| The Rhode Island Adult Education Professional
Center produces a bulletin roughly every
to three weeks in order
to inform area practitioners of news, events, and calls for
and also as a forum for posing questions, issues and discussion topics.
To receive the bulletin via email, contact LR/RI.
January, 2013: full bulletins will no longer be posted here, but will be available here.
Bulletins 1 through 416 are archived here.
To learn more about professional development
opportunities, please contact the RI AEPDC at (401) 863-2839
144 Bignall Street Warwick, RI
and conference, learning and workshop
and other resources of use/interest to the adult education community.
To post information, and/or to receive
the bulletin via email, please
contact the AEPDC or leave a message at
Also, please see the RIAEPDC's website and calendar at : http://www.riaepdc.org/Pages/default.aspx
addition to events listed here, a recently updated list of events
(including workforce development workshops, new practitioner orientation, standards overview - and rescheduled events) can be
found at http://www.riaepdc.org/Pages/default.aspx
Free Information Session on the
Naturalization Process: Saturday, October 27th, 10am-12pm, St.
John the Baptist Church, 69 Quincy Avenue, Pawtucket.
Join Officers of the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Service’s Rhode Island Office to learn how to prepare to become a
United States citizen.
USCIS Officers will be available to answer questions and address
concerns. Educators from the RI Citizenship Consortium will be
available to provide
information on where and how to study for the English and civic
examinations. For information, call 421-7833 x232.
TALES OF RESILIENCE Issue 35 of The
In this issue of The Change Agent, writers explore how our
communities and families often rally to soften or deflect a blow, and
perhaps even change the conditions that created the blow. Read how
individuals, neighborhoods, and communities have drawn strength and
persevered to respond to challenges and create change. Whether it's a
story about a newly diagnosed HIV patient, an ESOL class that’s lost
the only bus line in their neighborhood, or a community that’s been
deserted by its principal employer, these stories will inspire you,
equip you with action steps, and encourage you to notice the resiliency
and strength in yourself and in the people and communities around you.
Using poetry, narratives, and illustrations, The Change Agent
uses thought-provoking and relevant content to teach reading, writing,
and math to adult learners. Lesson plans and discussion questions give
teachers classroom-ready material.
For information about subscriptions to The Change Agent, contact
volunteer tutor available - I am
interested in being a literacy volunteer in the Providence area of
RI. I have a BS from Boston State Teacher's College (1971).
I love language and reading and want to teach reading
especially. I work full time at Bank of America in Providence and
am available most nights and Saturday.
Thank you for your consideration. Elena Ahlin email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 401-278-2924
The Economic Progress Institute
(formerly the Poverty Institute) publishes enew regularly: the current
issue includes information about food eligibility, summer options
and more. http://www.economicprogressri.org/
resource map: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity has updated
its Spotlight on the States resource - the 50-state resource map now
includes a new design
of individual state pages, additional state poverty data and
statistics, new state policies, and information regarding the state
for the Rhode Island Adult Education Community.
with us and let us know how you like it! http://riaec.com/default.aspx
McKinsey Global Institute has released The
world at work: Jobs, pay and skills for 3.5 billion people, a
report analyzing dramatic shifts in global
labor markets over the last several decades, which have caused
increasingly stark skill and wage gaps across the world. By 2020, U.S.
will require college-educated workers for 36 percent of all jobs,
up sharply from 24 percent today. However, MGI predicts there
will be 1.5 million
too few workers with college or graduate degrees in the U.S.,
increasing the severity of skill shortages in advanced industries. Job
prospects for workers
without postsecondary education also would decline, resulting in
further adverse outcomes.
Thompson, Equipped for the Future Project, Center for Literacy Studies
We have a new post over on our newly launched EFFTIPS blog:
Teacher Stories: Making Connections and Sharing Successes
…in which we share a great student ‘math ah-ha’ story from an adult
education teacher in Oregon, and ask for practitioners to share their
own similar success stories. (EFFTIPS’ posting schedule is
currently about once a week - but we respond promptly to comments!)
Please feel free comment here or on the blog and/or to share with
practitioners in your area! Comments about
EFFTIPS? Visit http://efftips.cls.utk.edu
Center for Study of Education and Work at OISE in Toronto:: http://www.csew.ca.
