Join us for CCAE/CAEAA's  Legislative Day at Capitol Hill
March 24, 2015!

Make your reservations, and get the details for how to prepare here.

Video Clips and Pictures Needed 
Do you have pictures or videos of legislative or adult education events that you or your peers have attended?  Email them to CCAE (, by 2/15/15, for inclusion in our new Leg Day promotional video!  
Be sure to include a completed Release Form. 
All submissions will be entered into a contest for a free registration to attend the CCAE state conference, in Universal City, CA, on April 30-May 2, 2015.
CCAE's Legislative Day is generously sponsored by  

The Communicator, CCAE's Monthly Newsletter                             February 2015
In This Issue

CCAE State Awards



The California Council for Adult Education is pleased to announce an invitation for nominations for the 2015 CCAE State Awards. 


The recognition of excellent performance in adult education--by adult educators, support staff, business people, and community members--is a focus of CCAE. 


All CCAE members are encouraged to nominate and recognize accomplishments and contributions made in Adult Education.


Click here for more details.  


In January, CASAS will continue to prioritize the regular training schedule, with one additional training site in the north, and one in the south, plus numerous online trainings throughout the month, to ensure agencies meet the January 31 CDE training deadline. Starting in February, focus will shift away from sessions that meet the CDE requirement and toward more training at regional network meetings, and online "data detective" related sessions that help agencies with data cleanup and using assessment results to inform instruction.


The CASAS Data Portal has been updated to now include Federal Table 4 and persistence data from PY 2013-14, so agencies can now review their own data and compare them both to the results of other agencies and to performance statewide.


The fourth annual EL Civics Conference will be Friday January 30, 2015 at North Orange Community College. This conference includes networking, updates from the CDE, CASAS, and OTAN, as well as workshops that address best practices for ESL instruction and administering EL Civics deliverables. Register at


Registration is now available for the 2015 CASAS Summer Institute. For information about SI registration, follow this link: This years' Institute will focus on implementation of AB 86 and WIOA, and will feature Virginia Hamilton, the U.S. Department of Labor's Region 6 Regional Administrator, as the Keynote Speaker.




This is your last opportunity to register for OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015. It is being held at the San Leandro Adult School on Friday & Saturday, March 13-14, 2015. There will be lots of new information and plenty of hands-on skill development to enhance technology integration in your classrooms and start or grow your blended/distance learning programs! While there are still spots open (for agencies that are a part of the adult education provider network funded through the California Department of Education), we can't guarantee how much longer they will be, since we only have space for 200 participants. You must be registered to attend. (No walk-ins.)

OTAN also offers other professional development opportunities all year long, both face-to-face and online workshops. To see the list of what we (and CALPRO and CASAS) currently have scheduled, just visit the combined CA Adult Education PD Calendar. Hope to see you in one or more of them soon.



Be sure to register for CALPRO's professional development offerings. From regional communities of practice, regional trainings, webinars, online workshops and courses CALPRO is sure to offer something that coincides with your professional development goals. You can register here for these and other events.

CCAE 2015 Conference  

Mission Possible:
Final Encryption Message

Agents for Change:


The final Encryption Message has been posted.


Every correct submission earns one ticket for our special drawing, at the upcoming CCAE state conference.

All of this information can be found on the CCAE website, on the conference page here.
Send your answers to Darlene Neilsen, by February 15, 2015:     


Happy solving!
Darlene Neilsen

P: 888-542-2231 
F: 866-941-5129  
Executive Director
Executive Director's Message

Welcome to 2015! Thanks to the hard work of those of you in the field and CCAE's Legislative Advocate, Dawn Koepke, the Governor's budget once again includes funding for K-12 Adult Education. Although the details have yet to be worked out, this could not have happened without your strong support and hard work. At the January CCAE board meetings, in Long Beach, it was emphasized that we must keep the momentum going. Our next opportunity to come together as an organization will be at Leg Day on Tuesday, March 24th, which is generously sponsored by GED Testing Service and Burlington English. If you have short video clips or pictures of past Legislative Events you have attended, please send them to our office for inclusion in our promotional video.There will likely be additional opportunities to participate and/or help. Check with your chapter and/or section representatives for more details.

Late last year, CCAE was contacted by the Community College Chancellor's Office to provide additional members for the expansion of the AB86 Work Group. Specifically, they wanted a K-12 adult education teacher representative and a K-12 adult education student representative. At this point in the process, Work Group members are reading and reviewing the plans submitted by Regional Consortia throughout the state. Here is some information about our new representatives:

Marina Kravtsova is an ESL student from San Mateo Adult School. Ms. Kravtsova is very active in the Student Council at her adult school. She was a professional in her country and has learned the importance of advocacy for self, family and school. She credits the San Mateo Adult School with helping her to rebuild her life as she learned English and became involved in student leadership activities. She has made presentations on the AB86 process, along with other student council members, at regional events.

Kathy Davis is an ESL teacher from Montebello Adult School. Ms. Davis has 15 years of teaching experience at all levels of ESL and Citizenship instruction. She is highly involved with accountability and policy issues at Montebello, as demonstrated by her involvement with the CASAS program, Carl Perkins grant, and participation on the Montebello WASC Leadership Team. In addition, she attended the AB86 Summit in Sacramento and is a full participant and subject matter expert in the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium (LARAEC).

I also want to mention our original AB86 Work Group members who continue to work on the expanded Work Group. They are Joanne Durkee, from Mt. Diablo Adult, and Bob Harper, from Campbell Adult School. Many thanks to these Work Group members who have worked diligently to ensure that K-12 Adult Education is well represented in the AB86 process at the state level.

These are exciting times in Adult Education---don't sit on the sidelines and watch others do the work. Get involved!



Adriana Sanchez-Aldana

CCAE Executive Director 


Call for Conference Proposals
Deadline extended to February 28, 2015.
Submit your proposal here.


We want to help make 2015 the year your students pass the GED® test and achieve their dreams. That's why we're starting the year with two new promotions to help your students study for and pass the GED® test.


New Year, New Promotions

From January 26 - February 28, your students can:

  • Take the GED Ready® practice test for $1
  • Save $10 when they schedule their first GED® test subject (first time test-takers only)

In addition, there are special discounts from some of our publisher partners so your students can save on study materials.


What you should do next--

How to make the most out of this promotion for your students:

  1. Go to to learn more.

    (While this webpage is primarily for test-takers, it also has tools for you to use in your center.)
  2. Download and use the materials in the "Just for Educators" section to spread the word to your students
  3. Encourage students to take the GED Ready® practice test or to schedule their first GED® test between January 26 - February 28

Additional changes to look for--

Also beginning January 26, be sure to visit to see the new and improved MyGED® login page. The page will have a brand new look and feature even more information to help students learn more before they set up their MyGED® account.


Have questions or need more information? Contact us at



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Read the Montebello Adult Education Newsletter here.