Emerging Practices with Promise

The Emerging Practices Showcase features planned strategies developed by AEBG Adult Education Regional Consortia. Here you can submit your strategies identified during your planning process that you plan to implement in the coming year. These innovative ideas will be shared on the AEBG website and will help other consortia identify strategies that might work for their region. We would like you to revisit us once your Emerging Practice has been implemented to update us on your progress.

Alignment of Programs

Consortium creates roadmaps that clearly define educational pathways
Counselors within the South Bay Adult Education Consortium Southwestern came together to clearly delineate pathways between adult education and college programs.
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Members create a common diploma for all Siskiyou County adult schools
The Adult Education Pathways consortium wanted to remove obstacles that students often encountered in transferring from one school to another within the county.
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Adult Ed Regional Digital Hub
Butte and Glenn Counties create a regional digital hub for all adult ed programs in the region.
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Seamless Transitions

School district launches program to transition aging-out students to adult ed
San Rafael City Schools, part of the Marin County AEBG Consortium, launched 3C Connect to prepare the students for adult education.
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Transition adviser helping to facilitate seamless transitions
Members and partners of the NSSCSTC integrated existing programs and worked to create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
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Transition counselor helps ease concerns about postsecondary education
The Victor Valley Adult Education Regional Consortium looked to the counselor to help facilitate successful transitions to community college and to connect adult students to pathways.
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Turning passions into paychecks: career pathways for all students, including ESL
The West End Corridor Consortium launched an electronic career portfolio that cuts a clear path from adult education to the workplace.
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Counseling transition team leads to more students enrolling in college
The Southwest Riverside Adult Education Consortium added a counseling component to help increase the number of adult learners who move into certificate, degree and employment training programs.
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Articulation Pathways

College faculty collaborate to remove barrier to credit math
Getting adult education students to college-level math for credit was a challenge; Santa Ana College credit and noncredit faculty came together to find a solution.
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Contextualized ESL course lays foundation for transition to college health care
The Monterey Peninsula Adult Education Consortium wanted to give adult learners the language skills and confidence needed to pursue the Medical Assistant Certification.
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Professional learning community leads to more rigorous pathways
Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Adult Education Center (AEC) meet regularly to gather, grow and connect, in developing sound goals and activities.
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Career pathways made easy with online, interactive mapping tool
The Sequoias Adult Education Consortium developed a user-friendly, web-based mapping tool that walks adult learners through education pathways to diverse fields.
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Supportive Services

Transitions team extends holistic support services
A San Diego East Region adult education transition services team offers students support as they enter adult education, transition within programs and levels and out of adult education onto careers.
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Specialist makes a difference in the lives of students with disabilities
The South Bay Consortium for Adult Education hired a disability specialist to screen for learning disabilities and to develop individual plans that address learning challenges.
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Paraeducator, volunteer training program helps increase classroom support
The Ventura County Adult Education Consortium hired a teacher to deliver a new curriculum designed to train paraeducators and volunteers.
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Specialized Instruction for Deaf Students
Program successfully overcomes obstacles that confront students who communicate primarily in American Sign Language.
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Partnerships & Collaboration

Partnerships help consortium address classroom shortage challenge
GatewaySCV, serving the Santa Clarita Valley, started with existing relationships with community partners to expand support through local legislators, city leaders and new business partners.
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Consortium focuses on pathway to childhood education to meet employer needs
In response to community input, South Bay Consortium for Adult Education adult schools and colleges teamed up offer ECE courses for college credit at adult schools.
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Consortium hires job developer to focus on partnerships and placements
The Gateway Adult Education Network wanted to find a way to offer real-world experiences to its CTE students and make finding a job easier.
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College, high school collaborate to meet welding labor-market demand
Members of the Kern Community College District Consortium came together to establish a welding lab that served high school students during the day and adult learners in the evening.
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Tri City stakeholders gather for information, input and shared insight
The Tri City consortium held a half-day retreat for stakeholders to gather information, input and shared insights to inform planning.
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Consortium members work together to leverage resources for culinary program
The River Consortium has partnered with the Fort Mohave Indian Tribe to develop an industry-driven culinary certification program for the Palo Verde region.
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County office of education bridges gap to serve students with mental illness
Sutter County Mental Health Services partners with Superintendent of Schools to ensure students with mental illness learn life, workplace skills.
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Comprehensive website facilitates awareness and collaboration
Better.Jobs dba The Northern California Adult Education Consortium developed an interactive website to guide potential learners to programs and make it easier for members to communicate.
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Consortium members, partners develop short-term training programs
The Sonoma County Adult Education Consortium partnered with the Graton Day Labor Center to create integrated training programs that include industry certification in several career areas.
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Partnerships help increase access to adult education services
West Kern Adult Education Network worked with churches and other organizations to offer programs in its large, sparsely populated region.
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Project SEARCH: High School Transition for Adults with Disabilities
Pasadena City College, Pasadena Unified School District, FVO Solutions, Inc., and Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center collaborate to better serve adults with developmental disabilities
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Data Collection

One-on-one student meetings, E Status Cards aid in data collection
The Napa Valley Adult Education Consortium needed a way of staying on top of students’ employment status, so an adult educator came with a classroom-based system.
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Barriers and Bridges: How Action Research Can Inform Resource Allocation
This student-centric action research project provided consortium leadership with the stories behind student statistics and informed resource allocation decisions.
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Classroom Practices

Consortium pilots team-teaching approach to accelerate academic, career success
Members of the Northern Alameda Connected consortium are pairing adult school teachers and community college instructors to deliver contextualized instruction through I-BEST model.
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I-BEST: Consortium scales up a successful model
The San Francisco consortium’s City College launched an initiative to help English-learners gain technical and study skills while they learned the language.
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Curriculum Development

Course merges language, health care to provide gateway to career education
The Delta Sierra Adult Education Alliance designed the course as a way to propel adult learners into postsecondary education and high demand careers.
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Curriculum Institute sparks innovative solution among consortium members
Participants of the three-day event worked together to develop a career pathway that included contextualized ESL coursework.
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Consortium members partner to launch early childhood education certification
The ACCEL of San Mateo County Consortium program will prepare students in this field to enter the workforce in a little as a year.
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Basic education + workforce skills = Steps to Success for adult learners
The Lassen County AB86 Consortium created a program that delivers a smooth transition between pathways to prepare young adults for the workforce.
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CAERC launches Regional Asset and Pathways website
The Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium Regional Asset Map and Pathways website ( is designed to highlight adult education programs and pathways in the region.
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Student Acceleration

Professional Development leads synergy, buy-in, and integrated pathways
To build a new adult education environment, Placer School for Adults is approaching new methods and models to build new IET pathways.
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Adult school, college pilot program to reduce need for remedial college
Members of the Coast Adult Education Consortium implemented an accelerated math preparation program that tailored instruction and combined content instruction with success skills.
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