…or why I want to blog.

I can disseminate information – and there’s a lot of need for that – AND you can share your reactions, suggestions and complaints with me and other teachers, if you want.

I may solicit advice and preferences from you and your students that is useful to other colleagues as well.

Unlike the e-mail inbox or my archaic paper filing system, our communication is ordered chronologically by subject.  (No doubt this will come in handy as a  memory crutch on occasion.)

So, what do you think? Do you think you will use this form of communication? How long do you suggest we wait before a follow-up to consider how well (or not) it’s working to keep us abreast of the news as it unfolds at Jefferson Adult Ed.?


From Diana Rumney:

This past Wed. Sept. 30th a group of ESL, ASE and CTE instructors met to share how this first month of classes has gone for them, discuss common issues and challenges, share solutions and explore opportunities for integrating vocational skills into these three programs focused on workforce development. As a consequence of identifying areas where we can strengthen our academic program, two work groups were formed. The “Managed Enrollment” (to include testing/accountability, student contracts and orientation) committee is headed by Nina Woolsey with the participation of Andy Solomon, Sarah Sherwood and Jim Vogt. The “Course Outline Update” group (which includes integrating employability and staff development) is headed by Richard Baugh with the participation of Francisca Wentworth and Francisca Pillazar. Contact either of the group leaders if you would like to join one of these work groups. Both committees will report on their progress at the next faculty meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 12:30 – again you must bring your own lunch – that all instructional staff is invited to attend. Our goal is to put into place the committee’s recommendations for improving our enrollment process at Serramonte for the Spring 2010 semester. The goal for finishing the course outline updates for ESL and ASE courses is by the end of the Spring 2010 semester. I wish to thank those of you who attended for your positive energy and creativity in working together to improve our adult education program.

Also an article of interest: Cuts to basic skills classes hurt workforce

I hope you had an enjoyable vacation. I look forward to working with you in the Spring Semester 2009.

Summer school classes are ending this week. The Director met with support staff, ESL teachers at the main site and ASE staff to discuss fall planning.