Schedule

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Wednesday Sessions

General Session   1:00–2:30 PM

Session 1   2:45–4:15 PM

Choice Boards - Giving Students a Voice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Alisa Takeuchi
The presenters will introduce, explain, and demonstrate how to create choice boards for classroom assignments and assessment. Just as we teach with mulitple methods, by giving students the freedom to decide how they want to demonstrate their skills, it leads them down the path of success.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: DEA)
Connecting the Community: Introducing the Digital Navigator
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jerry Yamashita
The shift to remote learning due to COVID-19 forced many adult learners into unfamiliar territory. Learn how Digital Navigators can help your agency support a 1:1 initiative, elevate digital literacy, reach instructional technology objectives, and provide equitable internet access to every student.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)
To blend or not to blend, that’s the question: Focus group discussion about the future of learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Penny Pearson
Over the years there is a marked decline in distance learning in California. This session uses a research focus group format to discuss opportunities and challenges for blended and distance learning in California. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)

Networking Opportunity   4:15–5:00 PM

Networking Lounge - Wednesday
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
Networking is for all that wish to attend. Sit and just listen or talk with a friend, a colleague, a teacher, an administrator, or join with your team to discuss what you learned.
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)

Thursday Sessions

Session 2   8:30–10:00 AM

Google Accounts: Security and Management
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Melinda Holt
This session will focus on managing Google account types and security. Topics include transfer of files between same-owner accounts, sharing differences between Club and Pub, and deep dives into management/security will be addressed. Use a Google Club and Pub account? You will want to attend!
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Meet Learners Where They Are in Math and English
Demonstration (90 minute)
Dani Pedrotti
Educators are redoubling efforts to meet learners where they are—streamlining paths to further education and boosting employment prospects. Adaptive technologies can support those efforts with tools that empower students to refresh their academic foundations and take ownership of their learning.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE • CAT: DEA)
Retention and Teaching Strategies for Low Literacy Students in the Online World
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lindsey Helms
I began using WhatsApp as a way to communicate with students in my online class. I found that students were more likely to do homework and come to class if I sent them information via Whatsapp rather than through email or Remind. WhatsApp serves as an easy access point for students.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DEA)
Setting the Standards: How to Bring the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to Life in Our Digital Classrooms
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Kevin Belcher
In this interactive workshop, we will develop lesson strategies to elevate our digital EL instruction. These “next day” instructional resources will help make the ELPS work for your online classroom, increasing the engagement, community, and academic achievement of your class along the way.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE, ESL, ALL • CAT: DEA)
The Future of Digital Education: CK-12
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Debbie Jensen
CK-12 offers teachers free online interactive AI assisted resources to meet the needs of every student. Join this 2 hour session to learn more about CK-12 and to get started with created your first Flexbook!
(AUD: STF • PGM: ABE, ASE • CAT: PAC)
Vision-Revision and Redefining the Dynamics of Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Gordon Richiusa
Vision-Revision is an online FREE education site that has been made available to all students and teachers in a multitude of subjects. This presentation will be conducted by Gordon Richiusa, the Director of Heroes' Hearts Inc to demonstrate and explain how this wiki-website directly relates to OTAN.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)
Help with the CA Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Carolyn Zachry
Join our panel presentation to enhance your knowledge of the CIP and learn tips on how to complete the plan. How to build a goal and why goal setting is important, etc. Angela Steele will give us a walk-through of the CIP portal. The panel will include staff from CDE, CALPRO, CASAS, and OTAN.
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)

Session 3   10:30–12:00 PM

Back to Basics Tutorials: Student Readiness for Online Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Monica Cueva
Do you teach low literacy, limited learner, or older adult students who struggle with technology? Presenters will share tips for creating simple, clear, effective print and video tutorials to prepare your learners for online success.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: DEA)
Getting Started with Computers Sessions
Demonstration (90 minute)
Ruzanna Hernandez
Learn how you can begin a brief, 2.5-week course at your school site to give students who have major gaps in computer skills not only to learn computer hardware and software basics, but also boost CASAS scores in a short period of time.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: DEA)
TECH EDGE
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
OMAR ANDRADE
Utilize online tools, and platforms to connect with students. Develop programs for online education, use tools to automate forms and innovate the online student experience to provide access and serve students.
(AUD: ADM • PGM: ABE • CAT: PAC)
Using North Star Digital Assessment and Curriculum
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Diane Wilson
Napa Valley Adult Education school (NVAE) use of NorthStar Digital in CTE and ESL classes. We will share how our institution is integrating the Northstar Digital Literacy sources in a variety of ways.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: PAC, DEA)

Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 4   1:00–3:00 PM

Building a Culture of Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning to Support Student Success
Demonstration (2 hours)
Nasreen Rahim
How do you provide an atmosphere of best practices to support success of online students? See how Evergreen Valley College created sustainable resources, training & courses to develop a culture of best practices in online teaching by providing necessary training for faculty during COVID challenges.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE • CAT: PAC, DEA)
Four Dimensional Education: Delivering Online Learning to Incarcerated Juveniles and Adults
Demonstration (2 hours)
Greg Ludwa
On March 13 CA went to SIP. While nearly all incarceration facilities closed for instruction, the Monterey COE (MCOE) continued to deliver online, virtual instruction to the MC Jail. The MCOE staff will discuss technology, curricula, and how we transitioned to virtual instruction during 2020-2021.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ASE, CTE • CAT: DEA)
Helping Students Onboard: Welcoming and Engaging Practices for Student Retention in Online Courses
Demonstration (90 minute)
Katrina Tamura
Teaching online requires additional approaches and support to encourage students to persist. The presenters will share ways to begin outreach to students before a new course even begins and suggestions for ways to support students, encourage engagement, and build relationships.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE, ESL, ALL • CAT: DEA)
How to get Techie! Using free online technical applications to make virtual learning personal, engaging, and effective.
Demonstration (2 hours)
Tiffany Paynton Silveira
Google Slides provides a free easy-to-use platform for educators and adult education students. Using this building block, you will be shown how to use a Bitmoji, virtual voice recorder, image editor, and Screencastify to build an engaging and interactive virtual classroom.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE • CAT: PAC)
Humanizing your course with a Liquid Syllabus
Follow-along Workshop (2 hour)
Diana Vera-Alba
Have you been thinking about ways to engage and effectively communicate with your students in our online educational environment? Your solution may be to incorporate a Liquid Syllabus.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: DEA)
Spotlighting Adult Education Thru Social Media
Demonstration (2 hours)
Cynthia Eagleton
Social media can spotlight our adult ed programs, bringing attention to offerings and building a community with current and potential students, our partners, and the broader community. We will discuss how to get started as well as highlight promising practices from adult ed use of social media.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)

Networking Opportunity   3:15–4:00 PM

Networking Lounge - Thursday
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
It's day two of TDLS! Come join your colleagues and new-found friends in the networking lounge to talk among yourselves, share insights to what you have learned or discovered. This is a space for you!
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)

