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OTAN Digest

Digest #15
April 2022

Message From The Director

Happy Spring to our Adult Education field! One of the highlights of my April is participating in the COABE Conference – such rich professional development on a national level and it's wonderful to see so much representation from OTAN and its sister leadership projects and, in a larger context, California. When it comes to supporting learning experiences for your agency, how do you go about prioritizing which professional learning you'll participate in? Hopefully, the needs assessments and data analysis that you've done for your Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and California Adult Education Program (CAEP) Three-Year Plan point you in the right direction.

If your agency's learning goals include technology integration, distance learning, or blended learning, I want to recommend one of OTAN's longstanding and outcome-oriented training programs, the Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC).  The application for the next two-year cohort was just released, and it will remain open through August 19. DLAC is designed to be flexible in how agencies can best use the resources offered by OTAN to support their agency goals. DLAC projects are generally aligned to agencies' continuous improvement goals.

Teams of 2-3 individuals from each agency should include the following criteria:

  • A diverse team of teachers, coordinators, and/or administrators
  • The identified team is made up of individuals who can help meet the agency's goals.
  • Commitment to completing DLAC, a two-year obligation
  • Willingness to learn and implement or develop leadership skills
  • Willingness to share integration strategies, experience, and/or learn new technology skills

Don't delay! Apply today! DLAC limits its cohort size to 30 participants and aims to create a strong match between its agencies, coaches, and intended goals.

Think of OTAN as your one-stop-shop for technology-based resources and support. Reach out to us to learn how we can help with your training needs. Email us at Have a wonderful month!

-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education

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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


Career Exploration in Adult Education
by Yescenia Delgado Lorenzo

Career exploration has been widely recognized and endorsed as a necessary step in an individual's career development. It is a fundamental lever to help adults successfully navigate an evolving labor market and demand for changing skills. The value of exploration is instrumental for each student to emerge from experience with a clear and more accurate assessment of him or herself.


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.

Spotlight On...

EL Civics Exchange!

The EL Civics Exchange is a repository for original ESL EL Civics instructional materials created by California WIOA, Title II: AEFLA/EL Civics agencies. These materials can be used to teach EL Civics content to English language learners as part of the 30 hours of instruction required in California before administering an EL Civics Assessment (COAAP).

Materials are categorized by the seven EL Civics competency areas: consumer economics, community resources, health, employment, government and law, transition, and workforce training. Users are able to search for materials as well as submit materials. To get started, watch these two short videos that explain the Exchange and how to submit materials:

Please visit our presentations on the EL Civics Exchange at the CCAE State Conference in May and the CASAS Summer Institute in June. And stay connected to OTAN! Please contact us at or call us at 916-228-2580. We'll see you on the EL Civics Exchange!

OTAN April And May Events

Date/Time Event Location
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
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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
Fri, May 6
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Tue, May 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Apps: Sheets 1 & 2 Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Google Sites: 2 Connecting Resources Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Become Digital Leaders: OTAN's Digital Leadership Academy Online - Zoom
Thu, May 19
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Tue, May 24
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 can provide in-person workshops or presentations at any approved California adult education agency or professional development event, either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet. (Note that as of April 2022, OTAN staff are now free to travel to sites for in-person trainings.)

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.