| The Rhode Island Adult Education Professional
Center produces a bulletin roughly every
to three weeks in order
to inform area practitioners of news, events, and
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. To receive the bulletin via email, contact LR/RI.
To learn more about professional development
contact the RI AEPDC at (401) 456 -2838 or (401) 863-2839
September 18, 2008
participation, employment, funding,
and conference and workshop
and other resources.
To post information, and/or to receive
the bulletin via email, please
contact the AEPDC or leave a message at
NOTICES - – in
addition to events listed here, a recently updated list of events
(including workforce development workshops, new practitioner
orientation, standards overview and more) can be found at http://www.ric.edu/aepdc/calendar.php
23rd 2:00 pm, Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence.
Voting, civic participation. What are
we doing to inform and prepare ourselves/learners for the elections and
ongoing community participation?
his is an open discussion group. All are invited to
Voter information sites that could be of use:
Practitioner share Monday, September 22nd,
3 - 5 pm,
Crossroads RI, 160 Broad Street, Providence
Many practitioners struggle with helping adult learners stay engaged in
learning, as numerous concerns can often make it difficult for learners
to stay focused
on educational programs. Join classroom teachers and
administrators considering these issues and share both concerns and
possibilities. We continue our discussion of
means of creating safe space for learners while balancing high
expectations, holding learners accountable for their participation, and
considering our own accountability
as well. Visitor parking is available in the YMCA parking lot;
please enter through the Copy Center; contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
other RI Adult Education PDC events:
Transition to College is part of the
Island State Transition Initiative in partnership with the Community
College of Rhode Island.
The program is held at 175 Main Street Pawtucket, RI.
more information, contact MarieCrecca-Romero@riral.org,
Program Director at 401. 722.9800.
The Change Agent Adult Education for Social Justice: News, Issues, and
CALL FOR ARTICLES
Please submit illustrations, cartoons, and graphics on this theme too!
Attending to your health can be a challenging task.
You have to find the right providers, deal with health insurance
companies (if you’re insured), take time for healing, and sometimes
work hard to get the attention you (and your family) need. The next
issue of The Change Agent will focus on the personal, social,
political, and financial concerns related to being healthy and dealing
with illness. We are interested in hearing from teachers and adult
learners about your experiences, stories, lessons, and reflections on
health. You may use the following questions as writing prompts, but
please don’t feel limited by them. And please don’t try to answer all
these questions. Pick one or two and explore them, sharing your own
Questions for students and teachers to think about:
• What do you do to stay healthy?
• How do you take care of your mental health as well as your physical
• What is the most challenging aspect of health care for you and your
• Do you use alternative medicine, like acupuncture or homeopathy? What
is your experience with these practices?
• What do you need in your personal life to feel healthier?
• What do you need in your community to feel healthier?
• What health practices did you learn in your country of origin or in
your childhood that are different from what is commonly practiced now?
• Share some home remedies that you may have learned from other family
members or community members. Do these remedies work for you?
All articles must be received by November 6, 2008.
Suggested length is 500-1,200 words. Final decisions are made by The
Change Agent editorial board. We cannot print writing that criticizes
or endorses an
y political candidate or party. A stipend of $50 will be
paid to each adult education student whose work is accepted for
publication in this issue.
Please send material (preferably by email) to: Cynthia Peters,
NELRC/World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210Phone:
fax: 617-482-0617.Email: cpeters @worlded.org
All articles and emails MUST include contact information for the
student and/or the teacher.
The mission of The Change Agent is to provide news, issues,
other teaching resources that inspire and enable adult educators and
learners to make civic
participation and social justice concerns part
of their teaching and learning. It is published by the New England
Literacy Resource Center.
like to earn a Case Management
Certificate from Rhode Island College's School of Social Work in
a little over a year, at very reasonable cost, with flexible
Those who participate in the cohort being organized this month by the
RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC) will
decide which days/times work best for them in order to earn the 16
college credits at a reduced cost. The first organizing
meeting will be held Friday, September 19th,, at which time RIC staff
will answer questions, decide class meeting times, and register
participants. In order to attend, or for more details, please
contact Jill Holloway at the PDC: email@example.com (401)
The Adult Numeracy Network
(ANN) will sponsor two practitioner research projects to begin
this fall and conclude before our annual meeting next spring. We would
like practitioners to familiarize themselves with the ANN Teaching and
Learning Principles and the Components of Numeracy and base their
research project on some aspect of these two important documents.
