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OTAN’s Digital Leadership Academy 2018-2020 Begins

Posted on 10/19/2018

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OTAN kicked off the second cohort of its Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC) on Thursday, October 18. The two-year project includes teams from seven adult education agencies across California:

  • Corona-Norco Adult Education
  • El Monte-Rosemead Adult School
  • Escondido Adult School
  • Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
  • Los Angeles Community College District
  • Mt. Diablo Adult Education
  • San Juan School for Adults

The two-day orientation at the OTAN offices in Sacramento gave DLAC participants the opportunity to meet one another and with the OTAN staff and coaches who will help the agency teams over the two years. The agency teams were given the calendar of events and milestones for the project. Participants also did a visioning exercise where they were asked to create a road map from 2018 to 2020 with challenges to technology integration that they anticipated along the way. One of the goals of DLAC is for agency teams to develop leadership skills to overcome these challenges, including these and others:

  • Implementing change across programs, program levels, and sites
  • Staff resistance to change
  • Access issues for students and sites
  • Increasing efficient and effective teamwork
  • Changing the mindset of students and staff from fixed to growth
  • Starting new classes and even changing the direction of a program

DLAC teams will begin working with their coaches this fall and will enroll in an online course on distance and blended learning in January 2019. OTAN will also bring the DLAC teams to its Technology and Distance Learning Symposium at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education from March 1-2. We look forward to hearing from our DLAC teams as they begin working on their technology integration projects!

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