| 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
September 25, 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
– As noted above, the PD Center calendar has been updated to include
upcoming events for the fall and program year; similarly, the LR/RI
site (the resource
compendium at http://www.brown.edu/lrri)
has been updated as well. Generally, the PDC site contains
information about ongoing events; the LR/RI site is something
of a library/catalogue of reference resources.
Program directors' share:
Thursday, October 1, from 9-11 a.m., in the Program Room at the Hall
Libraryon Broad Street in Cranston
(just past the Providence line). Draft Agenda: (your input
before the 1st is welcome!) includes
- setting this year¹s agendas and meeting spaces (it would
be nice to continue visiting each other's sites),
- program improvement planning (i.e. how data, evals and
assessments of program and staff, lead to a plan, including
professional development, for program improvement),
and RIDE ¹09 program evaluation formula.
Please RSVP to Jessica Ortiz at email@example.com, 456-2838, so we
can plan for food.
Hope you have been having a successful September, and hope to see
you on the 1st.
New Practitioner Orientation –
Friday, October 23rd, from 9 to 4 at the Genesis Center.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
overview : http://www.brown.edu/lrri/npo.html
Want to make better referrals for adult
education students in Rhode Island?
An interactive referral website for
adult education services in the state has been created at http://groups.google.com/group/rhodeislandreferrals.
Find profiles of adult education agencies, post class openings or
request help with a student referral. Please update your
agency's profile information, and if
your agency is not listed, contact Karisa Tashjian at
email@example.com to have your agency added to the list.
This site is open to all agencies who provide
services (educational, social service, etc.) for adult education
students in the state. You only need a Google account to access
and post information.
If you need help setting up an account, please contact Karisa
Tashjian at the email above or Bernice Morris at
New GED class in Bristol,
Monday, Thursday and Friday 9-12 at the Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope
St, and in Newport Monday through Friday, 9-1.
Both are free to 16-20 yr old youth who are disenrolled from
school. Contact is Missy Cupp. 849-2102. firstname.lastname@example.org
TO COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Saturdays at 10:00 am: October 17, November 21.
175 Main Street Pawtucket (2nd flr. Visitor’s Center.)
722-9800 for appointment. Allow two hours for assessment.
do not bring children to the info
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
Reading (ENGL0850) at CCRI in Providence.
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,
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
ProfessionalStudiesAE.org is pleased to announce
a new, online, professional development course, Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy.
The course dates are October 19-December 7, 2009. The
instructor is Barbara Goodridge, Lowell Adult Education Center, Lowell,
Course Description What
is numeracy? Is numeracy just another word for math? How should you
approach numeracy with adult students?
In this foundational course you'll learn how to keep students at
the center of numeracy instruction. You'll explore the context,
cognitive and affective components of numeracy, how to address
the needs of students with learning gaps, how students' styles of
and levels of math knowledge affect their math skills, and ways
to build student's success in learning math. You'll plan classroom
test them with your students, and share your experiences with
Course Topics :
Components of Numeracy, Reasons for Students' Learning Gaps, Math
Anxiety, Learning Disabilities and Language Issues, Cultural and
Language Barriers, Mathematical Problems in Context, Math
Learning Styles, Constructivism, Levels of Knowing Math, Open and
Closed Problems, Analyzing
and Assessing Students' Mathematical Thinking, and Using
Facilitation Questions in the Classroom.
This course is the first in a six-part series of online courses
focused on effective adult numeracy instruction.
For more information and to register: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6528
Questions? Please call 888.528.2224 ext. 283 or e-mail
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 email@example.com.
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
Job Services Coordinator
Dorcas Place seeks full time individual to coordinate services as
they relate to recruitment, enrollment, implementation, and maintenance
of career, training,
and employment for students at Dorcas Place. The job
services coordinator will develop contacts, maintain business
relationships, and explore labor trends to
match the interests and abilities of students with a work goal;
to counsel/coach sutdents to ensure that appropriate behaviors, skills
sets, and employment
requirements are in line with those to be expected in the work
place and to research, secur, and maintain internship and training
opportunities for all Dorcas
Place students, ESOL and ABE, who are required to participate in
pre-employment work experience. The coordinator will also provide
the workforce education programs and perform program tasks as
required, such as recruitment, enrollment, testing and creating class
Must be bilingual Spanish/English with a minimum of a Bachelors
degree. Proficient in the use of computer and various applications and
proven ability to work
with low income and diverse populations. Please send cover
letter and resume to Sr. VP of Operations, 220 Elmwood Avenue,
Providence, RI 02907.
