Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Adult Education and Literacy WeekAs part of the Educate & Elevate Campaign, COABE and NAEPDC are proud to support the National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week) which is taking place September 24-30, 2017! AEFL Week is an opportunity to come together as a field to celebrate adult education and raise our visibility with legislators, funders, and the community at large. There are a number of tools from the Educate & Elevate Campaign that have been developed to assist you and your state in your outreach efforts. Learn more about AEFL week here.

• Join the dedicated social media channels on Twitter and Facebook and campaign hashtags #educate&elevate and #AEFLWeek to support National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in September 2017.
• Share inspiring data sheets and fact sheets as well as riveting adult learner and employer success stories.
• Get on the COABE App, generously sponsored by Aztec Software, and share about what you are doing to promote Educate & Elevate and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

This week, thanks to a generous partnership with Aztec Software, COABE will hold its fourth Capitol Hill Day which will take place during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week on September 26, 2017.

21st Century Skills and Strategies: Integrating the English Language Proficiency Standards with Contextualized Task-Based Learning

During this day-long professional development session you will focus on how project-based learning expands and refines our learners’ 21st century skills as they use language “to collaborate on a plan, negotiate tasks, contribute ideas and constructive criticism, assess progress, and achieve consensus on various issues” relevant to the learner. (Finn Miller, 2010, p. 4). Building on the instructional shifts in the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards, you will have the opportunity to analyze and apply the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards’ integrated approach to instructional planning.

Facilitator: Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning


Audience: 
Teachers with Intermediate and Advanced Levels of English Language Learners

August 31st.    Registration at 8:30am, Training begins at 9am.   Lunch will be provided

Register Here!

Resources/Support for learners across the state:

Learners and practitioners are being impacted by the recent changes in federal and state responses to immigration and refugee programs.  Below are resources and links to reputable programs: guidelines, posters and phone #’s are available at each:

Literacy Resources of RI has a comprehensive set of resources  at: http://literacyresourcesri.org/advocate.html

“Know Your Rights,” from the ACLU website   https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights   Link to a series of their helpful, short videos (in English and Spanish) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB1VEwmoEpE&index=5&list=PLwfdTKcPlB5myPEc7qSjYkJo0CzEPQX6ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX_XOnesuvI&index=13&list=PLwfdTKcPlB5myPEc7qSjYkJo0CzEPQX6i

US Attorney’s Office of RI:  If you or someone you know has been the victim of an immigration raid or hate crime, report it!   Contact  Amy Romero, RI Assistant US Attorney  amy.romero@usdoj.gov

3 organizations in Rhode Island are accredited to provide immigration, citizenship and refugee services in the state:

Dorcas International Institute of RI:   Walk-in consultations M-F 9am-4pm at 645 Elmwood Ave, Providence on a first come first serve basis, or e-mail contact information (name, phone number and best time to call) to immigration@diiri.org for a free telephone consultation.   Immigration appointments can also be made by calling 401-784-8600.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence’s services and contact info is here:  https://dioceseofprovidence.org/immigration-refugee-services

Progreso Latino’s immigration, citizenship and consultation services information is available at: http://www.progresolatino.org/Immigration.html

The PDC is Hiring!

We are hiring a Workforce Professional Development Specialist with the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC)

This full time position runs through June 30, 2017, with the possibility of extension pending.

Purpose of Position:    To work as a team member to develop, coordinate, and facilitate quality professional development opportunities to meet the needs and strengths of adult education practitioners in Rhode Island as they transition to the new terms and conditions of a pending RFP and programmatic changes. This position will also focus on workforce and career pathways development within both the field of adult education and in the wider workforce system.

 

We seek a motivated individual to help reimagine and expand the system of AE professional development in Rhode Island.

 

Responsibilities:

The PD Specialist is expected to:

  • Work collaboratively as a team member to achieve objectives and deliverables outlined in the Professional Development Center’s annual Center work plan;
  • Participate in an ongoing work plan development process including conducting formal and informal PD needs assessments of the field;
  • Keep current in relevant area(s) of expertise and help ensure that PD Center trainings, workshops and related activities all reflect current research and best practice in the fields of adult learning and professional development;
  • In consultation with PDC staff, respond to individual requests from the field regarding area(s) of expertise;
  • Support the tracking and organizing of resources and documentation of PD activities using web based tools such as Google Apps, WordPress and social media;
  • Help represent the PDC statewide, regionally and nationally at conferences, professional organizations, task forces and the like;
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings;
  • Develop an annual Individual Professional Development Plan and annually review progress toward goals with supervisor;
  • Document all PD activities for which he/she is the lead and contribute to quarterly and annual reports as appropriate;

 

Minimum Requirements*:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and online communication skills;
  • Experience advising adults in postsecondary or community organizations;
  • Facilitation skills – ability to facilitate meetings, interact with a range of groups for a variety of purposes
  • Skilled at working in diverse and inclusive situations
  • Education: At least a bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred.
  • Knowledge of K12, adult, and higher education systems and community resources preferred.
  • A commitment to social justice and advocacy for the field
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, capacity to multi task, and a high energy level.
  • Ability to work with collaborative and social media tools: WordPress experience a plus

 

Closing Date:   Until position is filled

 

Submit letter of intent and resume to:

Jill Holloway         jholloway@riaepdc.org

c/o West Bay Collaborative

144 Bignall St,

Warwick, RI 02888

401-941-8353 x113

 

*West Bay Collaborative / Adult Education PD Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.

Timely Financial Literacy Resources

1. Free Tax Assistance flyers from United Way available:   English    Spanish

2. Citizens Bank has announced grants of up to $50,000 “to improve our neighbors’ financial literacy” to eligible non-profit organizations through a competitive funding process. From January 4 – January 29, 2016, applications will be accepted from nonprofits for financial literacy programs that teach good financial practices.  Apply today to be considered for funding.

Click here for one excellent financial literacy curriculum site from the Dallas Fed.  What curriculum do you use for your financial literacy program?

Thank You for A Successful Annual Conference!

To all who attended the Annual RI AE Conference on October 1st, we thank you for enthusiastic participation!  To all who also Presented in one of the 25 workshops, we thank you most especially: as your willingness to share your best practices and wisdom is key to the continual improvement in our field!

Please send any/all workshop handouts, ppts, etc., that you would like to share to us, and we will post them on the Conference 2015 page of this website.