| 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 calls for
and also as a forum for posing questions, issues and discussion topics.
The current bulletin is posted below.
To read previous bulletins, please
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participation, employment, funding,
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and other resources.
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addition to events listed here, a recently updated list of events
(including workforce development workshops, new practitioner
orientation, standards overview - and rescheduled events) can be
found at http://www.ric.edu/aepdc/calendar.php
Offer VALUE membership
opportunities to your students
Student leadership organizations are a critical
component of any education system. VALUE is a national student
organization. VALUE is currently very active in making
sure that student voices are heard. The Rhode Island Office of
Adult and Career and Technical Education is very interested in
supporting student and alumni organizations
and has supported several in the career and technical education
arena. As for adult education participants, EDP assessment candidates,
and GED test takers and graduates, it
is important to clarify that membership fees in reputable student
leadership organization is an allowable expense. Please, feel free to
review the membership materials contained
in the link below and discuss with your students, alumni, test
takers, and staff.
Rhode Island Adult
Tuesday, May 19th at Rhode Island College.
Preliminary program online at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/conference09.html
information about advocacy: Write for Increased Funding for FY10
Act Now! http://www.ncladvocacy.org/actnow.html
from the National Coalition for Literacy
Fact Finder http://www.ncladvocacy.org/factfinder.html
contains links to NCL members' district and state fact sheets
as well as a fact sheet on Adult Education and Family Literacy
Letter Guidelines, Lessons, and Sample Letters
Writing Legislators <http://www.ncladvocacy.org/tkcontact_write.html>
contains writing tips, letter guidelines, letter-writing lesson plans
and curricula, and
sample letters from teachers, students, and community members.
general tips for
Create Responsive Networks Find specific tips for organizing
others to write. Find general tips from experienced state and federal
level advocates on creating
responsive advocacy networks http://www.ncladvocacy.org/tknetworks.html
Learn more about NCL's Legislative Issues http://www.ncladvocacy.org/legispriority_act.html,
needs and strengths
The Professional Development Council is conducting its annual
survey of the field, in order to inform the PDCenter’s workplan for
Please click on the link below and take a few
minutes to answer the short survey; your input is critical to
this process. Many thanks.
write about it:
Change Agent Call for Articles
Please submit illustrations, cartoons, and graphics on this theme too!
Theme: The Economy
The next issue of The Change Agent will examine the roots of the
current economic crisis, consider what we can do about it individually
and collectively, and
explore alternative economic models. We are interested in hearing
from teachers, adult learners, and community members about your
experiences, stories, lessons,
and reflections on the current economy and how your family and/or
community is responding. 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
Sample Questions to Consider:
What do you think caused the crisis?
What should individuals do in response to the crisis?
What should the government do?
What should small businesses and corporations do?
Describe actions that you see people taking in response to the
crisis or that you and your community have taken. Are these actions
Have you personally experienced the effects of the crisis? If so,
Does your life feel very different now from how it was before the
Has the media (TV, newspapers, radio) helped you understand what
is going on? Has it helped you figure out how to respond? If you could
influence media content, what
would you push for (related to the economic crisis)?
Do you have experience in alternative economic structures, such
as worker cooperatives or consumer cooperatives? If so, describe how it
works and what it's like.
Describe your vision for how the economy should work and what
needs it should meet.
All articles must be received by
May 4, 2009. All articles and emails MUST include contact
information for the student and/or the teacher. All articles will be
considered. Suggested length is 500-1,200 words. Final decisions
are made by The Change Agent editorial board. A $50 stipend will be
paid to each adult education
student whose work is accepted for publication. Please send
material (preferably by email) to:
Cynthia Peters, Editor, New England Literacy Resource
Center/World Education, 44 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210 Phone:
fax: 617-482-0617; email: email@example.com
The mission of The Change Agent
is to provide news, issues, ideas, and 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 at World Education.
Don't forget to include complete contact information in the
article (not just in the email).
