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 21, 2002
Please know that effective immediately, all visitors to the RIDE/URI extension building can only enter from the Washington Street side of the building and must sign in and out with security there. The Westminster Street door can be used for exiting the building only.
as a follow up to the workshop offered by Heide Spruck Wrigley , see added links to the ELCivics page over the coming days.
reminder: EL/Civics training workshop 12:30 - 3:30, 3/22. State House Senate Lounge. To RSVP (if you haven't already) fax Senator Parella's office 222-1206 or contact Rose Shuman at 831-6433m or email email@example.com
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at 2:15 pm at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence. We'll be talking about teaching listening. What's worked? What do you want to know? Please join us.
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 soon as possible.
April 5th, 1 to 3 pm Civics Beyond the 100 Questions
This workshop explores ways to develop civics lessons that address the real concerns and questions of immigrant students. The Vermont and Massachusetts citizenship teachers who participated in the project were guided in their teaching by the questions:
1) What is the student interest or concern that your lesson addresses?
Sharing/discussion session for adult educators with an interest in issues of learning disabilities will be held Friday, April 19th, at the Pawtucket Public Library (13 Summer Street ? directions: http://22.214.171.124/PawLib/map-directions.htm )The topic will be Beyond decoding: reading fluency and comprehension. We will discuss recent research and its implications for classroom activities to promote fluency in ESOL and ABE reading. Please join us.
Women, Violence and Learning: Several practitioners are holding a series of four study group meetings between now and June on the topic of women, violence and education. Interested participants will read material on this topic and meet for one and a half hours to discuss it.
The next meeting of the study group dealilng with impacts of violence on learning will be held on April 22 at 3:00 PM, Genesis Center. The group will discuss ways of presenting, teaching and dealing with domestic violence in the classroom. We will be exploring issues of power and control and their manifestations across cultures. For more information, call Nancy Fritz at 781-6110. Participants are also invited to check online resources at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/screen.html
Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL
Ruby Bridges to lecture at Quinnipiac University on March 26
Ruby Bridges, who initiated the desegregation of New Orleans' public
schools in 1960, will discuss her experience during a com-munity lecture
at 6:30 pm on March 26, in Alumni Hall at Quinnipiac. Her talk, sponsored
by the Division of Education at Quinnipiac, is free and open to the public.
A federal judge decreed that Monday, Nov. 14, 1960, would be the day black
children in New Orleans would go to school with white children. At the
age of six, Bridges, escorted by federal marshals, became the first black
child to enter William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. "The morning
of Nov. 14, federal marshals drove my mother and me the five blocks to
William Frantz," Bridges said. "In the car, one of the men explained that
when we arrived at the school two marshals would walk in front of us and
two behind, so we'd be protected on both sides." An angry mob greeted Bridges
and many white families withdrew their children in protest. "We spent that
whole day sitting in the principal's office," Bridges said. "Through the
window, I saw white parents pointing at us and yelling, then rushing their
children out of the school. In the uproar I never got to my classroom."
Bridges' experience forever changed desegregation in the South and taught
her a valuable lesson she still spreads today. "Schools can be a place
to bring people together, kids of all races and backgrounds," she said.
"That's the work I focus on now, connecting our children through their
schools. It's my way of continuing what God set in motion 40 years ago
when he led me up the steps of William Frantz Public School and into a
Year 2002 scholarship information from the Rhode Island Foundation is online at http://www.rifoundation.org/scholar.html; not all information about all scholarships is posted online, but information is available from the Rhode Island Foundation (401) 274-4564 [youíll be asked to send a self addressed stamped envelope]; as well, LR/RI has a list of current scholarships.
Run/Walk for Literacy ? Sponsored by Amica Insurance to benefit Project LEARN Adult and Family Literacy Programs, Saturday, April 27. Pregester by April 20, or between 7:30 and 8:45 on the day of the event. For information, contact (401) 769-4200, email LEARNRI@att.net.
no new opportunities post this time
online / resources
Scientifically Based Research is a fundamental idea in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act calls for the use of scientifically based research as the foundation for many education programs & for classroom instruction. Although this relates to K-12 programming, much of the recent controversy around phonics and whole language has also seeped into adult literacy practice; we, too, are being called upon to utilize research-based approaches in our work with reading.
