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White House Advocates for Increased Focus on and Efforts to Expand STEM Education
Posted on 12/06/2017
The White House in September announced plans to spend $200 million a year on grants meant to boost STEM education in an effort to close a widening skills gap that, some say, has left Americans out of the running for scientific and technical jobs. Bay Area powerhouses Facebook, Google and...

A Barrier Removed for Low-income Parents Seeking Education
Posted on 12/01/2017
There's a new law on the books in California that will remove a barrier for low-income parents aiming to access education. Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 12, 2017, poor parents enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) or high school equivalency courses...

Turning Your Students into Web Detectives
Posted on 11/27/2017
A recent study from the Stanford History Education Group confirms that students today are generally pretty bad at evaluating the news and other information they see online. Now more than ever, our students need our help. And a big part of this is learning how to fact-check what they see...

Our office will be closed from November 22-24, 2017 to celebrate Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/21/2017

National Skills Coalition Releases State Policy Toolkit
Posted on 11/17/2017
Many states have enacted policies to increase the scope of work-based learning that combines instruction at a worksite with classroom learning. Few of these state policies, however, focus on low-skilled populations of out-of-school youth or disadvantaged adults. National Skills Coalition’s (NSC’s) scan, for example, found that among the 14 states...

California Program Looks for Solutions to Skills Gap
Posted on 11/13/2017
A statewide program known as “SlingShot” aims to improve career opportunities and fill needed jobs The program is part of an employment initiative through the Workforce Development Board (CWDB). It aims to solve regional employment challenges in California through partnerships among government, employers, schools and other groups. Program Overview The...

How Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn
Posted on 11/08/2017
High school English teacher Michael Godsey’s favorite work by William Shakespeare is Hamlet. But a few years ago, he stopped teaching his students about the centuries-old classic in favor of a story that was unfolding in the fall of 2014: Serial , the podcast. When he first started teaching with...

Report: Most Educators are Aware of OER, Don’t Understand OER Licensing
Posted on 11/06/2017
A new report examines who the decision-makers are in curriculum adoptions and finds that a sizable percentage of schools have chosen open educational resources in the last three years. Most school districts, 77 percent, have made at least one full-course curriculum adoption decision in the last three years, according to...

Digital Promise Partners with Facebook to Offer Micro-credentials for Adult Learners
Posted on 11/01/2017
Digital skills are in high demand. According to a Burning Glass report, eight in 10 middle-skill level jobs require digital skills, such as online communication and productivity tools. Adult workers often do not have this training, and increasingly employers report difficulty finding qualified workers with digital middle skills. Unfortunately, this...

Adults and Community College Degrees
Posted on 10/27/2017
Adults are coming to community colleges seeking a different approach to education, says Jim Jacobs, and that will require institutions to pay attention to a few important design features. Most community colleges have adopted the mission of serving low-income, underprepared students who are in need of postsecondary education for any...

The October Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 10/25/2017
The October issue of OTAN's Administrators' digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

2017 COABE Virtual Conference – FREE
Posted on 10/24/2017
Thanks to the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) you can attend the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Virtual Conference October 25 & 26th 2017 for FREE! Here are the Next Steps for California: You must register individually for the COABE Virtual Conference, selecting the $50 member rate. Use...

How Teachers and Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens
Posted on 10/19/2017
The following is an excerpt from the article. The full version can be accessed here . Joy Osofsky, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Louisiana State University : "I would recommend that they address issues from the beginning. Talk to the students about: You know, we've all been through a...

EdTech Pilot Framework
Posted on 10/16/2017
It's the beginning of the year, there are new classes, new projects, new students and maybe even new equipment! It's an exciting (and exhausting) time of year. If you are looking for ways to successfully integrate and manage an edtech pilot, check out the "Edtech Pilot Framework" offered from Digital...

Week of The California School Administrator
Posted on 10/10/2017
In observance of the importance of educational leadership at the school, school district, and county levels, the second full week in the month of October of each year shall be designated as “Week of the School Administrator” (California Education Code Section 44015.1). Schools, school districts, and county superintendents of schools...

The Learning Innovation Cycle: How Disruption Creates Lasting Change
Posted on 10/06/2017
by Terry Heick Disruption is an interesting topic for the same reason that cowboys, gangsters, and villains are interesting. It’s unpredictable. Problematic. Against the grain. It’s kind of aging as a buzzword in the “education space,” but it’s other-worldly powerful, and there are few things education needs more. How exactly...

10 Current and Emerging Trends in Adult Learning
Posted on 10/05/2017
What Do Harvey and Irma have to do with learning? When (what we thought were) once in five hundred year storms hit every other week, it suggests there is something new going on--and another sign that we live in a world where the unexpected is the norm. As more of...

The September Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 09/29/2017
The September 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available. The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information about professional...

Why California is Investing Over $200 Million in Vocational Education
Posted on 09/26/2017
More Americans are going to college than ever before. The most recent census found that 33.4 percent of adults over the age of 24 have earned a bachelor's degree or more. Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch for the U.S. Census describes this as, "a significant...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Posted on 09/25/2017
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to leverage resources that support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country use...

The September Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digest is Available
Posted on 09/21/2017
The September issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Free Digital Equity Action Toolkit by CoSN
Posted on 09/21/2017
Ensuring all students have equal access to educational technology —both in the classroom and at home—often requires innovation. Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community. “The vast majority of superintendents agree with the premise that digital equity is...

Newsela PRO license offer still available!
Posted on 09/20/2017
OTAN is offering up to 200 Newsela PRO licenses to adult education teachers who teach at a WIOA-funded school site. Licenses will be valid for the school year through June 30th, 2018. Newsela provides stories on current events tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace,...

Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus Launch Initiative Using Behavioral Science to Help Students Complete Community College and Earn a STEM Degree
Posted on 09/19/2017
“Nudges” for STEM Success Will Engage 10K+ Students over Text Messaging In August 2017, Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Persistence Plus launched Nudging to STEM Success , a joint initiative funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust that leverages behavioral science and mobile technology to increase community college completion, particularly...

CALPRO: Defining On-Ramps to Adult Career Pathways
Posted on 09/15/2017
As part of CALPRO’s monthly updates on research-based practices, featured below is a report that highlights a menu of career pathways ‘on-ramp’ services and partnerships that can be used to develop program models. Although the focus of the report is on Minnesota, it illustrates how a state can move its...

OTAN Webinars for AEBG TAP
Posted on 09/13/2017
OTAN worked with AEBG Technical Assistance Project to share information on topics of educational technology in adult basic education. Please join us for the two webinars in September. Teaching Vocabulary with Technology presenter: Kristi Reyes Wed, September 13th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Adult students need a strong vocabulary foundation...

CALPRO: Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills Online Workshop Series
Posted on 09/07/2017
In September and October CALPRO is offering a series of online workshops on Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills. These interactive workshops are delivered entirely online and are free and open to any adult educators in California who are employed by WIOA, Title II: AEFLA-funded agencies. Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills...

A Conversation with an Adult Education Director: Ensuring Student Success through Guided Pathways
Posted on 09/05/2017
Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce. With over 30 years of experience,...

Serving English Language Learners, Immigrants, Refugees, and Farmworkers in the Workforce System
Posted on 08/31/2017
The California Workforce Association (CWA), the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and The Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) hosted two webinars on serving English Language Learners, Immigrants, Refugees and Farmworkers in the Workforce System. The webinar recordings and other resources are available through the CWDB English Language Learners Immigration...

Report: Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing
Posted on 08/29/2017
Sixty-five percent of educators expressed confidence in using digital technology in their classrooms, a 7 percent increase over last year, according to a recent survey commissioned by education and publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). While 98 percent of educators reported using digital materials in their work, teachers still said...

Annual IDEAL Institute August 22-23, 2017
Posted on 08/24/2017
The IDEAL Consortium, a project of the EdTech Center at World Education, Inc., is working to develop effective distance education programs for adult learners, raising the quality of blended and distance online learning across the United States through new educational technology innovations and collaborative research and practice. For 15 years,...

CASAS Summer Institute 2017 California Consortium Meeting Notes Now Posted
Posted on 08/22/2017
The California Consortium Meeting at the CASAS National Summer Institute addressed opportunities and challenges the state is facing as it implements the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). Pat Rickard, CASAS President, began the Consortium by welcoming the meeting participants. Christian Nelson, Adult Education...

The August Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 08/21/2017
The August issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link on this page: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links...

Newsela PRO license offer
Posted on 08/18/2017
OTAN is offering up to 200 Newsela PRO licenses to adult education teachers who teach at a WIOA-funded school site. Licenses will be valid for the school year through June 30th, 2018. Newsela provides stories on current events tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace,...

CALPRO: Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity: Final Implementation Findings with Lessons from the Field
Posted on 08/15/2017
The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative was developed to support students with low basic skills in their efforts to obtain credentials and well-paying jobs as well as sustain rewarding careers. The report shares the accomplishments of the initiative over its three years of implementation and provides an understanding of the process...

Lessons Learned from Supporting Student Success: Adult Education and Remedial Education Reform in Community Colleges
Posted on 08/10/2017
OCTAE, Manhattan Strategy Group, July 2017 As part of OCTAE's Supporting Student Success project, Manhattan Strategy Group produced three videos demonstrating promising practices in adult education and developmental education alignment within community colleges. Supporting Student Success through Professional Development Managing Community College Change Blending Adult Education and Developmental Education: A...

Google and Digital Promise Reimagine Teacher Tech Training with New National Program
Posted on 08/08/2017
In July 2017, Google, in concert with Digital Promise and EdTechTeam , announced the start of the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a national program to help educators in low-income communities build advanced classroom technology skills. Google is giving Digital Promise a $6.5 million-dollar grant to research and implement a professional...

Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy
Posted on 08/04/2017
Can digital learning technologies increase the capacity of ABE programs by providing more efficient and effective learning opportunities to better serve the adult learning needs in their communities? The magnitude of the problem of unskilled labor for the U.S. workforce is known. More than 36 million adults in the United...

Serving Immigrant Families through Two-Generation Programs: Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches
Posted on 08/01/2017
By addressing the needs of poor or low-income parents and their children simultaneously, two-generation programs have great potential to uplift whole families and break cycles of intergenerational poverty. Generally speaking these programs seek to weave together high-quality early learning opportunities for children with initiatives directed at their parents, including adult...

Field Testing Cities Announced in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE
Posted on 07/27/2017
The global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, today announced eight semifinalist teams are advancing in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the...

XPrize Semi-finalists Announced
Posted on 07/25/2017
Semi-finalists were announced this week for the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPrize , a global competition in which 109 teams competed to develop mobile applications for smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The eight semi-finalist apps...

5 tips to get started with technology planning
Posted on 07/21/2017
Whether your school, district or state has a stand-alone educational technology plan or integrates this plan into its cycle of improvement planning, it’s good to start with the essentials. What are the essentials, you may ask? The ISTE Essential Conditions are a research-based set of 14 critical elements necessary to...

I-DEA National Conferences Announced
Posted on 07/18/2017
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is pleased to offer four regional Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) training conferences around the country. The conferences, held in collaboration with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will equip English language faculty and administrators with practical information and hands-on tools to...

Beyond the unemployment rate: Meet the out-of-work
Posted on 07/13/2017
Brookings Metro shows the diversity of jobless adults at the local level and offers strategies to connect them to employment. A new report from the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program provides a firstever view of adults ages 25 to 64 who are out-of-work in 130 large cities and counties across...

The Five Principles of Adult Learning Pioneered by Malcolm Knowles
Posted on 07/11/2017
In her article on Thought.Co Deb Peterson explains that the teacher of adults has a different job from the one who teaches children. If you're teaching adult students, for the best results it's important to understand and practice five principles espoused by Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of...

Center for Law and Social Policy Report on AEBG Implementation Released
Posted on 07/06/2017
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization, released Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities . The report was supported by funding from the State AEBG Office and included contributions by the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), California Department...

Integrated Education and Training: A Career Pathways Policy & Practice
Posted on 07/03/2017
This report by Judy Mortrude, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), published in April 2017 summarizes the findings of a national survey of adult education providers that the Center for Law and Social Policy and the Texas Workforce Commission conducted to learn more about Integrated Education and Training (IET)...

Web-based Activity: TED-Ed for Interactive Video Lessons
Posted on 06/30/2017
In the June 2017 Web-based activity article, Kristi Reyes posits that "thought-provoking lectures by various experts and authorities in a wide range of disciplines and walks of life to spread ideas that “have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world.” Some of the most powerful of these...

Using the PIAAC Framework for Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators
Posted on 06/22/2017
This brief is an invitation to practitioners to engage in the work of teaching problem solving in technologically-rich environments. The author, Jenifer B. Vanek, encourages the readers to start by teaching the problem-solving process and embedding it into units of study enhanced by the process. Along the way, teachers will...

The June Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 06/21/2017
The June issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link on this page: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links...

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Hosts Career Pathways Podcast
Posted on 06/19/2017
Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel recently hosted the podcast “Bustin' Walls.” Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), the podcast “breaks through the walls and fences of … state facilities to provide listeners with a real look inside the field of corrections with one of the top...

CALPRO: Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities Courses
Posted on 06/14/2017
CALPRO is pleased to announce two professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators serving adults with learning disabilities (LDs): our brand new self-directed course and a newly revised facilitated online course. Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session I, Awareness for Adult Educators Self-Directed Online Course Available NOW! This...

Change in CDE leadership in the Adult Education Office
Posted on 06/14/2017
Dear Adult Education Colleagues, I am writing to inform you of a change in leadership in the Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE). This change was necessitated by a reduction of funding for personnel in the Career and College Transition Division at the CDE. As a...