PHOTOVOICE MANUALS IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
Based on lessons learned over a decade of Canadian
community-based research, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
is offering its step
by step PhotoVoice guide to teach others how to bring together
small groups of women to capture their stories. See previous exhibits:
After training from a professional photographer, women use a
disposable camera to take pictures that represent their experiences of
living in poverty, and the
policies and programs they would like tochange or keep. The women
meet to share their pictures and talk about what the photos mean to
powerful images can be showcased in public showings, to broaden
awareness of the realities of living in poverty and stimulate action
for just social and
economic policies to improve women's lives. Order your PhotoVoice
Manual for $12 using the online form at
or phone (204) 982-6630.
Rosen: in addition to local efforts, learn more about online PD across
the country, across the internet:
There are a lot of national and state online pd resources listed here,
some free, some for a modest fee.
development network for teachers working with adult English Language
Orientation Tutorial (OC00) is our newest offering.
This tutorial provides guidance on how to utilize ELL-U
resources, learning activities, and
communities to improve teacher practice.
Second Language Acquisition: Myths, Beliefs, and What the Research
Shows (OC01) offers participants a self-paced, online research-based
introduction to second language acquisition by exploring common myths
and beliefs about how languages are taught and learned. This course
will counter or clarify popular views about second language acquisition
and help course participants examine, develop, challenge, and support
their knowledge and beliefs about how adults learn a new language.
Teaching Adult ELLs Who Are Emergent Readers (OC02) offers participants
self-paced, research-based information about teaching adult ELLs who
are just beginning to acquire print literacy largely due to lack of
access to formal schooling. This course will clarify how and why this
particular ELL population is unique, offer processes for identifying
emergent readers, and explore a range of teaching/assessment strategies
that build initial literacy in adult ELLs. Finally, course participants
will have the opportunity to consider how the information presented in
the course applies to classroom language learning practices in a range
To register for online courses, please register to join the ELL-U
network. Registration is free. Simply visit http://www.ell-u.org/member/register
to get started. Once you are a registered ELL-U user, go to http://www.ell-u.org/academics/courses/
and click the Register Now button next to the online course description.
ELL-U is an innovative and interactive free professional development
network for ESOL practitioners. Through a combination of face-to-face
events, online learning activities, and collaborative social
networking, ELL-U offers registered users 24-hour access to
professional learning opportunities and resources. ELL-U is supported
by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State
and The National Center for Family Literacy (http://www.famlit.org/) announce the
offering of two Family Literacy Certificate courses during spring
Both online courses, offered through Penn State’s World Campus,
begin on January 9, 2013 and end on April 10, 2013. Registration opens
on Oct 4, 2012.
For information, please visit: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements.
ADTED 456 - Introduction to Family Literacy
This three-credit post-baccalaureate online course examines the
rationale for and characteristics of comprehensive family literacy,
focusing on the families served, services provided, outcomes achieved,
and the roles and responsibilities of the individuals, organizations,
and communities involved.
ADTED 459 - Interactive Literacy: Parents and Children
This three-credit post-baccalaureate online course explores many types
of interactive literacy activities that encourage language and literacy
development through the integration of language, reading, and
writing/drawing processes. Instructional strategies, procedures, and
methods are described and illustrated to enable family literacy and
early childhood educators to develop and implement interactive literacy
To learn more about the Family Literacy Certificate, visit:
For additional information, you may request information online at:
Course registration is also open for other 2012-13 offerings of
math/numeracy online professional development courses from http://www.professionalstudiesae.org/
College Readiness for Adults:
Beyond Academic Preparation! Course Instructor: Judy Mortrude
The overall objective of this course is to assist educators,
counselors, administrators and postsecondary partners to better prepare
their students for postsecondary education. Together, we will identify,
organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and
abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education
and training. Then, each of us will consider how to change our practice
to incorporate what we have learned. The course was developed and
written by Cynthia Zafft, Principal Investigator for the National
College Transition Network, World Education
October 25 to December 19
Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours/7 weeks
Course Fee: $249.00
Geometry: Teaching About
Shapes and Their Measures
Adult basic education students need foundational geometry and
measurement skills not only to succeed in GED math, but also in the
workplace. In this course, you will explore key topics in geometry,
such as area, perimeter, and volume, and their importance in everyday
life. You’ll look at numerous instructional activities for teaching
about angles, spatial relationships, similarity, and figure
transformations on a coordinate graph system.
October 29 to December 14, 2012 Course fee: $179.00
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6511
Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge
Teaching Reasoning and
Problem Solving Strategies
Numerate adults do more than calculate figures. They think about the
relationships between mathematical concepts and real-life situations.
They look for patterns, make predictions, and evaluate their
conclusions. They can form problems, represent them, and solve them.
