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1.   ESL:  Pronunciation Information


Click here: to access pronunciation websites sent in by Peggy Benkelman, Helena.  Scroll to bottom of the page.


2.   Professional Development Discussion:  Using Video in Teaching and Staff Development – July 25-29


Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List

Using Video in Teaching and Staff Development

A two-part discussion hosted on the Professional Development

and Technology and Distance Learning Discussion Lists


Are you seeking new or innovative ways to use video in either teaching or staff development? Are you curious about how others use video for teaching or professional learning in adult education? Join this two part discussion hosted on the Professional Development and Technology and Distance Learning Lists to learn more.


Part I: The Multi-Dimensions of Staff Development—Using Videos for Instructor PD

Date: July 25 – 29, 2011

To participate, subscribe (free): Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List at


Description: Have you wondered what online options are available to you for staff development that give you an “inside view” of other adult education classrooms? Join us to learn how online video is being used effectively with teachers for staff development, including staff development for ABE, GED, ESOL, and integrating technology into instruction. Discussion List subscribers will also vote on the video category they wish to view, then we will experience using video for professional development. Hear from our guests and share your own experiences.



·       Branka Marceta, Project Coordinator, OTAN. Branka is the coordinator of technology projects at the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) for adult educators, a leadership project with Adult Education Office, California Department of Education.


·       David J. Rosen, President, Newsome Associates. David is the co-founder and President of the Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS) a small organization dedicated to making and hosting a free library of adult education classroom and tutoring videos for professional development.


·       Marian Thacher, Director, OTAN. Marian has been involved with the development of professional development videos on technology integration with OTAN for 10 years.


Part II: Using Video with Adult Learners

Date: August 15-19, 2011

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Description: Join us to learn how video is being used with adult learners. While this technology has been around for some time, we will explore how the increase in access to the creation, editing, and sharing of videos through cell phone technology and social media sites like YouTube, as well as relatively inexpensive video cameras like the Flip, is making it easier and more fun to include video in instruction. We will also discuss how the use of premade video content is being used in classrooms and at a distance. Tools, techniques, and content discussed will be shared on ALE Wiki as an ongoing resource.


Guests: To be announced.


3.   Diversity Discussion:  Ruby Payne and Poverty


Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy Discussion List

Need some philosophical thinking for the summer?  A spirited discussion has been taking place on the LINCS Diversity Discussion List.  The list can be found at


Here are some snippets:


Andy Nash:


For me, the crux of this conversation is not whether or not Ruby Payne’s list of class-based behaviors is offensive or not. As an educator, I have seen many of these behaviors from poor students, but I could also say that I’ve seen many of those students be more critical thinkers, less likely to go-along-to-get-along, and more cooperative than other students. So I find the list inaccurate in its one-sidedness.


What I take issue with (and I have read the book), is the idea that learning the ways of the middle class will get people out of poverty. This implies that poverty is caused/supported/maintained by people’s behaviors. I don’t see another interpretation possible from this model.


The alternative view is that poverty is created and sustained by social, economic, and political forces that maintain a cheap (poor) labor pool and a disempowered underclass. There will be poor people (no matter how they behave) as long as that system is maintained or, in this case, ignored. By distracting us from these issues, Ruby Payne’s framework, well-intentioned though it might be, does not help us “understand poverty” as a system ...


Angie Miles:


I certainly respect the opinions of those who see little or no research integrity or academic merit in her work.  I can't speak to that at all.  They may be 100% correct about her methods.  What I know is that when I read Payne, it rings true.  When I use it with educators, it rings true, and when I use it with adult learners... including in homeless shelters... as I take a metacognitive approach to helping limited-resource and almost-no-resource families understand themselves better, I get AMENs from the crowd.


Are her class characterizations true for every person, across the board?  That would be impossible.  Generalization is painting broadly AND respectfully, with the wisdom to know that not everyone is Cinderella, so you'd best come with a bunch of different-sized shoes if everyone is getting a pair.  Stereotyping is suggesting that I can know where you live or the color of your hair and know 100% what size shoe you wear.  I don't think she does that.  I have not seen the words "always" or "never" in what I've read by Ruby Payne.  Nor have I heard her say those words at conferences ...


James Mohr:


I very much appreciate this conversation.  First, I want to say that I am neither supporting nor critiquing Ruby Payne’s work in this email.  Honestly, her Framework book is on my “to read” shelf which has way too many books on it but I am slowly going through it.


What interests me in this dialogue is the back and forth on whether we should look at people’s behaviors or at systems.  It has always seemed to me that we need to examine both areas.  Yes, there is a system in place that encourages, supports, and benefits from the existence of poverty.  I believe this system needs to be challenged.  However, I also know that many (if not most) people whether in poverty or not have self-defeating behaviors and beliefs. Now whether these beliefs and behaviors may be the result of a system of oppression, violence, or whatever you want to call it is not important when a person is trying to change and further his/her education.  Working on changing the system at this time does not help people in the classroom who now have specific beliefs and behaviors that may interfere with their ability to be successful ...   


4.   Technology Resource:  Social Media Workshop


Taken from LINCS Technology/Distance Learning Discussion List

WHAT:  Social Media Workshop

WHEN:  August 8 to 12

WHERE:  Online conference for language teachers and literacy practitioners.

HOW:  Register here: * Online participants must have access to high speed Internet, head set with microphone, and web cam.

Presenters will share their knowledge of tools such as:

·       Wikis

·       Blogs

·       Voki

·       VoiceThread

·       Posterous

·       Skype

·       Digital Storytelling.

This conference is entirely online, so you can tune in from anywhere, providing you have a high speed internet connection and speakers.

The best part is that it is completely and 100% FREE.

This event is entirely sponsored by the Language Resource Acquisition Centre at San Diego State University. It’s language educators and trainers sharing what they know, how they learned the tools and how you can, too.


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101