[AAACE-NLA] [ReadWrite 789] Re: [Assessment 2667] Announcement: Free NIFL Publications: Now or Never!
gdemetrion at msn.com
Sat May 8 08:17:46 EDT 2010
So the question is,
What, if any governmental agency will subsume, and perhaps even enhance the functions in adult literacy of NIFL?
Point of reflection: The a historical (historical amnesia) nature of this field never ceases to amaze me. If I remember correctly, NIFL was set up in 1991 within the great flurry of activities accompanying the Literacy Act of 1991, the publication of Forrest Chismann's Jump Start, Barbara Bush's enthusiastic embrace of Family Literacy. And now, of all administration's, the great "liberal" Obama administration is the one tearing down the house with the greatest irony of course being NIFL's very survival during the GWB administration.
And what was the response of the field's policy leadership: Go along to get along.
You gotta laugh or at least shake your head in utter belief. No doubt the beat will go on--and an and on and the same old tapes that have been playing since the 1960s will be continued to be played out--the same old arguments in varied garb since I've entered the field in the late 1980s, but well beyond that (right, Tom) if i'm reading this field's brief history with any accuracy at all.
From: vyule at labyrinth.net.au
Date: Sat, 8 May 2010 18:13:25 +1000
To: readwrite at nifl.gov
Subject: [ReadWrite 789] Re: [Assessment 2667] Announcement: Free NIFL Publications: Now or Never!
Re " hard copies of any of the NIFL publications, you will have to get them soon. After the middle of August, they will no longer be available and in fact will be destroyed."
Destruction seems terrible. Surely some way of giving all NIFL publications out or keeping them by another source should be found.
What happens to the back records of the discussion lists?
I agree with Michael. The differing views were important.
On 08/05/2010, at 3:27 AM, Michael Gyori wrote:
Hello to all:
Here we are sharing, stumbling, agreeing, disagreeing, and whatever else, but when all is said and done, this is the stuff that can serve as a breeding ground for new ideas, and who knows, new breakthroughs one day in how and what we teach and learn.
Marie's post below about NIFL's closing is a reminder that many voices on its discussion lists may be losing a venue for expression and sharing - voices "silenced" by the stroke of a pen on some piece of legislation, signed off by individuals in power who, guided by corporate interests- I am deeply concerned - often know little about the challenges educators and learners face and the learning that could occur if the governmental strangehold on how our public schools operate were loosened.
Might we start discussing a new venue to prevent our voices from being silenced, to some degree at least?
Michael A. Gyori
Maui International Language School
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Subject: [Assessment 2667] Announcement: Free NIFL Publications: Now or Never!
Publication Distribution Comes to a Close at the Institute
As the National Institute for Literacy prepares to close in September 2010, it is making available all remaining hard copies of its scientifically based publications developed for parents, caregivers, and educators. These federally funded resources remain ranked among the top 10 most-requested publications by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the publications page athttp://www.nifl.gov/publications/publications.html to view the list of publications still available in hard copy. Copies can be ordered (by title) by calling EDPubs at 1(800) 228-8813 (TDD/TTY 1-877-576-7734; e-mailing edpubs at edpubs.ed.gov or faxing 1(703) 605-6794.
Note that the following titles and products are no longer available in hard copy (as of March 11, 2010), but are still available online. Check the Web site for further publication updates:
<image001.gif> A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth-Preschool
<image001.gif> Research-Based Principles for Adult Basic Education Reading Instruction
<image001.gif> The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children's Acquisition of Reading
<image001.gif> Big Dreams, A Family Book about Reading
<image001.gif> Shining Stars: Second & Third Graders Learn to Read
<image001.gif> Shining Stars: Preschoolers Get Ready to Read
<image001.gif> Literacy Begins at Home: Teach them to Read
<image001.gif> National CARES Mentoring Movement: A Mentoring and Literacy Guide
<image001.gif> Celebrating Literacy Across the Lifespan (postcard)
If you would like to have hard copies of any of the NIFL publications, you will have to get them soon. After the middle of August, they will no longer be available and in fact will be destroyed. But as of now, you may order any remaining publications, as many of each as you want, and not only are they free, they will be shipped free of charge. There are some really good publications still available. You can check them out online and then order the ones you would like hard copies of. Some titles that I think should interest you are:
Learning To Achieve: A Review of the Research Literature on Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities
Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning
Using Research and Reason in Education
Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers
Teaching Adults to Read
Tapping Online Professional Development through Communities of Practice
Guide To Performance Management For Community Literacy Coalitions
GET THEM NOW BEFORE THEY ARE GONE FOREVER!
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