Sue Pon, Administrator
OUSD Adult & Career Education
Winter 2014 Update Click Here to view and/or print message
Oakland Adult and Career Education: Looking Ahead
Oakland Adult and Career Education celebrates the following highlights in the first half of the 2013-14 school year:
- 98 students achieved their GED! (Note: In just 6 months, this approaches the 2012-2013 year total of 121 graduates.) Teachers provided focused instruction, especially in math, and tutored and counseled individuals; GED examiners accommodated and supported each and every tester. Graduation Ceremony is set for Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6pm at McClymonds.
- The Family Literacy program was selected for the Emeryville Barnes & Noble Book Drive. 1,900 new books were donated and given to children in the Family Literacy families and to building classroom lending libraries.
- With our continuing partnership with Project Search, a program for young adults with disabilities, we graduated 7 interns from the County of Alameda Oakland Offices. Two of these graduates are now working at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
- Adult Education instruction is aligning with the district initiative of “literacy across the curriculum.” Adult Education staff are engaging in a book study of Academic Conversations, Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings by Jeff Zwiers & Marie Crawford, 2011.
- The Northern Alameda Regional Consortium for Adult Education has been awarded $314,914 for planning purposes to better coordinate Adult Education services with adult schools and the Peralta Community College District.
We are looking ahead and planning for the next couple of years. The State mandate for Maintenance of Effort (MOE) is still in effect. This means that funding for Oakland’s Adult Education will continue for the 2014-15 budget. We are building capacity for the future in a variety of initiatives including the new GED 2014 Preparation and Examination, Common Core State Standards for parents through Family Literacy, Renewed application for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA II) federal grant, Continued Regional Consortium planning with community and staff input, Continuous improvement through WASC Accreditation process and Strategic Planning.
We are appreciative of our dedicated teachers, babysitters, office staff and volunteers for building quality instruction and programs. We look forward in continuing to work together to serve adults in Oakland in the years to come.