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.
October 1, 2002
Calls for participation, employment,
and conference and workshop opportunities, online
and other resources. Resources for remembering the day are scattered
throughout the LR/RI site.
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.
Free cancer screening for women through The RI Department of Health Women's Cancer Screening Program: If you are 40 or more years of age. have no health insurance, or your insurance does not cover breast and cervical cancer screenings every year, you may qualify for free services. To qualify you must: Be a women 40 years or more, Live in Rhode Island, and Not have Health Insurance or be Under-insured If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible for the following free screenings:: Women's health exam, including clinical breast exam. pap smear, Pelvic Exam, Mammogram (breast x-ray) and Follow-up Services This is an on-going program. If interested, please contact Barbara Jackson, Women & Infants Hospital, Health Education Department, 101 Dudley St., Providence, R.I. 02905 276-7893 (TTY) call 1-800-745-5555
Marylen Serna Salinas,Colombian activist - Friday, October 4 6:00 PM Central Falls High School
Sponsored by Progreso Latino, in cooperation with Witness for Peace. Free-will donations
Due to her leadership in the Campesino and People's Movement of Cajibio
which has been at the forefront of denouncing the serious and escalating
human rights violations of the past few years and the effects of armed
conflicts in the communities, Marylen and her family have been subjected
to death threats and forced to leave their home in Cauca. They now reside
in Bogota where she continues her work with the movement at great personal
risk. The purpose of Marylen's visit is to help inform us, so that we may
better inform others about how the campesino communities are persecuted
more each day by the different sides of the conflict in Colombia and also
to share her experiences of hope, resistance and struggle in the midst
of pain and suffering.
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday Tuesday October 8th at 3:00 pm at the Genesis Center
What if...? Participants at the August and September ESOL shares discussed the possibility of collaboratively developing ESOL training for new teachers, volunteers, and others interested in refreshing skills. To learn more, participate, please join us. Additionally, David Henry will be sharing his findings to date from his minigrant looking at pronunciation.
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.
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." David Rosen,recently posted information about postcard campaigns on the National Literacy Advocacy list. Read his message at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl-nla/2002/1409.html (and follow the thread to learn about others states' activities)
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
(US Census Bureau, 9/24/02) The number of people living in poverty rose by 1.3 million from 2000 to 2001, reaching 32.9 million people. The poverty rate rose from 11.3 % in 2000 to 11.7 % in 2001, after falling for 4 straight years. Children under 18 continued to have the highest poverty rate (16.3 %).Moreover,the average amount by which families' incomes fell below the poverty line grew to the highest levels since data on this were first collected in 1979. Real household median income declined significantly, by 2.2% to $42,228,over the same period. http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/p60-219.pdf
Vote: find out where http://220.127.116.11/elections/polls.htm
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 - email@example.com or for credit information contact the Special Projects office at (503) 768-6040 - firstname.lastname@example.org -- 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.
2002 minigrant projects now underway: read about the projects being undertaken at:
The three minigrant recipients will present their work in the fall.
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 email@example.com or contact Joyce directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
funding opportunities - large and less large
Funding opportunity - the Juanita Sanchez Community Fund provides support for RI's Hispanic community by offering grant assistance to a broad range of nonprofit organizations working for the betterment of Latino people in the state. For more information, contact LR/RI or the Rhode Island Foundation.
Grants Available to Providence Residents
The Providence Local Learning Partnership (LLP) is offering grants of up to $500 to residents to create workshops or trainings. The workshops or trainings must address something that you and/or your neighbors need to LEARN in order to make change in your community. For example, if you and/or your neighbors have an idea of how your community can improve through better communication, then we can offer you resources and up to $500 to learn how to address that idea. The possibilities are endless, and are up to you! The Providence LLP is a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections movement, made up of about 30 people who live or work in the communities of the West End and/or Southside. LLP's purpose is to make sure we create a community that has access to information, and is able to use it to make positive change in communities - have access to economic opportunities (jobs, home ownership, higher education), social networks (opportunities for neighbors to support one another), and quality services (health care, education, child care, etc.). Some of the ways we do the above is through workshops, and now we'd like to offer you a chance to create you own workshops around things that you feel would make your community stronger. For more information or to request that LLP come speak to a group of people in your community, or if you would like an application in Spanish or Khmer, please call Shelly Weeden at 455-8880.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 456-8794.
Teacher/tutor needed to work with adult education student in his home. Will pay reasonable rates. Please call Julio Gomes at 272-3488.
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 email@example.com
online / resources
From David Rosen - firstfind.info is a new online library providing easy-to-find and
easy-to-use information (in English) for low-to-intermediate level adult readers. This Website can
be used by anyone looking for a wide range of information relevant to the well being of individuals and families.
All Websites are clearly and briefly annotated. firstfind also offers help screens for novice Web users (developed by ESL teacher and Webpage designer, Maura Donnelly) and for assistance in navigating the site, an online dictionary, and a response form. http://www.firstfind.info
4 new Trends and Issues Alerts from ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
Metacognitive Skills for Adult Learning by Susan Imel describes trends related to metacognitive skills for adult learners and provides a list of resources for further information.
Career Clusters by Mike Wonacott reviews current trends and issues in using career clusters as a means of broadening the focus of secondary education, particularly career and technical education, as preparation for both further education and work.
E-Learning by Susan Imel looks at the rapid growth of e-learning and at the questions regarding who benefits and who is left out of it.
International Career Development Trends by Sandra Kerka looks at common
concerns regarding the ethical, equity, and quality issues of career development
on the Internet; the need for current, accessible labor market information;
and stronger links between education and employment and between the career
development field and policymakers.
