Professional Development

CALPRO Professional Development Opportunities

CALPRO is pleased to offer a number of PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES for September and October 2017.

CALPRO will be hosting the 2017 Training of Trainers Institute in September. The ToT Institute helps to develop a cadre of certified trainers to facilitate presentations of CALPRO professional learning modules and builds professional development capacity and leadership in California adult education. Held in CALPRO’s Sacramento office, the ToT is open to applicants from all eligible agencies and will prepare trainers to deliver the new Accelerated Learning to Facilitate Career Pathways module.  
Also beginning in September and continuing in October, CALPRO will offer the following Synchronous Online Workshop: Integrated and Contextualized Workforce Skills. Find out what contextualized instruction is and how it benefits your learners to succeed in the workforce. This training emphasizes the need to teach transferable skills directly and the connection between using these skills in the classroom and in the workplace. The training also offers examples of contextualizing ABE/ASE & ESL instruction easily by using workplace activities and forms.  


As an integral element of  OTAN's professional development this school year, OTAN's Google Certified Educator, Melinda Holt has been running up and down the state, training numerous agencies on G Suites for Education, as well as general Google tools. In addition, OTAN will highlight two popular workshops this year.

Mobile Devices: Formative Assessment
Formative assessment helps students learn what they know and what they need to know. There are many formative assessment tools available to conduct these assessments. In this workshop, you will explore different assessment tools and decide which tools work best for you. All the tools can be accessed by students, using their mobile devices. Participants will learn how to assess students learning before class, during class, and at the end of class and how to share these assessments with students. Time permitting, the presenter will share tips and tricks for getting students to create their own formative assessments. 
OTAN Resources
For ESL, ABE, ASE Use this free site to build reading and life skills. It is organized into 11 topics of interest to adult learners.

For teachers and administrators- Check out handouts, photos, and videos from OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017. Links to videos and photos can be found on the home page. For each presentation, the handouts are posted at the bottom of the page with the title, names of presenters, and description. These can be accessed from the schedule.

CASAS Emphasized Training

This year the 2017 CASAS Summer Institute had more than 1,000 attendees from 30 states and territories. We are particularly pleased with the participation from local, state, and national presenters in providing nearly 100 workshops, training sessions, and panel discussions that focused on key issues in adult education and workforce training. Our evaluations reported that the Institute was "exceptional and surpassed expectations." 

A multitude of online trainings will be available to WIOA II agencies this summer, including
•    Program Evaluation Reports
•    The Data Integrity Report: Are You on Target?
•    Test Security Guidelines
•    CASAS from the Inside Out
•    CASAS Assessment Policy Guidelines
•    CASAS Resources
•    CA Assessment Policy Guidelines

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We are finalizing the fall CA Regional Trainings at 12 sites throughout the state.  These will begin in mid-August. Agencies will receive email information on where and when these trainings will be held, including registration information.  The 2-day trainings will include CA Accountability guidelines, TOPSpro Enterprise Basics (and hands-on computer training) and Implementation Training (certifies staff to administer CASAS assessments.)

For AEBG programs, CASAS AEBG Technical Support trainings are also scheduled and hosted by the AEBG Technical Assistance Project (TAP).  Go to to register. There will also be regional training this fall similar to the 12-site schedule implemented last spring. The regional training schedule is tentatively beginning mid-August.

Remember, if your agency needs any assistance, please go to our website at or call us at 1-800-255-1036.