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.
April 17, 2002
Please know that 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.
Minigrants - LR/RI minigrants, text attached. Due May 20, 200.
save the date - final sharing session for 2001-2002 RI Inquiry Projects will be held on June 13th at the Ray Conference Center at Butler Hospital in Providence. Details coming soon.
learning opportunity: The Citizens' Law School 2002
The Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association (RITLA) is offering a new session of its popular public service program called The Citizens' Law School. This program, in its eighth year now, is designed to familiarize the general public with our civil justice system and provide an opportunity to clear up some of the confusion and uncertainty often associated with the practice of law. The Citizens' Law School deals with topics that affect everyday life such as wills and estates, divorce, employment discrimination, real estate and understanding your auto insurance policy. RITLA is offering a series of six classes, which will be taught by local attorneys and judges. We are very pleased to announce that Rhode Island Supreme Court Judge Maureen Goldberg will begin our series on April 29th. Topics this session are as follows:
1. Our Legal System in the New Millennium
2. Wills, Trusts & Probate
3. Real Estate Law
4. Law of Evidence
5. Torts and Insurance Law
6. Family Law
There is a $25 fee for the series of six classes and course materials will be provided for each participant. The program is available to all Rhode Islanders regardless of age. Applications for the program can be obtained by calling Nancy Striuli at the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association at (401) 273-8820.
7:00 - 8:30 pm April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10 Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
As a follow up to the workshop offered by Heide Spruck Wrigley , material has been added to the ELCivics page. Heide Wrigley has contributed four files to LR/RI's ELCivics page in addition to resources already posted there. The new files: (1) a curriculum unit on people and places, (a Word file), (2) a Powerpoint file :,"A Guide to Field Trips"; (3) a Feedback Sheet sheet(another Word document), and (4) strategies for implementation (Powerpoint). Heide would like you to know that you can provide feedback in a number or ways:
1. by filling in the feedback sheet electronically and attaching the document to an email to Heide
2. by making comments on the curriiculum file directly and attach it to an email
3. By being part of a teacher share or providing feedback to the group
4. by writing an emails that explains what you did and how it worked for you -
Heide will be working on additional activities in the spring, related to student generated projects, learner inquiries into civics topics and activities related to "community mapping;" please be sure to share any great ideas you have along those lines.
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday, April 30 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? Been to an interesting conference? Have ideas to share? 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.
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
funding opportunities - large and less large
This is the Rhode Island Foundation's busiest time of the year for scholarships. The Foundation manages more than 80 scholarship funds, a way Rhode Islanders love to honor their communities, high schools, colleges, and professions. We've made it easier to learn about Foundation-managed scholarships through a searchable directory, complete with applications that can be downloaded. Check it out at http://www.rifoundation.org/scholar.html
Women in Literacy-USA, a program funded by Laubach Literacy Action,
announces its 2002 call for proposals. For information, ) to get
a grant packet, email Michele Diecuch (firstname.lastname@example.org); send contact
name, organization name, address, and contact info.Information is also
available at http://www.womeninliteracy.org/awards.html
or Deadline for applications is April 30.
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
Funding Solutions for Small Nonprofit Organizations
A collection of resources to help small nonprofit organizations fundraise including ways to motivate your board, sample fundraising letters, phonathon advice, and tips to improve your direct mail solicitation. http://www.nonprofit-innovations.com/
ESL web-based resources: 2002 Mini-Grant Awards Now Available!
You can apply to receive one of five national Mini-Grants in the area of ESL education. The ESL Special Collection mini-grants are designed to help adult literacy teachers develop ESL curriculum for inclusion on the Special Collection web site http://www.literacynet.org/esl. We are looking for applicants in each of three categories:
Web-based, student-centered curricula. These curricula utilize the interactive and multi-media features of the web to deliver instruction; Print-based, student-centered curricula that can be posted via .pdf format on the ESL Special Collection. These might include collected lesson plans, class activities around a single topic or teaching idea, etc., and learner-created or learner-organized pages linking adult ESOL learners to relevant online materials, including student writings, "virtual visits" that enable students to experience a distant location via the web, student-created resource pages, etc. deadline for submissions: June 21.
