Message From The Director
The most widely attended national adult education conference in June is the CASAS Summer Institute. While there won't be evening trips to Old Town or networking poolside with colleagues due to the virtual format, CASAS can be relied upon to provide high quality, engaging trainings, workshops, and panels in the areas of curriculum management, assessment, and evaluation systems. OTAN will present and launch, together with CASAS, a new website at Summer Institute that will be of great interest to administrators and EL Civics/IELCE teachers alike, the EL Civics Exchange. This website will house accessible materials that aid in the implementation and delivery of instructional activities that integrate civics education content with ESL instruction, including EL Civics 231 and 243 funded civic objectives.
EL Civics was first introduced to California adult education agencies in the early 2000's. While individual agencies have done a good job of developing and sharing resources, the EL Civics Exchange is the first state-level online warehouse for this work. EL Civics teachers will be invited to submit accessible materials to the website. OTAN's Tech Talks in July and August, the second Fridays of the month, will focus on submitting materials for the EL Civics Exchange and will review Creative Commons licensing and accessibility. If you miss the El Civics Exchange workshop, the recording of the presentation will be available for six months via the CASAS Summer Institute's Whova app or through the CASAS website. I encourage you to engage with this website and start sharing! Access the EL Civics Exchange at elcivics.otan.us.
OTAN's team of trainers and subject matter experts are ready to assist you with accessing and sharing materials on the EL Civics Exchange and meeting all your school's technology needs. Reach out by phone or email at 916-228-2580 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Be safe and well as you start your summer!