Digital Leadership Academy 2020–2022

Applications are now open!
Create an account and fill out an online application by August 14, 2020.

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 in an effort to ensure our adult educators have access to quality professional growth, OTAN announces an 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.  

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 aligned to the Technology and Distance Learning Plan filed by all WIOA Title II funded adult education agencies.

The following is the timeline for 2020-2022:

Year One (Fall 2020 through Spring 2021)

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2020
    • Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2021
    • Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, 2021
  • Online DLAC project meetings (required) on Fridays, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • November 20, 2020
    • December 18, 2020
    • February 12, 2021
    • April 16, 2021
  • 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 5–6, 2021 in Southern 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 2021 through Spring 2022)

  • Professional development days in Sacramento
    • Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, 2021
    • Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, 2022
  • 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