| 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) 863-2839
144 Bignall Street Warwick, RI
November 23, 2011
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.riaepdc.org/Pages/default.aspx
ESOL practitioner learning
community will meet on December 14th at 3 pm at the
Center, 720 Potters Avnue, Providence.
Please join - our focus will be on teaching writing to beginning
level learners. Please join us
Website for the Rhode Island Adult Education Community.
with us and let us know how you like it! http://riaec.com/default.aspx
STAR Project Training info
session: On Tues Nov 29 from 2-3p, there will be an
information session (and check out www.startoolkit.org) for programs
desiring to participate in STAR's 40 hour spring training which
starts January 2012. Please sign up before the November holidays with
Jessica Ortiz, email@example.com.
The other days for training STAR I, II, III, - limit, approx 20
people: Jan 26 & 27 (Thurs & Fri); Feb 15 & 16 (Wed
& Thurs); Mar 6 & 7 (Tues & Wed).
in Chinese culture? Take in two special Year of China presentations on Sunday,
November 27th from 2 to 4 pm at the Providence Public Library
(downtown), Barnard Room (3rd floor). At 2:00 pm, Albert
Ianotti of the Falun Dafa Association of RI will talk about the Shen
Arts organization. Learn about Chinese culture and
tradition through this presentation. Al will review the origins of
Chinese culture and the impact
of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism on the culture and history
of China, and will give a brief overview of Shen Yun, touring the world
spectacular show celebrating Chinese culture through dance and
music combining classical Chinese and western instruments into a unique
Shen Yun comes to PPAC on January 19.
At 2:30 pm, photographer and traveler Richard Ferland will bring
his award winning-images, vast experience and knowledge of current-day
China to those contemplating a trip to China - in the near or
distant future. Through startlingly beautiful photos and a
the audience will learn about the current cultural climate and
how to get the most out of an adventure to China.
The Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium invites
students and practitioners to a free informative session on the
Join Officers of the USCIS Providence Field Office to learn how
to prepare to become a United States citizen. 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
The session will be held on Saturday, December 3, from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 69 Quincy Ave,
Pawtucket, R.I. 02860. No RSVP required.
For more information, call the Diocese of Providence,
Immigration & Refugee Services, 401-421-7833 x 232. The RI
Citizenship Consortium is comprised of the Diocese of
Providence, Immigration and Refugee Services, the Genesis Center,
the International Institute of Rhode Island, Progreso Latino and the
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative.
Annual BUY NOTHING DAY WINTER
COAT EXCHANGE If you have a coat to give, please drop it off.
If you need a coat, please pick one up. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 10-2PM
State House lawn (directly across from Providence Place mall)
rain location St Johns Cathedral 271 N Main St Providence
Pawtucket Visitors Center, 175 Main St. Pawtucket
On November 25th 2011 – the busiest day in the American retail calendar
and the unofficial start of the international Christmas-shopping season
– thousands of activists and concerned citizens in 65 countries will
take a 24-hour consumer detox as part of the annual Buy Nothing Day, a
global phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. Some see it as
an escape from the marketing mind games and the frantic consumer binge
that has come to characterize the holiday season, and our culture in
general. Others use it to expose the environmental and ethical
consequences of over-consumption. In Providence as part of
International Buy Nothing Day, we hold a winter coat exchange on the
lawn of the State House directly across from Providence Place mall. In
Pawtucket the transfer of coats takes place at the Blackstone Valley
Visitors Center. Events are also held at 3 other locations in RI. There
are many partners for this event: community organizations, places of
worship, civic, and environmental groups. Volunteers are needed to help
with this life-affirming event.
Contact information: Providence Greg Gerritt: 331-0529;
Phil Edmonds: 461-3683; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pawtucket - Arthur Pitt 724-8915; email@example.com
Other participating locations
Newport – St Paul’s Church 12 West Marlborough St. 10 AM to Noon Maggie
Wakefield –St. Francis Church, 114 High Street, 10AM to noon Tom Abbott
Barrington Bayside Family YMCA 70 West St 10 AM to
noon Connie Ganley firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent County YMCA has agreed to become the sixth site in Rhode
Island for the Winter Coat Exchange and will be glad to accept
donations throughout the month of November
at the Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Road, Warwick. Folks can pick
up coats on Friday November 25 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
call for writing: Women’s Perspectives #7: Women
and Communication will feature original writings by adult
literacy/basic education students.
