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Leading adult education through support for and the effective application of technology.

DLAC Selection Criteria

Unlike prior professional development projects, DLAC will not accept individual participants. Only teams of 2–3 participants can apply, endorsed and supported by an administrator.

We recognize that each team member will bring different strengths and talent to the team. The successful applicant team will demonstrate enthusiasm for educational technology, distance or blended teaching, and use (or potential use) of online resources in their classrooms and programs. Each team can consist of teachers, coordinators, and/or administrators.

It is recommended each team member is comfortable with technology skills, and even more importantly to be ready and willing to learn, experiment, and able to share new knowledge and skills with colleagues. Some examples of desired technology skills include proficient use of e-mail, instant messaging, social media, a high level of comfort using the Internet including various online tools, searching, reviewing and saving useful educational Web sites for classroom use. Strong time and file management skills are beneficial as well.

Agency administration must show a willingness and commitment to support their Digital Leadership Academy team throughout the two years of the program. This includes accommodations for online meetings, workshops and release time (without penalty to vacation, sick, or personal leave) for the training events in Sacramento and for attending state and local conferences and professional development events.

It is critical that all team members communicate with each other on the progress of their individual pieces of the application. All applicants are free to revise their information as needed up to the time the overall application is submitted by the designated Team Leader. Only the team leader can submit the agency application on behalf of the team.

The weighted criteria for selection are:

Team Profiles

OTAN will review applications as teams from each agency. The criteria below will help ensure teams meet their long term goals.

  • Identified team is made up of individuals who can help meet the goals of the agency. (30%)
  • Commitment to complete the Digital Leadership Academy, a two-year obligation. (30%)
  • Willingness to learn and implement or develop leadership skills. (20%)
  • Willingness to share integration strategies, experience, and/or learn new technology skills (20%)


Teams will use their relevant data, surveys, and other required WIOA, Title II deliverables such as Technology and Distance Learning Plans (TDLP) to identify program areas they wish to improve. This information is meant to be a guide, and completion of the Academy will provide skills and tools to meet your agency program goals.

  • Program goals focus on technology integration, distance, online or blended learning as it relates to stated goals. (35%)
  • Team identifies priorities and specific plans for their project. (40%)
  • Administration must show willingness to provide release time for participation. (15%)
  • Capacity to provide equipment and technical support. (10%)

Please submit only one team per agency. In addition to reviewing applications based on the above criteria, the selection committee will make an effort to ensure that teams represent a balance of program goals and geographic regions.

Additional Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Neda Anasseri, OTAN
(916) 228-2580 or

NOTE to all applicants and nominating administrators: The Digital Leadership Academy is supported by the California Department of Education, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Sections 201–243 of Public Law 113–128, Program Year 2022–24. All Digital Leadership Academy activities are contingent upon continued funding.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.