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 23, 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). I will be out of the office from July 23 - 29th, and back on the 30th. I will try to check voice and email; but if I canít respond to messages, I will do by the 30th. Thanks.
A very sad message to convey to you all. Our friend, colleague
and ally, David Rosen recently lost his son, Jeffrey Dunipace Pace Rosen.
This notice appeared in the Boston Globe this week: Jeffrey was the twenty
year-old beloved son of Rita Marie Dunipace and David Jules Rosen.
He died on July 14, 2001 in Flagstaff, Arizona, as a result of a motor
vehicle collision. Jeffrey was a graduate with honors from the Weston Public
Schools and was in his senior year at the Gallatin School at New
York University. Donations may be made to the Jeffrey Dunipace Rosen
Memorial Fund, and mailed to 7 Newsome Park, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
The fund will help support college scholarships for Boston Public
School graduates. Information about the memorial, to be held in late August
or September, will be available from the above address. Our thoughts,
love and condolences are with David and his family.
LR/RI's drop in computer session ? final session on August 3. 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 Streetss), Room 269. If this time doesn't work for you, please contact LR/RI after August 3rd to arrange another time to work individually at the Swearer Center for Public Service, 25 George Street, Providence.
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.
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 (at the RIDE building, downtown, Room 501 from 9 am to noon). Refreshments will be provided, and parking validated, if you park in the Convention Center garage. Refreshments will be provided, parking will be validated, if you park in the Convention Center garage.
The Mount Hope Learning Center is still 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.
Program Coordinator Education Division July 2001
The program coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of educational programs, especially the Citizenship and the Family Literacy programs. He/She is also responsible for collecting program data on an ongoing basis for the purpose of reporting outcomes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Be fully responsible for the coordination of all activities of the
3. Assist with the development, maintenance and organization of all
4. Assist with coordinating staff meetings to facilitate effective program operation
5. Assist with professional development activities for staff.
6. Assist in preparing proposals to secure funding for classes.
7. Assist in preparing reports on time as required by funders.
8. Assist in providing and promoting community service and civic participation
9. Provide training and technical assistance to volunteers as needed.
SCHEDULE - 35 hours per week, some evening and weekend hours required
SUPERVISOR -- Education Director
Job Opening July 20, 2001
Program Coordinator, Education International Institute of RI
Requirements: Prior experience in teaching adults English as a Second Language, and excellent program management skills
Position Duration: August 2001 ? June 2002
Hours: 35 hours per week for 45 weeks, some evening and weekend hours required
Site: International Institute of Rhode Island
Salary: $16.41 per hour for 35 hours per week, plus benefits
Responsible to: Education Director
Starting date: August 20, 2001
To apply submit resume to Nazneen Rahman by July 31, 2001
Worksite/ESL Classroom Teacher International Institute of RI
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to groups of 15 adult limited-English proficient students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 ? 5:30 p.m.
2. Assist with registration/intakes of new students.
3. Assess studentís oral and written English proficiency and skills at the beginning, middle and end of study. Pre/Post BEST test.
4. Provide student progress reports at the beginning, middle and end of study.
5. Provide planned, individualized instruction to each student in the class. Act as educational advisor to students.
6. Explore and utilize tapes, literacy resources and other program materials to insure an appropriate program of instruction for each student. Become familiar with new materials as they are added to program resources.
7. Maintain frequent contact with worksite supervisors as to studentsí proficiency level and improved job performance.
8. Participate in personal and program staff development and staff meetings on site.
9. Keep student records, including but not limited to:
a. Daily attendance
10. Be responsible for sending in times sheet on time.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Deputy director, IIRI
International Institute of RI, 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Employment opportunity: Instructor -- English as a Second Language
Goodwill Industries of RI is seeking a person to develop and instruct a vocationally focused ESL curriculum for individuals who have limited English skills. This pilot project will become a permanent program if successful. The position is 20 hours per week and is temp to hire starting at $15.00 with no benefits. Starting salary once hired is $25k plus benefits. Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is an equal opportunity employer. Resumes to Lori Norris at Goodwill Industries of RI, 100 Houghton Street, Providence, RI 02904; deadline August 15. No phone calls please.
Fundraising - An adult educator recently inquired about the availability of funds for teachers and others to travel to conferences. While we are constantly looking at creative ways of fundraising, you might also want to try searching through NIFL grants -- a collection of funding opportunities covering a range of adult education and literacy activities.
The RI Workforce Literacy Collaborative presents workforce development training events this summer and fall:
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.
LD online ? newsletter for July 2001 http://www.ldonline.org/newsltr/july01_newsltr.html
EL Civics : in anticipation of funding which will be made available
soon, LR/RI has begun assembling resources addressing EL Civics education;
I welcome suggestions and resources to add to the site, as well as practitioners'
writings, lesson ideas and other material relevant to English Language/Civics
education for adults.
Three new Myths & Realities from the ERIC Clearinghouse on
Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
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
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/
From Taylor L. Willingham: Help me make the voices of Adult Literacy Students Heard!
The literacy community has been invited to participate in developing a discussion guide on health. This guide is being developed by a network of people who participate in National Issues Forums (NIF), which bring together citizens to discuss important public matters. The NIF network wants to hear your thoughts on health so that we can write a discussion guide that reflects how you and your friends and family are experiencing health-related issues. We will produce a discussion guide that will be written at an easy-to-read level that teachers and tutors can use in lessons and that adult learners and students can use in their study and personal growth. Please copy these questions, share with learners and return your response to the email address below. If access to email is a problem, a regular mail address is also included:
1. What do you value (or what really matters to you) about your own
health and health care?
Please send your responses to me at email@example.com .Thank
you! Taylor L. Willingham Austin-Pacific Consulting Co. PO Box 1255 Salado,
TX 76571 254.947.3793
RIDE is in the process of developing a request for proposals for grants which will augent existing ESOL classes to expand and/or enahnce English Literacy/Civics instruction and content. These grants will be starting in late October of this year.
As part of this process, RIDE is planning a full day event, tentatively set for September 17, featuring workshops and brief presentations on related topics -- preparation for the citizenship examination, use of Crossroads Cafe and /or Common Ground videos, integration of internet based materials in adult ESOL and other relevant topics. Presentations should be an hour to an hour and a half long and will run from 9 to 12 (concurrently).
Following lunch and another round of workshops/ presentations, Robert Mason, director of adult education, will hold a bidders' meeting for those interested in submitting proposals for ELCivics grants. Whether or not your agency is planning to bid on such a grant, we hope that you will consider joining us for this day long event. If you have worked with any of the topics listed above, or other topics related to EL Civics and would like to propose a workshop to present that day, please provide a one-page description of what you would like to do, including the goal of the workshop, what you plan to present, what activities participants will undertake, and what resources, if any, you might provide for particpants. We are hoping that this first round of EL Civics workshops will help us celebrate our skills and knowledge and will also help guide future professional development events focused on EL Civics; please send proposals to LR/RI or Bob Mason. (firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com); or call for snail mail addresses.
conferences - conferences are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
FULFILLING THE DREAM: INSTITUTIONALIZING/INTERNATIONALIZING NONVIOLENCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Alger at email@example.com. - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LITERACY To subscribe to LITERACY, send an email message to: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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