Writings are accepted from ALL adult literacy learners. Student
writers are encouraged to think and share your ideas on this theme.
DEADLINE for Submissions December 22, 2011
• What does it mean to communicate?
• How do we communicate?
• What is technology?
• How does technology affect our communication?
• Do you have access to various types of technology? What supports do
you need? How do you learn how to use them? How do you actually use
• How does technology help you to communicate in a way you feel
satisfied? What limitations do you think there are or have you
experienced with it? What is the downside of using technology to
• How does technology affect our family structures and communications
with extended family?
• Does faster technology make for better communication?
• How do we communicate through storytelling?
• How do we tell or communicate our family stories?
• How does writing our memoirs communicate our life stories to others?
What memoirs have meant the most to you?
• What are some challenges to communication, and how do you overcome
Download Full Packet (http://files.e2ma.net/30194/assets/docs/wp7call4writings-packet.pdf)
Download Pre-Writing Activities (in Word) (http://files.e2ma.net/30194/assets/docs/pre-writing_activities.doc)
Download Student Contribution Form (in Word) (http://files.e2ma.net/30194/assets/docs/form-only.doc)
See Past Issues (http://www.litwomen.org/perspectives/index.html)
This publication is supported by donations to the Student Scholarship
Fund in Memory of Elizabeth Morrish. Donations cover:
Cost of printed issue
Cash awards for writers whose writing receives recognition as "Honors"
or "Honorable Mention"
Travel awards to the Student Writing Celebration held in conjunction
with the WE LEARN Conference (http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html)
Call for proposals: Women in Literacy:
Access Technology, Build Connections, Create Networks
WE LEARNWomen Expanding
Literacy Education Action Resource Network (Net)Working Conference
March 9-10, 2012 (Special Pre-Conference, March 8, 2012)
University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus
For more information, contact: email@example.com
resources for those wishing to learn about occupy wall street: http://www.facebook.com/groups/teachOWS/
COLLEGE - A Division of Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning
Next Weekend Program begins in October. If college is your goal,
call today to enroll in a free program to prepare for the transition to
TTC is a natural segue for GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL students to
prepare for continuing education at the college level.
TTC free College Reading (ENGL 0850) at CCRI in Providence;
Student Success Workshops, Career Exploration Workshops, Mentoring,
Basic Math and Pre-algebra classes, Computer lab and tutoring,
Academic Advising, Student Support Services, College Application and
Financial Aid preparation.
Info Session Dec. 3 at10:00 am,
175 Main Street Pawtucket
Phone 722-9800 Email or call 722-9800 to register for the
Please allow 2 -3 hours for assessment. Please
do not bring children
Tool for adult education referrals in
- An interactive referral website for adult education services in
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
KarisaTashjian or Bernice Morris at BerniceM@pha-providence.com.
resources from MN that may be helpful for teachers working with
low-literate English language learners
- the Study Circle Guide For Teachers of Low-literacy Adult ESL
The last issue of the E-News (#19, August 15) is online at
Readers who wish to be on CAAL's direct E-News mailing list may
sign up by contacting email@example.com
archived online at http://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/ovaeconnection/index.html
– weekly bulletin from the Office of Vocational and Adult
Education; to subscribe directly, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or online http://www.edgov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) Feature of the month | October
NALD is an online repository containing everything you need to
support a workplace education program. Its resources include program
learning and research materials, news about what is happening in
the field, event listings, contact information and helpful websites.
Feature of the Month puts the spotlight on a document, an
organization, a program or a website. NALD is pleased to highlight, for
the month of October, new Web-based tools that have been designed
to increase the capacity of the literacy and essential skills fields to
of violence on learning.
Center for Study of Education and Work at OISE in Toronto:: http://www.csew.ca.
PHOTOVOICE MANUALS IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
Based on lessons learned over a decade of Canadian
community-based research, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
is offering its step
by step PhotoVoice guide to teach others how to bring together
small groups of women to capture their stories. See previous exhibits:
After training from a professional photographer, women use a
disposable camera to take pictures that represent their experiences of
living in poverty, and the
policies and programs they would like tochange or keep. The women
meet to share their pictures and talk about what the photos mean to
powerful images can be showcased in public showings, to broaden
awareness of the realities of living in poverty and stimulate action
for just social and
economic policies to improve women's lives. Order your PhotoVoice
Manual for $12 using the online form at
or phone (204) 982-6630.
