Adult School (JAE)

Here is a video with Edward James Olmos and his mesage about adult education.   Watch


ESL instructors, Francisca P., Francisca W., Jim V., Kay J. and Stephanie T., and I met today. Jim shared news from the CASAS Institute, including various models of collaboration between adult ESL and other educational programs that focus on workforce development. We agreed to:

  1. strengthen our partnerships with ROP and Skyline College
  2. focus on “transitions” in the ESL Committed Enrollment Orientation for new students 
  3.  identify essential skills required for student success beyond ESL instruction and stress workforce training and post-secondary education in our curriculum. 

Increasing and strengthening collaboration and workforce development will continue to be an on-going commitment, and the ESL faculty is invited to participate in building the bridges to GED, Skyline College and vocational training; contact Francisca W. if interested in being on the task force to address the transition from advanced ESL to Skyline.

We discussed how to start the Fall 2010 ESL program at Serramonte Adult with continuing and new students. We decided the process will be as follows:

  • Before July 1st, each teacher gives Doreen a list of continuing students and their class assignments for the Fall Semester.  
  • Monday, August 23rd, 10:00 – 12:00. ESL staff will assist with committed enrollment orientation and CASAS testing for new students.
  • Tuesday, August 24th, in-house staff development, time TBD. New student orientation and testing at 5:30 pm; need for teacher assistance contingent on number of students who sign up.
  • Wednesday, August 25th, start of semester. Minimum (2 hour) class period. Orientation and CASAS testing only for returning students in classrooms.
  • Thursday, August 26th new and continuing students are in class together and “away we go”!

This is a good site for listening and reading about famous people. Biographies

This website has many worksheets you can downlaod that accompany the Azar book.  Have a look.  Looks like a great resource of materials.

Azar Grammar

Have a look at this site.   Lesson Writer . You can insert text and it will automatically generate vocabulary exercises which you can then print out as a pdf. It is free and easy to register.

I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the many congratulatory wishes that I’ve received. I’d like to share with you the essence of my remarks at the awards dinner, because a good part of the message is for you. Paraphrasing: This ACSA award has special significance as we reach the conclusion of 09-10, the first school year of a radical shift in the way adult ed. is funded and functions. It is acknowledgement of the steadfast commitment to adult education of the JUHSD Board of Trustees, the administrative team’s unwavering support for the integral role adult ed plays in the District, and recognition of the instructors and support staff. Not only have they (ie. you) been called upon to “do more with less”, but have made the leap to propose and develop new systems to improve our delivery and accountability of instructional services. The economic crisis has caused a decrease in funding while there has been an increase in demand, and the JUHSD adult ed instructors have responded with flexibility and creativity in proposing solutions so we may continue to provide services that allow our adult students to complete secondary education, acquire job skills, provide support to school-age children, and enhance English language, literacy and knowledge to become active participants in our community. This recognition is really for all of you!

Diana has been awarded “Adult Education Administrator of the Year”  by ACSA  (Association of California School Administrators) Region V and will receive her Award on April 26th.  

Congratulations Diana! 🙂

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