| 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
February 5, 2010
Year. Welcome back.
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
- photo blog; please be aware there are some difficult images at this
(NY Times learning materials about Haiti)
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
save May 26, 2010 for
the state's Adult Education Conference, to be held at Rhode
Island College. Details coming early next year.
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.
very happy to announce that our name change to OpenDoors (from the
Rhode Island Family Life Center) is now official.
Please join us on our new website: http://www.opendoorsri.org
- Sol Rodriguez, Executive Director
OpenDoors is offering free tax preparation assistance to our
clients and other low-income community members.
Free Tax Preparation is Available Wednesdays 4-8pm and
Saturdays 10am-4pm In addition, OpenDoors offers financial literacy
classes to hellp VITA
clients make the best use of their refunds. For more
New Roots Providence is offering an Introduction to Grantwriting
training on Saturday, February 27th,
Please note that space is limited so registration will be on a
first come first serve basis. Deadline for registration is February
A workshop description is listed below as well as time and
location. Please email email@example.com to register.
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm Location: Independent Square Foundation
500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI
This introductory workshop is designed to give novice grant
writers the confidence, knowledge and tools they need to prepare
winning grant proposals.
Strategies for preparing applications and budgets for foundation,
corporation and federal sources will be discussed, with a special
emphasis on writing for
grassroots organizations. Participants will learn:
- tools for identifying prospective grant funders,
- strategies for preparing letters of intent and proposals that
clearly articulate your mission, vision and programs · tips on
building relationships with
foundation staff, budget basics and strategies for
developing a grant "calendar" to get your grants written and out the
door on time
Trainer: Suzanne Alden
New Roots Grants'
This year, New Roots will give up to 39 Capacity Building Grants to
individual organizations and partnerships of organizations working or
serving communities in the state of Rhode Island. Grants
will be used for activities that strengthen organizations and increase
their ability to serve people in need. Faith-based and
community-based organizations are encouraged to apply. To learn more
about the opportunities that are available, please register to attend
one of the following Grant workshops at http://nrp.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, Feb. 9th 1:00pm-3:00pm Newport Public Library
- 300 Spring Street, Newport
Thursday, Feb. 11th 11:00am-1:00pm Peacedale
Congregational Church - 261 Columbia Street, Wakefield
RIRAL/TRANSITION TO COLLEGE INFORMATION
comprehensive college preparation program including
Free College Reading class (ENGL 0850) at CCRI, Providence; student
success, career exploration,
and mentoring workshops; academic writing, basic math, and
pre-algebra; computer lab & tutorials; academic advising, support
services, registration for
college; college application and Financial Aid preparation.
RIRAL TTC is a partner in the RI Statewide Transition to College
initiative and a natural segue for
GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL students prior to post-secondary
Information Session: February 6; March 6; April 10; May 1;
June 5 on Saturdays @ 10:00 am. Allow 2 -3 hours for assessment.
Please do not bring children. 175 Main Street Pawtucket
(above the Visitor’s Center) Contact
The Newport Skills Alliance is launching
its 2nd Hospitality On-Ramp Training Program, Feb 26 - Apr 23.
Through attendance participants will gain
a range of work- readiness skills and training to help them gain
employment in the Aquidneck Island hospitality sector with a ServSafe
Participants may also be eligible to receive a
performance-based grant to help cover personal expenses as they
participate in this free training program.
To learn more contact Tom Costello, NSA Project Coordinator:
401-851-1656 or Lynne Porreca, Case Manager, 401.848.6697 ext. 343.
Dorcas Place is offering a Healthcare
Exploration Track in March. The course includes 5 weeks of
class time followed by a 4 week internship in a hospital
or nursing home. This class prepares the student for entry
level positions in health care, for example- dietary, housekeeping, or
transport. Admission is based
on a qualifying test and an interview. This is a great
opportunity for individuals looking to begin a career in Health Care.
Contact Rene Rico or Naomi Foster
at 273-8866 or stop by Dorcas Place 220 Elmwood Ave.
Thursday notes, January 28:
Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier and Dr. Jill Biden
addressed the Center for American Progress forum Community Colleges and
Competitiveness: Generating Economic
Opportunity Through Innovation in Postsecondary Education
held Jan. 27, 2010.
