|The Barstow AEBG Consortium is made up of Baker Unified School District, Barstow Community College District, Barstow Unifed School District, and Silver Valley Unified School District.|
Baker Unified School District is part of the Barstow Consortium, and is the most remote of our 3 districts. Due to the remote nature of the district, Baker has had a difficult time expanding the adult education offerings for students as well as the number of students in the program. After an initial survey of the program and its constituents, the consortia noted that a vibrant ELD program was needed to address Baker's growing EL population. The challenge resides in the fact that Baker is a very remote location and does not necessarily have staff the fill the ELD need.
The Barstow Consortia agreed to utilize some of the AB 86 funds to outfit Baker Unified with a virtual presence classroom. The equipment associated with this classroom includes monitors, cameras, speakers, microphones, a soundboard, and computer. All of this equipment will allow Baker to connect to other virtual presence classrooms anywhere in the world. The virtual classroom will give the Baker students access to Barstow College ELD courses and the opportunity to collaborate with other adult ed programs in our consortium and beyond.