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
Learning Literacies for the Digital
Age was a research study aiming to find out what literacies
learners require and what UK Higher Ed and Further Education
are doing to support them. The study informs JISC and the
wider UK FE and HE communities by providing a better understanding of
learning literacies, how they are evolving, how requirements are
changing, and how they may be supported in different contexts.
Many professionals in our field have expressed a concern about
the difficulty of keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in
technology for people with low vision.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has received a gift
from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to address this issue.
Four 1-day workshops on Low Vision Technology
presented by Ike Presley, National Project Manager, AFB, including this
one in Boston next spring: April 22, 2010, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Infirmary, Boston, MA,
8:30-4:30; Applications due 3/12/10
Who should attend?
Ophthalmologists, optometrists, low vision
therapists/specialists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation
teachers, teachers of the visually impaired, assistive technology
specialists, allied health professionals working with people who have
Free! In fact, we will be able to offer a travel reimbursement
stipend of up to $400 for each participant.
These workshops have two broad objectives.
Participants will acquire a general knowledge of the current
types of technology available for people with low vision, and
participants will provide input to AFB about the most effective
strategies to keep professionals up-to-date on this topic.
Please contact Shirley Landrum at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Selected participants will be notified within 5-days after the
application due date.
For additional information please visit http://www.afb.org and select Calendar
of Events under AFB Community, or contact Ike Presley at
interesting: an article in the UK Guardian weekly about ESOL
in the US.
Adult Learner Persistence - resources
from the New England Literacy Resource Center's research into and
learning about persistence
A new Adult Learner Persistence website is now up at http://www.nelrc.org/persist.
The site shares the resources collected for and generated by the
New England Learner Persistence (NELP) Project. For
each of six program areas (Program Design and Management, Intake
and Orientation, Instruction, Counseling and Support, Student
and Seeing Progress), the site offers an inventory of promising
practices that link to related research, program models, and tools. You
can find, for example, research on the impact of shifting from
open to managed enrolment, examples of how programs have built support
to foster new students’ sense of belonging, or tools for helping
adults recognize and document their learning progress.
The site also highlights six Drivers of Persistence identified in
the NELP Project, links to program self-assessment tools, and invites
field to contribute new examples of strategies that have impacted
adult learner persistence.
Please take a look and share your discoveries! - Andy Nash
and Silja Kallenbach, New England Literacy Resource Center/World
National Center for Family Literacy is a partner in the National Gallery of Writing, an
online exhibition of writing hosted by the National Council of
Teachers of English . To showcase the importance of writing in
all our lives, NCTE has created a National Day on Writing (October 20),
which will be
highlighted by the opening of a virtual National Gallery of
NCFL is hosting a gallery, titled Family Portraits, within the
National Gallery of Writing. We hope to fill our gallery with writings
of families and
practitioners who work with families. These portraits will be
created through notes, essays, drawings, poems, and stories of parents,
children, grandparents and other family members as they write to,
for and about each other. Each person can submit one piece of
writing that is
important to her or him, i.e., a letter, digital composition,
video, blog or e-mail. It just takes a few minutes to upload your
Gallery pieces will not be unveiled until October 20, 2009, as
part of The National Day on Writing, but submissions are being accepted
now and will
continue to be accepted through June 2010. If you would like to
participate, submit your writing to NCFL's
To learn more about the project, visit http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting/about
talk about it: Noncognitive
Assessment in Adult Basic Education - discussion will take
place Monday, Sept. 28 - Friday, Oct. 2 on the Assessment
The guest facilitators will be Dr. Patrick C. Kyllonen of ETS and
Dr. William Sedlacek of the University of Maryland, College Park.
For full information on this discussion, including biographical
information on the guests and recommended readings, go to:
To subscribe to this discussion, go to: http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Assessment/
from David Rosen, Special Topics Discussion Moderator: Adult
literacy education leadership is critical at all levels: program, state
and national. What is leadership?
