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Practices with Promise

May 3,  2017
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Article4Upcoming Deliverables
A reminder that the following items were due this week:
  • Due April 30 in TOPSproŽ Enterprise: third quarter data and data integrity report. Note if you are having trouble with submission, contact CASAS at AEBG@casas.org.
  • Due May 2 in AEBG Web Portal: CFAD. If you are having trouble with submission, please contact Greg Hill Jr. of the AEBG team at ghill@wested.org.

A reminder that the following items are due soon:
  • Due May 15 in AEBG web portal: amendments or revisions to
    • Governance template
    • 3-year plan
    • 2015-16 annual plan, and/or
    • 2016-17 annual plan.
  • Due June 20 in the AEBG expense and reporting system
    • Budget revision for 2015-16 (online certification required) and
    • Budget revision for 2016-17 (online certification required).
  • Due August 15 in AEBG web portal: 
    • 2017-18 annual plan. The Annual Plan Toolkit will be out soon. Stay tuned for guidance and upcoming webinars.

Important Links:

Article4AEBG Regional Data and Accountability Training 
The last AEBG regional training will be held on May 19 in Huntington Beach.
The AEBG regional training series covers student data collection requirements for AEBG-funded students. The morning session will cover policy guidance, and the afternoon session will cover technical submission of the data.
For more information about regional training, check out the recorded January 20 webinar
Article4Save the Date: Consortium Director Event Oct 12 & 13
Save the date for a special AEBG event for consortia directors.  The event will take place on Oct. 12 & 13 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.  Stay tuned for more details.  

Article4Sonoma County Adult Education Consortium Hosting Regional Conference May 12
The Sonoma County Adult Education Consortium will host a one-day conference May 12 in Santa Rosa.  The conference will feature Neil Kelly, who will speak about AEBG regulations.  Additional sessions will include a presentation about implementing CASAS and TopsPro at the community college and sharing best practices from around the region. The event will have a regional focus, and individuals from neighboring regional consortia are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for the event, but attendees are asked to register as space is limited. To register CLICK HERE or see link below. 

Article4Annual Population Report Released by Department of Finance
The California Department of Finance released its annual report containing revised population estimates as of Jan. 1, 2016 and provisional population estimates as of Jan. 1, 2017 for the state, counties, and cities. This report may help AEBG Consortium and their partners in their planning efforts.  

Report highlights include: 
  • Growth was widely distributed among the state's geographical regions, with most cities and counties throughout the state experiencing increases in population. Nine northern and eastern counties, however, saw decreases, continuing a near decade-long downward trend. Of the 482 California cities, 393 had gains in population, 80 had reductions, and 9 experienced no change. 
  • The largest numeric increases occurred in the state's largest cities. The City of Los Angeles, California's largest city, grew by more than 42,000 people in 2016 to a population of more than 4 million (4,042,000).
  • Besides Los Angeles (42,000), San Diego, California's second largest city with a population of 1,392,000 added more than 15,000 people during the year. San Jose, with a population of 1,046,000, added nearly 10,000 people, while San Francisco with a population of 874,000, added more 9,000 people in 2016. 
  • Amador was the fastest-growing county in the state (1.9 percent) due to prison expansion. The next fastest-growing counties were Placer (1.8 percent), Yolo (1.6 percent), Riverside (1.6 percent), and San Joaquin (1.5 percent), due to growth in people residing in households other than group quarters.


View the full report here.



Article4AEBG Practice with Promise Spotlight: Ventura County Adult Education Consortium ESL Acquisition and Student Success in Math Collaboration
The Ventura County Adult Education Consortium is made up of Conejo Valley Unified School District, Oxnard Unified School District, Santa Paula Unified School District, Simi Valley Unified School District, Ventura County Community College District, and Ventura Unified School District.

The Challenge
Math homework presents a challenge to many parents of elementary students, and especially to the parents of students identified as English Language Learners. The goal of this program was to target one of the lowest-performing schools in Ventura County in regards to academics and provide an afterschool program that would enable ELL parents to gain the basic math skills necessary to effectively assist their children with their math homework. The students most in need of assistance were identified as those who scored below basic on trimester benchmark tests.

The Solution
In partnership with Will Rogers Elementary School, the Ventura County Consortium identified a group of 20 students and invited them and their parents to attend a 10-week course, meeting twice a week for two hours. The course was taught by a Will Rogers elementary math teacher. Excel Math was utilized as a core curriculum, and used to introduce not only math concepts and practice, but also math-specific vocabulary. Parents and children worked together to complete lessons that related to the math being taught in regular classes. The after school program provided classes where contextualized basic mathematics served as a vehicle for student math success and parent language acquisition.

Sixteen parents and their children enrolled in the program, and all successfully completed the course. Parents expressed greatly increased confidence in their ability to assist their children with math homework and the children showed improved mastery in class. The instructor reported that this pilot program had a positive impact on the performance of the participating children during their regular school day. All participants stated that they would welcome the opportunity to repeat such a course. The principal at Will Rogers school requested that Ventuare Consortium continue to offer the math success course again next fall. The Ventura Unified School District's (VUSD) director of Curriculum and Instruction hopes that the pilot will be expanded to include additional elementary schools.

The Data
Parents were pre- and post-tested in CASAS math and reading. Post-tests revealed an average 5.4-point gain in math and an average 3.3-point gain in reading, and 37% completed an Educational Functional Level. The VUSD's first trimester benchmark tests were utilized as pre-tests for the children, followed by a similar post-test to guage progress. The instructor of the 4th grade class was able to verify improved levels of confidence exhibited by the children during the daytime math class, as well as, increased involvement by ELL parents in helping their children with homework.

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