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August, 2006

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Note From Cheryl Keenan

August 4, 2006

AEL and NAEPDC are working jointly to assess your interest in specific topic areas for OVAE's Annual State Director's Conference in November. Like last year, DAEL prepared a quick and easy "boomer-rang" survey. Last year, OVAE had a 93% return rate and the survey was invaluable in making the conference a success.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and hit the return button. The survey expires at 5 pm Pacific Time on Friday, August 11

Go directly to the URL at

Please help to make this year's conference meet your needs.

Thank you
Cheryl Keenan


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Aloha in April

August 7, 2006


Aloha in April

Our colleagues in Hawai’i are hosting a regional CoABE meeting next spring.

CoABE Regional Conference
April 20-21, 2006, Friday and Saturday
Hilton Hawaiian Village

Attached are a flyer and a poster that were distributed by COABE.

Ann Mahi and her staff encourage you to send this announcement to your local programs so they can put the dates on the calendars.

Along with concurrent sessions/training strands they will be hosting a Friday evening cultural event. So in addition to excellent training, participants will also enjoy the islands, the culture and great people! MAHALO!

(MAHALO means “thank you” in Hawaiian for those studying HSL.)



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Project Manager Position

August 7, 2006

Project Manager

Full-time position responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of the performance accountability project as well as all reporting required.

This project runs through April 2009. Bachelor's in a relevant field (e.g., ed., mgt, etc.). Graduate degree preferred. Demonstrated success in literacy or ABE program management and implementing accountability systems. Experience in the development and delivery of professional development for adult education and literacy practitioners. Contracting experience with trainers and materials developers a plus. A minimum of three years experience in project management. Excellent written and oral communication, and public presentation skills. Must have team-oriented working style. Strong word processing skills required. Structured for telecommuting if outside central New York. 10-15% travel required.

Send resume to ProLiteracy Worldwide/ HR, 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse,
NY 13210, or e-mail: See website for information
about ProLiteracy Worldwide and a detailed job description,

Deadline for applications is August 15th. EEO


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August 9, 2006

NIFL is sponsoring a webcast on the next release of the National Adult Literacy Survey data. This one is on “basic and below basic”-the two lowest levels.

Here is the announcement.

Join the National Institute for Literacy for a LIVE webcast on:
Adults with Basic and Below Basic Literacy Levels: Findings from NAAL and Implications for Practice.
Featuring Dr. Sheida White, Dr. John Strucker, & Brian Bosworth, and moderated by Lori Aratani

WHEN: August 15, 2006
1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST

The webcast can be viewed from your computer. We encourage you to register in advance. To register for this webcast go to: <>

For more information about this webcast, go to: <>

(Jo Maralit at NIFL added: You can also point to: If you are interested in watching it live, you can register at this page. If you are not able to watch it live, we'll have it archived a week or so after the event.)


The National Institute for Literacy is hosting a live webcast on Tuesday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003, specifically relating to Americans who tested in the Below Basic and Basic literacy levels. The webcast will feature Dr. Sheida White, of the National Center for Education Statistics, who served as project officer for the NAAL, who will present the findings of the NAAL for Below Basic and Basic levels. In addition, there will be a panel of subject-matter experts who will discuss what implications the NAAL findings for Below Basic and Basic adults will have on programs. The panelists include John Strucker, of the National Center for Adult Literacy and Learning, will discuss basic skills; and Brian Bosworth, of the consulting firm FutureWorks, will discuss implications for workforce programs.

The live webcast will feature:

* Dr. Sheida White directs the National Assessment of Adult Literacy at the National Center for Education Statistics (or NCES). After working as a full-time reading researcher for 6 years, she joined NCES in 1991. During the first 8 years at NCES, she monitored the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Since 1999, she has been directing the NAAL project. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Language in Society and Reading Research Quarterly.
* John Strucker, Ed.D., is a Lecturer in Education and Research Associate at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He teaches a laboratory practicum course at Harvard, "Developing Reading in Adults and Older Adolescents," and he has been the principal investigator on two large-scale assessment projects, NCSALL's Adult Reading Components Study (ARCS) and the joint NCSALL/ETS Level 1 Study.
* Brian Bosworth is the founder and President of FutureWorks, a private consulting and public policy research firm in Belmont, Massachusetts, that builds regional institutions and strategies for economic growth, workforce education, and civic improvement.

The webcast will be moderated by Lori Aratani, Education Staff Writer at the Washington Post.


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August 9, 2006

Play a role in re-shaping Adult education in Vermont! Join the Division of Lifelong Learning to lead our Adult Education and Literacy team working to integrate adult education services throughout Vermont. We are seeking an individual with strong communication, collaboration, team building and organizational skills to provide leadership in the in the area of Adult Education and Literacy. This position will supervise an in-house team and work extensively with the statewide contract and service providers, and represent the team in both regional and national forums. This work will include working with the Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning to set policy and budget priorities, establishing productive working relationships with the field, day to day operations, state and federal reporting, and an ability to excite people to move toward the statewide vision for adult education. The successful candidate will possess initiative, creativity, and work history to demonstrate credibility with partners; previous background and experience in Adult Education and Literacy desired.

To apply please go to:

Vermont State Personnel --

Click: View Job Postings

Click: Education & Library Services

Scroll to: Education Programs Coord II , Reference # 22344


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