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.
December 16, 2003
Calls for participation, employment, funding, and conference and workshop opportunities, online and other resources. To post information, please contact LR/RI or leave a message (401-863-2839). I'll be out of the office from December 24th through January 6th, but will check email and phone messages regularly. Greetings of the season. All hope and wishes for good health, happiness, kindness, equitable distribution of resources, and peace
Maintain support for the National Institute for Literacy, the only federal agency dedicated to adult literacy and language learning: if you've used the LINCS website, participated in any of its lists, etc., please make your voice heard: TELL US HOW YOU USE LINCS mailto:email@example.com . Send email to :firstname.lastname@example.org National Institute for Literacy, LINCS http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/ To learn more about the critical effort to preserve NIFL, go to http://savenifl.org/.
ESOL share Tuesday, January 20 at 1:30 PM at Genesis Center, 620 Potters Ave, Providence. focus: further discussion of in-service/ongoing workshops for new and current ESOL teachers and tutors and discussion, as well as discussion of materials and approaches that work: Also, discussion of žOne Classroom: Two Language: dult Bilingual Curriculum Development, online: http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~ncsall/fob/2003/taggart.html If you need a hard copy, please contact LR/RI.
Adult education research share January 27th, 2 PM, at the Genesis Center .This meeting will focus on ongoing progress reports, and sharing resources around research and practice. To read about new projects, please see http://www.brown.edu/lrri/researchshare.html or contact LR/RI
State Adult Education Conference - Thursday, April 22, 2004.
Proposals for workshops due January 30th. http://www.brown.edu/lrri/conference04.html
Call for papers: Journal of Language, Identity, and Education
Special topic issue: Queer inquiry in language education
Guest editor: Cynthia D. Nelson (email@example.com)
The Journal of Language, Identity and Education is seeking submissions
for a special topic issue that examines sexual identities within language
education (or language-in-education) contexts. Abstracts due March 1, 2004.
For more information please contact LR/RI.
Call for input
Kathrynn Di Tommaso and Jennifer Roloff Welch, are writing an article for "Focus on Basics" on youth (16-24) in adult basic education/GED programs. This is a follow up article to Elizabeth Hayes' piece from the NCSALL Annual Review of Adult Learning and Literacy published in 1998. We have been reading information online, but we feel that it is very important for us to hear from those who are familiar with the field. The editor of FOB suggested that we ask members of this listserv to answer questions and provide feedback about the issue of youth in Adult Basic Education today.
Anecdotally, many adult basic educators and GED prep teachers continue
to describe increases in students 16-24 in their classrooms. Trend data
shows an increase overall in numbers of students of these ages enrolling
in adult education generally - 34% in 1991 and 47% in 2001 according to
NCES - but this data is not organized in such a way that indicates how
many of these students are enrolled in basic education/GED programs specifically.
1: Could you provide us with any data that is broken down by age on
your adult basic education and GED programs?
If you have questions or comments for us directly, please contact either
one of us. Thank you! Kathryn DiTommaso firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer
Roloff Welch email@example.com Second-year doctoral students in
Learning and Teaching Harvard Graduate School of Education
Heating assistance:› If you know someone who is without heat service, please have them call ACORN right away at 780-0500, so we can give them the information they need to enroll in the assistance program.
TRANSITION TO COLLEGE in collaboration with Project RIRAL and the New England Literacy Resource Center is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2004 semester. This free sixteen week program will assist students who want to update their academic skills and receive support on the college application and financial aid process. Students who enroll in TTC will also receive three academic credits from the Community College of Rhode Island. The program is opened to GED and high school graduates who meet program criteria. The program meets in the evening in Pawtucket and on Saturday mornings at CCRI in Providence. Anyone interested should contact Marie Crecca-Romero at 722-9800, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for a placement test in December. TTC's Spring semester will begin at the end of January. Space is limited.
Online learning: Principles and Practices of Online Teaching TESOL will offer a new, revamped online program on Principles and Practices of Online Teaching, starting early January 2004. To be updated on this new and exciting program, contact email@example.com.
