October 15, 2009
Vol. 1, No. 5

Nominate a Successful Adult Learner

Deadline October 30

Students Succeed Logo

Three adult education learners, Marilsol Maldonado, Gloria Martinez, and Chuong Nguyen were honored at the recent ACSA Conference in San Diego. Their stories are posted on the Students Succeed Website. The Website also features success stories of over 170 other learners from 90 adult education programs.

Nominate a successful former student by going to the Adult Education Students Succeed Website and completing the online form. Or, you can download and complete the PDF and mail to OTAN.

The next deadline is Oct 30. Nominations received after this date will be considered at the next deadline on March 31, 2010.

Apply for CALPRO's PLC Institute

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is offering California adult educators the opportunity to participate in the 2009-2010 CALPRO Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Institute. All California Department of Education, Adult Education Office WIA Title II or State Apportionment funded agencies are eligible to apply.

OTAN News has more.

Changing Plan for New GED Test

The GED Testing Service announced on Wednesday that plans to release a new version of the GED test in January 2012 are now on hold. Because of the current national focus on high school standards and what should be required to ensure that students are ready for college or a career, there is now a need to rethink what should be required for a GED, and the organization needs time to do that, although "elements of the new program will be introduced as early as 2010."

Read more in OTAN News

Technology Workshops

Face to Face Workshop

With budget and personnel cuts, you likely need to ask your staff to do more with less. In order to do this effectively, some extra technology training may help fill the gap. Take advantage of OTAN's professional development offerings. We offer both webinars (online) as well as face-to-face training at your site. All of our training is offered at no cost to the requesting agency. All we require is a minimum enrollment of 10 teachers for a face-to-face training, and 6 for an online webinar.

Check out some of our upcoming webinars.

Senate Confirms New Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education

Brenda Dann-Meisser

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Brenda Dann-Messier as the Department's new assistant secretary for vocational and adult education. Dann-Messier has served as president of the Providence, RI program Dorcas Place for the past 10 years. She also served on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education and the board of the RI Higher Education Assistance Authority. Dann-Messier was the secretary of education's New England regional representative during the Clinton administration. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Johnson & Wales University, Providence campus, and a master's degree in instructional technology from Rhode Island College.

Read more in this OTAN News article.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Vicki Good

Adult Education Administrator of the Year
The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA ) has announced that Vickie Good, Principal of Fairfield-Suisun Adult School in Solano County, has been chosen as their 2009 Adult Education Administrator of the Year.

You can read more in OTAN News.

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