LR/RI produces a bulletin roughly 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 Archives.
May 11, 2000
News of upcoming community and professional development events, conferences, meetings, numerous employment opportunities and online resources. To post information, please contact LR/RI or leave a message (863-2839).
ESOL sharing/discussion meeting will be held on April 25, at 3:00 PM at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue.
WORKSHOP: Project Spectrum - an innovation approach to early childhood education, will be held on May 16th, at 2:30 PM at the Providence Public Library. Julie Viens, Ed.M., presenter, has worked as a researcher with Project Zero for 11 years. From 1988- 93 she worked on Project Spectrum, a 10-year development project regarding Multiple Intelligences theory in easly education contexts. Julie is currently co-directing the Adult Mulitple Intelligences (AMI) Study at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. She consults to several school implementing MI theory, prmiarily atr the elementary level and has written several articles and is the co-author of Building on Children's Strengths: The Project Spectrum Experience. Be prepared to be an active participant! Registration fee: $5.00. To RSVP, please contact Terri Coustan [email@example.com] or Louise Moulton: [firstname.lastname@example.org] 455-6110.
LD LECTURES: Greater Boston YALD Lectures - lectures take place at the Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Central Square Cambridge, MA. Please call Ashley Hager for directions at 617-349-6363 or 6367
Fri May 12, 3:30-5:00 What Makes Literacy Tutoring Effective. Factors
that Account for Successful Tutoring Outcomes. -- Connie Juel, Professor,
Harvard Graduate School of Education.
THE GENESIS CENTER - teaching opportunities. Please
contact Sally Gabb at 781-6110.
Coordinator: Summer VISTA Project The Coordinator will
oversee VISTAs working in the Summer Reading Program in public libraries
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University Position Description The Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service encourages participation in public life as a central concern of a Brown education. It provides resources and support for initiating advocacy and service projects in local, national and international communities. The Assistant Director/Health and Development is a fulltime member of the Center staff with responsibility for supervision and oversight of the Swearer Center's health and development initiatives.
Responsibilities: Coordination of health and development programs Plan and coordinate staff training including semester retreats, weekly staff meetings and education seminars, and one-on-one supervisory meetings. Maintain ongoing contact with community agencies. Work with student coordinators to orient and train student volunteers. Assist in conducting program evaluations. Coordinate inter-office collaboration with academic departments and centers Maintain and enhance partnerships between the Swearer Center and the School of Medicine, the Development Studies Program, the Department of Community Health, the Center for Environmental Studies, and the Women's Center. Development of Programs Advise students on the development of new initiatives. Write and manage grants to support new programs. Work collaboratively with staff to integrate programs into the University. Coordination of Resources Act as resource for individuals, community agencies and campus departments. Assist in the production and maintenance of newsletters and web page; advise students regarding career and academic goals, fellowship programs, grants and volunteer opportunities.
Qualifications: BA degree, Experience in university service and
education programs as either professional or undergraduate; Willingness
to view oneself as university educator, 3-5 years experience with health
programs as professional or volunteer, Ability to work in a collaborative
work environment as part of team; ability to effectively assume responsibility
for multiple duties and to implement them in a timely fashion. Excellent
human relationship skills; ability to communicate clearly and concisely
in both written and verbal contexts; proven problem-solving and management
skills. Ability to work professionally with students, faculty and staff,
alumni, community members, and funders. Ability to utilize technological
tools in an educational environment; use of word-processing, desktop publishing,
and electronic communication software is important. Salary Range: $32,000-38,000
Starting Date: 1 July 2000
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Adult and Family Education Programs Swearer Center
for Public Service at Brown University
CALL FOR ARTICLES - The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is planning to publish a symposium on Immigration and Education. Although immigrant learners are a growing presence in schools and educational programs throughout the United States, there is a lack of sustained inquiry and dialogue about their education.