They apply critical thinking skills. This course examines mathematical
reasoning and problem solving strategies and provides numerous teaching
strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right
January 28 to March 8, 2013 Course fee: $179.00
Course instructor: Amy Vickers
Data: Helping Students
Interpret Statistical Representations
Data, or numerical information, can be described, represented,
analyzed, and interpreted in various ways for various purposes. This
course looks at some common uses (and misuses) of data. Learn about
measures of central tendency statistics, graphs, and probability.
Through the course readings, activities, and discussions, you’ll review
basic concepts and explore strategies for introducing and teaching
these concepts to your adult students. March 11 to April 26, 2013
Course fee: $179.00
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6514
Course instructor: Pam Meader
Research suggests that math topics, including algebra, should be taught
at all levels, not just when a student is ready for GED preparation. In
this course, you’ll learn how to introduce algebraic reasoning to your
students, and you’ll experiment with strategies for teaching numeric
patterns, relationships, and functions based on real-life situations.
You’ll also explore strategies to help students model quantitative
relationships using graphs, tables, words, and equations.
April 29 to June 14, 2013 Course fee: $179.00
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6515
Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge
Principles of Diagnostic
Assessment and Teaching in Adult Reading Instruction Instructor:
This six-week course has three parts. The first part consists of
readings, discussion boards, and self-quizzes on the components of
reading and diagnostic assessment. The second and third parts use the
case study approach to give participants the opportunity to practice
scoring and interpreting adult learners' assessments in reading.
October 29 to December 17 Course Fee: $249.00
Estimated Completion Time: 18 hours/6 weeks
Foundations of Teaching
Adult Numeracy Course instructor: Amy Vickers
In this foundational course you’ll learn how to keep students at the
center of numeracy instruction. You’ll explore the components of
numeracy, how to address the needs of students with learning gaps, how
students’ styles of learning math and levels of math knowledge affect
their math skills, and ways to build student’s success in learning
math. You’ll plan classroom activities, test them with your students,
and share your experiences with fellow teachers.
October 29 to December 14 Course fee: $179.00
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6528
Group discounts available! Call (888) 528-2224 ext. 221 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Questions? Please e-mail email@example.com
ProfessionalStudiesAE.org is a partnership of World Education, Inc.,
and ProLiteracy/New Readers Press.
for a complete listing of available courses. - Kaye Beall. Project
World Education firstname.lastname@example.org
about it: the Times in plain English http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp
opportunities - large and less large
from the Public Education Network: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp
- The federal government's new one stop
The Poverty & Race
(PRRAC) announces another round of education reform grants in areas of
social science research.
PRACC is particularly interested in
such as high classroom turnover/mobility and its disproportionate
on low-income, minority, and farm worker
students. However, other
issues will be considered as well. To apply, send PRRAC a
the planned research and methodology, the advocacy work it is
designed to support, a budget, timeline, and qualifications of the
Maximum grant: $10,000.
No application deadline. http://www.prrac.org/grants.php
Funding Solutions for
A collection of resources to help small nonprofit organizations
including ways to motivate your board, sample fundraising letters,
and tips to improve your direct mail
employment opportunities are generally sent as they
arrive via email; if you would like to receive this bulletin, and those
updates by email please
Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) has an Employment
Opportunities Bulletin Board at
Jobs for Change "seeks to
spark a nationwide movement toward careers in the nonprofit,
government, and social enterprise sectors" – online at
you would like your name added to the general
please see contact email@example.com
The list needs to be updated so that it
can function more usefully for teachers and programs hoping to
Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB)
list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island
helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize
effectively. Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode
can join the list.
Any non-profit, government or private sector
advertising a paid position related to the public interest or
concerns can post a free job listing.
Positions must be paid but
may be part-time, full-time or temporary.
To join the list as a job seeker or to post a
Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by
Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.
If you have questions about this service, please contact us
Rhode Island Red job search
feature draws job postings from ALL local jobs boards (except
To access this resource visit RI RED http://www.dlt.ri.gov/rired/
-- under quick menu click job search; choose location search criteria,
provide job title or other
criteria. Source codes are listed at the bottom of the page
lifeline – from the AFL-CIO,
with locally-searchable links to resources http://www.unemploymentlifeline.com/
hard for the money: RI DLT on the job training opportunities:
/ resources available
two new toolkits
Completion Toolkit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/resource/adult-college-completion-tool-kit.pdf
The Adult College Completion Toolkit is a collection of resources
designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the
and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s
work in the area of adult education. The tool kit focuses on three key
areas: access, quality,
and completion. Four target student populations include veterans,
adult basic education students, incarcerated individuals, and skilled
The Toolkit was developed by OVAE to help policymakers at the
state and local level implement practical evidence-based solutions that
increase the number
of graduates who earn high-quality degrees and certificates
required to compete for good jobs in the 21st century global economy.