Selection of projects will be based on how well the applicant follows
the four parts for practitioner research listed below and utilizes an
idea(s) from the Teaching and Learning Principles and/or the Components
Four Components of
1, Identify the question to be researched. What aspect of the ANN
principles or the Components of Numeracy are you investigating?
What is going on…? or What happens when…? or How do I help
students…? Make sure your question allows you to collect data to answer
2. Discuss how you will collect data to answer the question. How will
you gather information to answer your question?(survey, testing,
interview, observation, focus group, etc). Will it be quantitative
(numbers, ie. math scores to show demonstration of learning) or
qualitative (case study)?
3. Analyze and interpret the data. What will you do with the data that
you gathered? What did you find out? What’s the answer to the question?
What does this mean for you teaching practice?
4. Share the findings. Write an article for the Math Practitioner based
on your research project. If possible, share you project at the ANN
annual conference in 2009.
Intelligences and Differentiated Instruction
October 13–December 12, 2008; Online chats during Lessons 3, 4, and 5
Research conducted by the National Center for the Study of Adult
Learning and Literacy shows that instructional practices inspired by
Intelligences (MI) theory resulted in high levels of authentic
instruction and student engagement.
The following two courses help you apply what you learn in "What
Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment" to your classroom.
Understanding and Using Published Assessments with Adult Learners
(October 6 - 27; Webinars at 2 p.m. EST, Oct. 7 & 27)
Published tests - standardized and
non-standardized - are fixtures in adult basic education, but we rarely
give much thought about their design, their intent, or their strengths
limitations. In this course, you will explore the main types of
published reading assessments in use in ABE, the advantages and
disadvantages of reading tests, and how the NRS uses the results of
Prerequisite: What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment or
Documentation: Certificate of Completion will document 12 hours as
Facilitator: Carey Reid, World Education, Inc. Course fee: $179
Assessments Developed by Teachers and Students
(Nov. 10 - Dec. 12; Webinars at 2 p.m. EST, Nov. 10 & Dec. 8)
Expand your assessment toolkit! Learn about tools to
check day-to-day student progress, dynamic forms of assessment, and how
to involve your students in assessment design.
You'll learn how assessments can guide and inform instruction by
focusing on learning objectives, assessment design, and lesson
activities. And you'll be able to use rubrics and
other tools to share assessment criteria and expectations with
Prerequisite: What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment or
Documentation: Certificate of Completion will document 12 hours as
Facilitator: Carey Reid, World Education, Inc. Course fee: $179
These courses combine top-quality content on student assessment in
adult education and literacy with an easy-to-use online format. In
these courses you'll explore assessment
concepts and strategies in-depth through online activities,
readings, and discussion boards, all with an expert facilitator and
adult education colleagues across the country.
Register by calling (315) 422-9121 ext. 367. Online
registration open at http://www.ProfessionalStudiesAE.org
beginning August 25th. Questions? Call 315-422-9121 ext. 283, or
MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT ProLiteracy members receive a 15% discount on
all professional development courses
GROUP DISCOUNTS are available for organizations registering 5 or more
course participants. Please call 315-422-9121, ext. 283, or e-mail
for more information.
NAASLN webinars: http://www.naasln.org/webinars.htm.
Upcoming topics include GED Accommodations, and Math. $20 for members,
$30 for non-members.
Priorities Project analyzes
and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence
how their tax dollars are spent.
Numeracy, critical thinking and technology: have a look http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home
opportunities - large and less large
Grants from the Juanita Sanchez
Community Fund may support human service organizations,
community centers, art institutions—any nonprofit that works toward
enriching or improving
the lives of Latinos in Rhode Island. Several grants will be
awarded each year in the range of $500 to $1,500.
