The Administrators Forum provides a venue for adult education administrators to critically engage with their peers on topics that affect the development, management and sustainability of their adult education programs.

The Administrators Forum began as a collaborative effort of the California Department of Education, Adult Education Office, and the three State Leadership Projects, CALPRO, OTAN, and CASAS. In Fall 2010, CALPRO carried on the tradition of sponsoring the Administrators Forum Webinars.

Elevating All Communities: The Role of Adult Education Leaders in Charting a Path to Equity

December 4, 2018

Facilitator: Matthew Oberlander, Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction, L.A. Unified School District, Adult & Career Education

Equity is at the heart of adult education. By honoring diverse populations, removing student barriers, and increasing access to opportunity for learners with diverse strengths and needs, adult educators engage in equity work on a daily basis. In this interactive webinar, participants will explore the role of adult education leaders in promoting and cultivating educational equity in their schools and surrounding communities. Participants will also examine connections between educational equity and several major adult education initiatives including IET and immigrant integration. Integrated throughout the webinar will be a preview of the new equity-focused section of CALPRO's Management Competencies framework.

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Interest-Based Decision-Making

May 22, 2018

Facilitator: Brigitte Marshall, Former Adult Education Administrator, Oakland Unified School District

When presented with a problem or a challenge, we usually want to start working on identifying a solution as soon as possible. Strong emotional attachments can cause people to take entrenched positions on problems about which a decision must be made. Competing positions often mean that any given solution will require compromise and negotiation and generally involves winners and losers. When decision-makers make the time to discover the interests and needs that are behind a position and then look for common interests to inform the decision, they create potential for a win-win outcome. In this webinar participants will learn a simple, step-by-step process for interest-based decision making that can be applied to the full range of decisions that adult education professionals make.

View the recording of the Webinar. (Duration: 56:09 min.)

Change Happens! How to Negotiate Through it.

March 20, 2018

Facilitator: Steve Curiel, Principal, Huntington Beach Adult School

As both AEBG and WIOA move forward with clearer definitions, guidance, and accountability, schools will need to go through significant changes in order to perform well under both. During this webinar, you will learn strategies to implement change at your school while keeping your school district, your consortium partners, your community and your students happy. Also learn how to leverage each of these stakeholders and their resources to help you with your program changes. If you’ve ever negotiated for a lower price, a better job/salary, or extra perks in a purchase then you can negotiate positive change at your school.

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Building Knowledge and Skills for Today’s Adult Education

December 5, 2017

Facilitator: JoDee Slyter, Director, Corona-Norco Adult School

Learn about the critical topics and skills needed to be an effective adult education administrator in the field today. We will explore an array of information you need to know and identify the key elements for navigating the adult education system. During this webinar we will be focusing on identifying the areas of information that demand expertise, evaluation and prioritization of professional growth areas, and building leadership capacity using available resources.

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Managing Change Effectively

April 18, 2017

Facilitator: Brigitte Marshall, Consultant and former Director, Oakland Adult and Career Education

In this interactive Webinar, adult education administrators will be guided through an abbreviated version of the sequence of activities that address how to effectively managed change initiatives. Supporting materials will include checklists and other resources that will support application of the principles of effectively managed change to the contexts and realities of training participants.

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Braided Funding in the New Adult Education World

February 8, 2017

Facilitator: Steve Curiel, Huntington Beach Adult School

Learn what braided funding is and is not. During this webinar, find out how to use braided funding to maximize your eligibility for and use of various streams of revenue that you might not be tapping into. It is recommended that teams of program administrators and school fiscal/accounting staff participate together in this webinar.

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Building the WIOA Partnership and Developing the MOU

June 1, 2016

Facilitator: Karen Bautista, Inland Career Education Center

This webinar is a forum for sharing of innovations and progress toward the partnership-building and the MOU development. The WIOA Partnership is an innovation in itself, and education partners across the state can share innovations for maximum benefit.