The event celebrated the release of the center’s policy papers on
a student-centered vision of community colleges and how to integrate
three historic missions of community
colleges. video recording here: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2010/01/commcoll.html
Join us in launching the 2010 Reading
Across Rhode Island project
at a conference designed for educators, librarian and book discussion
readers from across the state. Kick-off Conference on
January 30 at Bryant University 9 am – 2:30 pm $25 registration fee
(includes a copy of the book, breakfast and
Designed to give book group leaders an introduction to the novel
and the resources and materials to develop an interesting discussion,
conference attendees will meet
workshop presenters ready to link the themes of the book to Rhode
Island-based activities. Presenters include Dr. Judy Litoff, author of
Since You Went Away, letters from
the homefront during WWII; Dr. Jim Brosnan, reflecting on
the literary aspects of the novel and Mary Flynn, of Miriam Hospital,
on Economical Eating. The cast of Living Literature, under the
direction of Barry Press, will close the day with a Reader’s Theater
adaptation of the novel.
- more information and downloadable version of the conference
Save the Date: The 8th
Annual May Breakfast - May 1, Rhodes on the
Pawtuxet 9 – 12
Featuring Annie Barrows, co author of The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer, a librarian and editor, nurtured the tale about
Guernsey for twenty years before committing pen to paper.
Unfortunately, Ms. Shaffer passed away in
February, 2008 before the final edits to the manuscript were
complete. She asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to complete the revisions
- and the story is now ours to share
with all Rhode Islanders. Ms. Barrows is also the author of the
children’s series Ivy and Bean and The Magic Half. Look for more
details and the registration form in February
partnership of ProLiteracy and World Education, is pleased to announce
the launch of two new online professional
development courses that are part of a six-part series of online
courses focused on effective adult numeracy instruction.
For more information and to register, look for the Numeracy topic
If you have questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Problem Solving Strategies March 1 - April 9, 2010
Course Description Numerate adults do more than calculate
figures. They think about the relationships between mathematical
concepts and real-life situations. They look for patterns, make
predictions, and evaluate their conclusions. They can form problems,
represent them, and solve them. They apply critical thinking skills. As
an instructor, you stimulate their numeracy development by choosing
appropriate problems and guiding students as they try out new reasoning
and problem solving strategies. This course examines mathematical
reasoning and problem solving strategies and provides numerous teaching
strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right
away. By the end of the course, you will be able to: understand
the five processes of the cognitive and affective component of numeracy
that adults use to solve mathematical problems
build students' comfort and skills in numeracy
use numerous reasoning and problem-solving strategies and activities in
your own teaching
Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online. Throughout this course
you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as
asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course participants.
Course Facilitator: Barbara Goodridge Estimated Completion Time:
approx. 2-3 hours per week; 12 hours total Prerequisite: Foundations of
Teaching Adult Numeracy or equivalent experience
Teaching About Parts and Wholes April 12 - May 21, 2010
Course Description Teaching students how to use estimation,
mental math, benchmarking, and calculators will enhance their
conceptual understanding of numbers and what numbers represent. This
course focuses on helping adult students develop number sense by
addressing two key questions: When is it necessary to have an exact
answer, and when is an estimate sufficient? When calculation is
necessary, which tool is appropriate to use? This course examines how
students develop and apply number sense and provides numerous teaching
strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right
away. By the end of the course, you will be able to:
analyze appropriate uses of various computation approaches (estimation,
mental math, calculator, paper and pencil)
compare and contrast two models for developing a conceptual
understanding of benchmark fractions and their equivalents
design math activities that are permeated with estimation, mental math,
and reasonableness strategies.
Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online. Throughout this
course you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well
as asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course
participants. Course Facilitator: Jean Stephens Estimated Completion
Time: approx. 2-3 hours per week; 12 hours total Prerequisite:
Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy or comparable experience
College Transition Math March 1 - April 16, 2010
Course Description and Objectives You will reflect on your own
and your students’ math backgrounds, examine and experience the college
placement test your students take and try out math activities and
exercises you can use in your classroom in preparation for determining
what math knowledge and skills you want to present to your own
college transition students.
By the end of the course, you will be able to
identify your own attitudes toward math and develop strategies for
helping your students understand their attitudes and build on their
describe the math skills assessed by the college placement test your
students take and use that information to enhance their understanding
of math concepts and skills,
explain ways to build your students’ skills in math for a successful
college transition, and
develop (or revise) a curriculum outline for your own math class.
