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.
May 19, 2003
As part of a project supported by the American Foundation for the Blind,
SABES South East, the Adult Literacy Resource Institute (Boston SABES)
and LR/RI are collaborating to develop a two-part workshop series addressing
issues related to adults with visual impairments participating in adult
language and literacy programs. In order to ensure that our workshops address
both needs and interests of area programs and practitioners, we ask that
you please complete this survey.›
If you would like a copy of the survey in word format, please contact
1. Are you working with adult learners with any kind of visual impairment? If so, what kinds of visual difficulties?››
2. Have you ever worked with adults with visual impairments?
3. If you have provided services for adults with visual impairments, what strategies/ accommodations did you utilize? (for example, large print, large computer screen, assistive devices [magnifiers, e.g.], lighting, etc.)
4. How well is your program equipped to work with learners with visual impairments?
5. What resources are you aware of to assist adults with visual impairments?
6. What would you like to learn about working with adults with visual impairments?
7. If you are interested in learning more about the training, or if you have questions that we can answer (or find those who can), please contact LR/RI.
Many thanks to participants, presenters and all who helped plan and organize the May 15th conference. If you have an evaluation you haven't submitted, please send it to LR/RI, (address above) or fax it to 401-863-2839.
What's up at Smith Hill? To track adult education legislations, go to http://dirac.rilin.state.ri.us/BillStatus/WebClass1.ASP?WCI=Index&WCE=callBillStatus&WCU&; and search for these three bills by number: Senate Bill No.429, Senate Bill No.502, Senate Bill No.862.›
If you're unfamiliar with Bill Tracker, on the state website, or have difficulty accessing it, please contact LR/RI, and/or see LR/RI's advocacy page at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/advocate.html
As you likely know, RI's fiscal situation appears to be deteriorating, and it looks like the Governor and legislature will be grappling with a larger deficit than anticipated. Your letters and phone calls -- and letters and phone calls from learners, staff and board members associated with your program -- are extremely critical at this time. More programs will be fighting for survival this year and new funding will be difficult to come by, so elected officials must see that adult literacy is something you believe is worth fighting for. The RI Adult Education Commission would like to know of calls, letters and legislators' visits you / your programs undertake. Please contact LR/RI if you have information to share about your advocacy efforts.›
Volunteer Opportunity: 9 year old Haitian-American boy (native
English speaker) needs a tutor at
ESOL sharing/discussion session will take place on Thursday, May 29th at 2:30 pm at the Genesis Center. What's gone well this year? What plans do you have for the summer? Time to read? Should we read an article or text over the summer? Think about lesson plans, learning, assessment? Come talk it over.
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.
Annual Labor Education Awards Dinner Thursday, June 19, 6 pm Westin Hotel, Providence Tickets: $50 Table of 10: $500 463-9900 for information Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi ,Democratic Leader of the US House of Representatives Honorees: Armand E. Sabitoni General Secretary-Treasurer and New England Regional Manager Laborers« International Union of North America; Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Distinguished Scholar in Residence; Director, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, UR;, Representative Anastasia P. Williams President, RI Chapter, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Sister Claire Dugan Literacy Award:Sister Mary Reilly, RSM Co-founder, Dorcas Place; Executive Director, Sophia Academy. Messages of support in ILSR Program Book: please call for rates.›››››
Call for Papers:
Adult and Community Education- Academic Exchange Quarterly includes articles on Adult and Community Education on an ongoing basis; http://www.rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/ontace.htm
The print journal of AEQ has over 23,000 readers, and the electronic
version, available free world-wide, has thousands of potential readers
since it is available from Gale's InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index. 0 Dr.
Therese Kanai, Adult and Community Education Editor, Academic Exchange
Work is beginning on Volume 6D of Focus on Basics, on Transitions. It will focus on research that shows that high school is not enough,and programs that have responded by creating programming that specifically aims to help ABE/ESOL learners make a successful transition into higher education. If you are running such a program and might like to write about it for Focus on Basics, or if you have done research that you feel is related to this topic, please contact me at Barbara_Garner@worlded.org
You Can Be A Keynote Speaker! -California Literacy, Inc.