National Skills Coalition Releases New Fact Sheet: “The Business Case for Upskilling”
Posted on 06/12/2017
According to a new fact sheet recently released by the National Skills Coalition (NSC), “The Business Case for Upskilling ,” “companies that invest in their workers’ skill building can see payoffs not only for the workers themselves, but for the business bottom line.” The publication highlights the NSC’s findings on...

Register for the Next Advancing Career Pathways Regional Meeting!
Posted on 06/08/2017
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s (OCTAE’s) Advancing Career Pathways project is a two-year federal investment dedicated to strengthening and expanding the role of CTE in career pathways systems development at the state and local levels. As key service providers and stakeholders, CTE programs...

2017 Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference
Posted on 06/05/2017
Connect and engage with colleagues from across the country at the National College Transition Network’s 11th annual conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education on November 13 - 15, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence (Warwick), RI. Our conference is a time to join with adult education,...

Become a Champion for Adult Literacy XPRIZE
Posted on 06/01/2017
The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is in the phase of testing literacy apps for adult learning across the U.S. in three cities: Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. They need your help to make this very important mission a success. Become a Champion today to make a difference in the lives of...

The May Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 05/30/2017
The May issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link on this page: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links...

EdSurge: Why Moodle’s Mastermind, Martin Dougiamas, Still Believes in Edtech After Two Decades
Posted on 05/30/2017
As many adult educators in California agencies funded through WIOA Title II/AEFLA funds know, OTAN hosts a platform for online and blended learning that is available to the field to use. There are a number of courses available on adult education topics to use for free. Some courses can be...

The May Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 05/25/2017
The May 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available. The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information about professional...

Web-based Activity: Formative Assessments
Posted on 05/22/2017
In the May 2017 Web-based activity article, Susan Coulter posits that formative assessments are a quick snapshot of student learning, which then allows you to change the course of the lesson to address those gaps in understanding. Formative assessments are used to differentiate learning and guide instruction. In this article,...

Badge Launch at Riverside About Students April 19th 2017
Posted on 05/19/2017
The Digital Badges launch event showcased the work of the Riverside ABout Students Consortia members and partners who spent the last year working and collaborating on a system-wide implementation of a digital badging program for adult education programs. The origins of this project came as a solution to the challenges...

Using Technology and Motivation to Reach Adult Learners
Posted on 05/17/2017
“Teaching adults is not exactly like teaching younger students.” writes Mary Murphy from Sweetwater Union High School District, Division of Adult Education in a March 2017 article on Getting Smart Web site. She goes on to explain that: “Teaching adults is not exactly like teaching younger students. Adult learners don’t...

Common Sense Education: Protect Your Students’ Data and Privacy
Posted on 05/15/2017
Common Sense is the largest independent nonprofit organization committed to helping kids, teachers, and families manage media and technology in life and learning. Common Sense Education provides high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities. Together, they work to empower students to harness technology for learning and...

Convicts at San Quentin State Prison are learning to code
Posted on 05/10/2017
For a select group of motivated inmates at San Quentin, located just outside of San Francisco, hope comes in the form of an intrepid non-profit called The Last Mile, which is teaching convicts how to code and working with Silicon Valley companies to give hardened criminals a shot at success...

OTAN’s Penny Pearson Named 2017 NROC Ambassador of the Year
Posted on 05/08/2017
As a non-profit organization, NROC partners with educators to create open and low-cost courses and tools designed to recognize every student’s unique learning needs and preferences. These resources can be adapted and scaled to meet programmatic goals in a variety of instructional settings. "NROC" started as the National Repository of...

CCAE State Conference is May 4-6, 2017 in Long Beach
Posted on 05/03/2017
The South Coast Section and the State Conference Committee welcome CCAE members and guests to the 2017 CCAE State Conference in Long Beach with an excellent lineup of presentations and activities. The following presentations are sponsored or co-presented by OTAN: 4 Big Tools for Engaging Students in Reading Susan Gaer,...

Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults: PIAAC Study
Posted on 05/01/2017
Webinar Date: Thursday May 11, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presenter: Emily Pawlowski and Derek Holliday (American Institutes for Research) This webinar will provide an overview of results from a recently released study called the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Prison Study. This study provides...

The April Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 04/28/2017
The April 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Web-based Activity: Newspapers in Classrooms
Posted on 04/27/2017
In the April 2017 Web-based activity article, Debbie Jensen posits that there are lots of reasons why we should use a newspaper in adult education, but one great one is that we can teach our students critical reading skills including evaluation the source. But sometimes the newspapers are too difficult...

Two offerings from OTAN: for learners: support math instruction, for teachers: professional development about blended learning
Posted on 04/26/2017
OTAN is offering WIOA funded adult education agencies and opportunity to try out EdReady – an online math assessment and curriculum designed to get learners ready for math for both college and career. Learners choose a math goal such as passing the AccuPlacer or GED. Additionally, there are over 150...

Submit your nominee for the $20,000 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
Posted on 04/24/2017
Do you know an educator making great strides in family engagement? Nominate them for the 2017 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award! This prestigious award, made possible by Toyota, recognizes teachers who are positively impacting families by engaging them in school- and community-based educational programming. NCFL is accepting nominations...

The April Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 04/19/2017
The April issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) Technical Assistance Project and New AEBG Website Keyword Search Feature
Posted on 04/17/2017
The AEBG Office is in the process of launching the new Technical Assistance Project (AEBG TAP). This new Project will provide Technical Assistance, Professional Development and Capacity Building to adult education agencies throughout California. While the AEBG TAP is in the process of ramping up to provide these much needed...

OTAN Spring 2017 Newsletter: Online Connection: Winning Together
Posted on 04/13/2017
Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops. The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics: Recap of the Technology and Distance...

LAO Provides Overview of Adult Education
Posted on 04/10/2017
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal advisor, issued a report to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, which provided an overview of adult education in California. The report provided background and an assessment of the adult education program including key policy issues...

Adult Learner: Jeffrey George
Posted on 04/07/2017
Jeffrey George came into the Sonoma County Library’s Adult Literacy Program in August 2014 to sign up for weekly tutoring and to work on literacy and life goals. He was assessed at a beginning to beginning intermediate literacy level at that time, and his primary motivation was to be able...

Adult Learner: Patty Lopez
Posted on 04/05/2017
Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, Assemblywoman Patty López came to the U.S. at 12 and grew up in Pacoima. While raising her own family, she started studying at the North Valley Occupational Center. As a mother of four, she knew educating herself was the best way to provide a better future...

Adult Education Week, April 2-8, 2017
Posted on 04/03/2017
“Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce”. The purpose of Adult Education Week in California is to draw the attention of the public and of education decision-makers — legislators, school board members, your superintendent, city officials, etc. — to the programs at your school that benefit the community. The idea is to enhance...

The March Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 03/29/2017
The March 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) 2017 – A Success!
Posted on 03/27/2017
Held on March 10-11, 2017 at the Anaheim Campus of the North Orange Community College District, this year’s event was attended by adult educators and administrators from throughout California. Attendees selected from over 30 technology-focused workshops that ranged from increasing technical skills in a specific software program to how to...

Web-based Activity: With Games, Students Examine their Understanding of and Apply New Vocabulary
Posted on 03/23/2017
In the March 2017 Web-based activity article, Kristi Reyes refers the six-step approach to teach vocabulary by Dr. Robert Marzano, a direct instruction process that begins with the teacher introducing a term. Subsequent activities are designed to expose students to newly-learned vocabulary multiple times, thus reinforcing their comprehension of new...

Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults: PIAAC Study
Posted on 03/17/2017
Webinar Date: Thursday May 11, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presenter: Katie Landeros (American Institutes for Research) This webinar will provide an overview of results from a recently released study called the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Prison Study. This study provides information on skills...

The February Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 03/15/2017
The February issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Adult Education Week, April 2-8, 2017
Posted on 03/13/2017
“Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce”. The purpose of Adult Education Week in California is to draw the attention of the public and of education decision-makers — legislators, school board members, your superintendent, city officials, etc. — to the programs at your school that benefit the community. The idea is to enhance...

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is on March 10-11
Posted on 03/10/2017
OTAN staff and our larger ‘family’ of field colleagues as presenters and participants are all excited to gather North Orange County Community College District this coming Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, 2017, for the 8th Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Here are the welcome messages from our leadership: From Joyce...

National Conference of State Legislatures Creates Searchable Database for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Legislation
Posted on 03/08/2017
The National Conference of State Legislatures recently launched a searchable database, a result of activity across legislatures in all states following the 2014 passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The database contains legislation enacted in state legislatures during the 2015 session. Included are issues related to WIOA...

Professional Development Opportunities to Support Collaboration and IET
Posted on 03/06/2017
With increasing legislative focus on Integrating Education and Training (IET), known best practices of collaborative teams are needed now more than ever. The need to connect across departments and come out of individualized silos is evident as schools move toward integrating adult basic education and English language acquisition with workforce...

Two professional development opportunities on Saturday, March 4
Posted on 03/04/2017
CCAE Bay Section Winter Conference & Excellence Awards: Stronger Together Website: http://www.ccaestate.org/bay/ The conference will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. in the heated, newly refurbished assembly hall at Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave., in Berkeley, California. Continental breakfast begins at...

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS): Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education)
Posted on 03/03/2017
Three Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education) conferences will be held in 2017. The first one serves the Central Valley and will convene on January 20th at the Bakersfield Adult School. The Southern California conference will be held on February 3rd at the Vista Adult School. The third...

National Skills Coalition: Foundational Skills in the Service Sector
Posted on 03/01/2017
Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving skills are holding down jobs across the service sector. Employed in retail shops and restaurants, hotels and hospitals, these workers not only help fuel the country’s economy — they keep daily life in America...

Web-based Activity: Instant Grammar Checker
Posted on 02/28/2017
In the February 2017 Web-based activity article, Susan Coulter introduces us to a tool that can help both teachers and learners. The Grammarly Web site (grammarly.com) and associated applications are a great way to help your students with their grammar and writing skills. As they type, Grammarly underlines grammar errors...

The February Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 02/28/2017
The February 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

The February Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digest is Available
Posted on 02/23/2017
The February issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Digital Learning Day was February 23
Posted on 02/22/2017
With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets...

Program available for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017
Posted on 02/21/2017
The eighth Technology and Distance Learning Symposium will be happening next month at Anaheim Campus of North Orange Community College District, School of Continuing Education, on March 10 & 11, 2017. Many thanks to previous hosts: Fresno Adult School in 2016 San Leandro Adult School in 2015 Baldwin Park Adult...

President's Day Office Closures
Posted on 02/17/2017
OTAN will be closed Monday, February 13 in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. We will also be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of George Washington's birthday.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS): A Literature Review of Technology Use by Underserved Students
Posted on 02/17/2017
Published in 2016, this report summarizes research findings about the conditions and practices that support positive outcomes of technology use for underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared students. This literature review summarizes research findings about the conditions and practices that support positive outcomes of technology use for underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared K-12...

New on the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Learning Portal: Teacher Effectiveness Online Courses
Posted on 02/14/2017
The LINCS Learning Portal has three Teacher Effectiveness courses. Each free, online course is self-paced and tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and programs, especially mentors and beginning teachers. Introduction to Teacher Effectiveness and Induction is an overview of the Adult Education Teacher Competencies , an introduction to teacher...

Digital Promise: Integrating Digital Tools for Adult Learners: Four Critical Factors
Posted on 02/09/2017
If we believe in the potential of technology to bring quality digital learning opportunities to this underserved population, what can we do to accelerate adoption? Authored by Patti Constantakis and in partnership with the Joyce Foundation, Mockingbird Education and SRI International, drawn from a study of digital learning technologies’ effectiveness...

Safer Internet Day was February 7
Posted on 02/07/2017
Safer Internet Day , an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago, is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Globally, it’s coordinated by the Brussels-based Insafe Network for the European Commission. Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 2012, with a...

National College Transition Network(NCTN): Building Integrated Education and Training Programs
Posted on 02/06/2017
Did you miss National College Transition Networks’s Building Integrated Education and Training Programs: Tested Strategies and New Endeavors NCTN and NELRC webinar series! Drawn from around the country, presenters described their local context and program design and discussed the impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) on program...

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS): Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education)
Posted on 02/03/2017
Three Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education) conferences will be held in 2017. The first one serves the Central Valley and will convene on January 20th at the Bakersfield Adult School. The Southern California conference will be held on February 3rd at the Vista Adult School. The third...

Supporting Student Success: Accelerated Curriculum for Impact (Webinar)
Posted on 02/01/2017
On February 2, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Education’s Supporting Student Success project team will host a webinar titled Supporting Student Success: Accelerated Curriculum for Impact . The one-hour webinar will address curriculum around acceleration and present research supporting it as an educational strategy. In addition,...

Three Webinars for Instructors - Registration now available
Posted on 01/30/2017
The CALPRO Instructors’ Forum is hosting a series of 3 webinars on the new English Language Proficiency Standards, one for ESL instructors, but two of general interest to any teacher with English language learners in their class. Register now to assure your place at these events. Feb. 14, 1 pm...

The January Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 01/30/2017
The January 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Virtual Conference: Expanding Possibilities
Posted on 01/24/2017
Literacy is a foundation for further learning, educational attainment, and skill development; thus, sound adult literacy programs and policies can contribute to the enhancement of both individual economic opportunity and national competitiveness. Digital literacy and technology in the adult education classroom is an area of opportunity. In partnership with the...

Web-based Activity: Helping Students Get Job Ready - Teach Soft Skills
Posted on 01/23/2017
In the January 2017 Web-based activity article, Debbie Jensen writes that” Technical skills are only part of the education our students need to succeed in today’s job market. They also need soft skills. Lists of actual soft skills vary, but can include dependability, motivation, communication, creativity, problem solving, flexibility, teamwork,...

