| 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
December 18, 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.
We have a date – Please
save May 26, 2010 for
the state's Adult Education Conference, to be held at Rhode
Island College. Details coming early next year.
Today, the DOE held a WIA Community Conversation
in Washington, D.C. with national adult education and family literacy
Here is an article about it in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Jackie Taylor, PD List Facilitator email@example.com
December 21st from 5:00 .to 7:00
p.m. at the William Hall Library (Auditorium), 1825 Broad Street,
(snow date December 22nd): Students, teachers and the public are
invited to a free informative session
on the naturalization process.
Join employees of the USCIS Providence Field Office and members
of the Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium to learn how to prepare to
United States citizen. Consortium members include the
Dioceses of Providence Office of Immigration and Refugee Services, the
the International Institute of Rhode Island, Progreso Latino and
the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative.
- USCIS officers will
be available to answer questions and address concerns.
- Educators from the
Consortium will be available to provide information on where and how to
study for the English and civics examinations
Become familiar with the new naturalization test and the
interview process Handouts
Please help in spreading the word. These sessions will be
held quarterly throughout the upcoming year. If you would like
flyers or have questions,
please contact Karisa Tashjian at the Rhode Island Family
Literacy Initiative (455-8185, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Institute's Annual State Budget Conference
Budget Rhode Map Friday, January 8, 2010 with featured
presenter, Cindy Mann Director of the Center for Medicaid and State
Department of Health and Human Services
8:30 am: Registration and Breakfast 9:00 am - 12:00 pm:
Conference Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston
Please join us for the third annual Budget Rhode Map
conference, a unique opportunity for you to hear from local and
national experts on timely state fiscal
This year, we are pleased to announce our featured presenter is
Cindy Mann, a top ranking member of President Obama's Administration
who serves as the
Director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations.
Mann has decades of experience in healthcare financing at the federal
and state level, and has been
a key player in the debate over health care reform.
Also speaking will be economist Jeff Thompson of the Political Economy
Research Institute at the University of
Massachusetts and Russell
Dannecker, fiscal policy analyst at The Poverty
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact
Jennifer Leigh at 401-456-2752 or email email@example.com
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
follow up to the Learner Persistence
conference – February 11, at
1 pm - International Institute of RI 645 Elmwood Avenue,
Even if you were unable to join us for the conference, please
come learn about what people have been working on and share your own
work with learner persistence.
ESOL Share February 11th at
3:00 pm at IIRI – Materials. What's working? Do you make
things up? What commercially prepared materials work well?
What about childhood lead safety materials? We also plan to
address the issue of transitions – continuing conversations that
started about a year ago, and also
to continue investigations into what materials are useful for
adult English language learners.
Standards in action workshop,
Monday, January 8th, from 2-5 pm. location to be
What's up with RI's content standards? How can they inform
instruction? What’s worked, what tools have been developed and how are
practitioners using the
standards? Please come join us. To RSVP, please contact
Webcast Achieving Student
Success: Transitions to Post-secondary Education
January 20, 1:00 pm
Transitioning students through their educational experience and
on to post-secondary education can be a challenging process.
Participate to learn what local programs, in partnership with
colleges, are doing to ensure that students are ready to move from
adult literacy classes to post
-secondary education and beyond. In this Webcast, designed for
program administrators, experts will explore successful student
transitions as well as discuss
current research, state office technical assistance, and adult
education program perspectives.
Presenters: Daniel J. Miller, Acting Director,
National Institute for Literacy (Moderator); Jeff Fantine, State
Director of Adult Education, Maine;
Ellen Hewett, Director, National College Transitions Network at
World Education; and Julie Scoskie, Director, Jefferson County Public
and Continuing Education, Louisville, Kentucky. For
more information contact Kaye Beall, email@example.com, or Tim
Registration information available soon at http://www.nifl.gov
Practicing Shared Accountability Poster
Available for Download
This poster is an output of the action research project conducted
by Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, offering a 6-point process for
accountability and improve partnerships among funders and
providers. Be sure to print it in color on legal-sized paper (8
and 1/2 by 14”).
