July 20, 2012
Vol. 4, No.1
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Admin Planning for Online-Blended Delivery (APOD)

OTAN is offering a series of webinars to help adult education administrators in planning, developing, and implementing an online distance education program. The first session is a panel discussion on topics including preparing for online delivery, teaching models for online and blended courses; and budgeting for distance programs. Panelists will be Diana Rumney, Jefferson Adult School; Portia Le Ferla, Torrance Adult School; Lynn Bartlett, San Juan Unified Adult Education. Please join us for a lively discussion. A headset with a microphone is strongly encouraged to enable free-flowing discussion between panelists and participants.

Register for this event. (www)

New Activities Designed to Promote Adult Education and Family Literacy

Adult Ed and Family Literacy 2012

Adult Education & Family Literacy Week will be celebrated this year from September 10-16, 2012. To help educators prepare, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL (www)) has developed a wide range of activities, resources, ideas and materials available at AEFL Week (www). Learn from other programs' experiences in hosting these and other awareness-raising activities.

The goal of AEFL Week (www) is to work side-by-side in every state, territory, and district, to heighten public awareness, strengthen alliances, leverage resources, and increase the number of people who understand the vital role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation's well-being.

Read more at OTAN News. (www)

 

Findings from a Survey of Adult Education Policies

CLASP - NCSDAE

CLASP (www) and the National Council for State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE (www)) have published an illuminating  report, Sinking or Swimming: Findings from a Survey of State Adult Education Tuition and Financing Policies (pdf) based on findings from a recent survey of adult education directors across the nation, authored by Marcie Foster with Lennox McLendon.

The research was conducted to help "begin the conversation about how to meet existing and emerging needs with shrinking resources…" and to help clarify key financing and tuition policies, including how programs are funded and how much money is propping up the system from all levels of government, local programs, and students themselves.

Read the full story (www).

 

The Power of Certificates as Credentials

Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment...

A recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce,Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees (www), proposes that "In an American economy where the advancement of technology and globalization means that a high school diploma alone is no longer able to provide family-sustaining earning to many, certificates represent one piece of a multi-pronged solution on the road to a workforce with 60 percent postsecondary attainment," This column reviews the major findings in the report.

Read more at OTAN News (www).

 

Change in Immigration Policy May Increase Enrollment

On June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced (www) a new immigration policy granting deferred action for two years to to those subject to potential removal from the U.S. The deferment is renewable and, if granted, may provide eligibility to apply for employment authorization. To be eligible, immigrants under age 30 must document that they were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and have continuously resided in the U.S. for the past five years. In addition—and this criterion may impact enrollment, including for community colleges and adult education programs—the policy states that eligible individuals "Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States." DHS has 60 days to implement the policy and is not yet accepting applications. Please watch for updates at uscis.gov or call 1-800-375-5283. OVAE Connection will announce when more information is available.

 

California WIA Program Facts

WIA

CASAS (www) has provided a two-page document providing program facts (pdf) for Workforce Investment Act, Title II (WIA), agencies in California in 2010-11. It provides information on the need in California for improving English skills, getting a high school diploma, and finding jobs, along with the percent of adult learners in WIA programs that have these needs. It also shows that all instructional levels met and exceeded the performance goals set for California by the Department of Education. It states that "[m]ore than 12,000 learners received a GED and more than 10,000 learners attained a high school diploma in 2010-11," and explains the increased need for adult education to meet California's economic goals.

Read the full story (www).

 

Pay for Success Pilot Grants Announced

Workforce Innovation Fund

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration recently announced the availability of approximately $20 million in Pay for Success (PFS) Pilot Project grants (PDF), funded out of the Workforce Innovation Fund (www). The fund supports approaches to designing and delivering employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system. PFS is designed to address the systemic problems facing vulnerable populations through investing financially in innovative prevention approaches and service models. Vulnerable populations may include low-wage and less-skilled workers, as well as youths, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities, and other economically and educationally disadvantaged persons. Preventative services include helping students who are at risk of dropping out to complete high school and/or post-secondary education or training, and giving ex-offenders alternatives to recidivism. Adult education providers offering preventative services to the targeted populations are encouraged to access the Workforce Innovation Fund (www) and Pay for Success (www) for more detailed information. Applications must be received by Dec. 11, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

Naturalization Test Preparation Portal Launched

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS (www)) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (NMAH(www)) recently launched Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship(www), This is a new Web-based learning tool, with an easy-to-use study guide to help immigrants prepare for the history and civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. The tool is designed to help users better understand the naturalization process, and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test.

Find out more in OTAN News (www).

 

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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 (www).

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 (www)

Online Workshops

There will be two workshop series' offered over the summer. Accompanying the transition to Moodle 2.2, there will be many opportunities, listed below, for teachers with online classes to prepare for this transition. In addition, there will be a series of webinars for administrators on planning and implementing online instruction. These are not yet scheduled, so watch the calendar and the OTAN Web site for an announcement of the dates.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Penny Pearson
July 24, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments with Penny Pearson
July 26, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30p.m.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Blair Roy
July 31, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admin Planning for Online-Blended Delivery with Penny Pearson
August 8, 2012 – 10 a.m.. to 11 a.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
August 9, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Penny Pearson
August 14, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
August 16, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30p.m.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Blair Roy
August 20, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
August 23, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments with Susan Coulter
August 30, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30p.m.

Face-to-Face Workshops

There are no face-to-face workshops during the summer. To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Find out more at about OTAN training at http://www.otan.us/training (www)

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