[Numeracy 424] Announcement: July 2010 Issue of LINCS Resource Collection News

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Kaye Beall kabeall at comcast.net
Wed Jul 7 10:32:36 EDT 2010

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

July 2010

LINCS Resource Collections <http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A5-077981469>

Basic Skills


<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A5-077981471> Program Management

<http://www.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?A5-077981473> 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_skills.html> Basic Skills
Collection, which covers the topics of reading, writing, math, and numeracy.
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 and family literacy programs and classrooms.

What's New in the Basic Skills Collection?

Students need a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and numeracy to
be successful in GED preparation, in work readiness programs, and in
post-secondary education and training. The resources in the Basic Skills
Collection that will assist in providing this foundation include research
articles, materials and curriculum based on research, and discussion lists
that can be used to ask questions and share ideas. To subscribe to the
Reading and Writing, Math and Numeracy, Health Literacy, or Diversity and
Literacy Discussion Lists, go to

ls_abs18.html> The Role of Vocabulary Instruction in Adult Basic Education,
by Mary E. Curtis, is a research article that presents approaches to
vocabulary instruction that have proven to be effective. Curtis first
describes four hypotheses that explore the relationships between vocabulary
and reading comprehension. Relying on research on children (due to a
paucity of research on adults and vocabulary), Curtis identifies several
effective instructional practices: direct instruction, differentiation of
word meanings, promotion of word consciousness, and engagement in wide
reading. Although the article does not provide "how to" strategies, Curtis
provides recommendations for practice, research, and policy.

<http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/readwrite> The Reading and Writing
Discussion List recently focused on the effectiveness of Word Study as a
vocabulary instruction strategy for adult students. Donita Massengill-Shaw
was the guest moderator for this lively and informative online exchange.
This discussion has been archived and can be found at

If you would like to participate in a guest discussion with Mary Jane
Schmitt in August 2010 on the
<http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/numeracy/> Math and Numeracy
Discussion List, take a moment and sign up now. To learn about previous
topics that have been offered, visit the
<http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/numeracy/2010/date.html> archives.

Speaking of math, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has
ls_abs49> Money Smart-A Financial Education Program to help adults outside
the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive
banking relationships. This resource offers many lessons that can be used in
a math class, as well as in reading and writing instruction. The
curriculum's ten modules are available free in CD form (ordering information
is on the Money Smart website) or can be downloaded. The instructor-led
version is available in English, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Vietnamese,
Russian, and Spanish. The online version is in English and Spanish. There
is also a version of Money Smart developed specifically for youth ages

How can I learn more about the Basic Skills Collection?

Visit the <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_skills.html>
Basic Skills Resource Collection for additional resources. Contact these
Basic Skills 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: Reading and
Writing, Drucie Weirauch, dcw113 at psu.edu and Dianna Baycich,
dbaycich at literacy.kent.edu; Math and Numeracy, Jean Stephens,
stephej2 at ohio.edu; and Health Literacy, Julie McKinney,
jmckinney at worlded.org.

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

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

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