For consideration in the upcoming grant cycle, grant applications
must be completed and submitted to The Rhode Island Foundation, One
Union Station, Providence, RI 02903 by
The Juanita Sanchez Community Fund will accept no more than one
application per organization in any given year; however, applying to
the Sanchez Fund does not restrict an organization from applying for a
grant from another fund administered by The Rhode Island
Foundation. For more information, contact Inés Merchán,
Community Philanthropy Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401)
and/or learn more at http://www.rifoundation.org/matriarch/documents/SanchezRFP.pdf
Verizon Foundation -- Education,
Literacy and Health Grants
The Verizon Foundation aims to help people increase their
literacy and educational achievement; avoid being an abuser or a victim
of domestic violence; and achieve and sustain their health and
safety. To achieve this goal, the Foundation funds programs in
the following areas of interest: education, literacy, domestic violence
prevention, healthcare and accessibility and Internet safety.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3)
status. Proposals will also be considered from elementary and secondary
schools that are registered
with the National Center for Education Statistics.
Deadline: November 1, 2008
Contact the Verizon Foundation directly for complete program
information and application guidelines:
- other grants
from the Public Education Network: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp
- The federal government's new one stop grant
The Poverty & Race
(PRRAC) announces another round of education reform grants in areas of
social science research. PRACC is particularly interested in
such as high
classroom turnover/mobility and its disproportionate
on low-income, minority, and farm worker students. However, other
issues will be considered as well. To apply, send PRRAC a
the planned research and methodology, the advocacy work it is
designed to support, a budget, timeline, and qualifications of the
Maximum grant: $10,000.
No application deadline. http://www.prrac.org/grants.php
Funding Solutions for
A collection of resources to help small nonprofit organizations
including ways to motivate your board, sample fundraising letters,
advice, and tips to improve your
employment opportunities are generally sent as they
arrive via email; if you would like to receive this bulletin, and those
updates by email please
Genesis Center is interested in adding to its substitute list. If you
are an ESOL instructor who is interested in occasional work as a
substitute, either day, evening or
Saturday hours, please call Nancy
Fritz or Pat Clarkin at 781-6110.
nation wide postings on the National Institute for
Literacy's LINCS site: http://www.nifl.gov/cgi-bin/lincs/jobs/jobs.cgi
you would like your name added to the general
please see contact LR/RI. The list needs to be updated so that it
can function more usefully for teachers and programs hoping to
Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB)
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
can join the list. Any non-profit, government or private sector
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
Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by
Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.
If you have questions about this service, please contact us
/ resources available
What's new at the National Institute for Literacy:
Marking the Evolution of Institute Discussion
List as Communities of Practice
The Discussion Lists debuted more than a decade ago, growing in
size and service to the adult literacy field. Communities of practice
that have formed as a result of the
Discussions Lists, are supported by the Institute's Regional
Resource Centers and the professional development opportunities it
offers; and by its new online collections.
Learn more about these communities of practice and how you can
access professional development resources. http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/news_events/CommunityPractice.html
Fall Edition of Catalyst
Read about the upcoming release of the
National Early Literacy Panel report; who's new at the Institute, how
books, and barbershops are helping boys build
literacy skills, and more. For your free subscription to the
Institute’s quarterly newsletter, contact B. Denise Hawkins,
Editor/Director of Communications
at email@example.com. Print copies can also be ordered from the
Institute: by calling EDPubs at 1(800) 228-8813 (TDD/TTY1-877-576-7734)
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxing 1(301) 470-1244.
To subscribe to the NIFL’s Announcement List, http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/announce
or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Available on the CAELA Network
Web site - the September issue of Network News, a quarterly newsletter.
Check out information on CAELA Network state meetings,
publications from the Network for practitioners working with
adult English language learners, and links to information about
conferences of interest to these practitioners.
