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July, 2006

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College Bound Adult Website

July 7, 2006

The ABE-to-College Transition Project just launched a new website called College for Adults ( ). The site guides adults through the whole college process - applying to school, taking college placements tests, setting career and educational goals, picking majors, etc.

It is an excellent resource for individual students as well as adult secondary classroom activities.

Feel free to pass this on to your local teachers


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Program Manager Job Opportunity

July 12, 2006


ProLiteracy Worldwide is accepting applications for a full-time Program Manager. This position is structured for telecommuting and is responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of the UPS-funded Volunteers in ABE Initiative Project as well as all reporting required for the project.

This project runs from mid-September 2006 through March 2008. Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., ed., mgt, etc.). Graduate degree preferred. A strong background in ESL/adult literacy/adult ed or volunteer program mgt. Experience in the development of resource materials for adult literacy practitioners. Experience with publicly funded Adult Basic Education programs preferred. Effective communication and public presentation/training skills.

Send resume to ProLiteracy Worldwide/ HR, 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210, or e-mail: . See website for a detailed job description, . Deadline for applications is July 17th. EEO


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Regional CoABE-Maine--October
July 12, 2006

Registration for the 2006 COABE regional "Institute by the Bay" is now OPEN!!

Some important things to note are:

Registration will be accepted on a first come - first served basis. The conference is a regional conference and may fill quickly with adult educators from across New England and the country. With this in mind, I encourage you to register early.

Several of the COABE strands are limited to the first 30 registrants, you will need to make your first and second choice for training strands. Also, please note that the deadline for early registration is September 15th. After this date a rather substantial late fee will be charged. The FINAL deadline for registration is October 2nd. No late registration will be accepted and there is no registration at the door.

The lists of Institute Strand descriptions are available on the web site.
Below is the list of available strands:
1. Administrative Leadership with Kathy Polis and Lennox McLendon, NAEPDC
2. Adult Learning Disabilities with June Crawford, NIFL
3. Assessment in the Adult Education Classroom with Ann Marie Barter and Valerie Sullivan
4. College Transitions Math with Pam Meader
5. Differentiated Instruction with Donna Lee, USM faculty
6. ESOL: Is it LD or Something Else? with Robin Schwarz
7. Public Policy and Advocacy with Bob Bickerton, Art Ellison, Silja Kallenbach and Andy Nash, NELRC
8. Reading: Vocabulary and Comprehension Instruction with Jane Meyer, STAR trainer
9. Wilson Reading with Judy Storer
10. Workplace Literacy with Melissa Dayton, Connecticut, CREC

This year there are several registration and payment options available.

The options are:
Register and pay online - using either a Purchase Order or Credit Card (MasterCard or VISA)
Register and pay using a hard copy of the registration form. With this option you can pay by Purchase Order, Credit Card, or Check. If using a check you must mail in your registration form and payment.

Each registrant MUST include an e-mail address on the registration form. Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail only!

To get information and/or register for the conference go to

If you have any questions please contact your COABE Regional Institute co-chairs: Connie Patton, COABE Region 1 representative,; or Evelyn Beaulieu, COABE Institute co-chair,

It's going to be a GREAT conference!! I look forward to seeing each of you in October!!

Evelyn Beaulieu, Director
Center for Adult Learning and Literacy
5749 Merrill Hall, UM
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-2413

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November Meeting Needs Assessment
July 12, 2006


November Meeting Needs Assessment

What topics would you like addressed at the November 14-17 State Directors Meeting in Bethesda Maryland? Please take a few minutes to complete this online survey to give the planning team your thoughts.

Please complete the online assessment by July 21, 2006.
The assessment is available at:

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Sandra Robinson (VT) Retires

July 25, 2006

I just talked with Sandra Robinson, Vermont State Director, about her upcoming retirement July 31st. Sandra is one of the senior members of the state director ranks and has made more contributions to our profession and to her colleagues than we can begin to count. Listening to the peace in her voice as she talked about post-bureaucratic activities is uplifting.

Sandra mentioned that her soon-to-be former job will be up for grabs and you can apply online at Vermont State Personnel. Please distribute this notice to those who might want to live in paradise.

Our best wishes, sincere thanks, and deep envy go to Sandra.

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