Monday, June 28, 2010

TIMAC Alumni: Martha Rankin

In February, the Newport-Mesa School District – staring down a $13.5 million budget gap and more than 240 teacher positions at stake – anticipated dismantling much of its near $850,000 adult education program, leaving intact the high school diploma lab and GED programs next year. In the meantime, they re-instated a few ESL classes, too. You can read more about this at the adultedbudgetcuts wiki.

Martha Rankin, our Cohort 5 participant, is being re-assigned from adult ed to elementary.This e-mail message came in on Thursday, June 24, 2010:

My Friends,

Today is my last day as lead administrator at NMUSD Adult School. Today will also be our last day to “keep you posted” on our e-PLC blog

I have these simple but sincere words to share with my wonderful colleagues at NMUSD Adult School and throughout California Adult Education: Open Letter to our Community ~ Namaste



Some highlighted posts from 2009-10

  • Martha’s Year-End Madness Minimizer
  • Download Free Resources to Create Career Pathways and Postsecondary Transitions
  • Study at Home with FREE Printable GED Practice Tests!
  • “Babies are Such a Great Way to Start People” ~ Mandi’s Baby Shower
  • Helpful “Adult Learner Persistence” Website
  • Study English at Home this Summer with USA Learns
  • Free Family Literacy Resource Materials
  • Embracing a Blog! ~ Empowering a PLC!!
  • Four Year Attendance Trends ~ HSD Program
  • NMUSD Adult School ~ Working Together to Close the Achievement Gap
  • An Adult Education Newspaper for Social Justice
  • Spring 2010 CALPROgress ~ Alignment in Adult Education
  • Free Technology Integration Webinars from OTAN!
  • Transitioning Adult Learners to College
  • Goal Setting and Reflection ~ A Daily Practice
  • Advocating for Public Policy that Supports Adult Literacy
  • How to Administer WIA II Federal Programs in a High-Stakes Environment
  • ESL & ABE Class Evaluation Results
  • The Power (and Point) of Persistence
  • Things You Need…First 2 Weeks of Class!
  • SpellingCity + SMARTBoard = Seriously Simple
  • What the Data Says about our Managed Enrollment Program
  • Student Council Starts 01/27/10
  • “The Purpose of Education” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Virtual Workroom for Multilevel ESL Instructors
  • Site Council / WASC Work ~ December 16
  • Getting to Common Formative Assessments
  • Using CASAS as a Common Formative Assessment (SAY WHAT?)
  • Site Council Commits to Forward-Looking Mission
  • Digesting the Latest Info on CA Adult Education
  • Student Transfer Policy and Procedure
  • CASAS ~ Paired Scores & Average Gains are UP!
  • NMUSD Adult School Needs YOU!
  • Our NMUSD Adult School Attendance Policy
  • Reflecting on Our Mission and Beliefs
  • Individual Development Plan, 2009-2010
  • STEP Forward (Sub Teacher Essentials Packet)
  • Opening Up to Managed Enrollment
  • Emergency Preparedness, 2009
  • Office Assistant Certificate Program
  • Revised ESL Pacing Plans and Testing Calendar
  • New Managed Enrollment Plan for ESL Classes

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Martha Rankin
Lead Administrator
NMUSD Adult School
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Costa Mesa, CA

Martha, Katlheen, Donna and Shin at TIMAC training in May 2009

1 comment:

martha rankin said...

Hey Timac friends,

I am now a fourth grade teacher at Newport-Mesa USD. My kiddos and I started a writing blog. All of my kids are ELLs. The purpose is to get the kiddos inspired to write. If you have a chance, could you check out the blog...and maybe write them a comment. I'm trying to get them jazzed about writing and blogging!!!! How cool it would be to get comments from teachers up and down the state!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, friends.

Here's the writing blog URL: