Literacy Resources/Rhode Island


Bulletin Archives

ESOL and  EL/Civics

Practitioner research


Learning, Dis/abilities

Links to resources
corrections education
intergenerational learning
workplace education

RI: learning centers and 
community resources

RI practitioner credential
and New Practitioner Orientation

literature and learning

Practitioner resources

Technology and Learning

women and literacy

trauma and learning

Writing from the field

Literacy Resources/Rhode Island was established in 1997 to: 
  • expand existing professional capacity within Rhode Island's adult education community;
  • increase educators' and learners' capacity to use and interact with online technology, and
  • assist in improving delivery of services to adult learners, thereby strengthening adult education provision across the state.
Supported by the RI Department of Education and the Swearer Center for Public Service, as part of an ongoing process of facilitating access to professional development, LR/RI worked  with practitioners and  learners  to identify areas of  expertise, and to support  practitioners'  ongoing learning. 

LR/RI's  work has  included  facilitating/publicizing teacher sharing sessions, development of inquiry projects, exploration  of issues and activities which include adult learners in meaningful ways, information dissemination through the bulletin and  the ongoing development and maintenance of this web site. Progress reports provde an overview of LR/RI's  work.

 In the spring of 2007, the Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Center (RI AEPDC, an affiliate of the David E. Sweet Center for Public Policy at Rhode Island College) began its work.  Based on a model developed with  field  input, this new center continues  much of LR/RI's work, while broadening its scope and capacity.   The AEPDC's website,, was launched in February, 2008. 

On September 1, 2011, the Center moved to its new home in Warwick, RI. 
Its new website
: PDC staff can be reached here.

This site remains intact as a resource for adult educators and learners.The RIAEPDC site contains more recent and ongoing news; this site exists increasingly as an archive and resource library, and as of November, 2015, is being actively edited and updated.

Call for participation: 2016 Adult Education Conference to be held September 29, at New England Tech (East Greenwich Campus).
Proposals due April 25, 2016. Questions? please contact Janet Isserlis.

2015 Adult Education Conference - October 1, at New England Tech (East Greenwich Campus of NEIT)

Rhode Island Adult Education Conference, April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Adult Education Conference, April 17, 2013   program, handouts posted

Rhode Island Adult Education Conference, May 24, 2012.  Handouts, links to resources available here

Advocacy and legislative activity fall within the broaders work of addressing systemic and specific issues pertinent to the  field  of adult education.  Both the advocacy and EL/Civics pages contain resources related to equity (health, access to  education, etc). 

STANDARDS -  a page addressing issues of standards development, assessment and outcome measures in the state.   The page also includes links to Rhode Island's content standards for adult education.

Adult Learners' Bill of Rights   -  1999  Rhode Island legislation.

Information about RI's New Practitioner Orientation here.

 RI Practitioner Credential, now the RI Adult Education Practitioner Standards for Instructors; background and an opportunity to share your feedback here.

This site was designed by Zachary Franklin and Janet Isserlis, maintained by Janet Isserlis, and hosted by
the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University.

last updated July 9, 2016

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