News, Views, and Clues 

January, 2007


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Your Biographical Sketch

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CoABE State Staff PreConference

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MOU with CC Perkins
January 31, 2007


Marcia Cook in Maine is looking for:

I am looking for agreements (MOU's) between adult education programs and Community Colleges for the use of Carl Perkins money.

Please send response to Marcia at:

Marcia Cook
Adult Education Consultant
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0023
(207) 624-6753
FAX (207) 624-6731

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Integrated Program Funding

January 30, 2007


Joanie Rethlake (TX) is asking:

Our state is looking at funding a model similar to the I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) model that Israel shared at the State Directors Meeting.  Adult ed can pay for the ABE/ASE/ESL but no ones seems to know how to pay for a vocational teacher to teach the skills part. We want a "dual credit type model" like they have in high schools although the training would lead to a vocational certificate instead of college credit.

Do you know off hand any states that fund that type of model? Is it in state statute anywhere?

Please send all responses to Joanie at:

Dr. Joanie Rethlake
Texas Education Agency
6311 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
Phone: (713) 696-0700
Fax:(713) 696-0797

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Waiting List Survey Surprises

January 25, 2007

Last spring we were challenged by House appropriations staff to document that there actually were waiting lists in adult education programs. So the Policy Committee set about collecting that data.

Thanks to you and your local programs, our survey is complete and the findings are much higher than we thought.

1. 40 of the 43 states reporting confirmed students on waiting lists in their state

2. 917 of the 1376 (66%) of the local programs reporting confirmed waiting lists

3. 90,000+ potential learners cannot access services

Kudos to the Policy Committee for there excellent work!!
Patricia Bennett (MD), Co-Chair
Art Ellison (NH), Co-Chair
Bob Bickerton (MA)
Jim Bowling (OH)
Claudia Merkel Keller (NJ)
Israel Mendoza (WA)
Denise Pottmeyer (OH)
Bob Purga (NY)
Randy Whitfield (NC)
Reecie Stagnolia (KY)

Attached is the two part report. Part I is the executive summary and Part II are the data tables-note the additional pages for Arizona, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.



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Family Literacy Policy Brief
January 24, 2007

The National Human Service Assembly* has released an information filled family literacy policy brief. Their introduction explains:

“High-quality family literacy programs prepare caregivers to succeed as parents and employees, enhance bonds between parents and children, strengthen connections between families, schools, and other institutions, and revitalize neighborhood networks, leading to stronger communities.”

I have attached a copy but you can also find it on their web site at:    

You might want to share this brief with the family literacy leadership in your state.

*The National Human Service Assembly is a coalition of leading national nonprofit agencies committed to helping individuals, families and communities thrive. Their members range from AARP to YMCA.    

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Your Biographical Sketch

January 23, 2007

Would you be willing to provide a brief biographical sketch of yourself?

Two reasons:

1. If I knew about your specialties and areas of expertise, it would be much easier to connect other state directors who need help in that area with you. Likewise, when you need someone informed to talk to, I could refer you to a colleague with the expertise you needed.

2. When OVAE needs state directors to serve on advisory groups or if they wanted to pick the brain of state directors who had a particular specialty, we would be able to make some recommendations for them.

So, if you are willing, please go to this web site and find a one page biographical sketch to electronically enter and submit.

Thank you for considering this request and thanks to Barry Shaffer (MN) for coming up with the idea.


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State Staff Web Site is Live
January 19, 2007

Kudos to the State Staff Workgroup.

The State Staff Web Page is live at:

The State Staff Workgroup, Chaired by Marcia Cook from Maine, has designed this page to enable state staff members to network with their colleagues in other states and to enable NAEPDC to provide state staff resources targeted to job responsibilities.

Note that you can search by “state” or by “job function.”

The next event of the State Staff Workgroup is a needs assessment from which to build professional development and professional resources for state staff.

Thank you to the state staff workgroup:

Marcia Cook, Chair, Maine
Donna Brian, Tennessee
Jeffrey Gove, Ohio
Susan Gunn, South Dakota
Kathy Ira, Maryland
Mark Johnson, Wisconsin
Philip Less, Arkansas
Wendy Maxwell, California
Lisa McKnight, Alabama
Kristin Ockert, Washington
Tim Ponder, Ohio
Cathy Shank, West Virginia
Marilyn Shaw, Georgia
Marian Thatcher, California
Beth Vaas-Lutz, West Virginia
Cynthia Zengler, Ohio
Kathi Polis, NAEPDC Liaison

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CoABE State Staff PreConference
January 19, 2007


A State Staff Guide for Managing Statewide Initiatives:
Options for Developing Policy, Incentives, and Strategies to Guide Statewide Program Improvement Initiatives

Continuous improvement means managing statewide initiatives to successfully integrate program changes. There is a science and an art to managing those initiatives, and there are many tools to help state staff members with those tasks.

