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Digital Leadership Academy 2022–2024

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) has a long history of providing professional development, resource and technical support to WIOA Title II adult education agencies and educators for almost 30 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 to ensure our adult educators have access to quality professional growth, OTAN announces an opportunity for adult education agencies through the Digital Leadership Academy (DLAC). This program combines 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.

The Digital Leadership Academy will assist agencies in meeting their technology integration, distance learning, 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 agency goals. Your DLAC project is generally aligned to your agency’s continuous improvement goals as described in your WIOA Title II grant application. Applications may be completed online and are due by midnight on August 19, 2022.

Hear from previous DLAC participants on the value of being a part of this professional development opportunity: DLAC testimonials

The following is the timeline for 2022–2024:

Year One (Fall 2022 through Spring 2023)

  • Professional development days in Sacramento (may be virtual due to COVID)
    • Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022
    • Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, 2023
    • Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Online DLAC project meetings (required) on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • November 18, 2022
    • December 16, 2022
    • February 10, 2023
    • April 14, 2023
  • 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 2023 in California
    • 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 (Fall 2023 through Spring 2024)

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2023
    • Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Online DLAC project meetings (required) on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • August 18, 2023
    • November 17, 2023
    • December 15, 2023
    • January 19, 2024
    • February 9, 2024
    • April 12, 2024
  • 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, 2024
    • 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

The following is the timeline for 2020–2022:

Year Two (Fall 2021 through Spring 2022)

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • Wednesday, October 13 through Friday, October 15, 2021 (Online)
    • Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20, 2022 (Sacramento)
  • Online DLAC project meetings (required) on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • August 20, 2021
    • November 19, 2021
    • December 10, 2021
    • January 14, 2022
    • February 11, 2022
    • April 15, 2022
    • June 10, 2022
  • 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, 2022
    • 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
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 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.