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.
September 16, 2004
Calls for participation, employment,
and conference and workshop opportunities, online
and other resources. To post information, and/or to receive
the bulletin via email, please contact
or leave a message at (401-863-2839).
2004 Adult Literacy Transition Funding Grant Program
Under the leadership of the Governor's Adult Literacy Task Force, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is accepting proposals for the 2004 Adult Literacy Transition Funding Grant Program. The purpose of this RFP is to solicit grant proposals that support and enable
educationally disadvantaged adults, ages 16 and older, to successfully work towards their educational goals, impacting their lives as workers, citizens, community members, parents or family members. Programs should support activities and instruction shown to be effective in
enabling the population served to accomplish their goals and incorporate appropriate supports to overcome barriers to learning. Eligible applicants include local school districts, community-based and volunteer organizations, libraries, public housing agencies, institutes of higher education, public or private non-profit agencies, or a consortium of eligible applicants with the ability to demonstrate their effectiveness to provide adult literacy services.
- A total of $1.1 million is available for support of such projects
- Projects under this RFP may start no earlier than November 1, 2004 and no later than January 1, 2005
- Project completion date is no later than June 30, 2005
- The maximum request per proposal is $100,000
A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held Wednesday, September 8, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. -9:45 a.m. at RIDE, Room 501, 255 Westminster
Street, Providence, RI, 02903. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
For interpreter services, call TDD 401-462-8006 three days prior to the meeting.
Application forms will be available on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at RIDE, Office of Middle and High School Reform and Adult Education,
255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02903. If you would like an application mailed to you, contact Ken Fish at 401-222-4600 ext. 2200.
Return proposals to: Office of Middle and High School Reform and Adult Education, Shepard Building, 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02903 by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2004.
The Office of Middle and High School Reform and Adult Education is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered for funding. As a point of clarification, for-profit agencies with the ability to provide adult literacy services are
also eligible to apply for this funding.
questions and answers about the grant process available here.
The following message is posted on behalf of VALUE, Inc. It is available in .pdf for printing and distribution in hard copy from http://home.comcast.net/~djrosen/registration.pdf VALUE, Inc. - Voice for Adult Literacy United for Education 2217 Providence Ave., 2nd Floor,
Chester, PA 19013, 610-876-7625 (tel.) 610-876-1996 (fax) http://www.valueusa.org email: email@example.com
VALUE, the national adult learner leadership organization, urges adult education programs to set aside September 8th - October 8th for civics and voter registration activities in preparation for the November election. This is a non-partisan effort to show that adult learners have a desire and a need to vote and do vote. We are asking administrators and teachers to include in their lesson plans, topics on election education from September 8th to October 8th. This is to help adult learners to understand why voting is important in a democracy, and to gain information on how to register to vote and the voting procedures in their area. We at VALUE Inc are not experts on the voting procedures, but we can guide you to a source that can provide you with the information you need.
Please read the March 2004 issue of The Change Agent It will provide you with important information about how to register to vote. Learners and practitioners who are US citizens can print a form to register to vote or request one to be mailed
to them by clicking on the blue box near the bottom of the web page reading, "Your vote matters." They will need to mail in the completed registration form 2-4 weeks before the election, but this varies depending on your state. You will also find in The Change Agent web links to useful resources and helpful voter education activities. In addition, the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) has developed a toolkit on election activities for 501(c)(3) organizations. It describes the types of election-related activities in which nonprofit charities can engage. In addition to describing the doís and doníts, it provides samples and other materials to help charities engage in permissible activities during this election cycle. The website is http://www.ncna.org If you click on Election 2004 Information, this will take you to the
NCNA election toolkit. Please help us with this effort! Itís very important to adult learners to show that we care about what happens to our families,our neighborhoods, and our country. If your program plans to participate, please e-mail our colleague, David Rosen, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know your name, the name of your program, your town/state, briefly describe what voter education or
registration activities you plan. David has agreed to provide updates on program activities to the AAACE-NLA electronic list. Marty Finsterbusch, Executive Director VALUE, Inc.
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/.
ELCIVICS share - September 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Genesis Center. Share and discuss ideas for projects, use of primary sources (oral histories, etc.), current events ideas, and student debates on civics-related topics.
ESOL share - September 30th at 2:00 pm at the Genesis Center. What have you been doing,, thinking about, planning for the coming year? Join us to catch up, think ahead and begin to plan for future sessions
Women Expanding: Literacy Education Action Resource Network announces upcoming events on October 2, 2004 Cambridge, MA (2 different locations)
Women and Literacy: Moving to Power and Participation - Symposium: meet the contributors to the recent edition of Women Studies Quarterly 32: 1-2 on women and literacy. Hear about their work. Share your ideas.