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 September 2002 issue of e*Literacy reports on new developments in adult reading research and International Literacy Day: Contents include: Discussions on Reauthorizing Adult Education Law Continue , Reading, Learning Disabilities Focus of Upcoming Sessions "English for All" Program, Research Funds on Adult and Family Literacy Scheduled for October Award , EFF Reading Project Focuses on "Read With Understanding" Standard , International Literacy Day Focuses on Literacy for Diversity ,Partnership for Reading to Launch On-Line Reading Discussion Group ,Legislative Update and September Calendar. Online at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/eliteracy/02_09_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.
The latest issue of The Change Agent (a publication about adult education for social justice) on Creativity and Change, is hot off the press and soon to be available at http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent (download copies or order a subscription).
The theme of the next issue will be Language and Power.
Please consider writing for it or connecting us to interesting articles, activities or potential authors. We welcome international perspectives on this topic as well. The call for articles follows: Educators and Adult Learners: We are looking for lessons, activities, and student writings about the ways in which we speak, read, and write(what languages we speak, how we use and understand words, how others speak to us, etc.) can include certain people but leave others out. Some questions to think about: What ways of speaking do people use in different situations and why? What experiences have you had using different languages (for example from other cultures, or from other disciplines like math, art, etc.)? In what ways are people judged by the way they speak? What do you think about this? Should there be a law making English the official language of the US? Why or why not? * What are some ways that the power of language can be used to resolve differences, build peace, and develop community?
All articles must be received by November 15, 2002. All articles will
be considered. Final decisions are made by The Change Agent Editorial Board.
Please send material (preferably by email) to: Angela Orlando , World
Education 44 Farnsworth St Boston, MA 02210 tel: 617-482-9485
fax: 617-482-0617 firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR PAPERS - Due January 6, 2003
FAMILY LITERACY FORUM NATIONAL EVEN START ASSOCIATION
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
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 registration deadline extended to on site registration 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.
October 18 and November 26 - Crossing Boundaries Training for Adult Literacy Educators
in working with adults with visual impairments
The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Literacy Resources/RI have received a grant to provide adult literacy educators training on working with adult students with visual impairments. Two one-day seminars will be offered. Adult literacy and ESOL educators may apply for a scholarship to attend these seminars and receive a stipend to pay for travel.
In these workshops you will learn about the range of impairments that affect vision and ways in which to assist adults with a loss of vision e.g. lighting, size of print, assistive technologies, and learning strategies. Strengthen your capacity to assist adults with visual impairments in gaining access to needed educational services. This training will utilize the expertise of rehabilitation teachers, low vision specialists, and adaptive technology teachers, who all work with adults with visual impairments.
Stipends ($80) are limited to 20 adult education instructors from Massachusetts and Rhode Island (three persons from each region in Mass. and five persons from Rhode Island). Instructors need to have been teaching adult education for at least one year and be recommended by a supervisor. Attendees will be required to share their knowledge with colleagues and learners within their programs.
Description of Workshops: All training takes place at the Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St, Newton, MA (http://www.carroll.org for directions) from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch and materials provided.
Workshop 1: Friday, October 18, 2002
Workshop 2: November 26, 2002
Application: please copy and paste this into a word document :
Name: __________________________ Phone: _____________________ work or home?
Title: ____________________________ Employer: ___________________________
Email: _______________________ Vegetarians check here: ___
Number of years teaching adult literacy/ESOL ____
Signature of Supervisor: __________________________ Phone: _____________________
Complete one registration for each person. Mail to:
Using Labor Market Information: A Workshop Series on Employment Issues & Practices for Literacy Program Professionals
Sponsored by Dorcas Place, the Labor Market Information Training Project and RIWLC
All workshops will be held at the RI Department of Labor & Training, Center General Complex, 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI
*Courses are labeled as follows to help you select the best option: Introductory - No prior familiarity; Level 1 - Basic familiarity with labor market concepts and terms; Level 2 - Some experience with labor market concepts and terms; builds on prior workshops
October 16, 8:30 - Noon: Introduction to Labor Market Information
November 25 (OR 26th), 8:30 - 4:00: O*Net and Its Use in Career
Planning (*Level: 1)
December 11, 8:30 - 3:00: Literacy & Rhode Island Labor Markets
January 8, 2003, 8:30 - Noon: Introduction to Disability and
the Labor Market (*Level: 2)
January 27 (OR 28th), 2003, 8:30 - 4:00: Implementing an Active
Job Development Strategy (*Level: 2)
Register for entire series or Introductory Course by October 11 and for individual workshops two weeks in advance. For more information and to register, call Sheila Palma at the Center for Labor Market Studies (617) 373-2242 or email her at email@example.com.
Save the dates: October 17 and 18 - programs working with EL Civics projects, and others interested in learning more about Intelecom's video and other offerings - opportunities to learn more about Intelecom's learning materials. For more information, contact LR/RI.
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
Literacy Volunteers of America-Rhode Island will hold its annual conference on Saturday, November 2nd, 8:30 - 2:00 pm, at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. The featured speaker will be Peter Waite, Executive Director, Laubach Literacy Action - US Division, who will discuss the upcoming merger of Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America. For additional details or to register, contact Yvette Kenner (401)861-0815.
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
The National Center for Family Literacy has issued a call for proposals for sessions at the 2003 National Conference on Family Literacy. The conference will take place in Long Beach, California from March 16 to18, 2003 and will be held in conjunction with the California Family Literacy Conference. Details of the call for proposals are available at NCFL's Web site at http://www.famlit.org
other events and conferences http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS, RESOURCES:
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 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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