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.
January 16, 2003
New Year's greetings. 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.
Volunteer tutor needed: A woman from Thailand who speaks, reads and writes English is looking for a tutor to help her improve her English language skills overall. She is free to Fridays and Sundays, and Saturdays after 4:00 pm. She has a car and can meet in a mutually convenient place. Please contact Ju at 401-884-8070 or via email at email@example.com.
LR/RI is in the process of organizing a statewide conference, to be held this spring. A call for proposals will be issued soon, but if you have ideas, suggestions and are interested in participating in organizing the conference, please let me know.. The goal of the conference is to bring together adult educators to share their expertise, address topics and issues of concern and interest to the field and generally to help us build and strengthen community and knowledge. I've heard from some of you - other voices? A meeting will likely be held in February to start our planning process.
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
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2:30 at 2:30 pm at the Genesis Center
We will be discussing the What Works ESL literacy project. Information
about the project is available online at http://www.cal.org/ncle/whatworks1.htm
. Please join us.
Rhode Island Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Poverty - Twelfth Annual Action Conference Saturday, January 25, 8:30 to 3:30 at the Providence Marriott.
As new Congressional and General Assembly sessions begin and a new Governor
takes office, governor-elect Carcieri, General Assembly leaders Irons and
Murphy, U.S. Senators Reed and Chafee and Representatives Kennedy and Langevin
have all been invited to participate in Conference workshops. These workshops
will focus on four issues: lack of affordable housing, hunger, utilities
policy, and increasing incomes for working families.
Minigrant presentation - will be rescheduled in February. Time/location TBA
Please join Brenda McGill as she shares findings from her minigrant project on Students actively constructing their own knowledge. Brenda will share the definition of constructivism, its relevance to curriculum development, 5 Principles and clarifying questions. Her outline also includes: The Challenge, Cross references with Bloom and Critical Thinking Skills, Instructional design that supports Constructivism a) Guided Exploration, b) Cooperative / Collaborative Learning, c) Inquiry or Problem-Based Learning, Cross referenced with LD appropriate instruction and The Challenge revisited. A bibliography is included as well. The session will be held at the Providence (Liston) Campus of CCRI , Room #158 /Professional Devmt & Training (1 Hilton Street - directions at http://www.ccri.cc.ri.us/about/Campuses.shtml or call 455-6000. To learn more about Brenda's project see http://www.brown.edu/lrri/mingrants2002.html
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.
Free build it yourself web site software: a great opportunity for small- to medium-size nonprofits that want to build their own web site. Homestead Technologies is offering a limited number of nonprofits free starter kits that include SiteBuilder software, 3 months free Web hosting and free domain name registration. You don't need a technical education to build a site with Homestead. Request a kit by going to http://nonprofits.homestead.com and clicking on the "Homestead Helps" box below the leftmenu. In the description box be sure to mention you heard about the offer from FFT. The kit sells on Amazon for over $50.
Reading across Rhode Island - what happens when the whole state reads the same book? http://www.readingacrossri.org/
Adult Educators: Join fellow literacy advocates at Reading
Across Rhode Island's Literacy Conference with David Baldacci at
CCRI Warwick on January 25.
Save the dates: Using Equipped for the Future (EFF) in Family Literacy presented by Andy Nash
January 17 Session 1: What is EFF and what does it offer family literacy?
February 7 Session 2: What does EFF look like in a classroom?
February 28 Session 3: What does EFF look like in a program?
This three-session series on using EFF in Family Literacy is designed to orient you to what EFF is and how it can help you, give you concrete tools to try in classes and programs and a chance to evaluate their usefulness, and invite you to consider some ways EFF could be incorporated into your work.
The first session will familiarize you with EFF and what it offers to
help you achieve results that matter to adults and their families.
