| 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
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
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.
The Community College of Rhode Island is
holding a Grand Information Session for potential adult students.
7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 CCRI's Liston Campus 1 Hilton St.
If you are not sure how to get started, this information session
is where you need to be. We will have:
• Advisors to help with questions about your educational plan and
• Financial aid staff to help you figure out how to pay for college
• Faculty to discuss the more than 90 programs offered
• Students and alumni to share their CCRI experiences with you
Call 401-455-6011 or send an e-mail to email@example.com to make your
reservation for one of the 66 available seats.
Case Managers PLC Meeting (3rd
Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.) next meeting: Oct 20
Job Developers PLC Meeting (3rd
Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.) next meeting: Oct
Unless communicated otherwise during a particular month, the PLC
meetings will be held at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane in
please contact Robin Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESOL practitioner learning
(ESOL share) will be held on October 27th at 2 pm at the Genesis
Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence.
Focus on intergenerational learning.
New Practitioner Orientation,
Thursday October 21 – 10 am to 4 pm; please contact
email@example.com no later than noon on
Monday, October 18th to RSVP – 4 slots remain. The session
will be held at Smith-Buonanno Hall on the Brown campus.
RIRAL/Transition to College
information and assessment sessions:
Information Session Dates: September
18; October 16; November 13 on Saturdays @ 10:00 am (or by
Weekend session starts in October – next evening session starts
in January. Call today to save a spot.
Allow 2 -3 hours for assessment. Please do not bring
children. 175 Main Street Pawtucket (2nf floor/ Pawtucket
Visitor’s Center/DLT offices)
Contact person: MarieCrecca-Romero@riral.org
TTC is a comprehensive college preparation program including a
Free College Reading class (ENGL 0850) at CCRI in Providence; student
career exploration, and mentoring workshops; academic writing,
basic math, and pre-algebra; computer lab & tutorials; academic
advising, support services,
& registration for college; college application and financial
RIRAL TTC is a partner in the RI Statewide Transition to College
(RI TTC) initiative and a natural segue for GED, EDP, and Advanced ESL
to post-secondary education.
information about these and other courses is online here: http://18.104.22.168/home/
for Online Professional
Development Courses on College Transitions
Registration is now open for three online
courses for adult educators
on transitions to postsecondary education: College Readiness for
Academic Preparation, Foundations of Teaching Adult
Numeracy, Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills, Research-based
Strategies and Models
for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education,
and Introduction to College Transition Math. The courses are available
The courses will be also be offered in
Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills (course
Course dates: November 1–December 17, 2010
Questions? Please call 888-528-2224 ext. 221 or e-mail
other questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ProfessionalStudiesAE.org is a partnership of World Education,
and ProLiteracy/New Readers Press. Visit www.professionalstudiesae.org
complete listing of available courses.
Kaye Beall, Project Director World Education
on Adult Literacy - (return of a) site accompanying video/CD
6 adult education contexts in which use of technology
into ongoing learning
(via David Rosen) Saving workers' lives through literacy Health
safety practices are as effective as employees' reading-skill levels
- the announcement of this year's UNESCO prize-winning adult
THE CHANGE AGENT Adult Education
for Social Justice: News,
Issues, and Ideas CALL FOR ARTICLES
Neigborhood; Your Health
When people think of the environment, they often imagine natural
landscapes—forests, oceans, and mountains. But your home and yard and
schools, and businesses, your workplace, the bus stop on
the corner—these are the “environments” that you function in every day.
The health of these
environments affects your health. Are there toxins
in the air, soil, and water in your neighbor hood? What chemicals are
in the paint or vinyl on your home,
the exhaust from buses and planes,
and the waste from nearby factories? How do these things affect your
health or your children’s health? What is anyone
doing about it? The
next issue of The Change Agent (in collaboration with TERC’s Statis
tics for Action) will explore the local environment and will tell
stories of environmental clean-ups and community efforts to identify
and deal with pollution sources. Sample Questions to Consider:
Have you or your neighbors ever suspected an environmental problem in
your neighborhood? What made you suspect? Did you organize, push for
testing, move away?
Were there local businesses many years ago that left
in the soil? How did you find out you were at risk?
