Programs at the Swearer Center
LR/RI produces a bulletin every two weeks in order to inform area practitioners
of news, events, and calls for participation and also as a forum for posing
questions, issues and discussion topics. The current bulletin is posted
below. To read previous bulletins, go to Bulletin
25 March, 1997
This bulletin contains calls for participation and announcements about
upcoming events. In addition to these announcements, I've been asked to
start the process of generating a list of substitute teachers around the
state. I will not arrange for finding or placing substitute teachers, nor
will I publish the list for this bulletin. The purpose of the list will
be to assist agencies in finding substitute teachers as they are needed.
If you would like to add your name to the list, please send me the following
information. I will compile this information and share it with any agencies
who ask for access to it.
YES, I WANT TO BE ON THE ADULT ED SUBSTITUTE TEACHER LIST. PLEASE SHARE
THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY AGENCY LOOKING FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS:
Name, address, telephone numbers - at home, at work (best times/days to
call), areas (e.g. ESOL, GED, math, writing, literacy, etc.), and times
available and not available to sub.
It's also been suggested that a list of providers, the kinds of
classes they hold and rates they pay would be useful information for the
field. If agencies wish to send this information to me, I will share it
with teachers who phone, write or email for that information.
As I've said before, this bulletin is one way for us to try to stay
connected. Please contact me if you have news, questions or announcements
to share, if you need further information and/or if you have suggestions
about the bulletin itself. As well, if staff at your site would prefer
to receive copies of this bulletin at home (via email, fax or regular mail),
please encourage those people to contact me so that I can add their names
to the mailing list, as many practitioners are working at multiple sites
and are not always able to receive mail or share information at their base
sites. In the meantime, I very much appreciate your copying and sharing
this information with your staffs and interested others. Thanks very much.
HAL ADAMS, EDITOR OF THE JOURNAL OF ORDINARY THOUGHT , will speak
at the Partridge Annex at Brown University on April 14, from 6 to 8 PM.
He will discuss writing workshops he facilitates with residents of Chicago
Housing Authority apartments and with participants in library-based programs
and other settings around Chicago. A copy of Hal's article, "A Grassroots
Think Tank," which describes his work, is available at LR/RI. Hal's work
reflects the connections between adult literacy work, learner-generated
writing, and community development. Multiple copies of The Journal of Ordinary
Thought are also available for reading at LR/RI. Its statement of purpose
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - NCSALL PRACTITIONER LEADER. The National Center
for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)/ Practitioner Dissemination
and Research Network (PDRN) is working on a project to connect research
to practice, and is looking for a person to work with the director of adult
education (Bob Mason) and the state literacy resource center director (me)
in each state. The Practitioner Leader will be the link between (NCSALL)
and practitioners in the state. The job will include: -- Disseminating
information about NCSALL and its research projects at state meetings, through
newsletters and in other ways -- Gathering input on NCSALL activities from
state practitioners (through focus groups or talking informally with practitioners)
and communicating such input to NCSALL. -- Working with state staff development
people to plan activities to disseminate NCSALL research results and products
-- Building a network of practitioner researchers in the state and connecting
this network to regional and national networks.
The JOURNAL OF ORDINARY THOUGHT publishes reflections people
make on their personal histories and everyday experiences. It is founded
on the propositions that every person is a philosopher, expressing one's
thoughts fosters creativity and change, and taking control of life requires
people to think about the world and communicate the thought to others.
JOT strives to be a vehicle for reflection, communication and change.
Regional and national PDRN work can include attending an annual
national meeting, helping to organize and attend regional meetings/workshops,
and other work to be determined by the regional networks. The state teams
will be linked regionally and supported by staff from NCSALL. The Practitioner
Leader will receive a $2000 annual stipend (equivalent to about 70 hours
of work over the course of the year). Qualifications for Practitioner Leader
include: -- Current work as an adult literacy practitioner -- Interest
in leadership within the state adult literacy system -- Ability to travel
within and outside the state -- Experience and interest in practitioner
research -- Ability to be self-directive and to work on a team.
For more information, please contact me at 863-2839 or by email. Please
submit applications to me at LR/RI by April 21st. The first meeting for
this region will be held on Friday, May 2nd at World Education in Boston.
It's expected that the Practitioner Leader will make a two-year commitment
to the project. Information about NCSALL's research projects is also available
on pages 26 and 27 of the current edition of FOCUS ON BASICS, available
on line at NCSALL's site, http://hugse1.harvard.edu/~ncsall/,or
from LR/RI in hard copy.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: INNOVATIVE USES OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION The National
Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) is seeking nominations of teachers to feature
in a project being done with the North Central Regional Technology Education
Consortium called Captured Wisdom (CW). Captured Wisdom is series of videotapes
and a CD-ROM Library of examples of innovative uses of technology in education.
