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 28, 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.
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.
Quisqueya En Accion will host a 2nd "Latino youth College Fair"
Tuesday February 4, 6pm-8pm
The Casey Foundation, 1268 Eddy Street , Providence
The fair will help students with the process of applying to college
andobtaining information about scholarships and financial aid. Counselors
will be available to answer questions and provide guidance through the
college application process. Some of the schools that will be participating
at the fair include Bryant College, Boston College, Tuffs University, Providence
College, URI, RIC, Salve Regina College, CCRI, University of Maine &
J&W University. We will have representatives from URI's Talent Development
Program, PEP, Upward Bound, LADO as well as the RI Higher Education Authority,
College Bound & many more.!Solanchi Ferna! ndez, Event Coordinator
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 Monday, February 24, 2:30 pm at the Genesis Center - We will discuss testing and assessment: what works, what do you use, what do you like, what should testing do ? Please join us.
A survey about resources for ESOL activities, developed by Debby Venator,
is available online. We
request that teachers complete the survey and send their responses to LR/RI
as soon as possible.
Want to know more about Black History ?
Lunch - Discussion Tuesday February 18th 12:30. - 2:00 p.m. Mt. Hope Learning Center 140 Cypress Street ; pizza and snacks provided.
Stephanie Y. Evans, Doctoral Student of Afro-American History will come to Mt. Hope Learning Center to talk about Black history and about the historical experiences of Black people in American educational systems. Ms. Evans will provide general information about Black history; open discussion will follow. Please call Jen Kodis at Mt. Hope Learning Center for more information 455-8875
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
Scholarship opportunity for low-income women
Every year the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) awards scholarships to women 35 years of age and older who, through undergraduate or vocational education, are seeking to better themselves, their families and their communities. All applicants for this scholarship must be: Women, at least 35 years of age as of April 1, 2003., US citizens. Pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associate degree, or a first\ bachelor degree., Enrolled or accepted in an accredited school for the fall of 2003, low-income. Application deadline: March 1, 2003. For exact income guidelines for this program, or to apply, go to: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/apply.htm. For additional information ,access the Foundation's website at http://www.rankinfoundation.org/ or contact the Foundation office directly at (706) 208-1211 (phone).
ELA Scholarship Application Online
The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) announces that the 2003 ELA Scholarship application is available in the scholarship section of the ELA website at http://www.ela.org. The Scholarship provides financial assistance to women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university graduate program in the US. Scholarship awards are based on merit and given in an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. Each applicant is required to submit an application packet including an application form, college transcript, two letters of academic recommendation, a medical verification form and an essay outlining how they will "Change the Face of Disability on the Planet." Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year; application deadline is June 1, 2003. The vision of the Ethel Louise Armstrong (ELA) Foundation, Inc. is to "Change the Face of Disability on the Planet". Our mission is to promote, through grants and scholarships, the inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of arts, advocacy and education. The ELA Scholarship is designed for women with physical disabilities who join with us to pursue this vision.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
INTEGRATED RFP FOR "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" COMPETITIVE GRANT
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDS
Application Due Date: March 3, 2003, 4:00 PM
Letter of Intent to Apply Due Date: February 11, 2003
Six federally funded education programs for the support of high poverty, low performing schools are available on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants include school districts, community based organizations and faith based organizations. Information: http://www.ridoe.net/funding/integrated_rfp_2003/default.htm Technical Assistance workshop to be held on January 29th 8 -11:30 am or 1 - 4:30 pm at the Airport Radisson in Warwick. Registration required - if you need assistance with the form, please contact LR/RI.
Rhode Island Foundation - Attend a special workshop to discuss the Women's Fund grantmaking program.
These workshops will provide you with specific examples about the Women's Fund eligibility criteria, application guidelines, and review process. We will provide you with examples of successful applications from our first round of grantmaking and time will be set aside to answer questions. If you are planning to submit a Letter of Intent, you are strongly urged to attend one of these sessions.
February 4, 12:00-1:00pm, The new MET Center - Performance Space, 325 Public Street (corner of Hilton Street) Building on Southwest Corner Providence
February 4, 3:00-4:00pm, Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton Street Woonsocket
February 10, 9:30-10:30am, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main RoadMiddletown
February 10, 12:00-1:00pm, South Kingstown Library at Peace Dale 1057 Kingstown Road Peace Dale.
To learn more about other grantmaking programs, go to http://www.rifoundation.org/grants.html
and/or attend one of these community presentations: February 5, 1-3
PM, CCRI, 400 East Avenue, Room 2510, Warwick *
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/
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 Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State and the National Center for Family Literacy are collaborating to develop and deliver an online Certificate in Family Literacy through Penn State's World Campus. The Web-based certificate program will begin in May, with a course entitled Introduction to Family Literacy. The Certificate consists of 15 credits (5 courses) that may be applied toward a bachelor's or master's degree. http://www.ed.psu.edu/goodlinginstitute/goal_2.asp. While at the web site, you might be interested in the report "Family Literacy: A Research Agenda to Build the Future."
The Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College offers three-week online course (2 hrs. graduate credit or 30 PDU's) 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 and offers it again this spring from February 24-March 14. Course materials, comments from prior participants, and registration available at http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/usia/home.html If you have 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
LINCS Health & Literacy Mini-Grants
Adult basic education student/teacher teams to develop lesson plans or learning activities using the Health & Literacy Special Collection Website http://www.worlded.org/us/health/lincs .
ABE and ESOL teachers and students are encouraged to participate.
Purpose: In a recent user evaluation of the Health & Literacy
Special Collection, teachers said it would be helpful to see how other
teachers have used the Website with their students. World Education,
with funding from the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), is offering
the LINCS Health & Literacy Mini-Grants to ABE and ESOL teacher/student
teams to develop lesson plans or learning activities based on their experience
using the site. We will then web-publish final products for other
teachers to access.
On-Line Conference Coming Your Way
Youth Lit: What Works?
On Monday, February 10, an online conference begins; its purpose is to explore issues and share experiences related to youth literacy. The conference will be moderated by Heide Spruck Wrigley with assistance from Jim Powrie two senior researchers in the New School @ Surrey project, and by Diana Twiss. The New School @ Surrey is a national research and demonstration project; a 3-year project is looking into the issue of best practices with a guiding principle of "high expectations and high support" for their learners. The project grapples with critical issues related to: students tuning out, acting out, or dropping out of school, entering the workforce unprepared, and/or engaging in maladaptive behaviours. The focus of the New School is specifically on youth who have difficulty reading and writing and therefore have trouble meeting high school standards. The goals of the New School @ Surrey project are:
1. To build literacy skills of participants
2. To increase knowledge and ability to meet academic standards,
3. To prepare the youth to continue with life-long learning and become productively employed and
4. To document promising practices to facilitate replication by others.
The project builds on the model of multiple intelligences, offering students varied ways to develop knowledge and skills, including extensive use of technology, project-based learning, creative activities, and individual tutoring. For a six-week period beginning February 10, Youth Literacy: What Works? will introduce the New School @ Surrey project, and hear from numerous other people about their programs.
Heide Wrigley will lead us in discussions on a variety of issues related to youth literacy. Each week a new topic will be discussed as people from across Canada, and potentially the US share their experiences, successes, and challenges. Here are the topics we hope to explore:
1. What are we talking about when we say "youth literacy"?
2. Multiple challenges: Working with youth who struggle with literacy
3. How do we serve these students best?
4. Does anything work?
5. If technology is the answer, what is the question? 6. 2 or 3 things we know for sure. To register for the conference, contact Sandy Middleton at Literacy BC. email@example.com or 604-684-0624.
Resource available: English language learners make up a significant segment of the adult education population in the United States.
[from Miriam Burt, at the National Center for ESL Literacy Education]
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
From Dr. Jerri Scott, University of Memphis. Please visit her website (below) or contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the US Department of Education will be sponsoring the Adult Education Program Study (AEPS), which will provide the first-ever nationally representative information on the literacy and numeracy proficiency of participants in federally-funded adult education programs. This information will be gathered from adult learners across the country using assessments and many adult education programs will be asked to participate. Programs are being contacted now. If your program is contacted, please assist in this important effort. The AEPS will also collect national-level information on adult education program characteristics. Some 1500 programs across the country received questionnaires late in 2002 and were asked to respond. Many programs have not responded and we need their input in order to ensure the survey is repre-sentative of all programs. If your program was selected, please fill out the questionnaire and return it using the address information provided. If you aren't sure if your program was selected, have lost your questionnaire, or have questions, information (and copies of the questionnaire) are at http://www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/all/aeps.asp or call the study hotline at 888-689-3991 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your state director of adult education should have information on the programs in their states which were selected.
- Mariann Lemke, NCES
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.
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
Brown at Brown, 2003: The New England Latino Leadership Conference February 22: Recognizing the need to provide a space for Latino students and community leaders to connect and focus on the "State of Latino Affairs in the United States, Brown at Brown 2003 serves as an opportunity for students and community leaders to dialogue, network, and organize. Through individual, group, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions. Conference participants will be exposed to a variety of important issues impacting Latinos throughout the United States. Learn more at: http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Office_of_Student_Life/CUS/index.html
COABE Natrional Conference, Portland, Oregon, Aril 26-30 http://www.coabe03.org/
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
Project Read Written Expression Training
April 4, 5, 25, and 26 at 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.,
The Ray Conference Center at Butler Hospital, Providence, RI
The Rhode Island Project Read Collaborative is pleased to announce a 4-day course in teaching sentence structure and writing, called Written Expression. The Written Expression curriculum, part of the Project Read series, is designed for learners in Grade One through adult levels, and features multisensory strategies, materials and activities to help students master: Sentence structure,Paragraph development, and Essay organization. Instructor Nancy Raskin is a national consultant for the Language Circle, publishers of Project Read". She has been a Project Read" trainer for the past four years and has taught twenty-one years at the Carroll School for students with learning disabilities in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
$550 for early registration (before March 1) and $600 after March 1.
(This includes lunch and $160 worth of materials)
May 1-3 Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. Immigrant Rights Conference 2003
Conference Goal: To help set a national agenda on issues affecting low-income immigrant communities, focusing on workers' rights, access to government benefits, and immigration rights. http://www.nilc.org/dc-conf2003
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 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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