The mini-grants are payable to the recipient's education program, and are to be used to directly advance the project being developed by the recipient. Mini-grant recipients will receive ongoing developmental and technical support from the ESL Special Collection Development Partners.
April 22-27 - Providence Public Library's Computer whiz kids program begins week of April 22. Students who have completed the six -week intermediate series may enroll in this program, which covers designing a web page. Students incorporate digital photos, backgrounds and effects. At some branches, a digital filmmaking class may be substituted. call for times Monday, April 22 Olneyville & Smith hill
Tuesday, April 23 Central & South providence Wednesday, April 24 Wanskkuck & Washington Park Thursday, April 25 Knight memorial & Fox point Saturdays, April 27 Rochambeau & Mount pleasant
April 29 - The Providence Public Library Computer classes. Computer Questions! Monday, April 29, 6:oo-7: 30pm. Central Library Barnard room, 225 Washington Street. Ask us your computer questions! Join us in a discussion about the Internet, Technology and computers. A great opportunity to learn more about electronic information. Bring Your questions! Call Central Library at 455-8000 for more
[Knight Memorial, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, 455-8102, South Providence, 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence, 455-8107, and Washington Park, 1316 Broad Street, Providence, 455-8109]
Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL
The Rhode Island SIG is a group of professionals in ESOL and Bilingual Education organizing under the auspices of MATSOL, in order to meet the professional needs in the field in Rhode Island. Our purpose is to recruit ESOL and Bilingual Education professionals in Adult ESOL, Higher Ed, Workplace Ed, Elementary, Secondary, and Low-Incidence programs serving English Language Learners in Rhode Island, to determine advocacy and professional development needs. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL, you can contact Jenifer Giroux by e-mail email@example.com or at 456-8794.
You are invited to attend MATSOL's 30th Birthday Celebration on May 3 at the Dreams of Freedom Museum, One Milk Street in Boston 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Admission $30 Short Celebratory Program - Free Tours of the Museum, reception, jazz band, Silent Auction. Contact MATSOL Office for Tickets. Phone (617) 242 1756 Fax (617) 886 6056 Directions: http://www.dreamsoffreedom.org/visitdir.html
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.
Tutor needed, one hour weekly on Saturdays, for a 5-year-old girl needing assistance with language arts, reading and math concepts. This is not a volunteer position; please call 732-6951 for more information.
LITERACY COORDINATOR - Literacy Volunteers of America-East Bay
Project Hold is looking for a GED instructor for a pregnant and parenting teens class. This is a 20-hour position, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If interested resumes can be faxed to (401)467-7990 or mailed to the West End Community Center, 109 Bucklin Street, Providence, RI 02907 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island by helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize 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: http://www.ricommunityjobs.org
Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by the Swearer Center for Public
Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.
If you have questions about this service, please contact us at email@example.com
online / resources
The March-April 2002 issue of Poverty Research News (from the Joint Center on Poverty Research) is available online at http://www.jcpr.org/newsletters/vol6_no2/index.html
This issue reviews recent research on maternal employment and child well-being. The articles consider the long-term effects of Head Start, the effects of a mother's early employment on her children's school-readiness and cognitive development, and whether a mother's own education influences her children's school-readiness.