What kinds of leaders do we need now? What kinds will we
need ten years from now? How are we preparing today’s potential leaders
(or are we) for future responsibilities? How are they preparing
themselves? How should today’s more experienced leaders encourage and
support younger leaders?
The Special Topics Discussion List will hold an open discussion from
September 25-September 29th on this important topic. There will be no
guest panelists. All participants are encouraged to contribute. Below
are some of the questions that will be considered:
1. What are the qualities of
leadership our field needs, leadership at the program, state and
2. Where do you see potential
leaders who have these qualities? Among teachers, adult learners,
program graduates, administrators, volunteer tutors, professional
developers, researchers, graduate students, others?
3. Have you been formally or
informally mentored by an experienced adult education leader? If so,
was that a positive experience? If so, what made it especially
4. Have you mentored a potential
adult literacy education leader? If so, was that a positive experience?
If so, what do you think was especially effective?
5. Does your state professional
development system explicitly provide opportunities for leadership
development, or “grooming”, such as program leadership mentoring,
public policy leadership development, and state-level program
6. What are other ways that those who want to be leaders acquire these
skills? Does our field have formal or informal apprenticeships?
Internships? Leadership seminars?
To subscribe to this discussion, go to
http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/specialtopics/ , scroll down, and
follow the directions. This should take under a minute. You will
get an email requesting that you confirm that you want to subscribe.
Reply immediately to the email to finish subscribing. -
CAELA Network has
posted their quarterly electronic newsletter for September
2009, Network News
It includes the introduction of our newest brief Teaching
Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners
and a preview of an upcoming brief, Managing Programs for Adult English
Several CAELA Network States are spotlighted including Florida,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Virginia. For easy reference on
English language learning and learners,
see the ESL Resource Database http://www.cal.org/CALWebDB/ESLResourceDB
Resources about and for refugee populations at the COR
Center Web site. http://www.cal.org/co/
Economic Crisis – The
September 09 issue of The Change
What exactly happened when Wall Street crashed in 2008? What led to the
crisis? What is a housing bubble? A bank bailout? A stimulus package?
Using clear language accompanied by illustrations and graphics, the
September 2009 issue of The Change Agent explains the roots of the
crisis, tells how people are responding, gives voice to the unemployed,
and tells inspiring stories of what we could do to create an economy
that works for everyone. True stories by learners shed light on how
people are coping, what they are doing to address financial stresses
and injustices, and how they are staying hopeful. Use this issue of The
Change Agent to teach math, grammar, writing, and critical thinking
skills. Students will appreciate having these lessons rooted in
relevant social issues and communicated in articles, essays, and
cartoons that help demystify difficult economic concepts.
Order a classroom set. A bulk subscription (25 copies of each issue, 2
issues a year) costs only $60. Or you can order an individual
subscription (one- or two-year subscriptions are available for $10 and
$18). SUBSCRIBE NOW by visiting our web site (http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent)
or calling 617-482-9485. RI programs receive copies, but may wish
to order more – order in bulk so all your students can have their own
copy of this inspiring issue. Support the ongoing work of The Change
Agent to make social justice part of the adult education classroom.
Questions? Contact Cynthia Peters, Change Agent editor,
The Change Agent: Call for
Articles Coming Home from War
Hundreds of thousands of veterans are returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan. In the world of adult education, many students are
themselves veterans or are family members of veterans – of the current
war(s) and/or previous wars (in the U.S. or in their country of
origin). The March 2010 issue of The Change Agent will explore “coming
home from war” from the point of view of veterans, veterans’ families,
and friends who are concerned about the effects of war on soldiers,
their families, and the community.
Suggested length is 200-1200 words. All articles must be received by
November 6, 2009. A stipend of $50 will be paid to each adult education
student whose work is accepted for publication in this issue. For
information on submitting articles or artwork as well as a list of
writing prompts http://nelrc.org/changeagent/write.htm
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
Resources for multi-cultural education Teaching English as a Second
Education on environmental issues is
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
concept was funded, in part, by state grant programs. These workbooks
are intended for students in English as a second
language 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)
￼Thursday notes, September 24:
The House approved the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
of 2009 (SAFRA), which contains options of interest to adult educators,
on Sept. 17, 2009.
