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.
March 30, 2001
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).
ESOL sharing/discussion group will meet on Tuesday, April 24th at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence, at 3:15 PM. People are asked to bring examples of commercially produced or teacher/learner-generated materials to share ? what are you using? What do you like/dislike about these materials? With or without materials in hand, all are welcome.
A survey about resources for ESOL activities, developed by Debby Venator, is available online. We request that teachers complete the survey and send their responses to LR/RI as sson as possible.
Sharing/discussion session for adult educators with an interest in technology and adult learning will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 4 pm at the Swearer Center for Public Service.
Bridging the Gap 2001 - learning support for all - a 5-part series of workshops being presented by RI' s Bridges to Practice team . The series, Bridging the Gap, consists of five 3-hour workshops, scheduled for February 2. March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 8.
All sessions will be held at URI College of Continuing Education, Shepard
Building, Providence. For more information, please contact Elaine
Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org), 245ˇ1467; to register, contact LR/RI.
There is no fee for this series of workshops.
The RI Bridges to Practice team presents a 5-session continuum of best
strategies for working with adult learners who have difficulties succeeding
in a traditional classroom. These workshops will consist of multisensory,
practical, direct teaching activities that can immediately be applied in
an learning environment.
April 6: Comprehension Strategies
May 4: Down to earth grammar
June 8: Math and Beyond: Integrating Content Areas
All sessions will be held at URI - College of Continuing Education - Shepard Building, Room 328, Providence, from 1:45 to 4:45 pm.
To register, contact Janet Isserlis at 863-2839, or email@example.com
For more information contact Elaine Stafford at 245-1467 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking will be validated; refreshments will be served.
Bridges to Practice presents these workshops in collaboration with the RI Department of Education.
save the date - Thursday, May 24, 1-4 pm Cassandra Drennon, who has worked with practitioners around the country on issues related to practitioner research, will present a workshop focusing on teacher inquiry, its possibilities and ways in which we in Rhode Island might consider utilizing this valuable professional development vehicle. In June, current inquiry project participants will share their findings ? meanwhile, information their work is available at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/inquiry.html
Look for more information about Cassie Drennon's workshop and about
the inquiry project share in the next bulletin, or contact LR/RI.
Online, from Anna Silliman, editor of Hands on English - reading/discussion activity called "Where do your taxes go?" is on our website at http://www.handsonenglish.com/currentevents.html I hope that this article will help your (intermediate) students join in the national discussion about taxes and the federal budget. Also, our latest print issue of Hands-on English was just mailed out--it includes three activities about filling out your tax forms. These are meant to help familiarize students with the process that people go through each year. (They are not meant to help students with their individual taxes.) Hands-on English, P.O. Box 256, Crete, NE 68333 Toll-free: 1-800-ESL-HAND (1-800-375-4263) Phone:402-826-5426 Fax: 402-826-3997 Email: email@example.com
Helping Adult Learners to Persist ? April 18th, 2-4 PM
Learning opoprtunity - Emi Flynn of Multisensory Learning Associates offers teaching training courses in Orton-Gillingham ? a systematic, multisensory and phonetically-based approach to teaching reading and spelling for summer 2001. Courses are held in East Greenwhich, RI (Friday July 27, and Monday through Friday July 30 ? August 3, and in Rehoboth MA, August 10 and August 13-17. Tuition ($975 for 45 hour course; $1450 for yearlong practicum) is due by June 1 for the course, and September 1 for the practicum, with a deposit being required to hold places for one and/or the other. For further information, please call 508-252-6482.
Call for proposals ? TESOL 2002 - the form for submission of proposals for TESOL 2002, Language and the Human Spirit, April 9-13, 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah, is online at http://www.tesol.org [click on either "What's New or on "Conventions." Proposals will be accepted over the Web until approximately 9 am EST, May 2. Once submitted on-line, submitters have until 5 pm EST, May 4, to make changes to title, abstract, or summary. A 57k Adobe Acrobat PDF file of the Call for Participation for TESOL 2002 is also available at http://www.tesol.org/pdfs/2002call.pdf and an on-line information request form http://www.tesol.org/global/request.html provides an easy way for visitors to request a printed Call for Participation be mailed to them.
Brown student radio: "Impacto Latino," is bilingual, and covers music, politics, culture & history, and runs from 7-7:30 pm, Mondays, on BSR-88.1 fm.
Application forms for this year's Hands-on English ESL Minigrants competition are
now available. To learn about the grants, please visit: http://www.handsonenglish.com
and look for the "Minigrants" link. You can get an application form by contacting Hands-on English with your postal mailing address at P.O. Box 256, Crete, NE or download a PDF file of the application form on their website. The deadline for applying is June 30, 2001.
The Institute for Labor Studies and Research is seeking an ESOL teacher for a class in their evening program in Pawtucket. Classes will be Tuesday and Thursday nights, either from 5:30 to 7:30 or 6 ? 8 pm, with four hours teaching and one hour prep time per week. $19 per hour. For more information contact David Hayes at (401) 722-1648.
