Professional Development

CALPRO Professional Development Opportunities

CALPRO–Learn about all of the professional development opportunities for April and May, offered by CALPRO.

NEW! Visit the CALPRO website and take the Instructor Competencies Self-Assessment and Individual Professional Development Plan, which contains 17 competencies spanning four categories significant to adult education instruction. Details are here


As an integral element of  OTAN's professional development this school year, OTAN's Google Certified EducatorMelinda Holt, has been running up and down the state, training numerous agencies on G Suites for Education and Google tools in general. 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 trainer, Susan Gaer, will offer this workshop on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Glendale Community College - Garfield CampusRegistration is still open to surrounding agencies.  

Teaching Vocabulary with Technology

Adult students need a strong vocabulary foundation in order to develop their literacy and use their English effectively in their many roles: employees, parents, and community members. Learn a research-proven, six-step process infused with technology to help students not only better learn and retain vocabulary but also move new terminology into their productive vocabulary knowledge. Learn to use select resources appropriate to each step of direct vocabulary instruction.

OTAN trainer, Kristi Reyes, will offer this workshop on Saturday, April 08, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Chaffey Adult SchoolRegistration is still open to surrounding agencies.    

OTAN Resources

For ESL, ABE, ASE learners -> Use this free site to build reading and life skills. It is organized in 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, name of presenters, and description. These can be accessed from the schedule.

CASAS Emphasized Training

CASAS Receives NRS Approval Extension

CASAS Reading, Math, and Listening Tests Receive NRS Approval Extension to February 2, 2019 The U.S. Department of Education has granted National Reporting System (NRS) approval through February 2, 2019, to these CASAS tests.


  • Life and Work Reading
  • Beginning Literacy Reading Assessment
  • Secondary Level Assessment for Language Arts
  • Reading for Citizenship


  • Life Skills Math
  • Secondary Level Assessment for Mathematics


  • Life and Work Listening 980 Series