The January Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 01/18/2017
The January issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project(CALPRO): Introduction to the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education
Posted on 01/17/2017
Webinar Date: Tuesday January 24, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presenter: Mariann Fedele-McLeod (Senior Advisor, CALPRO; Director of ELP Standards Project) In October, 2016 the American Institutes for Research, under contract with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, published the English Language...

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): Opportunities for Action, IET Model Programs
Posted on 01/13/2017
This memo from CLASP's Opportunities for Action series features career pathway models that use Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs to serve diverse learners in numerous settings. The final Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations, released earlier this year, provide both assurance and incentives for adult education, workforce development,...

Panel Summary: Leveraging Trends in Blended, Distance, and Mobile Learning
Posted on 01/09/2017
On November 14, 2016 The EdTech Center at World Education hosted a panel at NCTN’s Effective Transitions in Adult Education annual conference, which is dedicated to strengthening adult education’s capacity to ensure that adult learners have access to and success in the college, occupational training and career they need to...

Europe: The benefits of recognising refugee qualifications
Posted on 01/05/2017
EPALE is the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. In the November 16, 2016 post Simon Broek hosts an article by Dr. Roger Y.Chao Jr., a senior consultant for UNESCO – International Center for Higher Education Innovation, about the topics of social inclustion, immingrants and validation of prior learning....

Edutopia: Education Research Highlights from 2016
Posted on 01/04/2017
In her December 8 2016 article Youki Terada offers a look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students. Terada starts by stating that “In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their...

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS): Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education)
Posted on 01/04/2017
Three Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education) conferences will be held in 2017. The first one serves the Central Valley and will convene on Friday, January 20th at the Bakersfield Adult School. The Southern California conference will be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Vista Adult School....

Registration Open for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017
Posted on 01/03/2017
California adult education providers, OTAN and the North Orange County Community College, School of Continuing Education invite you to two days (March 10–11, 2017) of new information, dynamic presentations, and plenty of hands-on skill development to start or grow your blended/ distance learning programs and enhance technology integration! Registration for...

Happy Holidays!
Posted on 12/28/2016
OTAN's vision is to lead California adult education in the integration of technology into the educational process, ultimately empowering learners to meet their academic, employment and civic goals. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! In observance of the holiday season, the OTAN office will be...

Happy Holidays!
Posted on 12/23/2016
OTAN's vision is to lead California adult education in the integration of technology into the educational process, ultimately empowering learners to meet their academic, employment and civic goals. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! In observance of the holiday season, the OTAN office will be...

CALPRO Online Courses - Registration for Spring 2017 Now Available
Posted on 12/22/2016
CALPRO is offering more online professional learning opportunities in spring 2017. These classes are just 4 weeks long, and require about 3 hours a week of your time. Enrollment is limited and they fill up fast. Check the CALPRO Event Calendar to learn more and register! Understanding the Adult Learner...

Call for Proposals Open for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017
Posted on 12/21/2016
California adult education providers,You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation at the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017 on March 10 and 11 organized by OTAN and the North Orange County Community College, School of Continuing Education. This event will offer relevant and new information, dynamic presentations,...

U.S. Department of Education Launches $680,000 Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Experiences
Posted on 12/19/2016
The U.S. Department of Education launched the EdSim Challenge , a $680,000 competition to design the next-generation of educational simulations that strengthen career and technical skills. The Challenge calls upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students...

The December Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 12/16/2016
The December issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

The December Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 12/15/2016
The December 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Groups Issue Guidance on Making Digital Learning Accessible to All
Posted on 12/14/2016
Two organizations have put together a 20-page guide to help steer state and district education leaders toward thinking about how to embed accessibility into their decision-making. The "Digital Accessibility Toolkit " was published by the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN) and the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) . While...

SkillsCommons.org: Your Place for Finding Over 6,500 Free Workforce Development Resources
Posted on 12/12/2016
Looking for free resources to aid in designing, managing, and expanding courses for career training? SkillsCommons is an online repository hosting thousands of free and openly licensed course and educational program support materials being developed by nearly 700 colleges across the U.S., funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s TAACCCT...

Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training
Posted on 12/09/2016
On Nov. 15, 2016, the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released the latest installment of findings from the Survey of Adult Skills, part of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This report, Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills,...

Digital Promise: Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners
Posted on 12/07/2016
OTAN is reposting an article by Peter Stidwill on Digital Promise Web site Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. After beating the game and receiving a check mark for a successful mission, the players return to...

Sustainability Toolkit Launched by the U.S. Department of Labor
Posted on 12/05/2016
The new Sustainability Toolkit was released recently by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as part of its technical assistance for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees. It provides a framework that can be used by a wide range of grantees. The tool kit...

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) Hosts First Advancing Equity Symposium
Posted on 11/30/2016
On Oct. 31, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education hosted its first Advancing Equity Symposium to support the increased emphasis the Obama Administration is giving to equity for all populations across the education spectrum. The symposium featured a keynote address by Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.,...

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO): Mentoring for Adult Education Instruction Resources
Posted on 11/28/2016
CALPRO has expanded its online Video Library to include a collection of videos and multi-media resources about Mentoring for Adult Education Instruction . This new addition to the Online Video Library features a collection of brief, interactive presentations by Dr. Maricel Santos and supplementary resources on mentoring for adult education...

Our office will be closed Wednesday, November 23 – Friday November 25 to celebrate Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/23/2016

OTAN is on Social Media
Posted on 11/21/2016
When on OTAN’s home page, click on the icons for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn to subscribe to the information, tools and resources for adult basic education providers in California and wider. OTAN’s YouTube channel is organized in playlists featuring presentations from the multiple years of the Technology and Distance...

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education with Correspondences to College and Career Readiness Standards
Posted on 11/18/2016
The American Institutes for Research has released a new report entitled English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education with Correspondences to College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, and Mathematical and Science Practices. The report identifies ELP standards to help ensure that adult English language...

The November Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 11/16/2016
The November issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

National Apprenticeship Week 2016, November 14 – 20, 2016
Posted on 11/16/2016
Artwork by Jobs for the Future President Barack Obama proclaimed the week of November 2, 2015, as the first Annual National Apprenticeship Week, also referred to as NAW. Across the nation through over 300 events in 47 states, communities large and small recognized the important role Apprentices play in offering...

OTAN Fall 2016 Newsletter: Online Connection: Digital Literacy
Posted on 11/14/2016
Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops. The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics: Technology Use in Corrections OTAN Bootcamp...

Webinar Series - Building Integrated Education and Training (IET) Programs: Tested Strategies and New Endeavors
Posted on 11/10/2016
This series of webinars from World Education, Inc. highlights 9 programs that are developing new services or honing well-established programs that integrate education and training. Drawn from around the country, these programs provide a range of models that are responsive to their contexts. Presenters will describe their local context and...

Fostering Student Success through Mentoring
Posted on 11/07/2016
The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education partnered with three Boston-area adult learning programs - Asian-American Civic Association, X-Cel Education , and Cambridge Community Learning Center - and two community colleges: Bunker Hill Community College and Roxbury Community College . This project provided mentoring services to 16 adult...

Financial Workshop Kits by the National Endowment for Financial Education
Posted on 11/03/2016
Financial Workshop Kits is a program of the National Endowment for Financial Education ® (NEFE®) which provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial stages. NEFE believes that regardless of background or income level more financially informed individuals are better able to take control of their circumstances,...

Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work
Posted on 11/01/2016
A recent report from SRI Education and The Joyce Foundation, Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs , discusses how evidence-based research provides guidance for promoting personal success skills for adults who are striving to build sustainable 21st-century careers. As research shows, there are...

Searching for an Adult Education Director to Oversee OTAN and CAERC
Posted on 10/27/2016
Sacramento County Office of Education is searching for a Director, Adult Education who will under general direction, manage and provide oversight for regional and state adult education projects and services including the Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium (CAERC) and Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). Additionally the Director, Adult Education...

Employability Skills Resource Toolkit
Posted on 10/24/2016
The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, Inc. recently acknowledged the work of the North Carolina (NC) Community College System for curriculum development that addresses the importance of teaching employability skills. As part of the North Carolina Community College System's Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP), the committee identified...

The October Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 10/21/2016
The October issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

OTAN Welcomes Participants in the Digital Leadership Academy 2016-2018
Posted on 10/20/2016
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) has a long history of providing professional development, resource and technical support to adult education agencies and educators for over 25 years. Services provided include online workshops and face-to-face training in promising practices for technology integration, online and blended learning resources and training, electronic...

National Coalition for Literacy 2016 Awards
Posted on 10/19/2016
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is proud to have witnessed the Literacy Leadership Award given by the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) to the Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin on September 27, 2016. The ceremony is held in honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week...

Common Sense Education: Digital Citizenship Week, October 16-22
Posted on 10/17/2016
OTAN is re-posting the original text by the CommonSense Media. However, the activities suggested for kids can work with many adult learners, too. It's here again: Digital Citizenship Week! What can you do to celebrate kids using technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully? Empower them in three simple steps: Take the...

Digital Promise: Experiment & Iterate: How to Implement Effective Education Technology
Posted on 10/14/2016
Digital Promise is working to improve digital learning opportunities for underserved adults in the United States. They connect entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers to support and advance the development and use of educational technology that expands career pathways and improves the quality of life for these learners. Trying something new, adjusting,...

The Digital Citizenship Summit Is October 28, 2016
Posted on 10/12/2016
The DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP SUMMIT brings together people, organizations, and businesses throughout the world to promote the safe, savvy, and ethical use of social media & tech. They believe that by creating a multi-stakeholder participatory approach the community can find better solutions, push forward best practices, and help move the needle...

National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium - October 31
Posted on 10/11/2016
Registration and hotel accommodations are now available for the National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium. The National Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31. This is ED’s first convening...

Opportunity for Mexican Nationals to Earn a High School Certificate in the United States
Posted on 10/10/2016
The California Department of Education Adult Education Office in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento is presenting an opportunity to join the growing number of agencies offering an innovative program called Plazas Comunitarias. This educational program provides Mexican nationals who are living in the United States an...

Building the Next Generation of Assessments in Education
Posted on 10/07/2016
In October 2015, in a Testing Action Plan, President Obama called for a new approach to testing and assessment to better serve students. The plan outlines a set of principles to reduce the time spent on standardized tests, and improve the quality and usefulness of tests for students and educators,...

Digital Promise: How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation
Posted on 10/05/2016
Digital Promise spoke with Dr. Christina Hinton, faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Founder and Executive Director of Research Schools International (RSI), and Dr. Tom Callahan, Director of the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning, and educator at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, to...

Supporting Student Success: Discussions about Adult Education and Developmental Education Reform in Community Colleges
Posted on 10/03/2016
Earning a postsecondary degree or credential has become a prerequisite for the growing jobs of the new economy. President Obama has challenged every American to commit to at least one year of higher education or postsecondary training to better prepare themselves for the challenges they will face in the ever-evolving...

New on the LINCS Learning Portal: Teacher Effectiveness Online Courses
Posted on 09/30/2016
The LINCS Learning Portal has three Teacher Effectiveness courses. Each free, online course is self-paced and tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and programs, especially mentors and beginning teachers. Introduction to Teacher Effectiveness and Induction is an overview of the Adult Education Teacher Competencies , an introduction to teacher...

OCTAE : Mapping Upward Technical Assistance Institute
Posted on 09/28/2016
The Mapping Upward project, a national activity led by OCTAE’s Division of Academic and Technical Education, selected four sector-focused networks representing twelve colleges to receive technical assistance to support the embedding of stackable, industry-recognized credentials within technical associate degree programs. The four college networks selected to participate in the project...

California Department of Education Announces New Division Director for Career and College Transition Division
Posted on 09/27/2016
Donna Wyatt is the new Career and College Transition Division Director at the California Department of Education (CDE). State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, made the announcement on September 14, 2016. A long-time educator, Wyatt has more than 25 years of experience teaching, developing, and administering Career Technical Education...

National Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week, September 26-October 1
Posted on 09/26/2016
Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week , #AEFLWeek, is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the media and share your story! The Commission On Adult Basic Education (COABE) has developed a FREE Media ToolKit which you are welcome to download, along with our archived webinar about talking to the...

LINCS Resource Collection: Adult Education Teacher Competencies Self-Assessment
Posted on 09/23/2016
The Adult Education Teacher Competencies are designed to identify the knowledge and skills needed by adult education teachers to improve student learning and performance. They are organized into four broad areas of skills and knowledge (domains) and then into specific demonstrable and observable areas of performance (competencies). Each of the...

The September Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 09/22/2016
The September issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

The September Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 09/19/2016
The September 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Technology and Distance Learning Plan Program Year 2016–17 : California Department of Education Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
Posted on 09/19/2016
The Technology and Distance Learning Plan is now open for submissions. This Technology and Distance Learning Plan is one of the Program and Accountability requirements for all California agencies approved for funding in 2016-2017 for the grant under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and...

October 31, 2017 - Advancing Equity in Adult, Community College, and Career and Technical Education Symposium
Posted on 09/16/2016
In support of President Obama’s call to action on expanding college opportunity , and under Secretary King’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has made significant improvements in making sure that all students—regardless of income, home language, zip code, gender, sexual preference, race or disability—have the chance to learn...

California Consortium--CASAS National Summer Institute Transitioning From WIA TO WIOA : Developing a New State Plan for California
Posted on 09/14/2016
The California Consortium Meeting at the CASAS National Summer Institute addressed opportunities and challenges as the state transitions from WIA to WIOA, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Pat Rickard, CASAS President, began the Consortium by welcoming the meeting participants. Christian Nelson, Adult Education Office Administrator, facilitated a panel discussion...

