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Emerging Practices with Promise

Submitted By: Jerry King, Tri City Adult Education Consortium

Tri City stakeholders gather for information, input and shared insight

The Challenge

As Assembly Bill 86 was beginning to build steam, the consortium wanted to be sure that its students, teachers, faculty and staff understood the content and spirit of the law, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with the consortium’s evolving planning activities. It wanted the silos of geography, past practice, and programmatic differences to be broken down by this shared understanding so it could begin to more effectively meet the needs of the students and communities it shared in the region.

The Solution

On Aug. 19, 2014, the Tri City consortium organized a retreat for students, teachers and support staff. The event was hosted at the El Camino Compton College Center. Member districts selected students and staff that represented the AB 86 program and support areas. Former Assembly member Warren Furutani served as keynote speaker and set an inspiring tone. Consortium members followed with short presentations on elements of AB 86. Equally important was the input the participants shared through a series of qualitative breakouts designed to solicit suggestions and priorities for the evolving plan. Breakout topics included contextual learning, virtual delivery, counseling and career pathways. A sharing of input concluded the event.


These conclusions ultimately found their way into the AB 86 plan that was submitted to Sacramento in March 2015. Some of the conclusions/recommendations that were given high priority included strong support for contextualized learning, qualified support for virtual delivery, need to expand and improve counseling, particularly as it related to career decisions and early introduction of career pathways to all students, including English as a second language/non-native speakers. Because of the success of this activity, Tri City is developing a similar student/staff retreat with a focus on the implementation phase of the project as outlined in Assembly Bill 104 – the Adult Education Block Grant.

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