Standards Implementation for ABE and GED Programs
March 27, 2009
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Building 4, Room 139
3023 Sunlake Blvd
Land O Lakes, FL
Assessments for ABE, ESOL and GED with Phil Anderson, Florida Department of
April 7, 2009
8:30 AM until 1:00 PM
information, contact Lisa Jones at 850-922-5343 X 246 or via email
Tutor Training Workshop
April 16, 2009
10 AM – 5 PM
April 16-18, 2009
April 17, 2009
8 AM – 4 PM
April 22, 2009
1 PM – 5 PM
Health Literacy Curriculum and Resources for ESOL, ABE & GED
April 27, 2009
4:45 PM –
Adult Basic Education Resources on Disabilities
This is a new site
focusing on improving the servuces provided to students with disabilities.
This site offers video and text stories on various subjects geared toward
adult learners. Users will need to register, but registration is free.
Tim Dorsey to Speak at Awards Banquet
York Times Best Selling Author Tim Dorsey will be this year's conference
awards banquet keynote speaker. Dorsey has written eleven
Florida-based action/mystery novels with a comic twist. His latest is
Nuclear Jellyfish. Read more on the author at
Florida Literacy Conference
Belleview Biltmore Resort,
wait! Take advantage of early registration prices. Conference registration
deadline is April 20, 2009.
your adult learners about the Florida Literacy Conference Adult Learner Day
to be held on May 6, 2009. For more information regarding this free program
Reserve your hotel room by April 15, 2009 to get the discounted rate of
$110. Reservations can be made by calling
the Belleview Biltmore Resort at 727-373-3000
Accessing Stimulus Funding For Adult Literacy
While the recently passed federal stimulus package did not include targeted
funding for adult education and literacy, there are a number of provisions
in the legislation that may provide access to resources for our field.
Among those provisions in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009
that may provide the most opportunity include:
State Fiscal Stabilization Fund
$39.5 billion will go to LEAs (local educational agencies) through states'
standard funding formula. Funds can be used for any authorized
activity in Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), IDEA, the Adult
Education and Family Literacy Act (aka WIA, Title II), or Perkins Act.
Learner Persistence: A New Study on Effective Practices
The New England Literacy Resource Center and World Education recently
released Making it Worth the Stay : Findings from the New England Adult
Learner Persistence Project.
This unique initiative studied student persistence strategies employed by 18
New England area programs. The goal was to improve adult learner
persistence and outcomes in order for adult learners to be able to meet
their educational and related life goals, and to thus strengthen workforce
development in New England.
This report details the persistence strategies and their outcomes by
exploring the four categories that roughly correspond to students’ phases of
participation in the program: 1) Intake and Orientation; 2) Instruction; 3)
Counseling and Peer Support; or 4) Re-engagement.
In addition to describing the specific strategies and outcomes that resulted
in each program, the researchers concluded that persistence can be improved
by addressing key adult needs, such as the need to feel competent or the
need for a sense of community.
Creating Participatory Photonovels: A Classroom Guide
Many students are multi-sensory learners. Creating a photonovel can help
those learners to better understand vocabulary and practice it in
conversation. A Photonovel is similar to a comic book, but it uses
photographs instead of drawings. The approach has been successfully spear
headed by the University of Victoria's ESL Program in Canada. For
information on photonovels go to
As the field of health literacy education is increasingly gaining visibility
in the Adult ESOL and Family Literacy domains nationwide, new materials and
resources are being developed and incorporated into curriculums to help
teachers and students achieve their health literacy goals.
Lessons for Living Well: Nutrition Education for Adult ESOL This
online resource was developed by the San Diego Community College District,
Continuing Education Adult ESL Program, in partnership with Sacramento
County Office of Education. The lesson is designed for Intermediate
and above level adult ESL learners with basic computer literacy skills.
Highly pictorial, with audio/video support, this interactive resource about
healthy nutrition, has a special focus on sodium and fat intake as it
relates to fast food choices. Students can work through multiple choice
quizzes to check their learning throughout the lesson, view videos, listen
to the correct pronunciation of key nutrition-related vocabulary while
learning basic definitions, as well as learn how to use nutritional charts
to make informed decisions about what to order at a fast food restaurant.
Workshops for Family Literacy Programs
Parental Information and
The FL PIRC is a federally funded project which provides free information,
resources and training opportunities on promoting parent involvement.
Examples of current workshops that are available to parents and staff
Families Reading Together
Effective Parent (Caregiver) Teacher Conferences
Helping with Homework
FCAT for Families.
For additional information or to arrange for a workshop go to
or call 727-523-1130.
New Estimates Show Unauthorized
’s new study of immigration trends shows that the growth of
the unauthorized immigrant population has fallen to 500,000 in the last
year,with a decreasing year to year trend since 2005. At the same time, the
inflow of undocumented immigrants fell below that of legal permanent
immigrants, which is reversed from previous years. Even
with the decrease in the incoming number of unauthorized immigrants, the
overall size of the population has increased more than forty percent since
2000. The most recent estimate, 11.9 million in March 2008, showed
that the unauthorized immigration population made up 4% of the overall