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OTAN Digest

Digest #14
March 2022

Message From The Director

As I sit down to write this message, OTAN's TDLS 2022 is just wrapping up. What a week! With almost 750 registrants and over 70 presentations, there was no lack of opportunity for professional growth. I hope that each of you were able to attend several of the amazing presentations. One of them focused on the 2022-2023 Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and included CIP best practices do's and don'ts, evaluation of progress on current goals, creation of relevant SMART goals and activities, data collection, and a review of the CIP planning document.

This is the second year that WIOA II funded agencies will complete the CIP. This year's CIP was released on February 1 and will be due April 30. Resources are available and submission takes place through the California Online Application and Reporting (CA OAR) website. As you build your CIP team, consider including support staff, teachers, students, and administrators. Review your current goals and consider the data that demonstrates evidence of progress or completion. Use responses from the Teacher Self-Assessment and Student Technology Intake Survey as two of your data sources. In revising or creating your new SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Actionable, Relevant, Timebound) and action plan, be sure to take advantage of the CDE and State Leadership Project resources on the CA OAR website.

If you missed the CIP presentation at TDLS, there is additional training coming up. For these training opportunities, including CIP Office Hours coming up in April, register on the California Adult Education Professional Development site. As always, I invite you to stay engaged with OTAN for all your ed tech, distance, and blended learning needs. Be safe and well!

-Renee Collins

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Are you looking for a way to integrate technology in your classes? Visit Teaching with Technology on the OTAN website and start searching for ESL, ABE, ASE, and even CTE lesson ideas today!

Web-Based Class Activities


Let's Get Jammin'!
by Cindy Wislofsky

If effective remote teaching has taught us anything, the importance of keeping students engaged while providing interactive, collaborative, task-based activities that work both synchronously and asynchronously is key. Enter Google Jamboard.


Canvas and Canvas Commons in Adult Education
by Francisco Pinedo

If you decide to use Canvas for your class, it is not an easy as 1-2-3 thing. You need to invest time to create your site, and then find appropriate resources to use from Canvas Commons or upload your own content.


Triple E Framework: Extension
by Debbie Jensen

The third component of the Triple E is Extension, which means connecting the learner to the real world.

Spotlight On...

OTAN Tech Talks!

OTAN Tech Talks are designed as short 20 to 30-minute presentations on a variety of edtech tools, technology integration strategies, technology resources, tips and tricks, and more. Every month on the second Friday at 1:00pm, a new topic will be covered to help keep your skills current and relevant with education technology, blended learning, distance learning, formative assessments, communications, and more. Here are some recent OTAN Tech Talks presented by adult education practitioners:

For additional OTAN Tech Talks recordings, visit the OTAN Tech Talks webpage on the OTAN website. And stay connected to OTAN! Please contact us at or call us at 916-228-2580. We'll see you at the next OTAN Tech Talk!

OTAN March And April Events

Date/Time Event Location
Wed, Mar 9
3 :00 PM - 6:00 PM
Instruction: Engaging Instruction Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 10
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Microsoft: Easy Projects 3 - Forms Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 11
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google: Customized Workshop Online - Zoom
Thu, Mar 17
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 18
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instruction: Teaching Vocabulary with Technology Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 18
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CIP: It's Not Too Early to Think About the 2022-23 Continuous Improvement Plan! Online - Zoom
Tue, Mar 22
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Special Event - Canvas: Your Choice for Learner Access & Equity Online - Zoom
Fri, Mar 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CIP: Dive Deep into the Continuous Improvement Plan! Online - Zoom
Fri, Apr 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Apr 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Student Voice and Empowerment Through Technology Online - Zoom
Mon, Apr 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Mon, Apr 11
Time TBA
HyFlex: Simultaneous Instruction Online - Zoom
Thu, Apr 21
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Tue, Apr 26
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Canvas: Your Choice for Learner Access & Equity Online - Zoom

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

Professional Development

Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops to help Adult Educators integrate technology?

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2021-2022 school year. With a wide variety of technology topics from which to choose, OTAN training staff will present for any WIOA-funded adult education program in California either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet. (Note that face-to-face trainings will be scheduled when it is safe and OTAN staff are free to travel.)

All OTAN's workshops are provided at no cost!

Each 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 OTAN online or face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the links to see a list of the current online or face-to-face workshops and descriptions. If you don't see a workshop that is exactly what you need, contact OTAN - we'll work together to create a training that's best for you and your staff!

Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone at 916-228-2580 or by email at

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

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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.