| 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
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
August 20, 2009
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
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
COLLEGE NOW A Transition to
College Initiative Earn Your GED and Get College Credit!
The Community College of Rhode Island through the Center for
Workforce and Community Education (Transition Pathways/GED Plus) is
offering a GED
class along with a 3-credit college class (College Success-LRCT
This class is integrated training for the accelerated student who
needs a high school credential and has a goal of enrolling at CCRI.
There is no charge for
qualified individuals (based on CASAS Appraisal and Pre-Tests).
For more information, contact Angela Salvadore at 401-455-6140 or
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a day class at the Providence Campus and an evening
class at the Lincoln campus. Both classes begin on September 8,
TO COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Saturdays at 10:00 am: August 8, September 12,
October 17, November 21.
175 Main Street Pawtucket (2nd flr. Visitor’s Center.) Call
722-9800 for appointment. Allow two hours for assessment. Please
do not bring children to the
RIRAL TTC is a partner in the RI Statewide Transition to College
(RI TTC) initiative and a natural segue for GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL
to post-secondary education. Semester long programs
offer intensive college
preparation classes: student success workshops, academic instruction in
writing, math, computer, and study skills to prepare students for
college readiness and
Accuplacer testing; career exploration workshops, using DISCOVER
online, and monthly Mentoring workshops are also part of the
curriculum. Students receive
assistance with the financial aid and college application process
attend academic advising and counseling sessions prior to registration
for college courses.
While attending RIRAL TTC, students enroll as a cohort in College
Reading (ENGL0850) at CCRI in Providence. There are
three sessions a year, two evening
and one weekend. The RIRAL TTC initiative is a free program with
by the RI Department of Education and the Nellie Mae Educational
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 MarieCrecca-Romero@riral.org
Call for Proposals Our Stories,
OurSelves: The EmBODYment of Women's Learning
Mev Miller, Ed.D. & Kathleen P. King, Ed.D.
Editors How do women's bodies matter in adult literacy and basic
Our Volume 1 -- Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from
-- focused on
empowering women in the classroom and primarily addressed
and personal barriers to and growth for women's literacy
learning. However, we
are aware of the many ways in which women's bodies
and whole selves
are integral to the womanhood we celebrate, yet are
ignored, or even silenced, in
traditional adult ABE, ESOL, and literacy classes.
Even when we do recognize or
talk about women's bodies, these discussions generally
focus on sexual
violence, childcare/parenting, or health. Educators and students
seek expression as
embodied women, but find these realities difficult to include
in current programs and classes.
The editors seek to gather writings about the many dimensions
of womanhood, specifically related to em-body-ment, as they
are experienced in literacy
and basic/developmental educational settings.
encourage a variety of genres including stories, creative
writing, poetry, articles, drawings, and research.
- Proposal Deadline: September 30,
funding update: New Federal
Budget Update Posted to OTAN (Outreach
and Technical Assistance Network, a leadership project of the
Department of Education, Adult Education Office).
On July 30 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved on a 29-1
its version of the FY2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill
nearly $63.5 billion in discretionary spending for the
Education Department. The House of Representatives has also finished
work on its version of the bill.
Under both bills the Office of
Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) will receive the same amounts as
last year for Career and Technical Education.
Adult Education will
receive $87.5 million more in FY2010 than in FY2009 under the Senate
version. Under the House version the increase is $85.5 million.
The complete update, FY 2010 Budget Update 08.19.09 http://www.otan.us/browse/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewdoc&catid=32176&recid=541
, can be found
in the Updates on Federal Budget http://www.otan.us/browse/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&catid=3022
section of the Laws and Legislation area of the OTAN Web site.
point your browser to http://www.otan.us
http://www.otan.us and follow the
links under the Laws and Legislation button.
free health screenings:
Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties offers
free wellness screenings at 21 Chapel Street in Newport on Monday,
Wednesday and Fridays
2:30-4 and Tuesdays 10:30-12. Glucose and Cholesterol
screening is offered the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
For more information and
additional locations please call 849-2100 ext 470; http://www.vnsri.com or send email to
Registration open for 2009 Supporting
Meaningful Employment - a Person Centered Approach to Career Planning,
Job Development and Job Retention,
September – December 2009
Approved National ACRE Certificate Program RI College 3 credit
undergraduate course (pending)
Past graduates report a 40% increase in job placements, a 60%
increase in employer contact and improved practices such as: use of
facilitating job seeker self determination and individualized job
development strategies. Supporting Meaningful Employment: a 36 hour
by The Sherlock Center on Disabilities, RI College and sponsored
by the RIDHS- Office of Rehabilitation Services. For more information
Supporting Meaningful Employment course, please contact Vicki
Ferrara, (401) 456-8092 or email@example.com.
- online courses
Research-based Strategies and
Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education
Reading Instruction Study Circle open for registration. Course
dates are October 8 to December 9, 2009.
In Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to
Postsecondary Education, you will read and discuss the research on the
and examine the reasons why adult learners need to go beyond the
GED to advance their earning potential. You will examine program
models that support
adult transitions to postsecondary education. For information, or
to register: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#trans.
The Research-based Adult Reading Instruction Study Circle is
designed to engage practitioners of adult basic education (ABE), adult
secondary education (ASE), and
English-for-speakers-of-other-languages (ESOL) in discussing theories
and concepts related to reading instruction. Questions about what
research says about teaching
adults how to read are particularly relevant as programs and
teachers struggle with choosing the most effective ways to develop
adults’ reading skills.
For more information about the course, or to register, go to http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#read.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis.
If you have any questions about registering for these courses
please contact Leah Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania State University's online Family Literacy
Certificate is offering ADTED 457: Adult
Literacy, beginning September 2, through
Penn State's World Campus http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/FamilyLiteracyCertificate.shtml.
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
The Juanita Sanchez Fund -
established in 1992 through the contributions of friends and family of
Juanita Sanchez to memorialize her life as a leader,
organizer, and long-time believer in fighting for the unmet needs
and rights of Latinos. The fund provides support for Rhode Island’s
by offering grant assistance to a broad range of nonprofit
organizations working for the betterment of the Latino people in the
state. Grants from the
Juanita Sanchez Community Fund may support any nonprofit that
works toward enriching or improving the lives of Latinos in Rhode
Island. Grants generally
range between $500 and $1,500, depending upon the number of
quality of proposals. The Fund will accept no more than one application
per organization in any given year.
Application Deadline Grants are awarded annually. Applications are due October 1, 2009.
posted on the
National Institute for Literacy website:
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
Jobs for Change "seeks to
spark a nationwide movement toward careers in the nonprofit,
government, and social enterprise sectors" – online at
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
lifeline – from the AFL-CIO,
with locally-searchable links to resources http://www.unemploymentlifeline.com/
/ resources available
The National Center for
Education Statistics has released a new report, Technical Report and Data File User's Manual
for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy,
detailing information on the development and implementation of
the 2003 NAAL. Key sections of the report include information on
the development of survey instruments,
field test and main assessment sample design, assessment items
and scoring rubrics, data collection process and quality of the data,
weighting, scaling, treatment of missing data,
and data analysis. Other sections of the report include technical
information on the:
1. development of NAAL innovative
additions--Fluency Addition to NAAL (FAN) and Adult Literacy Supplement
2. types and dimensions of the health
literacy cognitive items;
3. data collection and data analysis in
the US correctional institutions;
4. a user's manual on how to use
statistical programs for analyzing NAAL data.
To view the full report please visit NAAL web site: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/ -
Jaleh Behroozi Soroui
Thursday notes, August 13,
HR 3249 Proposes
Increases in ELL Funding, Tax Breaks
Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and
English Skills Act (HR 3249;
was introduced in both the House and Senate (S. 1478;
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:S.1478: during the
week of July 20 by Rep. Mike Honda
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) with several co-sponsors in both houses.
The legislation is designed to help new Americans become part of
the social and economic fabric of the U.S. through English language
instruction, and incentives for businesses to invest in the
education of their non-English speaking employees. The bill would
increase proposed funding
for Department of Education programs serving all English language
learners from $70 million to $200 million in FY 2010.
Appropriations Move Ahead on Capitol Hill
The House of Representatives on July 24 approved the FY 2010
Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill by a vote
The Senate marked up its Labor-HHS-Education bill
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app10.html in subcommittee on July 28
and in the full committee
on July 30. http://www.senate.gov/fplayers/CommPlayer/commFlashPlayer.cfm?fn=appropsA072809&st=1122
The Senate has not scheduled its vote on the legislation.
Stateline.org Tracks State
Recovery Managers And Web Sites
Stateline.org has a useful map providing that information
as well as links to each state’s recovery Web site.
Thursday notes, August 20, 2009
NAAL Technical Data Now
The Department's National Center for Education Statistics has
released the Technical Report and Data File User's Manual for 2003
National Assessment of Adult
Literacy (NAAL). Key sections include information on the design
and implementation of NAAL as well as technical information on the
development of NAAL
innovative additions ─ Fluency Addition to NAAL and Adult
Literacy Supplement Assessment, types and dimensions of the health
literacy cognitive items,
data collection and analysis in U.S. correctional institutions,
and how to use statistical programs to analyze the NAAL data.
