Jacob Walker, M.S. Ed.

Adult Education Leader

Our nation has an educational issue that most people don't notice.  In our country more than 1 in 20 students will not graduate from high school, and in California nearly 1 in 5 adults are not high school graduate.  We also have been and continue to be a nation of immigrants, with over 1 in 10 of the U.S. population being first generation immigrants, and in California over 1 in 4 of the population are first generation immigrants.

Thus nationwide over one sixth of adults have a need to learn basic skills and knowledge, and in California nearly one third of adults have a need to learn basic skills and knowledge. Because without this education, most of them will stay in low wage jobs, and not have the foundation to enter into the jobs of the 21st century that require even greater technical know-how than ever in the past.

Yet, the conversation in the U.S. doesn't acknowledge this problem.  We tend to see education as being either for kids with K-12 or for adults with college, and for those huge number of adults who need content comparable to K-12, they are not in the educational debates.  And so adult education nearly always has been underfunded, and has been the first to lose funding when other educational programs have been at risk.

It is because of this huge need in our society, that I am passionate about serving adults in education, and have dedicated much of my life to this cause.

Awards and Accomplishments
Teacher of the Year
2010-2011 Twin Rivers Adult School
Primary author of two of the California Career Technical Education (CTE) Model Curriculum Standards
For Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Information Support and Services and Software and Systems Development pathways.
Credentials
California Administrative Services Credential
Designated Subjects Supervision & Coordination Credential
Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Teaching Credential: Full Time
Information Technology; Education, Child Development, and Family Services; Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Certifications
Microsoft Office Excel® 2010 Expert Certification
Earned a perfect score of 1000 out of 1000
Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert Certification
Professional Association Memberships
International Educational Data Mining Society
Citizen Science Association
Experience
Effective Eduction Solutions / Adult Charter School Knowledge Center
2017-Present
Principal Consultant
  • Consulting for adult schools, adult charter schools, and postsecondary institutions
  • Provided services to support school development, including nonprofit incorporation, charter petition, and accreditation consulting
  • Provided services to support the improved use of data in education, including data integration, data analysis, etc.
  • Conducted research, including legal research for clients, and assisted in the drafting of school policies and procedures
  • Utilized social media, blogs, and other web technologies to reach potential clients and gain greater brand recognition
  • Specific projects  can be seen at www.EffectiveEducation.org/portfolio
Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools (adult charter school)
2014-2017
Co-founder / Coordinator of Academics
  • Planned and managed the development of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment plans and strategies.
  • Provided subject matter expertise regarding adult student transfer credits and other prior learning assessments.
  • Provided professional development to teachers and other staff on a range of topics involving adult learning
  • Co-developed the Charter Petition that defines Highlands Community Charter School (HCCS), approved by TRUSD
  • Co-wrote the Application for the Public Charter Schools Grant Program, in which we were awarded $575,000
  • Developed or co-developed many of the initial policies of HCCS, which were ratified by the HCCTS Board of Directors
  • Managed the Information Technology (IT) team and supported educational technology
Heald College Online
2014
Full-Time Faculty of Information Technology
  • As a Professor, taught three sections of Spreadsheet Essentials (COMPAPP123)
  • Was a member of the Quality Student Feedback team, developing guidelines for faculty about providing feedback to students.
  • Participated in Full-Time Faculty Meetings and was part of several key policy recommendations.
  • Performed institutional research to understand online retention rates
  • Automated several processes through the use of advanced spreadsheets (including VBA programming)
Twin Rivers Adult School (Formerly Grant Adult Education)
2001-2013
Educator, Teacher on Special Assignment, Institutional Researcher
  • Adult Education Leadership
    • Federally designated Chief Financial Aid Director (2011-2013)
    • Career and Technical Education Department Chairperson (2005-2009 & 2011-2013)
    • Adviser and instructor for Twin Rivers Adult School Student Board (Student Government)
    • Facilitator in Shared Leadership Action Team, and Faculty Meetings
    • Policy Author and Adviser
  • Technology Instructor
    • Instructed Adults in Microsoft Windows, Internet, Security, and Microsoft Office
    • Developed and instructed applied academic curriculum for Microsoft Office courses including:
      • PowerPoint with Interpersonal Skills
      • Word with Business English
      • Excel with Real-World Math
      • Databases with Analysis (Business Intelligence)
    • Instructed advanced (work study) technician program
    • Instructed Introduction to Health Informatics for medical para-professionals
  • Institutional Researcher
    • WASC Postsecondary Accreditation Coordinator
    • Primary researcher for data driven decision making
    • Primary researcher for grant applications, accreditation and mandated reports
  • Educational Technologist
    • Chairperson of the Technology Action Team
    • Primary author of School Wide Technology Plan
    • In-house Technology In-service Professional Development Trainer
    • Database Technician & Administrator
Psyberware Communications
1995-2001
Lead Technician and Trainer, Board Member
  • Lead Technician and Trainer
    • Founding employee who helped take the company from from start-up to the maturation of a medium-sized company.
    • Supported users with Internet questions and problems via the telephone
    • Provided technology classes to customers on how to use their computer and the Internet
    • Provided subject-matter expertise to other technicians
    • Being part of a start-up company, I was involved in many other areas including management, marketing, and technical writing.
  • Board Member - Treasurer
    • Became a board member after leaving employment with the company.
    • Deliberated over decisions affecting the entire company
    • Specific issues included health benefits for employees, and negotiations about a trademark dispute with a local company
    • As Treasurers, I worked with the accountant, president, and CEO about financial issues
Humanware
1994-1995
Support Technician
  • Provided phone support throughout the United States to customers who were blind or visually impaired
  • Solved customer problems with adaptive technology, including screen readers and braille displays.
Education
University of South Africa
Doctoral Student
  • On a leave of absence from my doctoral studies and research. 
  • Research employs data mining methods to look for correlations between educational factors and outcomes
NOVA Southeastern University
2009-2010
Master of Science in Brain-Based Teaching
  • Focused on how to use knowledge from the neurosciences to improve classroom instruction and education in general.
  • Masters research project investigated improving adult logical and hypothetical thinking.
  • Placed in the 99th Percentile on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
Charter Oak State College
2007-2008
Bachelors of Science, Individualized Studies in Education, Technology, and Systems
  • Graduated with Honors
California State University Sacramento
2002-2007
  • Originally in the Bachelors of Vocational Education Program, with a focus on adult education
  • Transferred to Charter Oak State College
Sierra College
1993-1997
Associate of Arts in Computer Science - Management Information Systems
Relevant Publications