To that end, the NAEPDC State Staff Workgroup is sponsoring a CoABE PreConference for state staff members from 9 to 4 on Sunday March 25 entitled A State Staff Guide for Managing Statewide Initiatives: Options for Developing Policy, Incentives, and Strategies to Guide Statewide Program Improvement Initiatives

If you staff would benefit from these skills, encourage them to register at:    

See details below.





NAEPDC State Staff COABE Pre-Conference


Commission on Adult Basic Education National Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 25, 2007   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



A State Staff Guide for Managing Statewide Initiatives: 

Options for Developing Policy, Incentives, and Strategies to Guide Statewide Program Improvement Initiatives


As a state staff member, you are placed in charge of a statewide program improvement initiative.  You want to make sure that it’s a success, but you’re not sure exactly where to start or where to look for good models.  What data should you examine before you even begin?  How do you create a common vision and get practitioner input and buy-in from the get-go?  How do you develop a sound pilot-testing strategy that will help you determine policy, resource, and professional development needs for statewide implementation?  How should you collect and analyze data to determine effectiveness?

 This day-long workshop will help state staff find answers to these questions.  In the morning, you will be introduced to a structure and process that will help you plan, deliver, and evaluate statewide initiatives.  You will use case studies to apply critical decision points to sample program improvement efforts.   In the afternoon, you will be grouped with colleagues working on similar program improvement initiatives while you map out a structure and process that will work for your own initiative.

 Presenters:  Dr. Lennox McLendon

                        Kathi Polis



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PD for PDers

January 16, 2007

Even professional development professionals need professional development. AALPD is the adult education professional developers’ professional organization, and they are recruiting members. If you would like your PD staff or contractors to be a part of this network and organization, please forward this notice to them.

AALPD: Join or Renew Membership in January 2007

Each January, the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD) invites those working or interested in professional development to join or renew membership with AALPD. Membership is free, and anyone can join or renew by visiting:    

AALPD is a national organization for professional developers with leadership committed to advancing the field of adult literacy professional development ( AALPD is an affiliate of COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education) and is a member of the National Coalition for Literacy.
As a volunteer organization, AALPD:
• hosts an annual PreConference at COABE and meets at other professional development events;
• co-sponsors the Adult Literacy Professional Development discussion list in partnership with the National Institute for Literacy and hosts formal discussion activities targeted to address list subscriber needs;
• provides a Professional Development Registry of materials to which anyone can find and contribute facilitator materials;
• provides opportunities for members to advance key priority areas identified by its membership; and
• advocates for funding for professional development.

Why should you join or renew membership?
As we grow and expand, it helps us to have updated information about our members in order to advocate effectively for professional development and provide members with the best possible services. So, we are asking everyone to renew their memberships by registering as an AALPD member each year.
Vote While You Join or Renew Membership
While you are joining or renewing membership, you have the opportunity to vote on the 2007 slate of AALPD officers (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer).

What Does the Future Hold?
The field needs to offer a better, brighter future for teacher professional development in adult literacy. To achieve this end, AALPD is engaged in concerted, collaborative efforts to advance the field of adult literacy professional development in several key areas. One goal is the adoption of the AALPD PD Policy Recommendations at national, state, and local levels that support the participation of practitioners in professional development to help them be effective teachers, tutors, counselors, and administrators. We advocate for more funding for professional development, so that these recommendations can be more fully implemented in programs and states. But we can do more.
Many believe the future holds promise for programs and states that specifically improve the working conditions necessary to deliver quality educational services and to support teachers in their professional growth and learning. As an organization for professional developers, AALPD could increase efforts in areas that advance the quality of our profession in new ways. We should all expect AALPD to take leadership in new and exciting areas for 2007, and provide opportunities for greater membership involvement.

AALPD Membership Benefits:
• Membership is free!
• You can vote for AALPD officers and on special issues that arise (Only AALPD members will be eligible to vote).
• We will send you the latest information about upcoming trainings, events and resources.
• You can have input into the design of the COABE pre-conference session next year (2008 in St. Louis).
• You can choose to participate in advancing key priorities identified by our members.
• You can help to strengthen AALPD's voice in advocacy by demonstrating a strong membership of concerned practitioners committed to professional development.

To stay abreast of AALPD activities, visit:

Thank you for joining or renewing your membership with AALPD. I look forward to an active year ahead.

For the AALPD Executive Board,
Jackie Taylor, Adult Literacy Professional Development List Moderator,    
Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers    

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Funding Formula
January 15, 2007

Colleague Question-Funding Formula

Ohio is in the process of revising its incentive-based funding formula, and would like to know the following:

1. Do you use a base funding formula based on census data and enrollment and/or contact hours that you could share?
2. Do you allocate your base funding on a regional basis (e.g., how you determine the amount, how the funds are divided among multiple providers within that region, etc.)? If so, can you share that?

Kathi is working with Denise on this project so please SEND YOUR RESPONSES TO Kathi Polis at . She will publish all of the submissions in the NAEPDC resource library so that everyone can benefit from your processes.


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