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.
27 August, 1997
This issue of the bulletin contains information about research projects, some employment opportunities, and few other bits and pieces. Hope your summer has gone well, and look forward to hearing from you more frequently. Thanks.
* Practitioner, Learner Assistance Needed for Adult Education Research Projects Victoria Purcells-Gates and Rima E. Rudd, researchers from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, are seeking assistance from Rhode Island area adult education practitioners and learners.
Purcells-Gates is currently conducting a study which aims to document everyday uses of reading and writing by adult literacy learners and look for possible relationships between program characteristics and changes in everyday uses of print. She seeks practitioners who will: - Answer interview questions re the program content, activities, and materials - Allow class observation by NCSALL researchers - Help recruit student volunteers for home visits (visits to occur every six months and include a 45 minute structured interview) - Help recruit local researchers (i.e. other teachers or administrators) for home visits.
Rima Rudd's study explores the mutual benefits of introducing health topics into ABE, ESOL and ASE classes. She is interested in hearing from any practitioners who have introduced health topics into their curricula, and will be conducting a formal survey this fall.
Any practitioners who might be interested in assisting in either project or would simply like to read a project overview can contact David Hayes, RI PDRN Practitioner Leader, at (401) 331-9261 or DHayes@aol.com.
* Call for articles: The Change Agent Newspaper wants to hear from adult educators and learner about your opinions, ideas, and experiences in and out of the classroom on the theme of CIVIC PARTICIPATION -- MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. Different kinds of writings are sought -- learning project descriptions, sample lessons, reviews, stories, interviews, dialogues, plays, poems, math activities, cartoons, drawings, graphics and photos. Please contact Marie Horchler at World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 (or email at email@example.com), or phone (617) 482-9485 to let her know you intention to submit by August 31st. All articles must be received by September 30, 1997.
Intergenerational Literacy conference planning group will meet to firm up speakers on Thursday, September 25th, at 3 PM at the International Institute of RI. Anyone with an interest in the conference is invited to join us as we continue to plan for this event, scheduled for January, 1998.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: REGIONAL HUB1 LITERACY TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROJECT COORDINATOR
The New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) is the site of the Region I Adult Literacy Technology Hub 1 (http://hub1.worlded.org) serving the adult literacy community in New England, the mid-Atlantic states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Hub 1's goal is to strengthen adult basic education and ESOL teaching, learning, professional development and administration by providing useful resources on the Hub 1 web site, along with related trainings, technical assistance and opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. Hub1 is a collaboration between NELRC/World Education, and the National Center on Adult Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania. It is funded by the National Institute for Literacy and as one of four regional technology hubs operating across the United States.
Web Site Design and Maintenance
1.Build on and maintain the Hub 1 web site; retain and oversee consultants as necessary and feasible; manage web discussion groups; identify necessary software and hardware acquisitions.
2. Work with the Hub 1 Web Publishing Committee to select and format field-generated publications. Training
3.Oversee the Hub1 trainings in collaboration with the NCAL trainers.
4.Co-present training workshops on the Internet and its applications in education.
Collaborative Project Management and Development
5. Manage Hub 1 using democratic management principles; convene monthly staff meetings.
6.Oversee Hub 1 expenses with NELRC director.
7.Work with the 20-member Hub 1 Consortium to plan and evaluate projects via listserv and biannual meetings; plan and co-facilitate the meetings.
8.Prepare quarterly reports to the funding source and Consortium members; maintain communication with the funding source and the other LINCS Hubs; attend 2-3 national meetings.
9.Publicize and promote the work of Hub 1 online, in print and through presentations, produce a quarterly 4-page newsletter with staff assistance.
10.Build and maintain linkages with adult literacy providers in Region I.
11.Work with project staff to secure continued funding and plan for expansion of Hub 1.
12.Participate in monthly World Education Literacy Division staff meetings.
1. Five or more years experience in MIS, education technology.
2.Proven skills in HTML and web site information design techniques (Java, Perl, C, C++ a plus).
3.Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multifaceted projects, meet deadlines; self-directed.
4.Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of a team; commitment to democratic management.
5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
6. Knowledgeable about adult literacy pedagogy, programs, issues; direct working experience preferred.
7.Willing and able to do overnight travel out-of-state (8-10 trips per year.)
SALARY Full-time; Salary is $40,000/year, with excellent benefits. To apply, send resume and cover letter by September 5, 1997 to: Silja Kallenbach, NELRC/World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. NELRC/World Education is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Voluntary information in this regard is welcomed.
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.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - Director, Boston Community Middle School. As a member of the Community Center staff, the director will assume on-site responsibility for the day-to-day adminsitration of the Community Middle School including recruitment, administration, discipline, and supervision.
Qualifications: Teacher certification plus two years working in a human service setting, experience working with urban youth, organizational, administrative, supervisory, computer and counseling skills; alternative educational experience. BOSTON RESIDENCY required. For more information, contact LR/RI, or Wendy Nilsson at (617) 635-4920, X 2301.
Workshops available - During the past few years I1ve worked with a team of women from around Canada, through the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women, on Making Connections: Literacy and EAL Curriculum from a Feminist Perspective. The curriculum was developed 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. While the cost of the curriculum document itself is $20, there is no charge for the workshops.
Position wanted: Mandy Gardner has been teaching creative writing
at a homeless shelter in New Jersey for two years, is planning to move
to Providence and is available for writing, teaching, editing or researching.
She has written extensively for the New York Daily News, Family Circle,
Asia, Inc., Business Philadelphia, Smart Money and other publications.
She has also held positions as managing editor of Corporate Travel magazine,
a staff writer at M magazine, a staff reporter at Manhattan,inc. and a
fact-checker at Vanity Fair. She created a magazine, Pieces from Wandering
Minds, out of the workshop at the homeless shelter and in August, she was
awarded a Hudson County arts grant to continue her work. Contact email@example.com;
115 Washington Street, #3, Hoboken, NJ 07030; 201-792-2134
from previous issues:
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?
You can link to the articles at the URLs above, or contact LR/RI
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