1:00 ? 5:00 pm Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA FeaturingÖ Guest Editor and Director of WE LEARN: Mev Miller - Opening Remarks, and contributors: Najwa Adra: Literacy through Poetry with Women in Yemen, Kelley Evans: The
Place of Writing in an Urban Drug Treatment Center: Jane Maher: Education at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, Lorna Rivera: Popular Education and Homeless Women, Jenny Sandlin: Gender and Power in Welfare-to-Work Educational Programs, This event is
FREE and Open to the Public. Donations will be requested to support WE LEARN.
Copies of this WSQ issue will be available for purchase at the event. Sponsored by: WE LEARN, The Harvard Adult Learning and Development Group, UMass Boston, Applied Linguistics Program, NCSALL, Harvard Office of Student Affairs, The Center for New Words
A Celebratory Publication Party for Issue 19 of THE CHANGE AGENT on Women & Literacy: This issue features 72 pages of writing by students and teachers in adult basic education on a wide variety of issues of interest to women in ABE. 5:30 ? 8:30 PM Cambridge College
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Contributors to the issue are invited to read their work. A light dinner will be available; teachers, learners and friends are all welcome. This event is FREE and Open to the Public. We ask you to please REGISTER for this event (in order to arrange for food.) Please let us know how
many people you expect to attend. Contributors, please indicate if you would like to read your work. Register with: Mev Miller, 401-383- 4374, email@example.com for more information on either of these events, contact: Mev Miller, Ed.D., Coordinator, WE LEARN Women Expanding: Literacy Education Action Resource Network
The Change Agent, a newspaper for adult educators about teaching for social justice, is calling for articles for its next issue on the theme of "transitions." Adult Learners and Educators: In this issue we want to hear and learn from people who have made successful transitions, and
overcome obstacles. We also want to hear and learn from teachers and counselors and other program staff who assist students in this process. We are looking for student writings, lessons, activities and reflections addressing the theme of educational and life transitions such as from GED to post-secondary education or training, from incarceration to community, from public assistance to economic independence, from country of origin to the USA, and from one stage of life to another.
Questions for students and teachers to think about: If you yourself decided to make a transition, what motivated you to do it? What was your life like before, during and after the transition? What have you learned through this experience? What issues have come up for you during the transition? How were they resolved? What social programs and supports helped you or hindered you during the transition? What teaching or counseling strategies and resources have been helpful? What could an adult education program do to best facilitate students' transitions and help them take the next step? What advice would you give to adult learners who want to make life changes?
All articles must be received by November 12, 2004. All articles will be considered. Suggested length is 500-1,200 words. Final decisions are made by The Change Agent editorial board. A stipend of $50 will be paid to each student whose work is accepted for publication in this issue. Please send material (by email or PC disk) to: Angela Orlando, Editor New England Literacy Resource Center/World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-482-9485 fax: 617-482-0617 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Mentoring Day comes RI for the first time on October 20th.
We need your support for part of the day to be a host organization and/or mentor for mostly high school juniors and seniors. Their aspirations may be just what you are looking for in a future employee. Share the positives and minuses of working in your field and your company too. They can then tailor their course of study to ramp up to job success for them and maybe even at your organization as an intern or full employee later. RI Disability Mentoring Day is that first step and your joint success. Whether you are a profit or non profit worker, company manager, police officer or teacher, they need your help...and you need great workers. Disability Mentoring Day
enables students and job-seekers to spend part of a day visiting a business, organization or government agency that matches their interests and have one-on-one time with volunteer mentors. It's an opportunity to underscore connections between school and work, evaluate personal goals, target career skills for improvement, explore possible career paths, and develop lasting mentor
relationships. The history of the program shows that students and job seekers participation in Disability Mentoring Day can result in an internship opportunity with the host employer, function as a firsiinterview on the way to a part-time or full-time employment offer, or
even an on-the-spot firm job offer.
Disability Mentoring Day provides public and private employers with an opportunity to recruit interns, tap a pool of potential future employees, learn more about the experience of disability, develop lasting relationships with disability community leaders, demonstrate positive leadership in their communities and attract positive media attention. Additionally, employers can get involved by enabling employees to serve as volunteer mentors, functioning as a Local Coordinator for their local community, and supportive sponsoring the RI Disability Mentoring Day at the state level. .Arthur M. Plitt, President of Checklist International, is the RI Coordinator for this event and can be reached by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.?
We are happy to announce that ALM is starting a refereed online journal, ISSN 1744 - 1803. The ALM Journal will be published twice a year. The first volume is planned to be published by the end of this year.
