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Center for Alternative Learning

6 E. Eagle Road

Havertown, PA 19083

 

Serving Those Who Learn Differently

 

Learning disAbilities Newsletter

 

Vol. 16 No.1 October 1998

 

Center for Alternative Learning

6 East Eagle Road

Havertown, PA 19083

610-446-6126

www.learningdifferences.com

 

NAASLN

      At the 1998 annual conference of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs, two individuals received the Association’s Distinguished Educator of the Year Award: Charles Talbert, State Director of Adult Education in Maryland and Patricia Hardman of Hardman Associates in Florida.

       The 1999 NAASLN Conference will be part of the Galaxy II Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The dates for the conference are October 12 to 17. Galaxy II is a combined conference on adult education. The National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs has joined with other organizations: American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), Correction Education Association (CEA) and others to bring together adult educators from many disciplines to share ideas and concerns and speculate on what adult education will be like in the next millenium. The first Galaxy conference on adult education was held 30 years ago in 1968. For more information about what will be an historical event in adult education contact us at: 610-446-6126

 

www.learningdifferences.com

        As many of our readers know, this newsletter is available online at our web site. While we have the space on the web site, past newsletters will remain for one year. We appreciate your comments about the web site and its contents. Some newsletter readers in Pennsylvania have suggested that the Cooper Screening for Information Processing be added to the site. The Screening will be posted as soon as the new edition is complete, probably early in November.

 

Center For Alternative Learning

        Volunteer tutors are encouraged to attend the series of training sessions sponsored by the Southeast Professional Development Center at the Center on November 24th, December 7th and 15th. These training sessions will provide tutors with practical, easy to use techniques for helping students with learning problems to improve reading, spelling and math skills.

 

National Speaking Schedule

       Dr. Cooper will be in Maryland conducting training for the project to revamp the adult education department to better meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities. He will be sharing the ideas on intake procedures which were generated at the focus groups which were sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education, the National Institute for Literacy and the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center. The full day training sessions are scheduled for October 14, 15 &16.

        Then it’s on to Columbus, Georgia on October 23rd where he will provide a full day training for the staff of the local technical college.

        Dates for his Pennsylvania schedule appear under the Statewide Staff Development Project. A number of dates have already been scheduled for 1999; these will be listed in the next newsletter.

 

The Learning disAbilities Resources Catalog

        The 1999 LDR Catalog is now complete and is currently being mailed to individuals, schools, and agencies which has purchased materials in the past. If you are not on that list but would like to receive a catalog, simply call 1-800-869-8336 to have a copy sent by mail. The Learning disAbilities Resources catalog is also available on the web site: www.learningdifferences.com.

        There are a number of new items in the catalog this year. These include a video on improving reading comprehension, an article on organizational skills and new study aids.

        Tic Tac Toe Math  and Double Take,  the carbonless duplicating note paper, have become the LDR catalog’s best seller.

 

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Pennsylvania Statewide Staff Development Project

        At the end of each project year, a report is prepared and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education summarizing the activities of the year. This year, in addition to having the report on file at the Department of Education, we have posted it on our web site. If you would like to read the report you can find it at www.learningdifferences.com under the section on the PA Staff Development Project. Plans for training sessions around the state are progressing. A number of trainings have been scheduled, (see below) while others are still in the planning stage. If you are an adult educator in Pennsylvania and would like to attend Dr. Cooper’s training sessions, contact us at 1-800-869-8336. This toll free number can also be used by adult educators and tutors in Pennsylvania to obtain information about adults who learn differently. The Center’s web site (www.learningdifferences.com) is another way to contact Dr. Cooper and obtain information about learning differences, problems and disabilities.

