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.
March 9, 2004
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: To learn more about the critical effort to preserve NIFL, go to http://savenifl.org/.
ESOL share ESOL share Thursday, April 1st. What does a good ESOL teacher look like - what are the qualities, criteria and qualifications? Let's talk about it. 2:00 PM at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence.
In 2003, the International Black Professionals and Friends in TESOL (IBPFT) Caucus distributed about 40 ESL/EFL books and resources to our colleagues teaching in Africa and the Caribbean. In 2004, our goal is to have 100! These resources are greatly needed and appreciated. Bring donations to the convention or send by mail if you are not attending the convention. Details for donations available at http://www.geocities.com/ibpft_tesol
The Rhode Island Special Interest Group of MATSOL has organized a professional development opportunity, Promoting Literacy... Resources for the ESL Professional, Saturday, March 13, 9:00-12:30 sponsored by Harcourt Achieve:Rigby/Steck-Vaughn.
Participants can choose from among two workshops on the following
topics: Balanced Literacy-Strategies for the K-8 Classroom- Presented by
Linda Filomeno -Woonsocket Education Department Coordinator for Literacy
and Professional Development OR ESL and Literacy - How do Public Libraries
Provide Support for Young Adults and Adults? - Presented by Kristen McKenna,
Literacy Coordinator, Providence Public Library and Carloyn Fichera, ESL
Coordinator, East Providence Public Schools. Rhode Island College, Forman
Center. All attendees will receive a resource packet and refreshments
will be served. Please RSVP by March 10th to JGiroux@RIC.EDU or Margaret_Scott@Brown.EDU.
Adult Education and Literacy System Action Plan - read about it, get involved:
This web site will be used to share meeting dates, agendas, and minutes for all teams, allowing all interested parties to particpate, show up, or follow the process. http://www.ripolicy.org/literacy/
Governor Carcieri created the Adult Literacy Task Force to develop an integrated, high-quality adult literacy system. The Task Force has embarked on a participatory planning process that will draw in the expertise of the adult education community in the state and draw on best-practices nationally to envision a system to better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. Expanding opportunities for adults without the literacy skills to access good jobs or higher education now has the direct involvement of the Governor. This creates a long-awaited window of opportunity to do the difficult work of system building. The Governor and the General Assembly stepped up to the plate and delivered $1.4 million in new state money for adult literacy as part of the 2003 Jobs Initiative and the Governor created the task force.
Next task force meeting, April 2, 8:30 am, location TBA
other working group meetings:
1. System Objectives, Elements, and Governance working group
(Team 2 on Action Plan)
2. Professionalizing Instruction working group Tuesday, March 9th, 1:00 - 4:00 at RIDE Room 501 Contact: Bob Mason email@example.com
3. Participant Assessment working group TBA
4. Program Quality and Performance Measures Friday, March 12th at 2:00
Adult Education Fair Friday March 12 CCRI, Providence Liston Campus 9am -1pm
This event will give students and practitioners the opportunity to learn about adult education and training programs offered in the state of RI and the services they provide Contact Yvette 861-0815 firstname.lastname@example.org There is no fee for this event. Sponsored by the Human Resource Investment Council. Providence Mayor David Cicilline and CCRI President Thomas Sepe are scheduled to speak at some point that morning.
State Adult Education Conference - Thursday, April 22, 2004. To register for the conference, please contact LVA-RI (401) 861-0815, or email email@example.com. The registration fee is $20 per person, and scholarships are available. Updated information at
The Children's Museum is open for free on the first Sunday of each month. Families can play, learn and have fun together in the Museum's hands-on exhibits, all free of charge. This is sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy.› For information call 401-273-KIDS. Held at 100 South Street, Providence.››
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.
We would like to invite you/your agency to join RI VERA (Voter Education, Registration, and Action).RI VERA '04 is a non-partisan effort aimed at adult literacy learners and program staff in the New England states. Its goal is to educate adult learners about voting and the topical electoral issues and to mobilize them to vote in the 2004 elections. VERA is sponsored by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education.Voting is one of our most basic civil rights and responsibilities. Yet, barely one half (51.3%) of voting age adults voted in the 2000 United States presidential elections (Federal Election Commission, 2003). Voting rates in The United States are among the lowest of any democracy in the world. We should not allow another presidential election to go by with only one half of the voting age population bothering to go to the polls.
Studies show that the less education a person has, the less likely s/he is to vote. Yet, adult learners' well being is profoundly affected by the outcomes of current public policy debates. Adult educators need to help learners to understand their self-interest and to see that their vote does count. The 2004 elections are a teachable moment with high stakes outcomes for low-income people in the United States.
Any interested adult education program in New England may join by registering
on the web site .
