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May, 2004

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Final Application for Technology Assistance from TECH21, May 28, 2004
small line Reflection on Teaching and Learning, May 21, 2004
small line Health Literacy Impact, May 19, 2004
 
Do You Want Technology Assistance From TECH21?, May 14, 2004

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Congratulations! To YOUR new 2004-2006 Executive Committee Members, May 10, 2004

 

Final Application for Technology Assistance from TECH21
Project STAIT
May 28, 2004

To apply, use the attached form:
For further information, review the text below. 

On Wednesday night, April 21, 2004, in Columbus, we presented the opportunity for states to receive technical assistance and work together to expand the use of technology in their programs through TECH21, the OVAE-funded National Technology Laboratory for Literacy and Adult Education developed by the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania with NAEPDC partnership. 

Each state may chose a unique set of activities, but we benefit by working together. This project is tentatively called the State Technical Assistance for the use of Information Technologies (STAIT). 

If you are interested in participating in this TECH21 NCAL/NAEPDC initiative, please email your application to Noreen Lopez (lopezns@comcast.net), with cc to Lynda Ginsburg (ginsburg@literacy.upenn.edu) by June 4.  If you want to talk with Noreen about it, please call her at (703) 824-9395; Lynda may be reached at (215) 746-6737.  Remember, your commitment to TECH21 will include:

  • Summer 2004—Conduct a Technology Audit in Your State  

  • Form a State Technology Workgroup to:

  • Help you design the audit

  • Identify the instructional  and/or professional development need(s) that your available technology can address

  • Design your Technology Audit with help from TECH21

  • Conduct the Audit to identify the technology and knowledge that is currently available for you to take advantage of

  • Match your available technology with needs and products

  • September 2004— First STAIT meeting—in Washington, DC (at TECH21 expense if possible, but budget depends on actual number of participating states) or electronic meeting
     

    • Develop a technology plan and prepare for a  pilot activity in the area of learner instruction and/or professional development

  • November 2004—Second STAIT meeting— at NAEPDC National Training Institute PreConference

  • Analyze progress and adjust pilot activities if necessary. Report on audits, technology plans, and pilot activities to other state staffs.

  • Years 2004-05 (expenses expected to come from participating states)

  • Continuation of STAIT Workgroup activities

  • Pilot tests of your technology approach for meeting needs     

  • Planning for going to scale state-wide 2005-06 
     

We look forward to working with you. 


 
Reflection on Teaching and Learning 
May 21, 2004

Every now and then you come across a brief article that helps you reflect upon your work.  This research brief will do that for local program managers, teachers and tutors by providing a basis for staff members 1) to discuss factors that contribute to student success and 2) to check to see how they are considering the elements of each of the four variables.

In fact, in many instances, adult learners may need more help with “time, structure, and support” than youth.  

Because we have many multi-level, multi-subject classrooms, we might substitute “individual student learning plan” for “curriculum” but other than that, this framework could stimulate valuable discussions.  I hope you find it helpful.  It comes from PEN (Public Education Network) Weekly NewsBlast for May 21, 2004.

HELPING TEACHERS FOCUS: FOUR VARIABLES FOR SUCCESS
Every student has unique learning needs. This makes teaching both exciting and challenging. The dynamics of teaching and learning are complex with many intervening variables that affect success.  The things that teachers can change to help students learn can be organized around four variables: time, structure, support, and complexity. Each student has unique needs for each variable, and their needs change depending on the subject, the topic, and even the day.   But all students need these four things in
differing amounts and with differing intensities in order to be successful in learning. This research brief examines these four variables and offers practical ways that teachers can use and adjust them to help students achieve success.
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/images/loyd/snap13.pdf


 Health Literacy Impact
May 19, 2004 

Lynn found this recent report on health literacy by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and thought you might be interested. 