If you found out there were toxic chemicals in your community, did
you try to alert your neigh bors to the problem? How? What happened?
Do you have health concerns related to your home or work environment?
If so, what have you (or others) done about them?
Is there a time when you’ve been concerned about an environmental
health issue, but the math or science involved made it hard to
understand? Did you give up?
Work to understand it? Seek help from an
expert? What skills did you need? How did it feel?
As a parent, how do you limit your child’s exposure to toxins in the
What arguments have businesses, cities, residents used to oppose
shutting down a polluter, or to deny a site is dangerous? How did you
What happens to the garbage from your house and community? How are
you affected by near by landfills and incinerators? What the government
do to minimize
toxic problems from trash?
Instead of long and general essays, we would like to see stories
are specific and detailed. Suggested length is 200-1200 words. All
articles must be received by November 8,
2010. Please include in all
articles and emails the contact information for the student and/or the
teacher. Final decisions are made by The Change Agent editorial board.
A $50 stipend will be paid to each student whose work is accepted
publication. Please submit illustrations, cartoons, and graphics on
this theme too!
Send material (preferably by email) to:
email@example.com; Cynthia Peters, World Education, 44 Farnsworth
St., Boston, MA 02210 617-482-9485
The mission of The Change Agent is to provide news, issues,
other teach ing resources that inspire and enable adult educators and
learners to make
civic par ticipation and social justice concerns part
of their teaching and learning. It is published by the New England
Literacy Resource Center.
Also, please see this PDF file
the new Change Agent
issue on Fashion. (if you need a word version of the document,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
RIDE-funded adult ed. programs --
You should have recently received a box of the most recent Change
Agent. This one's on fashion. It's an especially fun,
thought-provoking, and visually
interesting issue, so I hope you've all had a chance to get it
out of the box by now and circulate it among teachers and
students. Please look on our website
for some excellent extras that accompany this issue. Go to
http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent and click on in the classroom.
While you're on our top page, notice the special 12-page
mini-magazine we created to teach about government in the context of
the current midterm elections
. It's available to download for free, and I'm hoping a lot of teachers
will take advantage of it! One more thing: We have a new Call for
Articles. The deadline is
coming up in early November, so please go to our site and
download the Call now. From our top page, click on "write for us."
Bring the Call into the classroom.
It acts as a great writing prompt. Thank you and please contact
me if you have any questions. - Cynthia Peters, Change Agent Editor
World Education 44 Farnsworth
Street Boston, MA 02210 tel: 617-482-9485 ext. 3649 email:
Announcing a special 2010
election supplement to the "Democracy in Action" issue of The Change
Agent Midterm Elections
What are they? What’s at stake? by Kristen McKenna
Midterm elections get decidedly less attention than the
presidential elections, but they still determine many important factors
about our government.
This 10-page Change Agent “extra” explains everything you need to
know about midterm elections; showcases historical data about voter
charts the ways that the House, Senate and executive branch have
split power between the two major parties; provides interesting
slogans, vocabulary, and activities – all of which will help you
engage students in content that is personally (and politically)
Find excellent lesson plans, student essays, and engaging
election-related activities in our 2008 special issue, Democracy in
Action. If you are thinking about
how to invite students into a conversation about civic
participation that includes voting but goes beyond it as well, this
issue of The Change Agent is for you.
You’ll find lessons that evoke deep thinking about the meaning of
democracy and the multiple ways adults participate in public life. In
addition, for the adult
education community, Art Ellison, Policy Committee Chair of the
National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, writes about
what is at stake for
the adult education in the upcoming election -- beyond getting
out the vote. The “Midterm Elections” supplement is available for free
The 2008 special issue of The Change Agent, Democracy in Action,
is also available for free online or for a small cost in hard copy. (A
single copy costs $5.
Buy 25 or more and pay just $1.50 per copy. Includes
shipping.) The Change Agent comes out twice a year (in September and
March). Please subscribe.
A one- or two-year subscription costs $10 and $18 respectively. A
bulk subscription (which includes 25 copies of each issue), costs only
$60 per year.