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Build Your Brand!

March 22, 2016

Facilitator: Karen Bautista, Inland Career Education Center

Considering the focus on a regional approach to adult education, as well as the new WIOA regulations, adult education programs will have increased opportunities to partner with other agencies. It is important to identify the strengths of your program and the brand that you want your program to have. Learn how one agency battled against their existing brand to change it in the eyes of the students, the community, and potential partners.

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Career Pathways: What You Need to Know

December 14, 2015

Facilitator: Kathleen Porter, Executive Director, Career Technical and Adult Education, Poway Unified School District

Career Pathways has become a hot topic in workforce development and education policy at both the state and federal levels. The facilitator discussed career pathways and what adult education administrators need to know to have successful career pathways programs. During the webinar, the facilitator examined what career pathways are, why they are important, and what value they have provide the students you serve.

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Developing Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations

June 10, 2015

Facilitators: Dom Gagliardi, Principal, Adult and Career Technical Education, Escondido High School District, and Kathleen Porter, Executive Director, Career Technical and Adult Education, Poway Unified School District

As multiple funding initiatives call for regional responses, forming strategic partnerships and collaborations may be more important today than ever before. In this webinar, the facilitators reviewed some of those initiatives and identified partners either required or likely to support each initiative. They also examined elements of effective institutional relationships and outlined actions you can take to create more effective alliances.

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Adult Education New Teacher Induction Pilot: An Administrator Perspective

January 28, 2015

Facilitator: Steve Curiel, Principal, Huntington Beach Adult School

In 2014–2015 the American Institutes for Research launched a field test program for an Adult Education New Teacher Induction Program. Similar to Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment programs provided to K-12 teachers, this program provided a rigorous and relevant induction process for new Adult Education teachers. This field test, in which Huntington Beach Adult School participated, provided an extraordinary opportunity for a school to accelerate the effectiveness of their beginning teachers and to leverage the experience of their master teachers as mentors. The field test activities focused on improving the supports for and the effectiveness of their new and experienced teachers in providing high-quality, evidence-based instruction.

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Providing Administrative Support for College and Career Readiness Standards Alignment

October 7, 2014

Facilitator: Andre Pecina, Principal, Fresno Adult School

In April 2013, the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education which prepare our students to transition more successfully to postsecondary education and workforce, In the spring of 2014, OCTAE, in conjunction with StandardsWork, began offering CCRS training Institutes across the country. Fresno Adult School was one of California agencies to participate in these institutes. This presentation provides administrators with information on how to support implementing the CCRS in classrooms by sharing what it looks like at Fresno Adult School.

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AB 86: Continuing the Conversation and Planning

June 4, 2014

Facilitators: Donna Burns, Dean of Continuing Education, Mt. San Antonio College, and Bob Harper, Director, Campbell Adult and Community Education

In this session, a continuation from the April 30, 2014, Webinar, members of the AB 86 State Work Group lead participants in a discussion of progress on implementing AB 86, including regional consortia planning, activities and ideas, and discuss planning the future of adult education in California.

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AB 86 Consortia: Rebuilding Adult Education

April 30, 2014

Facilitators: Donna Burns, Dean of Continuing Education, Mt. San Antonio College, and Bob Harper, Director, Campbell Adult and Community Education

In this session, two members of the AB86 state Work Group, Donna Burns, Dean of Continuing Education, Mt. San Antonio College, and Bob Harper, Director, Campbell Adult and Community Education, presented an overview of the process, and up-to-date reports of the progress. Areas covered in the presentation included alignment of services, and exploration of current and future opportunities in the delivery of adult education.

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Maintaining and Building Short-Term Career Technical Education Programs

April 1, 2014

Facilitator: David Williams, Principal, Beaumont Adult School

In this session, David Williams, Principal of Beaumont Adult School, presented an introduction to the planning and implementation process for development of short-term Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, with a focus on maintaining and building existing programs. Areas covered in the presentation included determining specific needs for CTE programs, finding highly qualified instructors, and budgeting/funding of CTE programs.