Thinking of writing
an article about your school, program, or classroom? An issue of
concern to our field?
A book or resource
review? Write for MATSOL Currents!
MATSOL Currents is the official publication of the Massachusetts
Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages. The primary
readers of the
Newsletter are members of the organization, many of whom are ELL
and bilingual education professionals, and advocates for ELLs,
immigrants and refugees.
The Newsletter may also be read by some prospective members, and
Need some ideas? Here are some possible topics:
An activity or approach you have implemented in your classroom
that you could share.
An issue of interest or concern to your Special Interest Group.
(RI has a S.I.G.)
A review of our conference sessions, workshops or keynote
addresses that others may have missed.
A conference social or Director’s meeting.
A successful planning, administration and program building
efforts in your school or program.
Effective professional development formats and approaches you
have used and how this has impacted teachers and students in your
program, school or district.
Parent, family and community involvement initiatives. New
resources, books and classroom activities.
Advocacy concerns, action research or data you have analyzed.
Teacher preparation in the field and your successes in preparing
teachers to work with ELLs.
Regional, state or national activities, conferences and events
focused on ELLs.
Book Reviews If you are interested in taking a look at the new
materials and resources publishers have sent us, and writing a review
of a new resource in the
field, contact Sterling Giles, our Reviews Editor. Sterling
has received many new books from publishers in the field, ready
for your review ! Contact Sterling Giles at Sterlg@aol.com
Spring 2009 issue - May 1 - Deadline extended from April 1, 2009
Types of Submissions:
Feature Articles (1200-1500 words) related to teacher education,
research, professional development, program administration,
sociocultural issues, etc.
Brief Reports (500-900 words), such as book reviews, data
analysis, reports on conference presentations and papers.
Personal Accounts (500-700 words), such as stories and tips from
the classroom , things that work, promising and best practices.
Announcements (50-75 words) of forthcoming presentations, events
and meetings as well as forthcoming articles and books on issues in the
field, new names and
faces, accomplishments of members and of educators
in programs Questions? Need more info? Contact Jennifer
O’Brien or Kellie Jones, Co-Editors at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit matsol.org> home > MATSOL
ESOL share Tuesday, April 21st, 3 pm at the Genesis Center, 620
Potters Avenue, Providence.
TESOL? COABE? read a good book, had a good
lesson? Sharing conference reports, ongoing ideas and approaches.
Please join us.
You are invited to explore the
no-cost Career Advantage Program
Unemployed? Considering further training?
Thinking of returning to school? Concerned about your skills?
Career Advantage is designed to assist unemployed Rhode Islanders
gain an academic advantage to smoothly enter and successfully complete
or college courses. Improve math, communication and workplace
skills during classes at convenient times – 10 hours of instruction per
week for eight weeks.
This no-cost opportunity can give you the confidence to tackle
the demands of a training program or to jump-start college coursework.
Take the first step to a better career.
The next open house for the program is April 15th.
Interested individuals should contact Coordinator Lynn Watterson at
email@example.com for more information and eligibility
On May 3-5, VALUE, in partnership
with ProLiteracy, will be holding its 6th biennial National Adult
Learner Leadership Institute and Adult Literacy Congress.
As part of this Institute, we will hold a mock hearing on each of
four recommendations made by the National Commission on Adult Literacy.
Adult learners will
listen to "testimony" from experts in the literacy field, ask
questions, and then offer their views, the consumer perspective, on
each of the four recommendations.
The Commission made both general and specific recommendations.
From all its recommendations, we came up with the top ten that we think
adult learners may
be able to provide insight to policy-makers.
Now we need your help. From this list, we need to pick the four
on which we'll hold mock hearings. Please rank these recommendations.
