December 2015
Vol. 7, No. 2

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Registration Open for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016

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 the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016 is open for agencies that are a part of the adult education provider network funded through the California Department of Education.

Symposium topics include:

  • Open Education Resources
  • Digital Badges and Micro-credentialing
  • Mobile Devices, iPads, Chromebooks and more
  • Online and Blended Instruction Delivery Models
  • Moodle—Your Learning Management System
  • Presentation Tools in the Classroom
  • Web-based Activities
  • Online Resources for Adult Education
  • and more

Registration is $25, limited to 200 participants, and is open now through March 1, 2016 or until 200 participants are registered. Don't miss out. Register early and secure your spot.

For more information visit the TDLS 2016 Web site.

Adult Learners Honored and Celebrated at ACSA’s 2015 Leadership Summit

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 school, as well as the educational team supporting them. This year, thanks to a generous donation from Indoor Environmental Services, each student received a $1,000 scholarship.

ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith co-hosted the Awards Ceremony with Stefanie Cruz, evening anchor at Fox40 in Sacramento. Smith said "there is nothing more rewarding than hearing the success stories in our schools".

“Think about the students you’ve helped,” Smith said. “Today, we honor these students, but we also honor you and the work you’ve done.” Two adult learners were honored along with K-12 students from 19 regions.

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Pell Grants for Dual Enrollment: A Promising Model

In an effort to expand access to higher education, on November 3rd the Department of Education published a Federal Register notice External link opens in new window or tab 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 school diploma or its recognized equivalent to receive Federal Pell Grants for integrated education programs. This experiment will expand access to college coursework for secondary school students from low-income backgrounds, a group that studies have identified as benefiting immensely from dual enrollment programs. The Department will invest up to $20 million in the 2016-17 award year, benefiting up to 10,000 students from low-income backgrounds across the country.

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DACA Youth Resource Guide

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 External link opens in new window or tab to help educators, school leaders, and community organizations better support undocumented youths in secondary and postsecondary schools. Those for whom the guide is intended also include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) External link opens in new window or tab recipients.

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Accelerating Change: How education technology developers can jump-start a new adult education market, A Study by Digital Promise

A new study commissioned by Digital Promise External link opens in new window or tab and conducted by research firm Whiteboard Advisors, “Accelerating Change External link opens in new window or tab,” 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 is ripe for innovation.

Patti Constantakis, the Director of Adult Learning Initiatives at Digital Promise, provides more detail:

“With this primer, we sought to begin to answer several important questions that developers might ask when considering stepping into the market.

  • What is the opportunity in the adult education market? It’s big. We lay out the pace at which emerging technologies have been adopted within our existing system of adult education and size up the opportunity.
  • What does funding and purchasing look like? We explain the policies and funding streams that shape the market today, including emerging opportunities at the federal, state, local and philanthropic levels.
  • Who are the adult learners and what are their needs? We spend a lot of time with this question, sharing perspectives from the field to help entrepreneurs understand the real-world demands of practitioners, and think about use-cases and solutions.

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Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Creating Videos for Instruction (aka "Blenderizing Instruction") External link opens in new window or tab
December 16, 2015 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Educational Technology Sharing through Alumni Online Meetings External link opens in new window or tab
December 18, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Open Educational Resources and AE  External link opens in new window or tab
January 12, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Citizenship Preparation Resources for Adult Education  External link opens in new window or tab
January 13, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students (Updated!)   External link opens in new window or tab
January 20, 2016 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning   External link opens in new window or tab
January 21, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Discussion   External link opens in new window or tab
January 22, 2016 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Chromebooks for Adult Education  External link opens in new window or tab
January 11, 2016 – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
San Leandro Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2 External link opens in new window or tab
January 22, 2016 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Alameda Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2 External link opens in new window or tab
January 29, 2016 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Pasadena City College - Community Education Center


Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

March 11-12, 2016
Fresno Adult School
More information about the Symposium

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