The Providence Plan Providence Neighborhood Mapper- The "Mapper" is an Internet Map Server (IMS) application that allows the user to actively explore a variety of map layers as well as the data behind them. Layers include: Census block data, Parcel boundaries, Parks & Rec.Centers, Land use, Community Orgs.,Political Boundaries, Aerial photos, Public Facilities. Mapper Interface allows users to turn map layers on and off, query data that lies behind the layers, and print out customized maps. Tools the buffer tool, for example, allows users to select and buffer features- and display attributes. Users can learn about the context of a particular site using fine-level Census 2000 block data. Documentation, Metadata, tips, and a tutorial are provided. http://www.provplan.org/html/info/mapper.html
The 2002 RI KIDS COUNT Factbook Available Online http://www.rikidscount.org -The annual Factbook contains information on indicators of child well being for all 39 cities and towns in the state, and is an important tool for planning and action by community leaders, policy makers, advocates, and others working toward changes to improve the quality of life for all children
TESOL professionals interested in working with technology: May 13 - June 10
TESOL is piloting an on-line academy starting in May 2002. This pilot will include 3 online workshops, one of which will use a "blended learning" approach to adult learning if participants choose to attend a companion workshop as part of the Southwest Academy in Denver (July 12-14). Introduction to Teaching On-line for ESOL Professionals (Emily Lites, Leader) Enhancing your Adult Education Classroom with the Internet (Susan Gaer, Leader) Teaching Writing On-line (Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Leader) To learn more visit: http://www.tesol.org/edprg/olw/academies.html or contact Srisucha McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org
from Thursday notes, April 11, 2002
DOL Posts Reauthorization Issues for Discussion
How to improve links between WIA Title I, welfare reform and other programs--including adult education--is a key reauthorization priority for the Department of Labor. DOL sees reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act this year and WIA next year as an opportunity to achieve a more effective fit among the programs. Other reauthorization issues posted include engaging business more effectively in Title I programs and boards, increasing state flexibility, and improving one-stops and training programs for youth and adults. See the discussion guide http://www.usworkforce.org/reauthorization/guide.asp
Become a Certified Workplace Expert
If you're an adult educator moving into the field of workplace learning--or have been there a while--James Madison University can build your credentials online. The university's Workforce Development Campus is an Internet-based training "campus" providing certification for this type of activity. Virtual course selections include: Marketing Workforce Education Programs; Planning and Designing Workforce Programs; Organizational Assessment in Workforce Education; Curriculum Development; Instruction; and Program Evaluation for workplace education. See http://wdc.jmu.edu/
Salt Lake ComputersFree from Gateway
Wondering what happens to the equipment that supported the Winter Olympics? Gateway is donating up to 4,500 computers from the Salt Lake games to nonprofit agencies. Priority goes to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally underserved communities. Complete an application online between April 2 and July 31, 2002. For the application and details http://www.gateway.com/olympics/donations.shtml
breathe - everyday yoga at your desk. http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
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
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.
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
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 and workshops - conferences and workshops are listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Adult Numeracy Network Math Institute and 8th annual meeting: Las Vegas, Nevada, April 21-24 http://www.std.com/anpn
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
47th International Reading Association Convention -San Francisco on April 28-May 2, 2002.
As part of the Convention, IRA offers a series of Institutes on Sunday, April 28. You must pre-register for these Institutes. To download registration information or to register online, go to http://www.reading.org. Of particular interest to adult educators - and those in family literacy - is Institute #13: Teaching Reading to Adults: Effective Research-Based Strategies. In this day-long session, you will hear research findings from several ongoing studies and applications of findings from those studies. Included on the speaker list are John Comings and John Strucker (Harvard, NCSALL), Nickie Askov (Penn State, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy), Sandra Baxter and John Kruidenier (National Institute for Literacy), Judy Alamprese (Abt Associates), Heide Spruck Wrigley (Aguirre), and Miriam Burt (National Center for ESL Literacy Education). If you have questions about the institute, contact BLV1@psu.edu.
TESOL 2003 - call for proposalss - due MAY 1/02 http://www.tesol.org
COABE May 6 - 11, 2002, Charleston, South Carolina- http://www.coabe2002.org/
Learning Disabilities Conference - May 16th, CCRI. download text here.
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
10th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities
- May 23, Hartford Marriott Hotel, Famington, CT http://www.crec.org/atdn/workshops/ldconf.shtml
22nd Annual National Conference National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans
Strengthening America Through Diverse Southeast Asian American Traditions, Quality Education and Community Empowerment. May 23-25, 2002 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota information: Dr. Samlong Inthaly: 651-592-4544, Mr. Dinh Vanlo: 515-242-7784 or Email: NAFEA2002@aol.com
To make hotel reservations, call 1-800-637-7453 and identify yourself as NAFEA by May 2nd, 2002 to guarantee the special group rate at $105/night.
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
Different Voices, Common Quest: Adult Literacy & Outreach in Libraries June 13 - 14, Atlanta, Georgia
The 1-1/2 day resource-intensive staff development pre-conference 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. To register go to https://cs.ala.org/annual/2002/ for preconference "ALA-AL1" on the registration form. Information: contact the American Library Association's Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) at 800-545-2433 #4294 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ..
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: email@example.com .
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 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.
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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