| 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
May 7, 2010
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
has new databases and a new web design. Of particular
interest for our field is Mango
Languages with ESL
Language courses in 15 languages and 22 foreign language courses, the
Adult Education and Career Center in tutor.com
<http://tutor.com/> (they critique resumes), and Learning Express
Library with learning centers for GED prep, job search and workplace
skills, jobs and careers, skill building for adults, US citizenship and
lots of practice tests and tutorials.
and Early Childcare Providers:
Library is Celebrating Reading is Fun Week: May 9 — 15. We invite
YOU and your early learners to join in the fun!
What is Reading is
Reading is Fun Week (annually, the second full week of May - this
year May 9–15, 2010) is sponsored by Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the
and largest non-profit literacy organization. Educators have had
this national event to promote literacy since 1979. Traditionally, the
week has been designated
to highlight the importance and fun of reading and has included
reading motivation, family and community involvement, and free book
distribution through RIF.
more info: http://www.rif.org.
What is the Library doing? Providence Public Library is inviting
Rhode Island preschool and kindergarten teachers and children to
celebrate reading and have some fun with
our free LARK kits (Learning and Reading Kits). These
thematic kits of library materials (more than 80 themes in all, some in
Spanish) come packaged in a plastic tub or
tote bag and contain 10 books, music, an activity folder full of
ideas, and materials for hands-on fun and interactive exploration,
including: puppets, flannel boards, games,
puzzles, toys, costumes, posters and much more! To
participate and for more information on borrowing and using these kits,
contact the PPL Children's Librarian at
401-455-8025 or Tonia Mason at 455-8090 or email@example.com.
call for participation:
The National College Transition Network at World Education
invites you to submit a proposal for its fourth annual national
conference on Effective
Transitions in Adult Education to be held on November 15 -
in Providence, RI. The submission deadline is June 4, 2010. All
sessions are 90
minutes long and accommodate between 40-60 attendees. For more
information and to submit your proposal go to:
Questions or comments? Contact Priyanka Sharma at 617-385-3788 or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Priyanka Sharma, National College Transition Network, World
Education, Inc., 44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210 617.385.3788
26, 2010 Rhode Island Adult Education Conference, to be held at
Island College. Program draft sent by email and will be posted online
by May 15th.
If you're a publisher wishing to exhibit, or would like a program
via email, please contact email@example.com
ESOL share Tuesday, May 18th at 4 pm at
International Institute of RI, 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
Been to a conference? Have questions? lesson and/or material
Come join us as we re-energize the ESOL share and reconnect before the
end of the program year.
RIRAL/TRANSITION TO COLLEGE INFORMATION
A comprehensive college preparation program including free College
Reading class (ENGL 0850) at CCRI in 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 (RI
TTC) initiative and a natural segue for GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL
students prior to post-secondary education.
Information Sessions: June 5; July 10; August 14; September 18;
October 16 on Saturdays @ 10:00 am (or by appointment) Allow 2 -3
hours for assessment. Please do not bring children. 175
Main Street Pawtucket (above the Visitor’s Center) Contact
person: MarieCrecca-Romero@riral.org 722-9800.
date: Skills2Compete Day at the State
House on May 20, 2010 2:30-4:30pm
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
American Horizons Foundation is creating a series of short, accessible teacher training videos
addressing aspects of adult ESOL instruction.
Each video is about 30 minutes in length and uses classroom
footage and instructor interview footage to illustrate topics in adult
ESOL practice such as
approaches to teaching each of the four skills, planning lessons,
working with emergent literacy learners, and grammar and vocabulary
All the videos will be available free of charge online, or DVDs
can be purchased for a minimal cost-recovery fee. People can access and
utilize the videos to
suit their training needs: as self-access resources, incorporated
in workshops or volunteer trainings, as part of online training or
teacher education courses, etc.
The first two videos are now ready for viewing at http://www.newamericanhorizons.org.
Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers focuses on a
whole-part-whole approach to working with emergent literacy learners
and Lesson Planning for
Life Skills provides an overview of general lesson planning
principles. On the web site, you’ll also find information about the
series overall as well as the
New American Horizons Foundation.