- more resources on literacy and accountability: http://www.literacyandaccountability.ca/
Essential lessons for accountability in adult literacy are
identified as well below:
1. It is important to recognize and accommodate the fact that
every stakeholder has multiple accountabilities.
2. Accountability agreements must reflect the circumstances of
both the funder and the funded.
3. Both parties must work to earn and maintain trust.
4. Effective accountability is based on open communication and
5. Both human and financial resources must be adequate to the
tasks of delivering on project outcomes and being held accountable for
6. Attention needs to be paid to both financial and performance
7. Policy consistency and policy coherence are essential for
8. The way providers are held accountable can compromise their
ability to be accountable
from Thursday notes,
December 17, 2009
Congress Approves FY 2010 Increases for Adult Education
Congress approved increases for adult education on Dec. 13 in the
FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related
Agencies appropriations legislation.
The bill appropriates $628 million for adult basic literacy
education state grants, matching the president’s request for $74
million above FY 2009 levels. This amount includes
funding adjustments for states and outlying areas underpaid due
to an earlier administrative error. The conference agreement increases
the English literacy and civics education
set-aside within the appropriation for adult education state
grants to $75 million ─ about $7 million more than the FY 2009 level.
The bill also funds the Career Pathways Innovation Fund at the
Department of Labor at $125 million, matching FY 2009. These
competitive grants will go to community
colleges and partnerships with local adult education providers to
prepare workers for careers in high-demand and emerging industries.
online, and closer to home:
Did you know that the Adult Education Professional
site provides information about ongoing events and work related to
development in the state? http://www.ric.edu/aepdc.
Archival information, and online resources are also available at http://www.brown.edu/lrri.
Have a look, if you haven't already or if
you haven't recently. What;s missing? What's useful? What
like to see on these sites?
please let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the reminder and caveat that most of us are not immigration
lawyers, a document on the rights of undocumented children:
Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m the National
Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition <http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/>
is hosting a free Webinar
on the model. Jen Himmel, a research associate
at the Center for Applied Linguistics will give an overview of the
register here: https://barreraassociates.webex.com/mw0306l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=barreraassociates&service=6&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fbarreraassociates.webex.com%2Fec0605l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D268532445%26siteurl%3Dbarreraassociates%26%26%26
on the History Channel: The People Speak gives voice to
those who spoke up for social change throughout US history, forging a
nation from the bottom
up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by
Howard Zinn and based on his books, A People's History of the United
States and Voices of a
People's History of the United States, The People Speak
illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our
society today and reminds us
never to take liberty for granted. Premiering Sunday December
13, at 8 pm.
Learn more http://www.history.com/content/people-speak/the-people-speak-story
information -- federal update, from Art Ellison:
The US House and Senate have reached agreement on
the FY10 federal budget for the Fiscal Year that started on Oct. 1,
2009. Final approval of this budget will take place in the House within
a few days and in the Senate after the disposition of the health care
reform legislation. As you will remember this process started in May
when the President sent his budget proposal to Congress.
The final budget figures are good news for adult education. Even Start
will be level funded at $66 million and adult education will receive a
$72 million increase. The increase in adult education funding is
distributed as follows: $46 million to those states that lost funding
from 2003-2008 due to an administrative error in the funding formula.
The $46 million will go in July to the following states:
Alabama $2,639,984 Arizona
$4,699,085 Delaware $79,866
Florida $6,073,066 Georgia
$932,844 Mississippi $1,407,081
Nevada $676,496 New York
$4,010,804 North Carolina
Rhode Island $370,557
South Carolina $1,867,302
Texas $2,341,220 West Virginia $1,130,606
District of Columbia $299,654
The remaining $26 million will be distributed to all
of the states according to the new ACS formula that the Office of Adult
and Vocational Education is now using.
The $138 million for adult education and Even Start in this budget is
the direct result of your work and the work of your state networks over
the past seven months. Please thank everyone for their committed and
continued efforts on behalf of undereducated adults in our
country. The FY11 budget proposal will go from the White
House to Congress in early February. Hopefully that proposed budget
will have a substantial increase in funding that we can support through
the appropriations process in Congress.