The Literacy Project (TLP) is a non-profit, community-based organization
offering adult basic education services at six sites in Hampshire and Franklin counties. TLP is a progressive agency that subscribes to a participatory philosophy and has a commitment to the empowerment of individuals and communities. TLP seeks candidates for the following two positions:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR This position provides leadership for the ongoing
growth and development of the agency and represents the agency to
the community, partner organizations, and funding sources. Required
qualifications include: comprehensive budgetary and fiscal skills, grant
writing and fundraising,
PROGRAM DIRECTOR This position is responsible for the agency's educational
programming, including all non-fiscal aspects of grants management, supervision
of program staff, and the facilitation of programmatic development.
Required qualifications include: adult basic education or a closely related
field, personnel management and group leadership, program development,
excellent oral and written communication skills, flexibility, attention
to detail, and the ability to work under pressure. Experience with
non-profit organizations, Massachusetts DOEgrants management, Microsoft
Office applications and web-based MISsystems is preferred.Salary is $35,000
- $37,000 with generous benefits.
RSVP in Woonsocket needs a citizenship instructor, 2 days/week for May and June only. Small classes, nice facility. 2 and 1/2 hours per session; total of 5 hrs. week; instructor is paid for 10 hours (prep time), @ $15.00 an hour, or approximately150.00 per week. Anyone interested can contact Karen Karten at firstname.lastname@example.org orcall 401-941-2017.
Literacy Program Director, Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, RI
ANNUAL SALARY: $29,000, 35 HOURS /week, including some nights. (Some flexibility in arranging weekly hours.)
BENEFITS: Single health insurance; 2 weeks paid vacation per year (eligible after 6 mos. probation). 11 paid holidays. 3% employer match for Simple IRA (after 2 years of service).
JOB DESCRIPTION: Administers an LVA inmate tutoring program in
the Adult Correctional Institutions, which utilizes both inmate and community
volunteer tutors. Responsible for recruiting and training tutors,
recruiting and screening inmate learners, making student/tutor matches,
supervising tutoring sessions, providing tutor support and recognition,
and working with ACI Advisory Committee to develop program.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
from Thursday notes, March March 15/01
ETA Websites Show 2001 Dollars - Interested in funding under
Title I of WIA? ETA's budget webpage now has the PY 2001 allotment data
for WIA Adults, Youth, Dislocated Workers and
Language and Literacy is a Canadian on-line journal for educators interested in a broad range of literacy issues encompassing research and teaching in multimedia, print, and oracy. Available at http://educ.queensu.ca/~landl/
Literacy on NPR ? National Public RadioÝs Morning Edition recently focused attention on literacy. See the links they chose to support these programs and hear them online at http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2001/mar/010319.literacy.links.html
Walk for Literacy ? Saturday, May 5th. If you need information about the Walk, please contact LR/RI. As well, information will be available soon about Adult Education events planned at the State House.
Call for Articles for the Next Issue of The Change Agent
The Change Agent is a biannual newspaper published by the New
England Literacy Resource Center of World Education. The mission
is to provide 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. Each
issue of the 24-page newspaper focuses on a different social justice topic.
Some of the past issues have been about the changing world of work, environmental
health, immigration, and media literacy. The Change Agent includes a mix
of articles and activities that are of interest to both teachers and students
in adult education programs (GED, basic literacy, English as a Second Language).
The newest issue of The Change Agent, Focus On The Media And
You, is available and contains a variety of articles including: What Do
You Think...Does The Media Promote Violence, The Corporate Curriculum,
"Making A Killing" ---- The Marlboro Man Rides On, Media Activism: Learners
Turn The Tables With Grassroots Media Projects, Students For Sale, Who
Owns The News, How To Detect Bias In The News Media, and Fake News.
The Change Agent is available in hard copy through LR/RI, online at www.nelrc.org/changeagent
; and through subscription ? contact NELRC/World Education, Attn:Kerline
Tofuri, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210. F individual copies can be
obtained from Art Ellison <email@example.com>. Please include
a mailing address if you would like a free paper copy. The Change
Agent in the Classroom ? resources to accompany Change Agent articles ˇas
well as The Change Agent itself -- are online at http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent/.
Educators and Adult Learners:
conferences - conferences are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
The 2001 COABE Conference will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, April 1-4, 2001. The registration brochure can be found online at http://cls.coe.utk.edu/abe/taace/coabe.html For hard copies, contact LR/RI.
On April 6-7, The Institute for Children and Poverty, in conjunction with Political Science Quarterly and Columbia University's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration are hosting "Rethinking Homelessness: A Framework for Change." This conference, which will focus on family homelessness, welfare reform, and the future of these issues, will be held in New York City. There is a panel devoted to the education of homeless children, and others on race, welfare reform, foster care, community development, domestic violence and others. If you are interested in receiving more information, please call Maureen Wentworth at the Institute for Children and Poverty at (212) 529-5252, or go to the website http://www.homesforthehomeless.com where a pop-up version of the registration form will appear.
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS, RESOURCES:
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.
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
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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