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.
September 12, 2000
Calls for participation, conference announcements, information about resources on line and the usual range of notices follow. See below, too, for information about a new call for participation in inquiry projects. To post information, please contact LR/RI or leave a message (863-2839). Thanks.
Additionally, a survey about resources for ESOL activities, recently
developed by Debby Venator, is available
We request that teachers complete the survey and send their responses to
LR/RI by October 15.
Orientation -- rescheduled: the Orientation planned for September 16, at IIRI (645 Elmwood Ave) has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 9 to noon and/or Friday, November 3rd, also from 9 to noon. (breakfast will be served). Rhode Island Workforce Literacy Collaborative (RIWLC) is holding this Orientation for new (and experienced) Adult Education Workforce Practitioners. Our goal is twofold: One, to pilot an orientation for new practitioners in workforce education. Two, to have the opportunity to network with practitioners in the field and gather ideas about what kinds of staff development would be useful for them. All interested Adult Education Practitioners in RI are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member of the Collaborative, or to work exclusively in workforce education. We welcome participation from experienced practitioners, as well, to add to the discussion. It will be an informal session, with Collaborative members and experienced practitioners available to share expertise and support. We will cover the following topics: Workforce/Workplace Adult Education in RI: highlights of several different kinds of programs RIWLC Staff Development Credential project, Panel Discussion with experienced practitioners (come with questions) ABE in the workplace, ESL in the workplace, pre-workforce education, mentoring resources available to Workforce Practitioners: materials, agencies, websites. For further information, please call or email: Elizabeth Jardine, Staff Development Project Manager, RI Workforce Literacy Collaborative 861-0815, email: Riwlceliz@aol.com
save the dates: 4 days: Learning Disabilities training with Stromsky and Payne will begin October 16 - 19, with 9 follow up dates to be determined throughout the academic year.
teleconference - "Teaching Reading and Writing to Adult With Learning Disabilities" will be aired on Sept 28th, at Channel 36, Park Lane, Cranston. from 2:00-4:00pm. Please contact LR/RI or Bob Mason (222-4600, ext.12180) by September 26 if you plan to attend so that we can have enough handouts available on the 28th.
information about voting: 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
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 email@example.com
Issue 11 of The Change Agent- Focus on Immigration-has just been published. The mission of The Change Agent is to provide, in the form of a low-cost newspaper, news, issues, ideas and other teaching resources that inspire and enable adult educators and learners to make civic participation and social justice related concerns part of their teaching and learning. Articles in this issue include: Immigration Myths and Facts, Social Class and ESOL: What is Left Unspoken? The Labor Movement Defends Immigrant Worker's Rights, Who's Benefiting from the Global Economy, One Class's Survival Guide to Life in America, Who are You Calling an Immigrant?, Taking Action, Who is Behind the Anti-Bilingual Education Movement?, and well as sections on Poetry, Resources and Classroom Activities. Up to 5 copies of this issue may be obtained free of charge from Art Ellison, NH Department of Education, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Subscriptions and orders for larger numbers of copies may be sent to Silja Kallenbach, World Education, 44 Farnsworth St. Boston, MA 02210. The Change Agent is also available online:http://easternlincs.worlded.org/docs/changeagent. [from Art Ellison, Administrator Bureau of Adult Education NH Department of Education ]
call for articles: The next issue of The Change Agent [March 2001] will focus on Media Literacy. Theme Media Literacy -- Educators and Adult Learners: We are looking for articles, lessons, activities, and student writings. Some questions to think about: - What effect does advertising have on your life? What TV programs do you watch? How do they reflect your own life and community? Where do you get your news about your community, state and the world? Should we care where the products we buy are made, by whom and under what kind of working conditions? What difference does it makes that only 10 transnational corporations control most newspapers, radio, cable and TV stations in the US and they also own many other businesses ranging from nuclear and electric power to music, movies, sports teams and travel? Please send your writings (on PC disk, if possible) and pictures or drawings to: Silja Kallenbach NELRC/World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 phone: 617-482-9485 fax: 617-482-0617 email: email@example.com All articles must be received by November 1, 2000. All articles will be considered. Final decisions about content are made by The Change Agent Editorial Board. We also welcome referrals to people and programs working on projects related to the theme of this issue.
