DLAC Selection Criteria
Unlike prior professional development projects, DLAC will not accept individual participants. Only teams of 2–3 participants can apply, endorsed and supported by an administrator.
We recognize that each team member will bring different strengths and talent to the team. The successful applicant team will demonstrate enthusiasm for educational technology, distance or blended teaching, and use (or potential use) of online resources in their classrooms and programs. Each team can consist of teachers, coordinators, and/or administrators.
It is recommended each team member is comfortable with technology skills, and even more importantly to be ready and willing to learn, experiment, and able to share new knowledge and skills with colleagues. Some examples of desired technology skills include proficient use of e-mail, instant messaging, social media, a high level of comfort using the Internet including various online tools, searching, reviewing and saving useful educational Web sites for classroom use. Strong time and file management skills are beneficial as well.
Agency administration must show a willingness and commitment to support their Digital Leadership Academy team throughout the two years of the program. This includes accommodations for online meetings, workshops and release time (without penalty to vacation, sick, or personal leave) for the training events in Sacramento and for attending state and local conferences and professional development events.
It is critical that all team members communicate with each other on the progress of their individual pieces of the application. All applicants are free to revise their information as needed up to the time the overall application is submitted by the designated Team Leader. Only the team leader can submit the agency application on behalf of the team.
The weighted criteria for selection are:
OTAN will review applications as teams from each agency. The criteria below will help ensure teams meet their long term goals.
- Identified team is made up of individuals who can help meet the goals of the agency. (30%)
- Commitment to complete the Digital Leadership Academy, a two-year obligation. (30%)
- Willingness to learn and implement or develop leadership skills. (20%)
- Willingness to share integration strategies, experience, and/or learn new technology skills (20%)
Teams will use their Technology and Distance Learning Plans (TDLP) to identify program areas they wish to improve. The TDLP is meant to be a guide, and completion of the Academy will provide skills and tools to meet those goals.
- Program goals focus on technology integration, distance, online or blended learning as it relates to stated goals on their TDLP. (35%)
- Team identifies priorities and specific plans for their project. (40%)
- Administration must show willingness to provide release time for participation. (15%)
- Capacity to provide equipment and technical support. (10%)
Please submit only one team per agency. In addition to reviewing applications based on the above criteria, the selection committee will make an effort to ensure that teams represent a balance of program goals and geographic regions.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact:
Penny Pearson, OTAN
(916) 228-2580 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Neda Anasseri, OTAN
(916) 228-2580 or email@example.com