Improving Adult Literacy Instruction:
Options for Practice and Research Study Circle Discussions
November 28-December 9,
The Professional Development List is hosting chapter study circle
discussions on the report titled Improving Adult Literacy Instruction:
Options for Practice and Research, published by the National Research
Council of The National Academies. Through group discussion, we will
delve more deeply into the research, link it to related work, reflect
on the findings, explore whether or how it fits with our experiences as
teachers, learners, or staff developers, and share implications
for future practice.
Chapter 4: Principles of Learning for Instructional Design (pgs. 4-1 to
4-24) November 28-December 2
Guest Facilitator: Stephanie Moran, Program Coordinator, Durango Adult
Education Center, Colorado
Chapter 5: Motivation, Engagement, and Persistence (pgs. 5-1 to 5-33)
Guest Facilitator: Andrea Nash, Professional Development Specialist,
World Education, Massachusetts
To Prepare: Obtain a free pre-publication copy of the report, Improving
Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for
Practice and Research, and begin reading either or both chapters now:
a) Visit the National Academies
Press publication webpage
b) Click on “Download Free PDF”
c) It will prompt you to log
in or to continue as a guest. Proceed as you wish by following the
1 hour webinar: New
Strategies to Increase Credential Rates in Workforce Programs December
The Office of Workforce Investment will showcase exciting new
strategies to increase credential rates in this webinar, featuring the
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). This Webinar is
designed to build on the Secretary of Labor’s goal to increase
credential attainment and the Employment and Training Administration’s
(ETA) Career Pathways project. It will provide the Regional Offices,
State and local workforce investment boards, One-Stop Career Center
staff, and adult education and workforce training partners with
strategies and proven examples of how to integrate prior learning
assessments and credential attainment into workforce programs for
adults. States and local areas that have successfully used prior
learning assessments and have created innovative credential attainment
initiatives will be highlighted.
Do you want to learn new strategies to help your workforce customers
move up a defined career ladder? Workforce and education
professionals, including One-Stop Career Center staff members,
policymakers, adult education, and workforce training partners, are
encouraged to attend this Webinar. This training will provide the
latest information on using prior learning assessments, increasing
credential attainment and connecting workers to industry-based
credentials that lead to jobs. Judith Wertheim from CAEL will
introduce its unique Web site, www.learningcounts.org, and the new
Joyce Foundation-funded workforce development project. She
will also highlight CAEL’s work with several State and local areas on
workforce credential attainment. Learn how to help
low-skill, low-income workers attain credentials and pursue career
paths and form stronger partnerships between post-secondary education,
workforce investment boards, and employers. This Webinar also
kicks off ETA’s Career Pathways Webinar Series, focused on providing
the workforce system with research, tools, and resources.
Registration for this Webinar is limited and seating is on a
first-come, first-served basis. to register:
Click the "Login Now" button and type in your email and password.
Then click the “Reserve Seat Now” button. If you haven't updated
your password within the past 90 days, you will be prompted to do
so. If you do not have a Workforce3 One account yet, you must
create and activate an account before you can register for the
webinar. Click here to create your free account. Once you’ve
created and subsequently activated your Workforce3 One account, please
refer back to information to register for the free webinar.
Once you have registered for the webinar, you will receive an email
with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar. We ask that
you listen to the audio portion of the live webinar via Internet
Telephony (through your computer speakers). You will also be supplied
with a teleconference number and access code if you must join using a
telephone. If possible, we encourage you to use Internet Telephony, as
we are limited in the number of teleconference lines and the more
people that use Internet Telephony, the more capacity we have for those
that must join using a telephone. If anything changes and you no
longer wish to attend, please go to your dashboard on
https://www.workforce3one.org/ and remove your registration.
PLEASE NOTE: If multiple participants from the same location are
joining the live event, we encourage you to join at one location. This
will allow for a larger number of participants to attend.
Please click the following link to perform a simple system diagnostic
before you attempt to join the live Webinar: Test Your System
If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have speech disabilities and
captioning would facilitate your participation in this Webinar, you can
register for captioning service through the Federal Relay Conference
Captioning. Please note the Federal Relay Service requires at least 48
hours notice (2 working days) to guarantee coverage. Click here for
registration is open for the 2011-12 offerings of Teaching Adult
Numeracy online professional development courses from
Courses are offered at $179; group rates available.
Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes January 9 to February 20,
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? You’ll
design math activities that are permeated with estimation, mental math,
and reasonableness strategies.
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6503
Course instructor: Jean Stephens
Geometry: Teaching About Shapes and Their Measures February 13 to March
Adult basic education students need foundational geometry and
measurement skills not only to succeed in GED math, but also in the
workplace. In this course, you will explore key topics in geometry,
such as area, perimeter, and volume, and their importance in everyday
life. You’ll look at numerous instructional activities for teaching
about angles, spatial relationships, similarity, and figure
transformations on a coordinate graph system.
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6511
Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge
Data: Helping Students Interpret Statistical Representations March 19
to April 30, 2012
Data, or numerical information, can be described, represented,
analyzed, and interpreted in various ways for various purposes. This
course looks at some common uses (and misuses) of data. Learn about the
measures of central tendency statistics, graphs, and probability.
Through the course readings, activities, and discussions, you’ll review
basic concepts and explore strategies for introducing and teaching
these concepts to your adult students. Course instructor: TBD
Registration link: Watch http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6500
Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning April 23 to June 4, 2012
Research suggests that math topics, including algebra, should be taught
at all levels, not just when a student is ready for GED preparation. In
this course, you’ll learn how to introduce algebraic reasoning to your
students, and you’ll experiment with strategies for teaching numeric
patterns, relationships, and functions based on real-life situations.
You’ll also explore strategies to help students model quantitative
relationships using graphs, tables, words, and equations.
Registration link: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6515
Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge
Questions? email@example.com; ProfessionalStudiesAE.org is a
partnership of World Education, Inc., and ProLiteracy/New Readers
for a complete listing of available courses.
brief, interesting article:
The relative benefits found for students with and without
learning disabilities taking a first-year university preparation course
- Maureen J. Reed, Deborah J. Kennett, Tanya Lewis, and Eunice
Lund-Lucas Active Learning in Higher Education 2011;12 133-142
via Donna Brian, moderator,Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List.
(note; if you have problems accessing the full text, please
about it: the Times in plain English http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp
persistence - online, from Ronna Magy, firstname.lastname@example.org:
I'm attaching a link to a paper I wrote recently on learner goal
setting and learner persistence which will I hope will contribute to
In the paper you'll find several suggestions for classroom
strategies for learner persistence and learner goal setting which can
be used at the beginning of the
term and throughout the school year. http://futureenglishforresults.com/materials/Author%20Articles/RMagy_Monograph.pdf
Work documented by Barbara Piccirilli Alsabek and Nancy Fritz –
read and learn:
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
Jobs for Change "seeks to
spark a nationwide movement toward careers in the nonprofit,
government, and social enterprise sectors" – online at
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 email@example.com
The list needs to be updated so that it
can function more usefully for teachers and programs hoping to
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
available: Healthy Roads Media
has posted Spanish versions of diabetes topics. These free
materials are in both video
(web-video and downloadable iPod video) and handout formats, and
can be accessed at http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/topics/diabetes.htm.
There is also a new video format that can be used in
closed-circuit television and/or video on demand systems
(CCTV/VOD). This is part of a pilot program to explore ways to
develop and disseminate health education materials in ways that help
ensure health information access to diverse populations in many
different settings. In addition to CCTV/VOD use, these new videos can
be loaded onto tablets/laptops, used to help meet electronic health
records meaningful use patient education requirements, and run on
intranets. Currently there are about 60 videos available that are
free or low cost (to help cover the expenses). However, there are over
400 video previews posted so that potential users can get a sense of
these new materials. So far, only English videos are included but
if feedback indicates that this is a useful strategy other languages
will be made available. As usual, there are written handouts
available to accompany each video. More information about new
effort is available at
www.healthyroadsmedia.org/videos.htm Comments and
suggestions appreciated! - Mary Alice Gillispie, M.D.
resource available: The Life Skills, College and Career
Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners, developed by the
Massachusetts Dept. of Adult and
Secondary Education, the System for Adult Basic Education
Support, and several Mass practitioners, with technical assistance from
the Center for
Applied Linguistics. The Guide provides teachers with
sample activities to use in their classrooms to help ESOL students
develop the skills and
knowledge they need to achieve their "next steps" employment,
academic, or life skills goals. This resource is NOT a list of
skills, of which there
are many examples, but a resource that translates those skills
into interesting classroom activities.