To subscribe to this online publication, send an email to
The National College Transition Network's newest publication,
The College Transition Toolkit, is a comprehensive guide to
program planning and implementation that
draws on the expertise of practitioners from The New England
ABE-to-College Transition Project and around the country. The Toolkit
information to help adult educators and administrators plan for
the needs of students interested in pursuing postsecondary education
and training. Chapter titles
include: Program Models; Partnerships and Collaborations;
Recruitment; Assessment; Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction;
Planning; and Using Data for
Program Development. The toolkit also provides templates that
you can download and adapt for use in developing your college
transition program, links to a variety of online resources, and
supplementary printable resources.
For more details about the toolkit and information on ordering,
Other questions? Please contact Priyanka Sharma at
617-385-3788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Literacy in
Montréal has posted presentations from its 2008 summer institute
on ESL and Literacy.
RI DLT's Rhode Island Red job search
feature is now drawing job postings from ALL local jobs boards (except
To access this resource visit RI RED http://www.dlt.ri.gov/rired/
-- under quick menu click job search; choose location search criteria,
provide job title or other
criteria. Source codes are listed at the bottom of the page
Policy Releases three new Publications
Soft Skills: The Competitive Edge http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/softskills.htm
Tips on How Parents Can Put Their Children with Disabilities on
the Path to Future Employment http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/parenttips.htm
Recruiting Young People with Disabilities: A Hiring
Strategy with Bottom Line Benefits http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/rypwd.htm
Guidance documents from the UK’s Skills
for Life – http://excellence.qia.org.uk/page.aspx?o=Guidance
– contextualizing work for those with clearly identified learning
difficulties (defined as): physical and sensory impairments – for
example those with mobility difficulties or hearing or visual
disabilities such as health conditions, mental health
difficulties and dyslexia; those whose disrupted learning experiences
(for example those in offender establishments) and difficulties with
learning have led them
to work at a significantly lower level than the majority of
The Problem Solver, Massachusetts math newsletter, online at http://www.sabes.org/resources/publications/problemsolver/index.htm;
Massachusetts also produces a math newsletter that focuses on
research: the SABES Math Bulletin.
You can access
copies of that publication at: http://sabes.org/resources/publications/mathbulletin/index.htm
Math is a resource for
educators interested in integrating issues of social, political, and
economic justice into math curriculum and classes
the goals of raising mathematic literacy and simultaneously
ways to address a range of community issues. The website supports
educators to teach many different types of math within the
context of studying social, political, and economic justice
RadicalMath.org also contains teaching materials on important
topics for youth such as owning a credit card, paying for college, and
avoiding subprime lenders, as
well as materials on Ethnomathematics.
for more or email email@example.com
Lots to do at the library Providence
Public Library's calendar of events: http://www.provlib.org/calendar.asp
National Science Teachers Association
Learning Center Offers On-demand Science Training for Teachers
NSTA has developed a new resource to improve the quality of
instruction in the nation's schools: an online hub that provides
affordable, on-demand professional
development to help educators boost their knowledge about various
science topics, as needed. The online Learning Center
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/ was introduced earlier
this year with more than 3,000 electronic professional
development resources and opportunities, including books, journal
articles, web seminars, and online courses. More than
50 free, on-demand Science Object lessons allow teachers to
increase their content knowledge at their own pace. The resource is
particularly useful for K-8 teachers, who might
have a general education degree but no in-depth knowledge of some
of the science content areas they are expected to cover in their
Read the entire article at eSchoolNews.com
2009 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the
Presented by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Toyota,
the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is given to
educators who demonstrate exemplary efforts to help parents and
children achieve their academic and non-academic goals. The 2009 Toyota
Family Literacy Teacher of the Year will receive a $7,500 award for
his/her program, courtesy of Toyota. He/she also will receive a
trip to the 18th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy in
Orlando, Florida, where he/she will be recognized during the Opening
General Session. Nominations will be accepted online through December
for nomination guidelines.
What's new at NIFL? http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/whats_new.html
Educating the Public and Elected
Officials about Adult Education: Report on Adult Education
Advocacy Efforts in New England by the New England Literacy Resource
at World Education
This new report takes stock of the program, policy and
legislative context for adult education in each of the six New England
states. It discusses local and
statewide advocacy strategies by adult educators. The
findings show that adult education
advocacy efforts in New England are multi-faceted, and growing in
sophistication and reach. The report discusses the
principal challenges and related promising strategies revealed through
interviews with leading adult education
advocates in New England.
