LR/RI produces a bulletin roughly every two weeks in order to inform area practitioners of news, events, and calls for participation and also as a forum for posing questions, issues and discussion topics. The current bulletin is posted below. To read previous bulletins, go to Bulletin Archives.
August 14, 2000
Calls for participation, conference announcements, information about resources on line and the usual range of notices follow. To post information, please contact LR/RI or leave a message (863-2839). Thanks.
summer computer drop in sessions - Friday morning computer drop in sessions continue through this coming Friday, August 18th. A computer lab is available to us at the Brown Center for Information Technology, located at the corner of Brook and Waterman Streets in Providence. The lab is on the second floor [rm 269] and is open between 9am and noon. For directions or more information, please contact LR/RI. (Note - the CIT is usually very coolly air conditioned. You might want to bring a sweater).
ESOL sharing/discussion group will meet on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Swearer Center for Public Service, 25 George Street. Sandy Jacobi will facilitate a discussion around ESOL and issues of learning disabilities. (see ESOL/LD resources, below)
August 23 9 am to 3:30 pm: Kathy Tancrelle will facilitate a day-long, hands-on session working with standards and rubrics at the Rhode Island Department of Education, (Westminster Street), Room 501. Please let Bob Mason know if you plan to attend, by calling him at 222-4600, ext 12180 by or before August 21.
Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence will hold an open house on August 17, from 5-7 pm Additional information is available at 277-5162; hearing impaired please call 277-5020, and/or online at http://www.uri.edu/prov
Barbara Bush Literacy Grants are now open. Grant funds are used to help develop and expand family literacy efforts. The goal is to promote programs that develop family reading skills and home involvement, not just school-based projects. Maximum grants are $10,000. Application deadline is Sept 8. Info from: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, 1112 16th St #340, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202/955-6183. online at: http://www.Barbarabushfoundation.com/nga.html
information about voting: The RI primary election is on September 12. To be eligible to vote in the primary in Rhode Island you must have registered to vote by August 12, 2000. The RI general election is on November 7; to be eligible to vote in the general election in Rhode Island you must register by October 7. To register you need to fill out a Voter Registration Form. In Providence you can register at the Providence Board of Canvassers & Voter Registration City Hall, 1st Floor , 25 Dorrance St. 02903, Phone: (401) 421-0495 ext. 203, 204 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. To register in other communities in Rhode Island contact that community's Board of Canvasser's office. http://www.elections.state.ri.us/boards.htm For more information on voting in Rhode Island, visit the Democracy Compact http://www.oso.com/partners/demcom/ or the RI Elections Division/ Secretary of State's Office http://www.state.ri.us/submenus/rielclnk.htm
PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY RADIO: a project to build and operate a non commercial educational, community-based, low-power FM radio station to serve the Greater Providence listening population, primarily through a public access program, through which local people, especially groups, can air their own programming. The program is available to anyone in the Greater Prov. area. We will fully train all participants in radio operations and audio production, and help them to develop their own programming. Participants are also encouraged to produce and air special announcements of events. The station is expected to begin construction within several months, and may be on the air by late fall or early winter of this year, with luck. Groups and individuals interested in participating in the public access program are invited to submit programming proposals. Contact: Prov. Community Radio, Box 6785 Providence RI 02940-6785 401.941.0574 / fax 775-890-323 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laubach Literacy is seeking grant applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund Laubach Literacy is seeking grant applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), which distributes books and educational material to qualified adult literacy and education programs nationwide. NBSF grants are designed to help educational groups expand their work or to begin new programs among under-served populations. First priority is given to family literacy programs that work to improve the literacy skills of parents and children. Grants are also awarded to programs that work with special groups, such as the homeless, refugees, people learning English, and adults with learning disabilities. Last year, the NBSF gave $225,625 worth of in-kind grants to 96 programs, and is made possible through the support of foundations, corporations and individual donors across the country. For information or to apply for a grant, contact Mara Roberts, project administrator, NBSF , Laubach Literacy, PO Box 131, 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210; telephone 315-422-9121, email email@example.com. Additional information is on line at http://www.laubach.org/NBSF/indexnbs.html. The grant application will be available online from September 1 to November 30, 2000; applications will be accepted until December 7, 2000. Laubach Literacy is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to helping adults improve their lives and their communities by learning reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.
CALL FOR ARTICLES - The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is planning to publish a symposium on Immigration and Education. Although immigrant learners are a growing presence in schools and educational programs throughout the United States, there is a lack of sustained inquiry and dialogue about their education.
