March 12, 2010
Vol. 1, No. 8

TIMAC 2010-11 Applications Being Accepted


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.

Federal Grant Program Offers $4.5 Million for Citizenship Preparation


The Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program offered through the Office of Citizenship (OoC), within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will provide federal funding to eligible organizations to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. An estimated 45 competitive grants of $100,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is March 26, 2010.

More information, including the application process, is available in the Education Grants area of OTAN.

Spring Conferences


Santa Clara, April 22-24
Information & registration

Palm Springs, May 7-8
Schedule & brochure

San Diego, June 17-19
Information & registration

Nominate a Successful Former Student


The California Adult Education Students Succeed project identifies learners who have reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities. The project disseminates the stories of these former students and the exemplary programs that assisted them.

Nominations of successful former students are now being accepted. The deadline is a distant May 21, but earlier applications, especially from the Bay Area and Northern California, will be candidates for having a video produced and receiving the award at the ACSA conference in September.

Visit the Students Succeed Web site for more information and to nominate a student.

Free Technology Integration Webinars

April 2 – Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site

April 7 – Teaching Students Effective Online Search Strategies

April 9 – Create FREE Online Quizzes

April 15 – Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom

April 21 – Show Your Slide Shows to the World

April 23 – Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Create a Personal Budget

April 28 – Quizzes and Assessments in Moodle

April 29 – (Using) Lessons in Moodle

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

ABE Technology Boot Camp


March 13, 2010 is the deadline for the second round of applications for OTAN's ABE Tech Boot Camp. This round is open to all ABE programs in CA, after the first round — offered to 26 ABE Initiative participating agencies — closed on February 12. The Boot Camp will take place in Sacramento on May 13, 14, 2010. Participants will attend one of two strands; Creating a Class Course (with Moodle) or Creating a Web site (Listing Internet Resources aligned with ABE Draft Standards). Successful applicants will be notified after March 26.

Learn more on OTAN's Web site.

New and Improved Innovation Application Coming in May

The new and improved application for the Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Program will be available at the beginning of May. Many fields that were previously text boxes will be lists from which to select curriculum, attendance hours, and other items. These changes will make it possible to search the data more easily, for example to find out how many and which agencies are using GED Online for distance learning.

More information about this program can be found at CA Adult Education Online Application and Reporting.

Guide to Scholarships for New Americans & Minorities

DFW International, a community organization located in Texas, has recently published a free Scholarship Guide aimed at helping minority students and new Americans gain access to funds and resources to help them transition to higher education.

Read more in OTAN News.


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