Course Overview and Schedule:
Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online. Throughout this course
you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as
asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course participants.
Course Facilitator: Pat Fina
Estimated Completion Time: approx. 4-5 hours per week; 24 hours total
Differentiated Instruction for the Multilevel ESL Classroom A
free webinar from ProLiteracy Thursday, February 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Erik Jacobson The demand for ESL
instruction continues to challenge teachers, particularly in the area
of managing the multilevel classroom.
During this webinar we will explore the unique features of a
multilevel classroom, as well as the challenges and opportunities it
offers for instruction.
We will look at practical strategies for tailoring instruction to
meet the needs of students at different levels of language learning. In
particular, we'll focus
on differentiating the content, process, and products of learning
You may also be interested in the upcoming online course:
Managing the Multilevel ESL
Classroom March 1–April 9, Course Instructor: Erik Jacobson
About the Presenter Erik Jacobson is an assistant professor at
Montclair State University. He worked in community-based adult
education in the greater Boston area for 10 years, teaching and working
in ESL, citizenship, and family literacy programs, and served as a
research assistant at the National Center for the Study of Adult
Learning and Literacy. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate
School of Education, where his research was focused on adult basic
education in Japan. He is currently president-elect of the New Jersey
Association for Lifelong Learning.
CURRICULUM: Something is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Youth
Project NIA, the Chicago Freedom School and Teachers for
Social Justice have partnered along with other volunteers to develop a
curriculum guide in order
to contribute to the ongoing efforts by young people and their
adult allies to analyze the root causes of youth violence and to create
local solutions.At a time
when frustration is running high and many are expressing a sense
of powerlessness in the face of pervasive violence, this curriculum
guide is an offering
intended to make a positive contribution to the dialogue about
violence in the lives of young people.
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
talk about it :
In July 2009, a World Education team that
included John Strucker, Steve Quann, Sally Waldron, and consultant Ros
Davidson completed extensive updates
and revisions of Davidson's popular Website, Assessment
Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP)
http://www.nifl.gov/readingprofiles/index.htm for the National
Institute for Literacy. In addition to providing useful information and
free resources on reading assessment and reading profiles, the site has
a unique interactive feature that allows teachers to match their adult
learners' test scores to research-based adult reading profiles and then
to receive instructional suggestions based on the matches.
To publicize the newly-updated Website, World Education will sponsor
four special discussions (described below) on the Institute's LINCS
Discussion Lists. Each discussion will be led by one or more prominent
researchers in that topic area joined by in most cases by practitioners
with expertise in that area.
Below is the schedule for the four special ASRP discussions. To
join any or all of the four special discussions, as well as the regular
LINCS Discussion Lists, go to:
March 22 Reading and Writing Skills of ABE Transition Learners
Guest discussants: Cynthia Zafft (World Education), Lauren Capatosto
(Harvard Graduate School of Education), and Sally Gabb (Bristol
Community College) Moderator: Ellen Hewett
April 12 The Literacy Development of ESL Beginners: Observations and
Analyses from the NCSALL ESL Laboratory Classrooms Guest discussant:
Kathy Harris, Portland (OR) State University
Moderator: Miriam Burt
June 21 Reading Patterns and Profiles of Adult Literacy Participants
Guest discussants: Daryl Mellard (Kansas University) and Daphne
Greenberg (Georgia State University) Moderator: Daphne Greenberg
New Math & Numeracy Discussion
List moderated by Brooke Denney from the Adult Education Program at
The purpose of this list is to provide an
on-going professional development forum where adult educators,
advocates, researchers, policy makers, adult
education providers, and others can discuss mathematics and
numeracy issues in adult basic education and GED programs. This list
promotes the sharing
of information, research, expertise, and resources on topics such
as motivation and math, math skills for GED completion and transitions
and workplace settings; common math and numeracy instructional
issues; technology in math education; and current on-line numeracy or
being piloted in ABE/GED settings. The list will share
information and resources on these and other related topics so that
participants can increase their
breadth and depth of understanding of adult numeracy and
opportunities - large and less large
2010 Toyota Family
Literacy Teacher of the Year Award applications now available
Presented by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and
the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is given to
educators who demonstrate
exemplary efforts to help parents and
children learn together and achieve their academic and non-academic
The 2010 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year will receive
$7,500 award for his/her program, courtesy of Toyota. He/she also will
receive a trip to
the 19th Annual National Conference on Family
Literacy in San Antonio, Texas on April 11-13. He/she will be
recognized during the Opening General Session at the
Nominations will be accepted online through February 24, 2010
access and complete the nomination form, click here http://datacapture.doe1915.com/ncfl/form.php.
