WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.

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These are publications developed by WE LEARN. We also feature a few items from some of our members or past presenters.

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Our Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women’s Learning in Li

Editors: Mev Miller & Kathleen P. King
Information Age Publishing, 2011

Women’s lives are often written on our bodies. Yet very little is made of the impacts of embodiment for women in literacy education, both learners and professionals. Our Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women’s Learning in Literacy  presents the writings of 26 contributors—teachers, students, and administrators—who examine the rich terrain of personal and professional experiences related to whole person engagement in learning and teaching.  These writings provide a compass to guide readers through the bodily landscapes, mindful flights, willful spirits, and emotional embraces. 

Written with the same desire to open minds, hearts and practices to new understanding, this book builds on the successful style of Empowering Women through Literacy (2009). This new volume appeals to all readers, as the essays, poems, and investigations woven through its pages challenge us to consider the emBODYment of women’s learning. Join us on the journey as we travel across many arenas and discover significant ways to comprehend and support best practices in teaching and learning, especially for women.

Paperback: 978-1-61735-638-4 | Hardcover: 978-1-61735-639-1 | E-Book: 978-1-61735-640-7

Price: $39.99

Member Price: $34.00

$39.99

Women’s Perspectives #6: We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society

Published in 2011

wp6 cover smWe Are Here (Women’s Perspectives Issue 6) showcases writings by adult literacy/basic education learners across all levels, including transitions/developmental education students. In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Are Here: How I Add Value to Society.”

  • In what ways were you successful before you came back to school? What would you like others to know about those experiences?
  • What are your best qualities? How are they helping you continue your education? How might they help you in the future?
  • What contributions have you been making to society (e.g., organizing in your neighborhood, leadership in your church, helping at your child’s school)? How are you already valuable to your community?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as family, community involvement, work experiences, mentoring, immigration support, and educational achievements and goals. The writings show strength, courage, hope, determination, love, kindness, respect and many other attributes demonstrated by adult learners who add value to local and global communities.

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Download Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue #6

Some of the pre-writing suggestions have links to resources on the internet. For your convenience, we have listed them all here as well.

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Available for Purchase: Regular Price: $5.00 |  Member Price $3.00
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Women’s Perspectives #5: What Would You Do? Creative Ideas for Difficult Times

Published in 2010

wp5 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with visioning a different world. They were asked to consider questions such as these:

  • What would a “better world” look like to you? What would you do to make this happen? How do women leaders change the world?
  • What are the most pressing issues affecting women today? And what would you do to address one or many of these issues?
  • In a position of authority or as a decision-maker, what would you do to solve the big issues of the day where you live or work?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as literacy and education, homelessness, legal reforms, family and community violence, immigration, racism, addictions, parenting, and many other personal and social issues. These writings explore personal experiences as well as provide solutions both small and large.

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Download Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 5

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Women’s Perspectives #4: Transition / Transformation

Published in 2009

wp4 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with making changes in their lives. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as choice, metamorphosis, support networks, life transitions, confidence and self-understanding, and educational pursuits.


WE LEARN received 100 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 62 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

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Download Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 4.

These are links to articles and photos in order referenced in the activities.
Article by Esther Eisner
Picture Prompts - Select the photo title to see a full-color version of the pictures included in the Pre-Writing Activities.
Boardwalk    |   Covered Bridge   |   Butterfly   |   Feet on Beach    |   Sunset

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Women’s Perspectives 3: Women & Money

Published in 2008

wp3 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to write on the broad diversity of issues related to women and their experiences with money. Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as finances, class, security, income, work, and other everyday issues related to women’s lives as affected by money.


WE LEARN received 93 writings from students across the United States and Canada. They represented a range of topics and writing proficiency. This collection showcases 58 of those writings. The selection committee chose writings that best represented the theme. They also considered voice, clarity, heart, and writing technique.

Download Full Issue (pdf version – 8.3 mb)
Download Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue 3

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Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience

Editors: Mev Miller & Kathleen P. King
Information Age Publishing, 2009

Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience is the first comprehensive collection of writing from the field by everyday educators who experience the joys and challenges, creativity and barriers to acknowledge or integrate innovative solutions to support women’s learning needs in adult basic education and literacy settings. It reveals the many ways in which addressing women’s empowerment through literacy continues to impact lives.