On which ones would
it be most important for policy-makers to hear the views of adult
To participate in the survey, go to: http://tinyurl.com/adabw6
Please share this message with as many people as you can. We'd
like as much input as possible in selecting the four topics for the
To learn more about this Leadership Institute, go to http://www.valueusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=81&Itemid=100
You can register now. The early registration discount ends April
In advance, thanks for your help with this. I look forward to
seeing many of you in the DC area May 3-5.
- Marty Finsterbusch, VALUE Executive Director
President Obama's Remarks on
Education Reform -
from the American Foundation for
the Blind: AFB CareerConnect® presents two
free online seminars for professionals working with children and adults
Session 1: Lifelong Learning in Career Education April 28, 2009,
2–3:30 pm (EST)
Dr. Karen Wolffe, Director, Professional Development and
CareerConnect, will discuss the career education model, how to help
move children and
adults through the appropriate stages of the model, the
activities and resources available to instruct children and
adults with visual impairments in career education, and more.
Session 2: Determining Current and Future AT Needs April 29,
2009, 2–3:30 pm (EST)
Ike Presley, Project Manager, Professional Development, will show
attendees how to create a "toolbox" for success by presenting the tools
needed to access and create printed
and electronic information. This session will also feature
professionals with visual disabilities discussing the career planning
techniques and assistive technologies that have
helped them compete in the workplace and advance their careers.
Both seminars will broadcast live to your computer. For more
information, and to register for one or both webcasts today,
or contact 888-824-2184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brought to you free-of-charge through the generous support of
summer classes Register now for online courses
Penn State's online course, Early Literacy Development and
Parental Involvement (ADTED 458), a three-credit undergraduate/graduate
level course will be
offered through Penn State’s World Campus for graduate or
undergraduate credit. Class runs May 18 – August 14, 2009 and
registration is underway. This
course focuses on young children’s language and literacy
What children;s early language and
literacy development looks like at various stages and what is
considered the usual order or sequence of development
The most recently shared knowledge base
regarding early language and literacy development research
Evidence-based practices identified by
research for teachers and parents that support children’s earl language
and literacy development
How parents and teachers apply what is
known about language and literacy learning to maximize children’s
Early literacy development and parental
involvement in the context of comprehensive family literacy services
For more information visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/FamilyLiteracyCertificate.shtml
or contact Dr. Sheila Sherow at email@example.com.
Register today at
COLLEGE PREPARATION FOR ADULTS:
The Rhode Island Transition to College (RI TTC) at Rhode
Island Regional Adult Learning Center (RIRAL) is now enrolling students
for its upcoming sessions.
RIRAL/TTC is an intensive college preparation program that
provides student success workshops, academic instruction in reading,
writing, math, computer, and
study skills to prepare students for college readiness.
Career Exploration using DISCOVER online and monthly mentoring
workshops are also part of the curriculum.
In addition, students receive assistance with financial aid,
college applications, and academic advising. While attending RIRAL/TTC,
students enrol as a cohort in
College Reading at CCRI in Providence. Information Sessions for
fall Evening and Weekend programs:
Tuesdays: May 5
and June 16 at 5:00 pm
Saturdays: April 18, May
16 and June 20 at 10:00 am
The RIRAL/TTC initiative is a free program with funding provided
by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Nellie Mae
Educational Foundation in
collaboration with the Community College of Rhode Island. For
more information, contact: Marie Crecca-Romero, Program Director at
722.9800 or by email at
The fall/winter issue of the excellent journal, Field Notes,
with a focus on transitions from ABE
to college, is now online, and includes articles such as "A
Student's Perspective of a College Success Class" by Katie Shaw,
"Technology Tools for
College Success" by Pat Weisberger, and "Students Leading Students:
Interactive Campus Tour Model" by Karen Van Kirk. http://www.sabes.org/resources/publications/fieldnotes/index.htm
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
from the Public Education Network: http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_grants.asp
- The federal government's new one stop
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,
and tips to improve your direct mail
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.