On February 6, Assistant Secretary for Elementary & Secondary Education
Susan Neuman hosted a seminar where leaders in the fields of education
& science discussed the meaning of scientifically based research &
its status across various disciplines, including reading, math, safe &
drug-free schools, & comprehensive school reform. transcript of the
Trilingual parent resource guide: Miami-Dade County Public Schools , Washington Mutual and The Education Fund have teamed up to create an, easy-to-read parent resource guide in English, Spanish, and Creole. This publication is one in a series of activities developed by The Education Fund to bring cutting-edge solutions to parent involvement dilemmas. http://www.educationfund.org/publications.html ; the guide itself is available as a PDF file at
from Rethinking Schools, an elementary school teacher's lesson plan around workers' rights, and women's rights in particular. While the lesson was designed for young students, the process the teacher used to engage her students is one that is easily adaptable to adult ABE, ESOL and GED learners. A link to this article is also posted on LR/RI's women and literacy page or go directly to: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/Archives/16_03/Expl163.htm
e-literacy: The National Institute for Literacy's electronic newsletter is online (new and archived issues) at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/archive.html NIFL also maintains an online calendar of events at http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi The March issue of e-literacy is available at: http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/02_03_01.html
The Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium (ALNARC) is convening an online forum in March and April. The ALNARC Online Forum 2002 is the culmination of national research activities and is being coordinated by the Queensland Branch of ALNARC. The aim of the forum is to stimulate discussion in policy and research environments about the extent to which key policy areas integrate literacy and numeracy learning into their funding and strategic planning. During the forum a number of papers will be tabled, from a wide variety of authors and community settings. The forum will be held online from 15 March to 12 April 2002, during which time up to 10 discussion papers will be available for you to read, download and discuss online. If you would like to receive email notification of when the forum has started and papers are available for discussion, please register your interest by 11 March, by visiting the forum website at http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/onlineforum .
Dr Rosie Wickert is our coordinator for the online discussion forum. Rosie is an experienced practioner, advisor and researcher in the field of adult literacy and numeracy. She is Associate Professor and Assistant (Academic Development) to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Our discussion papers come from a variety of fields including: economy and employability, environment, women, health, youth, aged care services, workplace learning, correctional services, financial services and social exclusion, employment and unemployment, and regional VET.
What online, print or other materials have been useful to you in your own learning and/or in working with adult learners? share your findings with colleagues -- send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to LR/RI at PO Box 1974, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912. Check LR/RI's recently updated pages, as well, to see if theres something there you can use.
search LR/RI - the search function at http://www.brown.edu/lrri has been improved so that the LR/RI website is now searchable. Please try it. Let me know what you think.. Thanks to Bill Dennen at Brown for his assistance in getting it to work.
Free education publications are available from ED Pubs, the U.S. Department of
Education's Publications Center. To order free books, brochures, videos, and more, visit the ED Pubs Web site (http://www.ed.gov/about/ordering.jsp) or call ED Pubs toll-free at 877/433-7827.
from Thursday notes, March 14, 2002
2000 Data Drive EL/Civics
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has posted its 2000 state-by-state analysis of immigration patterns, making that data available for calculating states' English Literacy/Civics (EL/Civics) allotments for July 1. The new data affect the states' allotments by updating current immigrant populations and recent increases in immigration. These elements drive formula funding for states' EL/Civics programs. Congress set aside the funds in appropriations legislation over the last several years. See http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/aboutins/statistics/IMM00yrbk/ExcIMM00/Table17.xls
NAM: We Need Adult Literacy, English Literacy
Money Smarts For Free
How much do your learners know about finances? The Money Smart Training Program can help. It includes lesson plans, overheads and materials for students--and it's free from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Material is written at the sixth grade level. Ten units on bank services, consumer rights, saving, credit, home ownership and more can be ordered from the FDIC. See http://www.fdic.gov/news/publications/moneysmart Download order form and fax to 202/942-3098. Allow three weeks to ship.
