| 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
Share: Wednesday, May 13th, 3 pm at the Genesis
Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence. We’ll be talking about
assessment – assessing first
language literacy and determining ESOL learners’ readiness to
participate in ABE programming. Please join us.
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).
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 - http://thepage.time.com/president-obamas-remarks-on-education-reform/
25-26 - National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) Summer Literacy
Institute, Research to Practice: Supporting Learners Through Literacy.
Learn about how research
is translated into practical applications for the classroom and
home. Learn about solid strategies that support parents as they engage
in their children’s learning. Network with
practitioners from around the country and share information in
facilitated discussion groups.
Focusing on the family, sessions will cover research-based
practices for improving literacy services for adult learners,
pre-school through elementary parents and
children, and English language learners. All sessions support the
development of family literacy programs that have a positive impact on
families as they work to
develop stronger literacy skills. Content is provided in one-day
stand-alone sessions or two-day strands – all focused on developing
strategies for establishing a family
approach to literacy. The Institute is designed for literacy
providers, adult educators, elementary staff, pre-K staff, librarians,
literacy volunteers, administrators and
others who work with families. CEUs are available for all
sessions. The Institute will be held at the Galt House Hotel
& Suites in Louisville, Kentucky.
Details can be found at http://www.famlit.org/training,
or contact Ann Reynolds at 502-584-1133 x149 or
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/StudentServices_GettingStarted.shtml
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
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
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 16
President Taps Maine's Cummings
As OVAE's DAS
President Obama and Secretary Duncan have selected Maine's
Glenn Cummings http://www.polarbearandco.com/mainedem/cum.html
as OVAE's new deputy
assistant secretary. As Maine’s House chairman of the Education
Committee in 2002, Cummings sponsored a bill to transform the state’s
technical colleges into
the community college system. The change contributed to roughly a
40% increase in enrollment systemwide. Cummings also was an advocate
for a statewide
policy requiring all graduating high school seniors to fill out a
college application. He holds master’s degrees in education and public
Brown University and Harvard University and is completing a
doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Cummings began his
career in education
as a history and economics teacher at Gorham High School. He will
arrive at the Department May 4.
Jane Oates to Serve
As DOL Assistant Secretary
The president also named Jane Oates, a former top education aide
to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, to serve as the Department of Labor’s (DOL)
assistant secretary for employment
and training. The person in this position cooperates with OVAE's
assistant secretary for vocational and adult education in developing
and implementing many policies called for
by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the source of funding for
programs both agencies administer. Oates served as the chief staff for
the U.S. Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee http://help.senate.gov/ on creating
and implementing WIA and The Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act. She
is currently executive director of
the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
NIFL Partnership Research Review
The National Institute for Literacy is leading a partnership with
OVAE and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development
that is conducting a comprehensive review of research on adult
literacy. This three-year study will synthesize behavioral and
cognitive sciences, education, and
neuroscience research on literacy to understand its applicability
to adolescent and adult populations. It will examine implications for
instructional practices in adult
literacy programs and make recommendations for a more systemic
approach to research, practice and policy. The report, due in the fall
of 2011, also will be
produced in a streamlined version useful for practitioners and
the public. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/news/04072009.html
OMB Publishes ARRA Guidance for
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance that
federal agencies must use to implement ARRA funding, including
for states that receive ARRA grants. State directors may be
interested in reviewing the guidance to participate as partners in ARRA
Thursday notes, April 30, 2009
Bipartisan Leaders Propose
Financial Literacy Grants
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY 4th) have introduced federal
legislation that would provide
states with $250 million annually over the next five years to
support teaching financial literacy in K–12 schools and two- and
four-year colleges. The bill (S. 638),
the Financial Literacy Improvement Act, aims to help students
obtain the skills needed to make responsible financial decisions. The
funding will be split evenly
between efforts at K–12 schools and those for adults provided at
colleges. The bill also includes a clearinghouse of resources, tools,
and selected practices for
financial and economic literacy education. Most college students
graduate with four credit cards and enter the work force in debt,
according to Senator Murray.