Considers President;s Postsecondary Proposal
The House Education and Labor Committee sent forward new
legislation (HR 3221) on July 21authorizing President Obama's
Initiative. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009
(SAFRA) authorizes options of special interest to adult educators. The
creating workforce programs that provide a sequence of education
and occupational training that leads to industry-recognized credentials,
including programs that: blend basic skills and occupational
training; integrate developmental education curricula and instruction
coursework toward degree or certificate pathways, or advance
individuals on a career path toward high-wage occupations in
A second option authorizes funds to build or enhance linkages
(such as development of dual enrollment programs and early-college high
secondary or adult education programs and eligible entities
described in the legislation. The bill also authorizes the Department
to award competitive
grants to develop, evaluate and disseminate freely available
high-quality online training, high school and postsecondary courses.
say good night, Gracie:
the final issue of Field Notes, a
practitioners' quarterly brilliantly edited by Lenore Balliro http://www.sabes.org/resources/publications/fieldnotes/vol18/fn182.pdf
Parenting for Academic Success:
A Curriculum for Families Learning English – research
base. Although focused on adults learning English, this brief
document also includes elements of good practice for working with
adults who wish to support children’s learning:
The International Reading Association http://www.reading.org/General/Default.aspx
and the National Coalition for Literacy
invite you to join us in advocating for literacy and celebrating
International Literacy Day on September 8: http://www.ncladvocacy.org/ild.html
We have created a new International Literacy Day resource section
in the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit (http://www.ncladvocacy.org) where
you will find links to web sites, new fact sheets on health
literacy and adult literacy, and suggestions to help you get started.
Literacy is a lever for change that empowers us to make the
difference we wish to see in our lives and in our communities.
Together, we can elevate the
visibility of adult education and family literacy across the
nation on September 8.
Adult Education and Family Literacy Resolution To pay
tribute to adult education and family literacy, the National Coalition
for Literacy is working with
Congressman Polis and Congressman Guthrie to designate the week
of September 13 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. We
need at least 25 House
Members to cosponsor the resolution by signing a Dear Colleague
Letter, in order to have the resolution considered by the House. You
can help by sharing the Dear
Colleague letter with your House Member and inviting him or her
to cosponsor the resolution. Visit the Act Now section of the NCL
Advocacy Clearinghouse and
Toolkit to learn how you can get involved.
Share Your International Literacy Day Story Submit your
International Literacy Day resources and ideas for inclusion in the
Tell us about how you are celebrating International Literacy Day
and we will publish your story on the site.
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
from NIFL's workplace list: The
Labor’s Employment & Training Administration has posted several grant solicitations related to green
jobs training, some of which are still accepting
See solicitation #s SGA/DFA PY 08-18, 08-19, 08-20 & 08-21
also see http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=2755
Resources for multi-cultural education Teaching English as a Second
Education on environmental issues is important
for all Minnesotans. For increasing numbers of people in the state,
English is not the native language. Development of these
free resources using environmental issues as their integrating
concept was funded, in part, by state grant programs. These workbooks
are intended for students in English
as a second language (ESL) and limited English proficiency (LEP)
classes.; (although developed for Minnesota programs, much of the
material is useful in other settings).
Bulletin, developed by SABES
Good geography refresher...and good
mouse skill practice as well.
from Kate Northcott, Director, Student Literacy Corps Webster University
resources at FREE,
the website that makes it easier to find teaching and learning
resources from the federal government: http://www.free.ed.gov/
Math - What's the
Problem? examines the state of math education in the U.S. and the roles
of culture, technology, and research on improving math learning and
proficiency. Learn about the "miles per gallon illusion"
and the train problem. Discover resources on fractals, matrices,
human face recognition, biomimetic
research, computational conformal mapping, and the "kissing
number" of a sphere. (National Science Foundation)
online from CAELA - information on transitioning adult English
language learners to the workforce or to further study:
Workplace Instruction and Workforce Preparation for Adult
Supporting Adult English Language Learners' Transitions to
Postsecondary Education http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/briefs/transition.html
NIFL's workplace literacy list (for more
Community Literacy Planning Guide
- This planning guide will support
communities as they: gather together to talk about literacy; decide to
participate in the Literacy Now
Communities program; submit an
application for planning funds; mobilize local community energy and
knowledge; assess the community’s literacy needs; build on existing
literacy work and address important gaps; and prepare a community
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
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 draws 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
Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, dedicated
to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy,
numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge. On this site
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/
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
disabilities, housing for refugees with disabilities, assistive
medical resources, citizenship and disability, benefits for
with disabilities and more.
If you have any questions or technical assistance needs, please
contact Xuan Nguyen, Director of USCRI Health and Human Services
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/trainin
Fifth International Low Educated Second
Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) Symposium Banff,
Alberta, Canada, September 28-30, 2009
National College Transition
World Education -
third annual national conference on Effective Transitions in Adult
Education to be held on
November 16 - 17, in
This two-day conference will focus on strategies and
promising practices that help adult learners succeed in postsecondary
education and training.
WE LEARN (Net)Working
Gathering on Women & Literacy http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html
March 4-6, 2010
University of Rhode Island / Providence Campus / Providence,
RI Special Forum: Thursday, March 4 / Annual Conference: Friday
- Saturday, March 5-6
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.