Equipped for the Future Center Update
I am pleased to share with you an update on the Equipped for the Future (EFF) Center for Training and Technical Assistance, located at the Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee Knoxville, since 2002.
During the 04-05 program year, the Center will be offering many services and professional development opportunities to the adult education field. We hope you will have the opportunity to participate in or explore one of the following:
- Teaching Adults to Read with Understanding,a research-based professional development program for adult education practitioners, developed by EFF and National Center for Family Literacy and funded through the Partnership for Reading.
- Preparing for Careers in Sales and Service, a curriculum developed in partnership with the National Retail Federation Foundation. Versions are available for teachers of English speaking adults and of limited English proficient adults
- Online coursesin standards-based instruction and assessment with EFF and in teaching math and reading with EFF standards and the EFF Teaching/Learning cycle.
- Professional development in standards-based instruction and assessment, customized to fit organizational needs.
- Publications, such as Hot Topics: Focus on Math (available late Fall 2004); Research to Practice Note 4: Assessment (available online in October, 2004); and an EFF Handbook for Program Improvement: Using the EFF Approach to Quality (available at http://pli.cls.utk.edu/comp_models.htm.)
- EFF Facilitator Network and certification process, through which state and national agencies and organizations build their own capacity to provide professional development in standards-based instruction and assessment.
- A redesigned EFF portal website, through which all EFF resources and services can be accessed (available in late October, 2004).In addition, the EFF Center will continue to collaborate with SRI International and the state workforce development agencies for the states of New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia in developing and piloting the EFF Work Readiness Credential. And we’ll be working with SRI, the Educational Testing Service, and ten state adult education agencies to explore the feasibility of developing new EFF assessments.
The Center’s services and programs are managed by Diane Gardner, Acting Director of the EFF Center, with assistance from Ginny Bleazey, administrative assistant. Aaron Kohring oversees the EFF websites. Training and technical assistance is provided by a cadre of national consultants and by certified facilitators.
The Center for Literacy Studies is proud to continue to be the home of the EFF Center for Training and Technical Assistance. Please let us know how we can work with you in the coming year.
Jean J. Stephens, Director
Center for Literacy Studies
600 Henley St., Suite 312
Knoxville, TN 37996-4135