Are you tired of leaving Conference general sessions and thinking, "I could do better than that?" If so, here's your chance. We believe that the adult education and literacy system is at a critical moment in its history. That belief is reflected in our Conference theme--"Challenging Times, New Directions". Everyone is being asked to do more with less, and at the same time, more and more of the money is going to children's and adolescent literacy. What to do about it? We're looking for you to answer the challenge. The prize: You get to be a Keynote Speaker at our 38th Annual State Conference in Pasadena on October 2, 2003. That's right. No more talking heads. You're a Keynote Speaker. And you get to tell us exactly what's right, what's wrong, and what we can do to improve adult education and literacy. You tell us. This is a contest. We're asking you to submit your best response to this question:
\What is the state of adult education and literacy today, and what should it be tomorrow?› We'd like your answer on one side of one sheet of paper, with one inch margins and 12-point font. Simple. If you win, you'll present a keynote address to a statewide audience of adult education and literacy providers on Thursday, October 2nd at the Opening Session of our 38th Annual State Conference. (We'll also pay for your airfare, hotel, and food during the three days of the Conference.) Every submission will be considered for publication in an anthology of responses to this query. Are you up to the challenge? Deadline: June 23, 2003 Submission Information: Fax: 626-395-9987 Email:› firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: California Literacy--San Diego Office 2225 Camino Del Rio South #A San Diego CA 92108
Minigrant presentation - will be rescheduled - 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 group show of paintings, sculpture and photography by New England Women of Color Artists (NEWOCA) from Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be presented May 12 - 30 hosted by the RI Black Heritage Society in their gallery at 65 Weybosset St, 2nd floor, Suite 37, The Arcade, Providence. The exhibit and lectures are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:30 to 3:30 PM or by appointment, and on Saturdays, noon to 4 PM. Art historians, Marilyn Richardson of AfricanAmericana, Watertown, MA and Jane Lancaster, PhD of Rhode Island will deliver a lecture and slide show during the May 15th reception on two internationally significant early 20th century sculptors of color, Edmonia Lewis and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet. The exhibition and lectures are made possible through funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the RISD Museum. Sponsoring agencies include the NAACP, Providence Branch, the Beneficent Congregational Church and the RI Black Heritage Society.
TOY GUN BASH - Saturday May 17 10AM-2PM Mount Hope Learning Center, 140 Cypress St, Providence- A bash promoting the removal of toy guns and violent play in children's everyday play To learn more, please contact the RI Attorney General's Office (401) 274-4400 ext. 2105 or visit online at http://www.toygunbash.org
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.
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.
From Paul Jurmo, an advisor to/supporter of VALUE
ONE WAY TO SUPPORT LEARNER LEADERSHIP
I urge all who recognize the important role that learners can play as advocates in our field to consider helping one or more learners to go to VALUE's national Adult Learner Leadership Institute to be held in Tampa , June 25- 27. (Go to the VALUE Web site for more information.) To give you an idea of the costs, here is an estimate of what it would take to send one learner to the Institute from NYC: Hotel for 3 nights = $225.00 Conf fee (includes meals)= 175.00 Airfare (LaG to Tampa)= 250.00 Ground travel = 40.00 Meals en route = 25.00 TOTAL: $715.00. Organizations might consider doing a fundraiser (organized by other learners) or offer a matching grant (paying part of the cost and asking another organization to pay the remainder). This strategy has the advantage of broadening local awareness about and investment in learner leadership.
Each organization can decide for itself which learner it would support.
In some cases, organizations already have an in-house adult learner group
(e.g., a student council) or an external learner group (e.g., a statewide
adult learner organization) which can choose its own representative.
In other cases, an organization might invite nominations from the local
literacy community and set up a panel to review the nominations.
It is also important to consider how that learner would be supported when
he/she returns from the Institute. This will ensure that the learner
is actually able to use what he/she learns at the Institute.
If you want some guidance on how you might support an adult learner to
get training in leadership skills, contact the VALUE office at 610-876-7625.
The VALUE Web site also has many examples of how adult learners have gotten
involved in leadership roles around the U.S.
May at the People School: a free community learning project happening all over the Providence area. We are committed to bringing people together to: share knowledge rooted in people's experiences, challenge the racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism within ourselves and our communities, and learn outside of traditional educational structures Everyone is welcome. Just show up the first day of a class/workshop/ gathering/discussion, unless the description says to register. For more information call Adam or Marshall at 453-0272 or visit: http://www.peopleschool.org for a schedule of events in May.
Summer learning opportunity: West Warwick Public Library Free Literacy Summer Class Schedule
June 9 - July 30, 2003› (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASS)
Afternoon 4:30-6:00pm , Monday & Wednesday -- All English levels accepted, No children under 8 years old please. Limited seats for individual ESL tutoring are available during the summer
June 10-July 29, 2003›› (ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS)
Evening 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday only -- Intermediate and Advanced levels, No children under 8 years old please
Please call to verify that the schedule has not changed before registering.