Registration now open! Fall 2016 Online Courses from CALPRO
Posted on 09/12/2016
Registration is now open for 4 online courses from CALPRO. These classes are 4 weeks long, and require about 3 hours a week of your time. Enrollment is limited and they fill up fast. To learn more and register, check the CALPRO Event Calendar or the California Adult Education Professional...

Teaching Channel’s Resources about Growth Mindset
Posted on 09/08/2016
Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow. They believe teachers should have opportunities to learn from each other… whenever they want; and teachers tell them that video has become essential to helping them see a...

California Department of Education: Immigrant Integration Initiative
Posted on 09/06/2016
In order to better serve our adult English Language Learners, multiple state agencies are convening to support the alignment of resources and services to support the Governor’s Office Immigrant Integration initiative. On July 21st, nearly 100 workforce, adult education, community college, local board, one stop providers, community organizations, and social...

Digital Leadership Academy for #AdultEdu – Apply Now
Posted on 09/02/2016
OTAN is announcing the start of a new professional development project. The Digital Leadership Academy(DLAC) will assist agencies in meeting their technology integration, or online or blended teaching goals. The program is designed to be flexible in how agencies can best use the resources offered by OTAN to support their...

Join a massive open online course (MOOC) to develop open educational resources for Adult Basic Education
Posted on 08/29/2016
Join a MOOC to develop open educational resources for Adult Basic Education This free online course is offered by Designers for Learning , a nonprofit based in Chicago providing instructional design support through service-learning. We have a dual mission in this upcoming course to offer curriculum development support to adult...

CALPRO is offering these two webinars in September as part of the Instructors’ Forum series
Posted on 08/26/2016
Community College 101: Support Services for Transitioning Students Friday, September 16, 2016, 1 – 2 pm What do your students need to know about transferring to a community college, or from non-credit classes to credit? What options do they have in terms of cost? What are the different pathways they...

National Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week, September 26-October 1
Posted on 08/24/2016
Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week , #AEFLWeek, is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the media and share your story! The Commission On Adult Basic Education (COABE) has developed a FREE Media ToolKit which you are welcome to download, along with our archived webinar about talking to the...

Adult Education: Edtech's Next Act of Disruption
Posted on 08/22/2016
In his August 8, 2016 article, Kevin Bauman posits that: “Despite its 'basic' image, adult education possesses the right set of circumstances to realize the promise of modern education and to illustrate the classic theory of disruptive innovation, where some are willing and able to use alternative pathways to forge...

CDE Management Bulletin: WIOA , Title II: AEFLA
Posted on 08/19/2016
The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed a Management Bulletin that “provides guidance, regarding fees, to local educational agencies (school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools) maintaining adult classes for which they receive federal grant funding under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.” The Management Bulletin is...

The August Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 08/17/2016
The August issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Digital Leadership Academy for #AdultEdu – Apply Now
Posted on 08/16/2016
OTAN is announcing the start of a new professional development project. The Digital Leadership Academy(DLAC) will assist agencies in meeting their technology integration, or online or blended teaching goals. The program is designed to be flexible in how agencies can best use the resources offered by OTAN to support their...

Getting Smart: Career Awareness: Start Early, Go Online, Get Work Experience
Posted on 08/15/2016
On July 17, 2016, Tom Vander Ark advocates that every young person deserves broad exposure to career options starting in middle school. That means access to online resources, good advice, work experiences, career and technical options and maker experiences. We would like to add that this holds true for adult...

LINCS ESL Pro Resource Collection
Posted on 08/12/2016
Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education has historically responded to the need to improve the adult English Language instructional workforce through its initiatives, such as ELL-U, LINCS, TELL, CAELA Network, Teacher Effectiveness, Immigrant Integration, and its EL/Civics formula grant program. Through these efforts,...

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Launch of #GoOpen Initiative
Posted on 08/10/2016
SACRAMENTO—California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the launch of both a new statewide #GoOpen initiative and Collaboration in Common, an online professional learning community and resource exchange platform for all California educators. In joining the #GoOpen initiative, California becomes the sixteenth state recognized by the U.S. Department of...

Integrating Digital Literacy Into English Language Instruction: Issue Brief
Posted on 08/08/2016
In today’s society and economy, what it means to be literate has expanded to include the ability to use digital technology for literacy tasks. As a result, if adult English language learners are to succeed, they need to have digital literacy. This issue brief is intended to serve as an...

KQED MindShift: 30 Apps Librarians Recommend
Posted on 08/05/2016
Katrina Schwartz acknowledges that “Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find...

Accelerating Opportunity Initiative: New Evaluation Report Released
Posted on 08/03/2016
Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) , in collaboration with the Urban Institute , recently released a new evaluation report, Implementation of Accelerating Opportunity: Final Implementation Findings with Lessons for the Field . The Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative is intended to expand economic opportunities for adult students with low basic skills...

National Skills Coalition Releases New Report on Model Immigrant Skill-Building Programs
Posted on 08/01/2016
The National Skills Coalition (NSC) recently released a new report, Upskilling the New American Workforce : Demand-Driven Programs that Foster Immigrant Worker Success & Policies that Can Take Them to Scale, showcasing seven program models from New York, Minnesota, Oregon, and California. The examples provided illustrate a variety of effective...

SNAP to Skills
Posted on 07/29/2016
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants’ need for the education and training required to become economically self-sufficient is growing increasingly urgent. The vast majority of jobs in the future will require at least some education beyond high school, yet many SNAP participants have not reached this level of educational attainment....

CoSN Digital Equity Toolkit
Posted on 07/27/2016
Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success as 21st century citizens. Yet many students from economically disadvantaged families have limited access to these tools both at school and at home. Students without home access to high quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize...

The July Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 07/25/2016
The July issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Mobile Learning: Making the Digital Promise Real
Posted on 07/25/2016
In a guest blog post on Digital Promise Blog about Adult Education, Alison Ascher Webber, the Associate Director of the Avasant Foundation and Advisor to Cell-Ed, describes the vast and largely untapped mobile education technology market for low-skilled adults. The convenience of a mobile device may be the key to...

USC Rossier Toolkit for Digitally-Literate Teachers
Posted on 07/20/2016
Digital literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, share and create content using the internet — but it's much more than that. Digital literacy skills (also referred to as "21st century learning skills") have permeated the classroom, becoming requirements for both teachers and students. To address this need,...

California Edge Campaign: Data to Serve Policy, Programs, and People
Posted on 07/18/2016
The California EDGE (Education Diversity and Growth in the Economy) Campaign is a non-partisan coalition of groups with diverse and even divergent outlooks but united in the belief that California' future economic growth rests in large measure on the skill base of its workers. The members of the coalition are:...

New from CALPRO: Videos on Career Pathways for Adult Learning
Posted on 07/13/2016
CALPRO has expanded its online Video Library to include a collection of videos and multi–media resources about career pathways for adult learners. The collection includes presentations on how to contextualize career learning and videos of related classroom demonstrations. Additionally, the page features links to supplemental instructional materials and to an...

Department of Education Releases New Foster Care Transition Tool Kit
Posted on 07/11/2016
The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Labor, recently released the Foster Care Transition Toolkit to support current and former foster youths who want to pursue college and career opportunities. The tool kit incorporates input from...

New CALPRO course: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Posted on 07/07/2016
Critical thinking skills are needed across the curriculum and in every subject area. They are survival skills in our complex world and are required for success in employment and further education. In CALPRO's newest self-directed online course, "Teaching Critical Thinking Skills," you can learn how to help your students become...

New ISTE standards aim to develop lifelong learners
Posted on 07/05/2016
When ISTE released its first student standards in 1998, digital technology in schools was mostly limited to a computer lab students visited once or twice a week. Technology use was primarily focused on productivity and, during school hours, students learned how to use a word processor or manipulate spread sheets....

New WIOA Regulations Released
Posted on 07/01/2016
WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 – The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education made publicly available the final rules to implement the  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, an historic expansion of opportunity for the nation’s job seekers, workers and employers. The regulations deliver on need to modernize the nation’s workforce system and...

How can schools benefit from Open Educational Resources?
Posted on 06/30/2016
In a recent blog post, Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools, summarizes his online conversation with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done...

FCC Modernizes Lifeline Program for the Digital Age
Posted on 06/27/2016
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has modernized and reformed its Lifeline program to help low-income consumers afford access to broadband Internet access. Lifeline is a program that has helped make telephone service affordable for low-income Americans since 1985. OCTAE has long championed increased access to the Internet for teachers, students,...

World-renowned Physicist Michio Kaku to Explore Crossroads Between the Brain and Learning in ISTE 2016 Opening Keynote
Posted on 06/24/2016
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) will present three thought-provoking keynote speakers who will inspire attendees to learn differently and think creatively at ISTE 2016, June 26-19 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “This year’s keynotes will hit us right between the eyes at the intersection of...

Edutopia: QR Codes Can Do That?
Posted on 06/22/2016
In an article under Mobile Learning category, Monica Burns , writes about the potential of Quick Response (QR) codes in education. Burns list five things that you may not know about QR codes containing some simple ideas that definitely pack a punch. These tips include strategies for differentiating instruction, distributing...

High School Equivalency Test Preparation
Posted on 06/20/2016
In the June web-based Activity article Susan Coulter writes "Summer is here and free online test prep resources are a great way to keep your students engaged and learning outside the classroom. Finish Your Diploma - Skip the Drama is a motivational site set up by the Dollar General Literacy...

Common Sense Education: Bytes & Bites: A Community Dinner Guide About Digital Life
Posted on 06/17/2016
Looking for a way to bring families in your community together and have interesting, relevant conversations about social media and technology? Host a Community Media Dinner! Invite families to join an evening filled with adults and kids sharing perspectives, discussing hot topics, and learning more about each other’s experiences. Parents...

Sign up for a CALPRO Online Course This Summer!
Posted on 06/15/2016
Summer is a great time to take advantage of professional development, and CALPRO is offering three online courses beginning in July. Each course is four weeks long and requires about 3 hours per week of your time. Spend a few weeks this summer thinking and practicing with a group of...

Digital Promise: How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners
Posted on 06/13/2016
In the May 20, 2016 article, Jennifer Maddrell, the founder of Designers for Learning , describes their crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. This was done as a massive open online course (MOOC) on Canvas Network and sought out...

The June Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 06/10/2016
The June issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

The June Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 06/09/2016
The June 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

Camp Wonderopolis™ 2016 – Flex Your Wonder
Posted on 06/08/2016
Camp WonderopolisTM is a free online summer-learning destination by National Center for Families Learning. Sign up now and secure your position at the starting gate when Camp starts June 13. This year's Camp features six new tracks of Wonder and learning where you, your group, or your family can explore...

MindShift: Three Brain Teasers to Spur Logical Thinking and Collaboration
Posted on 06/06/2016
In the Teaching Strategies section of the KQED’s MindShift blog, Katrina Schwartz shares that there are lots of ways to stretch student thinking and get them talking to each other about ideas. One fun way is through riddles that require inductive reasoning, critical thinking and hopefully some good collaboration around...

The National College Transition Network Conference - Call for Presenters Extended
Posted on 06/03/2016
The National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc. will hold its 10th national conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education on November 14 - 16, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence, RI. We invite you to submit a workshop proposal and share an innovative and effective...

Updated Career Pathways Toolkit by DOL
Posted on 06/02/2016
On December 1, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 17-15 on the release of the updated Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development . The toolkit was developed in cooperation with Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Energy. In September...

OTAN Online Bootcamp: June 6 - 17, 2017
Posted on 05/31/2016
Summer is approaching and it is a time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! Keeping your mind engaged and active by learning new skills is not only good for your brain, it can benefit your learners too! OTAN's Summer Bootcamp is one option! As you relax poolside this summer consider joining...

EveryoneOn and AT&T Access Program Webinar
Posted on 05/27/2016
EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit organization working to close the digital divide, is collaborating with AT&T as an outreach partner to inform diverse organizations about the Access from AT&T program. The goal of the Access from AT&T program is to provide affordable wireline Internet service to eligible households. The Access Program...

OTAN Bootcamp Online: June 6 - 17, 2017
Posted on 05/26/2016
Summer is approaching and it is a time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! Keeping your mind engaged and active by learning new skills can is not only good for your brain, it can benefit your learners too! You likely have some of your favorite "go to" resources to learn about...

New Dear Colleague Letter Clarifies Key Pell “Ability to Benefit” Definition
Posted on 05/25/2016
A new “Dear Colleague” letter released May 9, 2016 clarifies changes made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 to the definition of an eligible career pathway program and Federal Pell Grant award amounts for students enrolled in those programs. Specifically, the letter confirms that the definition of an eligible...

Career Pathways Leading Improved Services
Posted on 05/23/2016
Ensuring that everyone in this nation is equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed is crucial in our competitive, global economy. One key part of this effort is ensuring that young people and adults of all skill levels who are transitioning to new careers or looking to...

The May Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 05/20/2016
The May issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

Online Health Resources for Low Level Readers
Posted on 05/18/2016
In the May Web-based Activity article Debbie Jensen writes "One skill we want to share with our students is the ability to access health information and understand what they read. The problem is that often health advice and information is written at a high reading level. What can we do?...

The May Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 05/16/2016
The May 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information...

New Reentry Toolkit and Education Framework
Posted on 05/13/2016
The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, has just awarded four prisoner reentry grants totaling $5.7 million. It has also issued a new reentry toolkit of resources to improve outcomes for students formerly incarcerated. The grants have gone to...