        One of the services offered this year through the Statewide Staff Development Project is the screening of adult students suspected to have learning problems. Dr. Cooper will provide such screenings as part of training sessions or as a supplement to training sessions which are already scheduled. In the former, students agree to be screened while a group of adult educators or tutors observe the process. Dr. Cooper then explains the screening instrument so that adult educators can learn to use it. In the latter, the screening is scheduled before or after any training session. The student’s teacher or tutor observes the screening and will have an opportunity to ask questions about the screening results.

        Adult educators, who would like to have a more in depth understanding of learning differences and instructional techniques designed to assist adults who have learning differences, can participate in the course on learning differences. This course is primarily independent study with video tapes, readings and periodic meetings or phone conversations with Dr. Cooper. A number of individuals started the course this summer but a limited number of slots are still available. To begin contact Dr. Cooper, if there is still space, he will send you 8 video tapes and reading material. A check list of the course activities is included. Each course participant will work through the check list. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

        We are pleased to have Doug Mackey assisting Dr. Cooper with the administration of the project. Mr. Mackey will help coordinate the flow of information to and from the six regional Professional Development Centers.

 

Schedule for October and November

Oct 6 Carlisle OIC                                                                                 10:00 -12:00

                Cooper Screening for Informaiton Processing

Oct 26 Literacy Council Venango County                                            12:00 - 4:00

                Tic Tac Toe Math                                                                     Oil City

Oct 27 JCCEOA                                                                                      5:30 -9:00

                Using Mnemonics to Help Adults who Learn Differently         Punxsutawney

Oct 28 ARIN Intermediate Unit                                                                9:00 - 12:00

                Adult Education Staff In-Service                                                Indiana

Oct 28 ARIN Intermediate Unit                                                                1:00 -4:00

                Teaching GED Math/Science to Adults with Learning Differences     Indiana

Oct 29 Crawford Co. READ                                                                   9:00 - 1:00

                Sight/Sound System and Math Techniques                                 Titusville

Oct 29 Crawford Co. READ                                                                    5:00 - 9:00

                If They Learn Differently, Shouldn’t They Study Differently    Meadville

Oct 30 Adult Literacy Action                                                                    9:30 - 2:00

                Using Mnemonics to Help Adults who Learn Differently          Beaver

Nov. 11 Bayard Taylor Memorial Library                                                7:00 - 9:00

                Techniques for Teaching English As a Second Language          Kenneth Sq.

Nov. 13 Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council                                          10:00 - 3:00

                Techniques for Teaching Adults who Learn Differently            McKeesport

Nov. 14 Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council                                          9:00 - 3:00

                Techniques for Teaching Adults who Learn Differently             Pittsburgh

Nov. 17 Franklin Co Literacy Council                                                      2:00 - 5:30

                Using Mnemonics to Help Students Who Learn Differently       Chambersburg

Nov. 24 Southeast PDC at the Center for Alternative Learning           6:30 - 8:30

                Teaching Reading to Adults Who Learn Differently                    Havertown

Dec. 1 Willow Grove Literacy Council                                                      7:00 - 9:00

                Teaching Reading to Adults Who Learn Differently                    Willow Grove

Dec. 4 Philadelphia PDC at the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy      9:00 - 12:00

                If They Learn Differently, Shouldn’t They Study Differently       Philadelphia

Dec. 7 Southeast PDC at the Center for Alternative Learning             6:30 - 8:30

                Teaching Spelling to Adults Who Learn Differently                     Havertown

Dec. 9 ARIN Intermediate Unit                                                                   9:00 - 12:00

                Adult Education Staff In-Service                                                   Indiana

Dec. 9 ARIN Intermediate Unit                                                                   1:00 - 4:00

          Helping Parents Understand and Work With Children Who Have Learning Differences                                                                                                                       Indiana

Dec. 11 Philadelphia PDC at the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy    9:00 - 12:00

                Vocabulary Development for Adults Who Learn Differently       Philadelphia

Dec. 15 Southeast PDC at the Center for Alternative Learning            6:30 - 8:30

                Teaching Math to Adults Who Learn Differently                         Havertown

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