Schedule

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Wednesday Sessions

General Session   1:00–2:30 PM

TDLS Welcome & Keynote: Impassioned in Your Profession
Demonstration (90 minute)
Brooks Harper
Welcome to the 2021 Virtual TDLS! Join our state and county adult education directors and conference co-chairs for our welcome message and the introduction of our keynote speaker, Brooks Harper! We are excited to hear his message: Investing in yourself and the return into others
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Session 1   2:45–4:15 PM

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Elevate Your Instruction With Canva
Demonstration (90 minute)
Grazia Mora
Thinking about using visuals in the classroom? Use Canva! Explore ways to use this free online design tool to create visually stimulating content and engaging student projects that promote visual literacy skills, motivation, and active learning.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)
Canvas Commons, easy as 1, 2, 3!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Francisco Pinedo
In this session, participants will learn how to import free courses and modules from Canvas Commons into your free Canvas account for teachers. Most courses are for ESL in this workshop.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
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.
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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: BL)
Create an interactive Google Slideshow and get your students googly for Google Slides
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Stephanie Thomas
Interactive slides are a great way to share your syllabus or introduce / review class content. Learn how to create interactive Google Slideshows using links and layers, no prior Google Slides experience necessary. Also explore resources that provide fresh themes for your slides.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)
The Triple E Framework for Technology Integration
Demonstration (90 minute)
Susan Gaer
Remote learning is here to stay. Are you interested in learning a quick and easy way to identify if your instruction with technology is meeting your learning objectives? The Triple E Framework will help you do that. Learn how to engage, enhance and extend your students' learning with this framework
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)
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: BL)

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: BL)

Thursday Sessions

Session 2   8:30–10:00 AM

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: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
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: ASE • CAT: BL)
Introducing the Technology Integration Program Support (TIPS) Moodle Course!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Are you interested in using the Triple E Framework in your classroom? Triple E refers to engaging, enhancing, and extending learning. OTAN is piloting a Moodle course and would love to have you participate. Find out more about the course and how you can join.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)
Teaching with Technology
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Susan Coulter
This session will focus on OTAN's recently redesigned Teaching with Technology resource and other teaching resources available on and through the OTAN website. Participants will learn how to find online tools for preparing classroom activities and creating a blended/distance learning environment.
(AUD: ADM • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)
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.
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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: BL)
Teaching U.S. Citizenship Preparation Online
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Participants will identify the critical resources in the form of web sites, videos, legal services, and more to meet (and exceed) suggested USCIS-recommended Citizenship course content standards. Emphasis on preparing for the 2008 and 2020 Civics tests in blended or distance learning environments.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
Increase Student Motivation and Persistence with Choice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Susan Rausch
Giving students choice in their learning is a proven strategy for increasing motivation and persistence. Providing choice helps personalize learning and allows students to show what they know and it raises accountability, responsibility and independence. Come learn how we use choice in our classes.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
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: ESL • CAT: BL)

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: ASE • CAT: BL)
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 • CAT: BL)
Free Online ESL Classes - USA Learns
Demonstration (90 minute)
Andrea Willis
Are you looking for FREE online resources to teach ESL? Tour USA Learns' 5 English courses (www.usalearns.org), which use interactive activities to teach listening, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking and life skills.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
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: BL)
Teaching with YouTube
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Go where your students are. Learn how to set up and start your own YouTube channel to discover appropriate resources to deliver quality curated content to your students inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, see examples of third-party add-ons (for example, EdPuzzle, PearDeck, Google Forms)
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)

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: BL)

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!
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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!
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Teaching the Skills that Matter – Digital Literacy in a time of Distance Learning
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Katie Neginskiy
CALPRO is excited to share The Teaching the Skills That Matter project’s high-quality materials on digital literacy. Digital Literacy has become even more crucial during this time of distance learning. This presentation will cover digital literacy skills, best practices, and lesson plan ideas.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
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: BL)
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.
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Using Free Digital Tools to Transform Your Virtual Reading Instruction
Demonstration (90 minute)
Grazia Mora
Adapting second language reading classes to an online environment is a challenge, but also the new reality for many teachers. This presentation shares creative ways to use free digital tools to develop students’ reading skills while increasing their engagement and interaction in virtual classes.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
Using Images, Gifs, Emojis, and Videos for Productive Practice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Chris Vela Che
Memes, TikTok, emojis, and GIFs: Today communication is all about visuals! Multimedia benefits language learners and can be used to prompt student production of the target language forms. Successfully-used online activities will be demonstrated and resources will be provided.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
USA Learns Citizenship - A FREE Online Course
Demonstration (90 minute)
Andrea Willis
Are you looking for free online resources to teach U.S. Citizenship? Tour the USA Learns Citizenship course (www.usalearns.org), which uses engaging multimedia to teach the English skills and information needed to pass ALL parts of the naturalization interview.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)

Session 6   10:30–12:00 PM

All you need is Google Jamboard!
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Celine SIGNORINI BAKAN
Creating motivating and engaging online classes is challenging, and Google Jamboard can help teachers to achieve it. In this workshop, participants will discover how to use this highly visual, user friendly, and free tool, and more importantly create their own jamboards.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL • CAT: BL)
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: ASE, ESL • CAT: BL)
Replicating Classic Classroom Activities for Remote Instruction with Tech Tools
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Kristi Reyes
Attend this workshop to find ways to replicate some of the best F2F activities in synchronous online instruction with readily-available and easy-to-use tech tools that will transform your remote teaching into a more student-centered, interactive experience for everyone.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
Teaching EL Civics in a Distance Learning Environment
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lars Guntvedt
Covid-19 has challenged our school to adapt, innovate, and create new ways to provide meaningful instruction to our students online. The EL Civics COAAP: Telemedicine (289C) was written by our EL Civics Curriculum Specialist. We will demonstrate the strategy and tools we used to implement this unit.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
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: BL)

Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 7   1:00–2:30 PM

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: BL)
Structuring engaging online learning using free apps like Wakelet, Edpuzzle, and Perusall
Demonstration (90 minute)
Suzanne Motley
This workshop will showcase an adaptable structure that has engaged several ASE and ABE learners pursuing diplomas via distance learning. Using Wakelet, a user-friendly site with more visual appeal than Google Classroom, students are assigned weekly videos and readings on sites that track progress.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE • CAT: BL)
Instructional Strategies for a Virtual Classroom
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lila Young
The COVID-19 virus has forces classrooms to become a virtual classroom. This is new teaching environment for teachers and their students. However, there are similarities in teaching strategies between a ZOOM Meeting (virtual classroom) and face-to-face, as well as opportunities.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
Use Google Chrome and online dictionaries to teach ESL!
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Marisol Richmond
Have you ever started a lesson with a word definition? How much have you looked at dictionaries online to see their instructional value. In this workshop you will not only learn how to use Google Chrome to teach pronunciation but also how to use online dictionaries for reading, and writing practice.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL, ALL • CAT: BL)
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: BL)
Make it Stick: Vocabulary and Technology Come Together
Demonstration (90 minute)
Kristi Reyes
Do you want your students to really learn vocabulary? Participants will learn a process for teaching vocabulary that, when infused with technology, enhances students’ engagement as well as vocabulary retention and production.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL)

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.
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