The California Staff Development Institute (1994-2000) was funded by the California Department of Education, Adult Education
Unit, with federal adult education leadership monies to facilitate professional development. The collection includes SDI contracts,
a series on the development of the California State Plan for implementing Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998,
records related to California's State Literacy Collaborative Council and Resource Centers, print masters for training modules,
and the Administrator Scholarship Program. The records of the Programs of Excellence initiative include a collection of photographs.
The California Staff Development Institute (SDI) was funded from 1994 to 2000 by the California Department of Education, Adult
Education Unit with its federal adult education leadership monies. The contractor was the Sacramento County Office of Education
(SCOE). "The Staff Development Institute consolidated staff development projects that previously were funded separately:
the ESL Teachers Institute, the Adult Literacy Instructors' Training Institute, the Adult Education Leadership Training Program,
and the Professional Resources Outreach System. The primary goals of SDI were providing professional development for implementing
the model standards of adult education, offering models for the use of technology, targeting change agents for training, and
establishing mentoring systems. The institute facilitated hundreds of professional development activities for thousands of
adult education instructors and administrators. It utilized new technologies for distance learning and multimedia learning
for delivering staff development training and developed online modules on topics such as family literacy, instructional software
evaluation, and classroom use of SCANS competencies. The Adult Education Leadership Institute evolved and expanded under SDI.
A process for identifying exemplary adult programs was established, and 34 Programs of Excellence were recognized in 1997-98,
1998-99, and 1999-2000." West, L.L., 2005. Meeting the Challenge: A History of Adult Education in California from the Beginnings
to the Twenty-first Century, 89. California Department of Education. The Technical Director of the Staff Development Institute
was K. Lynn Savage, who had previously been Director of the ESL Teacher Institute. She was joined in the first year by an
Administrative Director, Joan Dailey Polster, a Vice Principal of Adult Education from Sacramento City Unified School District.
Mrs. Polster became the sole director in 1995. In 1998 Mrs. Polster joined the California Department of Education as the Administrator
of the Adult Education Office and State Director of Adult Education. She was succeeded at SDI by Margaret Kirkpatrick, a visiting
educator from Berkeley Adult School, where she was Principal.