College completion is a
shared responsibility; this tool kit also provides resources for
adult education administrators, teachers, and students. It provides a
wealth of resources and
tools to help state administrators and local practitioners in
this work. The tool kit also outlines strategies to achieve the
president’s goal and offers examples
of how state and local programs are implementing those strategies.
Aspirations Toolkit http://www.collegetransition.org/resources.aspirationstoolkit.html
The Aspirations Toolkit is a set of counseling and instructional
practices and tools contributed by adult educators around the country.
Contributors implement these lessons and activities with adult
learners in various class types (e.g. ESOL or GED) and at a range of
skill levels to foster
aspirations, goal setting habits and to inspire them to begin
planning for next steps along their education and career pathway.
The development of the Aspirations Toolkit is partially funded
through a grant from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation with
funds provided by World Education, Inc. Educators are invited to
submit tools for the collection.
The Times in plain English –
plain language news resource http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp/
Featured Resource: Second Language
Acquisition in Adults: From Research to Practice
This brief outlines how SLA research can inform adult ESL
instruction. Research in three areas of second language acquisition is
discussed: the effect of
learner motivation, the role of interaction, and the role of
vocabulary. The research presented includes experimental,
correlational, and descriptive studies,
as well as theoretical articles that analyze the results of other
research. Not a new, but a useful resource.
about it, via EstherPrins: summary of National Research Council report
on improving adult literacy instruction:
Paul V. Sherlock Center announces its recently revised Guide to
Accessing Employment Supports from the RI Division of Developmental
This free, 1-page, easy to read flow chart and resource list is a
great way to introduce professionals and families with children with
to available employment resources. For your convenience,
active resource web-links are included in the on-line PDF version of
ORDER FREE Hard Copies of the Guide to Accessing Employment
Supports from RIDDD by January 30 & receive FREE Shipping:
ORDER ONLINE: http://sherlockcenter.publication-order-form.sgizmo.com/s3/
or call 456-8072.
Free PDF download: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/publications/DDEmploymentSupports.pdf
To view other resources available visit http://www.sherlockcenter.org
- Publications Resources of interest
Getting the Most From Employment Services
The Ontario Adult Literacy
Curriculum Framework, now available, includes a competency-based
curriculum framework and related assessment and learning
material resources that help adult learners transition to their
goals of work, further education and training, or independence. It
provides practitioners with
guidance and support to make closer connections between literacy
programming and the skills, knowledge, and behaviours learners need to
reach their chosen goals.
Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education's
(OVAE) Division of Adult Education and Literacy has a new quarterly
newsletter - Adult Career
Pathways (ACP) News is a part of the department’s effort to provide
technical assistance resources that will revolutionize the
quantity and quality of available career pathways instructional
programming for low-skilled adults. Browse headlines available in this
issue below, and
view the whole article and newsletter online:
Resources from the Field ACP News will be devoted to highlighting
resources of value to local practitioners.
This first issue features recently published resources that have
been recommended by the Technical Working Group (TWG) members. U.S.
Labor and Education Partner on Career Pathways Technical
The Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative is directed
at strengthening career pathway systems for low-skilled adults and
know? a listing of research and
evaluation projects, and other initiatives funded through OVAE:
Reflect 13 - special report on employability;
teaching composition and using poetry; classroom-based research as
Development; a phonics debate; how statistics can confuse rather
than clarify; how television is being used to reach adult learners in
Ireland; teaching in
secure hospitals; prisons – creativity space and books for new
readers; the Reflect approach and ESOL; and the role of care support
in developing the literacy, language and numeracy skills of
clients with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
Good geography refresher...and good
mouse skill practice as well.
from Kate Northcott, Director, Student Literacy Corps Webster University
Lots to do at the library
Public Library's calendar of events: http://www.provlib.org/calendar.asp
Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, dedicated
to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy,
numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge. On this site
will find information on all our activities, including:
Research and development projects http://www.nrdc.org.uk/projects.asp
Creative routes to specialist teacher qualifications http://www.nrdc.org.uk/creativeroutes
The Voices on the Page storybank is now live! Read all of the 640
stories here http://www.nrdc.org.uk/voicesonthepage.asp
Research reports and reviews http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=329
Latest e- newsletter http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=671
News and events http://www.nrdc.org.uk/news.asp
literacy site: http://www.google.com/literacy/
RI Foundation online
directory - searchable by city/town,
intended field of study, current high school, and more. http://scholarship.rifoundation.org/
YouthBuild USA Learning
links to Web sites and
documents, and includes a section on "Authentic Materials/Engaged
and workshops - conferences and workshops
listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Rhode Island - Training/events
for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/training.html
October 27 RITELL Fall Conference at RI
College on Technology Enhanced ELL Instruction
The fall conference will focus on technology to enhance language
and literacy learning. Come learn how to expand your repertoire of
skills in using a range of technology tools!