A new course will now be available totally online toward the Certificate in Family Literacy sponsored by Penn State's Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy in partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy and Penn State's World Campus. "Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement" (ADTED 497C, 3 credits, taught by Donna Bell at NCFL) will be offered during spring semester (January 21 - April 21). The Introduction to Adult Education (ADTED 460), which is part of the Certificate, is available every semester. Courses in the 15-credit certificate may be applied to a bachelor's or master's degree program. (Credits may be applied toward Penn State's online M.Ed. in Adult Education or toward other degree programs.) You can take individual courses or the entire Certificate. Tuition is priced as low as possible (at the PA residential rate). Registration is now underway in the World Campus; information: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/pub/famlt/ Please contact Nickie Askov (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
funding opportunities - large and less large
Teacher as researcher grant information is included in the LINCS Grants Database. The International Reading Association's Teacher as Researcher Grant supports classroom teachers in their inquiries about literacy and instruction. Completed applications must be received by January 15, 2004. You can get to this information directly at : http://www.reading.org/awards/grantcha.html Get more information on this and other grants by checking out the LINCS Grants and Funding database Learn about current funding opportunities available from federal, state, and local government; private industry; foundations; and other funding sources. Visit the Grants & Funding database to get the latest funding proposals for adult and family literacy programs. You can also search the database by program subject area, funding range, or type of organization of both funder and applicant in order to find the funding streams that match your specific needs. The LINCS Grants & Funding database, a service of National Institute for Literacy, is updated daily. LINCS staff and partners scan 3 national grant and funding newsletters, more than 20 online discussion lists, and nearly 700,000 Web sites to keep you up to date on literacy funding sources.
The UPS Foundation funds volunteer management, hunger and literacy efforts.
The federal government's new one stop grant site: http://www.grants.gov/
Applications Available for the 2004 Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund Deadline: January 15
Sponsored by the Talbots Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic program of apparel retailer Talbots the Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund is a $100,000 scholarship program that awards five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships annually to women seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree later in life. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has awarded college scholarships to 330 women ranging in age from their late twenties to their early sixties. To be eligible, applicants must be women currently residing in the US who earned a high school diploma or GED at least ten years ago; be seeking a degree from an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational-technical school; and have at least two full- time semesters or twenty-four credits remaining to com- plete their undergraduate degree. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2004, or until one thousand eligible applications have been received. Application forms will be available at the Talbots Web site. http://www.talbots.com/about/scholar/scholar.asp
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces Scholarship Competition for Community College Students Seeking Bachelor's Degrees Deadline: February 2, 2004
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation ( http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org/ ),a private independent foundation that provides funding to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education, has announced that it will focus its undergraduate scholarship program on students transferring from community college to pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States or abroad.
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program is designed to enable community college students to earn 4-year degrees. The Cooke Foundation plans to award approximately 35 scholarships in the spring of 2004 for the 2004-05 academic year and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. Recipients may use the award at any accred
ited four-year college or university in the US or abroad to pursue any 4-year degree.
To be eligible for nomination, a student must presently be attending or have graduated since May 1999 from a fully licensed and accredited community college or two-year institution in the U.S.; planning to transfer to an accredited four-year college or university to begin studies in the fall of 2004; and have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better (or the equivalent) on a 4.0 scale. Awards will provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the period required to complete the undergraduate degree (generally two years). Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, although the amount will vary based on such factors as tuition. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their community college or 2-year institution. See the Cooke Foundation Web site for faculty representatives, program guidelines, and application materials:
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/
The Coalition of African, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAELII) is pleased to announce that a free 20-lesson curriculum is now available for download at their web site.
These lessons were suggested and tested by teachers at the CAAELII Coalition of 20 community based organizations serving immigrants and refugees in Chicago. Developed under a grant from the Illinois Community College Board, they are aimed at students in EL/Civics classes who want to become more active and involved members of their community. The lessons include: Identifying your Elected Representatives, Writing a Letter to your Elected Representative. Calling your Elected Representative, Dealing with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) Crime and U.S. Citizenship, Getting Legal Status: An Overview,Sponsoring Relatives for a Green Card, Understanding Funding for ESL and Citizenship Classes.How a Bill Becomes a Law, The Bill of Rights and the Amendments that Guarantee Voting Rights, What to Do if You're Stopped or Questioned by the Police Using the Internet for Lesson Plans and as a Resource in the Classroom, EL/Civics Internet Resource Guide, Domestic Violence, Voting and Voting Rights, Elections,The Citizenship Interview (Parts 1-7) and Dictionary The Citizenship Interview (Parts 8-10) and Practice Interview To download one or all of the lessons go to the CAAELII web site at http://www.caaelii.org/ and click on the English Language, Civics and Citizenship Teacher's Toolbox. Also available for free download at the CAAELII site is the Active Citizens Technology in Our Neighborhood (ACTION) Curriculum, easy language lessons for beginning computer users. For more information or for questions, contact Khem@caaelii.org .
