[Numeracy 550] Announcement: October issue of LINCS Resource Collection News

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October 2010

LINCS Resource Collections

Basic Skills


Program Management

Workforce Competitiveness

LINCS Regional Resource Centers

Region 1

Kaye Beall

Boston, MA

<mailto:kaye_beall at worlded.org> kaye_beall at worlded.org

Tim Ponder

Kent, OH

<mailto:tponder at literacy.kent.edu> tponder at literacy.kent.edu

Region 2

Beth Ponder

Knoxville, TN

<mailto:baponder at utk.edu> baponder at utk.edu

Region 3

Paul Heavenridge

Oakland, CA

<mailto:pheaven at literacyworks.org> pheaven at literacyworks.org

Welcome to LINCS Resource Collection News!

In this edition, we feature the
<http://lincs.ed.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_skills.html> Basic Skills
Collection, which covers the topics of reading; writing; math and numeracy;
and health literacy. 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/Writing, Math and Numeracy, Health Literacy, or Diversity Discussion
Lists, go to <http://lincs.ed.gov/lincs/discussions/discussions.html>

We are happy to present the first approved Health Literacy resource in the
ls_abs54> Literacy and Health in America, by Rudd, Kirsch and Yamamoto. This
report explores the relationship between literacy and health by re-examining
a health-related subset of data from two large-scale surveys of adult
literacy (the NALS and the IALS). Researchers used the data and its analysis
to create a new Health Activities Literacy Scale (HALS), and to examine how
health literacy skills connect to health status, health disparities and
civic engagement. This report can be useful to adult education practitioners
by identifying and classifying the literacy skills that people need in order
to interact with health information. This can then help teachers address
health literacy in their programs and classrooms.

ls_abs52> Literacy and Numeracy for Adults: Make Sense of Numbers provides
materials for educators and adult learners on Learning Progressions (from
low literate to higher literate levels) for various math and literacy
topics. The website was developed by the National Centre for Literacy and
Numeracy for Adults in New Zealand. The "Make Sense of Numbers to Solve
Problems" section includes diagnostic questions to assist in determining the
level of students and 30 activities for use with students. Topics covered
include additive strategies, multiplicative strategies, proportional
reasoning, number sequence, place value, and number facts. One reviewer for
this resource stated "this is an excellent resource for teachers and tutors,
whether they are new or experienced in numeracy instruction."

<http://literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/Learning-progressions> Learning
Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, a resource from New Zealand,
provides a framework that indicates what adult learners can know and do as
they develop their expertise in literacy-Listen with Understanding, Speak to
Communicate, Read with Understanding, and Write to Communicate. The
progressions are not a curriculum, assessment tool, or lesson plan. They
are, instead, a set of progressions that can be used to develop or adapt
existing curricula, assessment tools, and learning activities. The
progressions are steeped in the research of Friere, Bourdieu and Vygotsky,
all foundational to adult education. The resource provides not only the
skills sets for each progression and each level, but also areas of study to
increase to the next level.

How can I learn more about the Program Management Collection?

Visit the <http://lincs.ed.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, <mailto:dcw113 at psu.edu> dcw113 at psu.edu and Dianna
Baycich, <mailto:dbaycich at literacy.kent.edu> dbaycich at literacy.kent.edu;
Math and Numeracy, Jean Stephens, <mailto:stephej2 at ohio.edu>
stephej2 at ohio.edu; Health Literacy, Julie McKinney,
<mailto:julie_mckinney at worlded.org> julie_mckinney at worlded.org.

What is LINCS?

LINCS is project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of
Vocational and Adult Education, 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://lincs.ed.gov/> http://lincs.ed.gov

What will I find in the New LINCS Resource Collections?

The three new
LINCS Resource Collections, expanded in 2010, 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://lincs.ed.gov/> LINCS Web site.

This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, through CFDA 84.2567T, LINCS
Regional Resource Center Grant No. X257T060001.

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