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.
July 10, 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).
Study of parent involvement in schools. Dr. Cynthia Garcia Coll, head of Brown University's Education Department, recently completed a study 308 Dominican, Cambodian and Portuguese parents, and found that levels of parental involvement in their children's education are due to several factors, including discomfort with the English language, cultural conceptions of the role of teachers and parents, and lack of familiarity with the system." Her study has important implications for adult educators, who work with many of the parents in question. Part of our work can include discussions about parents' views of the roles of schools and families, and helping make explicit schools' and parents' expectations and beliefs about children's learning. For more information about the study, see the two websites listed below. For yet more information, please contact LR/RI.
LR/RI's computer drop in sessions will resume this summer, begin Friday, July 13. Practitioners, students and others in the community with an interest in exploring the internet and other basic computer functions. Come to Brown' s computer center (corner of Brook and Waterman Streets) this Friday (7/13), as well as on the 20th of July and on Friday, August 3rd,.Room 269.
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.
Final Inquiry Project reports are now on line. As well, observations and reflections about the inquiry process have been posted. Save the date: On September 6th, 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. (please note:this is a meeting that had originally been scheduled for September 6th The meeting will be held at the RIDE building, downtown, Room 501 from 9 am to noon. Refreshments will be provided, parking will be validated, if you park in the Convention Center garage.
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 this summer and fall:
Making an I Movie - Bonnie McDonald
Providing Support for Learners in Trauma and Transition - Sally Gabb
Reading for Speed and Memory - Richard Tessier
CASAS - It's more than just a test - Howard L.Dooley, Jr,
Brother Joseph DelGiorno, Doreen Perry
Further trainings are also scheduled for the fall; see upcoming bulletins,
or the HRIC website
TRAINING OF WORKSHOP LEADERS :
Can We Talk? is a four part parent workshop series, which promotes parent-child conversations about issues of growing up healthy. The workshops focus on four topics: increasing self-esteem, discussing issues around puberty and sexuality, responding thoughtfully to the mixed messages in the media, and reacting positively to peer pressure that is part of the daily lives of young people grades 4-8.
The National Education Association Health Information Network has sponsored the development of these workshops as part of its mission to promote healthy families and high achieving students. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the funding for making the training and materials available to the states. RI will provide six separate WORKSHOP LEADER TRAINING sessions this. The writer and designer of the program, Dominic Cappello, is the lead trainer. He has provided training for trainers in several other states since Can We Talk was published in 1998. If you agree to participate in this TRAINING OF WORKSHOP LEADERS, you will be asked to partner with another trained person and to commit to providing two, four part "Can We Talk?" parent sessions during the school year. The four part sessions average about 11/2 to 2 hours in length and consist of role playing, facilitating communication between participants, and providing information and exercises that parents can practice with their adolescent children. If you know other parents and/or professionals who might like to be trained as workshop leaders in this program, please identify them on your returned sign up sheet. We are looking for teams of parents and representatives from community based organizations, faith based organizations, businesses and schools to co-lead workshops.
The training will take place on the following dates and in the following five regions. You may attend training in any region. The statewide Spanish version training will take place in Providence on October 18th & 19th. If you want to become a workshop leader for Can We Talk?, please check the session you will be attending, fill in the additional information and return by AUGUST 15th. (forms available through LR/RI) South County Region, Sept. 24th & 25th, Northern RI Region, Sept. 27th & 28th East Bay Region, Oct. 1st & 2nd West Bay Region, Oct. 11th & 12th, Providence Region, Oct. 15th & 16th , Statewide Spanish Version, Oct. 18th & 19th
If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Harrington at 222-4600, ext. 2369.
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.
The Mount Hope Neighborhood Association at 199 Camp Street is looking
for volunteers ASAP. This organization has 40 kids, ages 6-12 enrolled
in their summer program and only have 2 adult staff. They need help!
Activities vary from arts and crafts, to reading time, to off-site field
trips, and more...
