April 23, 2010
Vol. 1, No. 9

TIMAC 10/11 Deadline is April 30


Initiated in the fall of 2004, the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is a peer-mentoring-based professional development initiative with the goal of supporting individuals at adult education agencies to become the technology mentor for their program. Applications for the 2010-11 Academy are being accepted now and are due by midnight, April 30, 2010.

Visit the TIMAC Web site for more information and to apply online.

CAAL Primer on Creating and Funding Legislation


Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) has published a 4-page "primer" to help demystify the process by which laws are proposed, passed and funded by the US Congress.

The focus of the primer is to help adult education providers understand how the authorization and appropriation processes work in the US Congress and provides a comprehensible overview of this process, which can take up to many years, and gives special attention to the best times to provide input and affect the outcome of important legislation and funding.

Find out more and download a free copy.

Upcoming Conferences

Palm Springs, May 7-8
Schedule & brochure

San Diego, June 17-19
Information & registration

ACSA Adult Ed. Conference
Sacramento, September 29 - October 1
Information & registration

OTAN Offering Face-to-Face Workshops through Early June

Face-to-Face Workshops

Select the links below for detailed information and to register for Free Face-to-Face training from OTAN.

May 7 – Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MSWord 2003

May 7 – Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboard)

May 21 – Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education

June 4 – Advanced PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education

Free Technology Integration Webinars


OTAN will also be offering free webinars through early June. Select the links below for more information and to register for these interesting topics.

May 4 – USALearns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners

May 7 – Using a Cellphone to Enhance Learning

May 14 – Getting Started with Your Own Wiki Web Site

May 19 – Share, Review and Collaborate with Online Documents

Find out more about OTAN Online and Face-to-Face courses.


Online Professional Development from CALPRO


CALPRO is offering three new professional development (PD) resources for ESL Instruction. Through these resources ESL teachers can join a growing community of ESL adult educators across California and discover a wealth of free, researched-based materials and practical instructional strategies

Learn more.

Teaching Critical Thinking, Managed Enrollment, and Advising the Adult Learner: The Teacher's Role are the topics of three new professional development workshops offered online, in real time, from The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO). To participate, all you need is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone to join a toll-free teleconference. Registration is limited and enrollment is based on a first-come, first-registered basis.

Learn more.

National Education Technology Plan


Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan has released a draft of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP).  This document, entitled "Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,"  describes how information and communication technologies can help transform American education, and provides concrete goals to inform state and local educational technology plans, and recommendations to inspire research, development, and innovation.  To achieve these goals, the NETP calls for "revolutionary transformation" rather than "evolutionary tinkering."

Read more in OTAN News.

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