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Administrator's Digest

March 2019 (Volume 10, Number 2)

IT'S CONFERENCE SEASON! CONNECT WITH US!

OTAN will be presenting at some major conferences this spring, including the COABE Annual in New Orleans from March 31 to April 3, the CCAE Annual in San Diego from April 25 to 27, and the CASAS Summer Institute in Anaheim from June 11 to 13. Please attend our sessions and stop by our tables in San Diego and Anaheim for more information about OTAN!

News You Can Use

THE NEW INTERNET - COMING SOON!

In 2019, we are going to hear a lot more about 5G. It is important for us as administrators to understand this momentous shift that is coming and think deeply about how to prepare students for this brave new world. Learn about the new Internet in this article. 

STATES PUSHING AHEAD WITH #GoOpen AND OPEN EDUCATION

#GoOpen was launched in 2015 by the US Department of Education to encourage school districts and states to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources. Educators who are a part of the #GoOpen movement believe that OERs save money, boost equity, and promote materials that are timely and culturally relevant. Learn more about the open education movement taking place across the country.

THE CONUNDRUM FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Our HSD and HSE adult ed teachers are working hard with students to help them earn their high school diplomas and equivalency certificates to move onto college and post-secondary opportunities. The academic environment that these students are transitioning to, however, is changing in response to the shifting landscape of work and training, which is creating a conundrum for this generation of college students. Read this article to learn how alternative digital credentials (ADCs) are “disrupting” higher education.

THE 21st CENTURY TEXTBOOK

In their recent annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates reflected on surprises they learned in 2018 and what the future might hold for 2019. One of the surprises has to do with the state of textbooks – that textbooks are becoming obsolete. Read this article before scheduling your next textbook purchase!

NEW ONLINE RESOURCE TO HELP STUDENTS WITH FIRST AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

In this age of social media, students are coming face-to-face with a whole host of issues related to free speech, privacy, copyright, and freedom of expression. In response to the questions that students have, the Michigan State University College of Law has created the McLellan Online Free Speech Library to provide some guidance on these thorny topics. Read this article  to learn more about this new online resource.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ADULT EDUCATION LITERACY XPRIZE WINNERS!

Recently, the winners of the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE were announced. Congratulations go to the two winning teams that will share the $3 million grand prize: Learning Upgrade based in San Diego, and People ForWords based in Dallas, TX. Learn more about the winning teams and next steps for the XPRIZE.

Professional Development

OTAN PROVIDES FREE WORKSHOPS!

Are you or your staff having problems using or starting to use technology in your adult education program? Use OTAN as a professional development provider!

OTAN offers no-cost, three-hour, hands-on workshops to all WIOA-funded adult education programs. With a wide-variety of technology topics in their arsenal, OTAN training staff will go to any WIOA-funded site with a computer lab to facilitate a hands-on workshop for adult education staff. Click on the link to see our list of face-to-face workshops: OTAN's Face-to-Face Workshops

OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Click on the link to see our list of online workshops and webinars: Online Workshops & Webinars

Remember, ALL OF OTAN WORKSHOPS ARE FREE! Read more about OTAN Training and select Face-to-Face or Online workshops options to view complete workshop lists including descriptions and prerequisites. Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone or email at 916-228-2580 and support@otan.us

To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN180031 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.