The Guide is actually three guides, one each for Basic (SPLs
0-3), Intermediate (SPLs 4-5), and Advanced (SPL 6) ESOL learners.
The Guide developers felt strongly that even Basic Level ESOL
students can practice next steps skills in the classroom. While
resource was especially designed for ESOL learners, the
activities can be easily adapted for ABE and Transitions students as
The Guide is available in PDF but also in Rich Text Format, so
that teachers can isolate particular activities, add new ones, or amend
those that are provided.
The RFT version also allows teachers to tailor listed activities
for whole classes, groups of students working together, or an
If any teachers are willing to take on the task of adapting this
resource more specifically for ABE learners, please contact Carey Reid
from Esther Prins. Associate Professor and Co-Director Goodling
Institute for Research in Family Literacy
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has released the final report
for our study, GED Preparation through Distance Learning in Rural
The fact sheet is appropriate for distribution to policy makers,
funders, and program administrators, while the brochure presents
highlights of the study.
These items will soon be posted on the ISAL/Goodling Institute
website. We hope you'll find these resources to be useful,
The Ontario Adult Literacy
Curriculum Framework, now available, includes a competency-based
curriculum framework and related assessment and learning
material resources that help adult learners transition to their
goals of work, further education and training, or independence. It
provides practitioners with
guidance and support to make closer connections between literacy
programming and the skills, knowledge, and behaviours learners need to
reach their chosen goals.
Work after prison: One-year findings
from the transitional jobs reentry demonstration is the first major
evaluation of the multi-year "Transitional
Jobs Reentry Demonstration" project funded by the Joyce
Foundation. MDRC is the lead evaluator in a team that includes
Institute and the University of Michigan. The project focuses on
programs that provide temporary subsidized jobs, support services, and
placement help. The project's purpose is to test
transitional jobs as a promising approach to regular paid employment
for ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups.
The 278-page report describes how the program was
implemented--with more than 1,800 men assigned to it in four cities
(Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and
St. Paul). It also looks at results in terms of employment
and recidivism in the first year following entrance into the program.
A key general finding is that transitional jobs, as currently
designed and operated, do not sufficiently help people get or retain
permanent jobs, nor do they
have an impact on recidivism. Only about one-third of the
participants was employed in the formal labor market at the end of a
year. However, it is seen as
a positive indicator that about 85 percent of the men assigned to
the program actually worked in an income-subsidized transitional job,
eagerness to work. And the evaluators are inclined to think
that subsidized transitional employment programs could be effective if
they were strengthened
with components that provide basic and workplace skills
instruction and if better job- and post-placement services were built
The project will be followed up for one more year with further
results after which another report will be issued.
full repoirt: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/570/full.pdf
This report is also available as a 14-page executive summary: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/570/execsum.pdf
about it: Guest Discussion: November 1-8, How Groups Can Affect Health &
Peer support, which is such a key component in adult education
settings, is now being used more in health care settings.
Having groups of patients learning together about their health
needs is proving to be an effective method for improving health
literacy and encouraging healthy behavior change.
There are many models for this, including group medical
appointments, community health workers or promontoras, and peer support
In this discussion with Geri Lynn Baumblatt, an award-winning
specialist in health literacy and patient engagement, we will look at
some different methods
of peer support and explore how we can support this endeavor in
each of our settings. See the discussion announcement here, along
with preparation materials and
- Julie McKinney Health Literacy List Moderator
Khan Academy - have you seen
proficiency of adults learning English – resources from CAL http://www.cal.org/adultspeak/
Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s
(OVAE) Division of Adult Education and Literacy has a new quarterly
newsletter - Adult Career
Pathways (ACP) News is a part of the department’s effort to provide
technical assistance resources that will revolutionize the
quantity and quality of available career pathways instructional
programming for low-skilled adults. Browse headlines available in this
issue below, and
view the whole article and newsletter online:
Resources from the Field ACP News will be devoted to highlighting
resources of value to local practitioners.
This first issue features recently published resources that have
been recommended by the Technical Working Group (TWG) members. U.S.
