February 22, 2013
Vol. 4, No. 7
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English Language Requirements in Immigration Reform


The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE External link opens in new window or tab) has released a new position paper addressing the current push for comprehensive nationwide immigration reform. A critical element that appears in almost every proposal for immigration reform is the requirement to learn English and civics, and to prepare for the citizenship examination. State Education Offices, funded through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), have the experience and expertise necessary to achieve the requirements of immigration reform legislation, according to the NCSDAE.

The NCSDAE is recommending expanded accessibility to current instructional and professional development programs with a federal investment over and above current levels. This will require a "major influx of funding" according to the NCSDAE. "Adult education programs across the country are generally at capacity, most with waiting list. At the present time we only can provide comprehensive intensive services to approximately two million individuals."

The need for expanding staffing levels is also addressed in the paper. "A new program should also allow for professional development for providers of ESL, civics, and citizenship instruction. We need to build capacity and ensure providers have sufficient staff members that are well trained in order to provide the best possible services to students."

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL External link opens in new window or tab) has also released a position paper External link opens in new window or tab on immigration reform. Like NCSDAE, TESOL calls for creating "opportunities for immigrants to learn English and civics by building and enhancing the capacity of current systems and programs."

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Workforce Investment Act of 2013 Reintroduced in House Committee

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On February 14, Representatives John Tierney, George Miller, and Ruben Hinojosa reintroduced WIA as the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (HR798). The bill is substantially the same as last year's WIA HR4227.  It enjoys wide support among national adult education and workforce skills development leaders. It incorporates many of the key provisions and principles of the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act.

Read the full story in OTAN News.

The House Republican version of WIA—also virtually the same as last year's bill—is likely to be reintroduced soon by Rep. Virginia Foxx and to go to mark-up in early March.  Senate intentions with regard to WIA are currently unclear.

Reprinted from Updates on Federal Legislation on OTAN.


Legislation to Speed Technology Innovation into the Classroom Introduced

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U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, introduced legislation (H.R. 521) on February 5, 2013 that would help speed adoption of innovative digital tools to improve student outcomes, close achievement gaps, boost educator skills and improve efficiency and productivity.

"Technology provides us an opportunity to tackle chronic education challenges in new ways thanks to increasing use and access, constant innovation, and falling costs. Technology can be a tool to drive equity and to help transform how education is delivered, making learning more student-centered and recognizing teachers as education designers," said Rep. Miller. "We must harness this opportunity if we want to give all students a 21st century skill set to prepare them for high-growth, high-demand jobs in the global economy."

The Transforming Education through Technology Act would require states and school districts to develop plans and policies that put the best technology in the hands of students and teachers to support learning and achievement for all students. The bill would support technologies that would, among other things, allow students and teachers to receive real-time feedback, exchange information and connect instantly with peers beyond school walls.

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More information on the Transforming Education through Technology Act is available on the Committee on Education & the Workforce Democrats External link opens in new window or tab Web site.


School Administrators Support Dual Delivery System for Adult Education


In a position paper External link opens in new window or tab on the Governor's 2013-14 budget proposal the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) has said it "opposes the governor's proposal to shift responsibility for delivering adult education services from K-12 and community colleges to only community colleges." ACSA instead supports an improved "dual system" of adult education delivery.

In spite of "an ongoing lack of definition of education responsibilities" between the two systems, ACSA says that the current dual system, through collaboration, has been successful in serving adult learners. Though there is no mandate to coordinate efforts, ACSA notes that coordination between the two systems does take place.

"The services that are provided locally do not fit nicely into boxes easily understood at the state policy or fiscal level," notes the ACSA paper. "There continues to be a lack of understanding as to the different students who are being served, the challenges of reaching California's divergent population, and the programs offered to maximize the economic return on investment. For example, there are many adults who need basic skills who will never attend a community college without going to a K-12 Adult Education school first. In addition, adult education programs are offered locally to the students and at any time of the year."

Class availability is a major concern should adult education be moved to a community college only delivery system. Many adult learners may not have ready access to community colleges, and the community college class approval process may mean classes will not be ready. Adult learners thrive on the flexibility that the current system provides. There are also concerns regarding the community colleges' "capacity to offer adult education courses."

ACSA is recommending " that the Legislature and Governor build on the strengths of the two Adult Education systems including strengthening the delineation of functions and building partnerships that work best for local communities."

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Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Online Workshops

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate!
with Melinda Holt
Feb. 28, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Mobile Devices Part 3: Applications to Use in the Classroom
with Susan Gaer
Mar. 1, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Moodle v2: Create Online Interactive Activities
with Francisca Wentworth
Mar. 4, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site
with Blair Roy
Mar. 5, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments
with Susan Coulter
Mar. 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom
with Jayme Goldstein
Mar. 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
with Blair Roy
Mar. 11, 2013 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction
with Barry Bakin
Mar. 15, 2013 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
with Susan Coulter
Mar. 21, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

"College Transition and Career Development" Orientation
with Penny Pearson
Mar 22, 2013 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students
with Melinda Holt
Mar. 28, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Mar. 1, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Grossmont Adult School - Foothills Campus

Online Documents and Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Mar. 1, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Mar. 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Martinez Adult School

Creating Web Pages with WordPress
Mar. 8, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

10 Search Activities for You and Your Students
Mar. 14, 2013 – 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Mt. San Antonio College

10 Search Activities for You and Your Students
Mar. 15, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Mt. San Antonio College

Creating Web Pages with Weebly - Part 2
Mar. 15, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chavez Campus

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
Mar. 15, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
Mar. 16, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
LAUSD - Evans Adult School

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Mar. 22, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus

Advanced PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Mar. 29, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus

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