Improved Professional Development Calendar
If you have searched or registered for professional development events on the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar, we think you will be pleased with the improvements that went live this week. Since the calendar was created, professional development has evolved in many ways. We have a variety of types of events offered in California, and a multiplicity of ways of offering these events.

Web Site Teaches Communication Skills for Nursing Assistants
Many non-native English speakers seek careers in the medical field, and a new Web site has launched to support those learners with instruction specifically on communication skills for CNAs, English for the Nursing Assistant. Read more...

Adult Learner Scholarships Available to Attend U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy
ProLiteracy has announced the United States Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL Conference) in Houston, Texas, November 2-5, 2011. Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush will deliver the keynote address on November 3.

The USCAL Conference seeks to create successful collaborations among literacy providers and recipients, and actively encourages learner participation in the Conference.  There will be a series of workshops designed especially for adult learners as well as invaluable networking opportunities throughout the conference. Read more . . .

Changes in the Adult Education Office
Debra Jones, Administrator of the Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE), will be leaving her position September 30 to move to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office as part of an interagency agreement between CDE and the Chancellor’s Office. At the Chancellor’s Office she will serve as a liaison between the two agencies to facilitate a deeper partnership in the area of workforce development. The CDE has begun the process to hire a new administrator to replace Debra. Read more . . ..

Staff Changes at CALPRO
A lot has happened over the summer, and a number of staffing changes have taken place at CALPRO. Mariann Fedele is moving to Washington D.C., Jacques LaCour is taking Mariann's position as Director of CALPRO and Dr. Cherise Moore has been added to the CALPRO staff as a Senior Research Analyst. Read more. . .

The Flipped Classroom for Math Instruction
A flipped classroom is one in which students watch lectures and receive new information online at home, and use classroom time for practice and feedback from teacher and peers on areas where understanding is lacking. There is particular interest in this model for teaching math, and the Khan Academy Web site has been cited as a source for presentation of math concepts. Read more . . .

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite
We are looking for adult schools that are willing to take a leadership role in providing Professional Development involving the use of technology to teachers in their region. We will provide the training. You just provide the computer lab. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 or for more details!

This month's Web-Based Class Activity is all about learner goal setting with Future Me

Set Goals

Help with Learner Goal Setting Using Future Me

Guiding students to set goals helps give them a purpose for their learning and helps teachers provide solid educational experiences that foster students’ learning objectives. Use Future Me to help them set goals.


Professional Development

Face-to-Face Workshops:

Contact us to schedule one of our workshops at your school! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab. 800-894-3113

The deadline to register for most Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Creating Web Pages with Weebly 
Friday, October 14, 2011 — 1:00p - 4:00p Sweetwater - San Ysidro Adult School, 4220 Otay Mesa Road, San Diego, CA

Using Web Sites to Teach Math
Thursday, October 27, 2011 — 4:00p - 7:00p
Jefferson UHSD-Serramonte Adult School
699 Serramonte Blvd., Daly City, CA

Using Web Sites to Teach Math
Friday, October 28, 2011 — 9:00a - 12:00 noon
Fremont Adult & Continuing Ed,
4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont, CA

OTAN offers a wide variety of no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops. We will come to your school if you have at least 10 interested participants and an approved lab. If you have a smaller school and need more participants, consider coordinating with other small schools in your area to fill your workshop. Here are some of our workshop titles:

Visit our Web site to see the complete list including descriptions and prerequisites for each, then call Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or email her at to schedule a workshop.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

OTAN offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. This year workshops will be offered both separately and as a series, allowing participants to register for several sessions at once. Many of the workshops shown below are part of our series. See below for the Online Series lists.