Additional videos are in process and will be posted as they are
completed. - MaryAnn Florez, Washington,
Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary
Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the
by Betsy Parrish and Kimberly Johnson, is available from
the CAELA Network
reviews the literature on the skills needed for adult English
language learners to transition to academic study or work and offers
examples of activities and
strategies that can be used at beginning, intermediate, and
advanced levels of ESL instruction to help learners develop these
(This brief and other information related to English language
learners transitions are posted at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/tell.html)
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
Research Assistant, Bilingual
The Research Assistant, under the general supervision of the
Evaluation Coordinator, will carry out data collection activities as a
member of a team evaluating community change in four Providence
neighborhoods. The Research Assistant will conduct interviews (in
school or possibly in the home) with parents of children in school-and
agency- based programs, organize and staff (approximately 4) focus
groups, transcribe and translate interview data. The Research
Assistant will participate in qualitative/quantitative analyses of data
and will review relevant literature to gather information and may
participate in development of research protocols.
Requirements: Graduate student or degree in education, sociology,
social work or related field with previous qualitative/quantitative
research experience. Excellent English/Spanish interpersonal skills
necessary. The ability to work independently and maintain regular
communication with consulting team a must. Flexible schedule; car
very helpful; some work from home possible. 10-15 hour per week
position to begin May 2010 and currently funded through November 2010.
Competitive hourly rate and reimbursement of expenses; no benefits.
Please email resume, cover letter, references, and sample of
Spanish/English writing by May 17, to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Tanja Kubas-Meyer, Evaluation Coordinator
Making Connections Providence, c/o John Hope Settlement House 7 Thomas
P. Whitten Way
Providence, RI 02905 email@example.com
volunteer opportunity Math tutor needed for
Bay View Academy referrals. Needed: resume and references. Must
be able to travel to BVA or to students home or public library.
College student welcome. Rates negotiable. Please contact:
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
ProLiteracy Has Three Free Online
Courses that Can Be Adapted to Your Needs
With support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, ProLiteracy
is offering field-tested strategies that can be adapted to a program's
accountability needs. This is a three-part series of self-paced online
courses. The courses are described below. You can access these courses
Data Collection and Management Length: 3-4 hours
This course focuses on the foundation practices in data collection and
management needed to ensure the availability of credible, high-quality
This course will help you: build a common language and approach to
accountability, organize collection and management efforts around key
decision points and staff roles and increase confidence in your
program's data collection and management practices
Data Analysis for Program Decision-Making Length: 3-4 hours
This course helps administrators and staff learn why and how to
institutionalize data-driven, decision-making practices.
In this course you will: review and practice data analysis skills,
improve quality of decision-making through a team approach to data
analysis and review and streamline program improvement using practical
planning tools and strategies.
Communicating Success to Stakeholders Length: 4-5 hours
This course helps participants use data to highlight their program's
success, positioning it as a vital, relevant community service and thus
attracting more resources.
In this course you will learn how to: assess the needs of your
community, develop tailored messages to diverse stakeholders and
deliver those messages in innovative and effective ways
CAAL policy brief, released on
March 26, called Local Perspectives on WIA Reauthorization, is
available at http://www.caalusa.org/LPP.pdf
downloadable resources from The
Popular Education News http://www.popednews.org/resources.html
Parenting for Academic Success: A
Curriculum for Families Learning English is a 12–unit curriculum
designed for parents who speak a language other
than English as a native language.
Its goals are two–fold: To develop the English language skills of
parents., and to increase the ability of parents to support the
language and literacy
development of their children in kindergarten through grade three.
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
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)
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
- photo blog; please be aware there are some difficult images at this
(NY Times learning materials about Haiti)
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
Adult Learner Statewide Leadership Conference Coming This Fall
We are announcing our first adult learner statewide leadership
conference coming this fall to Providence, and are looking for learners
to come up with a
name for the event. A flyer that explains the theme, and the
contest rules for submissions can be found at http://www.brown.edu/lrri/nameconf.doc
and in Spanish http://www.brown.edu/lrri/nameconfsp.doc.
We understand that many of our adult learners are not all
familiar with what a conference is, or what they might get out of
attending one. Therefore, we were hoping that you
and your staff could use this opportunity talk to about what is
involved in attending a conference (or even presenting at one!). We
hope this will lead to more student interest
in suggestions for workshops that they would like to attend and
We are asking you to please print out the flyer and use them for
class discussions, or at least pass them out to as many of your
learners and alumni as possible.
The contest ends March 22, 2010. If you have any question or
concerns please contact me at email@example.com
- Wes Garvin Director of STAND, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. Bldg. #30
Providence, RI 02908
401 456 2838 401 527 4219 http://www.standri.org
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.