Advocacy Strategies

NCL Advocacy PowerPoint

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logo_color_smallCA Adult Education Digest is a monthly news and information digest for California adult educators.

OTAN Digest for Teachers keeps adult ed. teachers up-to-date on 1) online professional development offerings, 2) web-based resources for the adult-ed teacher, and 3) current adult ed. news.

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Learn about the CA Adult Education strategic plan at http://www.otan.us/strategicplanning/index.html.  The Needs Assessment is now posted.

The strategic plan will use a system-wide perspective in addressing the need for adult education in California. The plan will reflect an assessment of the context for adult education that considers economic, demographic “driving forces”, statewide educational needs, the federal and state policy environment, system strengths, and comparative information from other states.

Central to the planning process is defining a strategic position that describes the unique value-added role of adult education within the state’s education system and economy.

from http://www.otan.us/strategicplanning/overview.html

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logo_color_smallCheck out the new website http://californiaadultschools.org/cas/home

Key Messages

  1. California Adult Schools develop skilled workers, strong families and successful communities by offering opportunities to learn at every stage of life.
  2. California Adult Schools make it convenient and affordable for all students to reach their educational, training, career and personal goals.
  3. With flexible schedules and convenient locations, the 370 California Adult Schools, which focus on personal as well as professional development, are accessible to more potential students than any other California adult education provider.

Here’s the quick link to Newport-Mesa Adult Education on the CA Adult Schools: Learning for Life website!  We rock!! 🙂

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CaliforniaFLAGAs a professional learning community, let’s keep informed of the latest research on adult education.  Here are the links to a few publications that I’m reading right now…  Hope you’ll join me! (more…)

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