Scope and Content of the Collection
Title: Adult Education Conference Catalogs Collection
Date (inclusive): 1979-2015
Identifier/Call Number: OTAN FA 003
California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education Office
Five file storage boxes
Sacramento County Office of Education. Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
Abstract: The collection includes catalogs from conferences of adult education professional organizations. The collection is most complete
for a twenty-eight year period from 1986-2015. The majority of the catalogs are from California organizations, but some catalogs
of national organizations are included. The collection is arranged in two parts, California and national, and consists of
five boxes. Major organizations included are American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, American Library Association,
Adult Literacy and Technology, Association of California School Administrators. Adult Education Committee, California Adult
Education Administrators- Association, California Council for Adult Education, California Library Association, California
Literacy (Organization), California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages,CBAE Staff Development Project, Computer
Using Educators, Commission on Adult Basic Education, Learning Disabilities Association of America, Literacy Volunteers of
America, Los Angeles Unified School District. Division of Adult and Career Education, National Center for Family Literacy
(U.S.), Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (California), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Technology,
Reading and Learning Difficulties (Organization).
Language of Material:
Physical Location: The materials are in the California Adult Education Archives maintained by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network at
the Sacramento county Office of Education. For current informaiton ont he location of the materials, please consult the OTAN
Web site at http://www.otan.us.
The collection is open for research by appointment. Please call the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
California Adult Education archival materials are publically funded and not subject to copyright restrictions. Publications
should properly reference the Archives and the specific collection that contains the quoted materials. See Preferred Citation.
Guide to the Adult Education Conference Catalog Collection at the California Adult Education Archives. OTAN FA 003. Adult
Education Archives, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento, CA
Upon her retirement in 2005, Linda L. West, transferred to the CA Adult Education Archives at the Sacramento County Office
of Education her extensive collection of adult education conference catalogs. The West collection was augmented by conference
catalogs donated by other adult educators including John Fleischman, Marian Thacher, and various staff persons of the California
Adult Education, Adult Education Office. Key officers of the California professional organizations were contacted for catalogs
from missing years. Adult educators continued to donate catalogs from conferences after 2005 to maintain the currency of the
California adult educators have a rich history of professional networking and in-service education accomplished by state-wide
and regional conferences. Many conferences are sponsored by professional organizations and others are sponsored by units of
the California Department of Education and funded by a variety of state and federal sources.
The oldest and largest professional organization for California adult educators is the California Council for Adult Education
(CCAE), which was formed in the early nineteen-forties, during World War II, with leadership from the California Department
of Education. Membership included administrators, teachers, classified support staff, students, and community leaders. Legislative
advocacy, professional development, and recognition of the accomplishments of adult educators are CCAE's main activities.
In 2006, CCAE had over 3,600 active individual members and included six sections and many district-based chapters.
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) was formed in 1971 with a strong adult education component. The
California Association of Adult Education Administrators (CAAEA) disbanded. The ACSA adult education committee collaborated
with the California State Department of Education on staff development initiatives and held annual workshops, usually in the
A new professional organization, the California Adult Education Administrators' Association (CAEAA) was founded in 1990 by
a group of adult education administrators who wanted to take an active role in developing legislation. With CCAE and ACSA,
CAEAA sponsored the adult education reform bills of 1992. CAEAA began hosting an annual conference at the first of the year.
For about twelve years (1982-1993), concurrently with the conferences of the professional organizations, the California Department
of Education sponsored through its federally funded staff development projects, an annual conference to promote competency-based
Through other federally funded leadership projects, the California Distance Learning Project and the Outreach and Technical
Assistance Network, the California Department of Education sponsored conferences to promote technology and distance learning
in the 2000s.
Other California professional organizations had components related to adult education.
The California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) was organized by geographic region and by educational
segment (elementary, secondary, adult, community college, university), with adult education being the largest segment.
The California Library Association (CLA) celebrated its 100th annual conference year in 1998. In recent years there has been
an active "literacy services" interest section supported by the California State Library.
California Literacy, Inc. (Cal Lit) is California Literacy is a nonprofit adult volunteer literacy organization that began
in 1956. Cal Lit promotes and provides coordination for local literacy programs that provide literacy services to adults and
families in California. It is supported by community based organizations, library literacy programs, and adult education.
Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE) is a nonprofit founded in 1978. CUE's goal is to advance student achievement through
technology in all disciplines from preschool through college. CUE is primarily supported by public elementary and secondary
school teachers, but adult educators could find much valuable information at CUE's educational technology conferences.
California adult educators also were active in national professional organizations.
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) was formed in 1983 by a combination of two older organizations,
the National Association of Public and Continuing Adult Education (NAPCAE) and the Adult Education Association of the USA
The Council for Adult Basic Education (COABE), a part of AAACE until the mid-1990s, is an organization to advance national
and international adult education and literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English
for Speakers of Other Languages, Family Literacy, Skills Development, and Workforce Development. COABE sponsors publications
and professional development conferences.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), of which CATESOL is a state affiliate, has a large adult education
component. The annual conferences are held in California about every ten years.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members.
Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services. Adult educators connect with ALA's Office
for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS).
The Adult Literacy and Technology (ALT) began in 1985 as a national effort dedicated to finding solutions for using technology
to enhance adult literacy. Annual conferences and pre-conferences have been sponsored by ALT in collaboration with a variety
of other organizations, most recently COABE, AAACE, and ProLiteracy.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) was established in 1989 to pioneer educational strategies to benefit at-risk children
The annual Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties (TRLD) International Conference is held each January in San Francisco,
California. In 2006, the International Reading Association (IRA) co-sponsored the TRLD conference. This conference was founded
by Educational Computer Conferences, Inc., first established in 1982, a corporation directed by Diane Frost. The TRLD conference
has been recently acquired by Don Johnston Incorporated. TRLD is the only conference that integrates technology interventions
with expert literacy strategies to ensure student success. The Conference brings together educators, experienced literacy
leaders and technology experts to share, discuss, and work towards a solution to the nationwide concern of bringing literacy
success to all students.
Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) in 2002 joined with another national organization for literacy tutors, Laubach Literacy
International, to become ProLiteracy.
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
American Library Association
Adult Literacy and Technology (Organization)
Association of Californa School Administrators. Adult Education Committee
California Adult Education Administrators' Association
California Council for Adult Education
California. Dept of Education. Adult Education Office
California. Dept. of Education. Adult Education Unit
California Distance Learning Project
California Library Association
California Literacy (Organization)
California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
CBAE Staff Development Project
Computer Using Educators
Comission on Adult Basic Education (U.S.)
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Literacy Volunteers of America
Los Angeles Unitified School District. Division of Adult and Career Education
National Center for Family Literacy (U.S.)
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties (Organization)
Linda L. West
Subject (ERIC Thesaurus)
Adult Basic Education
Competency Based Education
Computer Uses in Education
English (Second Language)
Scope and Content of the Collection
The collection includes catalogs from conferences of adult education professional organizations. The collection is most complete
for a twenty-four year period from 1986-2010. The majority of the catalogs are from California organizations, but some catalogs
from conferences of national organizations are included.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is organized into two parts, California and National. Conference catalogs are arranged by the sponsoring organization,
with sub-groups for divisions like sections and regions. The catalogs are arranged chronologically within their groups and
groups are separated by dividers.