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March 2020

Administrators' Digest

Volume 11, Number 3
March 2020


The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is excited to announce a new application period for the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. This project is identifying, highlighting, and disseminating innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved outcomes.

High-performing Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees should submit their applications by Wednesday, April 15. Use the Advancing Innovation Checklist to think about the characteristics of your program's practice and whether it meets the Advancing Innovation project's definition of "innovative." Register for one of our upcoming activities to learn more about the project and the application process:

Questions? Contact the project at We would love to see one or more California adult education programs honored for their innovative programs!

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


Still Time to Nominate a Deserving Student for the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

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

Supporting Digital Learning

Thursday, February 27 was Digital Learning Day, celebrating projects that teachers, administrators, support staff, and students have contributed to that have effectively integrated technology into teaching and learning at schools nationwide.

Learning All the Time

Many people still assume that a student is only "learning" when they spend time in school, but technology has been upending that assumption for a while.

Keeping Everyone Safe on the Internet

February 11 was Safer Internet Day, a worldwide recognition of the need to actively safeguard children and adults when they spend time on the Internet. Safer Internet Day is a good reminder of the continuous need to educate everyone on staying safe online, protecting personal data, and acting as good netizens.

Census 2020 Is Almost Here!

Census Day 2020 – April 1 – is quickly approaching.


Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Mar 6
7:30 AM - 4:10 PM
Sat, Mar 7
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2020 (TDLS) Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
TDLS Website
Mon, Mar 9
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Google Forms and Quizzes Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Tue, Mar 10
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Google Forms and Quizzes Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Fri, Mar 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Video Messaging with Loom Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 27
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Teaching Vocabulary with Technology Saddleback Adult Education
Serra High School
Fri, Apr 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Effective Cell Phone Usage in the Classroom Online - Zoom
Mon, Apr 13
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Moodle: Create a Course Web Site Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center
Mon, Apr 13
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Social Media for Adult Education Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center
Thu, Apr 16
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Gamify Your Classroom With Online Tools Online - Zoom
Fri, Apr 17
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive North Valley Occupational Center

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.