They are grouped into four areas:
2) Framing the Message;
3) Student Involvement; and 4) Increasing and Sustaining Advocacy
Available for downloading (as a PDF file): http://www.nelrc.org/expertise/civic.html#educating
(For a word doc version, please contact
Seven habits and more:
a recent online discussion about reading and ESOL (and English
speaking) learners, led to a number of resources being shared,
including Heide Spruck Wrigley's
Seven Habits of Successful Readers, http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/7Habits.pdf.
To follow the entire conversation, go to http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/englishlanguage/2008/date.html
and follow the conversation thread that begins on May 12th (you’ll need
to scroll down the page).
The UK's Open University course, 'Who
counts as a refugee'
considers the interrelationships between citizenship, identity and
belonging, personal lives and social policy for people who
have fled their country of origin seeking asylum in the UK, and
includes useful information about refugee status and related issues for
those living in other countries:
UK National Curricula for
ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy, with associated material and
support for teachers, including the competencies for each skill at each
As well, a significant number of resources for working with
people with a range of disabilities. (See, for example): http://www.dfes.gov.uk/curriculum_literacy/access/workwith/principles/
Workplace Essential Skills and
GED Connection series Now Available Through VIDEO-ON-DEMAND
The adult learning series Workplace Essential Skills and GED
Connection are available online through the Rhode Island PBS video
streaming portal. In 25 half-hour segments, the Workplace
Essential Skills series
presents refreshers in fundamental reading, writing, and math
skills as they relate to getting, keeping, or advancing in a job.
Lessons also cover job applications, resume writing, and job
interviews. An orientation
segment touches upon the use of the different components included
in this series. Lessons are written at a pre-GED level, and can help
prepare adults for the GED tests. Four workbooks accompany the series.
In 39 half-hour programs, the GED Connection helps learners
prepare for the GED exam. Episodes cover subjects and skills related to
work, community, and home life. Practice tests help learners know what
expect, see which skills they need to strengthen, and build
Access to Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connection series
through RI PBS video streaming is free. Users access VOD through an
account and passcode, available by email request to
Education@ RIpbs.org or by calling Education Services at
401-222-3636 x 211. Video streaming, also known as video on demand
(VOD), allows users the convenience of watching lessons at any time
from an Internet-connected computer. VOD is also flexible,
allowing users to watch several episodes in one sitting, or repeat
lessons as often as desired.
Both the Workplace Essential Skills and the GED Connection series
are also broadcast on RI PBS LEARN, digital 36.2 and Verizon 787. The
Workplace Essential Skills broadcasts Fridays at
12:30 PM and the GED Connection series broadcasts Mondays,
Tuesdays, and Sundays at 12:30 PM. For Workplace Essential Skills
and the GED Connection broadcast dates
please visit: http://www.pbs.org/tvschedules/
For information about RIPBS Education Services please visit out web
pages at http://www.ripbs.org/Education/
- Dr. María D. Velásquez de Tondreau Education Director
Rhode Island PBS 50 Park Lane Providence, RI 02907 Phone: (401)
222-3636, ext. 211 Fax: (401) 222-3407 Education@RIpbs.org
National Research and
Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy,
to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy,
numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge. On this site you
will find information on all our activities, including:
Research and development projects <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/projects.asp>
Creative routes to specialist teacher qualifications <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/creativeroutes>
The Voices on the Page storybank is now live! Read all of the 640
stories here <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/voicesonthepage.asp>
Research reports and reviews <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=329>
Latest e- newsletter <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=671>
News and events <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/news.asp>
While the work originates in the U.K., much of it has usefulness
validity for work in this country.
literacy site: http://www.google.com/literacy/
outstanding resource: http://www.youthliteracy.ca/
- Youth Literacy work in Canada
Shannon Gavin, a senior graduating from Brown this year, has developed
a new website, as her capstone project in Middle East Studies,
called Arab Perceptions of the United
Video Interviews from Amman, Jordan and Damascus,
Syria.You can view them, and supporting text at http://arabperceptions.wordpress.com
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - The U.S.
