On February 11, the Steering Committee presented and obtained feedback on the preliminary vision for the network, which was contributed to by over 50 ESL professionals from community colleges and adult schools over the course of five meetings in 2009 and 2010.
Marcie Foster, Julie Strawn, and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield. CLASP (2011).
This report describes strategies that state policymakers can use to strengthen connections between basic skills education and postsecondary education to help lower-skilled adults and out-of-school youth attain the postsecondary credentials they need to advance in the labor market.
Aug 9, 2011, 6:10 PM
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education View
The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, founded in 2008, is a catalyst for change in the field of immigrant education. Community colleges serve as gateways to higher education and meaningful careers for many immigrants and their children
English Language Learner (ELL) Information Center View
The US population has changed dramatically in the last three decades, as nearly 30 million immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, have settled here seeking a better future for themselves and their children. Much attention has focused on proposed and actual change to immigration laws at the national and state levels. A less studied, but perhaps vastly more important area of interest, is the effect immigration has on US classrooms — where society’s response will determine the skills of the future US workforce and the nation’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy.
Black Hawk Community College in Illinois developed a contextualized ESL brigde curriculum for their Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics program.
Mar 16, 2011, 8:52 AM
Promising Practices for Transitioning Students from Adult Education to Postsecondary Education View
A Review of Literature with Implications for California Community College Practitioners
Feb 14, 2011, 4:51 PM
Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students View
Undocumented immigrants face tremendous
difficulties when seeking a higher education. The
imposition of out-of-state tuition fees effectively
keeps them out of college in most of the United
States. In 14 states, in-state tuition laws allow
these students to pay lower fees and, in a few
cases, access state financial aid. However, even
in these 14 states, undocumented students, their
families and educators face several difficulties when
trying to access information on admission policies,
financial aid and scholarships, as well as on support
Videos of conference presentations from a summit on best practices for transitioning students to college
Feb 14, 2011, 5:15 PM
The Joyce Foundation Shifting Gears Basic Skills for Success in College and Careers View
States can increase the number of adults earning postsecondary credentials if they make basic skills and English language services more effective for those whose educations stopped at high school or earlier. The most innovative state policy work on adult basic skills education blends basic skills and English language services with postsecondary education and training, and includes more proactive advisory services, college success courses, peer support, and other student support strategies