The information above has been sent through a point of contact network
and requires no immediate action. If you would like to receive
advocacy action alerts about adult education legislation and funding,
please contact email@example.com
The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy has released a new
newsletter; check their website soon to read it at
Project is a
statewide organization working to eliminate childhood lead poisoning
through education, parent support, and
advocacy. With the support of a recent EPA grant, the
Childhood Lead Action Project has developed a comprehensive lead
poisoning prevention ESL
curriculum to help ESL providers to supply their clients with
important information to keep themselves and their families safe.
The Childhood Lead Action Project is making this curriculum
available to ESL providers throughout the state.
Contact Emily Godfrey, at 401-785-1310(x207) or
firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the curriculum.
In addition to the ESL curriculum, the Childhood Lead Action
Project also provides free trainings, seminars and workshops on lead
and tenants' rights. These presentations can be tailored
for ABE audiences, or for service providers.
Please contact Emily Godfrey for more information. -Emily
Godfrey, Community Educator, Immigrant and Refugee Lead Prevention
Childhood Lead Action Project, 1192 Westminster St., Providence,
RI 02909 (401) 785-1310 ext. 207 email@example.com
Math Skills Improvement
If you need to pass the GED math test, job interview math exam or CCRI
Math placement test, this eight-week course is designed for you. The
includes instruction in basic arithmetic, geometry and introductory
algebra. Additionally, students will be given access to the My Skills
Tutor online program at no additional cost ($100 value). This tutorial
will allow learners to further practice their math skills at home. At
the onset of the class, students will be assessed in official GED
practice tests and/or the ACCUPLACER Companion test (ACCUPLACER
practice test) so they can discover their math weaknesses. The
instructor will assist students in strengthening the skills needed to
improve their test results. $120 + $5 registration fee 50104,
W, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 8 meetings, Jan 6 - Feb 24, Lincoln
Writing Skills Improvement
Do you need to improve your writing skills to pass a high-stakes test,
such as the GED or the ACCUPLACER (CCRI placement test)? This
eight-week course includes instruction in all writing areas with
specific focus on English grammar, sentence structure, usage and
mechanics. Special focus on writing five paragraph essays will be
extensively covered. Additionally, students will be given access to the
My Skills Tutor online program at no additional cost ($100 value). This
tutorial will allow students to further practice their writing skills
at home. At the onset of the class, students will be assessed in the
official GED practice test and/or the ACCUPLACER Companion test
(ACCUPLACER practice test) to help discover their writing needs. $120 +
$5 registration fee
50103, GEDT-5100-001 T, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 8 meetings, Jan 5 - Feb 23,
For more information, contact Angela Salvadore at 401.455.6140
Teaching Adult Numeracy, online professional development
course from ProfessionalStudiesAE.org; January 18-February 26.
The instructor is Barbara Goodridge, Lowell Adult Education
Center, Lowell, MA. Course Fee: $179
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
math and levels of math knowledge affect their math skills, and
ways to build student's success in learning math. You'll plan classroom
activities, test them with your students, and share your experiences
with fellow teachers.
Course Preview: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/numeracy_oct19/numeracy_oct19.htm.
Estimated Completion Time: approx. 2-3 hours per week; 12 hours
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.professionalstudiesae.org/; scroll down to Numeracy
Questions? Please call 888.528.2224 ext. 283 or e-mail
for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education - January 14 - March
Estimated completion time is 24 hours for the 8-week course.
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 and English language study to advance their earning potential. You
will also learn about
the challenges facing adult students in postsecondary education
and investigate strategies and program models that support adult
transitions to postsecondary
education. Throughout the course, you will gather local and
regional data on the labor market, educational needs, and academic
programs and support services
offered by area colleges to guide future program development and
For more information about the course, or to register, go to http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#trans.
The instructor is Barbara Hofmeyer. If you have any questions
about registering for these courses please contact Leah Peterson at
opportunities - large and less large
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
The Genesis Center is looking for a Citizenship Instructor
for a new class to begin in January. The position is part-time
temporary. The Instructor will teach
Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for two 15-
week sessions. The pay rate is $18 per hour for 5 hours of teaching and
2.5 of prep time
per week. Qualifications for this position include
experience teaching in Adult Education with experience teaching
Citizenship classes preferred.
