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.
August 29, 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.
The Welfare Reform Implementation Task Force Presents a TANF REAUTHORIZATION FORUM September 17 , 9:00 am to noon, Sheraton Airport Hotel, Post Road, Warwick, RI
What Is Happening In Washington and the Implications For RI
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday September 24th at 3:00 pm at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, 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 soon as possible.
ADULT EDUCATORS: IT'S STILL A SECRET to the general public, but plans for the all state book read, now called "Reading Across RI" are in full swing.
Current plans are in motion for a half-day conference in late January
to help teachers across the curriculum, from middle school through adult
ed, access the book and bring it to our various classroom settings.
Our aim is to bring Wish You Well to as many learners as possible.
The conference is meant to give educators some ideas on how to do so.
Here's what you and your agency can do: 1. Get involved! The
next Education meeting is set for September 19th at 3:30 (probably
at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane). Come and help us plan.
2. Get your agency involved! Adult educators needed to present
5 sessions at this conference: family literacy, ESOL (low and high
levels) and GED (low and high levels). We need presenters!
Plan a one-hour talk on one of the above topics with a colleague.
Build your resume and be a part of the project at the same time.
DOE credits might be available-that is in the works, too. 3.
Be the contact person at your agency-talk up the project so that as many
teachers as possible know about this first all state book read and the
surrounding public events (think WaterFire, Cardi's, and PawSox).
For more details, call Denise DiMarzio at 455-8041.
A literacy summit was held at the state house on July 24th, followed by some media attention, -- posted online at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/advocate.html As well, a response to a report generated by the Nellie Mae foundation is also on line, linked to the advocacy page above. If you would like to add your response to the summit, the state of adult ed in RI or other related advocacy and educational issues, please do so.
Additionally, our colleague and ally, David Rosen, in Massachusetts - a leader in advocacy for adult literacy - has sent this message: "Although some may feel that the RI adult literacy as a right legislation, the recent Jobs for the Future/ Nellie Mae Report on adult literacy in New England, and the R.I. Statehouse events have been useless, I believe that these have laid the groundwork for some positive change. The legislation gives "legitimacy" to the issue of meeting adults needs for basic skills. It should be a constant reference when discussing adult literacy with legislators and the press -- it's on the books but the needs are not being addressed. The JFF/Nellie Mae report (despite its problems) calls for more money to meet the needs. I suggest that RI adult literacy advocates ignore the chaff, and showcase the wheat. The recent publicity means that more people and more legislators have heard about the problem. So....September is the time to launch a postcard campaign to hit legislators with messages from their constituents about the need for more re-sources for adult literacy/ ESOL services. This could include postcards from those on waiting lists OR from recent graduates thanking legislators for the help provided to them with public dollars, but also pointing out how many more of their constituents who need adult literacy services are on waiting lists."
What do you think? Make your voice heard. Respond to LR/RI via email or to Box 1974, Brown University, Prov, RI 02912.
Advocate: As programs are in the process of starting up again,
this is a good time to consider a post card campaign. If and as new
students are placed on waiting lists, you might consider having them fill
out a postcard -- address it to the senator and representative for the
district in which your agency resides -- explaining the fact that due to
a lack of resources, [student x] is forced to wait for an opportunity to
access language, literacy, basic education classes. To locate your local
rep/senator, go to http://www.sec.state.ri.us/RIELEC/FINDOFF.HTM
To make the project cost-efficient, consider keeping the postcards for
a week or two and then hand delivering them to the senator or rep in question.
Better still, invite him/her to your site for a chat and a visit.
Programs are invited, too, to share their waiting list numbers, any responses
they may receive from reps/senators, learners and community members
via this bulletin.
Speak out: The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education, will hold a series of public meetings to request comments on the reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. NEW ENGLAND: October 15, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m, Sheraton Nashua Hotel, 11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire 03062, Phone: (603) 888-99709 - Fax: (603) 891-4179. Hotel Information: A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Nashua Hotel located at 11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire 03062. For reservations, please call (603) 888-9970 and reference "OVAE Public Meeting." The room rate is $96.12 (tax inclusive) per night on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. Please register to speak as soon as possible. If you plan to attend, please contact LR/RI, in order to share information about attendance, testimony with other New England Colleagues. More information: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/aemeeting.html
Vote: find out where http://126.96.36.199/elections/polls.htm
West Warwick Public Library Free Literacy Class Schedule Fall
English as a second language classes: September 9-December 18
Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 pm
All English levels, children 3 years and older welcome.
