November 2015
Vol. 7, No. 1
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WIOA, Title II: Technology and Distance Learning Program Year 2015-16

WIOA

The Technology and Distance Learning Plan is now open External link opens in new window or tab for submissions. This Technology and Distance Learning Plan is one of the Program and Accountability requirements External link opens in new window or tab for all agencies approved for funding in 2015-2016 for the grant under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II (WIOA), also known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. If you need technical assistance for completing your technology plan, please contact Branka Marceta at 800-894-3113 or via e-mail at bmarceta@otan.us

The deadline for receiving online submission of the new Technology and Distance Learning Plan is midnight, January 31, 2016.

Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Ed.gov

On August 18, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education released a program memorandum, External link opens in new window or tab entitled Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The program memorandum lays out the vision and role of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and highlights a number of actions State and local leaders can take to support implementation activities that will help realize the vision for AEFLA in WIOA.

Visit the U.S. Department of Education Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act External link opens in new window or tab for additional information and resources.

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches CTE App Challenge

In an effort to inspire students to pursue an education beyond high school, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the Reach Higher Career App Challenge to promote the development of mobile apps that will help students navigate education and career pathways, including Career and Technical Education (CTE). 
(Read the full press release External link opens in new window or tab.)

“If students want to learn cutting-edge skills and prepare for successful careers, a four-year university isn’t their only choice. CTE is also an excellent option because students can get all the professional skills they need for a good job in a high-demand field, and they can do it at a fraction of the time and cost of a four-year school,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Read this OTAN News item for more information and links. The challenge competition closes December 7, 2015.

LINCS Learner Center Launched for Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

LINCS Learner Center

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) has launched an online center to direct adult learners to free, high-quality resources related to education, job and life skills. The LINCS (Literacy, Information and Communication System) Learner Center External link opens in new window or tab complements OCTAE's priority goal to make on-demand learning available for teachers and students.

A call to action in OCTAE's February 2015 report, Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States External link opens in new window or tab, identified the need and potential to reach more low-skilled adults through online, on-demand tools.

Link to the rest of the story...

Healthy Family Habits - NCFL's newest family-learning resource

Healty Family Habits

NCFL announced the launch of Healthy Family Habits External link opens in new window or tab, an online resource dedicated to providing families with real-world ways to establish and hone healthy habits. This new (and completely free) set of materials offers step-by-step guides and downloadable resources for community organizations seeking support in planning and hosting health-literacy events for families.

Healthy Family Habits also includes interactive features designed to help families facilitate at-home conversations about health and generate ideas for implementing healthful activities. [All resources are available in English and Spanish.]

Suspension of the California High School Exit Examination

Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu) was signed by Governor Brown on October 7, 2015. This law suspends the administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and the requirement that students completing grade twelve successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. The law also requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to grant a diploma to any student who completed grade twelve in the 2003–04 school year, or a subsequent school year, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than passage of the high school exit examination. The law will not take effect until January 1, 2016, at which time LEAs shall be permitted to issue diplomas to eligible students. Read the rest of the official announcement. External link opens in new window or tab

Read the complete news item...


Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Getting the Most out of the Gradebook (Updated!) External link opens in new window or tab
November 18, 2015 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Google Tools and Drive  External link opens in new window or tab
November 19, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Easy to Make Quizzes for Web Sites and Blogs  External link opens in new window or tab
November 20, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle Courses for ESL  External link opens in new window or tab
November 20, 2015 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab
December 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Creating Accessible Documents (New!) External link opens in new window or tab
December 8, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Creating a High-Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
December 10, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Easy to Make Quizzes and Flashcards for Tablets and Mobile Phones External link opens in new window or tab
December 11, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Using Badges to Celebrate Achievement External link opens in new window or tab
December 17, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Educational Technology Sharing through Alumni Online Meetings External link opens in new window or tab
December 18, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site  External link opens in new window or tab
November 20, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sacramento County Office of Education

SmartBoards in Your Classroom External link opens in new window or tab
December 11, 2015 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sacramento County Office of Education


Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

March 11-12, 2016
Fresno Adult School
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