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement offers News about Adult Literacy
Posted on 05/11/2016
The January 2016 issue of Family Medicine reports on a study comparing two approaches to assessing literacy through the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM), interview by telephone and the traditional in-person assessment. REALM administered by telephone was found to be just as effective as the more labor...

Nominate the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/09/2016
NCFL has issued a call for nominations to find this year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among youth and adults. This is the 20th year for the Toyota-funded, NCFL-led award. The educator selected as Toyota Family Teacher of the...

160 Years of Adult Education History: OTAN Celebrates with Refreshed Web Site
Posted on 05/06/2016
Through its adult education programs, California offers learners a diverse range of knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as citizens, workers, parents, and family and community members. Adult education has been an important part of California's education system since the early years of statehood. The first recorded adult school...

Academic Preparedness of Low-Income Students
Posted on 05/04/2016
Low-income students score significantly below national averages on meeting college readiness benchmarks, according to ACT’s recent report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: Students from Low-Income Families . Equally disturbing is the fact that this pattern of underachievement is persistent. For the sixth consecutive year, low-income students performed...

Consumer.gov and Consumidor.gov Provide Free Consumer Protection Tools for Educators and Students
Posted on 05/02/2016
Looking for free tools to help students understand consumer protection basics—including financial literacy—in plain and simple language? The Federal Trade Commission has a free educational website—Consumer.gov in English and Consumidor.gov in Spanish—to help people avoid scams, manage their money, use credit and loans carefully, and protect their personal information. The...

Parent Engagement Strategies for English Language Learners
Posted on 04/29/2016
In the March 16, 2016 article , Meriwynn Mansori, Manager of Curriculum at VIF International Education, states that research shows that parental engagement pays off for all students. Regardless of family income or background, students with engaged parents are more likely to: Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll...

Interactive Map: Eligible-To-Naturalize in the U.S.
Posted on 04/27/2016
The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at the University of Southern California has unveiled a new tool that allows you to search for populations eligible for naturalization - down to the state, county, and more granular levels. There are three measures the can be mapped by clicking...

Immigrants and WIOA Services: Comparison of Sociodemographic Characteristics of Native- and Foreign-Born Adults in the United States
Posted on 04/25/2016
The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has released a set of state-level fact sheets examining key characteristics of adult native- and foreign-born populations and the relevance of these characteristics to implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Policies guiding WIOA’s implementation will have a...

Join OTAN at CCAE State Conference, April 21-23, 2016
Posted on 04/20/2016
According to Tim Doyle, the conference chair, the Bay Area Chapter members are honored and delighted to host this year's conference "Adult Education: The Bridge to College, Careers, and Communities". The theme proudly distinguishes the role and the impact adult educators make on a daily basis throughout our state. These...

The April Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 04/18/2016
The April issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available Home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more information. This...

Slideware Options for Making Great Presentations, Part II
Posted on 04/15/2016
In the April Web-based Activity article Kristi Reyes writes "By using a multi-sensory approach to teaching, instructors can involve students in lecture beyond listening." Slideshows are an effective way for teachers to deliver course content because they support lectures with visual input. Many slideware features additionally allow for multi-sensory input,...

Families Learning Summit, October 17-19, 2016
Posted on 04/13/2016
National Center for Families Learning’s Families Learning Summit will take place Monday, October 17, 2016 8:30 AM - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 PM at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 2016 Call for Proposals NCFL is now seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking and practices in literacy...

The April Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 04/12/2016
The New and improved April 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education...

Not going to COABE? Use the App
Posted on 04/10/2016
From April 10 to 13, 2016 more than 1,400 conferees will enjoy numerous opportunities with peers in adult education from around the country during 2016 COABE/TALAE National Conference . They will learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers. Twelve strands—comprised of more than 200...

State Board of Education Approves CDE Recommendation to Lower the GED Passing Score
Posted on 04/08/2016
At the March 9, 2016 California State Board of Education (SBE) Meeting, the SBE heard and approved a recommendation submitted by General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS®) to lower the passing score for the General Educational Development (GED®) test from 150 to 145. California Education Code Section 51420 requires that...

OTAN Spring 2016 Newsletter: Online Connection: Connect with Tech
Posted on 04/06/2016
Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops. The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics: After the Technology and Distance Learning...

Adult Education Week to be April 3-9, 2016
Posted on 04/04/2016
SCR 116, was introduced on March 1, 2016 by the California Senator Tony Mendoza (D), Representing District 32. This bill would proclaim the week of April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Adult Education Week, and would honor the teachers, administrators, classified staff, and students of adult education...

Another Successful Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Thank you, Fresno!
Posted on 04/01/2016
Fresno Adult School was the setting for the exciting and well-attended TDLS 16. During the March 11 and 12 event, approximately 40 sessions were offered. Topics included digital badging, interactive assessments, open educational resources, online collaboration, using mobile devices, resources for citizenship preparation, and more. Two new features this year...

Open Education Week March 7-11, 2016
Posted on 03/28/2016
The goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of free and open education opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. The organizers want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether it's to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal...

Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners
Posted on 03/25/2016
According to a national report from Tyton Partners on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible. Yet there’s a bit of a dilemma when looking deeper into how...

California Edge Campaign: Workforce Agenda for 2016
Posted on 03/23/2016
The California EDGE (Education Diversity and Growth in the Economy) Campaign is a non-partisan coalition of groups with diverse and even divergent outlooks but united in the belief that California' future economic growth rests in large measure on the skill base of its workers. The members of the coalition are:...

The March Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 03/21/2016
The March issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the Home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more...

My Hero - Inspirational Reading and Writing Activities
Posted on 03/17/2016
In the March Web-based Activity article Susan Coulter writes "Who are the heroes, famous people, or role models in our society?" My Hero uses media and technology to bring to life role models who selflessly devote themselves to others in the world, overcoming personal hardships. These individuals help us to...

The March Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 03/15/2016
The New and improved March 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
Posted on 03/14/2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs...

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016 is on March 11-12
Posted on 03/09/2016
Around 200 participants are gathering at Fresno Adult School at the end of this week to learn about and share meaningful and relevant techniques and tools in your classroom and celebrate the fun and effectiveness of educational technology! If you are not attending this premier professional development event in person,...

Safer Internet Day
Posted on 03/07/2016
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. This year's celebration took place on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 with a theme of 'Play...

Adult Education Week to be April 3-9, 2016
Posted on 03/04/2016
SCR 116, was introduced on March 1, 2016 by the California Senator Tony Mendoza (D), Representing District 32. This bill would proclaim the week of April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Adult Education Week, and would honor the teachers, administrators, classified staff, and students of adult education...

U.S. Department of Education Visits the California Department of Education
Posted on 03/02/2016
Mr. Johan E. Uvin, Assistant Secretary of Education for Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, visited the California Department of Education on January 13, 2016. He met with Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and Learning Support Branch; Russell Weikle, Director, Career and College Transitions...

EL Civics retained and expanded under WIOA
Posted on 02/26/2016
On January 11, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a program memorandum, entitled Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Frequently Asked Questions . The program memorandum provides answers to frequently asked questions and clarifies statutory provisions related...

Join a Webinar: Education – A Key Service in WIOA
Posted on 02/26/2016
March 1, 2:45-4:00pm ET Join at this link , with password DeptofED1! (No pre-registration required.) Call in to 888-790-4881, participant code 9552347#. Education: A Key Service in WIOA. All national survey and economic data points to the importance of youth and adults gaining strong foundation skills, completing high school equivalence,...

CATESOL Conferences
Posted on 02/25/2016
CATESOL represents teachers of English language learners throughout California and Nevada, promoting excellence in education and providing high-quality professional development. Here is the list of the upcoming professional development events by this organization. March 5 — CATESOL Los Angeles Regional Conference: Teach Locally, Think Globally The L.A. Regional Conference is...

ACCE Annual Statewide Conference , February 24-26, 2016
Posted on 02/22/2016
Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) is an Organization of California Community Colleges. The purpose of the organization is to develop and promote desirable policies, practices, and support for the educational constituencies within the Association and to promote professional growth of the membership. The specific objectives and functions of...

Improve Reading Skills with Lower Level Stories
Posted on 02/19/2016
In the February Web-based Activity article Debbie Jensen writes that "Reading materials for the low level reader are often difficult to find online. Here are five Web sites that will help your student succeed, even if his or her reading level is low." Center for the Study of Adult Literacy...

The February Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 02/17/2016
The February issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to...

Dr. Devin Vodicka, Vista USD Superintendent, Keynote at Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016
Posted on 02/16/2016
OTAN is pleased to announce that Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, will be the keynote presenter at the seventh Technology and Distance Learning Symposium at Fresno Adult School , March 11 & 12. Dr. Vodicka was one of only 30 Superintendents from across the United States...

The February Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 02/12/2016
The February 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by...

Program available for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016
Posted on 02/10/2016
The seventh Technology and Distance Learning Symposium will be happening in a month at Fresno Adult School , March 11 & 12. Many thanks to previous hosts: San Leandro Adult School in 2015 Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education in 2014 Berkeley Adult School in 2013 Hacienda La Puente Adult...

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials
Posted on 02/05/2016
The GED Testing Service has decided to lower the pass rate for its high school equivalency exam, a move brought on by its recognition that students who passed the latest, tougher version of it were doing better in college than high school graduates. The move, first disclosed Wednesday, January 20th,...

U.S. Census Bureau Releases New Tool for Regional Business and Demographic Research
Posted on 02/03/2016
A new Web application, Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition now available in beta, allows users to easily explore data from Census Bureau economic programs and the American Community Survey for a user-defined economic region built from one or more counties. This second edition of Census Business Builder follows the...

Coachella Valley Adult School expands services
Posted on 02/01/2016
In The Desert Sun article on January 4 2015, journalist Francinni Zabata writes that the Coachella Valley Adult School is expanding its adult education in the desert community, thanks to collaboration with the Desert Sands Unified School District. On Dec. 8, the adult school entered a memorandum of understanding with...

EL Civics retained and expanded under WIOA
Posted on 01/29/2016
On January 11, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a program memorandum, entitled Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Frequently Asked Questions . The program memorandum provides answers to frequently asked questions and clarifies statutory provisions related...

CCAE State Conference, San Francisco, April 21-23, 2016
Posted on 01/27/2016
CCAE Bay Section is hosting this year’s conference titled "Adult Education: The Bridge to College, Careers, and Communities". The program co-chairs, Gladys Kiefer and Tim Doyle say that “the theme proudly distinguishes our role and the impact adult educators make on a daily basis throughout our state. These past couple...

COABE/TALAE National Conference, Dallas, April 10-13, 2016
Posted on 01/25/2016
Attend COABE/TALAE National Conference in Dallas titled “Bigger & Better in Texas, and collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in the lone star state! Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers. Twelve strands—comprised of more than 200 sessions—will be offered, providing valuable,...

New grant will provide childcare to parents in training programs
Posted on 01/22/2016
On December 17th, the Department of Labor announced the availability of $25,000,000 in grants under the Strengthening Working Families (SWF) Initiative. The Initiative will award up to $4,000,000 in funds to partnerships between the workforce development system, education providers (including community colleges, community based organizations, and tech boot camps), child...

The January Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 01/20/2016
The January issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to...

Slideware Options for Making Great Presentations
Posted on 01/19/2016
In the January Web-based Activity article Kristi Reyes writes that "Microsoft PowerPoint has become ubiquitous as the presentation software (slideware) for presentations from the boardroom to the classroom. However, there are many free alternatives to PowerPoint that teachers and students can use to add variety to the presentation experience, for...

The January Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 01/15/2016
The January 2016 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by...

OTAN Winter 2016 Newsletter: Online Connection: Celebrating Success
Posted on 01/13/2016
Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops. The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics: Adult Education Included in California EdTech...

On edSurge: 5 Issues Every ‘Future Ready’ School Leader Must Address
Posted on 01/11/2016
Rusul Alrubail is a writer on education, teaching and learning, and a community facilitator and blogger at Edutopia. Thomas Murray is the State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC. EdSurge is a partner of the Future Ready Initiative , “a comprehensive effort...

OCTAE responds to the release of 2016 National Education Technology Plan
Posted on 01/08/2016
On December 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and new Future Ready commitments to support personalized professional learning for district leaders and educators working to improve teaching and student learning through the effective use of technology. As educators, advocates,...

$100 Million Announced for TechHire Partnership Grants
Posted on 01/06/2016
Announced on Nov. 17 by the Department of Labor, the TechHire Partnership Grants funding opportunity offers significant new money and approaches to education and training partnerships to train more adults for the IT industry, with an emphasis on young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 and those with...

COABE National Awards Honoring Excellence in Adult Education due January 31
Posted on 01/04/2016
You or someone you know could qualify for COABE's prestigious national-level awards . State associations and large group members are encouraged to nominate state-wide winners for COABE awards. COABE members can nominate individuals for awards, however self-nominations will not be accepted. All members may apply for incentive grants or scholarships....

Happy Holidays!
Posted on 12/23/2015
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! OTAN's vision is to lead California adult education in the integration of technology into the educational process, ultimately empowering learners to meet their academic, employment and civic goals. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season! In observance of the holiday season, the OTAN office...

WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan including Adult Education, Comments Due Jan 2
Posted on 12/18/2015
The WIOA Unified State Plan has been released for public comment. Appendix B covers Title II, Adult Education and Literacy Programs. Please take the time to read it and add your voice to the conversation. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on January 2, 2016. This is a major...

A report shows School Internet Speeds Improved for 20 Million US Students
Posted on 12/17/2015
On November 18, 2015 The Education Superhighway announced the release of their first annual 2015 State of the States report on Internet connectivity in America’s K-12 public schools. According to Evan Marwell, “the report shows, in the last two years tremendous progress has been made, an additional 20 million students...