Mentor, Inc. d/ba Project RIRAL is looking for an ESL instructor for a worksite literacy program in Woonsocket. The class will meet two days a week from 10pm-12am to accommodate second and third shift workers. The class is slated to begin the second week of January and run through mid April. Interested applicants can contact Patricia Bellart at email@example.com.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST-ASSESSMENT SYSTEM FOR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTRAL RESOURCE CENTER WORLD EDUCATION
Full details at http://www.sabes.org/sabjob6.htm (or contact LR/RI) This is a .6 FTE position based at World Education in Boston, Massachusetts. Salary range $50,000 to $52,000 prorated to 60% plus excellent benefits.
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Mina Reddy, World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Resume review will begin in early January. Position open until filled. World Education is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. M/F/V/H/D. Voluntary information in this regard is welcomed.
Substitute list: if you would like your name added to the list, please see contact LR/RI. The list needs to be updated so that it can function more usefully for teachers and programs hoping to work with them. (http://www.brown.edu/lrri/sub.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
ESOL resource: English for Action's lesson plan collection: Taking Care of Health Care, Writing for Rights, Our Neighborhood, Our Safety, and Parents and their Children's Education. http://www.tapeart.com/efa/
Providence Community Resource Network (PCRN) http://www.provplan.org/pcrn
Spanish language version of PCRN is up and running. You can access the site from the PCRN home page, http://www.provplan.org/pcrn, or go straight to http://www.provplan.org/pcrnespa. The Web pages, online instructions, and the content of the database have all been translated.
from David Rosen, NIFL ESL list, December 5, 03:
ESL teaching colleagues, From Jeff Carter's LiteracyTech Blog (http://www.literacytech.org/blog.html) I found the Web-based Cook's Thesaurus. Jeff writes :
"Adult learners may find this site worth exploring, at http://foodsubs.com. Essentially a picture dictionary of food, the long passages may be difficult reading for lower-level readers, but for quickly matching the names of food ingredients to pictures, it might be fun and useful for anyone. The interface is clean and the pages load quickly." This could be a useful resource for ESOL beginning level students if (as Jeff suggests) the students just look at the (large text) food names and pictures. [ To follow this thread, on the NIFL list, and/or to review others, go to http://www.nifl.gov/nifl-esl/2003/ ]
Civics 101 - website of the RI Secretary of State, at http://www.rules.state.ri.us/civics_101/; a high school curriculum that may be adaptable for adult learners and/or useful for initiating critical
reflection about citizenship and communities.
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education has published new Myths and Realities, available at no cost (until December 31, 2003 when the Clearinghouse will close) in paper, PDF or as an e-mail message and will be on the Clearinghouse website (ericacve.org). Send requests to email@example.com and indicate the format you prefer. If you want paper copies, be sure to include your mailing address.
Everyone Goes to College by Michael E. Wonacott reviews participation in postsecondary education and examines views on the desirability of different postsecondary credentials.
Teaching Style vs. Learning Style by Bettina L. Brown looks at questions such as Do the teaching styles of teachers match students' learning styles? Can individuals learn effectively when instructional delivery does not match their preferred learning style? Can teaching and learning styles be adapted or modified?
The "New Economy": Real or High-Tech Bubble? by Bettina L. Brown examines the evidence for and against the existence of the New Economy and explores how jobs and careers may be affected by its existence (or nonexistence). Other new publications, also available at no charge in paper, as an e-mail message, or in PDF, will be on the website (soon) until 12/19/03. After that, they will be archived at locations to be announced.
ERIC Digest 252 - CTE and Work-Based Learning by Bettina L. Brown reviews the approaches used to provide work-based learning, issues involved in structuring meaningful worksite learning experiences, and benefits that CTE students realize through participation in those experiences
Does Adult Educator Professional Development Make a Difference? by Sandra Kerka examines research reports and other literature to address misconceptions about professional development (PD) in adult education in terms of models, methods, and impact.