Download Table of Contents & “Revealing the Structure of the Book” 

Praise for Empowering Women Through Literacy

… the book is more than a collection of experiences; it challenges readers to rethink their conceptions of women’s empowerment, social change, and the goals as well as the limitations of literacy education. Perhaps breaking hearts is an appropriate aim for a book such as this, as it invites us to open our hearts as well as our minds to this challenge. – Elizabeth Hayes, Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, Spring 2011

One important lesson this book offers the layperson is a warning that, increasingly, the affective, motivational, and community aspects of literacy learning are being sacrificed to a more narrow, skills-based approach.…The caution suggested by this book is that a narrow approach is simply not effective for adult women; it marginalizes them, as it does their teachers. For teachers in adult literacy programs, Empowering Women Through Literacyprovides support as well as a fund of ideas for teaching and learning. Martha Kaplan, Feminist Collections (v. 31, nos. 1–2, Winter–Spring 2010)

Price: $39.99

Member Price: $34.00

$39.99

Laboring to Learn: Women’s Literacy & Poverty in the Post-Welfar

altLorna Rivera, Ph.D. University of Illinois Press, 978-0-252-07555-1, 2008

Throughout this study, the voices and experiences of formerly homeless women challenge cultural stereotypes about poor women, showing in per­sonal and structural terms how social and economic forces shape and restrict opportunities for low-income women of color.

Lorna Rivera, UMass-Boston, is a founding member of the WE LEARN Board of Directors.

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$26.00
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Teaching & Learning with Women's Perspectives: A Resource Kit

Developed in 2009. Edited by Mev Miller with he Women's Perspectives Committee

This Resource Kit is FREE to Current WE LEARN members both individuals and organizations. To receive your complete copy, contact info@welearnwomen.org and we will email it to you in a pdf document.

If you are not a member and would like a copy, we encourage you to join us. Otherwise, you may purchase it for $20.00.

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$20.00

Women and Literacy: Moving to Power and Participation

altWomen’s Studies Quarterly, 32 (1 & 2), Edited by Mev Miller, Founder of WE LEARN with Ilene Alexander, The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1558614729, 2004.

In this volume, researchers raise significant questions about literacy and women, identity, and power. Both U.S. and international perspectives are represented through essays, personal accounts, and poetry illuminating common frustrations and accomplishments shared by adult women learners and practitioners around the world. The contributors also reveal contradictions inherent in literacy programs as governmental pressures threaten women’s ability to experience their education as anything other than preparation for employment and as women’s need for appropriate, relevant learning materials continues to grow. Complete with an annotated bibliography of important resources, this comprehensive study of literacy education and women is as invaluable as it is timely.

$22.00
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Women Leading Through Reading: A Guidebook for Discussion and Ac

altWomen Leading Through Reading©Discussion Circles provide an alternative learning environment using group reading, facilitated discussion, and reflective writing for women in adult basic/literacy education services. This Guidebook provides valuable information for programs and communities that would like to initiate Women Leading Through Reading Discussion Circles in their area.

Women Leading Through Reading© Discussion Circles are adaptable to all kinds of programs for learners at most levels. We have developed a manual, Women Leading Through Reading: A Guidebook for Discussion and Action to get you started. We can also work with you to develop a training or workshop. In 2009, we adapted the program to include more writing. This program, “Women Raising Voices: From Reading to Writing,” uses past issues of Women’s Perspectives in order to encourage student’s to develop their voice and communicate their thinking through writing.

$20.00
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The Change Agent #19: Women & Literacy

Published in 2004

The Change Agent: Adult Education for Social Justice, News, Issues, and Ideas is published semi-annually by The New England Literacy Resource Center. Issue #19 was co-edited in 2004 with WE LEARN members. In this issue, students have written about how they de­fine women’s issues for themselves. Read about the challenges women face and the strengths they bring to the literacy classroom. This issue also includes articles from teachers & lessons you can use in class to explore these issues further.

$5.00
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Women's Perspectives #7: Women & Communication

Pubished in 2012

wp7 cover smWomen & Communication (Women’s Perspectives Issue 7) showcases writings by adult literacy/basic education learners across all levels, including transitions/developmental education students. In the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to think and share their ideas on this theme. Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What does it mean to communicate? How do we communicate?
  • What is technology? How does technology affect our communication?
  • How do we communicate through storytelling? How do we tell or communicate our family stories?
  • How does writing our memoirs communicate our life stories to others? What memoirs have meant the most to you?
  • What are some challenges to communication, and how do you overcome them?