Each New England state is forming a VERA task force of practitioners and advocacy organizations. Rhode Island needs your help in developing a statewide strategy and plan to mobilize the adult literacy community to vote in the 2004 presidential elections. Please join us for this very important task.›
The first VERA Task Force meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 26, 9:30-11:30 am Pawtucket netWork Rhode Island,175 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island Please let us know that you will be joining us for the first VERA Task Force meeting in Pawtucket by calling 401-762-3841. We look forward to working with you on this important initiative.
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.
Introduction to Direct Support Class at The Genesis Center
This 8- week class will help prepare bilingual adults for jobs working with people who have disabilities. Interested applicants must be: bilingual, patient, responsible, caring and have a strong desire to work with people with disabilities. High school diploma or GED, driver's license and good driving record are required. Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon. Interested persons should attend an informational session at The Genesis Center on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. For more information, please contact Betsy Meaney at 781-6110.
Classes will run from March 23 to May 13th.
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
funding opportunities - large and less large
HRIC funding - Excellence Through Training Grants $2,500,000 has been allocated for employee training projects (depending on availability). Up to 25% of these funds will be made available to non-profit organizations. The maximum amount awarded to an individual organization is $30,000.
Applications available March 8;
Applications will be available at various locations including Chambers of Commerce, NetWORKri Offices, http://www.rihric.com and the HRIC Office. If you are not interested in applying this year, please consider serving as a rater to read and score the applications. This gives you an inside look as to how the funding decisions are made. If you have any questions, please let us know. Melody (462-8868) email@example.com› Mavis (462-8862) firstname.lastname@example.org Lori (462-8863) email@example.com
The Massachusetts - Rhode Island Fund (the Fund) of the Funders' Collaborative for Racial Justice Innovation (the Racial Justice Collaborative) is a partnership of funders in Massachusetts and RI who are committed to supporting racial justice work in their respective states. The Fund will provide grants to support innovative partnerships between community- based organizations and lawyers/legal groups working on racial justice issues. The Fund will seek out groups whose practices reflect the following values and priorities:
Advancing the understanding of structural exclusion on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, immigration status or citizenship status; Helping to frame new approaches that practically address structural exclusion and its changing nature in US society today; Connecting race and democracy: that is, promoting fair political representation of, and supporting greater participation in government and policy formation by racial and language minorities; Impacting public debate about race and ethnicity and immigration; Exploring common interests across racial and or ethnic divides, including divides created or exacerbated by differences in immigration and citizenship status; Supporting and strengthening community leadership; and Using participation and deliberation by marginalized groups to identify and implement community goals and build public will.
The Fund will support efforts to understand new challenges and emerging issues of legal and structural exclusion based on race, ethnicity, immigration or citizenship status, with preference in the areas of: Access to housing; Access to quality education; or Criminal justice, particularly the collateral consequences of incarceration on families and communities. The fund may also support efforts in other areas that include, but are not limited to: Access to health care; denial of welfare and immigration benefits and/or access based on language, national origin, ethnicity or citizenship status; economic justice; environmental justice; Development and enforcement of immigration, asylum,detention and border laws and policies that violate human and civil rights of non-citizens; Labor issues, particularly for low-wage and immigrant groups, including employment-related discrimination; and Voting rights, democratic incorporation and participation of racial and ethnic minorities and non-citizens. Grants ranging from $25,000 -$75,000 per year for up to 2 years will be awarded to between 6 and 8 organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Applicants will need to submit an original and three copies of: completed Notice of Intent to Apply for Funds (application instructions are needed) Breakdown of staff and board by race/ethnicity and gender(form is needed) Copy of 501(c)(3) Organization budget (of the applying organization) and project budget. The project budget should include a list of current and prospective funders. For application information contact Nzinga Misgana (firstname.lastname@example.org) 401-727-9467, 74 Auburn Street Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-727-9467 email@example.com
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is offering grants to schools, non-profit community agencies, and organizations to promote health initiatives contributing to healthier life styles in their neighborhoods.
Successful proposals must address the following issues: Name of organization/school, including its mission and services provided. Description of the ethnicity, income levels, language, and cultural diversity of the population served by the organization. Description of the project for which you are requesting the funding. Who will be served by this project? What health need or service is the organization trying to address or expand? Provide detailed information on how the funds will be used to impact the health of the participants. Explanation of what your organization wants to accomplish. A project timeline. When will the project start? Where will the project take place? Please provide ideas for a collaborative working relationship between NHPRI and your organization: in-kind services, RIte Care presentations, special events, board opportunities, project committees, special programs. Proposals should not be any longer than two typewritten pages in length. These health grants will range from $300-$500 dollars, and will be awarded to applying organizations, based on need, fostering healthy lifestyles through health initiatives. Proposals should be submitted by April 9, 2004.
