October 2014
Vol. 6, No. 3
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OTAN Welcomes OTAC v5 and TIMAC Cohort 11

OTAC and TIMAC

OTAC and TIMAC are year-long professional development projects supporting adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) started in 2010-11 to meet the growing need in adult education field for training and support for the initiation and development of online instruction in a variety of delivery models. Specific focus is on Moodle, a learning management system, as a platform for the content delivery. The other major focus is on effective practices in online teaching and learning.

The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its tenth year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Popular topics this year were increased effective use of interactive whiteboards and document cameras, and using software effectively, whether computer or internet-based. TIMAC participants have also been creating Web-based resources such as Web sites, wikis, blogs, and social networks to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Read more and find out who is participating in this OTAN News story.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Winners of Federal Workforce Investment Act Grant

WIA

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 198 community colleges, school districts, libraries, and nonprofits will share more than $86 million in federal grants to help adults find meaningful jobs and become better informed citizens.

"These funds will help adults learn to read, write, and speak English so they can find good jobs to support their families and become more productive members of their communities," Torlakson said.

The Workforce Investment Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act External link opens in new window or tab (WIA) funds classes in Adult Basic Education, high school subjects, English as a Second Language, and citizenship. To be eligible for the classes, students must be at least 18 years old, not currently enrolled in school, and lacking in jobs skills and fluency in English. In addition, they must not yet have a high school diploma.

Read more in OTAN News.

Adult Education Bill - SB 173 - Signed by Governor Brown

California Capitol Dome

Governor Jerry Brown recently (September 25, 2014) signed Senate Bill 173, a measure related to adult education funding, into law. SB 173 was originally introduced in February 2013 and has gone through several transformations to reach its final form.

Following is a summary of provisions in the bill which was recently posted in the Laws and Legislation area of the OTAN Web site.

  • Requires the California Department of Education (CDE) and Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges (CCCCO) to jointly develop and issue assessment policy recommendations regarding assessments to be used by school districts and community college districts for purposes of placement in adult education courses offered by those districts as part of an adult education consortium.
  • Requires CDE and CCCCO to coordinate and issue recommendations, including recommendations as to whether or not fees should be assessed, and fee policy guidelines to be used by school districts and community college districts regarding the authority to charge fees for courses offered pursuant to the adult education consortium program.
  • Requires CDE and CCCCO to annually report on the number and types of courses being taught and the number of students being served with funding provided to the adult education consortia.
  • The CCCCO is required to annually report on the number and types of noncredit courses being taught and the number of students being served with funding provided to the community colleges for noncredit courses.

The full text of the bill can be found on the Official California Legislative Information External link opens in new window or tab Web site.

October is Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) External link opens in new window or tab the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

This OTAN News Article has more information about CEM 2014, including a list of highlights from last year's activities.

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

Open Educational Resources and AE External link opens in new window or tab
October 24, 2014 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Data + Mail Merge = Magic! External link opens in new window or tab
December 18, 2014 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Open Educational Resources and AE External link opens in new window or tab
February 20, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Data + Mail Merge = Magic! External link opens in new window or tab
May 15, 2015 – 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
October 31, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
November 7, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Open Education Resources for Adult Educators External link opens in new window or tab
December 5, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab
January 5, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Monterey Adult School

Google Tools and Drive I External link opens in new window or tab
January 8, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
January 29, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downey Adult School

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 Cont. Education

Using iPads in Adult Education 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 Sites External link opens in new window or tab
March 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education

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

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