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

August 2019

Administrators' Digest
Volume 10, Number 6
August 2019


All of us at OTAN hope that your new school year gets off to a great start! Remember that OTAN is ready, willing, and able to help your staff with training on technology integration throughout the coming school year. You can learn more about our face-to-face and online trainings below or just contact us at or 916-228-2580. As one of California’s three adult education state leadership projects, we are here to serve you!


Using Social Media to Find and Share Best Practices

In recent years, educators have turned to social media as another resource to find and share best practices with others locally and globally.

Pearson Shifting to "Digital-First" Approach

The company shifts its business model from print to digital in a textbook publishing field that has been significantly challenged by technology.

Coaching Teachers to Success

The K-12 world has developed a technology integration solution that adult education should study: instructional coach. 

Picking the Right Tech

These days, it is almost mandatory to have a strategy in place for selecting EdTech that meets various criteria, including ease of use and effectiveness for students and their learning.

A Renewed Interest in Competency-Based Education

A new report suggests renewed interest in CBE as a way to help low-skilled and low-wage earning workers get the education and training they need to move up the economic ladder.

Improve Your Communication Through Texting

When it comes to our schools, are we making the most of technology to reach students, staff, and the larger community?

Are Micro-Credentials the Future of Teacher Professional Development?

In the effort to provide effective professional development to teachers, some see micro-credentials as the future of teacher training. 

OTAN August Events

Take a look at our upcoming events!

Date/Time Event Location

Wed, Aug 7
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Teaching Vocabulary with Technology

Ceres Adult School

Thu, Aug 8
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Communicating with Google

Highlands Community Charter School
Holy Cross Campus

Fri, Aug 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

OTAN Tech Talks - Data + Mail Merge = Magic!

Online - Zoom

Fri, Aug 9
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Communicating with Google

Highlands Community Charter School
Holy Cross Campus

Mon, Aug 19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Google: Tools and Drive

Jefferson Adult Education
Serramonte Campus

Fri, Aug 23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Formative Assessment Tools

Folsom-Cordova Adult School

Fri, Aug 30
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Google Classroom for Adult Education

Conejo Valley Adult School


Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops related to technology for Adult Educators?

With the end of summer near and the new school year coming soon, think about scheduling Professional Development for this 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's Face-to-Face Workshops

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 & 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

To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!


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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.