New Q & A from NCLE on Health Literacy and Adult English Language Learners by Kate Singleton available at http://www.cal.org/ncle/digests/healthlitQA.htm . It gives suggestions for improving health literacy instruction for ESL learners and includes a annotated list of resources on the topic. Additional resources are available on NCLE's Web site in the annotated bibliography of health literacy for adult English language learners http://www.cal.org/ncle/healthbib.htm
Finally, there is a Web collection, also by Kate Singleton, on using picture stories for adult ESL health literacy. The picture stories and instructions for their use can be downloaded at http://www.cal.org/ncle/health/
April 6 - Sharing Our Pain: Poetry for Peace Building within and across Communities. The first annual Sharing Our Pain. Saturday, April 6 from 5-9:30 PM at Fellowship Hall of the Trinity United Methodist Church, 375 Broad Street, Providence. Admission is free to all.; this event is made possible in collaboration with Trinity Encore and the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island through a Rhode Island Foundation Grant At the heart of the event is the premise that poetry is therapeutic for both writer and audience. It can communicate across time, culture, place, race and gender. This event was inspired by poetry that was, and continues to be written in response to the Liberian Civil War. However, the emotions expressed in these poems transcend the specifically Liberian experience, and are felt wherever there is war. Therefore this event will be a forum for local poets of various communities who have felt war, whether in the home, on the streets, or on foreign soil, to share their experiences and their pain and in sharing and in writing, begin to heal. Readings at the event will include the winning poems from the Liberian Civil War Poetry Competition, written by Liberians here in the US and abroad. Six Liberian Poets from around the US, including Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and North Carolina will be present and will read at the event. Several local poets from various backgrounds will be invited to read, including poets from a series of youth poetry workshops staged around Providence. There will also be an art installation "poetry wall" so that many can participate. All poets will be asked to write and read on the theme of war, though interpretation is open. Several NGOs will be invited to set up informational displays on their peace building and relief work around the world. Short video documentaries could be shown. The event will also include a Book Sale and Signing. Food and beverage will be provided. For more information on the event, to submit poetry, or to get involved, please contact Saah N'Tow (401-578-6135, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), Bill Votta (email@example.com), or Sara Struever (401-621-5686, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) announces another round of education reform grants in areas of social science research. PRACC is particularly interested in issues such as high classroom turnover/mobility and its disproportionate impact on low-income, minority, and farm worker students. However, other issues will be considered as well. To apply, send PRRAC a proposal outlining the planned research and methodology, the advocacy work it is designed to support, a budget, timeline, and qualifications of the researchers. Maximum grant: $10,000. No application deadline. http://www.prrac.org/grants.htm
Call For Articles theme: the Change Agent Expressing Ourselves - Creating Change
Educators and Adult Learners: We are looking for lessons, activities, and student writings about the connection between creativity and social change. Some questions to think about: How can we develop our creativity so we can be better agents of change? What is the connection between personal growth (change, transformation) and social change? How can art, movement, writing, music, etc. help us express ourselves? What happens to us and others when we do this? What activities have you used in the classroom to help students give voice to their interior world? Articles must be received by May 6, 2002. All articles will be considered. Final decisions are made by The Change Agent Editorial Board. Please send material (by email or PC disk) to: Angela Orlando, World Education, 44 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210 phone: (617) 482-9485 fax: (617) 482-0617 email: email@example.com
from Jon Randall, Dec 10: At http://www.natcoalitionliteracy.org you can see the latest version of the Omnibus Literacy Legislation concept paper developed by the National Coalition for Literacy. To get to it, click on "Policy and Legislation" on the home page, then on "Commitment Three," and then on "Omnibus Literacy Legislation." Last week the Public Policy Committee of the National Coalition for Literacy met by conference call to consider 49 recommendations submitted from literacy advocates throughout the country. Most of them were approved in one form or another. On December 13th, the National Coalition for Literacy will review and hopefully approve the document at its quarterly meeting in Washington, D.C. From there, we'll ask a Senator or Congressperson to have the paper drawn up as a piece of federal legislation. In the coming weeks, we'll help literacy supporters become familiar with its provisions by highlighting key sections. We'll also be targeting key potential cosponsors during this period. Check out the web site for additional steps in the process and to download the latest version of the concept paper. (You'll need the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can get from www.adobe.com if you don't already have it on your system.)
