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dlac | digital leadership academy | 2016-2018

DLAC Selection Criteria

Unlike TIMAC and OTAC, DLAC will not accept individual participants. Only teams of 2–3 participants can apply, endorsed and supported by an administrator. The teams can consist of teachers, coordinators and administrators. The successful applicant team will demonstrate enthusiasm for educational technology and online resources in their classrooms and programs. They will engage in leadership activities within their program, although not necessarily in an official leadership position.

It is recommended participants be comfortable with technology skills, and even more importantly to be ready and willing to learn and experiment, and be willing 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 Web 2.0 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 program. This includes reasonable accommodations for online meetings, workshops and release time 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.

The weighted criteria for selection are:

Team Profiles

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%)
  • Evidence of leadership skills. (20%)
  • Evidence of technology skills. (20%)
  • Must have an OTAN membership account—free and easy to create!

Program

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.

Additional Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Penny Pearson, OTAN
(916) 228-2580 or ppearson@otan.us

Branka Marceta, OTAN
(916) 228-2580 or bmarceta@otan.us

NOTE to all applicants and nominating administrators: The Digital Leadership Academy is supported by the California Department of Education, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Sections 201–243 of Public Law 113–128, Program Year 2015–16. All Digital Leadership Academy activities are contingent upon continued funding.