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Emerging Practices with Promise

Submitted By: San Diego, San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortia

Collaboration within the San Diego Consortium and San Diego Super Region

  • Type of Practice: Alignment of Programs
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Education to Career Network of North San Diego County (Palomar/Vista): Borrego Springs Unified School District, Escondido Union High School District, Palomar Community College District, Poway Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Valley Center Union HSD, Vista Unified School District
    San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium: San Diego Community College District, San Diego Unified School District
    San Diego East Region Adult Education Consortium: Grossmont Union HSD, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
    State Center Adult Education Consortium: Coronado Unified School District, Southwestern Community College District, Sweetwater Union High School District

The Challenge

The High School Diploma Program offered through the San Diego Unified School District Adult School offers the opportunity for hundreds of students to earn high school diplomas at several high school sites throughout the community. However, the only Adult Education program currently offered at these high school campuses is the actual High School Diploma Program. Hundreds of hopeful candidates are turned away due to instructional reading levels more appropriate to adult basic skills education. These students are referred to programs at SDCCD Continuing Education. Unfortunately, many students are reluctant to leave their familiar high school environments, thus they “fall through the cracks" and do not pursue the diploma.

The Solution

Create a Basic Skills Program within K12 Adult Education to facilitate improvement of reading levels for adult learners in the community to prepare them for success in a High School Diploma program. Teachers and staff from SDUSD Adult School are in process of collaboration with adult schools in the region to determine current “best practices” at work in ABE classes throughout the community, with focus on reading instruction. Online programs are being evaluated to assess relevance for an ABE program at SDUSD. The collaboration includes programs currently operating within SDAERC (Centre City), Palomar Consortium (Poway Adult School), Southwestern Consortium (Montgomery Adult School/Sweetwater, and Grossmont-Cuyamaca (Foothills Adult School)


The campus visits outside our own area have helped familiarize us with the practices and populations of neighboring Adult Schools. This familiarity fosters the goal of collaboration, especially in regard to adult basic education programs throughout the county. The observations have provided an unprecedented opportunity to glimpse the “best practices” currently in use for teaching adults.

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