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.
February 6, 2004
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:firstname.lastname@example.org . Send email to :email@example.com 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, February 24 at 2:0 PM at Genesis Center, 620 Potters Ave, Providence. focus: when tensions exist between mandated outcomes and what students and teachers believe needs to occur in classroom and across programs.
State Adult Education Conference - Thursday, April 22, 2004. To register for the conference, please contact LR/RI (401) 863-2839, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.. The registration fee is $20 per person, and scholarships are available.
Black History Month Programs Film Discussion Series: "The Sixties: America's Decade of Crisis and Change" PPL's ongoing community events calendar is available at http://www.provlib.org/community/events/calendar/current.htm
View our News & Events page at http://www.provlib.org/community/community.htm
From Silja Kallenbach: The New England Literacy Resource Center is launching a non-partisan, Voter Education, Registration, and Action 2004Campaign (VERA 04) aimed at adult literacy learners and program staff in the New England states. Our goal is to educate adult learners about voting and the topical electoral issues, and mobilize them to vote in the 2004 elections. We would like to offer some of the resources we are developing to any state or region from outside of New England that is interested in helping adult literacy (ESOL ABE,GED, EDP etc.) programs prepare adult learners to vote in the 2004 elections. Specifically, the March 2004 issue of our Change Agent paper will be focused on "Voting in the 2004 Elections." This edition will not feature specific candidates for office, but it will cover topics such as: - Why vote? Examples of when a handful of votes mattered greatly - Questions to ask and steps to take in picking the candidate that best represents you - How to evaluate campaign ads and read election literature critically - Historical perspectives on voting - Student narratives of their experiences with voting - Sections on five hot issues in the presidential elections: jobs and the economy, health care, money and politics, security and civil liberties. Most articles will include learning activities to develop adult learners' reading, writing, math and critical thinking skills.
If you are interested in replicating our VERA campaign check out www.nelrc.org/VERA for more information. We can make the following resources available to you so you don't have to start from scratch:
- "Join The VERA 04 Campaign" flyer as a PageMaker file that can be modified easily for different state contexts by states.
- "Preparing Adult Learners to Vote in the 2004 Elections" workshop outline will be available on http://www.nelrc.org/VERA web site by March 2004.
NELRC is also providing training-of-trainers workshops for professional development providers and interested practitioners from around New England on using this issue of The Change Agent in instruction. Other states are most welcome to use and adapt our outlines to promote this
issue of The Change Agent and adult learner voting.
We may be able to make our online VERA registration on Zoomerang available to you. Call me to discuss specifics.I hope many of you will join the New England states to get the vote out this year.
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. For more information please contact LR/RI.
Heating assistance:ð 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.
ASTHMA WORKSHOP AND ESOL LESSON
This workshop fuses key, simple vocabulary and grammar into a lesson-like format tailored for ESOL learners. The workshop is one to one and a half hours long, and includes information about the main characteristics of asthma, its symptoms and triggers. Through a participatory and interactive environment, learners not only become aware of basic information relating to asthma, but they also learn English. This workshop can also include data on how asthma affects Latinos, and local community resources where they offer bilingual help.
The workshop is free of cost and its language is applicable to all levels. This is a workshop that could easily be integrated into a health unit or delivered as an isolated informative session and lesson. If you and your learners would like to schedule a workshop, please feel free to contact me via e-mail or by phone. Thank you.
Erick Garcia, ESOL Facilitator, American Lung Association, 401.935.8736 firstname.lastname@example.org
Openings: HRIC English for Work Program - In this program high level ESL students learn the procedure for finding a job in the United States or improving their skills at the job they currently possess. Students work on office, computer, and communication skills which will enhance their workplace skills. They develop a portfolio towards applying for a job including a resume, cover letter and writing samples. All students participate in an internship during their time in class which is geared towards their career goals. Whether a student is interested in enhancing their current job skills, finding a new and better job, or going on for further training, they receive individual case management which will further that goal. Program Info: International Institute, 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. Elizabeth Jardine 784-8604 email@example.com, Lauren Melucci 784-8609 firstname.lastname@example.org, Carmen Torres-Cabrera 784-8605ð email@example.com February 23 - June 25.
GED Preparation / Work Study Program begins on February 9th at Goodwill Industries of RI. The program runs Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 4:00. The morning portion is in the form of an internship of interest that occurs in the business community. The afternoon portion focuses on GED prep with special attention to math, language, reading and spelling. The class is instructed by a very seasoned and established RI College professor. Long distance learning is also a part of the curriculum so that adult learners can get accustomed to working with technology. Referrals and inquiries can be directed to Lori Norris at 861-2080 ext. 120 and should be made immediately as initial testing needs to occur.
Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has openings for their ESL class. This class runs for 15 weeks, Monday - Friday from 9-1. Ten additional hours are expected by way of homework assigments. The focus of this class is to teach enough functional English language skills for the student to obtain and maintain employment. Goodwill has run this program for over a year and continually demonstrates excellent results by way of educational advancement and job placement.
Referrals are being accepted immediately as the program officially started January 12th. This program is funded by Project Opportunity so the students must be FIP beneficiaries. Ten openings are left. Please contact Natalia Montoya at 861-2080 ext. 127 to make a referral.
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.
funding opportunities - large and less large
American Express and the National Endowment for Financial Education's Economic Independence Fund will grant a minimum of $500,000 in 2004 grants to approximately 20 community organizations to offer financial education to their clients who represent underserved populations such as immigrants, individuals moving from welfare to work, the newly employed, and young workers. Grants will range from $15,000 to $30,000. For more information, http://www.nefe.org/amexeconfundrfp
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/
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.
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
Literacy Volunteers of RI seeks an instructor for an ESL worksite class in the Providence area, to be held once a week for 14 weeks. $22/hour, for 2 hours instruction time per week plus up to 1 and 1/2 hours prep time. Must be available for classes on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon (your choice) from 3:30-5:30 pm. Class to start as soon as possible. Contact Cindy Mlyniec, Executive Director, at 401-861-0815, or send letter of interest and resume via email to LVARICindy@aol.com
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 email@example.com
online / resources
The Fall issue of the EFF HOT Topics at: http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/collections/eff/eff_publications.html contains information about the Standard: Read With Understanding and about the Reading Project conducted this past year.
Program Quality Indicators for Adult Education Programs, Program Quality Indicators for Volunteer Literacy Programs and Program Quality Indicators for TANF Agencies- all edited by Donna S. ShermanReviewed by over forty practitioners and based on the Bridges to Practice Indicators of High Quality Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities, these program quality indicators can be used to plan for long-term program improvement in serving adults with learning disabilities. Use these program quality indicators with the Bridges to Practice guidebooks and training. Requests for copies of the indicators should be addressed to Kaye Beall at firstname.lastname@example.org. PDF versions of the documents available online at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/ld.html
ð - vision, literacy and practice: adult educators' mini-grant projects addressing issues of vision and adult learning - projects undertaken during Bridging the Gap - literacy and low vision workshops held in December.ð http://www.brown.edu/lrri/afb.html (and also linked to LR/RI's dis/abilities page.)
- YouthBuild USA Learning Network has links to Web sites and full-text documents, and which includes a section on "Authentic Materials/Engaged Learning/Constructivism/Contextual Learning/Project-based Learning." http://www.youthbuild.org/learningnetwork/professionaldev.html
From David J. Rosen, EBAE Discussion List Moderator From late October to early December I moderated an online discussion about a National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) paper, "Establishing an Evidence-based Adult Education System." More than 200 adult literacy educators from across North America joined in. The purpose of the work group was "to have a thoughtful conversation about establishing an Evidence-based Adult Education System" in the United States. Messages, from practitioners and researchers, were posted in response to three sets of questions. A second discussion will take place from late January into February, 2004. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for a broad range of adult literacy education practitioners, researchers and others to read, react to, and add to the first discussion. A synthesis of the first discussion is online at http://www.alri.org/Rosen/ebae.htm.
The NCSALL paper can be downloaded from http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~ncsall/research/occas.htm
. Subscribers to the new discussion will want to read the paper and the
synthesis of the first discussion. To subscribe to this discussion list
("listserv") go to: http://lists.literacytent.org/mailman/listinfo/ebae,
and scroll down the page.
The National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE)'s Web resource collection:
Using Technology: Evaluating Software Programs http://www.cal.org/ncle/softwareval.htm
Researched and compiled by Lynda Terrill, this Web document does not merely list all available software resources but rather it gives you tools to select and evaluate software - including overarching questions to ask, a form to fill out when evaluating specific resources, and live links to sources of software and other software evaluation sites. The Web collection also includes NCLE's software picks - an annotated list of a few, recommended products. This list will be updated regularly, so check the Web site for additions. NCLE has also developed a Collection on Second Language Acquisition, providing background information about SLA. The collection, compiled by NCLE research associate Donna Moss, highlights NCLE and ERIC resources as well as pertinent organizations, periodicals, and policy issues. http://www.cal.org/ncle/ResSLA.htm
- proceedings of the Symposium on Assessment and Accountability Issues
in adult ESL Instruction http://www.cal.org/ncle/accountability/ and New
Q & A Discusses Four Assessment Issues Raised by the National Reporting
System (NRS) As the field of adult English as a second language (ESL)
instruction moves towards content standards, program staff and state and
national policy makers need to be able to make informed choices about appropriate
assessments for adult English language learners. Dorry Kenyon, and Carol
Van Duzer examine these concepts from a language testing perspective as
they apply to the NRS. http://www.cal.org/ncle/digests/langassessQA.htm
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.
