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Adult Basic Education Authorization Committee


To advise the Colorado Department of Education’s Adult Education Initiatives Office (CDE/AEI) on the implementation, development, and management of the Authorization component of its Professional Standards for Adult Educators System.

Roles and Responsibilities of Committee Members

  • Understand the policies, requirements and processes that govern the Authorization in ABE
  • Understand the various routes to authorization (EDU courses, the portfolio process, and equivalent coursework requirements) as defined and described in the Authorization in ABE Handbook
  • Serve as a representative of the Authorization in your local professional community

Duties and Time Commitments of Committee Members

  • Review and evaluate portfolios to determine if the requirements to receive the Certificate of Equivalency for the courses were met. Complete and submit the online evaluation form. (An average of three portfolios per month with an average of 30 minutes – 1 hour spent reviewing each portfolio)
    • Review meeting minutes and submit corrections via email prior to the monthly meetings (one to two hours)
  • Participate in meetings in Denver or via conference call (3-hour monthly meetings except for July)
    • Provide recommendations to CDE/AEI about the course competencies, processes and policies
  • Review documents (surveys, informational materials, handbook sections) received via e-mail and submit comments or questions by the requested deadline (An average of one to two documents per month)

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Contribute to the development of professional standards for adult basic education instructors in Colorado
  • Share your perspective and expertise on a state level committee
  • Assist the state office in providing leadership to the field of adult basic education in Colorado
  • Participate in a State Leadership initiative that has received national recognition
  • Collaborate and network with a small group of colleagues from across the state

FY13 Committee Members

  • Vera Atilano, Director, Intergenerational Learning Center, Adams 14 School District
  • Mary Kay Cook, Colorado Department of Human Services/Colorado Works (retired)
  • Sherri Durman, ESL Instructor, McLain Community High School
  • Callie James, Director and Instructor, Lake County Family Literacy
  • Karin McGuire, Director of Special Education, Colorado Department of Corrections

Information about Serving on the Committee

The Committee is currently seeking to fill open committee positions as soon as possible. Members earn up to 25 Professional Development hours per year and are reimbursed for travel. If you can make a minimum two-year commitment to the committee and carry out the roles, responsibilities and duties listed above, please complete and submit the online application. Contact for more information.

<ABE Authorization Index | Download FY13 ABE Authorization Committee Information | Download 2012-13 Meeting Schedule/Portfolio Deadlines | Competencies and Revisions (pdf) | Competencies and Revisions (Word) | 

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