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
Refugee Resettlement Program,
Refugee Skills Development Case Worker, International Institute of RI
The Refugee Skills Development Caseworker participates in a team
that serves recently-arrived refugees who are attending Rhode Island
Department of Education funded classes (ESL/ Job-Readiness) at IIRI.
Clients are highly diverse and living through an exciting, at times,
traumatic transition. Many are preliterate with varying levels of
exposure to Western culture. Many need assistance with basic life
skills. The period of student enrollment varies from 6 weeks – 18
months, however service often extends on an as-needed basis. This
a full time position, 35 hours per week. Approximately 20 hours are
devoted to direct service addressing immediate barriers to student
participation in classes. The remaining 15 hours are reserved for
developing holistic initiatives to promote the retention, empowerment,
stability, and self-sufficiency of students.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Direct service: case management and social work.
• Facilitate student understanding and management of paperwork such as
bills, DHS documents, and applications (including SSI, heating
• Advise and assist students with practical concerns such as budgeting
and managing finances, collecting documents, housing decisions,
accessing available social services.
• Initiate and maintain communication with representatives of other
community or government agencies to advocate on students’ behalf.
•When necessary, accompany clients to appointments.
•Be available to students for crisis-management, crisis intervention,
• Approach providing services as a teacher with the goal of empowering
students to take increasing responsibility for the challenges facing
• Partner with Reception and Placement caseworkers to enable a smooth
transition of case management for students participating in RIDE
• Partner with the Volunteer Coordinator to enable volunteers to assist
in providing services for students.
•Seek out information and inform the staff team about community
• Partner with the skills development staff, job developers, and
students to identify barriers and potential barriers to class
participation and job readiness
• Develop initiatives (in and out of class, with either groups or
individuals) to address rising concerns and promote student
empowerment, confidence, employability, and self-sufficiency
• Lead and/or organize monthly town meetings (with assistance of other
RIDE staff) to build community among learners, invite input, and
address common concerns
• Assist program coordinator to create a stable, productive learning
environment for students
•Liaise with volunteers and other outside resources to best meet
• Document activities and interactions with students including
narrative case notes in IIRI database.
•Participate in staff development opportunities.
•Attend and participate in program and agency staff meetings and
•B.A. or M.A. in social work or education. Experience working with
adult learners and high-needs groups
• Effective in a multicultural setting.
•Ability to: teach and communicate effectively across significant
language and cultural barriers; to multi-task, problem-solve
creatively, manage stress.; identify recurring problems and design
systemic solutions and navigate red tape in bureaucratic systems
•Sensitive to the needs of refugees
•Excellent advocacy skills.
Familiar with social service systems in Rhode Island.
•Car, driver's license, willingness to transport clients
•Excellent computer (Microsoft Office), writing and organizational
•Willingness to pursue certification. To apply, please send a resume
and cover letter (email preferred) to Keith Cooper email@example.com
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
Center for Applied Linguistics: The Power
of Language in a Diverse Society
On March 12, 2009, CAL assembled a distinguished
scholars to consider how the power of language plays out in our diverse
society. CAL has
posted video and the accompanying PowerPoint
presentations to allow Web visitors to benefit from the
shared at the Symposium. Language,
Diversity, and Learning: Lessons for
Education in the Twenty-first Century, Dr. Sonia Nieto, University of
Massachusetts (Professor Emerita) Language
and Opportunity, Dr. John
Baugh, Washington University in St. Louis, Changing Misconceptions
About Dialect Diversity, Dr. Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State
E-News Issue #6 (January 26, 2010)
– A Message From CAAL's President; Point of View: Let's Get Real
the GED; CAAL News in Brief - Cheryl King Moderates at CIC President's
Institute; ED Awards $8 million to JFF for Green Pathway Initiatives,
Getting Serious About the GED in NY State, OVAE Selects Eight States
for Customized Transition Training, MDRC Releases Report on Ways to
Reduce Ex-Prisoner Recidivism, Edward Gordon Gives Chicago Federal
Reserve Bank Keynote, New Report from Working Poor Families Project,
Workforce Alliance Becomes National Skills Coalition, New CLASP
Publications on WIA, CAEL Comments on WIA Reauthorization.
http://www.caalusa.org/enews.html (scroll down)
- 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
Collection’s Workforce Competitiveness Collection, covers Workforce
Education, English Language Acquisition, and Technology.