You'll leave with some tools to try out in your own programs. Attendance
at this first session is critical to understanding the following two, as
all three sessions work to build common knowledge about EFF and how it
relates to your work. The second session will delve into specific EFF family
literacy classroom examples - what EFF contributed to the process, how
they are the same or different from what you already do, etc. The last
session addresses the program changes that make good classroom practice
possible. EFF is not only about instructional quality; it aims to reform
the adult education system on many levels so
Practitioners are expected to attend all three sessions, as each builds on the other. Please contact Bob Mason at 222-4600 (ext.12180) by January 15, to RSVP.
Andy Nash is on EFF's national staff and has been part of its development for the past six years. She is currently developing an EFF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, which will be available on-line next year. She works at the New England Literacy Resource Center.
Learning opportunity: Cranston Adult Learning Center- vocational training for adults- classes offered : Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM; tuition is $90.00
Nursing Assistant , Computer Skills and Dental Assistant classes are offered to students 18 years or old and not in high school. Students make take only one course; only those interested in obtaining employment or upgrading job skills by the end of training may enroll. Classes begin February 4th; registration will be held from January 13-17, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Cranston Adult Learning Center, 4 Sharpe Drive (off Pontiac Avenue) and January 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Cranston Area Vocational Technical Center, 100 Metropolitan Avenue, (off Phenix Avenue). All eligible RI residents welcome; GED or high school diploma required. For information, call 270-8166.
learning opportunity Spring Classes
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES
January 6 - May 5; Monday & Wednesday 4:30-6:00 pm All English levels, children 3 years and older welcome.
January 6 - May 5; Monday & Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm Beginner and Intermediate level, children 3 years and older welcome.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS
* 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. Funded by: West Warwick Public Library, Centreville Bank, FleetBoston
Financial Foundation, Nellie Mae Foundation, RI Department of Education,
RI Foundation, and RI Office of Library Information Service.
Horace Mann offers scholarships for educators taking college courses; deadline May 15.
The Horace Mann Scholarship Program offers funds to help public and private school educators attend college. The 2003 program will offer 36 scholarships totaling $30,000. Awards include: one $5,000 scholarship; fifteen $1,000 scholarships; and twenty $500 scholarships. Horace Mann will pay scholarships directly to the college or university of each recipient's choice for tuition, fees and other educational expenses. To be eligible, an applicant must be an educator employed by a U.S. public or private school district or U.S. public or private college/ university planning to enter a two or four-year accredited college or university. The applicant must have a minimum of two years teaching experience. http://www.horacemann.com/html/news/nw1%7E02-03.html and https://www.horacemann.com/edscholarship/
Call for papers:
I am looking for authors to submit articles on the topic of "Advice for a New Adult and Family Literacy Education Program." If you are interested in submitting an article, the length is 800-850 words. The payment for an accepted article is $250. The deadline is January 31, 2003.
Please feel free to contact me if you require any additional information. Happy Holidays!
Peggy Sue Durbin, M.S., Texas Center for Adult Literacy and
Learning, College of Education, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
77843-4226, Phone: 979-862-6520, Fax: 979-845-0952 http://www-tcall.tamu.edu
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.
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.
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.
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). To see one local example of post card text, please contact LR/RI.
Learning opportunity: Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island will be offering the winter session of Work based English for Speakers of Other Languages beginning Monday, January 13th. This program runs for 15 weeks, 5 days a week for 30 hours each week. Job placement and retention services follow the 450 hours of classroom instruction. Participants MUST be a FIP beneficiary due to funding requirements. Referrals should be made immediately as an intake and evaluation must occur prior the start of the program. Referrals can be made by calling Natalia Montoya at 861-2080 ext. 127.