A range of sessions will be available for you to choose from to
maximize your learning about the best uses of today's technology for
your ELL students.
join us on Facebook. Sincerely, Jane George, RITELL Membership Secretary
call for proposals: MATSOL
2013 Conference Change: The Challenges and Rewards May 2-3, 2013
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center Framingham, MA
As educators, we face many changes in the ELL/ESOL educational
landscape: changes to education policy, evaluation and assessment,
and social and political context. We act as change agents,
advocating for positive changes on behalf of our students and our
profession. We support our students
as they change, developing new language competence and reaching
for their educational goals. We change as well, as we grow
professionally. Reflecting on
these transformations, this conference explores the challenges
and rewards of change.
Proposal deadline: November 15,
Proposals Issued for National Conference on Family Literacy to be held
in Louisville Kentucky, April 28-30, 2013.
The conference theme is Engaged Learners, Engaged Families,
The deadline for conference proposals is Friday, November 2. http://www.famlit.org/conference.
Read.Write.Act 2012 Virtual Conference Call
for Conference Presenters & Virtual Posters
The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) is
currently seeking proposals for presentations and virtual posters from
for The Read.Write.Act 2012 Virtual Conference. In honor of an
election year, this year the theme is Literacy as a National Priority.
SCALE is looking for individuals who are interested in presenting
a session that is approximately 50 minutes long during the conference
days, November 1st
– 3rd, 2012. Conference presenters will use Elluminate
software for these presentations. SCALE will provide training and
If you are interested in presenting during the virtual
conference, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEdDLWgtejFhYWV4WTY0dy0tMEVuaXc6MQ
SCALE is also looking to include virtual posters for this year’s
Read.Write.Act 2012 conference. We would like to encourage interested
graduate, and PhD students to create virtual posters”that
describe literacy programs they are involved in or communicate original
research. If you are
interested in creating a virtual poster for this year’s
Read.Write.Act virtual conference, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEp0U0xkTldocnZ0Y1pJOWJXUUhNanc6MQ
More information: http://readwriteact.org/rwa2012.
2012 RI ATAP - Assistive Technology
Conference - held for the community-at-large to experience and
learn about the latest advances in technology to
support the needs and interests of persons with disabilities of
Thursday, November 29,
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Warwick, RI 7:30 - 3:00
Beyond the three workshop sessions, throughout the day attendees
can visit our many technology exhibitors, participate in demonstrations
by persons who
use assistive technology in their own lives, and visit our “new
this year” IPad Playground to explore the many different ways that
IPads can be used to help
and enhance learning, work, and life!
Preregistration is open through
November 23 at http://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/registration/
A full day at the 2012 ATAP Assistive Technology Conference
counts as 6 professional development hours.
We offer Rhode Island Department of Education PDCs, ASHA CMH
(Certificate Maintenance Hours), and Rehabilitation Counselor
To learn more about the conference program and exhibits, go to
or contact TechACCESS of RI at 401-463-0202 with questions.
COABE – the Commission on Adult Basic Education - invites you to
submit a conference or preconference proposal for its March 24-28, 2013
Proposals are due by November 30. Please visit http://www.coabe.org for more
and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
50 mini grants are being offered to defray
registration costs to attend the conference in New Orleans, LA Click
here to apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/COABE2013MiniGrantApplication
Applications are due November 15;
winners will be notified
by December 1. Contact email@example.com with questions.
calendar of events http://www.tesol.org/isaffil/calendar/index.html
breathe - everyday yoga at your desk. http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
street yoga -
Through the teaching of free yoga, meditation and wellness classes we
seek to help homeless youth increase their physical, emotional and
spiritual strength, stamina
and flexibility so they can better meet their own core needs. We
work closely with those service providers striving to help homeless
youth secure safe housing, nutritious food,
accessible health care, employment, clean clothing, educational
choices and human dignity.