Programs at the Swearer Center
LR/RI produces a bulletin 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.
To read other bulletins, go to Bulletin
4 March, 1997
Dear Colleagues, Literacy Resources/RI has been functioning for a month
now. I've had an opportunity to meet with several program representatives,
and am planning to meet with more of you in the coming weeks. If in the
meantime you have questions, comments or would like more information, please
contact me. This second bulletin contains information found on various
listservs (group email lists), as well as some general information about
local events. Please send me any information or announcements you'd like
to see shared with providers around the state. I'm hoping to be able to
send you these bulletins every two or three weeks. The purpose of these
bulletins is to keep all of us as informed as possible about events, publications
and activities related to adult learning. If you know of someone who would
like to receive this bulletin but may not appear on the mailing list, please
let me know.
New publication brings together research, practice,
The National Center for the Study of Adult
Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is publishing a 24-page quarterly, FOCUS
ON BASICS, which will include articles that highlight current research
on a topic important to adult educators. Companion pieces demonstrate how
research is being put into practice and examine the policy implications
of research findings.
World Education is working with state ABE and
SLRC systems to distribute about 8,500 copies to ABE programs across the
country and is putting FOB on the Internet, on NCSALL's web site, http://hugse1.harvard.edu/~ncsall/
By mail, subscriptions are: $8 for one year; $32 for 4 years. To subscribe,
contact Anita Patwardhan at apatward@WorldEd.org, and to suggest article
ideas, recommend writers, apply to be on the editorial board, or find out
more in general contact Barbara Garner, Editor, at bgarner@WorldEd.org
or at World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1211 (617)
482-9485. To view a copy of FOB, contact LR/RI.
Survey of adult literacy programs
Erik Jacobson, a research assistant at the
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at
Harvard University, is working on a survey of adult literacy programs,
and is part of a project conducting a survey of adult literacy programs
across the U.S. and abroad in order to create a typology of literacy programs.
As part of this effort, he would like to take full advantage of the available
technology, especially the internet. Below is questionnaire that focuses
on several aspects of adult literacy programs. Erik would appreciate responses
from program representatives. Erik Jacobson, NCSALL, Third Floor - Larsen
Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
(email) firstname.lastname@example.org; or, if it's easier to fax responses
to me (Janet - 863-3094), and I can collect the responses, and post them
all to Erik.
Literacy Program Questionnaire
Your Position in Program:
Program Name: Program Location:
Can we contact you via e-mail?:
1. What is the structure of your program? -- Whole
class or individual tutoring? -- How often do classes meet? -- How many
students do you serve?
2. Do you consciously follow a model? (e.g., Kenan,
Freire, Laubach, etc.)
3. What are the explicit goals of your program?
What are the students' goals?
4. What learning activities do you use in each
5. What materials do you use? -- What texts are
your students reading and writing?
6. To what degree do students influence decisions
about course content and classroom activities?
7. How do you measure the success of your program?
8. How are you funded?
9. Can you characterize the demographics of your
The Voter Education, Registration, and Action
Campaign (VERA) of the New England Literacy Resource Center is sponsoring
4 days of training for adult education staff that will be provided by the
Right Question Project. The RQP designs educational strategies that enable
low and moderate income people around the country to: name for themselves
the key issues affecting their families and communities, advocate for themselves
and their families and participate in decision-making processes that affect
The two day sequence of workshops for adult
education program staff will provide them with the skills to facilitate
a workshop about decision-making processes, help students use questions
as an analytical and advocacy tool so that they can define and understand
issues that are of concern to them and design strategies to work with students
to address issues of concern using RQP's Steps for Democratic Participation.
Elements of these workshops seem to be similar to the Democracy Schools
workshops facilitated by the Highlander Center, New Market, Tenn., the
first of which was held during the weekend of February 22nd.
Workshops will be held in N.H. and Mass. in April
and May. Workshop organizers hope that this will be the one of the next
steps in their continuing efforts to integrate meaningful political literacy
into our adult education practice. Art Ellison, of the N.H. Department
of Education would be happy to share the results of the workshops. You
can reach him at <email@example.com> or 603-271-6698 or N.H. Department
of Education, 101 Pleasant St., Concord, N.H. 03301 or contact Janet at
LR/RI for applications or more information.
Time to meet and greet
David Rosen, moderator of the National Literacy
Advocacy (NLA) listserv reminds us that Òin the January 31, 1997
National Institute for Literacy Policy Update there is a list of key literacy
policymakers for the 105th Congress. Jack Reed, of the Senate Committee
on Labor and Human Resources is one of those people. While he is very supportive
of education issues, it's worth considering inviting him and other local
legislators to visit your program, or to visit their offices. Let them
know what your programs' needs are, what adult learners' needs are, how
long your waiting lists might be, how many hours of instruction per year
per student you can provide with current resources, what adult learners
have been able to accomplish with help from your program, and how our national
educational goals can be advanced by their support for adult literacy/basic
education/ ESOL services. And, of course, invite them to be speakers at
your program graduation!
Some legislators are already supporters, but adult
literacy education is just one of many worthwhile efforts they support.
The challenge is to raise the level of their support a notch or two, so
that whenever they are concerned about helping K-12, they automatically
think, "Does adult education need this support, too?"
Then, let us know what's happening. Post to the
NLA list the stories of their/your visits, adult learners' reactions to
the meeting their elected officials, and what you may have learned about
the legislators: their interests, concerns, perspectives. And, of course,
don't forget to "meet and greet" your state legislators, too."
Please let me know if you'd like more information
about the NLA list, or to share information with that list. -- Janet
Conversation sessions In addition to the teacher
sharing groups that have been organized by Judy Titzel and others, small
and informal conversation sessions are now being scheduled for adult educators
around the state. If you would like to meet with others in your region
and/or with others who share your interests (ESOL, intergenerational literacy,
adult basic education, etc.), please let me know. We can meet here at the
Swearer Center or at sites convenient to you. A discussion meeting for
practitioners currently working in family reading programs is being scheduled
for late March. If you would like to attend that meeting, please call me.
What's available at LR/RI? Literacy Resources/RI
is my workspace. While it is not a center in the traditional sense of a
place that holds books and materials, it is meant to function as a clearinghouse
and center of collaboration and coordination. LR/RI has access to the world
wide web, computer services at Brown University and mailing lists for programs
and practitioners throughout the state. Our focus is on assisting literacy
practitioners in making connections to one another and to needed resources
and materials. As well, we are very interested in facilitating sharing
among practitioners in the state in order to utilize our existing expertise
as fully as possible. Please feel welcome to schedule a visit at any time.