Labor and Education Partner on Career Pathways Technical
The Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative is directed
at strengthening career pathway systems for low-skilled adults and
Knowledge is Power - ProvPlan Invites You
to Take a Closer Look at Census 2010
form the National Coalition for Advocacy:
fact sheets from the national Coalition for Literacy: http://www.ncladvocacy.org/ffadult.html
ESL to Adults
- Approaches in Action MaryAnn Florez and Betsy Parrish, ESL
A SERIES OF 8 TRAINING VIDEOS View online for free or purchase
DVDs at minimal cost
In spring 2010, the New American Horizons Foundation, with the
help of ESL training specialists MaryAnn Florez and Betsy Parrish,
produced its first two
teacher training videos, set in real classrooms led by expert
teachers using evidence-based practices. They were titled Lesson
Planning for Life Skills and
Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers. Six more videos
are now available, and you can view online for free and/or own the
complete set of eight
videos on three DVDs at a minimal cost ($5.00 for materials per
DVD plus shipping). The new titles are: Growing Vocabulary with
Working with a Multi-level Class, Developing Listening Skills
with High-intermediate Learners, Teaching Grammar in Real-life
Writing Skills at the Intermediate Level and Developing Reading
Skills for Intermediate/Advanced Learners http://www.newamericanhorizons.org
The New American Horizons Foundation is a non-profit organization
dedicated to making adult ESL courses more widely available and
Its current priority is to develop high-quality teacher training
resources for adult ESL.
know? a listing of research and
evaluation projects, and other initiatives funded through OVAE: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/englit.html
Reflect 13 - special report on employability;
teaching composition and using poetry; classroom-based research as
Development; a phonics debate; how statistics can confuse rather
than clarify; how television is being used to reach adult learners in
Ireland; teaching in
secure hospitals; prisons – creativity space and books for new
readers; the Reflect approach and ESOL; and the role of care support
in developing the literacy, language and numeracy skills of
clients with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Rhode Island Employment Disability E-News,
newsletter from the Paul V.
Sherlock Center on Disabilities,
available at: http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/onlinepublications.html
Good geography refresher...and good
mouse skill practice as well.
from Kate Northcott, Director, Student Literacy Corps Webster University
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/
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
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is calling for proposals for
concurrent presentations at the 21st National Conference on Family
be held in San Diego, California, March 25-27, 2012. Concurrent
sessions are hour long sessions that focus on topics relating to
NCFL welcomes proposals from program staff, partners, students
and others interested in the field of literacy. Deadline for submission
is September 30, 2011.
To learn more about the conference, visit http://www.famlit.org/conference/
Submit your proposal at http://www.famlit.org/call-for-proposals/
Island Conference Saturday, October 1st 9:00AM to 4:30PM (8:30AM
Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex 182 Thurbers Avenue
The Welcoming Rhode Island Conference will bring together
immigrants and refugees, policymakers, social service providers,
youth, faith leaders, students, elected officials, government
employees, organizers, researchers, business representatives, and
members of the general public to kickoff the Welcoming RI
initiative. The goal of the conference is to promote understanding
and build community in order to make Rhode Island a more
welcoming state for RI's immigrant and refugee communities.
The conference will also celebrate the 90 years that the
International Institute of Rhode Island has been welcoming immigrants
and refugees to our state and community partners who have
assisted in this mission over the years.
The conference is structured to provide safe spaces for dialogue,
share best practices, and strategize throughout various sectors of
society such as health,
education, economic development and civic engagement among others.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided by local ethnic restaurants
Cultural performances and an international photo exhibit
throughout the day!
VALUEUSA's 7th National Adult Learner
Leadership Institute October 9 - 11, 2011, in
Featuring Danny Glover as guest speaker. more information -
VALUEUSA is a national, non-proﬁt organization dedicated to
strengthening adult literacy programs in the United States
through learner involvement and leadership. VALUEUSA is governed
and operated by current and former adult learners.
VALUEUSA is the only national organization run by students of
HOSTED BY VALUEUSA in partnership with the California State
invites you to present at its 40th Anniversary Conference:Lessons from
the Past, Innovations for the Future, May 3-4, 2012.
As we look back on the history of ESOL education in Massachusetts
since MATSOL's founding in 1972, we will reflect on the insights
we have gained, and highlight the best new ideas and practices to
bring us into the future. We hope that you will share your ideas,
classroom practices and research with our colleagues and fellow
MATSOL members in the field of ELL/ESOL education.
The conference will take place in Framingham, MA.
Both days will include presentations for K-12 and adult,
workplace and higher education, as well as general interest sessions;
deadline for proposals is
December 1. http://www.matsol.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.