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California Program Evaluation Team

The team acts as a field advisory group to assist the California Department of Education (CDE) and CASAS Evaluation Project staff in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data obtained from WIA Title II-funded programs in California. This data is drawn from a wide variety of sources, such as surveys and focus groups. The team assists CDE and CASAS in evaluating the implementation of WIA II programs and provides a field perspective regarding reports, policy and legislation. Throughout the year, the team makes recommendations for the continuing improvement of WIA Title II-funded programs.

Current PET Members

  • Laura Chardiet Coordinator, WIA II Programs, Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Susan Gilmore Past President, California Council for Adult Education; Principal, A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • JoDee Slyter Vice President of Membership, California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA); Director, Corona-Norco Adult School
  • Carol Hirota Principal, Adult Education, Stockton School for Adults
  • Jim Cripe Principal, Office of Correctional Education, WIA/CTE Administrator, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
  • Liza Becker ESL Director, Mt. San Antonio College; First Vice-President/President Elect, Association for Community and Continuing Education (ACCE)
  • Larriann Torez State President of CAEAA; Assistant Director at Tulare Adult School
  • Joyce Lude President of Association of California School Administrators; Director at Roseville Adult School

Past PET Members

  • Barbara Lehman Vice-Principal, Fresno Adult School, Adult Ed Chair, CATESOL
  • Joan Polster Adult Education Chair, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and Assistant Superintendent, Sacramento Unified School District
  • Matthew Smith President, CCAE, Director, Bassett Adult School
  • Cindy Parulan-Coufer President, CAEAA, Assistant Superintendent, Hacienda La Puente School District
  • Nancy Brooks Director, Continuing Education, Rancho Santiago Community College District
  • Sharon Brannon President, California Adult Education Administrators Association; Principal, Shurr Community Adult School, Montebello Unified School District
  • Mark Lechich Academic Vice Principal, Workforce Investment Act Administrator, Office of Correctional Education, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Mike Wada President, California Council for Adult Education; Principal, Fremont-Washington Adult School, Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District

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