Call for Papers: Women and Literacy Edited by Mev Miller
Women's Studies Quarterly is the leading journal on teaching in womenís studies. Thematic issues feature material for specialists and generalists alike, including the most recent scholarship available in jargon-free language; classroom aids such as course syllabi; discussions of strategies for teaching; and up-to-date, complete bibliographies as well as hard-to-find or never-before-published documents and literary materials. Intersections of race and class with gender are of special concern, as are international perspectives. The Quarterly seeks writing for a December, 2003 issue on Women and Literacy. Cross-cultural and international in scope, this issue seeks to include a selection of essays from practitioners in the fields of literacy and adult education as well as from women's studies. Contributions made by literacy practitioners co-authored with women learners or authored by women learners are especially encouraged. This issue encourages writings in a variety of genres, e.g., memoir, personal essays, collections of student writings. Essays may be both reflective of actual practice or theoretical issues. Contributors are asked to include a brief description of your experience in the literacy field.
For the purposes of this issue, "women and literacy" pertains to the
concerns and issues for adult women learners (18+ years of age) who have
pre-basic or limited reading/writing skills in predominately print-based
cultures. This issue seeks to heighten the awareness of womenís studies
academics and feminist educators to the issues of literacy for adult women.
It also strives to explore beyond functional definitions of literacy. Questions
to be addressed may include: What are your definitions of "literacy"?
LR/RI website: a shortcut. The URL for Literacy Resources/RI's website has not changed; you can now get to it more quickly by using this new address: http://www.brown.edu/lrri/ -- with thanks to Kath Connolly and Bill Dennen at Brown University for making it so.
conferences - conferences are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Parenting Matters: Saturday, March 23rd at Toll Gate High School in Warwick. All day event; fee of $20 includes lunch. Topics include: Kindergarten Readiness, Helping Kids Manage Stress, For Dads Only, Positive Approaches to Discipline, Homework, Bereavement: The Impact of Death on Children,, Discover the Web, Special Education: Rights and Responsabilities, Learning Disabilities:, Safety and Nutritional Concerns, Child's Play, How Children Think About God, Bullying, Conduct Disorder, Child Development http://www.lifespan.org/SvcLines/ChildHealth/Parenting_Matters/
Family involvement workshops http://eric.indiana.edu/www/workshop/wrkshpdesc.shtml
Make Reading Fun, April 4th and Show Parents How to help Their Children Learn at Home, April 5th ? Hampton Inn and Suites, Warwick. For information, call 1.-888-326-5488 [fpr registration deadlines for each workshop]. You can save money by registering early (usually 4 weeks in advance) and also get a free book: also see http://eric.indiana.edu/www/workshop/index.shtml
Western Conference on The Study of Adult Education
LEADERSHIP AND ADULT EDUCATION April 26-28, , Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, British Columbia Re-thinking the idea of leadership in and through adult education is a timely one. We are living in a very challenging and perplexing era as a result of globalisation and corporatision, 'stream-lined' economic policy, institutional downsizing, and infringements on our rights and freedoms. In working for social and environmental change, we continually face challenges, frustrations, ambiguity, and even chaos. Questions we can ask ourselves include: What is the relationship between adult education, leadership and social change?; What are the characteristics of this new era and what are the implications for adult education leaders in communities, colleges and universities?; What types of leadership and roles do we now play and will we need to play in the future?; Are there intersections between adult education theory and practice and leadership theory and practice that can help us find our way?
CONFERENCE FEES AND REGISTRATION The conference fee is $40.00
per person. This cost covers refreshments, a reception and a conference
dinner at a local Chinese Restaurant. To obtain a registration form contact
Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org (in rich text format). The registration form
must be received by March 15, 2002 (Registrations after March 15 are $50.00
per person). Please complete the form, include your cheque or money
order payable to the University of Victoria and post it to: Louise Carlow
University of Victoria Faculty of Education MacLaurin Bldg,
Box 3010, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 3N4, Canada
rescheduled: 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 presenting a three-day national conference Forging the Future, April 14 - 16, in Milwaukee, WI.
