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Emerging Practices with Promise

Submitted By: michael brady, Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education

Oakland Unified - College & Career Readiness Pathway

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education: Alameda Unified School District, Albany Unified School District, Berkeley Unified School District, Emeryville Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Peralta Community College District, Piedmont Unified School District

The Challenge

Developing and implementing a sequence of leveled classes that will develop academic skills in the context of college and career readiness; additionally, providing students with the necessary guidance and support in gaining access to relevant community college programs. Finally, locating these classes in close proximity to community college campuses to effect a seamless transition was major objective.

The Solution

Creation of three separate sites with both morning and evening classes (with access to public transit) was the first step. Conducting student registration and assessment over a series of dates, times, and locations was paramount to building capacity for the new courses. The enrollment goal is 400-500 students.

Consortium partners (Laney College and Merritt College) were instrumental in offering technical assistance (as well as potential classroom space) for the project.


Outcomes include students building individual portfolios of college and career readiness skills and personal documents; students in academic transition courses will be prepared with reading, writing, and math skills to transition to GED preparation, high school diploma, and community college courses. Students in ESL courses will improve speaking, listening, reading, writing conventions, vocabulary development, and other skills to successfully transition to employment and community college courses where appropriate.

The Data

Enrollment is ongoing. A summary of progress will be more fully realized by September of 2016.

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