Taking a Hard Look in the Mirror at Member Effectiveness
Discussing performance data can be uncomfortable and sometimes controversial. This session will explore why consortiums grapple with their member effectiveness issues and why it’s important for Adult Educators to embrace the challenge.
Laura Chardiet, Coordinator Program & Policy Development, LA Unified Division of Adult and Career Education
Laura Chardiet currently works as the Coordinator of Program and Policy Development for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE). In that capacity, she oversees the largest Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II grant in the state of California. Since 2006, Laura has also served on the California WIOA, Title II Program Evaluation Team which 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 WIOA Title II-funded programs in California. Laura is also responsible for establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with the City and County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Boards with the primary goal of providing a clearer and enhanced pathway to the middle class for adult learners in the region – especially those with high barriers to employment.
Laura also had the honor to serve on the Culver City Unified School District’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2014. Her experience as a mother, educator and local community leader has provided her with opportunities to advocate for public education funding and the value of adult education at the local, state and federal levels.
Joseph Stark, Executive Director, LA Unified Division of Adult and Career Education
Joseph Stark began his career in adult education 22 years ago as an ESL teacher in LAUSD at the Venice Community Adult School. He was the Director/Principal of Adult Education for the Burbank Unified School District from 2009 to 2014. He returned to LAUSD as a division administrator in 2014. In 2016, he became Executive Director of the Division of Adult and Career Education. Joseph is a proven and respected adult education leader with a substantial history and record of success as a teacher, site administrator and district director. He is results-driven and practical with a focus on effective collaboration and transparency with diverse stakeholder groups. In addition to being a champion of career technical education, he has led efforts in numerous areas such as integrated education and training, comprehensive college and career counseling strategies, apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship and innovative approaches to continuous program improvement and professional development of administrators, teachers and staff. Whenever Joseph has spare time, you might find him at the golf course trying in vain to break 90.