Category Archives: General

New Blog: Tech Tips for Teachers


For those looking for ideas or strategies for integrating technology into instruction, you might want to check out World Education’s new blog- Tech Tips for Teachers.
http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/index.html

A few years ago, EFF updated their Technology standard– which used to focus mostly on computer literacy- to more broadly think about technology and, of course, the breadth of new technologies that continue to arise. You can take a look at the Technology standard here: http://eff.cls.utk.edu/fundamentals/standard_use_information.htm

What are some of the challenges you face integrating technology into your instruction? What about challenges in knowing how to use these new technologies yourself (something I know I struggle with)?

What about successes and/or technologies you are currently implementing now?

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Registration Open: Preparing for Work Curriculum Training June 11-12, 2013 – Knoxville, TN


PfWbrochuresnipAnnouncement:

Equipped for the Future is hosting an open-registration training for the Preparing for Work curriculum June 11-12, 2013 at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN.  This 2-day training is designed for instructors interested in implementing the curriculum in adult education or workforce development settings.  Training Agenda

This skills-based curriculum is designed to model authentic, work related experiences and activities. Activities are designed to provide opportunities for learners to apply the skills that are being presented.    About the Curriculum

Register online today at: http://www.cvent.com/d/fcq53s/1Q

Training Topic: Preparing for Work: The EFF Work Readiness Course

Audience:  Instructors in Adult Education and Workforce Development

Date: June 11-12, 2013

Location:  University of Tennessee Conference Center, Knoxville, TN    Directions & Maps

Training fee: $750 per person with lunch and a light breakfast included both days Accommodations, travel and all other meals are the responsibility of the participant.  Hotel & Travel info

Materials:  Each participant will receive a copy of the newly REVISED teacher’s guide and student manual and a master copy of student materials on CD.  Preview PfW manual contents

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Aaron Kohring with any questions at akohring@utk.edu

On the Road: Supporting College-and-Career-Ready Adult Learners


Peggy will be “hitting the road” next week to represent EFF and CLEE at a national conference on effective transitions in adult education.

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Peggy McGuire,
EFF Writing Content Expert

Peggy McGuire will be in Providence, RI for “Promoting College and Career Readiness for Adults”, an annual event sponsored by the National College Transition Network, on November 7 through 9.

Peggy will present 2 sessions during the conference focusing on the writing knowledge, skills and strategies that participants in adult education programs need for successful transition to postsecondary education and training. One session will share effective instructional practices and the second will focus on developing an adult education research agenda around writing  and college and career readiness.

Peggy is also looking forward to networking with and learning from other practitioners from all over the country – practitioners who share her strong interest in supporting adult learners in their efforts to access, persist in and complete postsecondary programs of study (a bunch of them – the organizers say the conference is “sold out”!).

She promises to report back on the highlights of her conference experience when she returns.

Here are some sights to look out for Peggy!

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How Do You Support Adult Education and Family Literacy?


aefl 2012This week, EFFTIPS joins practitioners and organizations across the United States as we celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, declared by act of the US Congress for the 4th year in a row.

According to the latest national survey of adults, more than 93 million American adults have Basic or Below Basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with school work, take care of their family’s health, and participate in their communities.

Have you, or has your program, sponsored any activities in support of this celebration? If so please comment and share!

The (US) National Coalition for Literacy spearheads this annual effort to raise awareness of and promote adult education and literacy, family literacy, and English language development in the United States – nicknamed AEFL. In partnership with CLASP, they developed and disseminated a great summary of the need for and importance of adult education efforts: Adult Education, Jobs, and the Economy Fact Sheet. More information on this campaign can be found on NCL’s AEFL website.

EFFTIPS wholeheartedly supports this awareness effort! The Equipped for the Future project is grounded in a belief that ALL adults should have the “… knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” [Goals 2000]  This belief is reflected throughout EFF’s work, and drove the development of the framework , which began with an analysis of adult’s critical work functions and key activities in the goal’s three primary roles: Worker, Parent and Family member, and Citizen and Community Member.*

Now while EFFTIPS is based in the US, we are proud to have subscribers from other nations – Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and others – and Wordpress tells us we have readers from all over the world.  Reflecting upon this US National campaign, we wondered about adult education and literacy awareness/support in other nations. So to our international readers we ask:

What are the issues in Adult Literacy and ESL education in your country (or area)?  How great is the need? Do you have national support and/or adequate funding?

What do you do to raise awareness and increase support in your country (or area)? Do you involve your learners, and if so how? 

These questions fit our US readership as well, so we look forward to a great international conversation!


*For more information on the EFF Role Maps, or the development of the EFF Framework, visit http://eff.clee.utk.edu  or contact us via eff@utk.edu.

Announcing: The Center for Literacy, Education and Employment


 The Center that hosts the EFF Project and EFFTIPS has a new name!

Please help us celebrate and spread the word!

The former Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee is now the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment (CLEE). This new name better reflects the breadth of the Center’s scope of work and interests as an organization, and more closely aligns with our recently revised mission:

…to support continuous  improvement in the fields of education and workforce development through  training, resources, advocacy and research.

Our Center also has a new web site – we invite you to take a look:  New CLEE website.

And this means our address has changed as well – efftips.clee.utk.edu.

The official announcement appears below – please feel free to pass it on!