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.
Noveber 5, 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 LR/RI or leave a message at (401-863-2839).
ELCIVICS and ESOL combined share - December 2 at 2:30 pm at the Genesis Center. Share and discuss ideas for projects and ongoing elements of professional development on civics-related topics.
Community Forum at Progreso Latino Nov. 12, 2004:
Since our founding in 1977, Progreso Latino has developed comprehensive and quality services that promote education, economic development, leadership and social progress for Rhode Island's rapidly growing Latino community and for other immigrants to our state.
Our community faces many challenges. The Rhode Island Foundation's 2002 report, Rhode Island Latinos, chronicles the experiences faced by our young, largely immigrant community:
- RI's Latino population has doubled over the last decade, with over 79% of all Latinos concentrated in three cities: Central Falls, Pawtucket
and Providence. Latinos are the youngest racial/ethnic group in Rhode Island.
- As many Latinos are recent immigrants to the United States, language and education barriers result in high unemployment or low-wage
manufacturing and service jobs.
- Not surprisingly, poverty among Latinos in Rhode Island is widespread and growing, especially among households with children. Yet amidst these hardships, and like other immigrants before them, Latinos believe in the hope and promise of this country and are actively
contributing to the civic and cultural institutions of our state. Earlier this year we launched a strategic planning process to help chart a course for the future. We hired Cause & Effect, Inc., an organization development consulting firm, to help us with this planning process. Our
consultants have now gathered data and collected surveys from Progreso Latino staff and Board members as well as 15 key informants and a small planning workgroup. At this point we have a rough draft of the plan which we would like to share with you. The development of the plan is now in a public information stage where we hope to gather input from the public at large via two community forums. In addition to these two forums we want to invite you to attend a special session of key members of the community that because of their expertise can provide Progreso Latino with expert advice. As someone who cares about the future of Latinos in RI, wed like to hear from you.
The session will take place on November 12 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Progreso Latino in the Community Room. Your input and guidance is very important to our organization. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Maria Duque 728-5920 or email@example.com.. I thank you in
advance for your cooperation.
Gonzalo Cuervo, President, Board of Directors
Reading workshop: November 18, Genesis Center, 3 - 5 pm:
Nancy Fritz will give a summary of findings from her research project on teaching reading in the ESOL classroom. She will outline some specific recommendations for teaching reading that are supported by specific research. To preview these findings, please go to
Sandy Jacobi will give an overview of what she does when she teaches phonics in her ESOL classroom. She will describe the six syllable types that are important to know when teaching reading, and will also give an overview of the Phonics Workshop series that she is will offer again from January to March. That workshop series will be given on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 pm beginning January 6th. (Specific dates are Jan. 6 and 20, February 3 and 17, and March 3 and 17). The series will be held at The Genesis Center. Participants must be practitioners in Rhode Island and will be paid a stipend of $30 per session attended. Information on registering for the workshop series will be available in December.
The Providence Public Library in collaboration with Quisqueya in Action, Inc. and Instituto Duartiano/ Biblioteca República Dominicana present The Dominican Family Journey
Children, pre-teens and teens and their parents are invited to this
program which includes book and film discussions, games, and digital art
projects to document and celebrate Dominican culture. This program is open
to all, Adults and children over 3 years old
Since 1997, Literacy Resources/RI, with support from the RI Department of Education, has worked with adult educators to develop a range of professional development activities and initiatives, including practitioner-based research projects, mini-grants, workshops, sharing/ discussion groups, and (since 2003) an annual conference. Many of us in the adult education community have participated in the past year's discussions and in working groups geared towards strengthening a system for adult education.
As it is highly likely that significant changes will occur with the
coming fiscal year, it seems particularly important to consider how to
utilize relatively limited professional development funding for this current
year ? as we look back at what's been useful and ahead to what we hope
to build and maintain for ongoing professional development work.
It's critical that we continue to be participants in the ongoing process
of strengthening the adult education system across the state - including
deciding where/how to focus our energies in the coming year - as well as
Many of you have followed the progress of the Governor's Adult Literacy Task Force and/or have participated in the process over the last six months. Through your hard work, the Governor has accepted Task Force's recommendations to expand and enhance the adult basic education system in RI. There is much work to do to refine and implement those recommendations; the field's input is critical. It's time to sign on to a work group and help shape the future of the adult education system in our state. 3 work groups are continuing the work around: learner assessment and learning standards, program quality and performance standards, and state-wide professional development
Please contact Judy Titzel if you are interested in participating in
a work group, or if you have further questions. Email Judy at Judy@ripolicy.org
or call 521-3120 ext 125. Meetings will start over the next several weeks.
If you would like more information, check out the project's web site at:
for notes and reports documenting work to date.
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
November vents at the Providence Public Library: http://www.provlib.org/branchout/current.html
The Rhode Island Center for the Book: two projects for 2005
Letters About Literature Readers in grades 4 - 12 are invited
to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work
changed their view of the world or themselves. Young readers can select
authors from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic.
