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Colleague Request:  Community Colleges
October 29, 2003


"Our state is currently conducting research about community colleges that offer basic skills and how it is financed.  It would be extremely helpful to us if you would answer the following questions.

1.    Are there colleges in your state that offer ABE and/or ESL courses?

         *    If yes, is there a state policy decision to charge/not to charge for basic education? 

         *    If there is a state policy decision:

a.      What is the policy or legislation?
      At what level is policy or legislation made and who sets it?

 2.  Who can we contact for more information?

 Thanks for your help.  please send responses to me at: or call me if that is more convenient. 

Thanks  idm
Israel David Mendoza, Director
Office of Adult Literacy
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495
Phone: 360-704-4326     Fax: 360-664-8808

Professional Development Association
October 29, 2003

Our adult education colleagues who provide professional development have formed a professional association to share ideas and resources.  Please forward this call for membership to the your professional development staff and contractors.

Have you been a previous member of the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD)?  Or are you interested in getting more involved with adult literacy professional development (PD)?  Would you like to help establish (in the eyes of policy makers) the legitimacy of a national association of practitioners committed to adult literacy professional development and contribute your voice to our PD advocacy efforts? 

We would like to invite you to renew your membership or become a formal member of the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers.  Membership in AALPD is open to adult educators interested or working in professional development in adult literacy. Individuals renew their membership or join AALPD by completing and submitting the Membership Form:

As we grow and expand, we want to know who our members are in order to advocate effectively for professional development and provide members with the best possible services.  So, we are asking interested individuals to register as an AALPD member each year.  IF YOU HAVE BEEN AN AALPD MEMBER PREVIOUSLY, PLEASE REGISTER AGAIN TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. 

You are welcome to subscribe to the NIFL-AALPD discussion list, ( but that is certainly *not* a requirement of membership.  There is *NO FEE* to become a member. 


On the membership page, you can also VOTE for the current slate of nominated AALPD officers (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer).

Why should you become a member of AALPD? 

*  It's 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 (2004 in Columbus).
*  You can contribute your voice to our advocacy efforts.
*  You can help to establish AALPD's legitimacy in the eyes of policy makers by demonstrating a strong membership of concerned practitioners committed to professional development.

I hope each of you will strongly consider formal membership to AALPD.

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.


October 6, 2003

This year NAEPDC is focusing efforts on updating and expanding its website to provide more timely resources for you and your state staff.  With the guidance of the Professional Development Committee, we will be collecting and posting state-level policies, procedures, manuals, strategies, and other state-developed resources linked to the categories contained in the State Adult Education Management and Leadership Functions:  A Self Assessment.  Resources will include such items as sample funding formulas, local program applications, assessment policies, staffing structures, local director training manuals, pre-service training models, and curricular frameworks. 

Obviously, the identification of good resources depends on your willingness to share your products with your colleagues.  We hope, therefore, that you will respond whenever you see special Web News, Views, and Clues requesting specific web resources.

The Professional Development Committee has recommended that we initially focus on resources that could assist in the next state plan development process.   Please go to to view the list of categories we are seeking.  If your state has developed or used any particular resources that would benefit other states as they develop their state plans, please consider sharing them with us.  We are particularly looking for materials that are:

  • Clearly written and well-formatted,
  • Current or have up-to-date application,
  • Consistent with WIA and/or DAEL guidelines (if applicable), and
  • Currently housed on your website or available in electronic format.

If your resources are currently on the web:

  • Use the electronic form referenced above to send us the specific URL and a brief description, and
  • Hit the submit button.

If they are not on the web but you have an electronic version:

        Use the electronic form to send us a brief description, hit the submit button, and

        Email your files separately to Kathi Polis at

We would like to get the state plan resources posted by early November so please respond as soon as you can.  Thank you for your willingness to share with your fellow colleagues!


Contact us: Dr. Lennox McLendon, Executive Director; 444 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422; Washington, DC 20001
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