Groups Offer Tools
For States Seeking ARRA Funds
The Council of State Governments has developed a Web site (staterecovery.org) offering
updates on how state executive and legislative branches are planning to
stimulus funds, including for education.
http://www.staterecovery.org/education The Education Commission of the
States (ECS) also recently released two new products related
to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The first
paper provides links to ARRA education-related details being issued by
state executive branches and state
education agencies on their Web sites.
http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/80/14/8014.pdf The second paper
suggests ways states can use summer learning programs to maximize
the new federal stimulus funds. http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/80/21/8021.pdf
Math Professional Development
Professional development for math teachers seems to have more of
an impact on learning than either new textbooks or technology,
according to a research review by the Center
for Data-Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University's
School of Education. The review examined 87 previously released studies
evaluating efforts to improve
math programs in elementary schools. The programs focused on
either textbook changes, computer-assisted instruction, or professional
development in specific teaching
methods, such as cooperative learning. Researchers found that the
approaches aimed at changing teachers' daily instructional practices
were the most effective in boosting
/ resources available
Fieldnotes – penultimate issue. A retrospective of the past ten
years' work. Well worth your time.
other news from World Education:
SABES Math Bulletin Volume 3, Number 3 (March 2009)
includes six pages touching on algebraic thinking, the complexity of
equations, and literal symbols.
You can also access back issues of the SABES Math Bulletin,
issued quarterly. Each issue focuses on math research and/or
professional papers related to adult math/numeracy.
Early issues include information about research in general. http://www.sabes.org/resources/publications/mathbulletin/
Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE/ESOL Classroom http://www.sabes.org/workforce/integrating-career-awareness.pdf
Newly revised and expanded, this 210-page curriculum guide
contains nearly 60 ready-to-use lessons.
The goal of this curriculum is to help adult education teachers
and counselors guide adult learners through a comprehensive career
planning process that promotes
a full range of life skills. The curriculum contains lessons and
classroom activities to introduce the three phases of career planning:
exploration, and education and career planning.
CD available for the cost of shipping ($5.00/each). To
order, call Leah Peterson at 617-482-9485 x 3740, email
email@example.com or download at
Developed by the Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support
and the National College Transition Network.
U.S. Census and Adult Learners
In one year, the U.S. Census Bureau will
begin the decennial census. According to the Census Bureau, the goal of
the 2010 Census is to count everybody, count
them only once, and count them in the right place. All residents
of the United States must be counted, including citizens and
non-citizens. It is important that
adult learners understand the significance of this process. In
addition to determining each state’s representation in Congress, census
data is used to determine the
amount of state and federal funding communities will receive over
the next ten years. Census data is also used to inform local decisions
improvements, education, and a wide range of public services.
Census activities have already begun. Between April and June this
year, U.S. Census employees will visit every community to begin the
process of verifying and
updating the national address list to which Census surveys will
be mailed. In the fall, recruitment will begin for local Census jobs.
Updates will be posted to the
SABES website (http://www.sabes.org/)
as they become available. Additional information, including posters in
five languages for ESOL learners, is also available.
On May 6, at
10:00am, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will
release a new report, Basic Reading
Skills and the Literacy of America's Least
Literate Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment
of Adult Literacy (NAAL).
This report details two distinct components of the NAAL— the Adult
Literacy Supplemental Assessment (ALSA) and the Fluency Addition
to NAAL (FAN). The report shows a significant literacy gap
between those considered nonliterate
in English and those with basic literacy skills.
The supplemental assessment – given to those who could not take
the main assessment (i.e., those considered to be nonliterate in
English) – asked adults to
perform simple tasks such as identifying and reading letters or
words, to find out what adults with the lowest literacy skills can do.
Common products, such
as a box of cold medicine, were used in the ALSA.
