August 23, 2011
Vol.3, No. 1
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Changes in the Adult Education Office

Debra Jones

Debra Jones, Administrator of the Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE), will be leaving her position September 30 to move to the California Community College Chancellor's Office as part of an interagency agreement between CDE and the Chancellor's Office. At the Chancellor's Office she will serve as a liaison between the two agencies to facilitate a deeper partnership in the area of workforce development.

The move of Ms. Jones to the Chancellor's Office is part of a major reorganization of the entire Department of Education which is also scheduled to take place on October 1, 2011.

Read more on the OTAN Web site.

Policy to Performance Grant Awards

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The California Department of Education's Adult Education Office (AEO) has selected ten pilot programs that have the capacity to strengthen and build upon their current post-secondary transition program. During the 2011-2012 school year, participating pilots will receive targeted technical assistance, and develop policies that are designed to advance low skilled adults into post-secondary education. If you are interested in learning more about the Policy to Performance project, please visit our website at

Staff Changes at CALPRO


As the new school year begins, there are many staff changes across the state, including some at CALPRO.

Mariann Fedele, Director of CALPRO, has accepted a position at the American Institutes of Research heading up a new project that AIR will be running for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).

Jacques LaCour, formerly Deputy Director of CALPRO, has been promoted to the position of Director. Jacques has a long history of leadership in adult education, especially in the area of professional development.

Cherise Moore, who until recently was the Director of Adult Education of Burbank Adult School and then the Director of Educational Support Services for Burbank Unified School District, has joined the CALPRO staff as a Senior Research Analyst.

Read more about these changes on the OTAN Web site.

Improved Professional Development Calendar


If you have searched or registered for professional development events on the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar, we think you will be pleased with the improvements that went live this week. Since the calendar was created, professional development has evolved in many ways. We have a variety of types of events offered in California, and a multiplicity of ways of offering these events.

You can now search for face-to-face workshops, trainings, and meetings, or different kinds of online and blended events. You can search for online events only, or for physical events within a specific distance from your zip code. There is also a key word search which makes it easy to find professional development on a specific topic such as lesson planning, TOPSpro, or Moodle.

The calendar includes all offerings from the three leadership projects, CALPRO, CASAS and OTAN, as well as regional, state and national conferences. The leadership projects collaborated on the development of the interface and navigation for the calendar. To add an adult education event to the calendar, email Randy Bayne,

National Career Awareness Project (NCAP)


The NCAP is supported by the Literacy Information and Communication System's (LINCS) Regional Resource Center Region 1. The overall goal of the National Career Awareness Project is to increase and improve adult learners' career awareness and planning throughout all levels of the ESL, ABE, and Adult Secondary Education spectrum by helping adult education program staff incorporate career awareness and planning into their instruction and counseling activities. For more information, please visit their website at

Five California schools were selected to participate in the NCAP: Bakersfield Adult School, Contra Costa County Office of Education (Parolee Education), Los Angeles Unified School District (Adult and Career Education), Proteus Inc., and Vallejo Adult School.

California CareerZone Website Relaunch

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The California CareerZone is a web based career exploration resource available free of charge. The CareerZone will have a major relaunch this fall with a completely different look and feel. The website allows users to explore three primary areas: Assess Yourself (self assessment tool), Explore Industry Sectors (view 900 occupations in 23 sectors), and Get A Reality Check (online budgeting tool examining cost of living, occupation, and education). Look for the changes soon at

Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Program Application Training

This webinar on how to update and complete the online form for the Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Program Application is recommended for California agencies involved in developing alternative instructional delivery programs, also known as Distance Learning. Agencies receiving federal WIA II funds and submitting benchmarks for distance learning students are required to submit an application.

Two webinars to choose from.
Aug. 29, 3:00-4:00PM
Sept. 7, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Technology Plan Form Now Available Online

The technology planning form required from all agencies with EL Civics Civic Participation funding is now available online. The technology plan includes a survey of technology skills for teachers, and focuses on a broad definition of technology integration and on classroom as well as personal skills. Each teacher completing the survey now has the option to create a professional development plan for themselves based on their survey results.

More information is posted on the OTAN Web site. If you have any questions or need help, contact Branka Marceta at OTAN,, 800-894-3113, or the OTAN help line at

Online Documents: Share, Review and Collaborate!

Learn how to create documents online along with collaborating and sharing with students or colleagues. Organize folders online, export and import content, and save documents into different formats (like .pdf, .html, .doc, and .xls).

Register for the Sept. 26, 3:00-4:30PM webinar.

Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, free Google account.

A list of available webinars with links to registration is available at the CA Adult Education Professional Development calendar.

More information about OTAN Webinars is available on the OTAN Web site.

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