Subscribe by visiting our web site (www.nelrc.org/changeagent) or
calling 617-482-9485. ORDER IN BULK so that all your students can have
copy of this inspiring issue. SUPPORT THE ONGOING WORK of The
Change Agent to make social justice part of the adult education
Thank you. - Cynthia Peters email@example.com 617-482-9485
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
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
Brian, moderator of the NIFL workplace literacy list; (subscribe to or
follow the list here: http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/workplace)
From the National Centre for Vocational Education Research
(NCVER) (Australia) (Note from Donna: You must register to access these
Registration is free) http://www.adultliteracyresource.edu.au
Learning Numeracy on
the Job: A Case Study of Chemical Handling and Spraying
Ensuring that people have the appropriate level of numeracy
skills is particularly important in jobs which involve a risk to public
safety and the environment.
This research investigates the job-related numeracy requirements
in the chemical spraying and handling operations of the horticulture,
local government, outdoor
recreation and warehousing industries. Findings from this study
indicate that the worksite influences both the type of numeracy skills
needed as well as how they
are deployed. Numeracy in the workplace differs from formal,
rule-based abstract mathematics taught in school and requires training
that is relevant to the specific
applications of the skill. Implications for the future practice
of teaching numeracy on the job are offered and highlight the need to
consciously develop critical thinking,
planning and problem-solving skills in workers. http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/1609.html
State-by-State View of the
Political Power of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians
All States Demographic Information Now Available*
The Immigration Policy Center releases its
complete series of 50 state fact sheets which highlight the political
and economic power of immigrants,
Latinos, and Asians in every state of the union. Immigrants,
Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the U.S.
electorate. These easy to understand, state-by-state demographic
snapshots are a compilation of current government and academic data on
economic contributions, and voting habits.
Find out how much
immigrants, Latinos and Asians contribute to your state's economy:
for more information contact Seth Hoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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.
notes is now OVAE Connection
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 email@example.com
or online at http://www.edgov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html
downloadable resources from The
Popular Education News http://www.popednews.org/resources.html
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
online: LessonWriter.com is a free website
where teachers can copy, paste and submit any text (an article, essay,
story, etc.) and create comprehensive, standards
-based lesson plans and student materials in minutes.
LessonWriter is a simple, fast and free way to use authentic,
high-interest content to motivate students while delivering the
explicit language instruction that ELL's
need in both English and content-area classes. There are advanced
features that can differentiate instruction for multilevel classes and
class tracking features that will
automatically scaffold lessons.
Lots to do at the library
Public Library's calendar of events: http://www.provlib.org/calendar.asp
Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, dedicated
to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy,
numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge. On this site
will find information on all our activities, including:
Research and development projects http://www.nrdc.org.uk/projects.asp
Creative routes to specialist teacher qualifications http://www.nrdc.org.uk/creativeroutes
The Voices on the Page storybank is now live! Read all of the 640
stories here http://www.nrdc.org.uk/voicesonthepage.asp
Research reports and reviews http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=329
Latest e- newsletter http://www.nrdc.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=671
News and events http://www.nrdc.org.uk/news.asp
literacy site: http://www.google.com/literacy/
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI),
Refugees with Disabilities Program : Resource Guide for
Serving Refugees with Disabilities
available at http://www.refugees.org/DisabilityGuide
The guide, written for refugee case managers
and those serving refugees with disabilities, includes 139 pages of
information about resources for serving
adults and children with
disabilities, housing for refugees with disabilities, assistive
medical resources, citizenship and disability, benefits for
with disabilities and more.
If you have any questions or technical assistance needs, please
contact Xuan Nguyen, Director of USCRI Health and Human Services
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-347-3507 ext 3056.
RI Foundation online
directory - searchable by city/town,
intended field of study, current high school, and more. http://scholarship.rifoundation.org/
YouthBuild USA Learning
links to Web sites and
documents, and includes a section on "Authentic Materials/Engaged
and workshops - conferences and workshops
listed chronologically and are updated with each bulletin
Rhode Island - Training/events
for people with disabilities http://www.ric.edu/uap/trainin
￼ October 16th – RITELL conference at RI College,
8:45 – 12:15.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Maria Brisk, Professor & Chair, Lynch
School of Education, Boston College Uncovering the Secrets of English:
Using a Systemic Functional Linguistics
Pedagogy and these breakout sessions
Adult: Learning to Write Starts with Having Something to Say,
Andy Nash, Staff Development Specialist, New England Literacy Resource
World Education Center, Boston, MA
Secondary: Creating Effective Writers in the ESL Secondary
Classroom, Kim Lebrun-Steinberg, ESL Teacher, Bain MS, Cranston RI
& Hannah J.