The conference offers over 50 sessions for practitioners, administrators, and employers. Presentations include research, cutting-edge models, and practical ways to better serve adults with special learning needs, in addition to exhibits on products and services for adults with special learning needs. Conference sessions will be offered targeting up-to-date information on state and national initiatives. NAASLN is offering participation opportunities for conference presenters, attendees, partners, or exhibitors. For conference and membership information contact visit http://www.naasln.org, email NAASLN@aol.com or call us at 800.496.9222. This conference, previously scheduled for September 13-15, 2001, is rescheduled for April 14-16. Previously registered attendees and presenters need only confirm registrations/ presentations; email NAASLN@aol.com or fax written confirmation to 614.850.8687.
TESOL 2002 - April 9 - 13, Salt Lake City Utah http://www.tesol.org
COABE May 6 - 11, 2002, Charleston, South Carolina- http://www.coabe2002.org/
Cancer, Culture and Literacy: Developing effective communication strategies to reduce health disparities May 16-18, Clearwater Beach, Florida. http://www.moffitt.usf.edu/Promotions/ccl
Laubach Literacy Action Biennial Conference will be held in San Diego May 30 - June 1, 2002. http://www.laubach.org/USProgram/Juneconf.html
PRE-CONFERENCE ON LITERACY AND RACISM at the Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America. 2002 JOINT National Conference May 28 - June 1
Making Your Literacy Services More Effective: Addressing the Impact of Race and Racism - Participants will gain a common understanding, language, and analysis of race, culture, and racism that will help them build effective relationships with students and increase community support for literacy. The 1-1/2-day workshop will speak to the challenge of being truly student- and community-centered, explore implications for tutor training, and provide resources and tools to assess your organization's cultural competence. The preconference includes an evening meal with cultural sharing among participants and members of the San Diego literacy community. This preconference builds on over five years of conversations, collaborations, and training among a variety of literacy professionals and organizations, including the American Library Association Office of Literacy and Outreach Services, Laubach Literacy Action, Literacy Volunteers of America, Literacy South, South Central Literacy Action, and YMCA Educational Services (New Orleans, LA). Presenters: Lou Johnson, Executive Director of YES! (New Orleans) (504) 566-7323 Doug Anderson, Program Director of YES! (New Orleans) (504) 566-7323 Margery Freeman, Consultant & LLA Steering Comm. Member (504) 482-0334 Mark Cass, LLA Program Management Coordinator (315) 422-9121
Pre-conference ESTIMATED costs: $180.00
To receive registration information, e-mail email@example.com.
Conference Contact info: Marty Kuppinger, Conference Coordinator 315-422-9121, Ext. 352
The League for Innovation is accepting proposals for the 2002 Conference on Information Technology, November 17-20, Long Beach, CA. Join your colleagues in this learning community to discover how information technology is transforming educational and social enterprises. The conference appears to be aimed primarily at community and two-year colleges, which means it could have implications for adult education generally. http://www.league.org/2002cit/index.html
21st Annual Conference May 30-31 & June 1, 2002 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto Adult Education and the contested terrain of public policy:
Different Voices, Common Quest: Adult Literacy & Outreach in Libraries
June 13 - 14, 2002 Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
The 1-1/2 day resource-intensive staff development preconference session is designed for staff seeking effective service delivery strategies that promise to expand and enrich outreach Services in libraries. Conferees will learn, contribute, evaluate and develop new strategies, celebrating the impact of library outreach in local communities in this outcome-focused training opportunity.
Library Outreach Service areas covered: Adult Literacy, People with disabilities, Mobile libraries,
Immigrant populations, Poor and homeless, People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgendered, Rural library communities, Academic institutions Senior and people who are homebound, School libraries To register go to https://cs.ala.org/annual/2002/ for preconference ALA-AL1 on the registration form. For more information contact the American Library Association's Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) at 800-545-2433 #4294 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Heritage Languages in America: Second National Conference Washington, D.C. October 18-20, 2002 The first day of the conference will be an invitational research symposium at the University of Maryland,. The final 2 days will be a public meeting in Tysons Corner, VA. http://www.cal.org/heritage Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva and Stanford Universities
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.
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/
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.
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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