| 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
July 2, 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
RIRAL/TRANSITION TO COLLEGE
A comprehensive college preparation program including free
Reading class (ENGL 0850) at CCRI in Providence; student success,
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
TTC) initiative and a natural segue for GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL
to post-secondary education.
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)
person: MarieCrecca-Romero@riral.org 722-9800.￼
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
volunteer opportunity Math tutor needed for
Bay View Academy referrals. Needed: resume and references.
be able to travel to BVA or to students home or public library.
College student welcome. Rates negotiable.
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
notes is now OVAE Connection
archived online at http://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/ovaeconnection/index.html
recent headlines include: Duncan cites benefits, proposes
doubling ESEA funding for parent engagement,
ED Releases Guidance on Using AEFLA Funds for IET Programs and
Workforce strategy center report on green jobs
The Media Library of Teaching
Skills (MLoTS) http://mlots.org
has added two new GED prep and pre-GED class numeracy videos,
Numeracy: Positive and Negative Numbers and Numeracy: Jeopardy
Game for Numeracy Reinforcement. They were recorded at a young adult
prep program in Boston, JFYNetWorks. You will find the link to
these videos near the bottom of the front page.
MLoTS is free, can be used by individual adult education teachers
who want a "video window" into other teachers' classrooms and for more
(face-to-face and online or blended) professional development. It
includes adult education classroom and tutoring videos in reading,
English language learning (ESOL/ESL) adult secondary education,
and family literacy. It includes links to many more videos, including
and integrating technology in the adult education classroom, made
by others. MLoTS is designed for adult educators, includes
standards-based lessons and
can be used for short, teacher group inquiry discussions. For
example, adult education professional developers have used the MLoTS
videos to organize
weekly 30-minute professional development discussions at lunch.
The MLoTS staff is available to make -- or help you make -- teacher
in your state. - David J. Rosen, President. Media Library of
Teaching Skills firstname.lastname@example.org
Hew Hewett, Director, National College Transition Network
Go is a national initiative of the Education Commission of the
States, Knowledge in the Public Interest and Policy Research on
Access and Remedial Education at the University of Massachusetts
Boston, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education to work with states
policy to increase the college success of students who are placed
in remedial and developmental education. The project just
released a policy framework,
Getting Past Go: Rebuilding the Remedial Education Bridge to
College Success on how states can develop comprehensive policies
for increasing the college
success of students who require remedial education. The
policy framework and other project resources are available at: http://gettingpastgo.org/
World Education: The
Change Agent Fall Preview
The Fall issue of The Change Agent is all about fashion! We'll
explore fashion from all different angles, including student
perspectives, history, and politics.
Here's an excerpt from an article by an adult ed student about
what fashion means to him:
"Eventually I had to stop hustling. I had to get myself on the
right path, but I told myself that I would never see myself in that way
again - poor and out of
fashion. And I would do what I had to do so that my kids wouldn’t
feel poor and out of fashion either.
Before, people could see that we were poor because
of things we wore; we didn’t match or coordinate our clothes, hair
cuts, or anything. Now it’s
different because I’m different to my kids. They come first. I
put them before me, and I buy them the best. I work hard to make sure
they get the exclusive
things that I never got.
Sometimes when you wear the best, you
feel like the best. Looking good and dressing well changes how you feel
about yourself because it makes you feel
special and gives you confidence that you’re somebody."
-- Ben Carrasquillo, student
For more information http://
Teaching Adult Numeracy Online Course September 20 - October 29,
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, content, and cognitive and
affective components of numeracy; how to address the needs of students
with learning gaps; how students' styles of learning math and levels of
math knowledge affect their math skills; and ways to build students'
success in learning math. You'll plan classroom activities, test them
with your students, and share your experiences with fellow teachers.
Course Fee: $179.
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 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
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.
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
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
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
Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Math Education and Social
October 22-24, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
request for proposals: Proposal SUMMARY due June 30; Proposal
APPLICATION due July 16 Registration fee: Sliding scale $25-250 and
free for youth
Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community
members from around the country for a 3-day conference to explore the
connections between math
education and social justice. We will explore many
questions, challenges, and opportunities to work toward social justice
through math education. We invite
you to share your thoughts, lesson plans, questions and to be a
facilitator for a workshop, interest group, or presentation.
Facilitators may choose to present
on topics related to math and social justice including equity in
education, literacy and social justice, and integrating social issues
into the math classroom.
Sessions need not be entirely polished presentations as we hope
to share ideas in order to build together.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.