Through personal stories, poems, opinion essays, advice, or other forms of writing, students addressed issues such as family, community involvement, work experiences, mentoring, immigration support, and educational achievements and goals. The writings show strength, courage, hope, determination, love, kindness, respect and many other attributes demonstrated by adult learners who add value to local and global communities.

Download Front Matter with Table of Contents   |   Pre-Writing Activities and lesson plans for Issue #7

Regular Price: $6.00 | Member Price: $4.00
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$6.00
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Women's Perspectives #9: Women Celebrate the Future

Published in 2014

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This issue showcases original writings and artwork by adult literacy/basic education students across all levels. Student writers and artists  shared ideas on the theme “Women Celebrate the Future.”

  • What success do you dream about? How do your dreams guide you to grow and change?
  • What accomplishments will you make? Who motivates you to succeed? What are you willing to do to succeed?
  • What does it take to be successful? What great things will women achieve in the future?

Download Pre-Writing Activites for Issue #9

Printed with Issue #8 - Double Issue to Celebrate WE LEARN's 10th Anniversary
Price: $12.00 | Member Price: $10.00
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$12.00
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A place to write and reflect with inspiring thoughts to encourage all writers.

This journal book features inspirations and photos of WE LEARN members who attended the 2010 Annual Gathering. This is a great gift for all aspiring writers.

We LOVE this idea from one of our members:

"One of my commitments to myself is to be more conscious & intentional about my money & budget. I've been using my WE LEARN journal for this. It's the perfect format! I record hard data (income, expenses) on the lined pages, & on the facing blank pages, I record my intentions, goals, & affirmations. It's proving to be an incredibly fun & useful tool. Thanks for creating it."

 

80 pages
Pages are with and without lines [see sample]
5.5 x 8.5
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A place to write and reflect with inspiring thoughts to encourage all writers.

This journal book features inspirations and photos of WE LEARN members who attended the 2010 Annual Gathering. This is a great gift for all aspiring writers.

We LOVE this idea from one of our members:

"One of my commitments to myself is to be more conscious & intentional about my money & budget. I've been using my WE LEARN journal for this. It's the perfect format! I record hard data (income, expenses) on the lined pages, & on the facing blank pages, I record my intentions, goals, & affirmations. It's proving to be an incredibly fun & useful tool. Thanks for creating it."

 

80 pages
Pages are with and without lines [see sample]
5.5 x 8.5
Spiral Binding

Prices:
Regular: $8.00 ea
Members: $6.00 ea
Bulk (Members ONLY): 6 for $35.00 | 12 for $65.00

$35.00

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A place to write and reflect with inspiring thoughts to encourage all writers.

This journal book features inspirations and photos of WE LEARN members who attended the 2010 Annual Gathering. This is a great gift for all aspiring writers.

We LOVE this idea from one of our members:

"One of my commitments to myself is to be more conscious & intentional about my money & budget. I've been using my WE LEARN journal for this. It's the perfect format! I record hard data (income, expenses) on the lined pages, & on the facing blank pages, I record my intentions, goals, & affirmations. It's proving to be an incredibly fun & useful tool. Thanks for creating it."

 

80 pages
Pages are with and without lines [see sample]
5.5 x 8.5
Spiral Binding

Prices:
Regular: $8.00 ea
Members: $6.00 ea
Bulk (Members ONLY): 6 for $35.00 | 12 for $65.00

$65.00

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A place to write and reflect with inspiring thoughts to encourage all writers.

This journal book features inspirations and photos of WE LEARN members who attended the 2010 Annual Gathering. This is a great gift for all aspiring writers.

We LOVE this idea from one of our members:

"One of my commitments to myself is to be more conscious & intentional about my money & budget. I've been using my WE LEARN journal for this. It's the perfect format! I record hard data (income, expenses) on the lined pages, & on the facing blank pages, I record my intentions, goals, & affirmations. It's proving to be an incredibly fun & useful tool. Thanks for creating it."

 

80 pages
Pages are with and without lines [see sample]
5.5 x 8.5
Spiral Binding

Prices:
Regular: $8.00 ea
Members: $6.00 ea
Bulk (Members ONLY): 6 for $35.00 | 12 for $65.00

$8.00

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altWomen’s Studies Quarterly, 32 (1 & 2), Edited by Mev Miller, Founder of WE LEARN with Ilene Alexander, The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1558614729, 2004.

