Success for All Learners Through Equity: Apply for the Pilot in March

The new community of practice created this year by CALPRO is on the topic of Success for All Learners Through Equity. The module will be piloted in March 2020 with a select group of adult education support staff, teachers and administrators who are close enough to drive to Sacramento. The experience will consist of online activities along with two face-to-face sessions on March 17 and 31 from 1 to 4 pm at the CALPRO Sacramento office.

The goal of this module is to support adult education staff at every level to achieve personal cultural competence and to create a culturally competent and equitable environment within each adult education agency.

This module is intended for all adult education staff including front office and support staff, instructional staff, and administrators. Every attempt has been made to make the readings and activities relevant to each of these groups. Ideally a program may send a team made up of an administrator, instructor or instructional leader, and a front office staff member. Although team participation is not required, agencies might consider whether team participation is feasible, as making program and instructional changes will rely on all three groups.

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


The New Year is a great time to take advantage of professional development, and CALPRO has eight 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)
Jan. 13 - Feb. 9, 2020
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.
Application Deadline: : January 9, 2020
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Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ESL Classroom (Online Course)
Jan. 20 - Feb. 16, 2020
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.
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Mastering the English Language Proficiency Standards (Online Course)
Feb. 3 - Mar. 1, 2020
This course will introduce participants to the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and provide strategies for using the standards to guide and inform instruction. ESL instructors can benefit from familiarity with and reliance on the ELP Standards for Adult Education to guide instruction toward the increased rigor and skills necessary for successful transition to work or to postsecondary training or further education and for participation in communities that adult learners need.
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Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 2: Effective Instructional Strategies (Online Course)
Feb. 10 - Mar. 8, 2020
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. It is recommended that participants take Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session I, Awareness for Adult Educators before taking this course; it may be completed via the self-directed course.
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Effective Lesson Planning (Online Course)
Mar. 2 - Mar. 29, 2020
Learn to plan and deliver effective lessons! This course takes participants step by step through the process of lesson design and provides an opportunity to create a lesson plan using the OTAN Online Lesson Plan Builder. Participants will learn up-to-date strategies for planning lessons using a combination of the WIPPEA stages and “backward design.” Using the information and skills taught in this course, participants will find that lesson planning becomes a quick, easy process.
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College and Career Readiness Standards: English Language Arts Implementation and Application (Online Course)
Mar. 9 - Apr. 5, 2020
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.
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Evidence-Based Writing Instruction in the ABE Classroom (Online Course)
Apr. 6 - May. 3, 2020
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.
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Managing the ESL Multilevel (Online Course)
Apr. 13 - May 10, 2020
Learn how to meet the needs of ESL students in a class with skill levels ranging from beginning to intermediate to advanced. This course presents strategies for planning lessons for learners of widely varying language skills.
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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.

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