September 9-December 18,2002 Monday & Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm
Beginner and Intermediate level, children 3 years and older welcome.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS September 10 - December 17 Evening .
6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday only
Intermediate and Advanced levels No children under 8 years old please.
Please call to verify that the schedule has not changed before registering. For more information please call Literacy Coordinator Kevin McKay at 828-3750 ext. 15.
The fall session of Work-based ESL begins Wednesday, September 11. will begin. The program is 30 hours a week for 15 weeks. A skills training internship, job placement and job retention services are provided at the conclusion of the coursework. Space is limited to 15 students. An evaluation must occur prior to beginning the course so referrals should be made as soon as possible. Due to the funding stream participants should either be FIP beneficiaries or be persons with a disability in addition to a linguistic barrier. For more information feel free to contact Lori Norris at 861-2080 ext. 120 or Natalia Taborda at ext. 127.
The Genesis Center will be offering an Office Assistant Training Class this fall. The program is 12 weeks long, meets Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, and is open to intermediate level English speakers. Program includes Computer skills, office practices, and job placement. Call Mary Scott at 781-6110 for information. Students may register at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Ave. in Providence on Wed., Aug 21 and Thurs., Aug.22 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
TRANSITION to COLLEGE administered by Project RIRAL
"This is a wonderful program that has changed my life. A goal that I thought was impossible has now become a reality! It should be available to more people and I hope it keeps growing." TTC graduate
Did you know. . . College graduates can earn nearly double the wages of high school graduates, and this income gap will only increase in the coming years. In order for many adult literacy programs graduates to reap these benefits and succeed in post-secondary education, they need additional academic preparation and counseling. The New England ABE-to-College Transition Project responds to this need by providing free college transition services that include instruction in college level reading and writing, algebra, college survival and study skills, time and stress management, and educational and career counseling. Students who have transitioned to college also receive mentoring. Transition to College has been funded by a grant from the Nellie Mae Foundation. Project RIRAL runs their Transition to College program in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at 175 Main Street. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this program should contact Marie Crecca-Romero @ 722-3100 ext. 112.. Recruitment is ongoing. . Call today to sign up for Transition to College.
read about the program in the Pawtucket
The School of Education at Lewis & Clark College is offering a three-week online course (2 hours graduate credit or 30 Professional Development Units) designed to help educators become more proficient in utilizing the Internet. Michael Krauss, J.D., M.A.T, of the Institute for the Study of American Language and Culture has taught the course for the past three years and will be offering it from October 14 - November 1. Course materials, comments from prior participants, and online registration are available at http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/usia/home.html
If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Michael Krauss at (503) 768-7315 - firstname.lastname@example.org or for credit information contact the Special Projects office at (503) 768-6040 - email@example.com -- Sheri Hays, Administrative Coordinator, Special Projects at the Graduate School of Education, Lewis & Clark College.
Inquiry projects - completed reports from this round of projects are posted/being posted on LR/RI's inquiry site http://www.brown.edu/lrri/inq2001.2.html - as well, new projects will be funded for the coming academic year.
Call for new projects: deadline for submissions is September 13. An overnight retreat, a required component of the inquiry process, will be held on October 15 and 16.
2002 minigrant projects now underway: read about the projects being undertaken at:
The three minigrant recipients will present their work in the fall.
A Cambodian Family Journey
A Cambodian Family Journey : The Providence Public Library and the Cambodian Society of RI present an opportunity for Providence Cambodian families that: invites elders and families to share their culture and stories with children and the community; enhances communication between parents and teenagers, has adults and teens practicing English and Khmer languages, and teaches teenagers useful computer skills and introduction to web design. Information is available at http://www.provlib.org/community/events/camlit.htm The first session begins September 16, at Knight Memorial Branch, and continues every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 until November 13.
[for more Cambodian art, see Cambodian Contemporary Visual Arts, a website of works of contemporary Cambodian artists. Collaborative interactions between Cambodian and non-Cambodian artists are also included. http://www.providence.edu/art/cambodian/ ]
For information about attending, A Cambodian Family Journey or
general information, please call Kristen McKenna, Project Coordinator at
PPL, 455-8066, or The Cambodian Society at 785-3611.
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.
