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Digital Leadership Academy 2016–2018

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) has a long history of providing professional development, resource and technical support to adult education agencies and educators for over 25 years. Services provided include online workshops and face-to-face training in promising practices for technology integration, online and blended learning resources and training, electronic collaboration, educational resources and much more. In keeping with changing technologies, new research and advances in professional development and in an effort to ensure our adult educators have access to quality professional growth, OTAN announces a new opportunity for adult education agencies, including their administrators and teachers, through the Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC). This new program will combine OTAN's previous Academies (Technology Integration Mentoring Academy and the Online Teaching Academy) and offer the program for a full two years to ensure agencies can meet projected goals.

Applications for the next round of DLAC, from 2018 to 2020, will open in July 2018.

The Digital Leadership Academy will assist agencies in meeting their technology integration, or online or blended teaching goals. The program is designed to be flexible in how agencies can best use the resources offered by OTAN to support their own agency goals. DLAC will be aligned to the Technology and Distance Learning Technology Plan filed by all WIOA funded adult education agencies.

The following is the timeline for 2016-2018:

Year One

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • October 20–21, 2016 (Thursday and Friday)
    • January 26–27, 2017 (Thursday and Friday)
    • May 18–19, 2017 (Thursday and Friday)
  • Online DLAC project meetings on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • December 9, 2016
    • February 24, 2017
    • April 14, 2017
    • June 23, 2017 (took place March 11, 2017 during Technology and Distance Learning Symposium)
  • Online meetings and communication for teams with OTAN staff and/or coach throughout the year (flexible times)
  • Online coursework and tutorials customized to team's needs (throughout the year, 10–40 hours)
  • Attending select local, regional, or state conferences
    • Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, March 10–11, 2017 in Anaheim
    • Other conferences as appropriate
  • At school sites
    • Continuous team work on development of project goals
    • Visits by coaches and OTAN staff (up to three times, TBD)
    • Complete DLAC data collection forms as needed

Year Two

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • October 12–13, 2017 (Thursday and Friday)
    • May 17–18, 2018 (Thursday and Friday)
  • Online DLAC project meetings on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • December 1, 2017
    • February 16, 2018
    • April 13, 2018
    • June 15, 2018
    • Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, March 9–10, 2018, Napa Valley Adult School.
  • Online meetings and communication for teams with OTAN staff and/or coach throughout the year (flexible times)
  • Online coursework and tutorials customized to team's needs (throughout the year, 10–40 hours)
    • Attending select local, regional, or state conferences
    • Technology and Distance Learning Symposium, March, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay area
    • Other conferences as appropriate
  • At school sites
    • Continuous team work on development of project goals
    • Visits by coaches and OTAN staff (up to three times, TBD)

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.

OTAN activities are funded by contract CN160223 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.