November 7, 2012
Vol.4, No.4
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Call for Proposals: Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

February 22 & 23, 2013 at Berkeley Adult School

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

OTAN will host a Technology and Distance Learning Symposium on February 22 & 23, 2013, at Berkeley Adult School.

Share and discuss your promising practices, strategies, lesson plans, and other resources related to technology integration and distance and blended learning in your programs. Presentation proposals are being accepted from October 17 to November 28, 2012 and must be submitted online.

Consider presenting if:

  • you are currently implementing an online or blended program,
  • can share promising practices of technology integration in the classroom,
  • can share effective, replicable strategies and practices in online and technology enhanced instruction.

The Symposium is targeted to administrators, coordinators, and teachers who are planning for or are already implementing distance, blended, online instruction, as well as integrating technology in the classroom.

Submit your proposal online, and visit the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium site for more information.


Two Outstanding Student Successes Honored at ACSA Conference

Two former adult education students will be receiving California Adult Education Students Succeed (www) awards at the ACSA Adult Education conference on November 10, 2012.

Magdalena (Nena) Cerda-Baez, Sweetwater Adult School

Magdalena (Nena) Cerda-Baez
Magdalena (Nena) Cerda-Baez

Since March 2000, Magdalena (Nena) Cerda-Baez has been working with Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) (www), an environmental advocacy group "dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice." EHC defines environmental justice as "the right of all people and communities to live, work, and play in a clean and safe environment." Nena currently serves as the Director of the Border Justice Campaign managing community organizers to address environmental issues through the Colectivo Chilpancingo office in Tijuana, Mexico.

Nena often mentions that her experience as an adult education student is what prepared her to be a successful mother and environmental activist. Her studies helped to boost her self-esteem and prepared her to seek employment while she helped her children do well in their studies. She learned that many people have to overcome learning difficulties or educational barriers, and that these barriers should not stop a determined and dedicated individual from reaching their goals. When Nena joined EHC in 2000, she was technical coordinator for the Mexican government agency INEA (Instituto Nacional de Educacion para los Adultos [National Institute for Adult Education]), where she worked with adult literacy programs in the border region. Read more of her story at CA Adult Education Students Succeed (www).

Travon Willis, Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Travon Willis
Travon Willis

At the age of 26, Travon Willis started working toward a high school diploma at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education (FACE). He has always believed this was one of the best decisions he ever made. In the two years he attended, 2004-06, he overcame poor grades and moved from the freshman level to attaining all the credits necessary to complete the program and earn his High School Diploma. He also won an Academic Achievement Award in Math and the Community Advisory Council Scholarship.

Regardless of all his educational accomplishments, being a positive role model to his family is the most important thing to Travon. His career is about helping people, and he believes he has an ethical and moral duty to provide them with his best care. One example of this comes from outside his work.  Travon possesses a compassion for homeless people, and each Thanksgiving and periodically throughout the year he and his wife collect used clothing which they distribute to homeless people in the area. From this and other examples, his family has gained the same ethical and moral sense as Travon, along with the understanding that each one of us plays a part in contributing to a better tomorrow. Read more about Travon at CA Adult Education Students Succeed (www).

Visit Adult Education Students Succeed for more Adult Education success stories.


Coming Soon: Administrators Planning for Online/Blended Delivery Webinars

OTAN is planning additional webinars as part of our "Administrators Planning for Online/Blended Delivery" (APOD). The first session was a discussion for preparing your program to consider online distance education as part of your program. Field panelists shared their experience and suggestions for preparing for online delivery, looking at different teaching models and budget considerations for online distance programs. The second session dealt with student management and the recruitment, orientation and support of online distance learners. The panel discussed marketing methods, student needs assessments, recruitment, orientation and technical support. Two additional sessions are in the planning stages and will discuss topics related to professional development for online teaching as well as other distance teaching issues including reporting, staffing and teacher recruitment. Look for future announcements in this digest.


Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Initiative Extended to June 2015

CA Capitol dome

A bill, SB 1070, giving California high school students more opportunities to pursue career-oriented education with stronger links to growing sectors of our state’s economy was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last week. The Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative continues a successful career technical education program that was set to expire at the end of 2012. The bill also expands and strengthens the program to foster increased partnerships between schools and emerging technologies and industries.

In a statement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who sponsored the bill said, “I'm delighted the Pro Tem, his fellow legislators, and Governor Brown acted to extend and strengthen a program that already has a proven history of investing in successful education, training, and workforce development pathways—from middle school all the way to community college—in regions across California."

Read more in this Legislative Update.



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

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
Nov. 14 2012 – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
with Branka Marceta
Nov. 14 2012 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Three Fun Online Activities for Students with Kristi Reyes
Nov. 16, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
with Francisca Wentworth
Nov. 26, 2012 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

So You Want to Teach Online? with Penny Pearson
Nov. 27, 2012 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners
with Evelyn Fella
Nov. 27, 2012 – 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM

10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students with Branka Marceta
Nov. 29, 2012 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Create FREE Online Quizzes with Barry Bakin
Nov. 30, 2012 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Teaching Online: Web conferencing and other Synchronous Tools with Barbara Fanning
Nov. 30, 2012 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

"Advanced ESL" Shared Moodle Course Orientation
with Francisca Wentworth
Dec. 3, 2012 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Academic and Skills Lessons for Health Care Provider/ Nursing Assistant ESL students
with Evelyn Fella
Dec. 4, 2012 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning
with Penny Pearson
Dec. 4, 2012 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

An Online Presence for Teachers
with Linda Swanson
Dec. 5, 2012 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Creating a High Quality Online Course
with Penny Pearson
Dec. 13, 2012 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
with Susan Coulter
Dec. 13, 2012 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate!
with Melinda Holt
Dec. 20, 2012 – 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

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 for Adult Education
Nov. 15, 2012 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MS Word 2007
Dec. 7, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

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