HER is interested in reviewing articles on immigration and education at all levels of instruction. Topics of interest for this symposium include, but are not limited to:
1) the implications of various understandings of immigrants and immigration for education;
2) a focus on educational issues within a particular immigrant group or community;
3) the relationship between immigration and education;
4) issues in immigration that are often misunderstood by policymakers and practitioners;
5) issues of methodology in research on immigration issues and immigrant learners; and
6) educational reform and immigration. In light of the scarcity of immigrant perspectives represented in scholarly publications, we especially invite authors from immigrant communities who are working and writing on issues related to this topic to submit manuscripts for consideration. Submissions to the HER Symposium on Immigration and Education may take one of several forms: research or theoretical manuscripts (30 double-spaced pages); book reviews (5-8 pages); essay reviews (8-12 pages); chronicles (personal reflections, which may take the form of prose or poetry, 5-8 pages); and editorial cartoons (black ink on white paper). Please see our Guidelines for Authors at: http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~hepg/her.html Or call 617-495-3432. Please send three copies of your submission to: Harvard Educational Review Attn: Editors, Symposium on Immigration and Education 6 Appian Way, Gutman Suite 349 Cambridge, MA 02138 Deadline for submission is September 1, 2000.
from the The Rhode Island Workforce Literacy Referral Network: Practitioners On-Line Open House, scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, from 11 am-3 pm, at CCRI in Providence. This is an informal opportunity for practitioners to come and explore the internet, including resources for adult education. People will be available to assist novices, and others may want to help each other. [information, contact Donna Sherman at 861-0815. The Workforce Literacy Collaborative has also received a two year staff development grant received a 2-year grant from HRIC to develop a credentialing process for workforce literacy practitioners in RI. Elizabeth Jardine has been hired as project director, and she is charged with helping us to investigate and develop a system of training for practitioners who are involved in workforce or worksite education. This will be a competency-based system, and we are trying to get input for it from practitioners, program managers, and businesses. If you would like to be involved, contact Elizabeth at 861-0815. To receive the workforce collaborative's newsletter directly, contact Donna Sherman at the number above.
The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) will hold its Read.Write.Act Conference for campus-based literacy groups October 27-29th, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We would like to feature model campus-based family literacy programs -- especially those that incorporate America Reads work study students. If you have such a program, please consider submitting a workshop proposal! We'd like to hear from you and learn about your work.
For more information about SCALE's national training and technical assistance, presenting a workshop and attending the RWA conference, check our website at http://www.unc.edu/depts/scale.
or contact Kathy Sikes, Executive Director, (SCALE) 208 North Columbia Street, UNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill , CB#3505 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3505 ph: 919.962.1542 fax: 919.962.6020
learning opportunity: SER Jobs for Progress of RI, Inc. is assisting women and minorities in exploring and preparing for skill trades career options. Career opportunities include registered skilled trade apprenticeships and non-classified technical positions, through their On the Job Training program funded by the RI Department of Transportation. Applicants to SER programs must be 18 years or older, possess a high school diploma or GED, adhere to a drug free workplace policy, have a valid RI drivers license and be a US citizen or resident alien. Applicants must not have successfully completed a classroom or OJT program leading to journey worker status in any classification . For information, please contact Eva F. Soares, Employment Specialist at 724-1820
- Director of SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support) Fall River, MA full text available online at http://www.sabes.org/bccjob2.htm ]
Screening will begin with completed applications received by September 1, and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a letter of intent, resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Mr. Tafa Awolaju, Bristol Community College, 777 Brisbee Street, Fall River, MA 02720
- Program Assistant -The Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) and the East Providence Public Library, announce the opening of a part time teacher's position in the Weaver Library.
Teaching preschool and school-aged children in a Family ESL Literacy
program. 8 hours per week, 4 hours are in class and 4 hours are for preparation/
administrative duties. Class meets at 6-8:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
from September 19- December 7, 2000. The position will resume work
on January 2, 2001. The position will begin on September 5, 2000 with training.
