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November 2019

Administrators' Digest

Volume 10, Number 9
November 2019


The Technology and Distance Learning Plan (TDLP) is an annual deliverable required of all California WIOA-funded adult education agencies. The due date for the TDLP is Friday, January 31. Now is a great time to begin plans to complete the TDLP and think about technology use at your school for the coming year.

If you haven’t had a chance to login and review last year’s submission, be aware that some changes have been made to this year’s plan. All agencies will be required to attest that they have reviewed the 2019-2020 Implementation Guide before proceeding with their work. In addition, changes have been made to parts of the TDLP in an effort to simplify some of the reporting. Make sure that all parts of the TDLP reporting have been updated from last year to next year, and that you don’t run out of time gathering enough student and instructor surveys that are required.

The TDLP is based on SMART goals, and we have some informational videos on the OTAN YouTube channel to help your agency set sound SMART goals: a quick 5:00 video on S-M-A-R-T, and a longer one-hour webinar on setting SMART goals.

As one of California’s three adult education state leadership projects, OTAN is here to serve you! Contact us at or 916-228-2580.


Spotlight on Census 2020 Materials

Now is a great time to become familiar with a variety of census materials to help students, staff, and community members learn more about the census and its importance.

Survey Shows How Teachers and Students Are Using EdTech

A new educational technology survey is out entitled Education Technology Use in Schools: Student and Educator Perspectives. The aim of the survey is to understand how teachers and students are using EdTech products both in the classroom and outside of school and the perception of the effectiveness of EdTech tools.

A Framework for Understanding Extended Reality

We are beginning to see the integration of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR), collectively known as extended reality (XR), into the education space, so it’s helpful to have a framework to understand how XR might be introduced and used in the classroom by teachers and students.

Digital Inclusion Week Begins

Digital Inclusion Week is an annual event meant to bring attention to solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs, with the goal of closing digital divides that exist in cities and local communities around the country.

Are You Ready for the Great California ShakeOut?

The Great California ShakeOut took place on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17am. Here are resources that you can use throughout the year to keep your adult education community safe.


List of November and December Events
Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Nov 1
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive Los Angeles USD
North Valley Occupational Center
Fri, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - HyperDocs Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Pasadena City College
Community Education Center
Fri, Nov 15
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google Sites Fresno Adult School
Cesar Chavez Campus
Fri, Nov 22
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Microsoft Office for Adult Education Los Angeles City College
Fri, Nov 22
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teaching Vocabulary With Technology ABC Adult School
Fri, Nov 22
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Advanced-Level ESL Moodle Course Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Using Tech Tools to Present To and Assess All Learners West Contra Costa Adult School
Alvarado Campus
Tue, Dec 10
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Kahoot! in the Adult Education Classroom Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
★ = CLOSED, In-Service Training


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

Think about scheduling Professional Development for this 2019-2020 school 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.