Civics and Citizenship Online: Resource Center for
Instructors is available online at:
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI),
Refugees with Disabilities Program : Resource Guide for
Serving Refugees with Disabilities
available at http://www.refugees.org/DisabilityGuide
The guide, written for refugee case managers
and those serving refugees with disabilities, includes 139 pages of
information about resources for serving adults and children with
housing for refugees with disabilities, assistive technology,
medical resources, citizenship and disability, benefits for refugees
with disabilities and more.
If you have any questions or technical assistance needs, please
contact Xuan Nguyen, Director of USCRI Health and Human Services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-347-3507 ext 3056.
Resources from EdChange family of Web
A new Classism and Poverty Awareness Quiz http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/quizzes.html
Social Justice News Service site http://mail.socialjusticenews.net/mailman/listinfo/news_socialjusticenews.net-
email-based news service, periodic email digests of links to articles
related to equity,
social justice, and multiculturalism from sources
all over the world.
New essays and links to essays http://www.edchange.org/publications.html
New essays in the Multicultural Education Research Room http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/papers.html
Living in Poverty slideshow
does it take to live at the poverty level.
RI Foundation online
directory - searchable by city/town,
intended field of study, current high school, and more. http://scholarship.rifoundation.org/
YouthBuild USA Learning
links to Web sites and
documents, and includes a section on "Authentic Materials/Engaged
and workshops - conferences and workshops
listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Rhode Island - Training/events
for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/training.html
The Right Question
Project (RQP) of Cambridge, MA. is offering training in a
non-partisan civic engagement and voter education strategy for adult
The strategy will help learners to acquire critical thinking
skills, prepare them to be more self-sufficient, and greatly increase
their motivation to vote.
You are invited to attend a 5-hour training in RQP’s civic
engagement and voter education strategy.
You will receive:
A fun, interactive training; Follow up lesson ideas and
resources; Templates for student materials; Free technical assistance,
and Access to on-line materials and discussions groups
You will be asked to:
Attend a 5-hour workshop on
Friday, 9/26/08 ; Implement what you learned with the students
in your adult ed classes Share your experiences teaching the workshop
and student evaluations with RQP. The RQP Voter Education
Strategy can be used as an effective tool to introduce learners
to VERA or other preparing to vote activities.
To participate in the training, contact: Jessica Ortiz at the RI
Adult Ed Professional Development Center
2008 National Refugee and Immigrant
Conference: Issues and Innovations September 25-26, Chicago, IL
The 2008 Refugee and Immigrant Conference offers groups and
individuals assisting refugee and immigrant children and their
families an opportunity to
network and learn about issues affecting refugee and
immigrant children and their families,
schools, health, and health care, along with the challenges of cultural
- questions, please contact Lynn Osheff
ProLiteracyWorldwide's 2008 annual
conference at the Peabody, Little Rock, AR October 2 - 4: http://www.proliteracy.org/conference/
Conference on Learner Persistence,
October 17, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. RI College – Student Union Ballroom
The purpose of the persistence conference is to enable
practitioners to meet to learn about one another's efforts in the areas
of supporting learner persistence in adult education.
Representatives of programs that did research projects through
the NELRC (New England Literacy Resource Council) last spring, as well
as those that have initiated projects on
their own, will share their work so that area practitioners may
learn more about strategies, approaches and practice that can further
adult learners’ persistence in their
engagement with adult learning.
This half-day conference will begin with a plenary session,
providing an overview of learner persistence, followed by brief
presentations facilitated by practitioners whose
programs have addressed elements of persistence. Smaller
breakout sessions will enable conference participants to focus on
particular strategies and approaches so that clear next steps will be
identified and action plans developed.
Registration fee of $15 covers the cost of light breakfast fare
and lunch. DEADLINE for registration: October 3rd.
