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The following links lead to information about:

Literacy, Language and Education

Related/other sites Resources in Spanish

Some of these links may overlap with content found on other pages throughout this site.  These links provide an overview of site useful and related to adult learning, teaching and knowing

Online resources -- Literacy, Language and Education

These links connect to other literacy-related sites. ESOL and English language literacy and learning are grouped together among these site listings, and also appear on their own page within this site.

Adult Literacy Education Wiki - participant-built site addressing a range of ideas and issues in adult literacy education.

Literacy - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Blackstone Valley Chapter of Rhode Island Arc - The Blackstone Valley Chapter provides services and supports to persons with mental retardation and their families

Casa Latina - A community program in Seattle providing education to help Latino seasonal workers become economically independent. Includes a number of very useful links. Site information is available in Spanish and in English.

Center for English Language Acquisition (CAELA, formerly the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE)

Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy

Education World monthly education-based site reviews

Email Projects Home Page

Equipped for the Future: Standards Development for System Reform, aiming to improve the adult literacy and life-long learning system so that every adult has the opportunity to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fulfill real-world responsibilites as a parent, citizen, and worker. Sadly, EFF has not moved forward as a national movement, but its resources continue to live lives of usefulness.(click here for more on standards).

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) links to all ERIC sites

Health Literacy - google search; a wealth of sites and information

International Council for Adult Education

LINCS-  formerly;four national sites linking regional programs and resources, including disucssion boards, regionally produced resources, and special collections, including civic participation and health and literacy

LiteracyLink is creating an integrated instructional system of video and online computer technology which will help adult students advance their GED and workplace skills. LiteracyLink also seeks to improve the quality of instruction provided to adult students by offering professional development resources and training to literacy educators, and provides general information to the public about literacy. 

Literacy Assistance Center New York City Resource for research and development on literacy in the U.S. and worldwide.

Literacy resources from

Literacy Tent - where collaboration lives.  Interactive hub and hosting site for literacy workers and agencies.  Go there.  Participate.

Literacy USA (formerly the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions) - "promotes and strengthens literacy coalitions as they create literate communities, thereby enhancing the quality of the lives of individuals and the vitality of our society."

National Adult Literacy Database  Canadian repository of full text documents, federal and provincial literacy organizations and massive resources

National Center for Research in Vocational Education 

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

NCLE provides access to a number of resources related to literacy learning for adult and children whose first langauge is not English, including NCLE Digests, concise overviews of numerous topics and issues.

National Coalition for Literacy  organization striving to "advance adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the U.S. by increasing public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs; promoting effective public policy; and serving as an authoritative resource for the field on national adult education issues."

National Institute for Literacy

New England Literacy Resource  Center - "home base" for the New England Literacy
Resource Center's (NELRC's) Internet and technology initiatives

The Education Alliance - Promoting educational change to provide all students with equitable opportunities to succeed.  We focus on district and school improvement with special attention to underperformance and issues of equity and diversity.

Ohio Literacy Resource Center

Office of Vocational and Adult Education - Adult Education and Literacy Programs and Funding. Federal stats and links to the rest of OVAE

Rhode Island Department of Education

SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support)

Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research on Adult Eudcation - links to international adult education resources and institutions.

Tesol Online -including links to publications, advocacy information and professional development for teachers of English speakers of other languages.

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Links to related/other sites

These links will bring you to sites that may have no explicit connection to literacy, but can give you a sense of the wide range of information available on the internet. Learners and practitioners have interests beyond 'literacy' per se; as well, literacy connects to all of these sites, sooner or later, in one way or another. Please feel free to suggest other sites to add to this page.


RI. gov: Rhode Island Government

Rhode Island Secretary of State's Public Information Kiosk

Track legislation, identify your legislators, learn what's happening at the State House.

Govtracker  - searchable database of all RI state and local  public bodies with contact information, membership, open meetings   information, regulations information, upcoming elections and more.

State Of RI General Assembly, includes links to information about state laws, including an explanation how a bill becomes law.

US Dept of Education - Grants and Contracts - information and links to the Federal Register and more

ETA -Welfare to Work - US Department of Labor, Employment and Traning Administration site containing information about welfare legislation and welfare to work programming

Fed Stats

Over 70 agencies in the US Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use. 

Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs and Resources

Moving - The  Electronic Policy Action Network .(formerly  EPN) an electronic policy network) "... information and ideas about national policy and politics." Includes links to entities working on issues surrounding education, civic participation,, health, families and welfare.

