April 3, 2008
Digest No. 1


Important CTE

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing is gathering feedback on proposed credential requirements for Career Technical Education Teachers (CTE). An advisory panel recommended new credential requirements and drafted new program standards for the preparation of CTE teachers. Teachers and administrators familiar with Career Technical Education should complete the survey by Friday, April 25.

Summer Institute
Keynote Speaker

CASAS National Summer Institute
The keynote speaker at this year’s CASAS National Summer Institute (June 17-19) is Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The Partnership is a leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education.

Ken Kay has been a major voice in defining the potential and promoting the importance of information technology applications in critical areas such as education, health care, electronic commerce and government services. Learn more about Mr. Kay at the CASAS National Summer Institute 2008 Web site, or read the Q&A with the American School Board Journal [PDF].

COABE Administrator of the Year

COABE Names Joan Polster ABE Administrator of the Year
At the COABE conference in St. Louis, MO, April 28-30, Joan Polster will receive the ABE Administrator of the Year from the Commission on Adult Basic Education.

Danish administrators study California techology and distance education

California will host a study group of 11 visiting Danish adult education administrators for two days during April. The visitors are especially interested in learning how California adult schools use technology for distance education and professional development. For an insightful article about education in Scandinavia, read "U.S. educators seek lessons from Scandinavia" at eSchoolNews.com. The article notes that "High-scoring nations on an international exam say success stems from autonomy and project-based learning."

Life & Work
Listening Series

Descriptions and FAQs of the new CASAS Life and Work Listening Series are now posted. CASAS is accepting pre-orders; shipments start in mid-June.

Professional Development

CALPRO Professional Development Events

Orientation for New ESL Teachers –free, self-directed online course now available
CALPRO has launched a new, self-paced online course designed to help new instructors of adult English Language Learners. Read more about the Self-Directed Courses on CALPRO’s online campus Web page.

OTAN Online Workshops
are easy and convenient. Coming up…

Using Web Sites to Teach Math — April 5, 9 a.m.

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site — April 8, 4 p.m.

OTAN Services for Teachers — April 17, 4 p.m.

TIMAC Application Due May 16th

The online application for the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is open now through May 16, 2008. In 2008-09, ten new participants will be selected and will participate for one school year.

CASAS eTest Online Workshops…

…are available in April and May. Anyone interested in joining a CASAS eTests User Group should contact Carol Farrell. The first CASAS eTests User Group meeting is scheduled Thursday, June 19 at the CASAS National Summer Institute. Earlier teleconferences may be scheduled if response warrants.

Register for this and other CASAS workshops.

Online discussion forums

The National Institutes for Literacy (NIFL) sponsors national online discussion forums on a wide variety of topics of interest to adult education practitioners. These lively discussion forums address everything from "Assessment" to "Poverty, Race, Women, and Literacy." To subscribe to the free discussion groups, go to the Nationl Institute for Literacy Web site.

Did you know…

Health Literacy Resources

…the CALPRO Web site has a Reference Guide on Health Literacy?  Designed to help adult educators find and use currently available health literacy materials, the guide includes sample curricula, instructional materials and standards, among other resources.  You may download a PDF file of this free guide from http://www.calpro-online.org/o_guides/healthli/1.asp.

Web Activities for the classroom

...OTAN posts classroom activities using new Web sites and Web technologies every month. Find them on OTAN by going to Web-based Activities on the Teaching Tools menu.


…the CALPRO Web site provides adult educators with easy access to the extensive database of archived documents from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education? The CALPRO Web site provides a search function to allow users to mine the rich database.  For more information, visit http://www.calpro-online.org/pubs.asp#eric.

These items are for information only. CASAS, OTAN and CALPRO items are supported by CDE.