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.
13 August, 1997
Programs on vacation are beginning to reorganize, the LVA adult education directory is being updated, and LR/RI is available to you all for the continued exchange of information. Please contact me at 863-2839 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to share with the adult literacy/ESOL community. Thanks.
SUMMER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONCLUDES AUGUST 22nd
Technology strand -- The last session for this summer will be held on August 22nd from 9 to 12. Zach Franklin has been working with participants to help them develop computer literacy and assisting practitioners in learning basic word processing skills, using the internet for email and access to the world wide web. If Fridays are difficult for you, and you would like to schedule alternate times to become familiar with technology, and/or, if you're interested in scheduling time for assistance with technology this fall or winter, please contact LR/RI.
Reading/discussion groups have been held on Thursdays, from 4 to 6 PM. We've discussed a number of articles about adult learning generally, language and culture, assessment and literature (see Flash! below). A recent series of meetings around literature and learning has led to the development of a new page on our website.
The last meeting for the summer will be held on August 14th. If you are interested in participating in the group during the academic year, please call or write to let me know best times and possible locations for continued meetings.
For the teacher sharing session on Thursday, July 10, these brief articles were reviewed:
Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult ESL Literacy Classrooms,
Race and Gender in Adult Education,
Adult Eduction: Social Change or Status Quo?
From Fran Keenan, information about Citizenship Preparation for Adult ESL Learners, a new ERIC Digest by Thomas Nixon, Visalia Adult School and Fran Keenan of NCLE. This free 2-page publication describes the educational requirements of the naturalization process and gives ESOL teachers classroom activities to help prepare learners for the citizenship exam. The digest can be downloaded from NCLE's webpage at http://www.cal.org/ncle, (look under What's New at NCLE).
Send your regular mail address to email@example.com, for a printed copy. Please put <citizenship digest> in the subject line, if you send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20037, 202-429-9292, ext. 243 (phone) 202-659-5641 (fax)
Materials are evaluated by subject specialists according to the following criteria: significance, relevance, timeliness, applicability, authority of author, comprehensiveness, clarity of presentation, reflection of emerging trends, capability of meeting users' needs, and generalizability. Every item submitted is given careful consideration. If an item is not selected for ERIC, the author is given an explanation of why it did not meet the selection criteria.
Although it is not yet available in hardcopy, the student and teacher writings are online at: http://www2.wgbh.org/mbcweis/ltc/alri/fnma.html or contact LR/RI .
Impact of an initial diagnosis of a learning disability in college on an adult's sense of self, particularly as a lifelong learner.
Erica Warren is seeking participants for research study and is looking for individuals (male or female) who were diagnosed while attending an undergraduate institution. You must have been 25 years of age or older when you were tested and it must be at least six months since the assessment. If you are interested in the possibility of participating in the study email Erica at: email@example.com or call 706-369-6692 (she'll promptly return the call).
The reason for this research is to discover the feelings, thoughts, and actions of individuals who are diagnosed with a learning disability for the first time in adulthood. This is a population of learners that have received limited attention and little empirical investigation. Interviews will be conducted at the participants' choice of location or by phone, and they will last approximately 30-60 minutes in duration. Each interview will be tape recorded and transcribed.
No discomforts or stresses are foreseen and all information will remain strictly confidential. Identities will remain anonymous and the tape recordings of interviews will be destroyed at the completion of the study's data collection, analysis and write-up, May, 1998. Participation is entirely voluntary and participants can withdraw their consent at any time without penalty and have their participation results returned to them, removed from the records, or destroyed. Through participation in this study participants will be contributing to the knowledge in this area, and may gain some personal insight.
FULL TIME POSITION AVAILABLE
Family Writing Center Leader S-1is needed to: develop and implement curriculum for FWC at branch libraries; assist with volunteer and program staff orientation and training; supervise programs on-site, and staff community outreach efforts; recruit program participants; assist with computer lab maintenance; keep appropriate records and statistics, and prepare necessary reports. May be assigned other related duties as necessary.
REQUIREMENTS: BA/BS in ESL/Education or related field; demonstrated ability to operate Mac/PC; experience working in educational setting; ability to work with adults and children of diverse cultural or economic backgrounds; good organizational and strong interpersonal skills. Bilingual and supervisory experience preferred. SALARY RANGE: $24,789 - 31,637. Deadline for applications is August 22, 1997.
Apply to Dan Austin, Personnel Manager, Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903; 401-455-8061.
WISH LIST - EXCHANGE BOARD
Beginning with this issue of the bulletin, and continuing whenever requested, LR/RI is posting a wish list/exchange board. While LR/RI is unable to acquire materials for programs, the bulletin is available for those wishing to list things they need, they can share and/or exchange with others. Our first listing is for a local non-profit program needing 3 to 5 usable computers and monitors for basic computer skill training for adult women receiving FIP benefits and improving their skills so they can become active participants in the world of work. If you can help with this request, please contact LR/RI.
CCRI schedule: These non-credit programs will be offered at the CCRI in Lincoln: Conversation and Vocabulary - Saturdays, 15 mtgs. 9:00 to noon, September 13-December 20. Fee $90.00; Reading for the GED - Saturdays, 15 mtgs. 9:00 to noon, September 13-December 20. Fee $65.00; Computer Applications (Windows 95) - Saturdays, 12 mtgs. 9:00 to noon, September 13 - November 29, Fee $80.00 and Citizenship Training and Test Preparation - Saturdays, 10 mtgs. 9:00 to noon, September 13-November 15, Fee $10.00.
For more information, please call Cecilia Londono at 333-7074.
Registration will be held on September 5 and 12 from 8:00 to 5:00, September 6 at 9:00 AM, and on September 8,9, 10, and 11 from 8:00 to 3:00. For more complete information, please contact LR/RI. This information is also available in Spanish.
Skill training opportunities are also offered in various locations in the areas of Certified Nursing Assistant, Office Technology, Food Preparation Worker, Asbestos Removal, Lead Paint Removal, and Machine Processes. $60 registration fee; more information is available at 333-7089.
Paid Volunteer Position Available with Cultural Exchange Nonprofit PeopleLink is a non-profit educational organization which works to bring foreign students into the county for short-term "homestay" experiences. There is a group of Japanese high school students who are coming into the greater Boston area at the end from August 21 to September 4 for a 2 week period. The organization is urgently trying to recruit several people to work with these students while they are here. Responsibilities include: teaching "conversational English" (you don't need to be a credentialed teacher) and showing them around the local area. If you are interested please call Karen at 1-800-854-5465. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check their web page http://www.PeopleLink.org
Workshops available - During the past few years I've worked with a team of women around Canada, through the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women, to develop a feminist literacy curriculum, Making Connections, for learners in basic education and English language programs. A series of workshops have been developed and are available to anyone in the area with an interest in learning more about incorporating the curriculum and its approaches into their own work. Please contact me (Janet) at LR/RI for more information and/or to schedule a workshop. Information about the curriculum is also available online at http://www.nald.ca/canorg/cclow/EAL.HTM.