The pay is $11.00/hour for 33 weeks of the year. Employees of local community
agencies (ex. Community Center) are encouraged to apply, but the position
is open to qualified teachers and students seeking a degree in Education
or related experience. Interested applicants should call Kristen McKenna,
Program Coordinator, at 435-1988 for an interview or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative Program Leader
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative Program Assistant Part-time:
8 hours maximum per site
Editor and Production Coordinator (60%-time) Boston, MA The Change Agent, a bi-annual publication of the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), is a theme-based newspaper focusing on social justice related issues. Its mission is to encourage adult educators and learners to make civic participation and social justice part of their teaching and learning. As Editor and Production Coordinator, you will be responsible for developing the content of each issue and coordinating the production process on a March-August/September-February schedule. Compensation: $34,000 per year, prorated to 60%, with excellent benefits; flexible schedule. To apply, send letter, resume and writing sample to: Silja Kallenbach, NELRC/World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. World Education is an EEO employer; voluntary information in this regard is welcomed. email@example.com Tel: 617-482-9485 Fax: 617-482-0617 [full text online at http://www.sabes.org/nelrcjb3.htm]
Worker.gov http://www.workers.gov connects to more than 1,000 federal, state and local government resources. Through the site, one can search a variety of Internet job listings, acquire skills through distance learning, scan websites for medical information, find services for families in need, plan for retirement, or explore resources available for people with disabilities. Families can also plan vacations, obtain advice on managing and investing income, look for volunteer opportunities, file a safety complaint, find school lunch programs or health insurance for children.
New refugee information website: http://www.culturalorientation.net
draft standards are posted on LR/RI's standards page. Please view the standards at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/standards.html and send comments to LR/RI. Hard copies of the standards are also available upon request. Almost 20 adult educators have participated in drafting these standards and welcome your input.
Stop the Hate, http://www.stopthehate.net/index1.htm
- provides numerous resources of value to anyone working in adult education,
community development and/or hoping to consider viable ways in which to
approach social change.
conferences - conferences are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
The 2nd National Conference of REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library Services for the Spanish Speaking), is scheduled for Tucson, AZ, August 3-6. Conference information may be found at: http://clnet.ucr.edu/library/reforma/rnc2/ Theme: The Power of Language: Planning for the 21st Century. The conference chair is Susana Hinojosa (firstname.lastname@example.org); (510) 643-9347. The president of REFORMA is Toni Bissessar (email@example.com); (718) 230-2750. Further information may be obtained through the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) at 800-545-2433, #4294; and the office of the ALA Diversity Officer at 800-545-2433 #4276.
Call for Proposals to present at the 10th Annual National Conference
on Family Literacy, Partners in Learning, to be held March 18 - 20, 2001
in Dallas, Texas. Deadline to Submit Proposals: October 6, 2000. Call for
Proposals available at: www.famlit.org If it is not possible to access
the form off the website, you may call 502-584-1133x135 and make a request
for one to be mailed to you or faxed to you. (If you leave a voice
message, please provide your complete mailing address and/or fax number)
AAACE national adult education conference schedule is available;
- The American Association of Adult and Continuing Educationís national conference will be held in Providence in November; lower rate registration deadline is September 22. For information, please contact LR/RI or go to AAACE's website at http://www.cdlr.tamu.edu/tcall/aaace/conferences/aace2000.htm
Promoting Participation in Community Development Models, Methods and Best Practices
A workshop for practitioners, researchers and community organizers wanting to build public participation in community development, community youth development, community health and environmental projects. Sponsored by the Community Partnership Center - University of Tennessee
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 30 - December 3, 2000 Knoxville, TN ~ USA
This workshop will focus on models, methods, tools and best practices for promoting participation in community development. Pactitioners with particular experience in the areas of community development, community youth development, community health, and environmental projects will share models and methods for doing participatory community research and planning, and will facilitate small group sessions around their own experiences and participants' best practices in these sectors.
Participants will get hands-on experience in a number of participatory methods and tools during the workshop, and will have the opportunity to select working sessions most relevant to their own work or capacity building. A special session on the CPC's Planning Team approach to participatory community research and planning will be held. In addition, plenary discussions will address participatory monitoring and evaluation opportunities, techniques, and concerns.
January 22-24, 2001 Atlanta, The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy at Georgia State University, in collaboration with Laubach Literacy Action and the Centre for Literacy of Quebec, announces the third International Conference on Women and Literacy. The focus of the conference is Language, Culture, and Literacy as they relate to women in adult basic education classes. Call for Presenters - presentation proposals are due August 1. We are defining adult basic education as basic literacy, ESL, family literacy, health literacy, workplace literacy, pre GED, and GED classes. We purposely did not define language and culture in the proposal, because we want presenters to feel free to define these terms in ways that are meaningful for them. The conference will address the following question: How do language, culture, literacy and women interact in basic literacy, ESL, family literacy, health literacy, workplace literacy, pre-GED, and GED classes? Proposals for presentations are invited from Practitioners, Researchers, Policy Makers, and Learners. Proposals with an international perspective are particularly encouraged. All proposals should address Practice, Research, and/or Policy, and can be presented as a seminar, workshop, demonstration, panel discussion, or round table. The round tables will be scheduled for 1 hour, and all others for 1 1/2-hours and 3 hours. Lead presenters will be notified regarding proposal acceptance by September 1. More information: contact LR/RI, or download forms at http://education.gsu.edu/CSAL .