TRANSITION TO COLLEGE An ABE-to College Transition Project is presently recruiting for March 2003. This program is sponsored by the New England Literacy Center, and is administered by Project RIRAL at the netWORK RI building 175 Main Street Pawtucket, RI. This free COLLEGE PREPARATION and CAREER EXPLORATION program for adults offers two sixteen-week sessions in the evening and on Saturday morning. Transition to College includes workshops in Computer, Study Skills, Introduction to College, Financial Aid, Time and Stress Management, and offers academic classes in Reading, Writing, Math. "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 student To register for the next session, call Marie Crecca-Romero: 722-3100 ext. 112
ALSO - visit the new transition to college website at http://www.collegetransition.org/
.The RI Foundation invites organizations to participate in free guided gallery tours. The Foundation gallery now offers free guided tours to non-profits and school groups. Our current exhibition, The Spirit of Cambodia, addresses how local Cambodian painters and sculptors portray their culture, history and personal experience. If you would like to organize a tour, or for more information on "The Spirit of Cambodia", please feel free to call Anne Rocheleau, Gallery Director at (401) 274-4564. for information about free gallery tours, exhibition schedule, or submitting art work for exhibition: http://www.rifoundation.org
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.
what do you think? LR/RI has had an online survey on its site for months. Previously, those who may have come across the survey were asked to copy and paste it into an email message, or to print it and complete it. Thanks to the brilliant technical support and inservice learning provided by Brown University, the survey can now be completed on line. I'd be grateful if you could please take the time to complete it. While occasional word comes back about the work LR/RI has done, this survey attempts to be somewhat more systematic in considering the work that's done and the work that needs to be accomplished. Please complete the survey at http://www.brown.edu/lrri - scroll down and click on the link to the survey. If you lack web access and wish to complete the survey, please contact LR/RI to receive one via snail mail or fax.
funding opportunities - large and less large
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/
Adult learner looking for Spanish tutor. Will pay reasonable rate.
Call Natasha Johnson directly at 401-270-6277.
Tutors for ESOL Family Literacy class with the RI Family Literacy Initiative. Work with small groups of adult learners under supervision of experienced adult education teachers. 4 hours per week. This is a volunteer position. Great opportunity for those new to adult ed and ESOL. Call Denise DiMarzio at 455-8041 for more information. Education/ESOL majors especially encouraged.
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 OVAE review: January 10, 2003 http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/news/orev011003.html
Earnings by Education Attainment - The average annual earnings of full-time year-round workers ages 25 to 64 according to educational attainment, According to the U.S. Census Bureau, earnings in 1999 dollars, 1997-1999
Non-high school graduate: $23,400
Resource available: English language learners make up a significant
segment of the adult education population in the United States.
In program year 2001-2002, 42% of the participants in state administered
adult education programs were enrolled in English as a second language
classes. This percentage does not include adult English learners who are
being served in other segments of the system, such as GED, adult basic
education (ABE), and adult secondary education (ASE). To meet the
large demand for English language instruction, existing adult education
programs are expanding, and new ones are being established. Who are English
learners? Where do they come from? What kind of instruction is being provided
them? What kind of instruction should be provided them? To answer
these questions, read Adult English Language Instruction in the 21st Century.
This 40-page document, published by the National Center for ESL Literacy
Education (NCLE) at the Center for Applied Linguistics provides an overview
of the field of adult ESL instruction in the United States today. First,
it places adult ESL in the broader context of the US education system,
and then describes trends and issues in the areas of program design and
instructional practice, assessment, teacher training and professional development,integration
of research and practice, and technology. http://www.cal.org/ncle/languageinstruction.htm;
available in English http://www.cal.org/ncle/languageinstructionEng.pdf
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education has produced a new Practice Application Brief., Adult Learning in Cohort Groups, by Susan Imel, which highlights findings from research and theory on adult learning to examine how cohorts are structured or formed and the experience of the learning process within ohorts. Recommendations for practice are provided. The brief is available at no cost as an e-mail message, in PDF, or on paper. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://www.ericacve.org
From Dr. Jerri Scott, University of Memphis. Please visit her website (below) or contact her directly at email@example.com for further information: Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American Writers. To be counted as participants, simply: Select books authored by African Americans; Conduct your read-in(s) on the first Sunday or Monday of February; and Report your results by submitting the African American Read-In Chain Report Card. For more details, press releases and registration information, please visit http://www.people.memphis.edu/~jcscott/action.html
Resource available Take on the Challenge: A Source Book from the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project-by Elizabeth Morrish, Jenny Horsman, and Judy Hofer A project of World Education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA) Program.