Discussion lists also are available, providing a forum through which
you can ask questions and share ideas with colleagues across the
country. To subscribe to the Workforce Competitiveness, Technology and
Distance Learning, and Adult English Language Acquisition discussion
lists, go to http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/discussions.html.
Additional workforce education resources, organized by career clusters
or occupational categories, are located in the Career Pathways
Instructional Materials Library. Professionals in state adult education
departments shared these examples as online materials that teachers use
in the classroom to build basic skills and prepare adults for success
at work. Most of these materials are not reviewed by the Collection’s
external content experts; an asterisk marks those that have been
externally reviewed and are also available in the Resource Collection.
The new Career Pathways Library includes Virginia Adult Learning
Center’s Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction,
Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing. This instructional package covers
four topics; each contains four or five lessons and includes activities
designed for different proficiency levels. Each lesson also provides a
facilitator guide and materials, and student handouts. While this
resource has not been externally reviewed, the Embedded Learning Portal
has been externally reviewed and is included in the Workforce Education
Collection. The United Kingdom Department for Education and Schools
developed this resource that includes various work-related basic skills
curricula embedded in the context of jobs in specific industry
It is often difficult for teachers to integrate technology into their
classes. Under Construction: Building Web Sites as a Project-Based
Learning Activity for ABE/ESOL Classes: Tips for Teachers offers some
simple, user-friendly guidance on using project based instruction and
technology to build a Web site with students. You might consider having
students in a work preparation class develop a Web site that includes
information on work skills. A project such as this would include
content of interest to adult learners and help them build
communication, math, and problem- solving skills.
Visit the Workforce Competitiveness Collection for additional
resources, and/or contact content experts for additional information
and to learn more about the resources, technical assistance, and
professional development opportunities that are available at no cost:
Workforce Education – Wendy McDowell, email@example.com and Priscilla
Carman, firstname.lastname@example.org; English Language Acquisition – Blaire Willson
Toso, email@example.com; and Technology – Tim Ponder,
LINCS is a service of the National Institute for Literacy, providing
online information and communication networks for adult and family
literacy practitioners. LINCS' offerings include Discussion Lists,
Regional Resource Centers, the Collections, and training
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
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
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.
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
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
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
Strategies for supporting
Learners and Educators an interactive workshop exploring
ways in which stress and anger in the lives of adult learners and
practitioners impact adult education. Join us as we review
approaches to support adult educators whose work encompasses
ongoing contact with men
and women experiencing various stresses and strains – some
of which have a direct impact on learning and classroom
Thursday, January 28,
10 to noon, Warwick Public Library, 600
Sandy Lane, Warwick.
Please contact Jessica Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401)
456-2838 to register by January 14th
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
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
March 4, 2010 /
PRE-Conference (Journeys to the Center: Spiritual Supports for
Our Teaching and Learning)
WE LEARN is looking for volunteer interpreters/translators
(Spanish/English) for its
Please, consider sharing your time and/or your Spanish-English or
Sign Language interpreting skills with us.
We have work exchange opportunities available but the deadline
is FEB 5th!
Email to obtain the volunteer application at:
Deadline to submit volunteer/interpreter forms is Feb 10th.
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
The call for proposals for the 2010 Association of Literacy
Educators and Researchers conference has been posted here:
deadline, February 8
Community Literacy Conference in partnership with ProLiteracy and COABE
2010 Conference Registration Now Available
Register before January 18th to lock in the lowest rate (Martin
Luther King option) Registration is online through our conference
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2009 Annual Convention –
March 24 – 27, 2010, Boston
The Connecticut Association for Adult and
Continuing Education Conference March 25-26, Water's Edge
(800) 222-5901 http://www.caace.net/Content/Conference.asp
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.