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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Kay  Hartley, Solano Adult Education Consortium

College Invites K-12 Adult Education Teachers to Staff Development Week

  • Type of Practice: Professional Development
  • Targeted Population: Teachers, Faculty and Staff
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Sonoma County Adult Education Consortium: Benicia Unified School District, Dixon Unified School District, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, Solano Community College, Travis Unified School District, Vacaville Unified School District, Vallejo City Unified School District, Winters Joint Unified School District

The Challenge

The Solano Consortium wanted to expand the collegial relationship between Solano Community College faculty and k-12 adult education teachers that began with the meetings held to create the consortium plan.

The Solution

The Solano Community College Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Student Success strongly supported collaboration between Solano Community College faculty and Solano k-12 adult education programs. Solano Community College invited adult education teachers to join with Solano Community College faculty in a staff development program, the ACE Experiential Learning Institute (FELI), focused on development of instructional and support strategies to meet the needs of adult learners, needs identified in the AB86 collaborative planning work.

June 8-12, 2015, was the first time Solano Community College hosted the FELI-Academy of College Excellence. The intent of the program was to support and enhance staff development. The program was financially supported by the Student Support Services Program (3SP) Grant. Solano Community College paid the registration fees for five adult educators to participate in the FELI institute.

This Five-day Experiential Learning Inst


The coordination and cooperation of the participants was an outstanding success. The group of 20 has continued to communicate with the Student Senate at the college, and communicate with each other monthly. They continue to strive to reach a common goal of providing better ways to educate adults by using methods that integrate experience and conceptualization inside and outside the classroom.

The Data

Solano Community College faculty and k-12 adult education teachers have continued to communicate and share instructional practices.

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