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OTAN Digest #89
January 2017


Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Virtual Conference: Expanding Possibilities

Literacy is a foundation for further learning, educational attainment, and skill development; thus, sound adult literacy programs and policies can contribute to the enhancement of both individual economic opportunity and national competitiveness. Digital literacy and technology in the adult education classroom is an area of opportunity. In partnership with the Iowa Literacy Council, the Adult Education and Literacy team with the Iowa Department of Education Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation, will host the first Expanding Possibilities: Adult Education and Literacy Virtual Conference #AELVC2017.

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO): Introduction to the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education

In October, 2016 the American Institutes for Research, under contract with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, published the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (ELP Standards for AE). This report presents and explains the ELP Standards for AE and their relevance to adult education programs. This webinar will provide an introduction to the standards, explain the development process (including guiding principles and design parameters), and provide an overview of the structure, use, and supports for the standards that are found in the report. These supports include two views of the standards with their correspondences to the College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, and Mathematical and Science Practices, scenarios that provide examples of instruction based on the standards, a glossary of key terms, and examples of instructional scaffolds and supports for learners at varying levels of English language proficiency. The intended audience for the webinar, and for the report itself, is broad and includes all practitioners involved in the education of adult English Language Learners.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): Opportunities for Action, IET Model Programs

This memo External link opens in new window or tab from CLASP's Opportunities for Action series features career pathway models that use Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs to serve diverse learners in numerous settings. The final Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations, released earlier this year, provide both assurance and incentives for adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary education partners to design and implement IET strategies.

Panel Summary: Leveraging Trends in Blended, Distance, and Mobile Learning

On November 14, 2016 The EdTech Center External link opens in new window or tab at World Education hosted a panel at NCTN’s Effective Transitions in Adult Education annual conference, which is dedicated to 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 panel, entitled Leveraging Trends in Blended, Distance, and Mobile Learning, was moderated by IDEAL Consortium Director, Jen Vanek and included the following panelists:

Europe: The benefits of recognising refugee qualifications

EPALE is the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. In the November 16, 2016 post External link opens in new window or tab Simon Broek hosts an article by Dr. Roger Y.Chao Jr., a senior consultant for UNESCO – International Center for Higher Education Innovation, about the topics of social inclustion, immingrants and validation of prior learning.

Edutopia: Education Research Highlights from 2016

In her December 8 2016 article Youki Terada offers a look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students. Terada starts by stating that “In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6). We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). “

January's New Web-based Class Activity!

Helping Students Get Job Ready: Teach Soft Skills

Communicating at work

In the January 2017 Web-based activity article, Debbie Jensen writes that” Technical skills are only part of the education our students need to succeed in today’s job market. They also need soft skills. Lists of actual soft skills vary, but can include dependability, motivation, communication, creativity, problem solving, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, time management, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Lack of these skills cause problems once you are on the job. According to Business Week over 60 percent of managers agree soft skills are the most important when evaluating job performance. Mark Murphy, author of Hire for Attitude, said 46 percent of people who are newly hired fail in the first 18 months. Of those, 89 percent are fired because they lacked the soft skills needed for the workplace. The good news is soft skills can be taught and learned. “

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Professional Development

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Online Workshops & Webinars:

OTAN offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. We are currently working on our line up for this year, so stay tuned and check the California Adult Education Professional Development calendar so you won't miss any!

Online Curriculum Series, Part 2 moderated by Penny Pearson
February 7, 2017 ~ 12 to 1 p.m.

Open Educational Resources and Adult Education with Penny Pearson
February 23, 2017 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Face-to-Face Workshops:

Contact us at 916-228-2580 or e-mail support@otan.us to schedule one of our workshops at your school this year! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab.

Face to face workshop

The deadline to register for many Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to ensure that OTAN can send the trainer to your agency.

Google Tools and Drive II
Monday, January 30, 2017 ~ 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New Haven Adult School
600 G Street
Union City, CA 94587

Google Tools and Drive I
Thursday, March 23, 2017 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Folsom-Cordova Adult School
10850 Gadsten Way
Rancho Corodva, CA 95670

OTAN offers a wide variety of no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops. We will come to your school if you have at least 10 interested participants and an approved lab. If you have a smaller school and need more participants, consider coordinating with other small schools in your area to fill your workshop. If there is a technology topic not listed that your staff needs assistance with, let us know and we will discuss creating a new workshop to meet that need. Here are some of our workshop titles:

Visit our Web site to see the complete list including descriptions and prerequisites for each.

Teaching Resources

Web "Sitings":

Global Oneness Project External link opens in new window or tab
The Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, the curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Each month, they release a new story and accompanying lesson plan. All of their content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

Announcify External link opens in new window or tab
This is probably one of the more popular text-to-speech extensions among educators. This cute little birdie sits in your extension toolbar. When you find an article or selection of text on the web that you would like it to read, just click on the little birdie. There is an added bonus with this one! Not only does it read the text, but it opens the article in a new window and it gets rid of the ads and chaos around the article so that readers can stay focused. But wait, there’s more! It also blurs out the paragraphs that are not being read so it keeps the readers on the correct paragraph.

Read and Write for Google External link opens in new window or tab
Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.Read and Write for Google Chrome™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting. See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries. Hear text translated into other languages. Get suggestions for the current or next word as you type. Turn words into text as you speak.

Next Vista Project External link opens in new window or tab
Welcome to Next Vista's English Language Project! We are working to build a collection of hundreds of very short videos to supplement the language learning efforts of people around the globe.