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS,
LD/ESOL resources: ESL Instruction and Learning Disabilities,
the new digest from the National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education
(NCLE) by Robin Schwarz and Lynda Terrill is available from firstname.lastname@example.org,
from (202) 362-0700, ext. 200, or can be downloaded at www.cal.org/
ncle/digests/LD2.htm NCLE is also unveiling a new feature: a
resource collection. The title of this first collection is Learning Disabilites
and Adult ESL and is posted at www.cal.org/ncle/whatnew.htm
The Resource Collection contains articles, reports, books, websites, organizations,
electronic discussions, policy materials, ERIC documents, and other resources
that address the featured topic. NCLE welcomes your comments, suggestions,
and recommendations for additions to the collection.
LR/RI listserv: As some of you know, Literacy Resources has a list serv - an email discussion group available to anyone with access to email in the state (or beyond, as interest warrants). To learn more about the list, or to subscribe, please send an email message to email@example.com. To date, about 30 people have joined the list. Its purpose is to provide a forum for local educators to discuss policy, practice, resources, issues and news related to our work with one another. Unlike the bulletin, which arrives as email, the list is interactive - when you respond to message from the discussion list, everyone else on the list receives your message -- and the conversation, we hope, continues and grows.
VALUE e-list: VALUE has established a valuelearners mailing for email users, hosted by the Western/Pacific Literacy Network, part of the National Institute for Literacy Information and Communication Network System (LINCS). This "e-list" is a way for adult learners who are members of VALUE to communicate with each other. Only adult learners who are members of VALUE can subscribe to this e-list. VALUE is the national organization for adult learners (current or former participants in adult basic skills programs) in the United States. VALUE provides training and other supports to adult learners who want to be more effective leaders in their education programs, communities, and states. This e-list is being managed by members of VALUE's Communications Committee. Subscribers are encouraged to communicate about information, ideas, questions, or problems of interest to them. If you are a member of VALUE and need help subscribing, please contact LR/RI. If you're not a member, but would like to become one, contact LR/RI or visit the VALUE website at http://literacynet.org/value.
LEARNER is intended primarily for adult learners. LITERACY is a general list for adult literacy practitioners and others. Information on these electronic lists is below.
LEARNER To subscribe to LEARNER, send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skip the message header and in the body of the message, type: subscribe LEARNER Yourfirstname Yourlastname All submissions to LEARNER should be addressed to: LEARNER@nysernet.org Questions regarding the list should be sent to: Beverly Choltco-Devlin Moderator, LEARNER email@example.com
LITERACY To subscribe to LITERACY, send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skip the message header and in the body of the message, type: subscribe LITERACY Yourfirstname Yourlastname All submissions to LITERACY should be addressed to: LITERACY@nysernet.org Questions regarding the LITERACY list should be sent to: Beverly Choltco-Devlin email@example.com
Welfare to work listserv: from Glenn Young - For those interested in the subject of welfare reform and learning disabilities, there has been a listserv created through NIFL. To sign up, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org write in the body of the message subscribe nifl-wtwld and your name. Do not write anything in the subject line and do not use any dots or dashes other than between nifl and wtwld. (Click here for more information on listservs).
Professional development initiative: In 1998, I spent time at the RI Dislocated Worker Program, facilitating classes for teachers there so that they could have an opportunity to observe one another's classes and to reflect on their learning and teaching. (The full text of their reflections is available on the LR/RI web site at Writing from the Field - or contact LR/RI for a hard copy). Please let me know if you would like to participate in this process of professional development. All that's required is your willingness to share your reflections about the observation/learning process for others. I hope to build a block of writing and thinking about this and other forms of our own professional development both through the bulletin and the web site.
Please contact LR/RI if you have information, questions or announcements to share with adult educators in Rhode Island. Bulletins go out at least twice a month; more frequently when there's more to share. To submit information for the next bulletin, please contact LR/RI by phone (401-863-2839), mail (PO Box 1974, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912) or email.
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