Moodle: Creating Assignments with Susan Coulter
Friday, October 14, 2011 — 11:00a - 12:30p

Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom with Jayme Goldstein
Friday, October 14, 2011 — 1:00p - 2:30p

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities (SmartBoard) with Blair Roy
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 — 3:30p - 5:00p

Orientation to OTAN "Advanced ESL" Shared Moodle Course with Francisca Wentworth
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 — 1:30p - 3:00p

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 — 4:00p - 5:30p

Three Fun Online Activities for Students with Kristi Reyes
Friday, October 21, 2011 — 10:00a - 11:30a

Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning with Francisca Wentworth
Monday, October 24, 2011 — 1:00p - 2:30p

Creating a High Quality Online Course with Penny Pearson
Thursday, October 27, 2011 — 3:30p - 5:00p

Orienting Students to Online Learning with Francisca Wentworth
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 — 1:30p - 3:00p

Cell Phone Activities Using Voice and Camera with Susan Gaer
Friday, November 4, 2011 — 9:30a - 11:00a

Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
Friday, November 4, 2011 — 1:00p - 2:30p

USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners with Evelyn Fella
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 — 3:30p - 5:00p

An Online Presence for Teachers with Linda Swanson
Thursday, November 10, 2011 — 10:00a - 11:30a

Each series is accompanied by additional online resources and support through a facilitated Moodle course, providing participants with the benefit and support of an online learning community. The workshop series are designed on the theory that continued and sustained support improves learning outcomes. Here is the list of the series:

Online Series Offerings:

  • Mobile Technology in Adult Education
    • Getting to Know Your Cell Phone: Features, Etiquette, and Texting
    • Cell Phone Activities Using Voice and Camera
  • Create and Collaborate in the Cloud
    • Online Documents: Share, Review, and Collaborate
    • 10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students
  • Moodle: Foundations in Moodle Course Management
    • Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
    • Moodle: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
  • Moodle: Activities Series
    • Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
    • Moodle: Creating Assignments
    • Moodle: Create Online Interactive Activities (New!)
    • Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning (New!)
  • Social Media and Online Presence for Adult Education
    • Social Networking and Online Presence for Adult Ed
    • Three Fun Online Activities for Students
    • An Online Presence for Teachers

Teaching Resources

Literacywork International
These videos were created by Literacywork International to document promising practices or explain a specific strategy. Videos show that language develops more quickly and deeply when students learn about and discuss things that matter to them. These videos show students taking a trip to a farm where they pick their own vegetables and then go to the store to compare prices.

Flashcard Machine
Flashcard Machine is a free service for creating interactive Web-based study flashcards that can be shared with others. Teachers and students can create their own flashcards, or they can use flashcards created by others in the public database. Flashcards can include images and audio. (Great for ESL students.) For students with iPhones, they can use an app called iStudyToGo to study their flashcard terms. New features recently added include: folders for organizing cards; a multiple choice quiz capability; printing options for those without Internet access; a spell checker; support for international characters; and many others.

Get Ready to Pass Your GED - Test Taking Strategies
This PowerPoint on taking the GED could be used in a classroom with a teacher presenting or as self directed study tool for a student. Just be sure to eliminate the final slide which offers a phone number for the student to call, or include your own school's phone number.

Study Guides and Strategies
This is a comprehensive site dealing with many study related issues such as time management, problem solving,motivation, learning to learn, learning collaboratively, study habits and skills, classroom participation, online learning, thinking, memorizing, reading skills, doing research, project management and presentation, writing basics, writing types (including the five paragraph essay), vocabulary development, spelling, test preparation and taking, and many other topics too numerous to list. Worth a visit!

Net Frog - The Online Dissection
Use this site to provide the virtual experience of dissecting a frog or it could be a demo before students actually dissect a frog themselves.

Learning Chocolate
While the name of the site is different, the site aims to help students to memorize vocabulary in an easy and efficient way, by using pictures, sounds and games. Good site for basic vocabulary building.

English Literacy / Civics Curriculum - Low Beg - Low Int. Levels
This EL/Civics curriculum espouses learner self-expression, peer interaction, community awareness and participation, personal research, and problem-solving. It includes the following units: Talking with the Health Care Provider; Taking Medications; Good Nutrition; Banking and Paying Bills; Shopping; Budgeting and Owning a Car; Child Care and Budgeting; Housing; Shopping and Paying Bills; Major Financial Decisions; Credit Cards; My Community; Using Community Services; Learning About Citizenship; Diversity in my Community; Living in a Safe Community; and Finding and Reporting Community Information. Created by teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Graphic Organizers from Education Place
Education Place offers a wide variety of graphic organizers that could be useful in your classroom. It includes, but is not limited to, a Venn diagram, cluster word maps, a step-by-step chart, a fact vs. opinion grid, a cause and effect sheet, and a time line, to name a few. These are all printable and are in PDF format. There are no copyright restrictions.