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 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.ð
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
National Assosication for Adult with Learning Needs (NAASLN) 2004 conference Embracing Dialog for Improved Services: Authentic Conversations Leading to Actions March 7 - 9, Tampa, FL Register or Download Conference Brochure at http://www.naasln.org
Sharing Skills - Building Connections: A conference for workforce development professionals, particularly frontline and management staff providing education and training services. Wednesday, March 10 at the Worcester Centrum Centre. Early registration discount til February 16. Program and registration information available at http://www.cedac.org/ or call Rachel Ennis at 617-727-5944 x 101 or email: email@example.com.
Strong Programs, Strong Families - Excellence Through Professional Development - Early The 2004 National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida, March 1- information at the National Center for Family Literacy Web site at http://www.famlit.org.
FAMILY LITERACY ALLIANCE (FLA) FORUM AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Don't forget the FLA Forum scheduled at the national conference on February 29, from 5:00-8:00 pm. This will be an opportunity to get together with other FLA members before the conference begins. Sharon Darling will be guest speaker for the evening. Forum details and registration information are in the conference registration form (also online). The FLA Forum, for FLA members only, has a registration fee of $25. For information about the FLA Forum, call Ann Reynolds, NCFL Outreach Coordinator (502) 584-1133 x 149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
WE LEARN - Women Expanding: Literacy Education Action Resource Network
- First Annual (Net)Working Conference - Women, Literacy, Resources Saturday, March 27, 9:00 - 4:30, Clark Technology Center, Univ. of Massachusetts Boston, MA - open to learners, teachers, tutors...anyone interested in women's literacy issues. Information and Registration: http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html
- Collaboration with The Change Agent for a special issue on Women and Literacy - call for articles: http://www.litwomen.org/tca.htmlð Adult Learners and Educators: We are looking for student writings, lessons, activities and reflections addressing the theme of women and literacy. Questions for students and teachers to think about: How does being a woman affect your education? What are literacy issues for women? How is literacy defined for women? What do you think women's literacy means? What important social/political issues affect women adult learners? How are those issues connected to literacy and women's access to basic education?Do learners have access to information on women's issues? How? What happens when gender issues come up in class or in a tutoring session? How do you use women-centered materials in your classes? What does feminism mean to you? Articles must be received by April 23. All articles will be considered. Final decisions are made by the editorial board. Please send material (email or PC disk) to: Silja Kallenbach World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-482-9485 fax: 617-482-0617 firstname.lastname@example.org -
WE LEARN is proud to announce the creation of the Elizabeth Morrish
Memorial Student Scholarship Fund. For more information, go to: http://www.litwomen.org/morrish.html
TESOL 2004: The 38th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibition March 31-April 3, 2 Long Beach, California, http://www.tesol.org/conv/index-conv.html
The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education present COABE's 2004 annual conference, April 24 - 28 http://www.coabe04.org/
call for proposals:
The Second Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health, Staying the Course: October 17-19, Ottawa .
Literacy and Health in the First Decade, will bring together learners, practitioners and leading experts from Canada and the United States in a national forum to discuss what is being done to improve the health of Canadians with low literacy skills in the areas of practice, policy and research. The conference is: Proposed conference themes include: improving health services, raising literacy skills, focusing on language and culture, building healthy public policy and learning through research. A Call for Abstracts will be sent out in early February with a deadline for submission of May 14. Our objectives are to: Raise awareness of links between literacy and health; Identify how the Canadian context affects literacy and health; Exchange and document best practices and research in literacy and health in Canada; Identify policy issues involved in the linkage between literacy and health; Strengthen literacy and health networks and facilitate new partnerships in the area of practice, policy and research across different sectors (such as health, education, and employment).
To join our on-line Discussion Group and receive updates, or for information http://www.cpha.ca/literacyandhealth or e-mail email@example.com.
- Lynn Chiarelli, Project Coordinator/Coordonnatrice de projet. Second Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health/Deuxième Conférence canadienne sur l'alphabétisation et la santé Canadian Public Health Association/Association canadienne de santé publique 400-1565 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R1 Telephone: 613-725-3769 x112 Fax: 613-725-9826 http://www.nlhp.cpha.ca
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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