HER is interested in reviewing articles on immigration and education at all levels of instruction. Topics of interest for this symposium include, but are not limited to:
1) the implications of various understandings of immigrants and immigration for education;
2) a focus on educational issues within a particular immigrant group or community;
3) the relationship between immigration and education;
4) issues in immigration that are often misunderstood by policymakers and practitioners;
5) issues of methodology in research on immigration issues and immigrant learners; and
6) educational reform and immigration. In light of the scarcity of immigrant perspectives represented in scholarly publications, we especially invite authors from immigrant communities who are working and writing on issues related to this topic to submit manuscripts for consideration. HER is a generalist journal that reaches a broad audience of educational practitioners, scholars, and policymakers. Our 9,000 subscribers, as well as our contributors, represent fields as diverse as educational administration, teaching, psychology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, government, and public policy. Submissions to the HER Symposium on Immigration and Education may take one of several forms: research or theoretical manuscripts (30 double-spaced pages); book reviews (5-8 pages); essay reviews (8-12 pages); chronicles (personal reflections, which may take the form of prose or poetry, 5-8 pages); and editorial cartoons (black ink on white paper). Please see our Guidelines for Authors at: http://gseweb.harvard.edu/~hepg/her.html Or call 617-495-3432. Please send three copies of your submission to: Harvard Educational Review Attn: Editors, Symposium on Immigration and Education 6 Appian Way, Gutman Suite 349 Cambridge, MA 02138 Deadline for submission is September 1, 2000.
Fundraisers for Project New Urban Arts: 743 Westminster Street, Providence For details call 751-4556 The Fun(d) Parties at Project New Urban Arts support free after-school art programs for youth. Project New Urban Arts works with Providence public high school students build technical skills in art, succeed academically and aspire to a promising future. Thursday, May 25, 6-8 pm The Bad Prom Photo Show: Enter yours and win or make one in our retro photo booth. Enter your Bad Prom Photo NOW to win a fabulous prize during this exciting show! For details on submitting an entry contact us at TDpnua@cs.com Thursday, June 29, 6-8 pm Putt Putt in the Alley Out Back: A hole new spin on clubbing.
What is your favorite reason to read?- the launch of LVA's 2000 Reasons To Read campaign. LVA
invites you to submit your favorite reason to read for posting to the LVA Web site. This reason along with celebrity entries will be featured prominently on the opening page of the 2000 Reasons website. Individuals across the US have been invited to submit their favorite reasons to read on-line. The reasons submitted from May 1 - September 30, 2000 will be posted on an electronic bulletin board accessible from the site, and entered into a lottery. Three names will be pulled at our national conference in Kansas City, MO on October 7and the winners will be notified by mail. To submit a reason, visit LVA's web site at http://www.literacyvolunteers.org and click on the 2000 Reasons banner on the home page. I hope that you will join us in this unique endeavor to raise public awareness about literacy by submitting your favorite reason to read. We will feature your personal reason prominently as soon as we receive it! Thank you for participating! -Marsha L. Tait, President LVA Inc. 635 James St. Syracuse, NY 13203 (315) 472-0001
from Miriam Burt at The National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education:
NCLE has two more digests available on line or from the clearinghouse.Multiple
Intelligences: Theory and Practice in Adult ESL, by MaryAnn Christison
and Deborah Kennedy, http://www.cal.org/ncle/digests/MI.htm
- THE MODEL MINORITY? In the Poverty Series: Most came here as
refugees from the Laotian highlands. In recent years, their lives have
felt the forces of welfare reform, domestic violence and teen pregnancy.
But in America's heartland, pho shops and grass jelly drinks spell gains
for the Hmong community. Horizon Magazine article by Lydia Strohl
draft standards are now posted on LR/RI's standards page. We hope to have a half day meeting in May to discuss the standards and gather feedback. In the meantime, please view the standards at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/standards.html and send comments to LR/RI. Hard copies of the standards are also available upon request. Almost 20 adult educators have participated in drafting these standards and welcome your input.
summit follow-up: Reports from and information about next steps following the National Literacy Summit (held in February) are now available online at http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/summit.html . Comments are being shared on the NLA , TESOL Adult Ed and the ALA lists. For information about accessing these lists, or the summit materials, please contact LR/RI. Comments are due to NIFL at the end of June; details about local plans around responding to the summit papers will be coming soon.
Stop the Hate, http://www.stopthehate.net/index1.htm
- provides numerous resources of value to anyone working in adult education,
community development and/or hoping to consider viable ways in which to
approach social change.
New RESOURCE MANUAL on IMMIGRANT ACCESS to HEALTH BENEFITS - Released by The Access Project and the National Health Law Program explains basic eligibility requirements for key federal and state programs and identifies issues that can be significant barriers. Free; email: email@example.com.
