The California EDGE (Education Diversity and Growth in the Economy) Campaign is a non-partisan coalition of groups with diverse and even divergent outlooks but united in the belief that California' future economic growth rests in large measure on the skill base of its workers. The members of the coalition are:

  • California Budget and Policy Center California Hospital Association
  • California Workforce Association California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • California Manufacturing and Technology Association
  • Career Ladders Project for the California Community Colleges
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • National Council of La Raza Policy Link
  • State Building and Construction Trades of California
Cal Edge

The EDGE Coalition released A Workforce Agenda for 2016 External link opens in new window or tab that includes creating a sustained, supplemental funding stream for high-cost CTE programs; providing greater access to Cal Grant C financial support for CTE students; implementing high impact practices in adult education and basic skills programs to significantly improve student success; strengthening the curriculum approval process for community college CTE programs; developing an aligned program accountability system for CTE and workforce programs; and increasing the pool of qualified CTE instructors.

Source: California EDGE Coalition News External link opens in new window or tab (accessed February 25, 2016).

Every year OTAN produces three issues of OTAN Online Connection, the OTAN newsletter, to print and mail to members, disseminate electronically, and distribute at conferences and workshops.

The latest addition is available in PDF format on the Newsletter page and features the following topics:

  • After the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016
  • Learn Something New This Summer!
  • #AdultEDU EdTech Share Slams
  • OTAN – A Look Back by retiring Executive Director John Fleischman

The director, Joyce Hinkson, writes about OTAN’s very successful symposium hosted by Fresno Adult School on March 11 and 12, 2016. Dr. Hinkson provides more details about the APP-mazing race, the keynote by Dr. Devin Vodicka and announces the date and location for the next year’s event.

The retiring Executive Director, John Fleischman, writes that having been a part of OTAN has truly been one of the highlights of his career in adult education. The readers are treated to a longer article that takes us back 26 years thought the eyes of the person who wrote the original OTAN grant application in 1989 and who concludes that it has been an honor and pleasure.

In the March Web-based Activity article Susan Coulter writes "Who are the heroes, famous people, or role models in our society?"

My Hero External link opens in new window or tab uses media and technology to bring to life role models who selflessly devote themselves to others in the world, overcoming personal hardships. These individuals help us to realize our own potential to effect a positive change in the world. Each article is screened before being posted and My Hero does not publish anything that promotes hatred, violence, or prejudice. Their goal is to highlight heroes from all walks of life and to celebrate the best of humanity. The My Hero stories are beautifully told and touch the heart deeply.

There are many resources available on My Hero. You will need to decide your depth of involvement in the site. You are free to use the stories, audio files, art, and films, but the site offers so much more for your students if you have the time.

You can find step-by-step instructions and ideas for activities in the March Web-based Activity article External link opens in new window or tab

The March issue of OTAN's Administrator’s digest is available on the Home page of the OTAN Web site. You may also access it directly using the link below:

The Administrators' Digest is a monthly online publication containing brief articles of interest to California adult education administrators, and links to more information.

This publication features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting articles and information featured on other Web sites. Information about professional development opportunities offered by OTAN is also featured.

If you would like to receive an e-mail letting you know when the new Administrators’ digest is posted simply logon to the OTAN Web site and select "Preferences" at the top of the page. If you are not already logged on you will be asked to do so, or to register. OTAN registration is free. Once you are logged on, scroll to "Send me these OTAN publications" and select the publications you wish to receive.

Fresno Adult School was the setting for the exciting and well-attended TDLS 16. During the March 11 and 12 event, approximately 40 sessions were offered. Topics included digital badging, interactive assessments, open educational resources, online collaboration, using mobile devices, resources for citizenship preparation, and more.

Two new features this year were the inclusion of live streaming in selected sessions and the APP-mazing Race. APP-mazing Race participants competed in four teams of peers they met for the first time. After using new apps or software programs and learning new tech skills, participants presented their APP-mazing Race challenges with their teammates in front of a cheering audience. A panel of judges were tasked with the very difficult job of choosing just one top-scoring team.

TDLS 2016

Dr. Devin Vodicka provided an inspirational keynote with poignant examples of how education positively impacts lives. The future of education will include an increase in the demand for ‘knowledge workers’ and our job as adult educators has never been more important. As a nationally-recognized digital-age leader, Dr. Vodicka believes in the four elements of trust (an essential component of developing a true learning community): consistency, compassion, communication, and competency. Finally, he shared what might be the two most important questions to ask when brainstorming change – Who cares? And what is possible here? Answering these questions can lead to amazing results!

Presentations for most sessions (including the Keynote) can be found on the OTAN Web site, at Simply select the TDLS 16 icon and navigate to the desired schedule session.

If you were able to attend this year’s TDL Symposium – thank you!

This is also a reminder to please take a few minutes to fill out our individual workshop evaluations, and our overall Symposium evaluation. We're asking that you complete the evaluation before April 10, 2016.

We hope you learned a lot and will plan to join us March 10-11, 2017 in Anaheim when our host will be North Orange County Community College District.

According to a national report from Tyton Partners External link opens in new window or tab on the state of adult education and technology, 86 percent of administrators want technology for their students and are willing to use their resources to get the best products possible. Yet there’s a bit of a dilemma when looking deeper into how adult education sites purchase digital learning tools. Adult learners need technology that is both powerful and simple to use, which requires good design and development. However, this can lead to a cost that is beyond the reach of many programs. For a chronically under-funded education sector, getting the right technology into the hands of under-skilled learners can seem insurmountable.

And yet, agencies in the Adult Education field are getting around those challenges by directly collaborating with new, smaller education technology product developers to create customized solutions. The result: better-designed products that are often more cost effective than “off-the-rack” solutions.

Know Your Learners, Not Technology

When asked what developers need most for effective collaboration with adult education programs, Jamie Hollier, Co-CEO from Anneal, said, “Educators need to come to the table knowing what their goals for the app are. I can build out the features, but it all starts with the educational goal.” Hollier is currently leading a team on a re-design of Digital Learn, an app that teaches digital literacy, for the Chicago Public Library (CPL) External link opens in new window or tab.

Read more in the article by Digital Promise.

Source: Digital Promise: Developers and Adult Ed Programs Collaborate to Make Apps for Low-Skilled Learners External link opens in new window or tab (accessed March 20th, 2016).