This new resource with photos and original artwork is primarily for teachers, but will useful for all educators and activists interested in anti-violence work. It is an analysis of the effects of violence and a practical collection of ideas and activities, with examples from teachers working in GED, native language literacy, ABE, ESOL, welfare-to-work, corrections, and shelter settings. It shows how they successfully changed their curriculum and learning environment to address the impact of violence on learning. Based on the foundation of Jenny Horsman's research, practitioners focused on well-being and incorporated counseling and creative arts - collage, quilting, movement, and meditation - into the classroom. Each chapter includes a general introduction, tools for programs, and teachers writing about the changes they made. Chapter One explores our understanding of violence, its impacts on learning, and first steps that programs can take. Chapter Two - Build a Web of Support -- describes how establishing program and community support and taking care of yourself are key to doing this work. Chapter Three - Reform Programming examines possibilities for changing curricula and creating conditions for learning with detailed descriptions from each teacher.
For ordering information, please contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi at: World Education, Inc., 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: (617) 482-9485, Fax: (617) 482-0617, and E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 - Due January 6, 2003
FAMILY LITERACY FORUM NATIONAL EVEN START ASSOCIATION
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
Rhode Island - Training/events around employment issues for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/training.html
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.
January 27 (OR 28th), 2003, 8:30 - 4:00: Implementing an Active
Job Development Strategy (*Level: 2)
Register 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.
Call for proposals: COABE Natrional Conference, Portland, Oregon, Aril 26-30, 2000. information online at http://www.coabe03.org/ Proposal deadline extended to January 15th, 2003.
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
NAASLN: People and Partnerships First! Advocating and Partnering for Access, Quality and Outcomes, March 16 - 18, 2003. Columbus, OH. http://www.NAASLN.com or contact NAASLN, c/o CEA, 4380 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD 20706, 800.496.9222 for more information.
Housing and registration information is now available for TESOL 2004, to be held March 25 -29 in Baltimore, http://www.tesol.org/
TESOL Electronic Village (EV) Online Sessions 2003
The CALL interest section announces its third round of online sessions, including readings, discussions, chats, guest speakers, and task-based activities.
The EV sessions are held prior to TESOL 2003, and some are held in conjunction with interest section academic sessions or strands.
Sessions run for 7 weeks, from January 20 to March 7, 2003. Registration will be held January 6-20,. Sessions include: V
iva, the Virtual Electronic Village in the Ardeche -- Moderator: Philip Benz , Reading Online -- Moderator: Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, A Basic Workshop for Using the Internet in class, and An Intermediate Workshop for Using the Internet in class -- Moderator: JoAnn Miller , Oral Communication Skills for Professionals -- Moderators: Christine, Parkhurst & Rebecca Dauer , Creating an Online Magazine to Publish Student Writing -- Moderators: Sandra Peters, Julia Karet, Anne Davis , Communities of Practice Online: Reflection Through Experience and Experiment With the Webheads Community of Language Learners and Practitioners -- Moderators: Vance Stevens, Chris Jones, John Steele, Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Teresa Almeida d'Eça, Susanne Nyrop, Keiko Schneider, Rita Zeinstejer, Arif Altun, Christopher Johnson, Aiden Yeh, Dafne Gonzalez Chavez, Buthaina Othman, Arlyn Freed, Michael Coghlan Complete session descriptions and registration information available at http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/TESOL/EVOL/evol2003.htm
Housing and registration information is now available for TESOL 2003, to be held in March in Baltimore, On line go to http://www.tesol.org/
The National Center for Family Literacy - 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 available at 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.
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.
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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