The FAN – an oral reading assessment given to all participants –
measured the ability of individuals to read printed text accurately and
quickly by using laptop
computers and an automated speech recognition system. Speed and
accuracy were assessed and used to reflect basic reading skills, such
as decoding and word reading.
To access the report, please go to the NAAL web site at: http://NCES.ED.GOV NCES is the
statistical center of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S.
Department of Education.
- Jaleh Behroozi Soroui 202-403-6958
Unemployment lifeline – from the AFL-CIO,
with locally-searchable links to resources http://www.unemploymentlifeline.com/
online: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COURSE available at EL/Civics Online http://www.elcivicsonline.org/
EL/Civics Online is a free professional
development opportunity for ESL, EL/Civics, and Citizenship teachers
and volunteers. EL/Civics online is composed of
this new course on teaching Civic Engagement, along with courses
for teaching U.S. History, U.S. Government, and the Naturalization
Process as well as a tutorial
on lesson planning. The new Civic Engagement course shows
teachers how to facilitate students’ awareness about their communities,
becoming a part of their
community, and giving back to their community. In addition
all of these courses allow educators to:
* Participate in self-paced online professional
* Create and obtain EL/Civics lesson plans
* Access timely and relevant resources
* Download classroom-ready handouts
* Keep all handouts and resources in a personal "My
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
From The Working Poor
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,
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
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
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.
2009 American Association for Adult and
Continuing Education Conference Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal to present a concurrent
session or roundtable discussion for the 2009 AAACE Conference on a
topic of concern and/or
interest to practitioners, managers, teachers, faculty, advisors
and/or students of adult and continuing education programs. The
conference, Adult Education:
Together We Can!, will be held November 3 - 6 at the Renaissance
Marriott Hotel in Cleveland.
Proposals should be submitted online. Please go to http://www.aaace.org for full
information and the application.
The deadline for proposal
submissions is Friday, May 15.
Notification of acceptance decisions will be e-mailed to all who
submit proposals by Monday, July 13.
The AAACE is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes
to human fulfillment and positive social change. We envision a more
humane world made possible by the diverse practice of our members in
helping adults acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to lead
productive and satisfying lives. Through its annual conference, adult
educators can become more effective in assisting adult learners
to succeed in the global marketplace, at the workplace and in their
communities. For more information, contact the Program Team: Clare
Klunk, Trish Coberly, Linda Sayre, Jean Fleming, and Lilian Hill,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at
(617)385-3788 if you have any further questions.
- Priyanka Sharma, National College Transition Network World
Summer Institute for Intercultural
Communication July 15-31 Reed College, Portland, Oregon
The 33rd annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
(SIIC) offers professional development opportunities for people working
in education, training, business,
and consulting, in both international and domestic intercultural
contexts. One of the premier gatherings of professionals in the field
of intercultural communication, SIIC
presents a unique opportunity to explore the field and network
with others in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Choose from more than 40 in-depth workshops and seminars on
intercultural topics such as conflict management, diversity, global
management, and training. SIIC also offers academic credit,
internships, certificate programs, an intercultural library and
bookstore, and free evening
programs. Workshops are offered in 3- and 5-day formats, and
one-day workshops on July 18th. http://www.intercultural.org/siic.php
The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Intercultural
Communication Institute (ICI), a nonprofit charity with the mission of
fostering an awareness and
appreciation of cultural difference. ICI offers a Master of Arts
in Intercultural Relations, maintains an extensive reference library,
and provides referrals and information on
Miriam Burt: A new brief is available for practitioners working
with adult English language learners. Written by Amber Gallup
Rodríguez, the brief describes the focus
-on-form approach, provides research-based evidence for drawing
learners' attention to form while remaining focused on meaning,
and offers examples of instructional
activities to raise learners' awareness of grammar. Teaching Grammar to Adult English
Language Learners: Focus on Form is online at the CAELA
Network Web site at the
Center for Applied Linguistics: http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/teachinggrammar.html
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.