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September, 2004

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small line Program Improvement Inquiry, September 14, 2004

ESOL Roundtable HELP
September 24, 2004

Because of the massive challenges states are facing with the influx of non-native speakers, the Professional Development Committee has added an ESL Roundtable session to the New Orleans National Training Institute.

 Do you have resources to help with the topics below?

 ESOL Roundtables in New Orleans

 Pre-literate ESOL Students: 

Ø      What is available in curriculum, methodology, and professional development for ESOL students illiterate in their native language?

Multicultural Classrooms: 

Ø      What is available in curriculum, methodology, and professional development for managing ESOL classrooms that are comprised of students from a variety of cultures—including those that use characters rather than an alphabet?


Ø      What strategies are there to help ESOL student’s transition to ABE, GED, Careers, TOFEL, and post-secondary?

Can you help with any of these roundtables?  If so, please email me at with your contribution.  Thanks.

REGISTRATION REMINDER:  If you have not registered yet for the National Training Institute, go to our web site, lower right hand corner, in the green box, and click on the National Training Institute.  You will find the draft agenda and hotel and institute registration links there.


Free Resources
September 22, 2004

As a reminder, there are a number of free resources for State Directors on our website ( under “Publications.” 

1State Adult Education Management and Leadership Functions:  A Self Assessment.  This guide helps you assess your accountability, professional development, financial, staffing, local application, marketing and student recruitment, and instructional systems to identify where to improve your program services. 

2.  Going to Scale:  This guide helps you plan and implement state initiatives with worksheets for planning and pilot testing new strategies and integrating them state wide. 

3.  Coordinated Funding Streams.  This guide steps you through the process of identifying other agencies with which to partner, developing interagency agreements, and planning coordinated projects.  The appendix lists seventeen other federally funding programs with whom you might wish to partner.  It includes their legislation, purpose, funding, target populations, allowable expenditures, performance indicators, and federal contact so you can talk with them in their language. 

These documents are in WORD format so you can download them and adapt them to align with your policies and preferences.   

Just go to and click on “Publications.”  Also, check the “Resource Library” for other resources

Up-to-date Provider Information
September 15, 2004

 Among the ongoing challenges for you or your resource center are:

1) managing up-to-date 800 number or web site where potential students and partners can find accurate information about your local programs and

2) keeping up-to-date addresses of all of the providers.   

NIFL (the National Institute for Literacy) in collaboration with Verizon, DOL and ED have updated the web-based American Literacy Directory (ALD) to respond to some of those needs.   

A couple features of the updated ALD:

  • Local providers have to update their information annually, so you do not have to chase them down. 
  • States can mange and control their records including adding information fields to those required of the providers
  • Someone from your office (or someone you select) validates each listing before it is entered into the system.
  • You can generate targeted mailing lists or email blast to your programs.

If these features sound interesting to you, look over the announcement below and take a look at the website.  You may get in touch with Jaleh or Mary Jo also.  Their contact information is at the bottom of the announcement.

“Washington, DC; September 8, 2004 - The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) announced yesterday the launch of the newly redesigned America's Literacy Directory (ALD) website <> offering end-users an upgraded experience to quickly find reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, skills assessment, basic technology skills, learning disability contacts, volunteer opportunities and much, much more.  

America's Literacy Directory (ALD) is a national directory of literacy service providers available via the Internet and the National Institute for Literacy's toll-free number. The ALD connects employers, learners, volunteers, social service agencies, and others to current information about literacy service providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  

For more information on the new features and how ALD can work for you, go to:

Program Improvement Inquiry 
September 14, 2004

One WIA asset is the focus on program improvement.  However, we have little information regarding how states are developing and implementing program improvement plans. 

Beth Bingman and Mary Ziegler from the University of Tennessee Center for Literacy Studies are gathering that information to share with you as well as prepare an article for Review of Adult Learning and Literacy

Attached ( )is their cover letter and a ONE PAGE ELECTRONIC SURVEY to begin collecting that information.   

Simply type in the responses and hit the SUBMIT button at the end to send the information to Beth and Mary. If you prefer, you can copy the survey and mail it back to Beth. 

We appreciate their gathering this information and sharing it with us.



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