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Developing Programs to Support ASE Students' Transition to Postsecondary Opportunities

October 11, 2012

Facilitator: Robert Beck, Principal, Pittsburg Adult School, and Joseph Stark, Principal, Burbank Adult School

In this session, the presenters shared how their agencies used Policy to Performance (P2P) funds to develop and implement effective support services and related programs to successfully transition ASE students to college and careers and how they will continue these efforts after the end of the P2P funded initiative. By the end of this session, participants were able to create individualized college and career transition counseling opportunities for ASE students, establish strategic partnerships with local community colleges and worksource centers and design customized curricular support and other related transition services to ASE students.

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Taking on Learner Persistence with a Student-Centered Approach: The Story of Two Agencies

April 18, 2012

Facilitators: Karen Williams, Executive Director of Stanislaus Literacy Center and Rebecca Wagner, Executive Director of the Community Learning Center in Philadelphia

In this session, the presenters explained the challenges with learner persistence faced by both agencies and why they decided to focus on learner persistence. They also explained the methodology they used to address learner persistence in a student-centered way and the outcomes of implementing changes based on what they learned about why their students were not persisting. The presenters provided an opportunity for participants to share their ideas for addressing learner persistence in their programs as well.

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Financial Aid Accreditation and the Council of Occupational Education (COE) Process

February 29, 2012

Facilitator: David Williams, Principal, Beaumont Adult School

In this session, the presenter explained the purpose of the COE accreditation process, what type of organizations are eligible for COE accreditation, what the benefits are for having COE accreditation and how WASC and the COE accreditation process are aligned. He also provided an overview of the COE accreditation application process along with useful COE application documents.

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Implementing PLCs: An Administrative Perspective

January 25, 2012

Facilitator: Nancy George, Director, Adult Education, New Haven Adult School

In this session, the presenter discussed one school?s successful effort to create a Professional Learning Community (PLC), how to manage time and resources, and what it really takes to implement PLCs successfully.

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Implementing Program Changes to Meet Adult Learner Needs for the 21st Century Workforce

November 30, 2011

Facilitators: Lynne Nicodemus, Vice Principal Pittsburg Adult Education Center, and Kelley Keith, Associate Dean of Adult Basic Skills, Mt. Hood Community College

In this first Webinar of the 2011-12 Administrators Forum, CALPRO Professional Development (PD) Partners Lynne Nicodemus and Kelley Keith shared the theoretical foundation and practical applications for preparing learners for the 21st Century workforce.

This Webinar is a product of the April 2011 COABE/CCAE National Adult Education Conference PD Partners effort. CALPRO sponsored ten PD Partners to attend the joint conference in exchange for their disseminating the research, policy, practice, and resources from the conference with the rest of the California adult education community through articles and Webinars.

In this session the presenters discussed: characteristics of the current global economy and their implications for adult education, four policies that will guide adult education agencies to meet these challenges, and the Oakland Adult and Community Education pilot project that demonstrates how these policies can be implemented.

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Creating Postsecondary Pathways

May 17, 2011

Facilitator: Dr. Cherise Moore, Director, Educational Support Services, Burbank Unified School District

In this session the presenter focused on building a partnership between an adult school and a community college and she explored types of partnership agreements. The presenter also examined developing a postsecondary bridge program and developing classes to support adult students' awareness of college options, and she examined the significance and role of counseling in supporting postsecondary transition.

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Building Strategic Community Partnerships

December 13, 2010

Facilitator: Lori Strumpf, President, Strumpf Associates: Center for Strategic Change

In this session the presenter addressed the principles and practices of strategic community partnership building, strategies for developing and maintaining effective partnerships with entities in the community, and the benefits and risks associated with partnership building.

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