The December Issue of OTAN's Administrators’ Digests is Available
Posted on 12/15/2015
The December 2015 issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below: The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links...

Build Resource Collections for Lessons with XtLearn
Posted on 12/14/2015
In the December Web-based Activity article Susan Coulter writes that "XtLearn is a Web site that allows you to build collections of resources and present them to learners in a way that is visually appealing." You can gather resources from anywhere on the Internet or create resources from your own...

The December Issue of OTAN's Teachers' Digest is Available
Posted on 12/10/2015
The December 2015 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by...

Accelerating Change: How education technology developers can jump-start a new adult education market, A Study by Digital Promise
Posted on 12/07/2015
A new study commissioned by Digital Promise and conducted by research firm Whiteboard Advisors, “Accelerating Change ,” explores how education technology developers can spur the adult education market for technology with products that are geared toward under-skilled adult learners. The results provide critical insights into how the adult education market...

edSurge: A Marketplace for Teachers to Sell, Share and Shine
Posted on 12/04/2015
In her November 2015 article, Patricia Gomes states that “Millions of teachers are avid buyers and sellers in a booming number of marketplaces for teacher-made materials.” Gomes goes on to share that “A recent EdSurge survey identified 9 marketplaces where teachers can sell their creations. Another 6 allow them to...

DACA Youth Resource Guide
Posted on 12/02/2015
In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college and careers, the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has released a resource guide to help educators, school leaders, and community organizations better support...

Create Multimedia Lessons Using Blendspace
Posted on 11/30/2015
In the November Web-based Activity article Debbie Jensen writes that”there are so many wonderful resources on the Web.” She wonders “How can we gather them to use effectively in our classrooms?” Her one answer is Blendspace. “With it you can “easily find, add, and share online content (videos, images, PDFs,...

OTAN closed during Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/25/2015
OTAN’s vision is to lead California adult education in the integration of technology into the educational process, ultimately empowering learners to meet their academic, employment and civic goals. We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! In observance of Thanksgiving, the OTAN office will be closed on November...

Pell Grants for Dual Enrollment: A Promising Model
Posted on 11/24/2015
In an effort to expand access to higher education, on November 3rd the Department of Education published a Federal Register notice inviting postsecondary institutions, in partnership with public secondary schools or local education agencies, to apply to participate in the dual enrollment experiment that will allow students without a secondary...

Families Learning Summit, October 16-19, 2016
Posted on 11/23/2015
National Center for Families Learning has announced that the next Families Learning Summit will be held October 16-19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. The Comeback City is a leader in technology, medicine, alternative energy, and is in the midst of one of the nation’s greatest urban redevelopments; and it will be...

November is National Family Literacy Month
Posted on 11/20/2015
Family literacy is at work when two generations or more -- parents, children, and/or extended family members – are actively engaged in learning together. The National Center for Families Learning , has always worked to hone and create the best family literacy practices and resources to facilitate adults and children...

EdTech Fall Webinar Series - Register now for the December 4th New USA Learns Webinar!
Posted on 11/18/2015
The EdTech Center seeks to meet the evolving education and training needs of undereducated adults and youth through high quality, innovative services aimed at increasing local staff skills and program capacity. The EdTech Center supports educators and local partners in the integration of digital technologies into instruction, promotes digital literacy...

Registration Open for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016
Posted on 11/16/2015
California adult education providers, OTAN and Fresno Adult School invite you to two days (March 11–12, 2016) of new information, dynamic presentations, and plenty of hands-on skill development to start or grow your blended/ distance learning programs and enhance technology integration! Registration for theTechnology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016 is...

Adult Learners Honored and Celebrated at ACSA’s 2015 Leadership Summit
Posted on 11/12/2015
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2015 Leadership Summit took place in Sacramento, November 5-6. One of the highlights was a luncheon honoring ACSA’s Every Student Succeeding award recipients. The program, which has been in existence for nearly two decades, recognizes students who have overcome obstacles to succeed in...

Designing a Better Future for Adult Learners: A Cross-Country Collaboration, Nov 18 9PST/12 EST
Posted on 11/03/2015
Digital Promise’s Adult Learning Initiative  in close cooperation with the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE  and the MIT Media Lab is convening a nationwide, multi-city design day to explore how new digital learning opportunities could be designed for under-skilled, under-served adults. Engage in local DESIGN challenges focused on designing real solutions...

On edSurge: How to Make Micro-Credentials Matter
Posted on 10/28/2015
Badges, certifications, skill identifiers--you’ve probably seen micro-credentials in one digital form or another. But how do we know whether they actually matter in the real world? At the Digital Promise  Educator and Workforce Micro-credentials Summit on January 30, about 100 teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and nonprofit representatives, both from K-12 and higher-ed,...

OER: Providing Equitable Access to Education for All Learners
Posted on 10/26/2015
Summary from White House Blog Post: The Federal government is supporting the use of open educational resources (OER) to provide equitable access to quality education. Everyone has the right to education…Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights...

8 Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout
Posted on 10/26/2015
In her article on We Are Teachers,  Elizabeth Mulvahill presents reflections and advice from veteran teachers about what is it at the end of the day that keeps teachers devoted to their increasingly difficult work.  The following eight tips are presented in more detail . Reflect. Stay positive. Find celebrations...

Digital Citizenship Week by Commonsense Media, October 18-24, 2015
Posted on 10/12/2015
Grown-ups dread it. Kids need it. It is time to have "The Talk." You do not want kids learning about the birds and the bees on the playground. And when it comes to navigating social media, online games, smartphones, and the Internet, it is best for kids to get their...

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches CTE App Challenge
Posted on 10/12/2015
In an effort to inspire students to pursue an education beyond high school, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the Reach Higher Career App Challenge to promote the development of mobile apps that will help students navigate education and career pathways,...

Teaching Study Strategies: Flashcards for Making Class Content “Stick”
Posted on 10/12/2015
In this month’s Web-based activity Kristi Reyes refers to books on how we process and retain information, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (by John Medina) and Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (by Brown, Roediger, & McDaniel). Among the many valuable...

Suspension of the California High School Exit Examination
Posted on 10/12/2015
  The California Department of Education (CDE) issued a letter to District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the suspension of the CAHSEE pursuant to the passing of Senate Bill (SB) 172. Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu) was signed by Governor Brown on October 7, 2015. This law suspends the...

Early Bird Rates Extended for eLearning Symposium, December 4-5, 2015
Posted on 10/08/2015
The eLearning Strategies Symposium, a joint partnership of CUE and The Stanislaus County Office of Education, is designed to bring together K-12 and adult education teachers and administrators, policymakers, and industry around elearning’s progress, direction, curriculum, policy, teaching and learning strategies, and professional development. The fourth annual eLearning Strategies Symposium...

Taking the Next Step – Helping Students Transition to Training and Postsecondary
Posted on 10/02/2015
This webinar will help your ESL and ABE students get ready for the next step toward their goals. In this webinar, participants will explore methods like note-taking and self-efficacy skills that help students be successful in postsecondary courses and/or higher level job training. The focus will be on the necessary...

LINCS Learner Center Launched for Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Posted on 09/28/2015
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) has launched an online center to direct adult learners to free, high-quality resources related to education, job and life skills. The LINCS (Literacy, Information and Communication System) Learner Center  complements OCTAE's priority goal to make on-demand learning available for teachers and students....

Connected Educator Month 2015
Posted on 09/24/2015
Connected Educator Month launches on October 1! Throughout the month CEM website will be putting up weekly posts with highlighted events you will want to check out for the coming weeks. The Connected Educator Month Starter Kit  - created by Powerful Learning Practice  - has 31 days of connected activities, giving you...

Healthy Family Habits - NCFL's newest family-learning resource
Posted on 09/24/2015
NCFL announced the launch of Healthy Family Habits , an online resource dedicated to providing families with real-world ways to establish and hone healthy habits. This new (and completely free) set of materials offers step-by-step guides and downloadable resources for community organizations seeking support in planning and hosting health-literacy events...

CALPRO Webinar: ESL & Numeracy: What’s the Connection?
Posted on 09/17/2015
What: Instructors Forum Webinar: ESL & Numeracy: What's the Connection? When: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 2 – 3 pm How: Register here  or go to the Event Calendar on CALPRO, www.calpro-online.org . What's Next: A follow-up online discussion in the CALPRO electronic Community of Practice  (e-CoP, membership required, easy and free!) How can...

Technology and Distance Learning Plan, WIOA, Title II: Program Year 2015-16
Posted on 09/16/2015
The Technology and Distance Learning Plan is now open for submissions. This Technology and Distance Learning Plan is one of the Program and Accountability requirements for all agencies approved for funding in 2015-2016 for the grant under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II (WIOA), also known as...

Teaching Channel: Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text
Posted on 09/14/2015
"One of the most exciting shifts in the Common Core State Standards is the increased use of content-rich, informational text," write Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi at Tchers' Voice . "As professionals, how often do we read texts that are outside of our comfort zone?" they continue. "Perhaps it was...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 21-26, 2015
Posted on 09/08/2015
This year, the Commission on Adult Basic Education, (COABE) is leading the charge to observe and celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy. This is the organization's message; "What is your key to success in adult education? Who has inspired you in your education journey? Is it your son or daughter?...

New Research Brief Released: Educational Technology in Corrections 2015
Posted on 08/28/2015
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) recently released Educational Technology in Corrections 2015 . This new report details the current status of educational technologies in corrections, existing and emerging approaches to providing such services in facilities, and the successes and challenges of early implementers....

Teaching Channel: Growth Mindset Made Visible
Posted on 08/28/2015
In an August 14, 2015 post Tchers' Voice blog contributor, Carissa Romero, writes about two videos that show mindset practices in action. These are both examples of elementary school teachers applying the strategies, however the underling philosophy is applicable to adult learners as well. Mindset is a concept put forth...

TIMAC and OTAC Applications Extended Through September 11
Posted on 08/28/2015
The due date has been extended to September 11 for applications for OTAN's two popular academies. There are 10 spots available for each academy for the 2015-16 school year. Take advantage of this free sustained professional development and build your agency's capacity for technology integration, as well as blended, distance...

Career Pathways: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
Posted on 08/27/2015
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS ) at the U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications to establish model demonstration projects to develop and use career pathways to help individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities, acquire necessary marketable skills and recognized postsecondary credentials. OSERS expecst to...

Coalition Calls on White House to Open Up Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources
Posted on 08/26/2015
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME ), along with a broad coalition of more than 90 education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations, called on the White House to take administrative action to ensure federally funded educational materials are made available as Open Educational...

State Provides $50 Million to Connect Schools to the Internet
Posted on 08/24/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced a second round of Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grants (BIIG 2.0) is available for California schools and districts to enhance their network connectivity. "Because of a wise investment approved by the Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, an additional $50 million is...

Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Posted on 08/24/2015
On August 18, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education released a program memorandum, entitled Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The program memorandum lays out the vision and role of...

U.S. Department of Education Launches Second Chance Pell Pilot Program for Incarcerated Individuals
Posted on 08/18/2015
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department of Education today announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program  to test new models to allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants  and...

Upcoming AIR Event – Using Open Educational Resources for ESL Teaching and Learning
Posted on 08/14/2015
From August 25 - September 1, 2015, special guests Amanda Duffy and Marcela Movit from the American Institute for Research (AIR) will engage in an informative, large-group discussion on open educational resources (OER) and how they may enhance teaching and learning in adult ESL classrooms. OER help students achieve their...

TIMAC and OTAC Applications Open Through September 7
Posted on 08/12/2015
The online applications for OTAN's two popular academies are open through September 7. There are 10 spots available for each academy for the 2015-16 school year. The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) was initiated in 2010 to meet the growing need for professional development to implement online and blended instruction. Participants...

Grant Helps Turlock Adult School Expand and Reach More Students
Posted on 08/11/2015
Credit: Turlock Adult School A Title II grant awarded to Turlock Adult School (TAS) in the 2013-14 school year has them to promote adult education, citizenship and family literacy, and grow to become the largest adult school in Stanislaus County. As reported in a recent issue of the Modesto Bee...

How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives
Posted on 08/07/2015
LA Johnson | NPR In a July 08, 2015 nprED blog post , author Anya Kamenetz writes about findings from a study released by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "They found that if every adult high school...

Adult Learners’ Awareness and Attitudes towards Disabilities
Posted on 08/06/2015
The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act seeks to improve adult learners' academic skills, regardless of disability or primary language background. From August 10-13, 2015, join guest panelist and Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS ) community member, Dr. Margaret Patterson of Research Allies for Lifelong Learning , in a Q&A...

270,000 Students to Connect over Books with Global Read-Aloud Project
Posted on 08/04/2015
This year during the Global Read Aloud project teachers will choose from four books (and a group of picture books), and more than 270,000 students are expected to participate. Four of the authors will join in on the online conversations, which will happen on Skype, Twitter, Google Apps, Kidblog, and...

On edSurge: A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating Your Blended Learning Goals
Posted on 08/03/2015
OTAN Photo | Randy Bayne In her July 18, 2015 post , Kira Keane discusses the importance of communications planning when implementing blended models of teaching and learning. Keane writes, "when school leaders launch blended learning initiatives, they typically think about devices, software, (hopefully) student learning goals." However, Kean has...

More Than 500,000 Historical Video Clips by Associated Press on YouTube
Posted on 07/30/2015
Last week the Associated Press (AP) announced the publication of more than one million minutes of archival footage on YouTube . That footage is being published in collaboration with British Movietone . Applications for Education Much of the footage in the AP and British Movietone archives is under two minutes....

Edutopia: Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards
Posted on 07/29/2015
Recently, Edutopia staff updated the collection of links covering topics related to Common Core State Standards. From the debate between supporters and opponents to new laws being enacted in individual states, to the polls by authorities in education, more detailed information is offered about CCSS intricacies and controversies. One of...