NHeLP- The National Health Law Program is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people

LR/RI's page devoted to welfare issues

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Aboriginal Youth

Careers in the Common Good

    Links to education job listings and programs from the Swearer Center's Careers in the Common Good site
The Center for Documentary Studies

Community Development Handbook -  introductory guide to community development and capacity building; designed primarily for those who have an interest in community development but who may not have an in-depth understanding of the concept, the process or the resources available across Canada. 

CTCNet- The Community Technology Centers' Network 

DARE: Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Providence, Rhode Island


Gimme Shelter! A Resource for Literacy and Homelessness Work by Betsy Trumpener for The Literacy and Homelessness Project St. Christopher House Adult Literacy Program, 248 Ossington Avenue Toronto, Ontario Canada M6J 3A2 (416) 539-9000

George Wiley Center - advocacy, poverty issues in Rhode Island

KidsCampaigns - comprehensive website providing information and tools for people to act on behalf of kids, from volunteering to voting.

Build-Com, a listserv established in Philadelphia by the Institute for the Study of Civic Values, to build a national network of people active in community organizations, human service agencies, the private sector,and government sharing ideas and information on strengthening neighborhoods and encouraging civic engagement throughout the country. Build-Com is the email list associated with Neighborhoods Online: National

Popular education:Education for social change - sites culled by

Paulo Freire - Brazilian educator whose practice has inspired and moved progressive adult literacy practice around the world. 

Racial Intervention Story Exchange  - repository where students, teachers, employees, managers, and other concerned people can exchange stories of the ways in which they have intervened across racial lines.  This repository contains encouraging and cautioning stories from other ordinary people, of all ethnicities, that describe what they saw, how they responded, and what resulted. 

The Right Question Project - a grassroots Somerville, MA-based organization developing and implementing educational and training strategies for people who have traditionally been disengaged from decision-making processes that affect them. Participants acquire concrete analytic and critical thinking skills that allow them to ask 'the right questions' to enable them to advocate for themselves, to participate in decision-making processes that affect them and their families, and to hold those decision-makers and decision-making processes accountable."

Stop the Hate resources

Teaching Tolerance

Tripod: Tools for Life

Web networks community- Canada's online home for social change


Rhode Island Community Jobs (RICOMJOB) is a public e-mail announcement list that seeks to raise the profile of meaningful work in Rhode Island by helping non-profit and public interest employers publicize openings effectively. Anyone seeking a job that makes a difference in Rhode Island can join the list.  Any non-profit, government or private sector employer advertising a paid position related to the public interest or community 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 job as an employer go to:

Rhode Island Community Jobs is supported by the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and the Rhode Island Campus Compact.  If you have questions about this service, please contact us at

Jobs in Literacy posted at the NIFL/LINCS site


Some of the sites also listed here can also be found at the Careers in the Common Good site; these sites address funding, volunteerism and other related issues.

Action without Borders/Idealist.oth

    "Action Without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations sharing ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives."

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Corporation for National Service

The Foundation Center Online

    "Serving the information needs of grant seekers and grant makers" with extensive links to grant-related resources
Funding exchange - social change philanthropy

Grants and Contracts - resources compiled by the National Institute for LIteracy

Volunteer Match - access to information about volunteer opportunities 

The Providence Plan Neighborhood Profiles - demographic and other data (useful for general knowledge and for grant/needs stats)

The Rhode Island Foundation

Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for Successful Grant Writing - While written for K-12 educators, contains useful information and resource sites

US Department of Education: Grant and Contracts Information - including grant and funding announcements from the Federal Register and a searchable database

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The Boston Globe

ColorLines The nation's leading magazine on race, culture, and organizing

Cursor - making sense of corporate media, with numerous links to alternative news and information sources

Education Week

The Nation Digital Edition

MSNBC cable news site

Providence Journal Bulletin


Race Traitor

Re:constructions: Reflections on humanity and media after tragedy

Rethinking Schools - a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials,advocating "the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice."

New York Times

Red Ink - A Native American  Student Publication

WJAR - Channel 10 


Cybertimes Navigator - the NY Times' Selective Guide to the Web from Navigator; "the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find a useful set of links of their own. Its secondary purpose was to show people that there's a lot of fun and useful stuff going on out there."

A Guide to Getting Started on the Internet


Washington Post : TechNews

For more internet resources, please  see Technology and Learning

Searching the Internet

To find information on the internet, you need a search engine.,, (Ask Jeeves), and are four of many; others are also described at Internet 101 on this site.

Add a Site

To suggest a site to add to this page, please contact Janet Isserlis at Literacy Resources/RI.

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last updated November 29, 2015

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