May 2019 (Volume 10, Number 4)
LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRICULUM OFFERS!
OTAN works to negotiate the best free or reduced-cost special offers for online curriculum licenses and professional development resources suggested by our OTAN Advisory Committee and adult educators in the field. See our current offers for ESL, HSE, and HSD! We also have a curriculum offer through Essential Education to introduce blended teaching to instructors. Please contact us for more information!
NEWS YOU CAN USE
DIGITAL EQUITY ACT INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS
On Thursday, April 11, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with nine co-sponsors, introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 would create two new annual grant programs of $125 million each. Read this article to learn about the Act and how to stay updated on the bill's progress.
PUSH TO MAKE BOOKS "BORN ACCESSIBLE"
Even though it can take from a few weeks to a few months for a publisher to reset their publishing workflows to meet accessibility guidelines, the benefits become apparent once a publisher creates content that is "born accessible." You can learn more about this term and Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible program in this news item.
NEW WEBSITE AIMS TO ADDRESS STUDENT PRIVACY
What if there were a resource that would help educators make sense of the tech tool landscape and make recommendations based on privacy and efficacy considerations? Learn more about a new website called Check the Privacy and how to stay updated on its planned launch this fall.
ADULT EDUCATION WEEK HAS COME AND GONE - ARE YOU STILL PROMOTING YOUR ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM?
We wrote this article to provide ideas on how to promote your adult education program, which should happen all year, not just during Adult Education Week. Read this article to learn more about how to let your stakeholders know about the important work your agency is doing to serve the community and its members.
A BASIC GUIDE TO THE SKILLED TRADES
Do you know what preparation is needed for a student who expresses an interest in one of the skilled trades? Read this article to access a handy guide to a variety of skilled trades.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - PLAN AHEAD!
Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops related to technology for Adult Educators?
With summer fast approaching think about next scheduling Professional Development for next year. With a wide-variety of technology topics in their arsenal, OTAN training staff will go to any WIOA-funded adult education program in CA that has a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet.
All of OTAN's workshops are provided at no-cost!
Each three-hour session is hands-on - everyone will learn new skills related to technology or using technology that they can use in their adult education class or program. And all of OTAN's face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the link to see a list of the current face-to-face workshops and, remember, if you don't see a workshop that "floats your boat" contact OTAN - we'll create what you and your staff need!
OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Click on the link to see our list of online workshops and webinars: Online Workshops and Webinars
All of OTAN workshops are free! Read more about OTAN Training and select Face-to-Face or Online workshops options to view complete workshop lists including descriptions and prerequisites.
Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone or email at 916-228-2580 and firstname.lastname@example.orgExternal Link Icon opens in new window or tab
To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development CalendarExternal Link Icon opens in new window or tab and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!