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – One-Year Anniversary
Posted on 07/28/2015
Last Wednesday marked one year since the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA ) was signed into law by President Obama. The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) sent a special anniversary message to State Directors of Adult Education. That message included a video  from Secretaries Duncan and Perez...

Applications Now Available for New OCTAE Awards for Improved Reentry Education
Posted on 07/22/2015
Applications are now available for OCTAE's estimated nine new awards  for its Improved Reentry Education (IRE) program authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The average size of each award is $300,000. The IRE program supports demonstration projects in prisoner reentry education that show its effectiveness. According to the award notice,...

On edSurge: The Past, Present and Future of School Design
Posted on 07/20/2015
In July 6, 2015 piece on EdSurge Michael B. Horn interviews Larry Kearns, an architect at Wheeler Kearns Architects, while exploring the history and future of school design. When asked about what the opportunities for school design are in this blended-learning area, Larry Kearns responds, "Since the educational industry is...

Executive Order Elevates Career and Technical Education
Posted on 07/17/2015
This post by Johan E. Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, first appeared on the OCTAE blog . Tens of thousands of practitioners and policymakers across our country have worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure...

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years
Posted on 07/15/2015
urbanworkbench (Mike Thomas)Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In a June 29, 2015 article on KQED's MindShift blog Katrina Schwartz gives and overview of the NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report which offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five...

Boost Your School’s Educational Technology and Blended Learning with TIMAC and OTAC
Posted on 07/14/2015
The online application forms are now open by OTAN's two popular academies for teacher candidates for 10 spots each for the 2015-16 school year. The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) was initiated in 2010 to meet the growing need for professional development to implement online and blended instruction. Participants are also...

Reenvisioning Career and Technical Information
Posted on 07/02/2015
OTAN Photo | Randy Bayne As the United States and global economies continue undergoing the shocks and rapid transformations that have occurred over the last several decades, policy makers, parents, students, and educators are rethinking the roles education and training play in employment. Tens of thousands of practitioners and policymakers across...

Adult Literacy XPRIZE
Posted on 06/30/2015
XPRIZE , the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation , announced the launch of the $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE , a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result...

Connecting Credentials to Improve Economic Mobility
Posted on 06/30/2015
The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (CLASP ), in partnership with Lumina Foundation and more than 40 other organizations, is cosponsoring a national dialogue on how to transform our nation's highly diverse and fragmented education and workforce credentialing system into one that is student-centered and learning-based. In such a...

LINCS Community: Discussion on Micro-credentials and Online Portfolios, July 13
Posted on 06/30/2015
Beginning July 13th, 2015 the LINCS Technology and Learning community of practice will host a discussion on Online Portfolios and Micro-credentials (also referred to as digital badges). The discussion will be cross-posted in the Program Management and Career Pathways communities. Special guests will discuss examples of digital badges and other...

Workforce Innovation Fund Grants Now Available Through the Department of Labor
Posted on 06/30/2015
The Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) , launched in 2011, supports service delivery innovation at the systems level and promotes long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system, including strengthening evidence based program strategies through evaluation and the scaling of best practices. The 2015 WIF application heavily encourages workforce agencies...

Adult Ed Block Grant Package Signed by the Governor
Posted on 06/29/2015
CCAE Photo In a recent California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) post titled "Adult Ed Block Grant Package Signed by the Governor" , Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke reports on what adult educators can expect to see in the 2015-16 school year. "Today we breathe a sigh of relief that the...

State and Federal Streams of Funding for Adult Ed, as explained by SI&A's Cabinet Report
Posted on 06/29/2015
OTAN Photo | Randy Bayne SI&A's Cabinet Report delivers the news about the national, state and local issues that are reported by the in-house team of education reporters. They sort through and analyze issues and events of interest to California's K-12 educators with focus on Budget and Finance, Curriculum &...

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Praises New State Budget
Posted on 06/25/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2015-16 state budget: "This state budget represents a significant step forward for education in California with a much-needed increase in funding for our schools, but it must also be noted, even with this,...

Microsoft launching Lit4Life and the Chekhov Story Author App
Posted on 06/24/2015
If you are a member of LINCS Community Groups for Disabilities in Adult Education or Technology and Learning, you may have read the post by Michael Cruse about Microsoft's two new literacy projects. According to the Web site "Literacy For Life is a global initiative, building sustainable solutions to address...

OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Uvin’s Keynote Address to COABE 2015
Posted on 06/22/2015
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin delivered a keynote speech at the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE ) conference on April 23, 2015. It was dedicated to two individuals who have passed away this year and who made significant contributions to the...

Sign up for a CALPRO Online Course This Summer
Posted on 06/19/2015
Summer is a great time to take advantage of professional development, and CALPRO is offering two online courses beginning in July. Each course is four weeks long and requires about 3 hours per week of your time. Register soon , as these courses fill up quickly. Effective Lesson Planning Plan...

New Guidance on the Partial Restoration of the Ability to Benefit Provisions for Title IV Federal Financial Aid
Posted on 06/17/2015
OTAN Photo | Randy Bayne The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 helped reopen the door to opportunity in postsecondary education by changing the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to partially restore what is known as the "ability to benefit (ATB) alternatives". The new law...

Don't want Google to track your Internet habits? There's a website for that.
Posted on 06/15/2015
Whether through the ads it serves, queries it handles, emails it scans, or sensors it tracks, Google knows a lot about you. Most of that information is given voluntarily with the understanding that better service sometimes requires sacrificing a bit of privacy, but sometimes we all have second thoughts about...

Former adult school student honored for giving back
Posted on 06/12/2015
by Austin Walsh, San Mateo Daily Journal Tom Jung/Daily Journal Lou Mak is greeted by well-wishers at the San Mateo Adult School during a celebration to honor his volunteerism and pending move for an employment opportunity. A former student is taking the lessons and opportunities offered to him at the...

Parent Engagement on Rise as Priority for Schools, Districts
Posted on 06/10/2015
Family-engagement practitioners and researchers say educators are adopting systemic and sustained efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools—a welcome shift for advocates who have complained of lip service but scant support for programs they say can have a big impact on student achievement. In the past seven...

EduCanon: Adding Videos with Built In Questions
Posted on 06/08/2015
by Debbie Jensen, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Baldwin Park, CA Posted June 2015 Videos enhance our teaching and our classrooms. They promote self-paced learning with the ability to stop and rewind. But sometimes we are not sure what our students are getting out of the video. Would it...

Wear Red for Adult Ed
Posted on 06/05/2015
This story was first published in the May 2015 issue of Easy English Times . The online and print publication was "created in 1996 to meet the need for relevant and current material presented in a user friendly format for ESL classes and adult literacy programs." Visit Easy English Times...

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Award of Career Pathways Trust Grants
Posted on 06/03/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson awarded $244 million in grants May 27, 2015 to 40 programs that blend academic and career technical education, connect employers with schools, and train students for jobs in high-demand fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and software development. The grants...

Family and Consumer Sciences delegates visit DC
Posted on 06/01/2015
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE ) recently held a briefing to learn how Family and Consumer Sciences Education is contributing to the Administration’s education priorities. State leaders of the National Association of State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS) addressed the importance of career-ready foundation...

WIOA: A Vision to Revitalize the Workforce System
Posted on 06/01/2015
Reminder: Public comments are being accepted on the 5 proposed notices of rulemaking until June 15, 2015. See the announcement  with docket numbers, anFAQ  document, a recorded statement  by Acting Assistant Secretary Uvin, and a recorded webinar  on entering comments. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) aims to increase access to and opportunities for...

Toyota Family Learning RFP: Initial applications now being accepted through June 11
Posted on 05/28/2015
National Center for Families Learning, (NCFL), is again seeking innovative schools, libraries, and community organizations to join the Toyota Family Learning movement. Download the full request for proposals (RFP) . Toyota Family Learning was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse families to roll...

End-of-year Presentations by TIMAC and OTAC Participants
Posted on 05/28/2015
On May 28 and 29, 2015, presentations are being held by adult education teachers who engaged this school year in technology integration projects and implementing blended and online learning through their participation in one of two OTAN professional development academies. The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) topics will range from creating...

The 8 Skills Students Must Have for the Future
Posted on 05/26/2015
This spring Edudemic once again features the topic addressed in the summer of 2014 about the future must-have skills for all learners. This time Micheal Sledd builds on Katie Lepi's writing, as well as Pearson's 2014 "The Learning Curve" report. Defined in this context the eight skills most necessary to...

May Revise - Stability, Certainty, Identity...Progress
Posted on 05/26/2015
In a recent message to members of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) and the California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA), Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke stated that she is, "pleased with what we've accomplished together these past few years." She was referring to the preservation of adult education in...

Technology Integration Basics
Posted on 05/20/2015
In a May 2015 post, Edutopia staff provide tips, strategies, tools, and other resources to help new teachers successfully integrate technology to facilitate educational objectives in the classroom. Topics range from Tips and Strategies to Get Started; to Standards, Models, and Frameworks to Finding, Evaluating, and Selecting Technology Tools; to...

Survey says: Learning should be collaborative, personalized and tech-supported
Posted on 05/19/2015
Results from the 2014 Speak Up survey , released Thursday by Project Tomorrow , give a glimpse of how K-12 students view modern learning. The findings indicate that they understand their learning process very well. They have clear preferences for how they want to learn, which devices they want to...

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds May State Budget Revision
Posted on 05/18/2015
SSPI Tom Torlakson | CDE Photo State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown's May Revision  (PDF; 1MB) of the state budget: "Governor Brown's May Revision continues the great progress we have been making to better fund California's public schools and better prepare students for...

Helping Learners Problem Solve Using Technology-Rich Environments
Posted on 05/15/2015
This upcoming webinar is geared toward technology coordinators, computer teachers, and lab assistants, although other teachers and staff who work with adult learners are welcome to attend. Facilitators will discuss how to help adult learners build their digital literacy, with a particular focus on using technology to solve problems relevant to their lives....

Breaking The Code Campaign and Connected Educators Month Initiative
Posted on 05/13/2015
One of the problems education faces in getting the resources and support it needs is that much of the great work being done in the schools every day by teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and students is unknown to the general public, because a culture of humility has created a...

Public radio broadcast on adult education and AB86
Posted on 05/11/2015
KQED's The California Report broadcast a report on Thursday, April 30 2015 about the status of adult education and the implications of AB86 in the Central Valley. Listeners can hear perspectives from students as they share about the importance of adult education to their lives and hear from staff at...

CDE Adult Education Office Requests Feedback from the Field about the State Plan
Posted on 05/07/2015
Chris Nelson, Education Administrator at Adult Education Office, Career and College Transition Division, California Department of Education issued the following statement: "Recently, the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) requested states to create a plan for Adult Education that transitions the state from the Title II of the...

Last Call for Submissions to Celebrate Your Successful Students – Deadline Extended to May 13, 2015
Posted on 05/06/2015
Annually, OTAN honors adult education students who have made positive contributions to the community and met their goals as a result of attending an adult education program. Administrators and instructors are encouraged to nominate their outstanding students. To nominate a student, visit the Adult Education Students Succeed site located at...

Sharon Bonney Named First Executive Director of the Commission on Adult Basic Education
Posted on 05/04/2015
Sharon Bonney | COABE Photo Earlier this month The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE ) appointed Sharon Bonney its first Executive Director. Ms. Bonney, a 15-year veteran in the field, accepted the appointment from the COABE Board, as the organization rolled out a new strategic plan at its annual...

Upskill Initiative to Provide Low-wage Workers with Education and Training
Posted on 05/01/2015
OTAN Photo | Randy Bayne In an April 27, 2015 post to the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS ) Community, David Rosen, reports on recent activity surrounding President Obama's Upskill Initiative. In April 2015, the White House Upskill Summit hosted 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators, tech innovators,...

Tapping into Better Brain Learning with Digital Stories
Posted on 04/29/2015
"Have you ever had a friend tell you a story and then a couple of weeks later you mention the same story to him or her as if it were your own story in the first place? Research says, 'A story is the only way to activate parts of the...

CCAE State Conference April 30 to May 2
Posted on 04/27/2015
The LA Metro Section is hosting the CCAE 2015 State Conference in Universal City, California on April 30-May 2, 2015. OTAN is presenting, facilitating or supporting the following: Tech Trends in Adult Education - See demonstrations of the different ways in which technology is being used by California adult educators...

Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Posted on 04/23/2015
The departments of Education and Labor announced that they are seeking comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  (WIOA). The act, signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs...

DigitalLiteracy.gov
Posted on 04/22/2015
The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to...

Secretary Duncan Announces Education Department's First-Ever Guide for Ed Tech Developers
Posted on 04/21/2015
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, last week announced the first-ever guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs from the department's Office of Educational Technology (OET). The Ed Tech Developer's Guide: A Primer for Developers, Startups and Entrepreneurs is a free guide that addresses key questions about the education ecosystem and...

Gaining a Mile-high Perspective with COABE
Posted on 04/20/2015
The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE ) is a 15,000 members strong national professional organization with a mission to provide leadership, communication, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance quality services for all adult learners. This year the COABE 2015 National Conference...

Not Going to COABE? Join the App Chat With Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin
Posted on 04/17/2015
Participate--from your location--in the first ever "App Chat" using COABE's App ! Join us for this follow-up session to Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin's keynote address. Dr. Uvin will be joined by Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, to discuss the federal policy and legislative initiatives that impact...

