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January 2020

Administrators' Digest

Volume 11, Number 1
January 2020


OTAN is excited to present at the EL Civics Conferences that will take place across California in January, February, and March. The conferences are organized by CASAS and are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, January 24 – Pasadena

  • Friday, February 7 – Sacramento

  • Friday, February 28 – Orange

  • Friday, March 13 – San Jose

For more information and to register for one of the conferences, visit this page on the CASAS website: California EL Civics webpage

OTAN will be at all four conferences and is planning to present on the following topics: Step Up to 2020: Census, Civics, and Citizenship; CASAS Assessments for Citizenship Preparation; Digital Resources for IET/IELCE; Technology Tools for EL Civics Workforce Skills; Digital Resources for EL Civics Assessments; and Licensing Your Creations.

We look forward to presenting with our partners in adult education, including CASAS, CALPRO, and CDE (California Department of Ed). Please register for one of the upcoming EL Civics Conferences for valuable information and training for your program!

And a reminder to join us at OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) March 6 and 7, 2020 at the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center in Sacramento! Visit the TDLS website, register on this TDLS webpage, and please encourage your colleagues to attend by sharing this TDLS flyer.

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


A Look Back and a Look Ahead

As 2020 and the 2020s begin, we take a look at edtech trends for the coming year by also looking back at some of the news we’ve shared with the field over the past 12 months.

Completing Your Technology and Distance Learning Plan

The due date for submitting the TDLP is Friday, January 31. We’re in the home stretch for completing the TDLP and thinking about and planning for technology use at your school for the coming year.

Nominate a Deserving Student for the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

The nomination period for the 2020 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is now open.

Instruction: Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?

The results of two surveys regarding face-to-face and online instruction are in, and there is still a preference among teachers and students for face-to-face instruction, although online instruction is definitely a viable option and is making inroads in education.

Reviewing the Privacy Ratings for Edtech Products

How often are we considering the implications of data collection by edtech tools and whether the entities that created the tools are keeping our personal data safe?


Date/Time Event Location
Wed, Jan 8
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tech Troubleshooting for Teachers Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Wed, Jan 8
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tech Troubleshooting for Teachers Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Wed, Jan 8
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive West Contra Costa Adult School
Alvarado Campus
Fri, Jan 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Hyperdocs Online - Zoom
Thu, Jan 23
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Online Formative Assessment Tools Online - Zoom
Sat, Jan 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Burbank Adult School
Tue, Jan 28
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Accessible Documents for Everyone Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
Fri, Feb 7
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Internet and Digital Safety Awareness El Monte Rosemead Adult Education
Ramona Campus
Fri, Feb 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Internet Safety for Students and Teacher Online - Zoom
Fri, Feb 21
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Learn 360: Resources for Adult Education 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.