Your input is still needed:
Joyce Fowlkes Campbell, ESL Coordinator for the US Department of Education, is interested in learning about and sharing with others our work in ESOL practice. If you, or others you know, are working on particularly promising approaches with your adult ESOL learners, please let us know. A brief description of the context in which you work, the work you're doing and its implications for others -- how can we adapt it? what can we learn from your work? -- will be greatly appreciate. The US DOE disseminates this information on thier website; LR/RI will include your notice in upcoming bulletins and on its website as well. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Joyce directly at email@example.com
funding opportunities - large and less large
Funding opportunity NATIONAL BOOK SCHOLARSHIP FUND Literacy programs have an opportunity to obtain books and materials to improve the services they provide. Grant applications are now being accepted for the National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), sponsored by Laubach Literacy International. NBSF grants distribute New Readers Press books and educational materials to qualified adult literacy providers in the U.S. The National Book Scholarship Fund gives special emphasis to grant applications from familyliteracy programs, followed by ESL and adult basic educational initiatives. For information : http://www.nbsf.org/. The grant application will be available online in September; deadline for grant applications is December 5, 2002. For additional information, contact Mara Roberts, project administrator, by phone at 315-422-9121, ext. 345; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing the National Book Scholarship Fund, Laubach Literacy, 1320 Jamesville, Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.
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/
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.
GED tutor needed to work with young man at his home in Providence. Will pay reasonable rate. Please call Julio Gomes directly at 272-3488 or 286-5623.
ESL teacher for adults in a family literacy program. Up to 19 hrs/week, Newport, RI Public Schools days only. Teacher education program / bachelors degree required, teacher certification preferred. Committment to working with low income and diverse populations necessary, knowledge of Spanish a plus. $24/hour, no benefits. Send resume by Wednesday, August 28 to: Coordinator An Even Start in Newport Sullivan School Family Center Dexter Street Newport, RI 02840
We are looking for an ESL teacher to work with a visually impaired consumer from the Sudan, who will be in our rehabilitation program.
Eight hours/week for two weeks beg on Sept.9. Additional hours may be needed in the future. Instruction must be provided at 3 pm or later at our facility in Newton. Please contact below for more information:
Dina Rosenbaum, Carroll Center for the Blind. 770 Centre Street. Newton,
Pawtucket School Department's COZ is looking for a qualified candidate to teach a daytime Pre-GED/GED class for the Even Start Family Literacy Program. This candidate shall possess knowledge of adult education and its current changes as well as experience working with adults. Class hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm for a total of twenty hours per week. The pay of $20.00 per hour. Please send resumes to : Cunningham/Slater COZ, 40 Baldwin St., Pawtucket, RI 02860 Attn: Heather Harrison, or call 725-4307 to inquire about position. Deadline September 1, 2002
National Institute for Literacy: links to employment in adult literacy, at: http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/whats_new/job_announce.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
online / resources
The EFF/TV411 Crosswalk (2002) presents the cooperative efforts of Equipped for the Future (EFF) and Adult Literacy Media Alliance staff to correlate the TV411 video and print materials with the EFF Content Standards and Role Maps. It is designed to help instructors use EFF and TV411 together. Under each standard is a list of the video segments that support multiple components of that standard. For each video segment listed there is a summary of its content and the relevant roles. The publication also contains the EFF Content Standards, the Role Maps, an introduction to the crosswalk and the TV411 curriculum and the EFF Content Framework. Available online at: http://www.tv411.org/teacher_resources/pdf/EFF_TV411.pdf ; and
A Busy Teacher's Guide to Equipped for the Future Lesson Planning (2000)by Mary Kay Alegre, Arlington Education and Employment Program, is online at http://www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications/teacher_guide/
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and The Access Project have released a revised publication, entitled Immigrant Access to Health Benefits: A Resource Manual. This manual, originally published in 2000, was written for use as a resource in conjunction with an intensive training program developed by The Access Project and the National Health Law Program. It is available from either organization at a price of $25. To order call 310-204-6010 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The manual is essentially a primer on health access for immigrants. It details and explains basic eligibility requirements for key federal and state programs and identifies issues that can be significant barriers to access to health care for immigrants and their families. Increasing immigrants' access to health care in the wake of welfare reform will not be easy. But communities can begin by becoming knowledgeable, not only about the law's restrictions, but also about the opportunities that may be present for advocacy at the state and local level to fill gaps created by the law.
