Message From the Director
The CAEP Summit has come to a close for another year and what a Summit it was! When I wasn’t presenting, I was actively participating in sessions that didn’t cease to inspire or excite me. And, the networking and thought-provoking conversations that took place via the mini-sessions, jam sessions, and chats were just as moving. There is so much incredible work occurring statewide to support our adult education students, and it’s motivating and energizing when I think of all the work there is to be done to implement the goals established in our CAEP 3-Year Plans.
One of the presentations during the Summit focused on the recently released California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance. In early 2022, the Guidance was developed to both document what transpired during the pandemic, but also to provide research-based information about best practices when incorporating digital learning into instruction. A collective effort from many advisors and expert organizations including ISTE, CALPRO, CASAS, and West Ed helped to inform the 7 chapters that became the Guidance. In a supporting Guidance video, Dr. Carolyn Zachry, our State Director of Adult Education at the California Department of Education, speaks about the important role of guidance as we help teachers, and those support personnel who work closely with our students, to fully incorporate digital tools as part of on-going instruction.
The guidance is meant to be a living document. It will be updated to reflect changes in technology as they occur. Currently, OTAN is planning how to best disseminate the Guidance and build interactive activities to help practitioners engage with the 100+ page document. To that end, Dr. Zachry recently released a letter to the field emphasizing the importance of having a practical guide to address digital and distance learning for adult learners and to act as a resource in designing and implementing digital learning experiences with adult learners in mind.
OTAN invites you to engage with the Guidance and consider how you might explore its recommendations in your own classroom, as an agency, or as a consortium. As always, remember that OTAN is available to provide no-cost virtual or in-person training for your agency. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Director, Adult Education