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.
June 20, 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).
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative Benefit Concert featuring Pendragon. Saturday, June 30, 1 p.m. at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston. Rain or shine! Advanced tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children, children under 5 free. Tickets available at many libraries or by calling 455-8066 for more information. Tickets day of event are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Come listen to the best in Celtic Music and support Literacy in RI. All proceeds benefit the RI Family Literacy Initiative in your local libraries. Local band Cumberland Creek will play from 3-4 p.m.
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.
June 26 - afternoon and evening workshops : GED 2002
- writing tests.
Final Inquiry Projects Share will be held on
Thursay, June 28th,
Save the date: On August 28th, practitioners (program directors,
teachers, literacy/adult education workers) are invited to an open meeting
to discuss changes to the Inquiry process and to explore new models of
pursuing inquiry/teacher-based research in the state in the coming academic
year. Further details will appear in coming bulletins. We look
forward to exploring new options and expanding our ability to learn from
our own research as part of the process of strengthening learning opportunities
for adults in Rhode Island.
Mini-grants are available to support the development of outstanding
ESL curricula. Applications and information about the mini-grants
are available at NIFL's ESL Special
The RI Workforce Literacy Collaborative presents workforce development training events in June:
Introduction to Career Mentoring
Power Point Presentations
How the New GED Support Workforce Education
Making an I Movie ? Bonnie McDonald
Providing Support for Learners in Trauma and Transition ? Sally Gabb
Reading for Speed and Memory ? Richard Tessier
Further trainings are also scheduled for the fall; see upcoming bulletins,
or the HRIC website
volunteer opportunity - The Mount Hope Learning Center is seeking summer tutors for all ages, grade levels and reading levels. Time and days flexible. If you're available to do one-on-one sessions, please contact Miatta Sharpe at 455-8875 or Lady_Sharpey28@yahoo.com. The Mount Hope Learning Center is located at 140 Cypress Street.
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 Providence Youth Opportunities Guide is a project of: Howard R.
Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University,
Recently, Project Based Learning (PBL) has been used in adult education workforce preparation programs training individuals for entry into the workforce. Some practitioners feel that the PBL approach should be limited only to certain settings or content areas, i.e. workforce preparation, social studies. Others feel that it has application in many different settings both in the classroom and in the workplace. Have you had any experience working with PBL? If so, have you found it to be an effective teaching method? If not, would you be interested in learning more about it? Throughout the month of June, the PRO-NET 2000 web site (http://www.pro-net2000.org ) will feature Judith Crocker, Ed.D. as the moderator of an online discussion on Project Based Learning. Dr. Crocker has worked in adult and continuing education for over twenty years in public school districts and higher education. As the Director of Adult and Continuing Education in the Cleveland City Schools, she helped develop and pilot the use of project based instruction with public assistance clients and then with the general Adult Basic Education (ABE) population. This model has been replicated in a number of ABE programs throughout the country. Dr. Crocker's success with project based learning has made her eager to share her knowledge and learn from others. We encourage you to take advantage of her expertise and come join our discussion group. Go to our home page at http://www.pro-net2000.org and click on the Project Based Learning link in the section labeled "currently featured". We hope to see you there! Best regards, PRO-NET 2000 Staff
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education has produced three new Trends and Issues Alerts. They are available on the ERIC/ACVE website http://ericacve.org/new.asp, in paper, and via e-mail either as messages or in PDF. Please send your requests to email@example.com and indicate the format you want. Be sure to include your mailing address for paper copies.
- Ethics: The Role of Adult and Vocational Education (T&I 24), by Michael Wonacott, investigates the trends and issues involved in teaching social responsibility in adult and vocational education.
- Human Resource Development (T&I 25), by Sandra Kerka, discusses how the field of human resource development (HRD) is affected by and responds to trends in work, organizations, and the global economy.
