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Kaye Beall kabeall at comcast.net
Mon Feb 1 11:42:24 EST 2010


Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

February 2010

LINCS Resource Collections <http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A2-291604480>

Basic Skills


<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A2-291604482> Program Management

<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A2-291604485> Workforce Competitiveness


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 Resource Collection?

Many adult learners have employment goals, from preparing to enter the
workforce to improving skills that can lead to a better job. 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. Discussion lists also are available,
providing a forum through which you can 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

Additional workforce education resources, organized by career clusters or
occupational categories, can be found in the newly launched
<http://www.nifl.gov/pd/careerpathways> Career Pathways Instructional
Materials Library. Professionals in state adult education departments shared
these examples as online materials that their teachers use in the classroom
to build basic skills and prepare adults for success at work. Most of these
materials are not reviewed by the Collection's external content experts; an
asterisk marks those that have been externally reviewed and are also
available in the Resource Collection.

The new Career Pathways Instructional Materials Library includes, for
example, <http://www.valrc.org/publications/buildingbasics/#top> Virginia
Adult Learning Center's Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General
Construction, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing. This instructional
package covers four topics; each contains four or five lessons and includes
activities designed for different proficiency levels. Each lesson also
provides a facilitator guide and materials, and student handouts. While this
resource has not been externally reviewed, the
bs03.html> Embedded Learning Portal has been externally reviewed and is
included in the Workforce Education Collection. The United Kingdom
Department for Education and Schools developed this resource that includes
various work-related basic skills curricula embedded in the context of jobs
in specific industry clusters.

It is often difficult for teachers to integrate technology into their
bs04.html> Under Construction: Building Web Sites as a Project-Based
Learning Activity for ABE/ESOL Classes: Tips for Teachers offers some
simple, user-friendly guidance on using project based instruction and
technology to build a Web site with students. You might consider having
students in a work preparation class develop a Web site that includes
information on work skills. A project such as this would include content of
interest to adult learners and help them build communication, math, and
problem- solving skills.

How can I learn more about the Workforce Competitiveness Resource

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/>

What will I find in the New LINCS Resource Collections?

The three new
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 <http://www.nifl.gov/> Institute's Web site.

National Institute for Literacy
1775 I St. NW, Suite 730, Washington DC, 20006
(202) 233-2025


This message was sent by Kaye Beall, kaye_beall at worlded.org.

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