Thursday Notes -- July 30, 2009
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OVAE Announces New Transition Assistance for Selected States

OVAE recently announced a new three-year $1,788,636 project to provide targeted assistance for teams of state policymakers from at least eight states. This new initiative will allow states to expand their use of data-based policies that help local adult education programs assist low-skilled adults in transitioning to postsecondary education and training. Project staff will assist states in assembling interagency teams and conducting needs assessments. Consultants will help states develop, implement and evaluate new policies that connect adult education and postsecondary opportunities to achieve improved outcomes for low-skilled adults. Project activities will include attending two national meetings, participating in webinars, receiving virtual and on-site coaching, and creating a new Web site. States will be able to apply to participate in the project as early as this fall.

JFF and NCEE Integrate Policy Efforts

Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) recently announced the integration of NCEE's Workforce Development Strategy Group into JFF. Led by Tim Barnicle and Ray Uhalde, the new Workforce and Education Policy Group will expand JFF's Washington-based policy capacity.

Westover Appointed As Pennsylvania's Adult Ed State Director

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced last week that Michael Westover has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. Westover has served as acting director of the bureau since the resignation of Rose M. Brandt in December 2008. He comes to his new position after having served in the bureau as chief of the Division of Special Programs and Projects and lead advisor in the Division of Regional Programs.

Brief Outlines Strategies for Teaching English Pronunciation

The CAELA Network just released a new brief Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners, which reviews features of English that can have an impact on teaching and learning English pronunciation. The brief, funded by OVAE, looks at current research on how adults learn English pronunciation and describes ways for teachers to teach pronunciation more effectively.

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