October 19, 2011
Vol.3, No. 3
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OTAN Requests Proposals for Online Instruction Projects

Online EducationCredit: Saint Leo Univ.

OTAN will be posting a Request for Proposals (RFP) on October 26 with the goal of increasing the quantity, quality and effectiveness of online instruction for adult learners, and of leveraging online curriculum materials and professional development opportunities offered by OTAN. The project title is Access to Learning through Online Education (ALOE). All agencies currently receiving Workforce Investment Act Title II funds are eligible to apply. A total of $180,000 is available for projects running from February 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, and it is anticipated that up to nine agencies will be funded for up to $20,000 each.
Proposed projects might include any of the following:

  • Expanding procedures for recruiting or retaining learners
  • Determining new ways of selecting and orienting learners
  • Enhancing partnerships with one-stop centers, other education agencies, or community organizations
  • Implementing or expanding new models or procedures for delivering instruction;
  • Increasing professional development for teachers, counselors or support staff;
  • Developing alternative tracking or evaluation models

The RFP will be posted on the OTAN site October 26, 2011. There will be an online meeting for prospective applicants on October 31, and proposals will be due on November 18. Applicants will be notified the week of December 5.

Looking for Online Course Content for ESL?


OTAN is offering two shared courses using the Moodle course management system. They can be placed on an agency or district Moodle server, or be hosted and supported by OTAN. These courses are licensed under Creative Commons and provided at no cost to California Adult Education agencies receiving Workforce Investment Act Title II funding.

The two courses are:
USA Learns Second Course Wrap-around (Nov. 2, 2011 and Feb. 16, 2012) and
Advanced ESL ( Oct. 18, 2011 and Jan. 23, 2012)

Interested administrators and teachers can preview the courses at the OTAN Moodle Web site. Select Examples of Shared Courses and, when prompted, log in as a guest. As a guest, you will not be able to complete any of the assessments, but you will be able to view the structure of the course. Agencies can request a copy of a course through the link provided on the course home page. (There is a block in the upper-right corner of the course home page.) 

Contact Penny Pearson at ppearson@otan.us or 916-228-2753 for more information.

Governor Signs AB 189

CA Capitol dome

Governor Brown signed AB 189 into law on October 8. This bill, sponsored by the California Council on Adult Education (CCAE), and carried by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D – Monterey Park), requires local education agencies to hold independent meetings, separate from regular school board meetings, prior to transferring funds away from categorical programs in Tier 3 flexibility, which includes adult education and ROCP. The board will need to state where they intend to spend the adult education or other categorical funds, and there will be opportunity for community input.

Visit "Laws & Legislation" on OTAN for more.

SB 734 Increasing Funding for Job Training, Including Basic Skills


Senate Bill 734 (DeSaulnier-D, Concord) was signed by the Governor, designating that the 49 local workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) in California dedicate at least 25percent of their Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I funds to job training. Training is defined to include adult education and literacy if combined with occupational and job readiness training. In 2016, the percentage increases to 30 percent. Adult education programs that don't already provide training through their local WIB should contact them to find out more.

Read more on the OTAN Web site.

New Report Published: Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research


The National Academies Press has published an expansive report, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research.  Siting recent research that estimates that “more than 90 million U.S adults lack adequate literacy” and that “only 38 percent of U.S. twelfth graders are at or above the proficient level in reading,” the comprehensive 594-page report seeks to synthesize “research on literacy and learning to improve literacy instruction in the United States” with the ultimate aim of recommending the development of a “systemic approach to research, practice and policy.”

Full story on the OTAN Web site.


OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Your staff can learn to access educational materials through the Internet, collaborate with other educators using the Internet, or incorporate the Internet into their classroom. All of the workshops are planned to fit a wide variety of skill levels! Find out more at www.otan.us/training.


  • Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
    10/24/11 — 1:00p – 2:30p
  • Creating a High Quality Online Course
    10/27/11 — 3:30p – 5:00p
  • Cell Phone Activities Using Voice and Camera
    11/4/11 — 9:30a – 11:30a
  • Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
    11/4/11 — 1:00p – 2:30p
  • USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners
    11/9/11 — 3:30p – 5:00p
  • An Online Presence for Teachers
    11/10/11 — 10:00a – 11:30a
  • Orientation to the "USA Learns 2nd Course Moodle Wrap Around" Shared Course
    11/10/11 — 3:00p – 4:30p

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Face-to-Face Workshops

  • 10/27/11 - Using Web Sites to Teach Math; 4:00p – 7:00p @ Jefferson UHSD - Serramonte Adult School
  • 10/28/11 - Using Web Sites to Teach Math; 9:00a – 12:00p @ Fremont Adult & Continuing Education

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