Also available from NHeLP: An Advocate's Guide to the Medicaid Program, 2001 Edition (see http://www.healthlaw.org/advguide for more information) This recently updated manual offers a detailed yet concise overview of the enormously complex Medicaid program. $135 for nonprofit advocacy organizations $235 for for-profit companies, government agencies, and universities Online and CD-ROM versions of the guide are available for only $15 extra. To order, contact NHeLP's Los Angeles office: 2639 S. La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034
ph: 310-204-6010 fx: 310-204-0891 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Brendan McTaggart Communications Director National Health Law Program.
The August 2002 issue of e*Literacy,an electronic newsletter from the National Institute for Literacy, includes reports on new developments in the Institute's projects and highlights preparations for reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/02_08_01.html
This issue includes: Information on Adult Education and Family Literacy
Act Reauthorization; OVAE Hosts Discussions at CEA, NAULC Meetings, Pilot
EFF Reading Project, Evaluation Partnership for Reading Adult Reading Web
Site, VALUE Database Project, Bridges to Practice Program Training on Learning
Disabilities, Health Literacy, Math For Learning, Math for Life, Legislative
Update, FY 2003 Appropriations, TANF Reauthorization, New Publications,
Equipped for the Future Assessment Report: EFF/NRS Data Collection Project,
August Calendar. Also learn about the new LINCS Multimedia Centerhttp://www.nifl.gov/lincs/lincs_media.html,
which features live webcasting and on-demand audio/video resources. View,
for example, New England Bridges to Practice LD team leaders in video presentations
recently given in Kittery, Maine.
The Rhode Island Foundation's new study, Rhode Island Latinos: A Scan of Issues Affecting the Latino Population of Rhode Island, brings to the forefront a wealth of information about this important segment of the state's future. The report, authored by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, offers a dozen findings, from a high rate of poverty in some Latino neighborhoods to the 2,186 Latino-owned businesses, with receipts in 1997 of $207 million and employing 1,890 persons. As importantly, the publication helps answer the question, "How do we move forward together?" http://www.rifoundation.org/popup_latino.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
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 PAPERS 2003 TESOL Journal Special Issue
Theme: Promoting L2 Literacy, Coeditors: Nancy Clair and Marjorie Terdal
Literacy is recognized today as more than just reading and writing ability and more complex than the simple dichotomy of "literate or illiterate." Rather, literacy is an extremely complex notion that is increasingly defined by the contexts in which it occurs and the factors that affect it, including economic, political, social, and cultural factors. For these reasons, ESOL researchers and practitioners must address the variety of literacies that learners seek to develop. These ESOL literacy learners are very diverse, representing not only children acquiring literacy in their L1 and L2s simultaneously but also adults who may lack or have limited literacy in their L1 and who are developing literacy in English for vocational, functional, critical, expressive, sociocultural, or general academic purposes.
The Autumn 2003 issue of TESOL Journal will focus on classroom-based
practices and current scholarly perspectives related to ESOL literacy development.
The purpose of this special issue is to bring together a variety of perspectives
and current practices related to ESOL literacy education from the range
of settings where it occurs, including ESL and EFL contexts; in schools,
workplaces, community centers, and homes; and with children and adults.
These topics listed are meant to be illustrative, not restrictive. Submissions may address related areas or more than one of the areas. Submissions are welcome in all departments: feature articles, perspectives, reviews, tips from the classroom, and heard on the Web. All submissions must conform to regular submission guidelines, with the exception that three hard copies are requested of all submissions, regardless of the department. Submissions should be sent to the address below. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2003. Send queries and material to: Marjorie Terdal, Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207 USA, Queries only to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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
National Rural Women's Health Conference Linking Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Health: Quality-of-Life Issues, Outcomes, and Strategies for Health Promotion
September 19-21, Washington, D.C.
The 2002 National Rural Women's Health Conference will explore the correlation between mental health and the quality of life for rural women. This broad perspective integrates mental well-being with physical health, social structures, age, poverty, ethnicity, culture, environment, and other factors impacting the lives of women living in America's rural communities and regions. The conference will feature keynotes by Regina Benjamin, MD and Carolyn Lofgren along with presentations of papers and posters, a panel session, and other talks and events. Details and a printable registration form, are on line at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/RuralWomensHealth/ Scholarships to cover registration fees and travel support are available to qualified conference participants. Application instructions are provided on the Web site or may be requested by calling 1-800-778-8632. This project is supported by NIH Research Grant #R13-MH66413 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute.
