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Adult Education Initiatives Office Overview

Adult Education Initiatives administers the federally-funded adult education grant program in Colorado as authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Adult Workforce Partnership Program established by the Colorado Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014.

Address: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
Room Number(s): 300

Unit Supervisor: Tricia Johnson
Administrative Lead: Michelle Crawford
Lead Email Address:
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-6884

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Office Responsibilities

  • Administer the federal grant program for adult basic education services in Colorado
    • Administer the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
    • Administer the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education grant program (IEL/CE) under WIOA, providing services to immigrant and other limited English proficient adults
  • Monitor and evaluate adult basic education programs for compliance and quality
  • Provide professional development and technical assistance to AEFLA-funded local providers of adult basic education services
  • Collect and report data on Colorado's adult basic education services and outcomes
  • Collaborate with Educator Licensing and Colorado Community Colleges to administer the credential for teachers of ABE, ASE, and Adult ESL (Authorization in Adult Basic Education [ABEA])

Major Projects

Regional Assessment Training
A new model for the Regional Assessment Training (RAT) has been adopted. RAT now comprises three components: Pre-Training Webinar, Training, and Post-Training Local Activity. RAT will be held in August and September 2014 for AEFLA- and EL/Civics-funded adult education programs.  

Standards Based Instruction (PDF)
CDE/AEI adopted the College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education in FY2014. The integration of standards based instruction into adult education programs is a multi-year, multi-phase project. 

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

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