July 2014
Vol. 6, No. 1
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Congress Sends Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to President Obama

Capitol Rotunda

On a bipartisan vote of 415 to 6 the House of Representatives passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) on July 9, 2014. Last month the Senate passed WIOA on a vote of 95 to 3. The bill will now go to President Obama who is expected to sign it.

WIOA will replace the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which was last updated in 2003. It is the largest single source of federal funding for workforce development activities and adult education, sending nearly $3 billion each year to states to help adults, displaced workers and youth receive skills training and get jobs.

ProLiteracy calls WIOA External link opens in new window or tab, "a crucial step toward getting Americans back to work by reinvesting in the adult literacy and basic education field."

Here is the full text of WIOA External link opens in new window or tab including Title II: Adult Education and Literacy.

Originally posted in Updates on Federal Legislation on OTAN.

Request for Proposals for Community Model of Online Learning

CMOL

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), wants to establish three pilot projects (ideally located in north, central, and south geographic regions of California) to increase the quantity, quality, and effectiveness of online and blended instruction to support adult learners. OTAN is one of three California adult education leadership projects funded through the California Department of Education, Adult Education Office.

Proposals are requested from agencies that meet the following criteria:

  1. California-based, Workforce Investment Act, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIA II, AEFLA) funded agency with a history of success serving adult learners;
  2. Implemented at least one online or blended course for adult learners;
  3. Have a math or transition focus;
  4. Participate in an Assembly Bill 86 consortium.

The goals of the Community Model of Online Learning are to:

  1. Initiate and/or enhance agency use of online and blended learning opportunities for adult learners.
  2. Decrease the amount of time students must spend in remediation courses to complete a high school diploma or equivalency or to transfer to career technical education, apprenticeship programs, community college, or an institution of higher education through use of EdReady External link opens in new window or tab (a non-profit project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use).
  3. Leverage existing OTAN distance learning instructional resources and professional development offerings.

Preference will be given to WIA II, AEFLA-funded agencies that have a history of supporting adult learners. Proposed projects should focus on one or more of these program areas:

  1. Adult Secondary Education (math)
  2. High School Equivalency testing (math portion)
  3. High School Diploma (math portion)
  4. Postsecondary transition skills

For funding information, proposal requirements and instructions, please access the Request for Proposals document in the Funding and Jobs section of the OTAN Web site.

OTAN's Two Popular Academies (TIMAC & OTAC) Accepting Applications Soon

OTAC and TIMAC

Beginning in July and continuing to September, OTAN's two popular academies will be accepting applications from teacher candidates for 10 spots each for the 2014-15 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 introduced to effective practices in online teaching and learning.

The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its eleventh year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Training dates are set for October 16-17 (OTAC) and October 30-31 for (TIMAC), January 22-23 (both), and May 28-29 (both).

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

There are no online workshops currently scheduled.

Face-to-Face Workshops

Internet Resources for ESL/EL Civics Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
August 18, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Petaluma Adult School - McDowell Campus

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
September 19, 2014 – 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mt. San Antonio College

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

Did you know?

Ed Grants

OTAN maintains a database of adult education jobs. Most of the listing are for jobs in California, and sometimes you can find postings from other states.

OTAN also maintains a database of funding opportunities of interest to adult education agencies.

To access these resources you will need to have an OTAN username to log-on to the Funding & Jobs area of the OTAN Web site. Once there, just follow the links.

Do you have an adult education job you would like to advertise. Once you sign in you may place a want ad yourself, or you may send position information to Randy Bayne at rbayne@otan.us. Be sure to include closing date and links to application sites and more information, or attach your agency's position announcement.

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