Effects of Globalization on Careers by Bettina L. Brown explores such questions as Is the positive potential of globalization being realized? Are transnational careers becoming a reality? What effects are uncertainty and continuous change having on career development?
Whatever Happened to Workplace Literacy by Susan Imel examines questions such as What has happened to workplace literacy since funding ceased? Has it disappeared? Have the issues surrounding it changed?
Webliographies (only on the website)
Crosswalks: Linking Systems for Career and Technical Education http://ericacve.org/webliog.asp?tbl=webliog&ID=24 provides some background on the uses of crosswalks in career and technical education and links to samples or descriptions of crosswalk schemes that will be of interest to teachers, curriculum planners, career counselors, and others.
A Guide to Accrediting/Certifying Agencies and Organizations in Career and Technical Education http://ericacve.org/webliog.asp?tbl=webliog&ID=22 is intended to help students, parents, and others understand more about educational and technical credentials and certifications and how to find educational programs that meet their needs. It gives an overview of accreditation and provides links to selected online sources of information.
A Guide to Locating resources in Adult, Career, and Career-Technical Education http://ericacve.org/webliog.asp?tbl=webliog&ID=1 includes links to websites, curriculum labs, publishers, discussion groups, and other resources that can help you find the information you need. And, the final ERIC Digest published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education:
The Effectiveness of Short-Term Training fo Self Sufficiency by Michael E. Wonacott reviews the literature on the outcomes of short-term training programs for welfare recipients and the services required to meet the self-sufficiency needs of welfare recipients participating in short-term training.
To request items other than the Webliographies, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Judy Wagner at email@example.com. Please indicate the format you prefer and include mailing address for paper copies.
Again, please request your copies as soon as possible since we will have a skeleton staff over the holidays and will close on December 31. http://www.ericacve.org/ ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education 1900 Kenny Rd, Columbus OH 43210-1090 614/292-8625; 800/848-4815 (ext 2-8625); FAX: 614/292-1260 TTY/TDD: 614/688-8734 ERIC clearinghouses, including AskERIC, close at the end of December 2003. During the transition period, use the following ERIC website› http://www.eric.ed.gov/.
.The Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women has placed many of its critical resources on women and literacy online. To access these materials at Search CCLOW - http://www.nald.ca/cclow/search/ - or contact LR/RI for more information.›
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
RI Reading Disabilities symposium, The State of the Science of Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities, January 15th, 8:30 - 3:00.at the Masonic Learning Center, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Keynote speakers Dr. Sally Shaywitz and Bennet Shaywitz on The State of Sciene in Overcoming Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities, as well as a choice of breakout sessions: Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction, or Diagnosing Phonoloigcal Processing Weaknesses and Dyslexia.. To learn more about Sally Shaywitz, and her work at http://www.schwablearning.org/articles.asp?r=718&g=1 Registration is $90; $75 for RI School Psychologists Association members, $50 for students, and $225 for teams of three from the same district. Information; Chris Willis at 742-3622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Across Rhode Island announces the selection for 2004: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Join us at the Literacy Conference A Kick-off for Reading Across RI -›2004
Community College of RI - Warwick Campus Saturday, January 17, 2004 8:30 a.m.›- 1 p.m. $10
The conference is designed to give book discussion leaders in libraries,
classrooms, bookstores and other venues a handle on the themes of The Secret
Life of Bees and the resources available to extend & enrich the 'book'
The First Binational Symposium of Education Researchers March 12 and 13, 2004
Mexico City, Mexico http://simposio.asu.edu Information can be obtained from: Southwest Center for Eduation Equity and Language Diversity Arizona State University PO Box 871511 Tempe, AZ 85287-1511
The theme of Mexican immigrant student dropouts in U.S. schools (K-12), under-education in Mexico, and the relationship between the two. Both qualitative and quantitative studies will be accepted. Some of the researchers involved in this effort are special education researchers. Tanya Shuy email: email@example.com
other events and conferences http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/Calendar/calendar_world.cgi
TESOL worldwide calendar of events http://www.tesol.org/isaffil/calendar/index.html
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
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.
what do you think? LR/RI has had an online survey on its site forever. 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.
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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