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Thursday Notes for August 15, 2002

A Factsheet from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Carol D'Amico at UN for International Literacy Day Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico will celebrate International Literacy Day September 5 by participating in a Leaders' Roundtable on literacy at the United Nations. Joining her will be the Mongolian Ambassador to the UN, the managing Director of the World Bank, New York's Mayor Bloomberg, and an adult learner. The UN Under Secretary General is slated to moderate the session. In addition to providing the learner for the panel, New York's Literacy Assistance Center partners with UNESCO and the International Literacy Network to celebrate the success of adult learners and literacy practice that day. It's not too late to plan your celebration. Contact Ron Pugsley
CA Listening Session in the Works OVAE is planning a listening session on reauthorization issues this fall at California's College of the Canyons campus near Valencia. This is just a ?heads up? since the session slated for late October is still in the planning stages. The official announcement with all the details is expected in the Federal Register in a few weeks. Contact Amie Amiot
AL: Doing Business in a New Location Alabama just announced it intends to transfer adult education and its supervision to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the administrative entity for the Alabama State Board. The transfer is to be completed by October 1, including moving several folks from Alabama's state department of education to the postsecondary agency, says Bob Romine, Assistant to the Chancellor.
The Science of Problem-Solving Skills: The Lighter Side Just what kind of skill is problem solving? Scientists at Oxford University's Behavioural Ecology Research Group recently got a glimpse of the problem-solving skills we all need. ?Betty? the crow astonished them by bending a straight wire into a hook and using it to get food from a container, they told Scientific American. Unsuccessful with the straight wire provided, Betty pushed the tip of the wire into a crack and bent it into a hook to get her goodies. She was able to repeat this skill nine out of ten times, using different techniques and making adjustments if her hook didn't work. May all our problem-solving efforts be that successful.

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