January 2015
Vol. 6, No. 5
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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Sworn in for Second Term

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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 swearing in ceremony took place at the California Department of Education in Sacramento.

"During my first term, we have begun transforming education in California by providing a world-class education for all students from early childhood to adulthood," said Torlakson. "But more work needs to be done. For my second term, I want to transform our system to one known far and wide for its excellence."

Torlakson outlined his plans to work together with teachers, parents, administrators, classified employees, community leaders, and business leaders, to achieve excellence in California's educational system.

Read the full story.

Governor Announces Increased Investment in Adult Education

Budget

Governor Jerry Brown Jr. last week proposed a carefully balanced budget that injects billions of dollars more into schools and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Propositions 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects and saving money, while continuing to chip away at the state's other long-term liabilities – debt, infrastructure, retiree health care and climate change.

"This carefully balanced budget builds for the future by saving money, paying down debt and investing in our state's core needs," said Governor Brown. "Our long-term fiscal health depends on the wise and prudent actions we take today."

Find out more in these two budget related articles on OTAN.

Celebrate Your Successful Students – Submit Your Nomination Today

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Grely Mazariegos (second from left) shows off her engraved plaque. Pictured from left to right: OTAN's Branka Marceta, Grely, and OTAN's Blair Roy and Penny Pearson.

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.

Two Student Succeed honorees, Grely Mazariegos and Saul Godinez, were recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2014 Leadership Summit in San Diego. Both students attended Tamalpais Adult School and were nominated by their teacher Jaemi Naish. Read more on page 2 of the current issue of OTAN Online Connection, and view OTAN-created videos of these and other student success stories on the Adult Education Students Succeed Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The 2015 honorees will be selected from nominations submitted before April 15, 2015. Administrators and instructors are encouraged to nominate their outstanding students by visiting the Adult Education Students Succeed site located at www.adultedlearners.org External link opens in new window or tab. From the Home page, select the Nomination tab, which outlines the selection criteria and displays the nomination form External link opens in new window or tab. All nominations will be considered and winners will be judged by their achievements as a result of their participation in an adult education program. Both the students and adult school programs are recognized through this process. OTAN looks forward to honoring your successful students!

Digital Citizenship and Literacy at TDLS

Technology

At the upcoming Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS), OTAN will host a strand about Digital Citizenship and Literacy.

At TDLS, hosted by San Leandro Adult School, resources and promising practices will be presented both from the California adult education field and from the emerging authorities on these topics such as Common Sense Media, responsible for designating October 19-25, 2014 Digital Citizenship Week in coordination with the Connected Educator Month (http://www.connectededucators.org External link opens in new window or tab).

Read more in the in the Winter 2015 issue of the OTAN Online Connection. Registration for TDLS is open through March 2, 2015. The cost is $25 and limited to 200 participants.

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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

Paper (Tests) to Pixels: Lessons Learned from One Technology Project External link opens in new window or tab
January 28, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab
February 03, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab
February 06, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Creating a High Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
February 10, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Social Media for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
February 11, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab
February 12, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2: Mobile Apps External link opens in new window or tab
February 13, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Creating Rubrics for Criteria-based Assessment External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Open Educational Resources and AE External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Create FREE Online Quizzes External link opens in new window or tab
February 27, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
February 27, 2015 – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab
March 18, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
March 19, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tab
March 25, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
March 31, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Beginning PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
February 18, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
San Diego Community College - Mid-City Center

Be Productive and Create Classroom Activities Using Word 2010 External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Berkeley Adult School

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
February 26, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part I External link opens in new window or tab
March 3, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Creating Web Sites with Google External link opens in new window or tab
March 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Advanced PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
March 25, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

To schedule a face-to-face workshop contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

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