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Thursday Notes for July 11, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb

Fires Block AZ, CO Programs Raging wild fires in AZ and CO shut down some adult education programs and destroyed the homes of several teachers, state and local adult educators say. In AZ, Northland Pioneer College, one of our funded programs, had to cancel classes temporarily in Show Low and Heber and locations on the White Mountain Apache Reservation due to the fires. Make up sessions are now under way. Also because of the fires, one EL class slated to run until July 23 closed June 25. In CO, homes of two teachers working in the Colorado Mountain College program in Glenwood Springs were destroyed by the Coal Seam fire, now contained. The fire closed the program for several days and its space became an emergency center. The Cortez program in southwest was on alert, and Durango and Ignacio programs were concerned because of the advancing Missionary Ridge fire. Contact, or
OVAE Funds Reauthorization Papers from Field OVAE is funding up to ten innovative policy papers addressing key issues to improve adult education by providing more access as well as increasing the quality and efficiency of services. Selected papers of 20-25 pages will present creative, forward-looking approaches addressing issues such as instructional delivery, capacity and accountability. Papers must link research to practice and policy. Each must offer specific recommendations on federal policy for the issue discussed and comment on how existing laws and programs should be modified or eliminated. Applicants must submit a two-page abstract as well as a budget for each paper by August 2. OVAE will notify bidders of their status in early September and papers will be due October 2. For details, contact Rebecca Moak.
DOL Gives $17. 5M to Help Grass-Roots Groups DOL announced this week $17.5M in grants to 12 states and 29 organizations to link faith-based and community groups to One-Stops. Grants to states totaling $12M support innovative programs to create One-Stop partnerships with faith-based and community groups, while nine nonprofit agencies get $5M to assist these groups. Also, 20 grants of up to $25K go to small organizations to link to local One-Stops. Literacy grantees in this category include AZ?s Camp Verde Adult Reading Program and WA?s Mason County Literacy in Shelton.
Report Recaps Keys to Alternative Assessments If you?re working on--or using--alternative assessments to measure learning gains in adult education, see the requirements for sound alternatives set out by the National Research Council. The Council just released its recap of an OVAE co-sponsored workshop on designing effective alternative assessments. Read it online or buy it there at a 20% discount.

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