To register, please contact Jessica Ortiz: email@example.com
RI-TELL: Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners Conference:
Supporting Immigrant Students and Families in an
Anti-Immigrant Political Climate, October 18th 8:45 AM -
Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom
Event Refreshments Sponsored by Hillary Grant, ESL Specialist &
Featured Session: Panel of
A Portrait of Rhode Island Children in Immigrant Families—Elaine
Budish, Research Analyst, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Rhode Island Immigration Close Up—Bill Shuey, Executive Director,
International Institute of Rhode Island
Immigrant Students and Education Rights in RI—Veronika Kot, Staff
Attorney, Rhode Island Legal Services
Adult: Designing Responsive Programs for ESL Immigrant Adults -
Brady Dunklee, ESOL Instructor, Institute for Labor Studies and
Research and Literacy
Program & Central Falls Public Library, Andrés
Ramírez, Intensive ESL Program, Rhode Island College
Secondary: Planning Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary
Immigrant Students - Pamela Ardizzone, ELL Specialist, Providence
Elementary: Welcoming Immigrant Children to Your School:
Strategies To Get Your Learners Off to a Great Start- Christine E.
Dowding, ESL Teacher, Warwick Public Schools
Pre-register online using a credit card by October 14, 2008
Pre-registration: $45 ($30 for full-time students[Proof of
full-time student status required at check in]) Includes 1 year of
RI-TELL membership with all
member benefits; Conference registration and canvas tote *. CEU
credit available On-Site Registration: $55 ($40 for full-time students)
Check payment only.
All memberships expire on September 30, 2008. You must renew your
membership to register at the member rate.
Become a Member of YOUR Professional Association at an Inaugural
Rate that Includes:
One year of membership; Registration for the Fall
Event, A RI-TELL canvas tote to identify you as a member
Subscription to MATSOL Currents newsletter and monthly E-Bulletin.
Notification of upcoming events and advocacy alerts. Access to
members-only areas of the MATSOL web site.
Subscription to RI-TELL/MATSOLworks job listings and ELists.
Reduced registration fees for conferences and events.
Membership in your choice of two Special Interest Groups.
Support of RI-ELL/MATSOL's advocacy work on behalf of all ESOL
professionals, students and their families.
For more information: Email: RITELL@matsol.org For assistance
logging on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual National Even Start
Association Conference, Austin, Texas, October 19-21.
Eleventh Annual Multicultural Conference
and Curriculum Resource Fair Presented by the RIC Dialogue on
Diversity Committee November 1st, theme:
Teaching for Change: Privilege, Power and Possibilities
Program includes: Workshops on promising practices in
multicultural education; A curriculum fair, including curriculum
resources, books, software, and videos;
Keynote address by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, "Youth Hour" - a round
table dialogue with
keynote speaker and college and high school students.
in Adult Education to be held on November 17-18, 2008 in
Registration for the conference in now open: http://collegetransition.org/conference08/registration.html
For more information, contact Priyanka Sharma
email@example.com or call (617) 385-3788. –
call for proposals from the MATSOL
We would like to invite you to present next spring at our annual
conference on May 7-8, 2009 at the Sheraton Four Points in Leominster,
The 2009 conference theme is Multiple Literacies: Launching
English Language Learners into a New Era. There will be a K-12
strand on both days and an Adult,
Workplace and Higher Education strand on Friday, May 8. Our
keynote speakers will be Stephen Krashen and Jim Cummins.
We hope that you will consider sharing your strategies, tools,
materials and research with your colleagues in the field of ELL and
You can view and print instructions for submitting an online
proposal at http://www.matsol.org/mc/page.do?orgId=matsol&sitePageId=68100
Proposals are due on December
other events and
calendar of events http://www.tesol.org/isaffil/calendar/index.html
breathe - everyday yoga at your desk. http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
street yoga -
Through the teaching of free yoga, meditation and wellness classes we
seek to help homeless youth increase their physical, emotional and
spiritual strength, stamina
and flexibility so they can better meet their own core needs. We
work closely with those service providers striving to help homeless
youth secure safe housing, nutritious food,
accessible health care, employment, clean clothing, educational
choices and human dignity.