Student Involvement and Critical Thinking in Adult Literacy July 7 – 14, 2008

Discussion Announcement

Dear Colleagues:

What do you do in your teaching that empowers students? Why do you do that? Why does it matter?

Beginning July 7 – 14, 2008 the Adult Literacy Professional Development List will host a guest discussion of Student Involvement and Critical Thinking in Adult Literacy. Join our guests, Cynthia Peters, Editor of The Change Agent, and Marty Finsterbusch, Executive Director of VALUE, to share issues, strategies, and resources for instruction and staff development.

This discussion is the first in a mini-series of guest discussions this summer and fall on Literacy for Social Change. Join us now to plan instruction and staff development for fall.

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-- I hope you’ll join us! Until then...Jackie

Discussion Resources

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About Our Guests

Cynthia Peters is the editor of The Change Agent, a magazine focused on fostering critical thinking and student engagement.

Cynthia Peters is a former ESOL and ABE teacher with a union-based program. She is also a long-time community activist who has been involved in tenants’ rights, anti-war, and many other struggles. As the editor of The Change Agent, she brings her teaching experience together with her activism and works to create materials that give students the tools to think critically about issues that affect them and their families.

Marty Finsterbusch is the Executive Director of Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate (VALUE), a national adult learner leader organization.

In 2001, Marty Finsterbusch was appointed VALUE's first Executive Director. VALUE, is the only national nonprofit adult literacy organization in the U.S. governed and operated by current and former literacy students. Under his leadership, the organization has developed and delivered leadership training throughout the U.S.; conducted five biennial National Adult Learner Leadership Institutes; and achieved national prominence as the authority on learner involvement in adult literacy. In 2008, VALUE launched its Social Change Initiative, which calls for the modernization and expansion of adult basic education in the U.S. to better serve our nation's 90 million low-literate adults.

Since 2000, Marty has served on Pennsylvania's Adult Basic and Literacy Education Interagency Coordinating Council, having been appointed by three Governors. During his National Institute for Literacy Fellowship in 2000, Marty studied adult learner involvement in all 50 states. He has served on the governing boards of several national and state organizations including the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE), Laubach Literacy Action, and Pennsylvania's State Coalition for Literacy.

Before becoming VALUE's Executive Director in 2001, Marty worked 17 years in food service at Villanova University, supervising a staff of 80 employees. He entered a local literacy program as an adult learner in 1984 and then earned a degree in Hotel-Restaurant Management. Marty became the Student Coordinator of his local literacy program in 1986, after which he served ten years on its board of directors. Since 1987, Marty has been a planner, speaker, and workshop presenter for numerous national, regional, and state conferences throughout the U.S. Marty is married and has three daughters, ages 14, 12, and 6.

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