WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

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  • Workshop handouts 2012

2012 Workshop Handouts

Workshop Handouts 2012 Conference

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Being Safe in the Online World
Erik Jacobson and Erika Smith
ejAlthough the internet provides wonderful resources, it has also created some risks for users. Many people are aware of the need to take precautions when shopping online, but there are other concerns as well. For example, online activity can result in a loss of privacy, and in some case it can impact personal safety. In this workshop, we will discuss these issues and we will present some strategies and resources for keeping yourself and others safe when online. Erik Jacobson is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University. He has worked in adult basic education for more than 15 years as a teacher, researcher, and professional developer. Based in Mexico, Erika Smith has trained civil society organizations and activists on strategic and secure online communications since 1992. Her work with the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Programme includes campaigning with Take Back the Tech! - using technology and the internet to end violence against women.

Being Safe in the Online World

Cell Phones: A Mobile Learning Lab in Your Pocket
Nell Eckersley with Teri Walker by Mobile
In this hands-on workshop participants will experience firsthand the magic of mobile learning. How can it be used in a learning environment? Why digital literacy must be included among our skills to be truly literate in today’s world. We will review a number of social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Google voice etc) that can be utilized with cell phones and share lesson plans that outline how to use them with learners. If you have a cell phone, please bring it. However, those without cell phones are still welcome to attend. Nell Eckersley is the director of New York State Education Department’s Regional Adult Education Network in New York City and moderator of the LINCS Technology and Distance Learning Discussion List. Before her tenure as Aberg Center for Literacy’s executive director, Teri Walker worked in software implementation and IT support management where she first learned the importance of accessible technology training.

ESL On-Line Tutoring is a Click Away!
Alice Samkoe
Take a tour of the Regina Public Library’s ESL Online Tutor Training Tool. Volunteer tutors will appreciate the convenience and flexibility that comes from using this Online Tutor Training. A leaner-centered, theme-based approach that integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking is presented along with tips on cross-cultural communications. Individuals and organizations are welcome to access this freely available site no matter where you live. Learners are welcome. We are in the lab, but if you have your own laptop, please bring it. Alice Samkoe, an adult educator, is the Literacy Programming Supervisor, Regina Public Library. She has fourteen years of experience with ESL language Learners as a program facilitator and an administrator.

Everyone Can LEARN
Heather Lash
You are not alone if you think that everybody else can learn but you. Sometimes it might seem as though you will never get anywhere. But you can. In this workshop we will show you a brand new tool that will help you to see what gets in the way of your learning. Heather Lash has been working in adult literacy for many years, both in community-based and college settings. She is a researcher and writer on issues surrounding the impacts of violence on learning; much of her recent work in curriculum is found in the student kit "Helping Myself Learn" at www.learningandviolence.net. She is currently an instructor in upgrading/access programs at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.

The Forgotten Countryside: Where is the On-Ramp to Learning?
Kathleen P. King & Rebecca Puigkpk-c0yjo
Join us for an exciting session about how many literacy, GED, ESOL, migrant and rural people in the USA cannot access education, employment, job searches, health education, etc because they lack technology access. Learn about barriers to technology access, and latest information on the topic. Also participate in small group discussions to share your opinions about issues and solutions. The final activit and materials show how to apply this to improve technology and learning access. Kathleen P. King, Ed.D., is professor of higher education at University of South Florida, Tampa. In 2011 was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, at University of Oklahoma. Dr. King's major areas of award-winning research have been transformative learning, professional development, instructional technology, distance learning and diversity. Rebecca Puig has been at University of South Florida (USF) for over twenty-three years in various capacities and joined the field of research administration in 1999 as a computer programmer analysis for the Division of Patents & Licensing. She holds an MS in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies and will be pursuing her PhD.

Integrating Leadership Development into an ESOL Classroom
Jeff McClelland
Based on the presenter's experience teaching ESL to Latina members of 2 San Francisco community-based organizations that promote women's leadership and civic participation (Mujeres Unidas y Activas and The Women's Building), this workshop will explore ways to integrate leadership development into a beginner or intermediate ESL class. The workshop will examine what leadership skills are and how the teacher, the curriculum and peer student teachers can help students gain skills and confidence in applying them. Jeff McClelland has recently moved to Boston from San Francisco where he taught ESL in the K-12 school system, at adult schools and with community-based organizations.

Introduction to Skype
Shellie Walters
tech-talkHave you heard about free video/phone calling via the computer? Come find out how to create your own free Skype and what you will need to do it. In this workshop, you will learn the basic functionality of Skype and the benefits of using Skype. Also learn: how to create a profile and setup your account on Skype; add other users; create groups; connect your Facebook friends in Skype; and place both regular phone calls as well as video calling. Shellie Walters is an Adult Learner Leader and a member of the WE LEARN Board of Directors.