Reading Across Rhode Island The Center has chosen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for Reading Across Rhode Island - 2005.
The book is an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal
that takes readers from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to
Letters About Literature and Reading Across Rhode Island are projects
of the RI Center for the Book, which is hosted by the Providence Public
Library. RI Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book
in the Library of Congress.
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:
Mentor Non-traditional Adults Returning to College
Project RIRAL's Transition to College project is currently seeking volunteer mentors and/or tutors to support our non-traditional adult students in their endeavor to prepare themselves for the rigors of college. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor and/or Tutor, please
contact Marie@transitiontocollege.org or call 722-9800.
TTC is currently accepting students for the spring 2005 session.
Registration and Placement Testing will be held on Friday, November
19 at 1:30 at 175 Main Street Pawtucket, RI (Pawtucket Visitor's
Center bldg - 2nd floor). Detailed directions and information
P E O P L E ' S S C H O O L F A L L W O R K S H O P S
Workshops start October 18th and end on December 9th, 2004. All workshops are free!
Register online: http://www.peopleschool.org/pagetool/index.php?name=workshops
or call us at 401.467.7336 to register over the phone. Registration is preferred, but not required.
Child care is available during workshops.
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 email@example.com
funding opportunities - large and less large
Elizabeth Morrish Mad Money Fund: Take on the Challenge!
Is there some small thing that you would like to do in your literacy program to "take on the challenge" to address the impact of violence on women's learning? You are invited to apply for a small grant from the Elizabeth Morrish Mad Money Fund to use creative or healing arts to
make a change for women in your program (preferably within the first 6 months of 2005). This is a small one time fund - a total of $2,500. We expect to give out several small grants to make tiny, but significant, changes in several programs, although we would fund one excellent
project if that looks the best way to make a difference in Elizabeth’s memory. These funds are intended for the sort of unusual creative projects or events which you could not normally get funded to support women's learning. Examples of the sort of projects you might consider: hire a potter or other artist to work with a group of women students to explore their sense of self; buy art supplies for a women's literacy group; buy a beautiful poster for your program; buy flowers regularly or for a special occasion; create other forms of beauty and abundance in your program; create an unusual display on violence and learning issues for a public place or conference. To apply: send email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 16.
Tell us briefly: What you want to do; How you will do it; Why you think it will make a
difference in your program; How much it will cost; Timeframe for the project; Your program/ class; Your role in the program. A volunteer committee will read applications and select the most interesting projects to fund. We will look for projects in the spirit of Elizabeth Morrish - that are healing, creative, unusual, things that could not be justified in standard concepts of adult literacy education. If you are funded you will have to submit some simple evidence of what you did, tell us what you believe it accomplished and what leads you to believe this. A paragraph, a photo, a tape, would be suitable evidence of what you accomplished with the funds. This will be posted on a violence and learning website. - Jenny Horsman, Spiral Community Resource Group http:://www.jennyhorsman.com
Leadership for a Changing World seeks nominations of community leaders across the country who are successfully tackling tough social problems. 17 outstanding social justice leaders and leadership teams who are not broadly known beyond their immediate community or field
will receive awards of $100,000 to advance their work, plus $15,000 for learning activities that will advance their efforts. The program seeks to encourage a public dialogue that recognizes a wide variety of leaders and leadership models as authentic and important to social progress. To this end, the program includes a major, multi-year research initiative and numerous forums to bring awardees together with other leaders to share experiences, address specific challenges, and explore opportunities for collaboration. Leadership for a Changing World is a program of the Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Washington-based Advocacy Institute and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Leaders must be nominated by someone who is well acquainted with their work and can attest to their qualifications. To learn about 2001 - 2004 awardees are, to request a brochure, or for more information on the
program, go to http://www.leadershipforchange.org. Specific questions can be submitted via email to email@example.com, phone (202) 777-7542, or by writing to Leadership for a Changing World, Advocacy Institute 1629 K St., NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC
20006-1629. Deadline: January 7, 2005.
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/
Outreach Coordinator The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), through partner organization World Education (a non-profit organization based in Boston), seeks a full-time outreach coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator will work directly as a member of the NCSALL dissemination team to plan and conduct outreach that will help practitioners, programs, and states to access and use NCSALL research in their adult literacy, family literacy, and ESOL programs. The Outreach Coordinator, as an employee of World Education, will also become familiar with and provide information about World Education’s other projects and services to interested states and programs in the region. NCSALL is funded through the US Department of Education. full description online at http://www.sabes.org/ncsalljob2.htm
Substitute list: if you would like your name added to the list, please see contact LR/RI. The list needs to be updated so that it can function more usefully for teachers and programs hoping to work with them. (http://www.brown.edu/lrri/sub.html)
Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island by helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize openings effectively. Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode Island can join the list. Any non-profit, government or private sector employer advertising a paid position related to the public interest or community concerns can post a free job listing. Positions must be paid but may be part-time, full-time or temporary.