Moore, ESL Teacher & Coordinator, Colegio Marymount, Morelos,
Details at http://www.ritell.org/
mini grants are now available to attend the national
COABE CCAE conference in San Francisco, on April 17-21,
Applicants will be informed of the status of their online
application by November 15, 2010. Winners will receive
complimentary conference registration valued at $350.
For more information: http://www.CCAECOABE2011.com
TEMAS FAMILIARES CONFERENCE
Avanzando en Tiempos Difíciles – Overcoming Difficult Times
Workhops are all in Spanish for parents, youth and child care
providers Saturday, October 23 PAIS / Cooley Academy 182 Thurbers
8:00 am – 1:00 pm - Keynote Speaker: Ramiro Serna
Supervised Activities For Children Ages 3-12 , General
Information, Gifts and Raffles
Transportation from Central Falls, courtesy of COZ-CF
Register online at http://temasfamiliares2010.eventbrite.com/ Or
to register and more information please contact:
Tania Quezada; Ready to Learn Providence 401-490-9960
Jackie Parra; Central Falls- COZ 401-727-6181 x 2
Rosa De Castillo; Lifespan- 401-431-5410 ext. 228, Lourdes
Pichardo ; 401- 301-5028
Yeimy Bakemon-Morel; Children’s Friend 401-721-6401
Workshops all in Spanish and include: Stress Management, Caring
for Children with Special Needs, Guiding Behavior, Budgeting, Ideas for
Children, Talking about Sex with Youth, Educational Activities,
and more; Teachers and providers can obtain DCYF credits or certificate
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.
2010 Learning Differences Conference,
Saturday, October 23rd at Providence College Registration Open
Conference Brochure & Registration http://highlanderdunn.org/sites/default/files/2010%20Conference%20Brochure.pdf
Speakers/topics include: Dr. Reid Lyon: Why Kids Can't
Read -- Challenging the Status Quo in Education -Dr. Lyon will explain
demonstrating why some children can't read, and present
educational and political strategies for correcting this personal and
Encouraging success stories for Beating the Odds and Changing the
Odds will articulate specific actions for turning around a reading
in children, schools, and the state. – and -
Rethinking Special Education, Dr. Reid Lyon, Understanding the
Reading Brain, Dr. Rick Solomon
Monitoring Reading of Adolescents, Dr. Andrea Kotula, ADHD, Dr.
Struggling Readers and the Law: Jon Anderson, Esq.,
Building RtI Practices in Math, Kristen Matthes
Advanced Word Study, Sally Grimes, Early Identification, Dr.
Terry Harrison-Goldman and Project Read, Nancy Raskind
Adult Learner Statewide Leadership Conference
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.
First Adult Learner
Conference No Community Left Behind Wednesday, November 3, Johnson &
Wales Inn, Seekonk MA, 9:00-3:00
Adult learners will have the opportunity to take part in three
Transition to College and Careers; Family Support and Literacy
and Leadership and Advocacy.
Our goal is to provide adult learners with the opportunity Our
goals is to provide adult learners with the opportunity to hear about
things that matter
to them, to learn professional skills and to network with
industry leaders of RI.
We need your help in recruiting adult learners, to coordinate
transportation and to ensure this first Adult Learner Leadership
Conference is a Success!
We will be sending an invitation with registration and workshop
information in September. For more information on the conference,
and to help make this a
successful conference, contact Wesley Garvin* at 401-527-4219 or
Space is limited If your agency cannot provide
transportation for your learners please contact STAND
Registration for the 4th annual Effective
Transitions in Adult Education Conference Nov. 15 - 16, at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence is open.
Please note that the registration fees is non-refundable.
Questions? Contact Priyanka Sharma at 617-385-3788 or email us
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.