Walker, J. J. (2017). The Legal Validity and Constitutional Necessity for California Adult-Serving Charter Schools. The Adult Charter School Knowledge Center.

Walker, J. J. (2017). Teacher Credentialing for California Courses Organized Primarily for Adults: A Legal Research Paper The Adult Charter School Knowledge Center.

Walker, J. J. (2017). Collecting Social Security Numbers for WIOA Title II in California: A Legal Research Report. The Adult Charter School Knowledge Center.

Walker, J. J. (2015). Complying with California Education Code 51225.3(B) Through Integrated Curriculum Taught by CTE Credentialed Teachers.

Cataldo, B., Frezzo, D., Grotegut, R., Hu Dahl, I., Martinez, J., Niemitz, M., … Walker, J. (2013). Information and Communication Technologies Model Curriculum Standards. California Department of Education.

Walker, J. J. (2013). Why MOOCs Might Be Hindered by the Definition of Correspondence Education. SSRN Legislation & Statutory Interpretation EJournal, 5(9).

Walker, J. J. (2012). Integrating Literature into Programs for Medical Paraprofessionals. SSRN Ethics EJournal, 5(121).

Walker, J. J. (2011). Missing a “Trillion”: How do we know if we are teaching the right things? SSRN eLibrary.

Walker, J. J. (2010). A Contribution to the Self-Study of the Postsecondary Accreditation Protocol. In SSRN eLibrary. Temecula, CA.