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Tutorial 6 - Special Collection Resources

Special Collections Tutorial

This tutorial is online at  All resources listed in thie tutorial are live links from this page.

There are 11 Special Collections sites:


Family Literacy

Science and Numeracy

Correctional Education

Health and Literacy

Technology Training

English as a Second Language

Literacy & Learning Disabilities

Workforce Development

Equipped for the Future

Policy & Legislature


 Each Collection page is similar to the other and the navigational links found on each site are consistent from page to page. The following description of the navigation links will help the literacy practitioner move easily through any of the Special Collection’s pages.

 To access the Special Collections:

  1. On the main page from any LINCS’s site select Collections found on the top of the page, just below the LINCS banner.
  2. When the Special Collections page opens the specific content areas are listed on the left menu selection or in the text explanation found in the body of the page.
  3. Select whichever area you would like to explore.

Navigation of a LINCS Special Collection:

On each page the user will find the following navigation buttons on the left:

  1. Showcase: This link will take the user to selected sites in the content area of the page. These selections have been deemed to be the most helpful or best presented resources in the Collection.
  2. Online Discussion: Links to the NIFL Discussion List of the content area and sometimes to other discussions lists that are related to the field.
  3. Teacher/Tutor: links to articles and sites in the content area that are related to information a teacher or tutor might find informative.
  4. Student/Learner: links to articles and sites in the content area that are related to information a student or learner might find informative.
  5. Manager/Administrator: links to articles and sites in the content area that are related to information a Manger or Administrator might find informative.
  6. Calendar of Events: Links to events that are happening in the content area, regional and national.
  7. Facts & Statistics: Links to related facts in the content area.
  8. Policy & Legislature: Links to related policies and legislature that are currently being discussed nationally.
  9. Links & Directories: contains links to associations, organizations and other links that have additional information about the content area.
  10. Grants: Links to funding available in the content area.

Each content area may have additional links such as:

Web Tools: A site to download needed plug-in to run some of the programs provided on the pages

Evaluations, Surveys and other assessment tools: To evaluation the site information.

About us: to explain the agency that maintains the specific content area.

History: that tells of the background for the content area. 

In addition to the individual Special Collections content areas, all data contained in the Special Collections site may be searched by using LINCSearch and selecting Materials Search.

 Special Collections Short Tutorial

 Assessment Questions:

  1. What can be found in Assessments?
    1. Open the Browser and type in
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select National LINCS
    3. Select Collection from the Buttons found at the top of the text area.
    4. Select Assessment from the Menu list on the left.

The buttons on the left of the screen will take you to various assessment resources.

    1. Select Showcase. Here you find the GED 2002 Resource Center clicking on this link will take you to the most up to date information on the new GED test. Click on the link and explore this site.
    2. Select the Back button on the Browser.
    3. Select Online Discussion: This area will allow you to participate in the latest discussions about Assessment.
    4. Select Subscribe on the left menu.
    5. If you wish to subscribe to a Discussion List fill in the information and select the List in which you wish to participate. You will receive notification when your account is activated.
    6. To unsubscribe to a Discussion list select the Unsubscribe on the left and follow the instructions on the page.
    7. Another feature found in the Discussion Lists is searching the archived information.
    8. Select Search Archive.
    9. Select the List you would like to search, select ESL
    10. Select Go to Search Form at the bottom of the screen.
    11. To search for new research on this subject, type in “new research” in quotes. This will give an the exact match in the archived data.
    12. You may limit or expand the number of documents retrieved by selecting the Maximum Hits box.
    13. Select Start Search.
    14. A list of documents will appear. Select a link to view each entry.
    15. If you wish to do a new search, select Refine Search and begin a new.
    16. Select the Back button on the Browser.
    17. To view commonly used keywords, select the Literacy Thesaurus. A listing of keywords and their matches will appear.
    18. Select the Back button to return to the search page. Select Return to LINCS (lower left corner) to return to the Special Collections Page.
    19. Return to the Assessment Special collections page.

Searching for Assessment Resources

Showcase: GED 2002 Test Resource Center


    1. Select Teacher/Tutor and scroll through the selections available

    2. Assessment: 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning

    3. Communication: Oral Communication Assessment

    4. Evaluation: Evaluation that Looks at Achievement Realistically

    5. Reading: Traits of an Effective Reader

    6. Writing Resources: 6+1 Traits OF Writing.

    7. News & Events: What’s New in the Assessment Special Collection

    8. Links & Directories: NCLE Resource Collection: Assessment and Evaluation in Adult ESL.

    9. Glossary: CRESST Assessment Glossary

 Sample information from in each content area:

 Correctional Education Special Collection 

  1. Showcase: Teaching Literacy for Lifelong Learning
  2. Online Discussion: the Online Discussion List Has two Listservs listed: Correctional Education association & European Prison Education Association. Clicking on either of these links will take you to their sites for the Discussion Lists.

The Student/Learner, Teacher/Tutor & Manager/Administrator link are two level listings. The newest links are listed on the first page. If you wish to see all that is listed in the database under this category, click on click here button listed on the page.