To join the list as a job seeker or to post a job as an employer go to: http://www.ricommunityjobs.org
Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by the Swearer Center for Public
Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.
If you have questions about this service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
online / resources
The fall issue of Field Notes, the newsletter for and by adult literacy practitioners in Massachusetts, is now available online in both pdf and html versions. This 28- page issue focuses on writing and offers practical suggestions for instruction, resources for further investigations,
lesson plans, and teachers' stories. You can find Field Notes by logging on to the SABES website at http://www.sabes.org/resources/fieldnotes/index.htm. Back issues on a variety of topics are also available.
Call for articles: Teaching Without Textbooks - Do you teach
without relying on a textbook? What do you do? Share your classroom ideas
with other ABE/ESOL teachers in the winter/spring issue of Field Notes.
Here are a few ideas: Practicing English outside the classroom,
LPRPConnections - Discussion list about teaching practice, research
Literacies, a Candian journal, is available by subscription and archived online. Special sections of the website recently posted include: three oral history projects at http://www.literacyjournal.ca/oh.htm and have added a practitioner knowledge page at http://www.literacyjournal.ca/cw.htm.
Getting the word out: We're pleased to invite your organization to apply now for a Google Grant, which provides a minimum of three months of free Google AdWords (https://adwords.google.com) advertising for nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. The Google Grants program is designed to help nonprofit organizations like yours further their goals and objectives through targeted, online advertising on Google.com. Past Google Grant recipients have used their grants to publicize services and awareness, recruit staff and volunteers,
promote special events, sell merchandise related to their organization or cause, and much more.
There is no deadline to apply, but if you are selected for a Google Grant award, we will ask you to create your account by a specific date. So you should apply when your organization is able to take full advantage of the AdWords program. To learn more about the Google Grants
program and apply, please visit our program page, http://www.google.com/grants/.
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
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 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.
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
Rhode Island Department of Health Office of Women's Health Third Annual Conference Health Literacy & Cultural Awareness : The Face of Women's Health 18-44
November 16, 8:00AM ? 3:00PM Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings With Support from the Office on Women's Health, U.S. DHHS, Region I
Registration A non-refundable registration fee of $25 payable to W&I Hospital must accompany registration and be received by November 5th. Mail to: Health Education Department. W&I Hospital. 101 Dudley St, Providence, RI 02905 For questions, call Nancy Libby Fisher RI Department of Health (401) 222-7621
Hearing Impaired: 1-800-TDD-1477
8:45 Keynote Address - Guadalupe Lara, MSW, CSW Children’s Hospital
of Michigan, Division of Family and Community Support
CALL FOR PRESENTERS 2nd Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy
WE LEARN (Women Expanding—Literacy Education Action Resource Network) is pleased to announce the Second Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy on March 11-12, 2004 in Providence, RI.
The theme for this conference is: Women’s Literacy….. Strengthening the Web
Proposals for presentations are invited from learners, teachers, tutors, administrators, professional developers, researchers, activists, and policymakers in adult basic education (ABE), GED, ESOL, Family literacy, Health literacy, Citizenship, Prison literacy, Workplace literacy and other alternative educational programs that serve women. The conference seeks Papers, Workshops, Poster Sessions, Panels, Roundtables, Demonstrations, Art, and Readings about Promising Practices and Issues like:
- Effects of Welfare reform, Immigration reform, War on Terrorism on women’s literacy
- Economic literacy and/or women’s leadership development -- Violence and women’s learning
- Spirituality and women’s literacy --Health and Parenting issues
- Civic engagement and social action
- Popular education and participatory learning approaches
- Effects of social oppression on women (race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, age, ability)
- Math, Science, and/or Technology and women’s literacy
- Writing and the Arts in women’s basic education
- Literacy and Literacies in the world
Guidelines for Submission:
1. If selected, the presenter(s) agree to register for the conference and provide handouts to participants.
2. Send a copy of the following by November 30, 2004:
Proposal Form, Abstract of Presentation (maximum of 100 words) that describes goals and/or learning objectives, content, and how audience will participate.
EMAIL or MAIL proposals to: Mev Miller, Ed.D., WE LEARN, 182 Riverside Ave, Cranston, RI 02910. EMAIL: email@example.com DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2004
To download the form, please go to: http://www.litwomen.org/conferences/2005callpresent.pdf
Conference registration information will be available later in November.- WE LEARN Women Expanding: Literacy Education Action Resource Network http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html
Executive Service Corps 9th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference Building Resilient Organizations
December 8, 2004 Hyatt Regency Boston Deadline for early registration( $120) is November 17th. Keynote : Gail Snowden, Vice President for Finance & Operations, The Boston Foundation.
This is the only conference in New England this year for management level nonprofit leaders. The conference will feature 26 thought- provoking workshops To register or for more information http://www.escne.org/Conference/conference.html, or contact Rebecca Smith at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-357-5550.
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. http://www.famlit.org.
The annual conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, from November 2 through 6. http://aaace.org
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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