Perspective: Run, Don’t Walk to See “The Big Short” To Understand How Everything Happened

This is a Perspective piece.  Mine – Cynthia Eagleton’s. Too often, the conditions out of which bad things happen, never get examined. Poor health, economic collapse, the devastation of Adult Education, or any other bad thing – you can always trace them back to conditions. In a diabetic coma?  Did you check your blood sugar levels this morning?  Take your ...

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CCAE Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke’s Analysis of Gov. Brown’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

From CCAE Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke: Governor Releases FY 16-17 Budget Package   Last week Governor Brown released his proposed $170 billion ($122 General Fund) FY 16-17 budget package that provides his initial road map for state spending in FY 16-17.  It is merely the opening salvo in a long process that will play out with legislative budget hearings and ...

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Edsource: “Website Tracks State’s Progress In Providing Adult Education”

From Edsource: Adult Education Website tracks state’s progress in providing adult education By Susan Frey | January 12, 2016 | 1 Comment Liv Ames for EdSource Marco Estrella, right, and Yu Liu practice English in an ESL class at San Mateo Adult School. California�s experiment in rethinking adult education can now be monitored through a website created by the Legislative ...

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Asm Patty Lopez Highlights Importance of Adult Education Funding

Press Release Assemblywoman Patty L�pez Highlights Importance of Adult Education Funding  Created: Thursday, 07 January 2016 08:44  SACRAMENTO, CA ? On the heels of Governor Brown�s speech regarding California�s 2016-2017 budget Thursday morning, Assemblywoman Patty L�pez (D-San Fernando) issued the following statement: �We live in a state with a population of nearly 40 million people ? more than a quarter ...

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CCAE 2016 Conference April 21-23 – Registration Now Open

From CCAE: “This year’s CCAE state conference, “Adult Education: The Bridge to College, Careers, and Communities,” will distinguish our role and the impact adult educators make on a daily basis throughout our state. These past couple of years have been full of transition and change for California Adult Education; therefore, the Bay Section is putting together a conference filled with ...

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Highlights from the 2015 Network for Public Education Conference

January 2, 2015 – Somehow I neglected to click “publish” on this post.  I’m publishing it now – some 8 months after the conference because I believe the information in it is still relevant and of deep value.  — Cynthia EagletonHit the link to see the post.Some highlights from the 2015 Network for Public Education Conference: 1.  Opening speeches by Tanaisa ...

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From Save Your Adult School: A Look at AB 104: The Adult Education Blok Grant Program

December 21, 2015 From Kristen Pursley’s “Save Your Adult School” Blog: A Look at AB 104: The Adult Education Block Grant Program by kpursley As  2015 comes to a close, adult schools have just completed their first fall term under the new Adult Education Block Grant.  The Regional Consortia turned in their first three-year plan at the end of October.  2015-2016 ...

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Kids Versus Parents – Who Wins and Why?

Too frequently, Adult Schools have been pitted against K-12 schools, as if the populations they serve are utterly separate entities, with utterly separate needs and agendas.  This competition is framed as war for the same precious and/or dwindling resources.  Because we are a culture that claims to value the family, the kids generally “win.” In fact, Adult Schools and K-12 ...

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Teaching ELL Pre-literacy to Adult English Learners

I found the hand out on Developing Phonological Awarenessthat I got from the Iowa Culture and Language Conference (ICLC) 2015 to be very useful in teaching the ELL pre-literacy class we are now offering in Muscatine.  Most of the students who are attending this class are illiterate not only in English but also in their own language.  Phonological awareness is ...

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Acquiring English as a Foreign Language

I presented my master�s thesis at the MIDTESOL 2015 conference in October. The foci of my presentation were on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories, curriculum design, and instructional strategies for teaching adult English learners. SLA theories provide insights into how adult English learners acquire a new language. The foremost goal of any ELL course curriculum and instructional strategies is to ...

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