The Importance of Transforming Adult Learning
Posted on 04/15/2015
Carmen NavarroAdult Education Students Succeed When OTAN began the Adult Education Student Succeed project several years ago it was designed to showcase successful adult learners in celebration of California Adult Education's sesquecentennial. Surpassing our original intent, Adult Education Students Succeed continues to grow and is now gaining national recognition. In...

Learning for Life: The Opportunity for Technology to Transform Adult Education
Posted on 04/13/2015
Technology training for adult educators. In fall 2014, Tyton Partners, with support from the Joyce Foundation and the Commission on Adult Basic Education, conducted comprehensive research on the role of and potential for instructional technologies in the US adult education field. Tyton Partners conducted a national survey of more than...

Remembering Jim Figueroa, Leader in Adult Education in Los Angeles Area
Posted on 04/09/2015
James A. Figueroa, a beloved and respected leader of adult school education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, passed away on March 28 at the age of 73. Jim was born and raised in East Los Angeles and graduated from Cantwell High School in 1959. He attended East Los...

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Awards $4.2 Million to Rural School Districts for Career Education Programs
Posted on 04/09/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that the first batch of $250 million in funding is being awarded this year to schools and their partners for career education programs. Eight rural schools and districts, stretching from Tehama County to San Diego County, will share $4.2 million in...

April is National Financial Literacy Month
Posted on 04/08/2015
In 2011 President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating April 2011 as a National Financial Literacy Month. Some resources listed at that time were www.MyMoney.gov and www.ConsumerFinance.gov . This year a Twitter search on #FinLitMonth comes back with the following resources related to this topic relative to adult education NCFL's...

Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning – an Online Course
Posted on 04/06/2015
CALPRO will offer the four-week online course Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring and Reflection starting on April 20, 2015. Register soon by looking for the start date on the training calendar, as this course will fill up fast. How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your...

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Available for Public Inspection
Posted on 04/06/2015
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Department of Education released a program memorandum announcing five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We encourage you to share this information with interested stakeholders, and to become familiar now with the content of the NPRMs...

Open Education Resources Through CK-12
Posted on 04/06/2015
by Susan Coulter, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Baldwin Park, CA Posted April 2015 If you missed our December Web-based Class Activity on Open Education Resources through OER Commons, then let me just restate that according to Wikipedia, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and...

Remembering a Contributor to Adult Education History – Lee W. Clark
Posted on 04/06/2015
One of the participants in The California Adult Education Oral History Project and a well-known figure in the Bay Area adult education field, Lee W. Clark passed away on March 13 2015. His service in education was recently summarized by Mrs. Susan Clark, his wife. "After serving as an officer...

New Administrator for Adult Education Office
Posted on 04/03/2015
Russell Weikle, Division Director, Career and College Transition Division, announced April 3 2015, that the California Department of Education has appointed Christian Nelson as the new administrator for the Adult Education Office. In Mr. Weikle's words "Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in adult education leadership. "Mr. Nelson...

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity
Posted on 04/02/2015
Grants Will Support Citizenship Preparation Services for Permanent Residents U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (logon required), a competitive grant opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S....

New TechHire Initiative Launched
Posted on 04/02/2015
President Obama Announces Multi-Sector Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology Jobs; Makes Available $100 Million in Grants Photo by: Wonderlane , Flickr CC BY 2.0 This week, President Obama announced a new TechHire initiative  to equip workers with the skills necessary to fill 500,000 open...

Impact Data on Adult Ed Program Participation
Posted on 04/01/2015
OCTAE commissioned Dr. Stephen Reder, professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University, to create five research briefs using that university's Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (LSAL ) data to examine the long-term impacts of adult basic skills (ABS) program participation on a range of outcome measures....

After Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015
Posted on 03/30/2015
OTAN's annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS15) was held at San Leandro Adult School March 13-14, 2015. Participants chose from more than 40 separate sessions with something for everyone. Attendees looking for ways to increase their knowledge of blended or online learning were able to choose from "Orienting Students...

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
Posted on 03/30/2015
Mike Ribble is the Director of Technology at Manhattan-Ogden School District and an Educational Technology Presenter and Consultant. He is also the author of the work found on the Web site DigitalCitizenship.net . The work on Digital Citizenship was the culmination of a three year dissertation project. According to Mr.Ribble,...

College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action
Posted on 03/23/2015
"It's essential to keep rigorous content standards at the heart of instructional planning, delivery, and evaluation." Christopher Coro, Deputy Director of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) That is exactly what 66 adult educators from 12 states did throughout their participation...

Adult Education Week Begins Today
Posted on 03/23/2015
The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE ) and the California State Consortium for Adult Education (CSCAE ) are teaming up to jointly promote and sponsor Adult Education Week, March 23-27, 2015. Many adult education programs are hosting events and making available information and press releases about their programs. The...

National Skills Coalition Releases New Report on Job-Driven Educational Pathways for Unauthorized Youths and Adults
Posted on 03/16/2015
The National Skills Coalition recently released Missing in Action: Job-Driven Educational Pathways for Unauthorized Youth and Adults a new report by Rachel Unruh and Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, on the effects of U.S. immigration policy on the estimated 11.4 unauthorized immigrants in America's labor force. The report examines the need for immigration...

CCAE and CSCAE Team Up for Adult Education Week, March 23-27, 2015
Posted on 03/13/2015
The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE ) and the California State Consortium for Adult Education (CSCAE ) are teaming up to jointly promote and sponsor Adult Education Week, March 23-27, 2015. Many adult education programs will be hosting events and making available information and press releases about their programs....

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium Happening This Weekend
Posted on 03/11/2015
The OTAN Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015 (TDLS) is happening today and tomorrow (March 13-14) in San Leandro. If you are not one of the 200 lucky registrants who are currently attending the symposium, you can still follow what is being shared with your colleagues. Registration for the Symposium...

Start Your Day with Current Events Using Online Tools: InkaBinka, Socrative, Google Docs, Remind
Posted on 03/09/2015
by Debbie Jensen, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Baldwin Park, CA Posted March 2015 It's time to begin class. Get your students' attention with a quick look at current events using a new Web site and app called InkaBinka. Then follow up with other tools that check for their...

Adult Education Regional Planning Process Report Submitted to the Legislature
Posted on 03/06/2015
The 2015 AB86 Legislative report has been submitted to the Legislature. The report , jointly developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), "details the needs that emerged from the 70 consortia's reports and the joint recommendations of the CDE and the...

A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers
Posted on 03/04/2015
Jobs for the Future (JFF), "works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems." JFF recently released, A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers , by...

Successful Oakland Adult Education Student an Example for Us All
Posted on 03/03/2015
Rigoberto AlvaradoAdult Education Students Succeed "We must close the equity gap for immigrants, refugees, returning citizens, and all adults with disabilities." – Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier In an Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education blog post titled Closing the Equity Gap former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education...

ABC Adult School Principal Recognized As 58th Assembly District Woman of the Year
Posted on 03/02/2015
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia thanks ABC Adult School Principal PaoLing Guo for her leadership role in the 58th Assembly District Each March, in celebration of Women's History Month, the California State Legislature honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to their communities. This year's honoree, representing Cerritos and...

OCTAE Announces the Release of Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States
Posted on 02/26/2015
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE ) has released a new and long awaited report, Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States . The report, originally slated to be released in April of 2014, "lays out seven strategies for establishing convenient, effective, high-quality learning opportunities." "It...

LINCS Discussion: Helping Adult English Language Learners Who Have Learning Challenges
Posted on 02/24/2015
Need help assisting your adult English language learners (ELLs) who may have learning challenges thrive in the classroom? Then save the date for next month's Helping Adult English Language Learners Who Have Learning Challenges special discussion . March 2-5, 2015, special guests Robin Lovrien, Lauren Osowski, and Alicia Broggio will lead an...

Program Available for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015, Register Now
Posted on 02/20/2015
OTAN and San Leandro Adult School invite you to two days (March 13–14, 2015) of new information, dynamic presentations, and plenty of hands-on skill development to start or grow your blended/ distance learning programs and enhance technology integration! Registration for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015 is open for agencies that...

February Issues of OTAN's Administrators' and Teachers' Digests are Available
Posted on 02/18/2015
The February 2015 issues of OTAN's two informative digest are available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. You may also access them directly using these links: The Teacher's Digest is a monthly online publication containing announcements of OTAN online and face-to-face workshops and links to new...

USCIS Hosts Adult Citizenship Education Discussion
Posted on 02/17/2015
Join us from February 23-25, 2015 for a special conversation on adult citizenship education with the Office of Citizenship within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ). With the goal of helping participants prepare students for naturalization interviews and tests, this event will be of particular interest to teachers of...

CALPRO Opens Registration for Teaching Critical Thinking Online Workshops
Posted on 02/12/2015
Critical thinking skills are needed across the curriculum and in every subject area. They are survival skills in our complex world and are required for success in employment and further education. How do we best teach these skills? Learn how to help your students become better critical thinkers, problem solvers...

President Obama's 2016 Budget Seeks to Expand Educational Opportunity for All Students
Posted on 02/06/2015
The Obama Administration released a fiscal year 2016 budget on February 2 that includes key investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase equity and opportunity for all students ; support teachers and school leaders; and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in college . "The President's budget reflects this...

The Network Advantage for Advancing Immigrants' Linguistic, Economic, and Civic Integration
Posted on 02/05/2015
Networks for Integrating New Americans is a national initiative funded by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education that is positioning adult education programs as key contributors to place-based, multi-sector networks working to advance immigrants' civic, economic and linguistic integration. The Networks initiative has...

One Thing Leads to Another: Create Interactive Images with ThingLink
Posted on 02/05/2015
by Kristi Reyes, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA Posted February 2015 Teaching vocabulary or a course concept through text or by providing a spoken explanation reaches a certain percentage of student learners, but by using ThingLink , an image can be combined with text and many links to just about...

LINCS EVENT: What's Happening in State Professional Development, Part 2
Posted on 02/04/2015
February 9-13, 2015 LINCS partners with state representatives from Maine and Texas to host a lively discussion that builds upon hot topics raised during January's featured event: What's Happening in State Professional Development. Presenters include: Nancy Dionne, Adult Education Professional Development Coordinator, State of Maine Department of Education Dr. Debra...

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset
Posted on 01/29/2015
In a January 2, 2015 post , Edudemic staff present resources, research and schools of thought about Lifelong Learning as a mindset. Here are excerpts of interest to adult education and technology integration. According to Gerhard Fischer , director of the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D) at the...

New Resources: CCR Standards-Based Professional Development
Posted on 01/27/2015
New professional development materials are now available to support your effective implementation of college and career readiness (CCR) standards. There are eight professional development units—four for English language arts/literacy and four for mathematics . Each replicates a key activity offered during the CCR Standards Implementation Institutes, sponsored by the U.S. Department...

U.S. Education Department Announces Future Ready Regional Summits
Posted on 01/22/2015
The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help...

Apply now for the Integrated Education and Training Online Course
Posted on 01/21/2015
Applications are due on January 26, 2015 for CALPRO's four-week online course Integrated Education and Training (IET) beginning on February 2. In this course, participants work in agency-based teams with the goal of developing a plan to implement the integration of basic skills instruction with career and technical education. Teams...

Register Today for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015
Posted on 01/20/2015
California adult education providers, OTAN and San Leandro Adult School invite you to two days (March 13–14, 2015) of new information, dynamic presentations, and plenty of hands-on skill development to start or grow your blended/ distance learning programs and enhance technology integration! Registration for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium...

Department of Rehabilitation to Host Four-Part Series of Program Specific Public Forums on Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Posted on 01/16/2015
The California Department of Rehabilitation has announced a four-part series of program specific public forums to share information and gather feedback on changes to its core services under the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA). They will be discussing topics such as the following: Potential modifications to Transition Partnership Program...

Six Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking
Posted on 01/15/2015
The Teaching Channel is a new must for anyone in education who cares about self-improvement and "sharing and learning diverse techniques to help every student grow.". In a December 23, 2014 re-post by contributor Lily Jones, a Northern California educator, outlined some strategies that form the foundation for inspiring math...

January Issues of OTAN's Administrators' and Teachers' Digests are Available
Posted on 01/15/2015
The January 2015 issues of OTAN's two informative digest are available in the Professional Development area of the OTAN Web site. You may also access them directly using these links: The Teacher's Digest is a monthly online publication containing announcements of OTAN online and face-to-face workshops and links to new...

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
Posted on 01/13/2015
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) today released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. The Office of...

Governor Announces Increased Investment in Adult Education
Posted on 01/12/2015
In what is being considered a victory for adult students across California, Governor Jerry Brown announced an increased investment in adult education as he presented his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2015-16. "The most urgent priorities for this expanded funding are to stabilize the current system, ensure that current...

Web-Based Class Activity: Formative Assessments Using Kahoot!
Posted on 01/08/2015
Susan Coulter, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Baldwin Park, CA Posted January 2015 Kahoot is a game-based student response system, designed to run on computers and most mobile devices. It captivates and focuses a whole classroom, and enables formative assessment and adaptive learning. To share a game you must...

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Sworn in for Second Term
Posted on 01/06/2015
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson outlined his ambitious "Agenda for Excellence" for the next four years as he was sworn in for his second term as chief of California's public school system and leader of the California Department of Education. The...

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future
Posted on 01/05/2015
In her December 22, 2014 Edutopia article, Dana Mortenson , Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy includes the following in the skills that globally competent students will require to successfully navigate college, career, and life in the 21st century: An appreciation for cultural differences An ability to understand and...

MDRC Releases WorkAdvance Report on Sector-Focused Career Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults
Posted on 01/05/2015
Current data, including that found in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD) report, Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says , shows that many low-skilled adults across the nation experience difficulty securing family-sustaining employment and career advancement. Concurrently, many employers are reporting...