are an ESOL instructor who is interested in occasional work as a
substitute, either day, evening or Saturday hours, please call
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 work
Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB)
list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island
helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize
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
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
from Thursday notes, April 9
President Obama Nominates
Kanter As Under Secretary
President Obama has nominated Martha Kanter, chancellor and
former president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in
the Silicon Valley
(Calif.), as under secretary of education. Kanter is the first
community college leader to be named to the number-two position at the
Department. She has
experience as an alternative high school teacher and she
established the first program for students with learning disabilities
at San Jose City College. Kanter
holds a doctorate from the University of San Francisco, a
master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from
27 States Win SLDS Grants For
The Department's Institute of Education Sciences just announced
Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants to 27 state education
agencies for the
design and implementation of these systems. SLD systems enhance
states’ ability to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use
including individual student records, and help states make
data-driven decisions to improve student learning. The multi-year value
of these three-to-five year
individual state grants ranges from $2.5 to $9.0 million , for a
total of $150 million. A list of state winners and grant amounts, and a
link to each project
description is available online.
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/ A new competition is expected as part
of the economic stimulus, and details will be released soon.
Education Can Protect Against
Education is playing a key role in protecting adults from
joblessness in the current economy, Department of Labor (DOL)
The jobless rate in March climbed to 15.5 percent among
those without a high school diploma, compared to 8.5 percent among U.S.
adults nationwide. The unemployment rate
is much lower for people with some college or a postsecondary
degree. DOL has distributed $4 billion
to increase opportunities for workers to receive training. http://www.dol.gov/recovery/
New Corrections Education
OVAE has launched its new Web page serving correctional and
institutionalized education programs by posting the history of
correctional education, federal grant programs for
this population, state contacts, resources and frequently asked
Also available online
is OVAE's recent publication Partnerships Between Community
Colleges and Prisons Providing Workforce Education and Training to
/ resources available
Observing and Providing Feedback to
Teachers of Adults Learning English att the CAELA Network Web site at
the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Written by Brigitte Marshall of Oakland Public Schools and Sarah
Young of CAL (and the CAELA Network), the brief addresses three types
formal, walk-through, and alternative. Each type is described,
and examples are provided for implementation within a collaborative
approach to adult ESL teacher
Coming soon: a brief on using grammar in the
adult ESL classroom, looking at focus on form.
from CAL news, April 8 : Researchers
Urge Use of Stimulus Funds to Address the Needs of English Language
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides an
extraordinary opportunity to improve educational outcomes for English
language learners (ELLs), a rapidly
growing yet underserved population. The Working Group on ELL
Policy, a group of researchers with extensive experience in the
education of English language learners,
has prepared a set of recommendations designed to guide
discussion and decision-making on how to use stimulus funds to better
serve these learners in schools across the
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently
launched a new website http://www.shifting-gears.org
designed to help states increase the number of low-income working
adults who have the skills and credentials they need to compete for
jobs in demand.
Shifting Gears is a Joyce Foundation-sponsored initiative that
aims to promote regional economic growth by aligning adult education,
and postsecondary education in five states - Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The website is intended to provide
information about state policies
that work across the nation and to highlight innovative
approaches in the Shifting Gears states. State policy resources
cover the following areas: basic skills
policies that promote success in college and careers, using data
for policy change, connecting education and work, financial aid and
student support, and
connecting to employers. The website will be updated regularly.
We hope you find it helpful and will tell your state and local
partners about this resource. - Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior
Policy Analyst Center for Law
& Social Policy firstname.lastname@example.org
The Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS)
web site, http://mlots.org, has posted
several new video and audio files recorded in an ESL/ESOL family
class in Chelsea, Massachusetts in January. The Chelsea
Intergenerational Literacy Program uses team teaching and volunteer
tutors in teaching adults English
language skills and family literacy content. This set of free,
short, online videos focuses on one class in a series on how parents
can support early literacy and childrens' reading.