Lessons from Mrs. Towne’s House: The Essential Role of Poetry for Adult and Young Adult Learners
Tzivia Gover
In this workshop participants will learn how they can use poetry as a vital form of self-expression, self-empowerment, and as a tool for building academic competence and confidence in the classroom. Participants will also have an opportunity to write poetry in a fun and nonthreatening atmosphere. In addition, presenter Tzivia Gover will offer anecdotes and information about her experience teaching poetry to teen mothers, as recounted in her new book LEARNING IN MRS. TOWNE’S HOUSE. Tzivia Gover is the author of Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House (Levellers Press). She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. She teaches poetry at The Care Center, in Holyoke, MA.

Mothering and the Media: Where Seeing Should Never Be Believing!
Lauren Abraham
Mothering and the Media: Where Seeing Should Never Be Believing!; explores media images of mothering and questions how these images place unrealistic expectations on women. We will explore the history of mothering and discuss how the media portrays mothers and perpetuates myths and expectations that can lead to feeling inadequate, conflicted, or defeated. Do we really want to Keep Up With The Kardashians? NOTE: This presentation is 30-minutes. Lauren Abraham is a junior in the Social Work Program at Bridgewater State University. She returned to college in 2011 after seventeen years! Lauren is a wife and mother.

Online Learning Made Simple: A Guided Tour
Katie Schisa
There are many resources for teaching and learning available online. How do you sort through the masses to find what is best for you? Let a librarian help! In this workshop, you will take a guided tour through several FREE web-based resources for adult learners, tutors and instructors, and program managers. The session will feature the all-new ProLiteracy Education Network, as well as other online resources used in developing ProLiteracy’s Life Links Digital Literacy program. Katie Schisa is Director of ProLiteracy’s Life Links digital literacy program. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University, and also serves as ProLiteracy’s organizational librarian.

Our Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women's Literacy
embody-coverMev Miller & Kathleen P. King, Co-Editors with contributors , Donna Jones, Gail Wood Miller, Geraldine Cannon Becker, Julia Zoino-Jeannetti, Lenore Balliro, Lynn Trudeau, Marie Doerner, Stacie Evans
Join contributors to the recently released book Our Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women's Literacy who will discuss their writings. This anthology helps women (and men) to understand women's whole selves in learning. Writers use their experiences to show the important connections between our bodies, minds, spirit, and emotions.

P.A.W.S. for Thought=Keys for Communication
Geraldine Cannon Becker, Jessica Becker, Angel Dionnegb-presenters
Participants will actively explore author Purpose, Audience awareness, Writer motivation and Subject presentation (PAWS). In this workshop we will learn basic tools, tips, and techniques to communicate our ideas better. Whether we use paper or the latest technology, everyone needs to PAWS for thought and get their hands on Keys for Communication. Geraldine Cannon Becker, Associate Prof. of English and Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is faculty advisor for SAGES (the Student Association for Greater English Studies); Founding Editor of the Aroostook Review, an online literary journal; and has led reading circles for the Maine Humanities Council. Jessica Becker, a Fort Kent Community High School Senior, has published a few comics, some poetry, stories and interviews with authors and spokenword artists. She has helped create characters that have featured prominently in published books. She plans to major in sequential art and create graphic novels for future publication. Angel Dionne, a fourth year English major at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, is currently working on her first novel and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is President of SAGES (the Student Association for Greater English Studies), and is a Fiction Writing Consultant.

Rethinking Learning/Teaching: Groundbreaking Tools for Colleges and Community Programs
Heather Lash
In this hands-on workshop you will explore two brand new interactive tools – one primarily designed for those who work in a college setting and one for those who work in a community-based setting. We now know that violence happens in subtle and not so subtle ways and that, even with the best of intentions, educational programs can reinforce messages of violence that leaves students feeling worthless and unsure of themselves as learners. Heather Lash has been working in adult literacy for many years, both in community-based and college settings. She is a researcher and writer on issues surrounding the impacts of violence on learning; much of her recent work in curriculum is found in the student kit "Helping Myself Learn" at www.learningandviolence.net. She is currently an instructor in upgrading/access programs at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.

Who Are you Talking To?
Marie Doerner, Leah Piffard, Kathy Boone, Theresa E. Cook
md-sharingDo you know how to talk to different people? Often times, if we understand how to adjust the tone of our voice to fit the situation, things go more smoothly. Did you know there are five voice tones in all languages: frozen, formal, consultative, casual and intimate. Come and learn about good ways to talk to people in different situations. This skill will help every day of your life. Marie Doerner is a WE LEARN Board Member, Learning Specialist and Resource Teacher. She works with students who are working on building their basic skills and achieve success in life. Leah Piffard is an Adult Basic Education teacher and Associated Student Body coordinator who has also been a counselor and resource teacher. Theresa E Cook is a student working on her GED. Kathy Brooke is a student at San Diego Continuing Education.