"Adults Learning Mathematics - An International Journal" is an
international refereed journal that provides a forum for the online publication
of high quality research on the teaching and learning, knowledge and uses
of numeracy/mathematics to adults at all levels in a variety of educational
sectors. Submitted papers should normally be of interest to an international
readership. We invite contributions in the following areas:
Special-Topic Issue, Autumn 2006 Race and TESOL. Edited by Ryuko Kubota and Angel Lin
TESOL Quarterly invites TESOL professionals worldwide to submit abstracts for the 2006 special-topic issue focusing on how issues of race affect English language learning and teaching.
Abstracts should describe previously unpublished work that bridges theory,
research, and practice and uses language that is accessible to TESOL Quarterly's
broad readership. In addition to abstracts for full-length articles, authors
are invited to submit descriptions of shorter papers for Brief Reports
and Summaries and the Forum, as well as reviews of cutting-edge books.
Articles are sought on a broad range of topics that explicitly address
race and TESOL from theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical perspectives,
especially work that focuses on race's interrelationship with other categories,
such as gender, class, and sexual identity. Topic areas include:
Transition to College, Project RIRAL's ABE-to-College project is coordinated through the New England Literacy Resource Center and funded by the Nellie Mae Foundation.
The project serves non-traditional adults who face many barriers to
academic success. They are often older adults who have been out of
school for many years; most are single heads of households, and many are
first generation college students. Transition to College creates
opportunities for adult literacy and high school graduates to prepare for,
enter, and succeed in post secondary education. Transition to College
offers two evening and Saturday morning sessions starting in August. This
free pre-college preparation program includes: Educational Counseling,
Academic Skills, PC Skills, College Survival Skills, and it includes workshops
in Career Exploration, Stress and Time Management, and In-House Mentoring.
Students are also assisted in completing their college and financial aid
applications and selection of college courses. While attending Transition
to College, students also take a class at the Community College of Rhode
Island earning three college credits toward their degree. Transition to
College meets at netWORKri 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI?? For more
information, contact Marie Crecca-Romero, Coordinator at 722-9800 or email
to: email@example.com. http://www.collegetransition.org/index.html
Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) is offering a "Women at Work" workshop free of charge to labor and community organizations, and we're looking for groups to participate. Women at Work is a project of DARE's Jobs with Dignity Campaign, whose goal is to build women's leadership in the labor movement. In order to build connections between women workers and advance the issues that are important to women workers, this project conducts workshops which focus on efforts to preserve health care and to win community access to good, living wage jobs. If you'd like the DARE workshop team to come to a meeting, class, or other event and lead the 30-minute workshop, please contact Eric Larson at Eric_D_Larson@brown.edu.
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
Organizing and Advocacy Fund Deadline(s): 10/1/2004, 4/1/2004. up to $5000
http://www.thirdwavefoundation.org/programs/advocacy.html. The Third Wave Foundation accepts proposals for projects that benefit, target, are devised by, and led by women between the ages of 15 and 30, with an emphasis on low-income women, differently abled women, women of color, and lesbian and bisexual women. Third Wave accepts proposals from across the country but does not fund internationally.
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/
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
from Daphne Greenberg: For those of you with access to the Internet in the classroom, there is a photo exhibit which may elicit great language experience stories (both written and oral). Go to: http://www.facesofiraq.org to find a photo exhibit which provides images of children and adults, families and shop owners, sidewalk traffic and home activity; a small but colorful slice of Iraq's many faces.
http://writenet.ca/ - a new website devoted to writing.