Friday Sessions

Session 5   8:30–10:00 AM

Empowering through Video Connections: A Video Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words
Demonstration (90 minute)
Bijal Varia
The focus will be on skills to gain confidence while enhancing self video presentations in order to connect with a wider audience. Demonstrations, hands on practice, feedback to others, a lesson plan for ESL, and video self assessment will be part of this. Please have a device to record yourself!
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Organizing and Accessing Consortium Documents with Wakelet
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Peggy Raun-Linde
Our Consortium's new system for curating and accessing important information uses Wakelet. It is an amazing interface that houses our staff development opportunities, live documents, strategy work, and Work Group documents. It's AMAZING!
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Microsoft Outlook Email (Web Version)
Demonstration (90 minute)
Farzana Cassim
Microsoft Outlook Email (web version) has great built-in tools that you might not know about. In this workshop, you will learn a few quick, practical tips and strategies to save time and supercharge your productivity. Join me to learn how to use Outlook Email features efficiently.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Tips, Demos, & Learner Strategies (TDLS at TDLS)
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Diana Batista
Want to destress and stay ahead of your workload? Join me in a session with tools you may already know and how to put them to work for you. Learn about new strategies to streamline your work day and keep resources at your fingertips.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)
Technology and Distance Learning: A Discussion of State-of-the-Art Innovations, Advances, and Their Applications in Adult Learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
John Sabatini
Doctors Art Graesser, John Sabatini, Andrew Olney, and Xiangen Hu lead a panel discussion considering the role technology plays in adult education. They continue to explore what technologies may help or hinder the evolution of adult education.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE • CAT: DEA)
The Liquid Syllabus: Welcoming Online Students at the Front Door
Demonstration (90 minute)
Rita Van Dyke-Kao
One of the first impressions students may have of your online course is your syllabus. Learn how to apply equity-minded practices to your existing syllabus using Google Sites, and so transform it into a liquid syllabus that is mobile-friendly, interactive, and welcoming for all students.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: DEA)
Tracking Distance Learning Hours Using TOPSpro Enterprise (TE)
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Janice Fera
Flexibility is the key! Teachers are delivering instruction using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, and TOPSpro Enterprise (TE) is ready and able to record student attendance to capture this. Learn the options for Classes and Reports to reflect our ever-changing DL environment.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)

Session 6   10:30–12:00 PM

Authentic Materials Design for an Online OER Textbook: Seven Simple Steps
Demonstration (90 minute)
Brittany Zemlick
In adapting to the new normal of online instruction, access to and creation of materials are key. In this presentation, you will learn about tools that will help you develop topic-based, integrated-skills lessons from authentic sources and the presenter’s process for creating an online OER textbook.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DEA)
Designing Adult Basic Education and ESL Courses for a Flexible Environment
Demonstration (90 minute)
Heather Martin
Using backward design and UDL, Elgin Community College designed adult education courses for flexible delivery - in-person, hybrid, online - in order to provide sustainable classes in a changing environment. Presenters will discuss the process, successes and challenges of implementation.
(AUD: ADM • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Welcoming Students and Teachers Online: Creating Collaborative Online Learning Communities
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Joey Lehrman
Exploring strategies for how to create a sense of belonging and community in fully online and blended classrooms.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)

Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 7   1:00–2:30 PM

Advancing the Digital Shift-Two Agencies' Perspectives
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Will Neddersen
Come learn how two Southern California Agencies,Garden Grove Adult Education and Tustin Adult School, went beyond just surviving post COVID emergency distance learning to establishing strong professional practices and school wide policies with the help of the Digital Leadership Academy.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC)
Student Voices about Online Learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Maren ANTON
Asking for students' opinions, advice, and experiences about online learning provided a treasure trove of information for our ESL coordinating team and staff. Join our discussion as we look at our ESL students' responses to EL Civics COAAP 48.1 Task 3 and what we plan to do with this bounty.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: DEA)
Digital Leadership: A 2-year Professional Development opportunity for Educators & Administrators
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Neda Anasseri
Join us for a panel discussion where current-year Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC) participants share their experiences and future plans for their digital, blended, or online teaching goals. Panel members include: educators from Placer School for Adults (PSA) and San Diego Unified/Adult Education.
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)
Bridging the Pharmacy Tech Gap
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Jennifer Griffin
Moreno Valley Adult School is developing an Introduction to Pharmacy Tech course for ESL /ABE students. In this presentation we will describe our plans to set up this course. Presenters will include ABE, ESL and CTE teachers to offer insight to the thought process of course development.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: PAC)
Engaging Faculty in Pandemic Remote Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jill Wright
Presenters will detail a step-by-step process used by Oxnard Adult School to encourage and engage faculty to embark on remote learning in the pandemic.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: PAC, DEA)

Closing General Session - Tech Slam   2:30–3:30 PM

TDLS Close, Thank you, and TECH SLAM
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
Join us for an hour to close TDLS with our famous TECH SLAM. Come teach us what you learned or share with us your favorite tech tool. Use http://bit.ly/tdls21techslam to sign up and present. Copy link and paste into browser.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: PAC, DEA)