Our Funders: West Warwick Public Library, Centreville Bank, FleetBoston Financial Foundation, Nellie Mae Foundation, RI Department of Education, and RI Office of Library Information Services
The first course, Introduction to Family Literacy, in the online
Certificate in Family Literacy will begin on Penn State's World Campus
on May 28, with orientation and exploration beginning May 21. Students
can register for the course at the World Campus web site http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/pub/famlt/index.shtml
as either an undergraduate or graduate non-degree student. (Tuition,
regardless of student status or location, is priced at the undergraduate
residential rate.) The Certificate in Family Literacy is being developed
by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State
in partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy. Donna
Bell of NCFL is author and instructor of the first course.›››››
The Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College offers a 3-week online course (2 hrs graduate credit or 30 Professional Development Units) designed to help educators become more proficient in utilizing the Internet. Michael Krauss, JD., MAT of the Institute for the Study of American Language and Culture has taught the course for the past three years and will offer it again from June 16-July 8. Course materials, comments from prior participants, and online registration are available at http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/usia/home.html A more complete description of the course is posted below. If you have any questions concerning the course, contact Michael Krauss at (503) 768-7315 - firstname.lastname@example.org or for credit information contact the Special Projects office at (503) 768-6040 - email@example.com There are two credit/cost options available: 1) $250 non-credit option (30 P.D.U.'s), fee payable to Michael Krauss 2) $160 additional payment for graduate credit option (2 semester hours degree applicable credit), fee payable to Lewis & Clark College.
Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom
2002 minigrant projects - 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
Jobs for the Future invites applications from exemplary programs that meet workforce needs of employees and employers. http://app.jff.org›
The Career Advancement Strategy Competition will identify and support exemplary programs that advance lower-skilled individuals into better paying jobs while meeting needs of employers for a highly skilled workforce. JFF will select 4 winning organizations; each will receive a first-year grant of $65,000 and membership in the JFF Career Advancement Portfolio. Programs that make significant progress toward targeted outcomes will receive a second-year award at the same level of funding. The competition seeks programs that utilize financially and operationally viable program strategies. Winners will be expected to use funds to expand their innovative advancement programming over the 2 years. The pre-applica-tion is due May 26, 2003. The application will be available for downloading when you submit the pre-applica-tion. Final applications are due June 6. Organizations with at least two years« experience with workforce advancement locally or nationally are invited to apply. Competition information /application: http://app.jff.org. Inquires:: Monique Sheen, Jobs for the Future 88 Broad St. Boston, MA 02110 617.728.4446 firstname.lastname@example.org›
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
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 email@example.com
online / resources
"Focus on Policy" Volume 1, Issue 1 NCSALL's new semi-annual (twice yearly) publication. This first issue synthesizes research findings on the GED and highlights policy implications of these findings. http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/fop/v1_1.pdf and
"Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy
Classroom" Based on the findings of NCSALL's Literacy Practices of
Adult Learners study, this book is an introduction to providing literacy
instruction based upon the literacy needs and interests learners have outside
the classroom. http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/teach/jacobson.pdf
Margo DelliCarpini, in her digest, English Language Instruction for Incarcerated Youth, http://www.cal.org/ncle/digests/incarcyouth.htm, discusses issues and challenges in providing English language instruction to linguistically and culturally diverse incarcerated youth and suggests best practices and models to provide intervention. If you would rather not download the digest from our Website, contact NCLE at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (202) 362-0700 (phone), extension 200; (202) 363-7204 (fax) and we'll send you a copy.
Other prison education resources can be found at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/corrections.html
From The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy: a new publication, titled Equipped for the Future: Tools & Standards for Building & Assessing Quality Adult Literacy Programs. Written by Gail Spangenberg and Sarah Watson, the publication reviews the developmental history of EFF and discusses its accomplishments, implementation, and work in progress. 16 experienced national, state, and local EFF users were interviewed for the publication. Their responses and the questions posed make up the main body of the new work. A Foreword to the publication notes that one of CAAL's founding purposes is to promote more effective policy, practice, and resource development at the state level. "In keeping with that broad purpose," the Foreword says, "this publication tells a remarkable story, about Equipped for the Future -- a singularly important resource developed by the National Institute for Lteracy that can be tremendously beneficial to states wanting to improve the effectiveness of their adult literacy services."
The document can be downloaded from the CAAL website at http://www.caalusa.org; , scroll down the left column and click on the applicable title.
