Thursday Notes -- January 7, 2010
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Frank Chong Named OVAE's Second Deputy Assistant Secretary

OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier announced today that Frank Chong has joined OVAE as its second deputy assistant secretary. President of Laney College in Oakland, Calif., since 2006, Chong also previously served as president and chief executive officer of California's Mission Community College as well as the dean of student affairs at City College of San Francisco. Chong also was special assistant to Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie L. Brown, Jr., from 1987 to 1991. Chong is a former elected public official in his own right, having been elected to the San Francisco Board of Education in 1998. He served as vice president of the Board of Education in 2000, and was an appointed member of the San Francisco Children and Families Commission and of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Chong joins Glenn Cummings, appointed in 2009, as a deputy assistant secretary to Dann-Messier.

OVAE Receives Former NIFL Funding Amounts

OVAE's national activities fund received more than $11 million, an increase of about 41 percent over FY 2009, when Congress approved overall increases for adult education on December 13 in the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations conference agreement. These increases were achieved by reallocating funds from the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), which is no longer funded, to the Department of Education. Within the amount provided for the Department's Institute of Education Sciences' (IES) research, development, and dissemination, the conference agreement included $2,000,000 for a new research and development center for adult learning and literacy, as outlined in House Report 111-220.

New Guide Helps Put Content Standards Into Action

States can find new professional development methods and materials to help them take their content standards off the shelf and put them into action for students. These Standards-in-Action Innovations for Standards-Based Reform were developed over three years with guidance from adult educators nationwide and address four priority areas of standards-based reform. The areas are: building instructors' understanding of standards, translating standards into curriculum, aligning student assignments with standards and assessing the extent to which teachers are using effective instruction to teach to the standards.

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