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The National Conference of State Legislatures recently launched a searchable database, a result of activity across legislatures in all states following the 2014 passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The database contains legislation enacted in state legislatures during the 2015 session. Included are issues related to WIOA implementation, such as sector strategies, career pathways, adult education, career and job training, work-based learning, pay-for-performance initiatives, state plan and/or governance issues, and general workforce legislation. . Interested individuals are encouraged to visit NCSL database External link opens in new window or tab website to conduct a detailed or state-by-state search.

Source: OCTAE Connection Issue 525 - March 1, 2017

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With increasing legislative focus on Integrating Education and Training (IET), known best practices of collaborative teams are needed now more than ever. The need to connect across departments and come out of individualized silos is evident as schools move toward integrating adult basic education and English language acquisition with workforce skills and career technical education. CALPRO offers two distinct professional learning opportunities to assist adult educators and administrators with understanding the concept models associated with IET as well as with developing and implementing an ongoing collaborative process that creates a system for sustainable school improvement.

Professional Learning Communities Institute

Two face-to-face sessions supported by an online component
Application link: http://calpro-online.org/documents/2017_PLC_Institute_Application_12_16_2017.pdf External link opens in new window or tab
Application deadline: March 17, 2017

Why attend the CALPRO Professional Learning Community Institute?

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) can help schools improve and be more accountable by impacting teaching and learning. The power of PLCs to improve schools is well documented, but according to research, understanding and implementation can be inconsistent. Join us at the CALPRO PLC Institute to explore core characteristics and processes for effective implementation of your own professional learning community that focuses on student learning outcomes and creates a system for sustainable school improvement. In the current climate of increasing rigor in academic content, implementation of new standards, a greater focus on postsecondary transitions as well as integrating education and training, and regional articulation among service providers, the PLC Institute is particularly relevant and timely.

Integrated Education and Training (IET) facilitated online course

March 27 – April 24, 2017 (four weeks, 100% online)
Application link: http://calpro-online.org/documents/CALPRO_Integrated_Education_and_Training_2017_Online_Course_Application.pdf External link opens in new window or tab
Application deadline: March 20, 2017

Why attend CALPRO’s online course on Integrated Education and Training?

In this course, participants work in agency-based teams of educators and agency administrators to develop plans for implementing an instructional model that successfully integrates adult education basic skills instruction (i.e., Adult Basic Education or English has a Second Language) with workforce skills and career technical education. The course emphasizes Co-teaching and Alternating Teaching models but also includes details of Vocational ESL/ABE-specific and Cluster Vocational ESL/ABE models.

Not sure of your top priorities in professional learning? CALPRO's Instructor Competencies Self-Assessment can help! Follow this link http://calpro-online.org/competencies/instructorselfassessment.asp External link opens in new window or tab for more information and to access this tool. Get your results instantly, along with recommended resources that form the basis of an annual, individual professional development plan.

National Skills Coalition

Across the United States, millions of men and women with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving skills are holding down jobs across the service sector. Employed in retail shops and restaurants, hotels and hospitals, these workers not only help fuel the country’s economy — they keep daily life in America humming smoothly along. In the course of their jobs, these workers often need to read vital directions, follow safety protocols, calculate prices, supervise colleagues, and oversee budgets. All of these tasks are made dramatically more challenging for workers who don’t have strong literacy or numeracy skills. Many resort to creative work-arounds in an attempt to compensate for their lack of skills, but others struggle in silence. Their skill gaps carry heavy consequences for themselves, their co-workers, their employers, and our society as a whole.

A new report External link opens in new window or tab by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling at National Skills Coalition, offers a fresh analysis of rigorous international data, painting a picture of the approximately 20 million American workers employed in key service-sector industries who lack foundational skills.1 It highlights promising practices and interventions used by U.S. employers to help their workers to upskill. And it details key policy levers that can foster economic mobility for these workers.

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Three Integrated EL Civics (English Literacy and Civics Education) conferences will be held in 2017. The first one serves the Central Valley and will convene on January 20th at the Bakersfield Adult School. The Southern California conference will be held on February 3rd at the Vista Adult School. The third conference serves Northern California and will be held at the Santa Clara Adult School. The link to the flyer for all three conferences is provided. OTAN handouts for presentations at all 3 events are available online External link opens in new window or tab .

The cost of the conference is $10, which includes registration and lunch.

Please go to the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) at www.casas.org External link opens in new window or tab to register and pay for the conference. Early registration is recommended.

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In the February 2017 Web-based activity article, Susan Coulter introduces us to a tool that can help both teachers and learners. The Grammarly Web site (grammarly.com) and associated applications are a great way to help your students with their grammar and writing skills. As they type, Grammarly underlines grammar errors and spelling mistakes and allows them to correct their mistakes as they work. Students can also upload their essays to Grammarly and then receive immediate feedback on spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and style. When you are finished making any corrections, you can download the document to your desktop. The application is available on your Web browser so that online responses, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, can be easily checked for grammar errors. There is both a free and premium version. The free version checks five different writing issues and each one can be turned on or off at the user’s discretion. Read more about checkers for Contextual Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Structure, and Style in the February Web-based Activity External link opens in new window or tab Article.

The February 2017 issue of OTAN's Teachers’ digest is available here . The Teachers' Digest is a monthly online publication that features links to articles on the OTAN Web site, as well as links to interesting online resources and information featured by other adult education and education technology entities. Information about professional development opportunities offered by OTAN is also featured.

This months' Web-based Class Activity focuses on the instant grammar checker Grammarly.

Remember to scroll down the page to see OTAN’s latest Online Workshops and Webinars and our Face-to-Face workshops.

If you would like to receive an e-mail letting you know when the new Teachers’ digest is posted simply logon to the OTAN Web site and select "Preferences" at the top of the page. If you are not already logged on you will be asked to do so, or to register. OTAN registration is free. Once you are logged on, scroll to "Send me these OTAN publications" and select the publications you wish to receive.