The newest issue of Focus on Basics is available at http://www.gseweb.harvard.edu/~ncsall
Registration is open for Adult Ed. 460, Introduction to Adult Education,
through Penn State's World Campus. The web-based course begins May
3 and runs for 15 weeks. Learn more about Penn State's M.Ed. in Adult
Education through the World Campus web site http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/adtedmail/
SAVE THE DATES:
June 9 - at the Days Inn in Providence. Inquiry sharing session. (full day)
June 13/14 Hal Adams, community writing, details to follow
June 19 - workshop with Jenny Horsman, 2:00 pm, Alumni Hall, Brown University. (afternoon )
Trauma and learning: Since October of last year, I have been working with a group of educators who are examining the effects of trauma (political, physical, emotional) on learning processes. As part of this work, I am very interested in speaking to program administrators, teachers and others involved in adult education as part of a process of learning about perceptions and realities of abuse and other trauma and the relationship of that abuse to adult learning. If you would like to discuss the work, or your staff would be interested in hearing more about it, I would be glad to meet with you individually, during staff meetings or in any other way that will enable us to begin sharing some of this learning. The final report, part of a fellowship project from the National Institute for Literacy, will be completed in the fall. - J.I.
Resources and preliminary information about the project are online at http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Swearer_Center/Literacy_Resources/screen.html
The New Readers for New Life conference: August 5-6, 2000 at
the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, about an hour north
of Chicago. This 7th annual conference is planned, organized and led by
adult learners from Illinois, and is open to anyone who would like to attend.
The site is about 45 minutes away from Chicagoís OíHare airport,
and lodging is available at a Super 8 for about $55 for a 2 person room
The Mayor's Commission On Literacy's 12th Annual Computers in Adult Literacy Technology Conference. Thursday May 25, 2000, Lincoln University Urban Center, Philadelphia The focus is on using technology in adult literacy programs. The full-day conference includes a packed schedule of workshops, classes, vendors, and door prizes. Teachers, tutors, and administrators of ABE (Adult Basic Education), GED, ESL (English as a Second Language), family literacy, and workplace literacy programs are welcome to attend. The conference is free, registration is required. Faith Goldstein Techn. Coordinator phone:(215) 686-4486 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult literacy and television: HAS A FAMILIAR TOOL BEEN OVERLOOKED? May 18 - 20, Toronto, Ontario - Television is currently the most accessible medium in the world Educators hold contradictory views about television and print literacy. Join participants from around the world to consider the ways that television has been used and can be used to create public awareness and to teach literacy skills to adults. For information, contact LR/RI or visit the website at: http://www.nald.ca/PROVINCE/QUE/litcent/flyers/SumIns00/page1.htm
Laubach Literacy Action Conference: Registration brochures for the Laubach Literacy Action 2000 Biennial Conference in Orlando, Fla are now available. June 8-10 (pre conference June 7-8) Theme: "Literacy Connections" Contact Janet Hiemstra Laubach Literacy Action, 1320 Jamesville Ave., PO Box 131,Syracuse, N.Y. 13210-0131 email@example.com (315) 422-9121 Ext. 283 Web site: http://www.laubach.org
Adult Literacy and Technology Conference 2000 Bridging the Digital Divide Washington, DC June 14-17 [email: firstname.lastname@example.org] Call for Presentations PBS LiteracyLink® invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the 13th annual ALT conference! This year's conference will be held at American University in upper northwest Washington, DC, June 14-17. The ALT conference promotes the appropriate and effective use of technology in adult education. Conference sessions include discussions and demonstrations of best practices as well as hands-on experience with new technology applications in adult basic education. Deadline for proposals March 10; please go to the conference website to read presentation guidelines/print out the related forms. http://www.pbs.org/literacy/alt2000
Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM-7) Conference July 6-8, 2000 Tufts University Boston/Medford, MA
The theme of this year's conference is: "A Conversation Between Researchers and Practitioners" Adults Learning Mathematics is an international research forum which brings together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/ numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics of adults. The conference will be hosted by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy at Harvard in conjunction with Tufts University Dept. of Education and the NCTM-affiliated Adult Numeracy Network.
Program and registration information: http://www.euronet.nl/~groenest/alm/alm7/ Call for Papers: See http://www.euronet.nl/~groenest/alm/alm7/ALM7-call%20for%20papers.html
The 2nd National Conference of REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library Services for the Spanish Speaking), is scheduled for Tucson, AZ, August 3-6. Conference information may be found at: http://clnet.ucr.edu/library/reforma/rnc2/ Theme: The Power of Language: Planning for the 21st Century. The conference chair is Susana Hinojosa (email@example.com); (510) 643-9347. The president of REFORMA is Toni Bissessar (firstname.lastname@example.org); (718) 230-2750. Further information may be obtained through the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) at 800-545-2433, #4294; and the office of the ALA Diversity Officer at 800-545-2433 #4276.