- Learning Communities/Communities of Practice (T&I 26), by Susan Imel, explores some of the trends and issues associated with the concept of learning in community and lists resources for additional information. Judy Wagner / firstname.lastname@example.org / ericacve.org/ ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education 1900 Kenny Road / Columbus OH 43210-1090 USA 614/292-8625; 800/848-4815 (ext 2-8625); FAX: 614/292-1260 TTY/TDD: 614/688-8734
The Illinois Department of Human Services, along with other state agencies, is conducting an educational initiative (as part of a larger immigrant initiative) to identify the barriers in access to and success in education for immigrants. Three broad areas form the focus of study: early childhood (ages 0-8)/family literacy; intermediate/middle/secondary education; and adult education/transition to work. Written recommendations are being solicited and a hearing will be held in the Chicago area June 28 to provide an opportunity for presentations and dialogue. We welcome recommendations from other states and encourage Illinois educators and others to respond and attend and testify at the hearing. For detailed information see the Illinois State Board of Education web site at
http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/refres.htm which includes all background information and a response form for written recommendations (which must be received by July 10).
from Thursday notes, June 14, 2001 Grant to Boost AR Adult Ed Teachers' Math
The Rockefeller Foundation recently awarded the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education $332,430 to develop and implement a Math Initiative. The new effort will train all adult education teachers in alternative methods of mathematics instruction and upgrade teachers' math skills. The pilot phase will include developing a 15-module course curriculum and purchasing manipulative training kits for all participants. Each module will stress one math concept, using several manipulatives, which show the math connections. Modules will be based on the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Contact email@example.com
National Literacy Summit Agenda (from Jon Randall, 18 Jun
LD Online - JUNE 2001 The LD Online Report offers news about learning disabilities and about the latest events on our web site-- LD OnLine and The LD OnLine Report are made possible in part by generous support from The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, Inc., The Armstrong McDonald Foundation and the law firm of Long Aldridge & Norman and from our partner Schwab Learning, a program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. http://www.ldonline.org/newsltr/june01_newsltr.html
From Daphne Greenbreg [firstname.lastname@example.org] ..If you haven't done so already, you may want to join the discussion being facilitated by Jenny Horsman on how literacy programs can take the impact of violence on learning more fully into account. You can find Jenny's paper at http://www.jennyhorsman.com under articles. Her discussion is being held through June 25th and you can join at http://alphaplus.ca - go to alphacom discussions and look for the discussion called "Creating Change." If you have any difficulties navigating your way through you can call1-877-772-2345 or 416-322-1012 x103 for technical assistance. Daphne
yet more online resources: The following information was gleaned from WebClipper Digest, HandsNet's weekly overview of cross-cutting human services news from throughout the World Wide Web. For daily Headlines news, Alerts and Discussions, and to start your personal clipping service tailored to your needs, visit WebClipper at http://www.webclipper.org. Free trial WebClipper memberships are available on our public site at http://www.handsnet.org.
JUNE 15, 2001
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AMONG WORKING FAMILIES - As more parents join the
workforce, family involvement in education, including taking civic action
to improve public schools, is often constrained by time. A selected
bibliography from the FINE Initiative at Harvard Family Research Project
examines the relationship between work and the opportunities for family
Internet lab? We're still waiting for news about availability of computer lab space for summer computer drop in sessions. In the meantime, if you'd like basic computer help, contact LR/RI.
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/
conferences - conferences are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
summer conference opportunity http://www.nald.ca/PROVINCE/ALT/LCA/gatherin/poster.htm
The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education 2001 Summer Institute "Improving
the Assessment and Instruction of Culturally Linguistic Diverse Students
with Disablities" August 2-4, 2001 The Broker Inn,
Boulder, Colorado Registration: http://www.colorado.edu/education/BUENO
The Project for Research on Welfare, Work and Domestic Violence (sponsored
by the Center for Impact Research and the University of Michigan School
of Social Work Center on Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health) invites you
to its 3rd Trapped by Poverty/Trapped by Abuse Conference
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.
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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