  1. Student/Learner: Project Metamorphosis
  2. Manager/Administrator: Educating the Incarcerated Female: An Holistic Approach
  3. Teacher/Tutor: From Incarceration to Productive Lifestyle
  4. Facts & Statistics: Research Brief Education as Crime Prevention
  5. Links & Directory: Literacy 2000

 ESL Special Collection

  1. News & Events: Hands-on English Calendar
  2. Showcase: Colorful Clothesline.
  3. Online Discussion: There are 900 participants on the ESL Discussion List.
  4. Teacher /Tutor: The main categories listed are:
    1. Curriculum: Email Projects
    2. Journals and Research: Benefits ad challenges in using computers and the Internet with adult English learners.
    3. Resources: Literacy Online
    4. Miscellaneous: Tools for Teachers: Internet Evaluation Web Quest
  5. Student/Learner: This page has many student interactive activities:

Dave’s ESL Café

Free Translation

Reading Comprehension Lessons

Randall’s ESL Cafe

  1. Manager/Admin: Lists two programs to help ESL administrators:

Keys to the Golden door?

Hands-on English Mini-Grants

  1. Facts & Statistics: Statistic from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education & ESOL Fact Sheet from NIFL.
  2. Organizations/AssociatesAdult Literacy Resource Center
  3. Policy & legislatures: TESOL Advocacy


EFF Special Collections

 What is EFF?

Teacher: EFF products & Publications

Manager: Resources from EFF Partners



Family Literacy 

  1. Showcase: Parent Made Developmental Toys.
  2. Parent Links: Several categories are listed on this page:

Parents Activities: ALA Resources for Parents, Teens and Kids. A site that has 700 Web Sites for Parents who care.

Parenting: How do Children Learn to Read

Reading to Your Children: Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Parent/Child: Parent/Activities Resources: Helping your child learn math.


  1. Family Literacy Practitioners:

Activities Resources: Families First Idea Book

Reading Resources: The Internet Public Library


  1. Program Manager/Administrator:

Grants & Funding: DePaul University Department of Education Grant writing tips.

Program Planning & Evaluation Resources: Planning Family Literacy Program

Research Resources: Survey of family Literacy in the United States

Volunteer Management Resources: CyberVPM –        Resources for volunteers, managers and community service leaders. 


  1. News & Events:
    1. What’s New in the Family Literacy Special Collections.
    2. New York Times Learning Network
    3. Washington Education Site
  2. Links & Directories:
    1. Parenting Links: Just Add Kids!


Health & Literacy Special Collections 

  1. Showcase: The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator
  2. Student/Learner:

Stories and Activities: How to feel good: Learning to Relax and Exercise

  1. Teacher:

Curricula: Quick & Easy: Single Teaching Activities

  1. Care provider:

Health Care Provider: The Heath Literacy Toolbox

  1. Facts & Statistics: What is Health Literacy?


Learning Disabilities

This site is in the midst of re-construction, when finished it will be added here.


Policy & Legislature

Select Browse by Subject to view all of the Policy Subjects by categories. 

Family Literacy: Fact Sheet on Family Literacy

Learning Disabilities: How states are improving Literacy services for Adults with Disabilities

Reading: Funding and Improve Quality

Welfare Education: What Works: Integrating Basic Skills Into Welfare

Available: Contact Elected Officials & Contact the White house


Science and Numeracy 

  1. Showcase: Hands on Science
  2. Site Index: A listing of all pages sorted alphabetically
  3. Teacher/Tutor:


Unifying Concepts and Processes: Oceans Alive!

Science as Inquiry: Amazon Interactive

Physical science: Air Travelers

Life Science: Brain geography

Earth & Science: The Earth & Moon Viewer

Science & Technology: Structures around the World

History & Nature if Science: Einstein Revealed


Numbers & Sense: Project Interactivate

Problem Solving: Reasoning & making Decisions: Math in daily Life

Data Analysis, Probability & Statistic, And Graphics: Exploring Data

Geometry: Spatial Sense and measurement: A Tour of Measurement

Algebra: Patterns & Functions: S Functional Housing Market



Virtual Field Trips Site

Life Science: Build a Prairie



Number & Number Sense: Change Maker



National Science Education Standards



Adult Numeracy Network (ANN

Science in the News

The Why Files-Science Behind the News

Events & Celebration

Earth Day 2002

World’s Largest Math Event

 Technology Training 

  1. Showcase: Harnessing Technology to Serve Adult Literacy
  2. Teacher:

Curricula development: ABLE Net Online Lessons

Lessons Plans: Literacy Assistance Center: Lesson Plans & Curricula

Technology Planning: Evaluating Sites

Utilities & Tools: Designing Instruction for Web-Based Distance Learning


Workforce development

Showcase: Family, Community and Work

Trainee/Learner: Computer Skills assessment for adult learners

HR Trainer/Teachers: Action Learning: real work, real learning

Employer/Supervisor: Basic Skills Training, 2001



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