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Summer is approaching and it is a time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! Keeping your mind engaged and active by learning new skills is not only good for your brain, it can benefit your learners too!

OTAN's Summer Bootcamp is one option! As you relax poolside this summer consider joining us for lively online workshops from June 6th through June 17th! Check out the offerings on the OTAN website under "training" at the bottom of the homepage. See you online External link opens in new window or tab!

NCTN

The National College Transition Network at World Education, Inc. will hold its 10th national conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education on November 14 - 16, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, Providence, RI.

We invite you to submit a workshop proposal and share an innovative and effective practice, strategy, and/or policy aimed at strengthening adult education’s capacity to ensure that adult learners have access to and success in the college, occupational training and career they need to earn a family-sustaining wage. The deadline for general workshop submissions External link opens in new window or tab has now been extended till June 17, 2016.

Source: National College Transition Network News External link opens in new window or tab

Ed Homeroom

Ensuring that everyone in this nation is equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed is crucial in our competitive, global economy. One key part of this effort is ensuring that young people and adults of all skill levels who are transitioning to new careers or looking to enhance their careers receive the supports they need to do so. Too often, though, our systems for helping hard-working Americans acquire marketable and in-demand skills can be complex and difficult to navigate for students, job seekers, and employers alike. The good news is that career pathways are a promising solution to that challenge. Career pathways are integrated collections of strategic programs and services that help students and job seekers transition from education to employment. They connect the necessary adult basic education, occupational training, postsecondary education, career and academic advising, and support services so that students and workers can successfully prepare for, obtain, and progress in their career.

While career pathways are not a new concept to our communities, convening 12 agencies across the federal government to work together to promote career pathways is historic and is critical for promoting further scale. Learn more about the process in a blog post authored by Mark H. Greenberg, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Johan E. Uvin, the Deputy Assistant Secretary Delegated the Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, and Portia Wu, the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Source: Homeroom, the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education, May 9, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab

NCSDAE

A new “Dear Colleague” letter External link opens in new window or tab released May 9, 2016 clarifies changes made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 External link opens in new window or tab to the definition of an eligible career pathway program and Federal Pell Grant award amounts for students enrolled in those programs. Specifically, the letter confirms that the definition of an eligible career pathway program for Pell/ATB purposes is the same definition used in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. A useful Q&A is attached to the letter.

Source: National Council of State Director of Adult Education blog post, May 10, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp External link opens in new window or tab WonderopolisTM is a free online summer-learning destination by National Center for Families Learning. Sign up now and secure your position at the starting gate when Camp starts June 13. This year's Camp features six new tracks of Wonder and learning where you, your group, or your family can explore and learn together. Camp will enable programs, families, and individuals to customize their experience to their needs while campers explore different tracks of STEM-based exploration. Along the way they will build their vocabulary, background knowledge, and literacy skills.

When you register External link opens in new window or tab as a Camper (kids of all ages) or a Counselor (parents, library staff, teachers), you will be able to:

  • Select your own avatar
  • Follow your own path through six tracks of scientific exploration
  • Engage in Wonder lessons and test your learning to earn all 42 new Wonder Cards®
  • See what other Campers are doing and share your own experiences on the Wonder Wall
  • Keep track of your Camp activities on your personal dashboard (Counselor dashboards will track individual and groups of Campers—perfect for parents, libraries, and summer learning programs)
  • Try out fun, hands-on activities with everyday items
  • Compete in photo and video contests for a chance to win Camp prizes
  • Pre-register now for this summer's journey, and stay tuned for more details as the countdown begins! Also, you can check our FAQ sheet for more details about this year's Camp.

Until then, you can always warm up at Wonderopolis.org External link opens in new window or tab!