from previous bulletins: REMINDERS, RESOURCES:
Jenny Horsman's new book, Too Scared to Learn: Women, Violence, and
Education (1999: McGilligan Books), is a critical resource for anyone
working with adult learners. Based on Horsman's in-depth research into
ways in which violence (political, personal, physical, emotional) influence
women's ability to learn, the book provides not only Horman's thoughtful
insights, but also pulls together the voices of literacy learners and practitioners
who have been affected by violence in one way or another into a very comprehensive
whole. For those of us struggling with making our classrooms safe places
for learners, for anyone working in adult education, Too Scared to Learn
must be required reading. To order: contact Toronto Women's Book Store
(email: email@example.com) or McGilligan Books
in Canada at 416-538-0945, or print an order form at http://www.nald.ca/canorg/cclow/scared/tooscare.htm.
The book has been published in the US; for US ordering information contact
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 10 Industrial Ave. Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262 [8009BOOKS9].
LR/RI listserv: As some of you know, Literacy Resources has a list serv - an email discussion group available to anyone with access to email in the state (or beyond, as interest warrants). To learn more about the list, or to subscribe, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. To date, about 30 people have joined the list. Its purpose is to provide a forum for local educators to discuss policy, practice, resources, issues and news related to our work with one another. Unlike the bulletin, which arrives as email, the list is interactive - when you respond to message from the discussion list, everyone else on the list receives your message -- and the conversation, we hope, continues and grows.
listserv for ESOL teachers-in-training: TESOL Student Discussion List ...the perfect resource for students in ESL/EFL teacher training programs who want to exchange information about methodologies, classroom applications, theory, ESL/ EFL Research, ESL/EFL, resources. To subscribe, send an email to email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> In the body of the e-mail, type subscribe students and your name. Details will be sent to you. Participants must be current members of TESOL
VALUE e-list: VALUE has established a valuelearners mailing for
email users, hosted by the Western/Pacific Literacy Network, part of the
National Institute for Literacy Information and Communication Network System
(LINCS). This "e-list" is a way for adult learners who are members of VALUE
to communicate with each other. Only adult learners who are members of
VALUE can subscribe to this e-list. VALUE is the national organization
for adult learners (current or former participants in adult basic skills
programs) in the United States. VALUE provides training and other supports
to adult learners who want to be more effective leaders in their education
programs, communities, and states. This e-list is being managed by members
of VALUE's Communications Committee. Subscribers are encouraged to communicate
about information, ideas, questions, or problems of interest to them. If
you are a member of VALUE and need help subscribing, please contact LR/RI.
If you're not a member, but would like to become one, contact LR/RI or
visit the VALUE website at http://literacynet.org/value.
LEARNER is intended primarily for adult learners. LITERACY is a general list for adult literacy practitioners and others. Information on these electronic lists is below.
LEARNER To subscribe to LEARNER, send an email message to: email@example.com
Skip the message header and in the body of the message, type: subscribe LEARNER Yourfirstname Yourlastname All submissions to LEARNER should be addressed to: LEARNER@nysernet.org Questions regarding the list should be sent to: Beverly Choltco-Devlin Moderator, LEARNER firstname.lastname@example.org
LITERACY To subscribe to LITERACY, send an email message to: email@example.com
Skip the message header and in the body of the message, type: subscribe LITERACY Yourfirstname Yourlastname All submissions to LITERACY should be addressed to: LITERACY@nysernet.org Questions regarding the LITERACY list should be sent to: Beverly Choltco-Devlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare to work listserv: from Glenn Young - For those interested in the subject of welfare reform and learning disabilities, there has been a listserv created through NIFL. To sign up, please send a message to: email@example.com write in the body of the message subscribe nifl-wtwld and your name. Do not write anything in the subject line and do not use any dots or dashes other than between nifl and wtwld. (Click here for more information on listservs).
Professional development initiative: In 1998, I spent time at the RI Dislocated Worker Program, facilitating classes for teachers there so that they could have an opportunity to observe one another's classes and to reflect on their learning and teaching. (The full text of their reflections is available on the LR/RI web site at Writing from the Field - or contact LR/RI for a hard copy). Please let me know if you would like to participate in this process of professional development. All that's required is your willingness to share your reflections about the observation/learning process for others. I hope to build a block of writing and thinking about this and other forms of our own professional development both through the bulletin and the web site.
Please contact LR/RI if you have information, questions or announcements to share with adult educators in Rhode Island. Bulletins go out at least twice a month; more frequently when there's more to share. To submit information for the next bulletin, please contact LR/RI by phone (401-863-2839), mail (PO Box 1974, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912) or email.
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