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Election 2004 Toolkit
The National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) has developed a toolkit on election activities for 501(c)(3) organizations. It describes the types of election-related activities in which nonprofit charities can engage. In addition to describing the do's and don'ts, it provides samples and other materials to help charities engage in permissible activities during this election cycle.
George Lucas Educational Foundation
Website has free teaching modules in several areas including assessment and project-based learning.
LINCS Research Page
Site includes research resources that support evidence-based education, three guides for understanding and using research, and four places to look for new research in adult education and literacy. The LINCS Research Page is maintained and hosted by Southern LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System).
Formerly known as the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions, Literacy USA is a network of 65 literacy coalitions in major metropolitan areas across the country, representing over 4,400 literacy service providers and over 2,700,000 learners. By acting as a kind of trade association for local coalitions, Literacy USA creates a forum for a peer-learning group of coalition leaders across the U.S.; serves as a national voice for local coalitions; interests business leaders in funding the cause; disseminates resources and information to the grassroots and gathers information from the frontlines; and provides technical assistance to emerging coalitions and those in transition or crisis. Membership is open to literacy organizations that operate as 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organizations, represent multiple and diverse adult and/or family literacy service providers, and serve an advocacy role.
Free website for Spanish speakers learning English provides lessons on English words and phrases as well as grammar exercises. Lessons are at beginning and intermediate levels. Beginning level lessons include audio demonstrating pronunciation in both English and Spanish. Site also can be used by students whose native language is other than Spanish.
Reading By 9
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times and others, this site has parent reading guides and information in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Site has links to many rubrics that teachers, parents, students, and evaluators will find useful.
Website offers resources for both adult learners and tutors to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help adults improve their English skills (grammar, spelling, reading, listening, writing, and vocabulary) and math skills (whole numbers; measures, shape and space; fractions, decimals and percentages; and handling data). Skillswise is being developed and created by BBC Interactive Factual and Learning.
This free service of a group of educators was created to provide free practice test questions for students in a variety of career situations (including preparation for the GED). The site contains a modular approach to learning the content on the GED. Click on GED Practice on the lefthand side menu.
as a Success Story
Eager to Learn is a grassroots literacy collaboration of about thirty nonprofit organizations in Austin, Texas. The goal of the group is to raise the literacy skills in seventy children who have been identified as needing help. Most of the children are pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age, and live near I-35 and Highway 183. This area is home for about one-fourth of all Austin children under the age of five years. Parents and childcare providers are involved as well in the program. A survey of the parents indicated that the parents had been unaware of the fact that learning begins before a child enters school. The parents in Eager to Learn are finding out that they are their child's first teacher, and how important interacting with, talking to, and reading to their child right from the start can be on the child's brain development and future literacy skills. The ASPIRE Even Start Program of Communities in Schools is part of the Eager to Learn collaboration.
(Reported by News 8 Austin, Erin Ochoa, June 21, 2004 with input from Kirsten Siegfried, Even Start)