May 2015
Vol. 6, No. 9
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Adult Education Office Requests Feedback about the State Plan

Chris Nelson, Education Administrator at Adult Education Office, Career and College Transition Division, California Department of Education issued the following statement:

"Recently, the Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) requested External link opens in new window or tab states to create a plan for Adult Education that transitions the state from the Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to the Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Over the course of recent months, the Adult Education Office of the California Department of Education has been developing this transitional plan that will lead to a planning process to create a long term state plan. You can review the transition plan at External link opens in new window or tab. The plan is item 11.

"We are interested in getting your feedback on this initial plan as it will begin to inform us about creating a long term state plan for Adult Education. You can send us your feedback at Please provide your feedback by Friday, June 12, 2015.

"In the months to come, there will be more opportunities to participate in developing a long term state plan for Adult Education including partnership meetings, regional meetings, conferences, regional trainings and public hearings.

"We look forward to your comments and thank you for your interest in Adult Education."

Link to the full story.

Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The departments of Education and Labor announced that they are seeking comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act External link opens in new window or tab (WIOA). The act, signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years. It's designed to streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies and strengthen collaboration with state and local partners to increase, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training, and support services for individuals to succeed in the labor market.

Read this OTAN News item for more information and links. The comment period closes June 15, 2015.


Sharon Bonney Named First Executive Director of the Commission on Adult Basic Education

Sharron Bonney

Earlier this month The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE External link opens in new window or tab) appointed Sharon Bonney its first Executive Director. Ms. Bonney, a 15-year veteran in the field, accepted the appointment from the COABE Board, as the organization rolled out a new strategic plan at its annual national conference in Denver. COABE is considered the nation's leading advocate for the adult basic education profession.

"Sharon's extensive knowledge of adult education issues and the people who serve adults on a daily basis make her uniquely qualified to serve in this new position," said COABE President-Elect Tom Nash, who takes over as president on July 1, 2015. "From the time she was first hired as a part-time administrator, and then as full-time manager, her commitment to COABE and the field of adult education has been unparalleled. I am honored to be able to continue our board's important work alongside such a dedicated, forward-thinking leader."

Nash pointed out that Bonney managed efforts to move the organization from a 1,300-member group, in 2009, to more than 13,000 in 2015. She has implemented new programs and services that have increased COABE's visibility nationwide, and diversified and increased revenue streams, while working with a volunteer board to increase their communications and technical outreach to the membership.


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.


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

Online Workshops

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
May 27, 2015 – 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab
June 03, 2015 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
June 04, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab
June 11, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
June 01, 2015 – 12:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Turlock Adult School

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

Videos and Handouts Available

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