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The Debate over Short-term Pell Grants

The recent Inside Higher Ed article, Fixes for Short-Term Pell, offers some interesting insights about the the potential effect of opening up Pell Grants for short-term training.   Jim Jacobs, a community college president and researcher, believes it's a promising idea, but that changes to proposals are needed to ensure learner equity.  Below are excerpts from the article that are worth thinking about, especially in terms of how they might impact adult lea

CLASP: Better Together - Career and Guided Pathways

In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Awareness Week #AEFL, CLASP has released Better Together:  Career and Guided Pathways.  This brief highlights how career pathways and guided pathways are complementary, not duplicative, according to Judy Mortrude.  The following excerpt from the brief highlights the need for linkages at the state level.

Introduction to Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Community of Practice (COP)

Thank you to all the individuals that joined our introductory webinar on March 19th. If you were unable to attend and are interested in receiving a copy of the presentation - feel free to contact me directly at

Have a wonderful day!

What's in a Name?: Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes

Hello, Disabilities in Adult Education Members,

Is Ruby Payne's Framework for Poverty still relevant?

Many of us have heard of Ruby Payne's framework for addressing the impact of generational poverty on students development in the classroom. Yet, her framework has come under scrutiny. She spends a great deal of time discussing her Hidden Rules of Poverty, demonstrating - in a way to support her ideas - that it is difficult to move from one socio-economic status to another due to lacking the awarenss of hidden cultural rules. She believes that by explaining these rules, teachers can better connect with students.

Webinar: Model Institutional Support Programs for Males of Color at Community Colleges

On Thursday, December 8th at 10 am PST, the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) will host a webinar on model institutional support programs for males of color at community colleges. 

To access the webinar on Thursday via computer or mobile device, please click on the button above or by following the link:

Join by iPhone one-tap (US Toll):   +16465588656,670217373# or +14086380968,670217373#

Join by Telephone:Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Continuing the Coversation on Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education

  • Date: 
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Online webinar

For those persons interested in the National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium, that was held on October 31st, you are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 16th from 2–3 pm ET for a U.S. Department of Education sponsored webinar to consider options for next steps.

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Advancing Equity Across our Communities

I was fortunate to be able to attend OCTAE's inaugural symposium on Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education this week.  I want to share some of the highlights from this event, and invite you to join the Advancing Equity Community of Practice.  

Cultural Barriers

What are some cultural barriers prohibiting educational opportunities for  Career Technical Education, Adult Education, and Community College students?

Minority Serving Community Colleges and Affiliates

The Minority-Serving Community Colleges Community and Affiliates (MSCCA) Community of Practice aims to support student success through the sharing of experience and practices, support of collaboration between colleges, and by enhancing connections to practitioners of adult basic education, developmental education, English Language Learners, and career and technical education.


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