[Numeracy 353] Announcement: May 2010 Issue of LINCS Resource Collection News

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Kaye Beall kabeall at comcast.net
Fri May 7 11:49:00 EDT 2010











<http://www.nifl.gov/>
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)




May 2010










LINCS Resource Collections <http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A3-508188143>


<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_skills.html>
Basic Skills

<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_planning.html>

<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A3-508188154> Program Management

<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_workforce.html>
<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A3-508188172> Workforce Competitiveness



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LINCS Regional Resource Centers

Region 1

Kaye Beall

Boston, MA

kaye_beall at worlded.org


Tim Ponder

Kent, OH

tponder at literacy.kent.edu


Region 2

Beth Ponder

Knoxville, TN

baponder at utk.edu


Region 3

Paul Heavenridge

Oakland, CA

pheaven at literacyworks.org




Welcome to LINCS Resource Collection News!

In this edition, we feature the
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_workforce.html> Workforce
Competitiveness Collection, which covers Workforce Education, English
Language Acquisition, and Technology. Each month, Collections News features
one of the three LINCS Resource Collections - Basic Skills, Program
Management, and Workforce Competitiveness - and introduces research-based
resources that you can use in your adult basic education and family literacy
programs and classrooms.




What's New in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection?

Resources in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection - research-based
products and materials, and research papers - can help you expand and
improve work-based, basic skills classes offered to adults. Additional
workforce education resources, organized by career clusters or occupational
categories, can be found in the <http://www.nifl.gov/pd/careerpathways>
Career Pathways Instructional Materials Library. Discussion lists also are
available, providing a forum through which you can interact with experts,
ask questions, and share ideas with colleagues across the country. For free
subscriptions to the Workforce Competitiveness, Technology and Distance
Learning, and Adult English Language Acquisition discussion lists, go to
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/discussions.html>
http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/discussions.html.

A recently added resource in Workforce Education is a guidebook,
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/abstracts/workforce/RC_work_a
bs77> Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy, which
addresses the essential skills needed in the workplace to improve or
maintain the skills needed to stay competitive. Both businesses and literacy
providers can learn from this guidebook that includes assessments,
checklists, and templates useful in planning work-based literacy programs.
Although this resource focuses on incumbent workers, it also suggests that
employers consider competencies that might be needed in the future for
workers within their industries or businesses.

Not all adults are easily transitioned to work. A recent discussion on the
Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List focused on this issue. From April
12-16, 2010, guest Chris Warland of the National Transitional Jobs (TJ)
Network discussed TJs as a strategy designed to help people with multiple or
substantial barriers to employment get and keep jobs. TJ uses time-limited,
wage-paying jobs combined with support services to transition adults to the
competitive labor market. Several list subscribers are continuing the
discussion with a social networking group to support each other in planning
TJ initiatives within their programs. Posts, beginning with post #2220, can
be read in the archives at
<http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/workplace/2010/date.html>
http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/workplace/2010/date.html.

Resources in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection often focus on
work-based learning; however, some resources are more general. For example,
a recently added resource in the English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Collection,
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/abstracts/workforce/RC_work_a
bs56.html> Teaching Grammar to Adult English Language Learners, provides an
introduction to a research-based rationale for teaching grammar within a
meaningful context. Experts who reviewed this resource reported that it
gives "an extremely clear explanation of Focus on Form" as a strategy,
strategies for integrating form and meaning, and several activities that
incorporate explicit and implicit grammar instruction.

Adult English Language Learners with little or no previous education are a
growing population in English as a second language (ESL) classes. The Adult
ELA Discussion List hosted a discussion on "Literacy Development of ESL
Beginners: Observations and Analyses from the NCSALL ESL Laboratory
Classrooms" from April 12-16, 2010, addressing this issue. Guests, Kathy
Harris and Dominique Brillanceau, discussed what they learned working with
learners with emerging literacy at the ESOL Lab School at Portland State
University ( <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=987> http://www.ncsall.net/?id=987).
Videos of classes were made available online and provided examples of the
challenges these learners - many without previous education - faced as they
learned to "do school" while learning a new language.

You may want to explore resources in the Technology Collection when
considering the use of technology or distance learning when planning
instruction for learners.
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/abstracts/workforce/RC_work_a
bs67> Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for
Independent Online Learning, for example, reports on a study undertaken to
investigate the levels of literacy and language proficiency needed for adult
learners to undertake independent online learning. One key recommendation
was that teachers should facilitate learners' introduction to independent
learning environments, explicitly teaching and modeling the skills they will
need to use in self-directed learning. The author was a guest on the
Technology and Distance Learning Discussion List last year and gathered much
of the information included in the report's section on learning from the
field from subscribers' comments.


How can I learn more about the Workforce Competitiveness Collection?

Visit the <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_workforce.html>
Workforce Competitiveness Collection for additional resources. Contact the
Workforce Competitiveness Collection content experts for additional
information and to learn more about the resources, technical assistance, and
professional development opportunities that are available at no cost:
Workforce Education - Wendy McDowell, <mailto:wlm12 at psu.edu> wlm12 at psu.edu
and Priscilla Carman, <mailto:psc3 at psu.edu> psc3 at psu.edu; English Language
Acquisition - Blaire Willson Toso, <mailto:bwt121 at psu.edu> bwt121 at psu.edu;
and Technology - Tim Ponder, <mailto:tponder at literacy.kent.edu>
tponder at literacy.kent.edu.


What is LINCS?

LINCS is a service of the National Institute for Literacy, providing online
information and communication networks for adult and family literacy
practitioners. LINCS' offerings include Discussion Lists, Regional Resource
Centers, the Collections, and training opportunities. Learn more about
LINCS on the Web site: <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/>
http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/

What will I find in the New LINCS Resource Collections?

The three new
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/resource_collections.html>
LINCS Resource Collections, expanded this year, are comprised of items that
have completed a rigorous internal and external review. Use these resources
directly in the classroom or to guide development of customized programs and
classes. You can find more information about the new Resource Collections on
the Institute's Web site: http://www.nifl.gov <http://www.nifl.gov/>



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