Secretary Duncan joined Congressional leaders and college
students at a press conference on Capitol Hill Sept. 15 to urge support
for the legislation.
Carnegie Report Offers Ideas to
Advance Literacy for Learners
A new report from Carnegie Corporation of New York Time to Act: An
Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career
Readiness offers recommendations on how to advance adolescent literacy
and learning. It is the capstone report of Carnegie Council for
Advancing Adolescent Literacy, chaired by Catherine Snow, professor in
the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report is based on
ideas from experts nationwide. http://carnegie.org/literacy/tta/
DOL Encourages States To Broaden
UI-Approved Training Options
The Department of Labor is encouraging states to determine whether
state rules governing unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for adults
in training contribute to low rates of training participation, and to
revise policies as needed. DOL’s new notice identifies several policies
states should review while keeping in mind that unemployment is an
opportunity for workers to learn new skills they can use when the
economy recovers. Suggested policy changes in the notice would help
unemployed adults enter training while receiving UI benefits that may
provide their only income. Section 4(c), which deals with remedial
courses, specifically includes adult basic education, English language
learning and GED study.
DAEL Scores High In FY 2009
The Department’s FY 2009 Grantee Satisfaction Survey showed that
state directors of adult education and literacy rate satisfaction with
services and products of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
(DAEL), with a rating that is among the highest of ED’s programs.
Scores in key areas of ED staff/coordination and ED-funded technical
assistance (TA) registered in the 80s and documents at 78. State
directors rated the quality of TA lower when it came to technology.
They continued to rate the National Reporting System as easy to use and
the training to support it as useful. National meetings sponsored by
OVAE continued to receive high marks for the relevance, timeliness and
usefulness of the information provided.
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
Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream. Connecticut
College / October 16-18, 2009.
A multidisciplinary conference featuring presentations by Peter
Andreas, Linda Bosniak, Leo R. Chávez, Jorge Duany, Nancy Foner,
Judith Adler Hellman,
Alejandro Portes, Saskia Sassen, Carola
Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, and Silvio
Torres-Saillant. Also includes panel presentations by more than a
health and social-service providers, educators,
attorneys, immigrants, and government personnel from across the United
States and from Mexico.
Please see the complete program here: http://www.conncoll.edu/departments/hispanicstudies/migration.
For further information, please contact Prof. Frank Graziano,
Citizens for Public
Schools Special Conference EDUCATING the WHOLE STUDENT COMING TOGETHER, ADVANCING THE VISION
A conference for parents, students, community leaders, educators,
activists, advocates, poliy makers and anyone interested in the
education and welfare of our children.
Saturday, October 17,
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.. 9 a.m. registration
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Avenue, Boston
Keynote Speaker: Deborah Meier Working groups will develop
action plans for education activists
$25 registration fee until October 12 $35 after October 12
$12 students and seniors $50 combined price for CPS membership
and conference registration
Registration opens after September 15 at http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/
or by phone at 617-227-3000
RITELL Fall Conference Strategies for
Promoting Academic Language and Literacies
Saturday, October 17, Rhode Island College, Student Union
Ballroom 8:45 AM-12:45 PM
Download a flyer http://data.memberclicks.com/site/matsol/RI-Tell%20Fall%2009%20flyer.pdf
Featured Speaker: Dr. Meg Gebhard, Associate Professor and
Co-director or the ACCELA Alliance, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst Supporting the Academic Literacy of
ELLs Using Genre-Based Pedagogy
Adult: Academic Interactions: Strategies for
Developing Successful Language and Communication Skill
Barbara Gourlay and Margaret (Jill) Scott, Brown University
Secondary: Secondary SIOP Strategies to Support Content Area
Julie Motta and Pat Morris, ESL Directors; Karen Hammarstrom, ESL
Coach; Glenn Hopkins, ValerieMarchetti & Jenn Martin, Middle School
Science, Social Studies Teachers, Central Falls and Pawtucket
Elementary: Using Family Message Journals to Promote Academic
Language in a Dual Language School
Mary-Ann Rinaldi and Rosa Devarona, K-1 English & Spanish
Teachers, International Charter School, Pawtucket
Admission & membership renewal: $45.00 professional, $30
full-time student Admission only (current members): $5.00 Non-member
Please note: All current MATSOL/RITELL memberships expire Sept.
