Increasing Motivation and Persistence in Adult Learners: Apply for the Pilot in March

The new community of practice created this year by CALPRO is on the topic of Increasing Motivation and Persistence in Adult Learners. The module will be piloted in March 2019 with a select group of adult education teachers and instructional leaders who are close enough to drive to Sacramento. The experience will consist of online activities along with two face-to-face sessions on March 7 and 21 from 1 to 4 pm at the CALPRO Sacramento office.

The goals of this training are to introduce adult education instructors to the concept of self-efficacy and prepare them to incorporate several strategies supporting self-efficacy into their instructional practice, to explore and practice applying strategies designed to increase student engagement, and to support student goal-setting. The concepts of self-efficacy, growth mindset and autonomy will be discussed.

The module is relevant for teachers and instructional leaders from all content areas within adult education. Teachers are encouraged to apply in teams of two or more from either a program or a consortium in order to support each other in learning and implementing what they learn, but this is not a requirement. Staff from all programs funded by the California Department of Education Adult Education Office through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act II (WIOA) are eligible to apply.

Read more and find the link to the online application here.

Integrated Education and Training Implementation Clinic

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO), in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE), is seeking applications for CALPRO's Integrated Education and Training (IET) Implementation Clinic (the Clinic). We are seeking agency teams consisting of an IET program administrator, an English as a Second Language instructor and a Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructor. We will accept up to 10 agency teams for participation in the Clinic, which begins in January and concludes in April 2019.

The Clinic will be designed to address the needs of new IET program administrators and instructors, and topics will be selected based on applicants? needs. Sample topics may include Starting strong: Developing the team teaching partnership; Co-teaching & alternating teaching: Which model, why, and how?; Integrating learning outcomes & lesson plans; Building an integrated syllabus; Promising intake & onboarding strategies for IET; and Action planning: Process considerations, potential challenges and solutions to address challenges.

The innovative format of the Implementation Clinic features three live, interactive online sessions and one culminating face-to-face workshop in San Diego; optional coaching sessions with peer mentors; and ongoing online discussions, sharing, and resource creation through a designated private group within CALPRO's online Community of Practice. Please see the online application for the complete schedule, eligibility requirements, and other details.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, January 18, 2019.

Please click here to access the application: IET Implementation Clinic online application. Note: each member of the agency team must submit an application. (If you are unable to use the above online application, please click here to download the paper application. Please complete the paper application and fax it to CALPRO Director to 855-459-6213.)


The New Year is a great time to take advantage of professional development, and CALPRO has seven fantastic online professional learning opportunities scheduled after the New Year, the first two beginning in January. Each course is four weeks long and requires about 3 hours per week of your time. Spend a few weeks after the New Year, thinking and practicing with a group of colleagues from around the state, on the topic of your choice. Register soon, as these facilitated courses fill up quickly!

Integrated Education and Training (Online Course)
This course guides agency teams in creating an action plan for putting into place the necessary foundations for implementing an integrated education and training (IET) model that align with the agency's IET vision. This training module is designed for teams made up of adult education administrators, basic skills (i.e., adult basic education [ABE], English as a second language [ESL]) instructors, and career technical education (CTE) instructors. Teams of three, representing each of the three roles, are the primary target, but teams consisting of an administrator and two basic skills instructors or an administrator and one instructor can also benefit from the workshop.
Dates: Jan. 28 – Feb. 24, 2019
Application Deadline: January 23, 2019
Facilitator: Jennifer Bedon, Los Angeles Unified School District: Division of Adult and Career Education
Apply Here

Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection (Online Course)
How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your English learners' proficiency is increasing? This course presents an optimal process for English as a second language (ESL) instructional planning. The process uses three types of strategies: management, monitoring, and reflection. Backed by research, these strategies may be used with any proficiency level. Throughout the course, participants will explore ways to integrate these strategies into their courses and daily lessons.
Dates: Feb 04 – Mar. 03, 2019
Facilitator: Francisco Pinedo, Soledad Adult School
Register Here

Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 2: Effective Instructional Strategies (Online Course)
Become familiar with practice and strategies for helping adults with learning disabilities succeed in your classes! Learn to select appropriate accommodations to meet diverse learning needs. This course presents an overview of various instructional approaches and helps you design one instructional activity using an LD-appropriate approach. The self-directed course, Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session I, Awareness for Adult Educators, is a prerequisite to this course.
Dates: Feb. 11 – Mar. 10, 2019
Facilitator: Marie Doerner, San Diego Continuing Education
Register Here

Using Questioning Strategies to Improve Instruction (Online Course)
This course offers questioning strategies that foster higher-order thinking skills while developing responses beyond the level of recall. Help students connect the dots as they process new information to answer questions designed with a purpose.
Dates: Mar. 04 – 31, 2019
Facilitator: Deanne Berryhill, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult and Community Education
Register Here

Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ABE Classroom (Online Course)
Want to improve the quality of writing by your intermediate and advanced ABE students? In this course you will learn about research-based instructional techniques, including explicit instruction, and about using rubrics to evaluate assignments and to help students evaluate their own writing. Participants will develop an instructional plan to implement with their own students.
Dates: Mar. 11 – Apr. 07, 2019
Facilitator: Angela Scott-Betton, Paramount Adult School
Register Here

College and Career Readiness Standards: English Language Arts Implementation and Application (Online Course)
This course focuses on the alignment of teaching materials to the College and Career Readiness Standards on English language arts (ELA) and the application of the standards in the classroom using practical tools and strategies.
Dates: Mar. 25 – Apr. 21, 2019
Facilitator: Deanne Berryhill, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult and Community Education
Register Here

Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom (Online Course)
Similar to its previously mentioned ABE counterpart, this course helps participants improve their writing instruction for ESL students by applying 1) research-based instructional techniques, 2) protocols for analyzing students' work, and 3) guided instructional plans.
Dates: Apr. 08 – May 05, 2019
Facilitator: Kristi Reyes, Mira Costa College
Register Here

New Management Competencies Self-Assessment Addendum

We are pleased to share the Addendum to Management Competencies Self-Assessment! In 2017-18, CALPRO engaged adult education administrators in California to examine the current relevance of the management competencies, which resulted in endorsing the existing MCSA competencies as relevant, while also identifying 15 new field-recommended competencies and one additional field-recommended domain, Equity. Learn more about it here.

New Professional Learning Resource on Integrated Education and Training (IET)

With the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (2014), renewed focus has been placed on Integrated Education and Training (IET), making it a top priority of both the US and CA Adult Education Offices. IET refers to a model of education that is designed to boost participants’ educational and career advancement as a result of participants’ receiving both technical and basic skills training via concurrent enrollment.

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) has recently produced a new professional learning resource related to IET. This resource delves into two common implementation models of IET, co-teaching and alternating teaching. For more details about IET, planning and implementation considerations, as well as examples of effective application of both IET models, see CALPRO’s latest Research Brief on Integrated Education and Training.

Download the IET Research Brief:

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