3rd RI Partnerships to Employment conference and supported employment honor roll reception - October 3 and 4 at the Providence Marriott. Registration is discounted at $100 for professionals and $80 for consumers/family members for both days until September 12. Single day rates are available also. Glenn Young, Steve Brunero and others knowledgeable about the links between dis/abilities and work are scheduled as presenters. For information, please contact Melissa at 456-8072; RSVP by September 12th.
The International Institute of Rhode Island will hold its Annual Meeting
on site at 645 Elmwood Avenue on September 21 at 5 p.m., In addition
to the election of new Board members, Keynote speaker will be Roger
Winter, Executive Director of the US Committee for Refugees, a nonprofit
humanitarian organization that works for the protection and assistance
of refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people around the world.
Mr. Winter has done extensive writing, research and media outreach in an
effort to raise the profile of refugee and immigration issues around the
world. This event will also serve to honor several outstanding individuals
from the community, among them, Henri Mackor, for his superb leadership
in chairing the 14th Annual Spring Carnival Ball. Immediately following
the Annual Meeting the International Gallery for Heritage and Culture will
host an art exhibit opening on ìChildrenís Artwork from Around the World"
sponsored by Childreach. The IIRI hopes that the general public will
attend. Call 401-781-2698 for information.
aso online at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/standards.html
- report from the EFF study circle, and an open letter from David Hayes and study circle participants
Inquiry projects to begin
in October: Inquiry project applications - 2000/2001
From Thursday notes, August 31/00: President Boosts LEPs In Executive Order President Clinton gave a boost to serving Limited English Proficient persons in every federal program on August 11 when he signed Executive Order 13166, requiring each federal agency to prepare a plan to ensure that LEP persons can "meaningfully access" program services. Concurrently the Dep. of Justice issued policy guidance setting standards that recipients of federal assistance must follow to ensure that programs they normally provide in English are accessible to LEP individuals. This will ensure that federal programs do not discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. The President's statement and the policy guidance are online at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/cor/lep.htm
online - the NIFL summit action agenda, Adult Literacy: From the
Margins to the Mainstream has been released, along with other
information relevant to the summit held last spring. The action agenda
sets out goals for adult literacy and education. Find it at http://www.nifl.gov/
contact LR/RI if you need help with accessing these materials online, or
to order printed copies of From the Margins to the Mainstream: An Action
Agenda for Literacy, call 1-800-228-8813 or go to the EDPubs site. Single
copies are available free of charge. For more information about the
report, please contact Robbin Sorensen, Coalition Chair. For more information
about the National Literacy Summit 2000 process that led to this report,
please visit http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/summit.html.
and read what Bill Clinton has to say about the work at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/summit/presidential_message.html
Temple University's Center for Intergenerational Learning is sponsoring
a national conference in Philadelphia on November 10-11. The conference,
Generations, Strengthening Communities, will explore how generations
can work together to promote social change. Workshop themes include:
education/literacy, family support, child/elder care and positive youth
development. For more information, please call (215) 204-3767 or
visit our website, http://www.temple.edu/cil
[registration: $200 Early Bird Special (register by Sept 24) $225
after Sept 24 $125 one-day]
The International Institute of Rhode Island will hold its Annual Meeting on site at 645 Elmwood Avenue on September 21 at 5 p.m., In addition to the election of new Board members, Keynote speaker will be Roger Winter, Executive Director of the US Committee for Refugees, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works for the protection and assistance of refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people around the world. Mr. Winter has done extensive writing, research and media outreach in an effort to raise the profile of refugee and immigration issues around the world. This event will also serve to honor several outstanding individuals from the community, among them, Henri Mackor, for his superb leadership in chairing the 14th Annual Spring Carnival Ball. Immediately following the Annual Meeting the International Gallery for Heritage and Culture will host an art exhibit opening on ìChildrenís Artwork from Around the World" sponsored by Childreach. The IIRI hopes that the general public will attend. Call 401-781-2698 for information.
