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Celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is celebrated September 26th – October 1, 2016.AEFLW logo2016

In order to leverage resources to support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need and value of adult education and family literacy.


Finger Lakes Teacher Awarded Mini-Grant

Mini-Grant KLeenayNYSED and CUNY awarded Kate Leenay, a teacher at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, a mini-grant for her proposal Inquiry Based Mathematics in the ESOL Classroom. At the NYSED/CUNY Teacher Leader Institute on March 10-11, 2016, Kate demonstrated how  inquiry based learning can be used to not only develop interest in the subject of math, but also how to incorporate diverse and complex language acquisition into practical lessons. Kate also provided example lesson copies to each participant and online access to the entire “ESOL Toolkit in Mathematics.”


Dropping Back In Now On-Demand

On-Demand American Grad Series: Go into the classroom with WXXI On-Demand American Graduate documentaries! Watch documentaries that shine a light on the struggles students, parents, and teachers face in (and out of) the classroom. Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce some of America’s dropouts, the issues they face and the people and programs helping them drop back in and get on with their educations and lives.

Between 2012 and 2022, the U.S. is projected to need more than 500,000 new carpenter and construction laborers. There are two million jobs available today that are going unfilled because there are no skilled workers available.

Building a Better Life looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs preparing under-educated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching academic, life, and employment skills while learning a valuable trade. Watch at



CAL Will Roll Out BEST Plus 2.0

The Center for Applied Linguistics will launch BEST Plus 2.0 on July 1, 2016 to coincide with the new program year.
Programs should continue to use the current BEST Plus for pre- and post-testing until June 30, 2016. On July 1, 2016, All NYSED adult education funded agencies that report data through the National Reporting System (NRS) must begin using the new BEST Plus 2.0. While individuals may receive communication on BEST 2.0 directly from CAL, only NYSED will provide agencies with the required assessment procedures and policies. For more information go to Best Plus 2 Dec memo final

Regents Propose Changes to HSE Policies

At the September Regents meeting the ACCES Committee discussed the proposed amendment of section 100.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to the State High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE). The proposed amendment would update, clarify and make necessary technical changes to section 100.7 including provisions relating to the Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation Programs (AHSEP).

Read more here: ACCES Regents Memo Sept 2015

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