Parents Reading Rockets announces a new, bilingual Web site for Spanish-speaking parents, Colorín Colorado, which provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn http://www.colorincolorado.org/
A research study entitled, The Workforce Paradox for Adults with Limited Literacy and English Language Proficiency: A Report from the Field, February, 2003 from The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
This project consisted of a study of the One Stop Career Centers in New Mexico and their effectiveness in serving adults with limited literacy and/or English language skills. It was conducted in 2002 with funding from the New Mexico Department of Labor. Diane Pinkey and Judy Hofer of the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy were the principal researchers for this project. To view a copy of the executive summary and full report, http://www.nmcl.org/Research_Projects.html
New Americans Newsletter: - provides the latest information on grant opportunities, producer notes, broadcast updates from PBS, as well as details on outreach resources and community planning across the country. To subscribe to the email newsletter, log onto http://www.itvs.org/outreach/newamericans/subscribe.htm
The Access Project and the National Health Law Program have developed a Language Services Action Kit (available in May) for advocates and others working to ensure that people with limited English proficiency in their state get appropriate language assistance services in medical settings. The action kit includes materials that explain relevant federal policies, describe how states secure federal funds to help pay for language services in their Medicaid and SCHIP programs, provide information to demonstrate the need for language services, and offer resources and suggestions for undertaking advocacy efforts. The action kit will be available in May 2003. If you would like to be notified about obtaining a copy, please send your contact information to LEPactionkit@accessproject.org
Thank you. Meg Baker The Access Project, 30 Winter Street, Suite 930 Boston, MA 02108 (617) 654-9911 email@example.com http://www.accessproject.org
UnderstandingPrejudice.org, a web site for students, teachers, and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice. In these pages you will find more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations. http://www.understandingprejudice.org/
The National Budget Simulation: You control the budget ? website providing simple simulation should give you a better feel of the trade-offs which policy makers need to make in creating federal budgets and dealing with deficits. http://www.budgetsim.org/nbs/
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
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 email@example.com. 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
The Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket-to-Work Program is designed to provide employment services and jobs to persons with disabilities. The SSA has been holding information sessions around the country to explain how Ticket-to-Work will operate; one such session will be held in Providence on May 20th. Information: http://www.yourtickettowork.com/calendar?select=May2003#May2003 or contact LR/RI.
Thursday, May 22 - 11th Annual Conference on Serving Youth and Adults with Learning Disabilities Hartford Marriott, Farmington, CT
The $95.00 registration fee includes both a buffet lunch and networking
opportunities with over 250 participants annually from through-out the
New England region. Over 20 workshops of innovative learning strategies
and techniques. The Keynote speaker, Robin Schwarz, M.SpEd:LD, will
talk about Learning Disabilities and ESOL: The Big Issues! For High
School, Vocational and Adult Education teachers; Administrators; Counselors;
Literacy Providers; College Faculty; and personnel in the social services,
employment and training fields. Please find attached detailed information
on the conference as well as detailed session descriptions. For more information
or to register contact: Brettnee Nelson (860) 524-4054, contact LR/RI,
or go to› http://www.crec.org/atdn/disabilities/ldconf.shtml
Event: The Maternity Care Coalition (Momobile) provides outreach prenatal and early infant support/care for at-risk families in the greater Philadelphia area. The panel will bring an interesting set of perspectives to the table. Health Literacy and Effective Communication: Building Blocks to Healthier Families June 3, 8:30 am-12:30 pm Moore College of Art and Design 20th Street & The Parkway Philadelphia, PA
Understanding the language of health is necessary to process information, obtain services and make appropriate decisions. Educated consumers are best equipped to pursue healthy lives, yet 40% of Americans do not comprehend the phrase "not on an empty stomach." Creating effective health messages is a challenge that depends on understanding the lives and culture of diverse groups. What are some innovative ways to increase health literacy? This session will explore strategies to enrich communication in maternal and child health programs and improve health status by enhancing literacy levels of mothers.
Ian Bennett, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Terry Davis, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Janet Ohene-Frempong, JO Frempong & Associates, Moderator, Christina Zarcadoolas, Brown University Continuing education credits available. For more information or to register, call Lila Slovak at (215) 972-0700 or visit http://www.MOMobile.org
RI Inquiry projects: final presentations, Friday, June 13th 10 - 2 at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence. Please RSVP by June 6 by calling 863-2839 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Read about current project at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/inq2002.3.html
June 17-21 Research in Practice in Adult Literacy Institute, Saint John's, Newfoundland, Information available at http://www.mun.ca/educ/adult_literacy or contact LR/RI. Read about previous summer institutes at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/inquiry.html
44th Adult Education Research Conference from June 5-8;prelimanary program brochure, posted at› http://www.sfsu.edu/~educ/AERC/aerc.html
Trapped by Poverty, Trapped by Abuse Research Conference, October 17-19, 2003 in Austin, Texas
The Center for Impact Research, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the University of Texas School of Social Work announce the fourth Trapped by Poverty/Trapped by Abuse Research Conference.
We now understand that violence against women is a form of social control
with wide-ranging effects on women's poverty. Domestic violence can interfere
with education, training, and work, cause dependence on welfare, or prevent
a successful welfare-to-work transition. Domestic violence can sabotage
control of reproduction that, in turn, can interfere with economic self-sufficiency.
Domestic violence can cause or aggravate alcohol or drug abuse, or cause
mental and physical health problems that can also can sabotage employment.
This conference brings together researchers, policy makers, service providers,
advocates, and elected officials to learn more about these relationships,
to explore effective policy responses, and to hear about innovative service
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.
÷[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.
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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