30, 2009. Proof of full-time student status is required for
Advanced registration will open on October 1.
A Special Writing Workshop for
teachers & students Undoing the Silence: Bringing New Writers to
Powerful Voice Brought to you by WE LEARN
(Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network) with
support from the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center.
This writing workshop will prepare students to write for Women’s
Perspectives #5 -- THEME: What Would You Do?: Creative Ideas for
Facilitated by Louise Dunlap, Author of Undoing the Silence: Six
Tools for Social Change Writing
Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Registration opens at
9:30. Please arrive by 9:45 so we can start promptly at 10:00) RI Food
Bank Community Room, 200 Niantic Avenue Providence, Lunch
Pre-registration required * -- Space Limited to 40 We recommend
programs send 1 or 2 teachers with a few students.
To Register Contact: Jessica Ortiz, RI AEPDC (401) 456-2838
Louise will share practical writing tools to help reluctant writers to
get past their internal censors. This “You Can Do It” approach makes
social-action writing achievable for everyone. ABE and literacy student
groups are encouraged to attend with their teachers or tutors…
In this workshop, students and teachers will:
1. Learn about pre-writing activities to
establish safe space and discover authentic voice;
2. Hear from a “Panel of Experts” — local Rhode
Island women leaders who have successfully addressed difficult issues;
3. Develop support through writing and
discussion in small groups; and
4. Leave with a draft and a plan to continue
the process after the workshop. Tools like talking, rewriting, and
working with others will bring your draft to completion.
In 2010, WE LEARN will publish the 5th Issue of Women;s
Perspectives on the theme of "What Would You Do?".
Women's Perspectives showcases writings by adult literacy/basic
education students across all levels. Students attending or using adult
services are invited to send their writing for consideration. To
see the complete Call for Writings and related Pre-Writing Activities,
For more general information about this workshop, Women's
Perspectives, or WE LEARN, contact: Mev Miller, Ed.D., Director
What Would You Do?
Creative Ideas for Difficult Times Call for Writings & Artwork
Women's Perspectives #5: A Journal of Writing & Artwork by
- Student writers and artists are encouraged to reflect and to share
your ideas on this theme.
- What would a "better world" look like to you? What would you do to
make this happen? How do women leaders change the world?
- What are the most pressing issues affecting women today? And what
would you do to address one or many of these issues?
- In a position of authority or as a decision-maker, what would you do
to solve the big issues of the day where you live or work?
For more details & ideas about this theme, see Pre-Writing
NEW! Writer's Checklist (http://www.litwomen.org/perspectives/2010/09writersChecklist.pdf)
Coming Soon: Teacher's ToolKit: Using Women's Perspectives in Many
DEADLINE to send material is DECEMBER 11, 2009. For more
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Back issues are available. (http://www.litwomen.org/perspectives/)
save the date: half day conference on
learner persistence, October 21st, 9 to 1. location and
program to be announced soon.
2009 Learning Differences Awareness
Conference - Saturday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Slavin Center at Providence College - more about the Dunne
Southeast Regional Institute October 27-28, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
A host of acclaimed presenters with key note luncheon speaker:
Dr. Stephen Brookfield, Internationally recognized for his work in
Adult Education and
Experiential Learning Cost: $145
Click here to register http://tinyurl.com/SE-Regional-Institute
More details are available at http://www.coabe.org.
This regional institute is generously supported by the Dollar
You can also register for the TCSG Conference which will be held
directly following the Southeast regional institute. October 28-30,
2009 Hyatt Regency
Atlanta Room rates: $141.00 Conference Cost: $ 375 The cost
to attend both is $520.
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
call for presentations/performances: http://www.litwomen.org/conferences/2010/FINAL-all.pdf
Download Proposal FORMs only at: (http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html)
DEADLINE: November 30, 2009
You CAN Do It! A Beginner's Guide to Making a Presentation or
Facilitating a Workshop - available soon
March 4, 2010 /
PRE-Conference (Journeys to the Center: Spiritual Supports for
Our Teaching and Learning) - watch for more details
Registration & travel information will be released by
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.