The American Institutes for Research Wins a Contract to Direct the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO)

Washington, D.C. – The California Department of Education has awarded the American Institutes for Research (AIR) a $7.2 million contract to direct the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) through June 2010.

The project provides a comprehensive system of research-based professional development for adult education and literacy teachers and administrators in order to ensure that California meets federal and state expectations for quality instruction.

This is the third consecutive three-year contract AIR has been awarded to manage the project for the California Department of Education’s Adult Education Office.

Under the contract, AIR will work with state education officials and local service providers to plan and provide professional development services and support through 10 State Professional Development Centers located throughout the state. The centers offer professional development workshops, conduct needs assessments, host focus groups and other collaborative meetings, and maintain resources.

AIR also maintains the CALPRO Web site,, which provides numerous research-based publications on adult education, links to national literacy organizations, as well as online registration for the workshops and other professional development events hosted by CALPRO and the professional development centers.

About AIR

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity.