August 20, 2012
Vol.4, No.2
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OTAC & TIMAC Applications Re-Open


OTAN's two popular academies, the Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) and the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) are re-opening their doors to teacher candidates this fall. As a reflection of the unprecedented times our field is experiencing, not all the spots were filled in the first round of applications. These year-long professional development projects support adult education agencies' efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Apply and get more information.


Marian Thacher Retires as OTAN Director

Marian Thacher
Marian Thacher / OTAN

Marian Thacher has announced her retirement from her position as the Director of OTAN as of August 31. Marian came to OTAN as a Project Coordinator in 2001 from San Diego Community College District Continuing Education. In 2006, Marian became the Director of OTAN.

Marian will be starting her new position with the Sacramento Public Library (www) in September, helping to coordinate the library literacy program.

The Sacramento County Office of Education is conducting a search for a new Director, and interested individuals may apply online (www). The application closes on August 20.

Read more about Marian's accomplishments at OTAN.


CA Adult Education Archives at OTAN Preserves 20-Years of Resources

OTAN Archives

Managed and maintained by Linda L. West, Archives and Information Specialist as well as former Director at OTAN, the Adult Education Archives contain over 2,000 cataloged items and eleven special collections. Resources include history, research, evaluation reports, curricula, staff development and assessment materials, CDE handbooks, working notebooks of adult education leaders, sample products from local education agencies, and much more. These materials are a record of adult education in California and are a valuable resource for staff development at both state and national level, particularly in light of shrinking resources for online archives.

Learn more by visiting the OTAN Web site.


In a Time of Scarce Resources: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education


The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) (www) has released a new paper, In a Time of Scarce Resources: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education (pdf). The 46-page report, written by Forrest Chisman and Gail Spanenberg, presents the results of a survey project designed to determine areas of high priority "next steps" for adult education in the current environment of shrinking resources in the field.

Read more at OTAN News.


U.S. Department of Education Kicks Off Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month (www) events began on August 1, with three days of the foremost innovators in education leading a series of online keynotes and panels, engaging participants in ongoing dialogue and learning.

In collaboration with a wide range of educational organizations and educators, and in the spirit of online communities, Connected Educator Month will continue with a variety of courses, webinars, guided tours, live chats, forums, workshops, interviews, book clubs, contests, badges, and more. The goal is to broaden and deepen educator participation in online communities and create opportunities for education professionals to work together to move the field forward.

Read more about Connected Educator Month


Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site (www).


OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at

Online Workshops

There will be two workshop series' offered over the summer. Accompanying the transition to Moodle 2.2, there will be many opportunities, listed below, for teachers with online classes to prepare for this transition. In addition, there will be a series of webinars for administrators on planning and implementing online instruction. These are not yet scheduled, so watch the calendar and the OTAN Web site for an announcement of the dates.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Blair Roy
August 20, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
August 23, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning with Francisca Wentworth
August 24, 2012 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Using the New "Teaching with Technology" Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons with Bethany Ely
August 24, 2012 – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments with Susan Coulter
August 30, 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Face-to-Face Workshops

There are no face-to-face workshops during the summer. To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or

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