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Training Fund's College & Career Readiness and EL/Civics instructional teams honored by PA Department of Education

Training Fund receives four Bootise and W.E.S.T.O.V.E.R. Awards for excellence in adult education; EL/Civics team sets state record 

Philadelphia, PA - July 29th, 2016: The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund was honored to receive four awards though the Pennsylvania Department of Education's "Bootise" Award program.

Receiving top honors for the Training Fund was the EL/Civics team, led by Arlyn Freed. For the third year running, the Fund achieved the highest level of EL/Civics Educational Functioning Level (EFL) gains in Pennsylvania. At 74%, this year's first-place finish set a state record!

The Training Fund's College & Career Readiness team also excelled again this year, coming third in the state among large adult basic education agencies (300+ students) with 53% EFL gains. 

Both the EL/Civics and College & Career Readiness teams also received W.E.S.T.O.V.E.R. ("We Expect Superior Teaching, Outcomes, Valid assessments, Exceptional case management, and Reports correct and on time") Awards for goals met per student, exceeding the state average of 0.85 and the state goal of 1.00. The EL/Civics team finished second in its class at 1.30, while the College & Career Readiness team was seventh in the state at 1.19.

"Congratulations to the staff, teachers, tutors and students who achieved such great outcomes!" said Training Fund Executive Director Cheryl Feldman, announcing the news. "We are proud of your accomplishments!"


About the "Bootsie" Awards

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Adult Education announces the Bootsie and W.E.S.T.O.V.E.R. Award winners each year in recognition of programs' achievement in various performance measures. The "Bootsie Award" is named after Bootsie Barbour, long-time Project Coordinator for the Consultation and Facilitation services offered through the Professional Development System.