also online at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/standards.html
- report from the EFF study circle, and an open letter from David Hayes and study circle participants
funding opportunity Pfizer Inc. Announces 2000 Health Literacy Grant Program Deadline: November 15, 2000 Pfizer (http://www.pfizer.com/) invites applications for two grants of $75,000 each: one for research to advance the understanding of health literacy, the second for an intervention that overcomes problems associated with low levels of health literacy. Examples of projects include: developing new measures or new ways of looking at the causes or impact of health literacy, developing programs that demonstrate improved health literacy, or creating policy initiatives that promote improved health outcomes. Grants may be used to supplement a specific aspect of already existing programs or research, but may not be used to supplant existing funding. Applications are encouraged from investigators in diverse fields such as health literacy, adult education, health economics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public, health, anthropology, health policy, social work, the management sciences, and ethics. Proposals for community-based research and interventions are encouraged. Visit Pfizer's web site for program details and application information. Contact: Charlene Landis, Pfizer Inc. 235 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017-5755 Tel: (888) 457-3033 RFP Link (pdf format): http://www.pfizer.com/pfizerinc/about/health.pdf
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Community College of Rhode Island, Community Services Departments, Lincoln, RI
The following non-credit programs are being offered in Lincoln this fall:
Conversation and Vocabulary:
ESL Writing I [COMS -2190 - 229] Saturday, 9:30 - 12. Sept. 9 - Nov. 25. 12 classes, $100.00
Computer Applications and intro to windows 95/office 97 (limit 12 students)
Beginning TypingAlphabetic Keyboard (limit 14 students)
Basic Office Microsoft word, excel and access (limit 12 students - prerequisite:
intro to computers)
Navigating the internet: [COMS - 3702-221 Monday 5- 8 PM, Sept. 11- Oct. 2, 4 classes, $50.00
Beginning August 15, registration will take place Monday through Thursday, 4 - 7 PM in the Community Services Department in Lincoln,. If you are registering for ESL classes for the first time, you will need to take a placement test so allow yourself about 90 minutes to do everything. Course fees must be paid by check or money order payable to CCRI - cash will not be accepted. No registrations will be taken on the first day of class. Information: 333-7074, ask for Nancy or Estella. or leave a message. Social secuity number is needed to register.
volunteer opportunity: Volunteers needed for English/literacy
program. Tutor basic English skills to adult learners from all over
the world in your local library. Training provided, no experience
needed. 2 hours/twice a week, morning or early afternoon classes,
For information or to register, call Denise at 455-8041. Providence
Public Library Family Literacy Program, Volunteers are also needed
for children's program.
FAMILY LITERACY SPECIALIST OPENING. Project LEARN has an immediate opening for a Family Literacy Specialist to work in our Family Literacy Program at the Childrenís Friend and Service Inc. Family Support Center in Central Falls. This is a unique opportunity to work with a team of adult education and childrenís services professionals in a brand new Family Support Center, located in the heart of Central Falls.
Participants in the program are enrolled in the Support Centerís Early Head Start Program and are English speaking. Family Literacy Instructors have the opportunity to create innovative approaches to instructional practice and to hone skills in a particular specialty such as science, math, family reading, humanities, etc. and then to present their lessons at our two family literacy sites. Instructors are expected to use a variety of techniques, such as group lessons, direct instruction, peer grouping, multiple intelligences.
Applicants should have experience teaching adult learners at the pre-literacy or beginning literacy level either in a classroom or small group setting, and interested in working in an intergenerational setting with multi-level students. BA degree or combination of education and experience required. BCI and CANTS are a prerequisite to employment. This is a 20-25 hour a week position for a minimum of 1 years. Potential for full time employment. Salary is competitive with benefits. Please contact Project LEARN 769-9046, or e-mail LEARNri@aol.com or send your resume to One Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895.
LITERACY SPECIALIST OPENING Project LEARN has an immediate opening
for a full-time Literacy Specialist. This is an opportunity to work
in a progressive adult literacy program with a team of adult education
professionals, committed to using the best instructional practices.
The Literacy Specialist will implement program goals for the One-to-One
Tutorial Program, Wilson Reading Program, and Conversational English Classes
at our sites in Woonsocket and Central Falls.. Intake and evaluate adult
learners using a variety of test instruments. Recruit and train volunteers
for the Wilson Reading, Basic Literacy and Conversational English tutorials.
Provide ongoing support to both students and tutors in all programs.
Liase with other staff members to refer students and to schedule classes.
Provide follow-up and coordination. Facilitate student and tutor meetings
and in service training. Responsible for record keeping of program data,
progress reports other documentation as necessary.
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 email@example.com
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
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)
LVA Conference November, 2000: Show Me the Future! information available at the Literacy Volunteers of America website: http://www.literacyvolunteers.org. Advance registration closes September 12. Conference partnerss: VALUE, Office of Literacy and Outreach, American Library Association, and US Dept. of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Kansas City, MO
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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