The goal of Writenet.ca is to promote the use and value of writing in literacy and social/special programming. Based on years of experience working with new and/or reluctant adult writers, we believe that writing is a fun and effective way to increase literacy skills, feel part of the community and make healthy changes in our lives. A dedicated group of Writing Out Loud Literacy Instructors from across Canada has worked together to develop and build Writenet.ca as a place to find a wealth of information and support to help bring writing to your learning settings in new and engaging ways. What makes Writenet.ca different than other websites about writing? Well, in short, it's the growing community of like-minded people who recognize that writing is more than just spelling and grammar. You'll quickly feel apart of this community when you join in the dynamic and educational discussions on the Writenet.ca Bulletin Boards. Writenet.ca as is stands now, is a starting point. This space is designed to change and grow according to the needs and interests of the membership. We look forward to sharing information and learning together as we go along. Please visit the site to read about us, register for discussions and join us in this
exciting learning adventure. Deborah Morgan, Writenet.ca Project 4802 50 Avenue Camrose, Alberta T4V 0R9 (780) 672-6289
On September 8th, International Literacy Day , the National Institute for Literacy launched the new and improved America's Literacy Directory (http://www.literacydirectory.org/). The ALD is a fundamental infrastructure that can assist the ABE and literacy field in many different ways and I am hoping as we start the process of populating the site with new and updated records of service providers across the country, we will be able to work closely with state agencies to assist them in adopting the ALD and taking advantage of all the capabilities that are built-in to help States manage, control data more efficiently, providing them with an easier way of communicating with local service providers. I also envision ALD becoming the main source of access for learners who need assistance to overcome their literacy challenges. I also would like to thank all of the eight states who participated in the pilot project: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. Your participation enabled us to think through the problems and glitches in implementing the various administration levels for ALD. Your input and insights into how ALD can serve states is invaluable. Last but not least, I would like to thank
Harvey Ollis from Department of Labor, and Jim Parker from OVAE who through the past two years have been helping NIFL in developing different aspects of this project. Many kudos to the Titan Technical Team. I would like to thank Connie Harich for all her work in keeping the
ALD up-to-date and helping to organize the pilot sites. I especially want to thank both James Baker and Duncan Salada for their excellent work. This was not an easy task and the team's expertise and wise and careful choices in building these new capabilities are very much
appreciated. Jaleh Behroozi Soroui - National LINCS Director National Institute for Literacy
Living in Poverty slideshow does the math: what does it take to live at the poverty level.
RI Foundation online scholarship directory - searchable by city/town, intended field of study, current high school, and more. http://scholarship.rifoundation.org/
Securing the Right to Learn
An internationally-produced guide to advocacy- adult educators from 10 countries met to produce an advocacy guide for use by adult educators in increasing demand for adult learning at local, national and global levels and in a variety of geographical and societal contexts. http://www.niace.org.uk/projects/RightToLearn/
- 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
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
call for Proposals: Literacy Changes Lives - The 14th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy, sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), to be held in Louisville, Kentucky; April 25-27, 2005.
Session proposal forms available at the Conference section of NCFL's Website http://www.famlit.org. The deadline for submission is October 15.
We are especially interested in presentations that share successful, specific outcomes and strategies that work well for the diverse populations family literacy serves. Proposals are welcome from literacy practitioners and from professionals in administration, policy and research. Having trouble accessing the form? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about
the proposal process? Contact Debbie Nichols, Director, Outreach Services, National Center for Family Literacy, at (502) 584-1133 x 152 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
Making Knowledge: Democracy, Cultural Partnerships, and the University
University of Pennsylvania, November 5 - 7
What happens when democracy, imagination, and scholarship converge?
Drawing on the groundbreaking work of the University of Pennsylvania's
Center for Community Partnerships, this year's conference will explore
the collaborative production of new knowledge for the public good. Citizen
scholars, working in and with universities, push the limits of community-based
work in the arts and humanities. Based at the University of Michigan, Imagining
America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a national consortium of
colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community partnerships
in the arts and humanities. The conference program will showcase new research
produced through cultural partnerships. Sessions will focus on innovative
projects at the Center for Community Partnerships and major Imagining America
initiatives, including the Tenure Transformation Team, research on excellent
campus-community collaborations, and Sekou Sundiata's "dramatorio" in progress,
The America Project. For more information, please contact Kristin Hass
at email@example.com,call (734) 615-8370, or see? http://www.ia.umich.edu.
December 9-11 A MEETING OF THE MINDS SYMPOSIUM:
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), the California Department of Education (CDE) Adult Education Office, and the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) of the American Institutes for Research are pleased to announce A Meeting of the Minds: A National Adult Education Practitioner-Researcher Symposium.
Scheduled for December 9-11, 2004, in Sacramento, California, the symposium is designed to provide opportunities for adult education practitioners and researchers to share and discuss the most current research findings and practitioner wisdom. It will engage practitioners and researchers with questions related to goals, accountability, and efficacy and efficiency in policy, practice, and research. The ultimate goals of the symposium are to enhance literacy practice and increase student learning gains. The theme of the symposium is Supporting Student Success: What Does Research Tell Us? Each session will be structured so that the research presentation will be followed by a panel of practitioners who will discuss implications for practice or policy. In addition, conference attendees will have opportunities for small group interaction and networking with researcher-presenters to discuss not only how research can inform practice and policy, but also how practice and policy can inform and suggest a research agenda. For more information, visit the symposium Web site at www.researchtopractice.org. -Mary Ann Corley, Ph.D. Symposium Coordinator and CALPRO Director, American Institutes for Research
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.
Ö[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.
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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