We would love your comments on the ESL/ESOL family literacy
videos, or on any of the MLoTS videos. We would also be glad to provide
you with information on how
MLoTS might work with professional development organizations or
other agencies in your state to enable you to make your own classroom
videos to be posted on the MLoTS
web site. - David J. Rosen, President, Media Library of Teaching
From The Working Poor Families
Preparing Low-Skilled Workers for the Jobs of Tomorrow -
Many state economic development leaders are focusing resources on
strategies to spur growth in the
fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
However, many efforts are geared solely to generating more high-skill
scientists and engineers.
"Preparing Low-Skilled Workers for the Jobs of Tomorrow" explores
how to ensure that existing workers have the education and skills
necessary to fill middle
-skill, technical and support STEM positions. The brief, released
by the Working Poor Families Project, also identifies how state
policies can better prepare
today's existing low-skilled workers for middle-skill positions.
The New England Literacy Resource
Center (NELRC) has published the findings of action research
done by 18
New England adult education programs that
strategies in their varied contexts over the course of a semester. This
report of the New England
Learner Persistence Project is online
In addition to describing the
specific strategies and outcomes that resulted in each program, the
researchers concluded that
persistence can be improved by addressing
key adult needs, such as the need to feel competent or the need for a
sense of community.
To see other work being done at NELRC, see http://www.nelrc.org/expertise/index.html.
- Andy Nash, New England
Literacy Resource Center
February 12th, the National Commission on Adult Literacy was
represented on a panel that appeared before the Subcommittee on Higher
Learning, and Competitiveness (of the House Committee on
Education and Labor). The written and supplemental testimony for this
appearance is available from
the Publications page of the Commission's website http://www.nationalcommissiononadultliteracy.org
) and CAAL's site http://www.caalusa.org
-- as items
NC-CAAL4 and NC-CAAL5.
Minnesota Literacy Council's online
training site – for out of state
The courses for adult learners and educators on the Minnesota
Literacy Council (MLC) online training site are developed and
maintained by MLC staff through
supplemental service grants from the
Minnesota Department of Education. They are provided free of charge to
Minnesota’s adult learners, teachers, volunteers, and
other Adult Basic
Education practitioners. Out-of-state visitors are welcome to explore
the site to access learning resources as well, but we cannot offer CEUs
course completion certificates to out-of-state users. If you are
not a Minnesota resident, you are welcome to browse the self-access
online learning materials,
but please do not submit course assignments
as we will not be able to respond to your
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) : National Assessment
of Adult Literacy: Indirect County and State Estimates of the
Adults at the Lowest Literacy
1992 and 2003, from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy
(NAAL). The report provides the only available snapshot
of adult literacy rates for individual
states and counties. The report, based on the 2003 NAAL and the 1992
National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS),
will serve as an important source of literacy information for
policymakers and researchers. The report will be accompanied by
an interactive web tool, which will
show data for all states and counties. The tool will also provide
ability to compare states, counties, and progress in states and
counties over time.
(estimates) and http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009482
From Iraq - in-depth information about refugee
groups from Iraq, describing the various ethnic and religious
communities of Iraqi Arabs (both
Sunni and Shi’a), Iraqi Christians, and others. Topics include
in countries of asylum, characteristics of the refugee population,
features of each of the different communities, religion,
language, education, and resettlement
online: LessonWriter.com is a free website
where teachers can copy, paste and submit any text (an article, essay,
story, etc.) and create comprehensive, standards
-based lesson plans and student materials in minutes.
LessonWriter is a simple, fast and free way to use authentic,
high-interest content to motivate students while delivering the
explicit language instruction that ELL's
need in both English and content-area classes. There are advanced
features that can differentiate instruction for multilevel classes and
class tracking features that will
automatically scaffold lessons.
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
Lots to do at the library
Public Library's calendar of events: http://www.provlib.org/calendar.asp
Essential Skills and
GED Connection series 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
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
to 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
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
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>
literacy site: http://www.google.com/literacy/
outstanding resource: http://www.youthliteracy.ca/
- Youth Literacy work in Canada
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
email@example.com or at 202-347-3507 ext 3056.
