Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Education and Career Plans and Family Action Plans Update
July 20, 2012
Dear Program Directors,
As you know, beginning in FY13, Community Adult Learning Centers will begin working with students to develop individual Education and Career Plans or Family Action Plans. In order to support programs in this new area, ACLS recently convened an Advising Task Force to provide input to ACLS and make recommendations relative to the implementation of this policy. The Task Force consisted of ten ABE program staff representing the diversity of the field, and included representatives from community colleges, local education authorities, and community-based organizations that offer ABE and ESOL services in urban and non-urban settings. Program directors, teachers and counselors, and two SABES representatives were among the participants. ACLS is currently reviewing the recommendations of the Advising Task Force.
Our goal is to provide clear guidance very shortly to programs on the policy about Education and Career and Family Action Plans, and to assist programs in meeting the requirement that 50% of students will have an individualized Education and Career Plan or a Family Action Plan in FY13 ACLS expects that the strategy of implementing such plans will assist both students and ABE staff in looking toward the future with positive energy, and increasing the ability of ABE/ESOL students to achieve their next steps.
Anne Serino, Massachusetts ABE State Director
Adult & Community Learning Services