In this volume, researchers raise significant questions about literacy and women, identity, and power. Both U.S. and international perspectives are represented through essays, personal accounts, and poetry illuminating common frustrations and accomplishments shared by adult women learners and practitioners around the world. The contributors also reveal contradictions inherent in literacy programs as governmental pressures threaten women’s ability to experience their education as anything other than preparation for employment and as women’s need for appropriate, relevant learning materials continues to grow. Complete with an annotated bibliography of important resources, this comprehensive study of literacy education and women is as invaluable as it is timely.

$19.00
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Women and Literacy: Moving to Power and Participation

altWomen’s Studies Quarterly, 32 (1 & 2), Edited by Mev Miller, Founder of WE LEARN with Ilene Alexander, The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1558614729, 2004.

In this volume, researchers raise significant questions about literacy and women, identity, and power. Both U.S. and international perspectives are represented through essays, personal accounts, and poetry illuminating common frustrations and accomplishments shared by adult women learners and practitioners around the world. The contributors also reveal contradictions inherent in literacy programs as governmental pressures threaten women’s ability to experience their education as anything other than preparation for employment and as women’s need for appropriate, relevant learning materials continues to grow. Complete with an annotated bibliography of important resources, this comprehensive study of literacy education and women is as invaluable as it is timely.

$22.00
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altWomen Leading Through Reading©Discussion Circles provide an alternative learning environment using group reading, facilitated discussion, and reflective writing for women in adult basic/literacy education services. This Guidebook provides valuable information for programs and communities that would like to initiate Women Leading Through Reading Discussion Circles in their area.

Women Leading Through Reading© Discussion Circles are adaptable to all kinds of programs for learners at most levels. We have developed a manual, Women Leading Through Reading: A Guidebook for Discussion and Action to get you started. We can also work with you to develop a training or workshop. In 2009, we adapted the program to include more writing. This program, “Women Raising Voices: From Reading to Writing,” uses past issues of Women’s Perspectives in order to encourage student’s to develop their voice and communicate their thinking through writing.

$15.00
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altWomen Leading Through Reading©Discussion Circles provide an alternative learning environment using group reading, facilitated discussion, and reflective writing for women in adult basic/literacy education services. This Guidebook provides valuable information for programs and communities that would like to initiate Women Leading Through Reading Discussion Circles in their area.

Women Leading Through Reading© Discussion Circles are adaptable to all kinds of programs for learners at most levels. We have developed a manual, Women Leading Through Reading: A Guidebook for Discussion and Action to get you started. We can also work with you to develop a training or workshop. In 2009, we adapted the program to include more writing. This program, “Women Raising Voices: From Reading to Writing,” uses past issues of Women’s Perspectives in order to encourage student’s to develop their voice and communicate their thinking through writing.

$20.00
Member

WE LEARN Bookmarks (Member Dozen)

This bookmark was written by Diana Hunter (the first adult learner to participate on the WE LEARN Board of Directors) and her peers at the San Diego Continuing Education ECC Campus. It provides a beautiful and direct statement of our mission.

Price: $7.00 per dozen

MEMBER Price: $5.00 per dozen

$5.00

Women’s Perspectives #10: Messages

Published 2015

messagesWomen’s Perspectives # 10: Messages showcases original writings and artwork by adult literacy/basic education students of all levels. Student writers and artists were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “Messages.”  

  • What messages have you received? 
  • How have you seen the effect of negative messages?  
  • What positive messages have you received?  How have they inspired you to grow and change? 
  • What messages do you send?  What messages do you want to send?  How can those messages help you or help others in the future?

Download Pre-writing Activities and Lesson Plans
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Available for Purchase: Price: $10.00 | Member Price: $8.00
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$10.00
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Women's Perspectives #8: We Succeed

Published in 2013

wp8 cover smIn the call for writings, student writers were encouraged to reflect and to share ideas on the theme “We Succeed." Sample questions in the activities included:

  • What successful women do you know? What successful women have you heard about? How have they inspired you to grow and change?
  • What accomplishments have you made? Who motivated you to succeed? How will this help you in the future?
  • Tell the stories of great women who have made a difference. Share your success. Share the successes of those around you.

Download Pre-Writing Activities

Printed with Issue #9 - Double Issue to Celebrate WE LEARN's 10th Anniversary
Price: $12.00 | Member Price: $10.00
To order in bulk (10+copies), please contact us directly: info@welearnwomen.org

$12.00
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