Please submit proposals to: Healthy Neighborhoods Awards Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island c/o Isabel Pestana 299 Promenade St Providence, RI 02908 Faxed and e-mailed documents are acceptable. Fax: 401- 459-6175 attention: Isabel Pestana or Email:› firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants will be awarded beginning May 7 Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (NHPRI) is a 70,000 member non-profit HMO founded in 1994 by Rhode Island's Community Health Centers. It primarily serves enrollees of the state's managed RIte Care Health Program. NHPRI is proud to be the first health center affiliated health plan in the country to be rated as "Excellent" its highest accreditation status by NCQA. NHPRI recognizes and supports community organizations that implement and promote healthy neighborhoods. Please contact Isabel Pestana at 401-459-6082 if you have any questions, or visit us at www.nhpri.org
The UPS Foundation funds volunteer management, hunger and literacy
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
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
New issue: Focus on Basics› http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/fob/2004/fob_6d.html A growing number of ABE providers are adding transition programs to encourage students to enroll and enable them to persist in post secondary education. This issue is all about them: why they are important, what the different models are, what the challenges in implementation are.
Articles: Research by John Tyler on why college is important from an economic perspective, research by Maricel Santos on academic language needs of ESOL learners, an overview of the growing transition movement and a snapshot of different program models by Judy Alamprese and chart by Jessica Spohn and Silja Kallenbach, the role of relationships in making programs work, by Jeanne Belisle Lombardo of Rio Salado College in Arizona, a team of ABE math experts talked with Focus on Basics about why math poses such a problem and what to do about it., The history of a very mature transition program: Massachusetts'ODWIN center, by Mary Tacelli, Instilling post secondary aspirations is often a starting point for programs, as it is at RI's Dorcas Place (by BrendaDann-Messier and Eva I. Kampits)A candid account of the glitches and snags the staff at the transition program at Edmonds Community College in Washington faced in establishing their program Why transition programs are so important, by World Education's Deepa Rao.
THE REVIEW (Vocational and Technical Education; High Schools; Adult Education and Literacy; and Community Colleges) February 27, 2004 Susan K. Sclafani, Ph.D. Acting Assistant Secretary Office of Vocational and Adult Education U.S. Department of Education The Review is a monthly update from the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. The full text is online at: http://www.ed.gov/news/newsletters/ovaereview/orev022704.html.
This month's Review is a special expanded edition. Where as proposed budget figures were recently released, and the President announced his new Jobs for the 21st Century Initiative, we felt that our readers would benefit from some extra detail on these important items. Angela Desrochers, Editor
The 2003 Workplace Learning Conference, sponsored in part by the US Department of Education--Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the US Department of Labor--Employment and Training Administration, was held in Chicago, December 7-10. Conference attendees and presenters were work-based learning activists, advocates, providers, researchers and policy-makers. A number of the more than 70 presenters have made their material available electronically. This material has just become available and may be accessed through a team room designed specifically for the Conference. In addition to material from more than 20 workshops, papers commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education on a variety of issues in workplace education are also available at this site. http://www.workplace-learning.net/
- from Donna JG Brian, Coordinator/Developer LINCS Workforce Education Special Collection at http://worklink.coe.utk.edu/, Center for Literacy Studies at The University of Tennessee 600 Henley Street, Suite 312 Knoxville, TN 37996-4135 865-974-3420 ( phone) FAX 865-974-3857 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. PDF versions of the documents available online at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/ld.html; word versions available upon request.
- 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:
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.›
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Learning Communities Engaged in Social Change, A Conversation for Activists and Educators, March 26-28, Gary Indiana. bell hooks is the keynote speaker. The conference marks 10 years of success of swingshift college and offers an opportunity for international dialogue on adult and worker education for social change. See the brochure at http://www.iun.edu/~swingnw/conference%20brochure.pdf For information call 219 981-4259 or 219 980-6835. More about swingshift college http://www.iun.edu/~swingnw/whatisswingshiftcollege.shtml
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.html› 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 email@example.com -
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/
12th Annual Conference on Serving Youth and Adults with Learning Disabilities on May 27th at the Hartford Marriott in Farmington. Free half-day Pre-Conference site visits to local programs and services on May 26th. Conference brochures will be available soon, http://www.crec.org/atdn/disabilities/ldconf.shtml
The Community of Scholars Writing Retreat is for academics and scholars who want to concentrate on their own projects. Working retreat provides morning work sessions at one's own pace, discussion on academic publishing, writing strategies, manuscript review, and optional daily readings. Recreational and cultural activities to stimulate creativity and reflection. Slots still available for the week of June 7-14, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. $930 for full week includes private sleeping room and bath with workspace, all meals, hot tub, community rooms and decks. Daily shuttle into Steamboat Springs. Internet access. Airport shuttle from Denver or Hayden airports additional. For registration /information http://www.communityofscholars.com or contact Barbara Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-291-9115.
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
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.
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