Thursday Notes -- January 21, 2010
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Senator Reed Joins Community Conversations

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed (D) joined Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier on Jan. 14, in Providence, R.I. for the afternoon session of a Community Conversation, which had a health care focus. Participants were stakeholders representing employers of the New England region, and they shared their perspectives on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Dann-Messier also held a conversation Jan. 11, in Houston, which focused on English language learners. Her third conversation last week was held on Jan. 15, in Boston, with a variety of adult education stakeholders, including adult students. The assistant secretary plans to present a comprehensive report on the feedback she received from the WIA Community Conversations and how it aligns with the administration's reauthorization efforts.

OVAE Selects Seven States for Standards in Action Innovations

OVAE recently announced the seven states that will participate in the National Diffusion of the Standards- in-Action Innovations. The innovations will enable state and local programs to deliver professional development to instructors on organizing curriculum and instruction to help students achieve their goals. Participating states are: Vermont, Nevada, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, and Montana. Work is under way with state liaisons to select the three local program sites. Methods and materials were developed in collaboration with the original eight pilot states that participated in OVAE's Standards- in-Action Project.

State Standards Newly Posted in OVAE's Online Warehouse

OVAE has added the following state adult education content standards to its online Standards Warehouse:

  • English language acquisition (ELA) standards: Florida., Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania; and
  • Reading, mathematics and ELA: Georgia, Rhode Island
  • Work is under way to post these state standards:
  • Reading and math: Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma; and
  • Listening: Kansas

Any state can share content standards through the warehouse by contacting OVAE's Ronna Spacone.

Colorado's Smith To Retire March 31

Colorado's state director of adult education and family literacy, Pamela Smith, recently announced plans to retire on March 31. Smith's leadership was important in creating teacher assessment tools and professional development activities that led to the state's Literacy Instruction Authorization credential. This credential has been codified in state law and posted on the e-Colorado portal—the Web-based workforce development home page containing educational resources for educators and trainers working with adult education clients. Debra Fawcett will be the interim director until a new director is chosen.

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