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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Community Planning

Purposes of Community Planning

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Community Planning initiative supports Department of Elementary and Secondary Education funded adult education programs in developing and sustaining local ABE Community Planning Partnerships. ABE Community Planning Partnerships are encouraged to include every organization in the community with an interest in providing educational and support services to undereducated and/or limited English proficient adults and their families. The purposes of ABE Community Planning are that:

  • The needs of all undereducated and/or limited English proficient constituencies are accounted for and that strategic plans are developed to identify how and when every such constituency will ultimately be served.

  • Every organization with an interest in and the potential for supporting services to these populations is included in such planning, and that protocols are established to coordinate these services.

  • Students benefit from the broadest possible array of educational, employment and training, and health and human services available and which so many adults need in order to successfully pursue their goals and aspirations.

  • Adult Basic Education takes its place as a key ingredient in each organization's, community's, and region's plan to improve the quality of life for its citizenry.

Community Planning Policy

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FY14-FY17 Community Planning Policy

Documents

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Indicators of Effective Community Planning for Community Adult Learning Centers, September 2013
2014 ACLS Community Planning Training Summary
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Documents Referenced in the Community Planning Training Summary

Resources

Tools, Tips and Techniques: An Easy to Use Data Toolkit to Identify Community Needs & Assets
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Community Partnerships for Adult Learning (C-PAL)
Building and sustaining effective partnerships including businesses and workforce development agencies.
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Community Tool Box
A global online resource to help assess community needs, resources to plan for action, and guidance to sustain one's efforts.
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Massachusetts Labor & Workforce Development Short Term and Long Term Projections by Occupation & Industry
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What is the Right membership Mix for your ABE Community Planning Coalition
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Selected Resources for ABE Community Planners and Coalitions


Last Updated: April 17, 2015
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