The Rhode Island Community Jobs List (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail
announcement list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in
Rhode Island by assisting non-profit and public interest employers in publicizing
openings effectively. Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode
Island can join the list. Any non-profit, government or private sector
employer advertising a paid position related to the public interest or
community 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 job as an employer go to:
Vision for an Ideal System: Improving Services to Adults with Learning Disabilities: An educational partnership ? the Maryland State Department of Education, The National Institute for Literacy, and the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center
from Judy Wagner, ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
In preparation for the fourth year of our contract, the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education will be having a meeting on July 24 to discuss potential publication topics for 2002. We are anxious to have your input. What trends and issued do you see emerging in our areas of adult education, career education, vocational/technical education, workforce development, and training? Our website (http://ericacve.org) has full text of the publications that we have developed over the past few years. Take a look to see the types of things we publish. Send your suggestions to Susan Imel at email@example.com. After the meeting, we will post a list of the top ten trends and issues in each area. Thanks for your participation! Judy Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.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: 614/292-1260TTY/TDD: 614/688-8734
Providence Youth Opportunities Guide Web Site http://www.youthguide.org
Directory of After-school and Summer Programs for Providence Youth On-line
The new Providence Youth Opportunities Guide web site features profiles of over 120 programs in Providence that serve youth ages 10-20. Tutoring programs, summer camps, sports leagues, art classes and more are available in a searchable database that links you to dozens of agencies throughout the state. The web site also includes information for youth advocates and professionals working for youth-serving agencies. Of note is a new Providence Youth Guide Listserv, an e-mail forum for announcements, discussion and information of use to area professionals working on behalf of our city's youth. Check out this unique resource, consider linking to it, and let us know what you think. A companion print directory is also available. You can contact the Youth Opportunities Guide at email@example.com
from Thursday notes, June 21 MA State Board Creates Adult Basic Ed Teachers' License
The Massachusetts State Board of Education voted recently to create an ABE Teachers' License, says State Director Bob Bickerton. Whether a license is required is up to the local hiring officials and will not be required by the state. New adult education teachers who want or need to pursue the license will be required to take a test similar to the Massachusetts exam public school teachers now must pass to earn or renew their licenses. Teachers with 5 years experience in adult education who want to pursue an ABE license do not need to take the test. Teachers with a year's experience in adult education and a K-12 license also are not required to be tested. See http://www.doe.mass.edu/acls/certification.html
From Thursday notes, June 27, 01: PA Gets State Family Literacy
Peer Leadership Preventing Violence: A Training of Trainers
A dynamic two-day skills-intensive workshop August 6 & 7, 2001 at the Medical Foundation 95 Berkeley Street Boston, Mass.
"Peer Leadership Preventing Violence" prepares young people to help other young people prevent violence in their schools and communities. It gives young people the opportunity to enhance their own knowledge, interpersonal skills, and attitudes about violence prevention. The peer leadership
approach encourages young people to consider violence and violence prevention in relation to their friends, families, communities, the nation, and the world. In this training of trainers, participants will learn the Peer Leadership curriculum as well as peer leadership program-related skills, including program management and how to sustain a peer leadership program.
Who should attend? Youth workers, teachers, program directors, peer leaders, and adult advisors--anyone working with youth in schools, summer camps, health centers, youth agencies, churches, and programs addressing violence and other health topics. Deadline for registration is July 15, 2001. For more information, contact: Laurie Jo Wallace HTI Director Tel: 617-451-0049 x212 TTY: 617-451-0007 email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.tmfnet.org
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 National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs - NAASLN, in conjunction with the Greater Milwaukee Literacy Coalition and the Milwaukee Area Technical College, is sponsoring an international conference, Forging the Future, September 13 -15, 2001, in Milwaukee, WI. Over 50 sessions will be presented offering you the most up-to-date research, policies and legislation, technology, and best practices to successfully support adults with special learning needs in attaining their goals to become successful workers, parents, and integrated members of our communities.
Visit http://www.naasln.org for an up-to-date listing of sessions and conference information.
COABE May 6 ? 11, 2002, Charleston, South Carolina- http://www.coabe2002.org/ ; the call for presentation is on line at http://www.sclrc.org/coabe2002/Presentations.htm and proposals are due on December 1st.
UNEVOC- Canada in partnership with the International Centre for the Enhancement of
Learning Potential is hosting an international conference to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 18-25, 2001. The conference entitled Unlocking Human Potential to Learn is designed to introduce participants to the best practices and innovative approaches, strategies and techniques for teaching "learning how to learn" skills to children, youth and adults. Paper presentations will focus on three major themes: enhancing learning skills of special needs and gifted learners of diverse cultures, developing critical skills for lifelong learning and improving effectiveness and efficiency in vocational education and workplace training. http://www.umanitoba.ca/unevoc/conference/
Literacy Volunteers of America, Octobe 17-20, Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.literacyvolunteers.org/conference/ Speakers have been scheduled and information appears online.
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Adult Educators From the Margin Through the Mainstream: Annual Conference October 17-20, 2001 Baltimore, MD http://www.aaace.org/
Laubach Literacy Action Biennial Conference will be held in San Diego May 20 - June 1, 2002. Presentations are being solicited that reflect the theme, Literacy for All. We are particularly interested in presentations on collaborative efforts, reaching the hard to reach, accessibility, diversity and advocacy. Proposals are due by August 31, 2001. We hope to have the conference reflect the wide variety of practitioners and stake holders in the literacy field. If you would like a presenter form to be sent to you, please contact Mary Kuppinger email@example.com or Pam Alger at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Pam Alger. MCSE. Adult Education and Literacy Services, City of Azusa 729 N. Dalton Ave Azusa, CA 91702 (626)812-5267
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
Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 2001 at The University of Michigan League
Ann Arbor, Michigan Please visit the following website for registration materials, as well as list of speakers and preliminary presentation titles: http://www.impactresearch.org/documents/42.pdf
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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