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Thursday Notes for February 14, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


President's 2003 Budget Shifts Early Childhood Focus President Bush's FY 2003 budget request sent to Capitol Hill last week focuses on investments that the Administration expects to improve children's reading achievement most effectively. These include Title I and the President's literacy initiative, Reading First. The goal is to support reading practices proven effective, so that all children can read at grade level by the end of third grade. The budget requests $11.35B, up one billion from FY 2002 levels, for Title I to help raise student achievement in the nation's most impoverished communities. The Reading First program, initiated through the No Child Left Behind Act, funds states to support the most proven reading practices. The budget provides $1B for this program, a $100M million increase over FY 2002. It also includes $75M for Early Reading First, the same level as FY 2002, to develop model programs to help children in high-poverty communities prepare for school. Even Start is funded at $200M, a reduction of $50M from current levels.
From Point "ABE" to College Transition How can we help adult learners make a smooth transition to postsecondary programs? The New England ABE-to-College Transition Project can help. The project prepares GED and Adult/External Diploma Program graduates to enter and succeed in college. To date, the project has served 267 adults. Of entrants, 61% completed the 12-14 week transition course. Of completers, nearly three-fourths entered a postsecondary institution. The project grew from five to 21 programs this fall with a 2002 grant of $805,420 from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation which funded the effort last year. Programs offer instruction in reading, writing, math, and computers as well as education counseling. Peer mentoring is provided once learners are in college. Mentors help newcomers get acclimated to college culture and provide emotional support and guidance. Contact
Is Learners' Outlook Part of Adult Brains? Brains of learners as well as the rest of us may be hard-wired for negative or positive outlooks on life says new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported in the Washington Post. A region of the brain a few inches behind the bridge of the nose may be the neurological center that predisposes people to anxiety, irritability, anger and a range of other unpleasant moods. But take heart. The study's Vanderbilt University researchers say anxiety is often helpful to detect when you are in danger or taking too big a risk. The study is part of a broad effort to use imaging technology to pinpoint brain areas responsible for various emotions. To read the article, go to the Washington Post website and access the Health section for February 12,2002.
Online Resources on Disabilities If you're short on strategies for working with learning-and other-disabilities, try for some new takes on research to practice by the Institute for Community Inclusion. The Institute is based at Boston Children's Hospital with additional offices at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


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