The following is from a press release dated April 8, 2004:

"The nation's estimated 90 million adults with lower-than-average reading skills are less likely than other Americans to get potentially life-saving screening tests such as mammograms and Pap smears, to get flu and pneumonia vaccines, and to take their children for well child care visits, according to a new evidence report released today by Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ commissioned the evidence review at the request of the American Medical Association.

People with a low level of literacy have difficulty reading newspapers and other simple information such as directions for taking medications or hospital discharge instructions. They are also more likely to be hospitalized, which may be because physicians are concerned about the patients' abilities to follow basic instructions and care for themselves at home when they are sick."

The full text of the report can be found online at:

http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/evrptpdfs.htm#literacy

A summary can be found online at:

http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/litsum.htm

The full press release is available on line at:

http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2004/litpr.htm

 
Do You Want Technology Assistance From TECH21?

Project STAIT
May 14, 2004

On Wednesday night, April 21, 2004, in Columbus, we presented the opportunity for states to receive technical assistance and work together to expand the use of technology in their programs through TECH21, the OVAE-funded National Technology Laboratory for Literacy and Adult Education developed by the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania with NAEPDC partnership.

Each state may chose a unique set of activities, but we benefit by working together. This project is tentatively called the State Technical Assistance for the use of Information Technologies (STAIT).

If you are interested in participating in this TECH21 NCAL/NAEPDC initiative, please email Noreen Lopez (lopezns@comcast.net), with cc to Lynda Ginsburg (ginsburg@literacy.upenn.edu) by May 21 to indicate your interest in participation.  If you want to talk with Noreen about it, please call her at (703) 824-9395; Lynda may be reached at (215) 746-6737.  Remember, your commitment to TECH21 will include: 

l        Summer 2004—Conduct a Technology Audit in Your State

l        Form a State Technology Workgroup to:

l        Help you design the audit

l        Identify the instructional  and/or professional development need(s) that your available technology can address

l        Design your Technology Audit with help from TECH21

l        Conduct the Audit to identify the technology and knowledge that is currently available for you to take advantage of

l        Match your available technology with needs and products

l        September 2004— First STAIT meeting—in Washington, DC (at TECH21 expense if possible, but budget depends on actual number of participating states) or electronic meeting

l         Develop a technology plan and preparation of subsequent pilot activity with support of NAEPDC and NCAL staff

l        November 2004—Second STAIT meeting— at NAEPDC National Training

                  Institute PreConference

l        Analyze progress and adjust pilot activities if necessary. Report on audits, technology plans, and pilot activities to other state staffs.

l        Years 2004-05 (expenses expected to come primarily from participating states)

l        Continuation of State Technology Workgroup activities

l        Pilot tests of your technology approach for meeting needs

l        Planning for going to scale state-wide 2005-06

l        Consultation services provided by NCAL and NAEPDC 

We look forward to working with you. 

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.


Congratulations! To YOUR new 2004-2006
Executive Committee Members

May 10, 2004

We would like to congratulate the new chair elect, treasurer, and the five at-large members who have agreed to serve on the executive committee of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education for a two-year term beginning in July 1, 2004.  Voter participation was excellent and there were a number of closely contested positions.  Results of the election follow:

2004-2006 Elected Executive Committee Members
Robert Bickerton – MA, Chair- Elect
Treasurer – Jennifer Foster - IL
Rebecca Dyer - ME
Linda Warner – IN
Barry Shaffer – MN
Steve Coffman – MO
Israel David Mendoza - WA

 Continuing Executive Committee Members
Vicki Bauer – NE

Patricia Bennett – MD
Debi Faucette – LA

Mary Ann Jackson – WI
Randy Whitfield – NC – Immediate Past Chair

In addition, we would also like to thank the outgoing members for their commitment and dedication during their two year terms.

Departing Members
Amy Iuzi- AK
Shirley Spencer - Idaho
Reecie Stagnolia - KY
Shauna South-Utah

 

Contact us: Dr. Lennox McLendon, Executive Director; 444 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422; Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-5250; Fax: 202-624-1497; Email: lmclendon@naepdc.org

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