The CW series will be developing a video and CD-ROM product for adult literacy,
and would like your help in identifying potential literacy teachers to
be videotaped. The project's goal is to find teachers who are doing a great
job of integrating technology into their classrooms, and to then create
products that will share this information with other literacy teachers.
Do you know any teachers who integrate technology into classroom
instruction in meaningful ways? If you have nominations and/or questions,
please send contact: Christopher Hopey, Senior Researcher and Project Director,
National Center on Adult Literacy, Graduate School of Education, University
of Pennsylvania 3910 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 phone:
215-898-0668 fax: 215-898-9804, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If possible, please include the following information: name of teacher
being nominated, literacy organization, learner population, telephone number
and location of literacy organization (city and state), email address of
the teacher, and a brief summary of what the teacher or group of teachers
is doing with technology and learning with adults. Deadline is April 15.
REMINDER: The call for participants below was posted in the last bulletin.
The technology training workshop is scheduled to take place sometime in
April or May, so April 19th is the deadline for applications for that project.
Rhode Island can send five people to the tech. training in Hartford; let's
not miss this opportunity to participate.
REGION 1 ADULT LITERACY AND TECHNOLOGY SPRING TRAINING WORK-SHOP: Using
the Internet for Sharing Adult Literacy Instructional Materials & Lesson
Plans. This full-day Internet/Web Publishing workshop is designed for dedicated
and experienced adult literacy instructors, curriculum specialists, and/or
staff development specialists who have a basic understanding of the Internet
and computers and wish to publish instructional materials, lesson plans,
student writing or staff development projects on the Hub 1 World Wide Web
REGION 1 LITERACY AND TECHNOLOGY HUB MINI-GRANTS Hub 1 mini-grants are
designed to supplement the Internet/Web Publishing trainings and assist
a select group of participants from the Spring 1997 workshops to fully
develop their curriculum projects for publishing on the Hub 1 World Wide
During the week of March 11th, a number of practitioners from Rhode Island
attended the TESOL conference in Orlando. If you'd like to share information
from sessions you attended, you could send me a brief description of the
session you attended for the next bulletin so that others with an interest
in that session could contact you directly for more information. If people
would like to meet for a sharing session sometime next month, please let
me know. We could schedule a meeting on a weekend, during the day, and/or
evening to accommodate as many schedules as possible. If all else fails,
please call to let me know about interesting sessions so that others can
contact you for information.
TECHNOLOGY TRAINING AND MINIGRANTS are available through the Region 1 Literacy
and Technology Hub. While the workshops are geared toward practitioners
with existing knowledge of the world wide web, more basic training is available
on an ongoing basis through LR/RI. For more information about the Region
1 training workshop and/or minigrants, please contact LR/RI.
INQUIRY PROJECTS: A total of 22 applications were submitted for an allotted
17 projects. While we're disappointed to be unable to fund them all, we
hope that this increased interest in practitioner-based inquiry might enable
us to promote workshops and/or a semester-long class in September, so that
we can continue to encourage the development of this model of learning
for professionals in the field. Notification letters are in the mail, and
participants should receive notice by the end of this week. Jim Barton
will be working with me in supporting the project work, and a training
session for project participants will be held on April 11th.
I attended sessions around staff development, teacher research,
community work and language, technology and critical issues in adult education.
As well, I picked up a few digests (short papers on particular topics)
from the Center for Applied Linguistics, as well as newsletters and catalogues.
CALL FOR ARTICLES for The Change Agent newspaper. The Change Agent, a newspaper
whose mission is "to provide ... news, issues, ideas and other teaching
resources that inspire and enable adult educators and learners to make
civic participation and social justice related concerns part of their teaching
and learning," is seeking article on the theme of countering crime and
violence for its next edition. The deadline is April 30 (although sooner
would be appreciated). This call is being extended to adult learners and
educators, "to hear your opinions, ideas and experiences in and outside
of the classroom on this theme." Referrals to people and programs working
on violence prevention projects are also welcome. Please send writings
(on PC disk, if possible) to Silja Kallenbach, NELRC/World Education, 44
Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210. phone: (617) 482-9485, fax (617) 482-0617,
The Change Agent is a publication of the New England Literacy Resource
Center. Copies of the current edition, focusing on health and literacy
education are available at LR/RI.