Rhode Island - Training/events around employment issues for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/training.html
MATSOL Fall Conference MATSOL's 30 Years: Measuring Our Success October 3-4, 2002 Lantana's Conference Center in Randolph, MA http://www.matsol.org/
World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD), October 3-5, Orlando, Florida. Educators, Adapted Physical Education Specialists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists and Speech Specialists: multidisciplinary disability conference and trade show in the industry, sponsored by the EP Foundation for Education, Inc., a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit organization, with the assistance of EP Magazine. The comprehensive program also includes an intensive schedule of adapted physical activity sessions, and an additional 50 conferences in the employment symposium, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. CEU accreditation will be offered for educators through The Council for Exceptional Children, an authorized provider recognized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CEU accreditation for OTs, PTs, recreational therapists, social workers, speech & language pathologists and nurses will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh. http://www.wcdexpo.com for conference details and to pre-register at discounted rates (enter source code EDU.
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
Fifth Annual Promising Practices A Multi-Cultural Workshop and Media Fair, November 2. "Literacy and Standards in an Increasingly Diverse Society" The program will feature curriculum resources, including books, computer software materials, videos and workshops aimed at assisting educators and other professionals as they support diversity in the classroom and theworkplace. For more Information call: Carol R. Shelton, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Rhode Island College, 456-9641, David S. Thomas, Faculty of Arts and Sciences RI College, 456-8765 We will have approval for CEU's from the RI Deptt of Education. http://www.ric.edu/news/promise/
The University of Arizona invites personnel at universities and community colleges working in student service areas (academic or student affairs), faculty development, and instructional positions to attend the first annual conference entitled: Demystifying Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders at the Postsecondary Level, November 1 and 2.
Conference highlights include: Understanding how LD/ADD impacts
young adults pursing postsecondary education , Academic and behavioral
strategies to use with students diagnosed with
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
Technology, Reading & Learning Difficulties conference, January 16-18, 2003, San Francisco; sponsored by Educational Computer Conferences, Inc., and the International Reading Association. http://www.trld.com
other events and conferences http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS, RESOURCES:
the Providers Guide to Quality and Culture - resources for cultural competence
http://erc.msh.org/mainpage.cfm?file=2.0.htm&module=provider&language=English (from nHELP's immigrant health resource page http://www.healthlaw.org/immigrant.shtml )
SABES Resource Lists Available. From Carey Reid [full message here]:
As you might know, Massachusetts now has a rigorous, stand-alone ABE teacher's license. SABES, the System for Adult Basic Education Support, is a state-wide staff development system funded by MassDOE.
Ö[S]months ago I asked if NLA subscribers were interested in helping SABES build resource lists, by standard, in support of teachers seeking the new license here in Massachusetts. Many of you helped out, thank you, and we've also worked with small groups of people locally to build these 29 lists, now with over 150 resources--books, articles, websites, and videos. The lists are now available on SABES's license support website at http://www.sabes.org/license. You can get quickly to the lists by clicking on the "new resources added" link under What's New, or at any time by using the resources link on the bottom of every webpage. When you arrive at the chart listing the 29 standards, click on any standard to go to the resource list we've compiled for it. The lists are annotated; with the annotations, teachers who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in respect to a particular standard can be more assured they're getting the resource they want or need. If the resource can be viewed or downloaded on the Net, we've provided a link.
Additionally, we want to improve these lists, so please email me
if you'd like to suggest additions or changes. BTW, the full list
of resources is also collected in a ProCite bibliography file, so if you
use that software and would like to have your own "instant" database, let
me know and I'll email you the file. As stated earlier, SABES is funded
by the Massachusetts Department of Education. To avoid confusion,
the website is not an official DOE site but rather one of SABES's means
of supporting license-seeking teachers in our state. Links to Massachusetts
DOE webpages, however, are provided on the site.
Harry Seda has designed a survey on students' use of technology; your help is sought in disseminating this survey to adult learners. Harry writes in the introduction to the survey:
"Dear Fellow students: As a student ambassador and advocate I am doing another survey to help students find services, programs, and/or software programs that might help you learn and become more knowledgeable and a more productive member of your community. The content of this survey will better reflect the diverse needs and levels of all students, including English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL for short). Many students had written to me saying they would like to learn more about technology with computers. In order to find and develop new programs and find proper workshop settings to fit that need, I need your help by completing this survey found on my web site." The Web address for the survey is:
breathe - everyday yoga at your desk. http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
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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