Please send resume to Nancy Fritz at Nancy@gencenter.org. The
deadline is Friday, December 11th.
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
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
lifeline – from the AFL-CIO,
with locally-searchable links to resources http://www.unemploymentlifeline.com/
/ resources available
online: Latino Immigrant Stories: http://latinoimmigrantstories.org/default.php
-- immigrants from Spanish-speaking North American, Central
American, South American, and Caribbean countries are invited to share
their stories. Excerpts are posted in English and Spanish.
- the right question project –
have you been to this site recently?
– what sites do you visit? contribute to? want to
share? let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org
online resources that are very appropriate for adult learners are
available at http://www.AskRI.org.
They include online homework help for grades 3 to adult from 2-10
everyday at tutor.com. Includes career help (resume review, job
search, interview help),
GED prep, citizenship, review of a document by a live
tutor. Also check out the Skills Center for thousands of
worksheets, tutorials, study guides and more.
Check out the online encyclopedia - World Book Discover - for
adult learners and those with reading challenges includes translation
capabilities into 14 languages along with employment, financial,
health, and housing resources and more.
AskRI is available not only in your public library, but also in
schools, community centers and at home.
With just an Internet connection, you have a whole world of
authoritative information at your fingertips.
And if you have a card from a public library, you have access to
even more information tools. The service includes Spanish resources as
well as English.
new brief from
CAELA: Managing Programs for Adults
Learning English http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/resources/managing.html
er Points of many of the presentations, including the three
excellent keynote speeches delivered at the 2009 LESLLA (Low Educated
Language and Literacy Acquisition) for Adults conference are
available at: http://www.leslla.org/workshops/2009.htm.
from Thursday notes, December 3, 2009:
OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier
is leading the Department’s delegation to the 6th International
Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA
VI) meeting in Belem, Brazil, Dec. 1─4. The conference provides
an important platform for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult
learning and non-formal
education at the global level. Nearly three-fourths of UNESCO
member states are taking part along with United Nations agencies,
multi-lateral cooperation agencies,
community and private sector organizations, and learners from all
world regions. Division of Adult Education and Literacy Director Cheryl
Keenan is also part of the
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 email@example.com for an
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
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
The Migration Policy Institute's National
Center on Immigrant Integration Policy last year launched the E
Pluribus Unum Prizes.
The Prizes national awards program provides four $50,000 awards
annually to exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration.
The awards are
intended to recognize exceptional immigrant integration
initiatives that help immigrants and their children adapt, thrive, and
contribute to the US or that
bring immigrants and the native born together to build stronger,
more cohesive communities. The application is open to everyone:
and community organizations, businesses, religious groups, and
government entities, agencies, or officials operating in the United
Additional information about the program, including profiles of
the 2009 winners and finalists can be found at http://www.integrationawards.org/.
The E Pluribus Unum Prizes are a national awards program that
will provide four $50,000 prizes annually to
exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration.
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)
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
DEADLINE to send material is DECEMBER 11, 2009. For more
information contact email@example.com
Back issues are available. (http://www.litwomen.org/perspectives/)
presenters: The 45th Annual PAACE Conference on Adult Education,
the largest gathering of adult educators in Pennsylvania, will be held
Penn Stater Conference Hotel, State College, June 1 - 3, 2010.
Adult educators and those from related are invited to attend the
development and networking opportunity for all aspects of adult
education in Pennsylvania. Check back often for more updates.
deadline: February 1, 2010
7th Annual WE LEARN
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
You CAN Do It! A Beginner's Guide to Making a Presentation
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
The call for proposals for the 2010 Association of Literacy Educators and
Researchers conference has been posted here:
deadline, February 8, 2010
Sharing Skills – Building Connections, March 10 – Commonwealth
Registration materials will be available on line early in
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2009 Annual Convention –
March 24 – 27, 2010, Boston
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.