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


In 2021, the California Department of Education published the California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance to support K–12 schools in effective technology integration. We felt that we also needed a resource to support adult schools, which were also forced to pivot and deliver online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that educators and readers of this guidance will feel more confident and better prepared to facilitate meaningful digital learning experiences. This will be a living document that we can review on an annual basis as a collaborative to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of adult educators in the state of California.

We are so proud of California adult educators. During the pandemic, they embraced online learning through any means that they could and looked for ways to ensure that their students had the proper access. Some schools opened their parking lots so that students could access the school Wi-Fi—and then, they turned those same parking lots into testing centers later during remote testing. Educators, support staff, and school administrators focused on how to help adult learners continue access, get connected, and continue their learning journey.

Technology increases the accessibility and flexibility of the learning experience for students immensely—not just through scheduling but also improved content and pacing. Students can take advantage of online instruction to meet their individual learning goals in a way that makes sense for them and their families. Flexible learning models can provide learners with personalized learning pathways that accelerate or scaffold learning experiences so that learners are more successful in achieving their learning goals. We sincerely hope that the guide will help make this vision of digital empowerment a reality in adult education within the state of California—and beyond


Carolyn Zachry, Ed.D.
Education Administrator and State Director
Adult Education Office
California Department of Education
(916) 322-2175

Pete Callas
Division Director, Career and College Transition
California Department of Education

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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.