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.h
RI Teachers of English Language Learners Spring Conference Teaching ESL Through the
Part One: Using the
Visual and Dramatic Arts to Teach A Second Language Saturday,
Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom
8:45 AM-12:30 PM
John C. Chamberlin, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching +
Learning in Art + Design, RI School of Design The Power of
Visual Arts and Design in
Generating Verbal and Written Language
Adult: Drawing in the Adult ESL Classroom, Katherine Meyer, ESL
Specialist, Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ILSR) and
International Institute of
Rhode Island and Artist
Secondary: Getting Hands On Experience in Communicating in a New
Language, Elizabeth Anne Keiser (and student leaders), TALL University
Project), Central Falls Public Schools
Elementary: Developing Language and Literacy through the Arts—How
to Use Calligraphy to Teach Critical Literacy Skills, Margaret
Garcia-Engstrom (and art
mentor students), Art in Education, Robert L. Bailey and
Alfred A. Lima Elementary Schools
Register Online http://www.matsol.org
Conference Fee for Current Members: $10 Become a
Member and Conference Fee: $45 ($30 for full-time
Includes all member benefits; Conference registration
and canvas tote for first 50 to sign up! Member
Benefits: Biannual Newsletter “Currents” E-Bulletin
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other PD Opportunities
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Annual Conference :
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,
keynote speakers will be Stephen Krashen and Jim Cummins.
Conference 2009, Louisville, KY
Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Kentucky Association
of Adult & Continuing Education, and Kentucky Adult Education
Council on Postsecondary Education
are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the 2009 COABE
national conference. . The goal of the Annual
COABE National Conference is to provide best practices and
program guidance to adult basic education professionals.
For more information, contact: Lorena Lasky, COABE 2009
Concurrent Sessions Chairperson, Jefferson County Adult &
The Pedagogy and Theatre of the
Oppressed conference May 18-24 at Augsburg College, Minneapolis.
The conference focuses on civic engagement and organizing through
popular education and the arts, and features several internationally
renowned keynote speakers.
These include theatre artist and scholar Augusto Boal, popular
education scholar Dr. Deborah Barndt, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea's
Minneapolis-based women of color dance group,
and over 100 papers, workshops, and performances led by PTO
members. For information and registration go to http://www.ptoweb.org.
Pre- and post-conference workshops
are also available for registration separate from the conference.
For more information, contact Sonja Kuftinec at
National Community Literacy Leadership
Conference Buffalo – June 10 -13
Conference activities reflect the diversity of our field
supporting the interests of a wide range of literacy coalitions,
service providers, funders, business leaders and literacy
stakeholders. We present a special focus on the economic
crisis with panels discussing critical workforce and training issues
around the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act and support for families with limited literacy skills. On the
final day of the conference, literacy leaders from across the country
will gather for the Right To Literacy
Convention. They will debate and vote on resolutions that will
become a platform to organize for system change. The Convention
Committee has been hard at work to ensure
that each region has the opportunity to prepare and submit
resolutions. Regional delegates will represent their constituent groups
at the Convention, following in the Upstate
New York tradition of the famous 1848 Women’s Rights Seneca Falls
To learn more and to register: http://www.literacypowerline.com/
. Questions? please contact Hannah Mallon (9792895175).
The National College Transition Network at
World Education invites you to submit a proposal to present at its
third annual national conference on Effective
Transitions in Adult Education to be held on November 16 - 17, in
If you wish to submit a proposal, please visit http://www.collegetransition.org/callforpresenters09.html
to complete and submit the online form.
You will receive an email from NCTN confirming the receipt of
your proposal within two business days of submission.
Please click on the link above for more details about the
proposal submission process. The submission deadline is May 25.
Feel free to email email@example.com or call me at
(617)385-3788 if you have any further questions.
- Priyanka Sharma, National College Transition Network World
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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.