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Administrators' Digest

Volume 11, Number 6
November 2020

FROM THE DIRECTOR, RENEE COLLINS

November is here, and I am loving this fall weather! Hiking, sweaters, and hot chocolate…oh my!! I hope that you are enjoying this cooler season, too.

If your agency has not already done so, you may want to update your Course Approvals for 20-21.  While agencies do not have a deadline to submit course approvals, the Education Code states that LEAs must have approval from their board and the CDE to offer Adult Education courses. Agencies can go onto the California Online Application and Reporting site to find the course list. To see the entire list and course descriptions, there is no need to log onto the site. However, to complete the Course Approval process, one must log in and be authorized under the Contact information section to complete the process.

Late fall also means that planning for OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) is under way. TDLS will be virtual this year and will take place Wednesday-Friday, March 3-5. Going virtual means we will have the ability to host more registrants. Look for the Call for Proposals to open soon. More information will be forthcoming.

Are you interested in training in scheduling an OTAN training for your staff? Please reach out to us at support@otan.us to learn how we can help with your training needs. We've now reinstated virtual face-to-face trainings!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Stay safe and be well. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Learning More About Apprenticeships

Read about National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.

Online Course to Help Adult Learners Get Job Skills

USA Learns just launched the Skills for the Nursing Assistant course in collaboration with the Health Workforce Initiative.

Taking a Look at the Top Tools for Learning 2020

Since 2007, Jane Hart from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies in the UK has been compiling an annual list of Top Tools for Learning from the results of an open survey.

OTAN Teaching Tools and Resources

OTAN has a number of teaching tools and resources that teachers can utilize in their instruction. Here are some resources that you should consider throughout the school year.

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2020

This week presents many opportunities to think about how we should all be good digital citizens and how to encourage good online behavior when interacting with others, now and throughout the school year.

OTAN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER EVENTS

Date/Time Event Location
Mon, Nov 30
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 1
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Zoom Meet Teams! Using Different Online Meeting Platforms in AE Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 1
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Wed, Dec 2
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Drive, Apps, and Tools Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Easy Projects with Microsoft Office (1, 2, 3) Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 8
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A11y - Accessibility: Considerations for AE Teachers Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 8
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 10
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Series: 1, 2, 3 Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 15
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 18
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 18
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Drive, Apps, and Tools Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
★ = CLOSED, In-Service Training

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - PLAN AHEAD!

Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops to help Adult Educators integrate technology?

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2020-2021 school year. With a wide variety of technology topics from which to choose, OTAN training staff will present for any WIOA-funded adult education program in California either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet. (Note that face-to-face trainings will be scheduled when it is safe and OTAN staff are free to travel.)

All OTAN's workshops are provided at no cost!

Each session is hands-on - everyone will learn new skills related to technology or using technology that they can use in their adult education class or program. And all OTAN online or face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the links to see a list of the current online or face-to-face workshops and descriptions. If you don't see a workshop that is exactly what you need, contact OTAN - we'll work together to create a training that's best for you and your staff!

Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone at 916-228-2580 or by email at 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 out!

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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.