Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Student writing project and professional development workshop for teachers

The Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) is currently planning a collaboration with the sister organisation UK Research & Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL) to launch a student stories project. The details are being finalized over the next few weeks. It is envisaged that students will be asked to write on the broad theme of ‘resilience’ and the stories will be uploaded onto a website that will be publicly accessible. We are hoping that many teachers in NSW will be encouraging their learners to contribute their stories.
The ACAL – RaPAL project will be formally launched in the second half of the year and story submissions are expected to close in mid December. To assist teachers’ planning to incorporate this project as part of their semester 2 activities, the NSW Council  held a briefing workshop on June 11 for teachers interested in participating, and to share some ideas and strategies for getting  students started on writing on this theme. 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Seminar: Comics for Cause, Comics because...

Amanda Josling – Corrective Services NSW
Zoe Humphreys – Ability Links worker, St. Vincent de Paul

5.30 pm Thursday 30th April 2015
Room cb10.5.580
Building 10
University of Technology, Sydney
Jones St, Broadway

NSWALNC were invited to Supernova, a comics and graphic arts expo, by Comics for a Cause and Amanda and Zoe volunteered. They were both enthusiastic about the possibility of collecting comics & graphic novels for literacy students because they have both worked in a range of settings with people who have become disengaged from learning. Graphic texts provide a range of opportunities for reading, story-telling and understanding text construction. 

Zoe Humphreys and Amanda Josling volunteered to work with Comics for Cause, when the organisation approached the NSWALNC about their charity. They began to collaborate on the issue of using graphic texts as a means to engage disadvantaged and disengaged learners. They both have teaching histories that included some of the most socially disengaged people. They focus on approaching literacy from different perspectives and capture opportunities to engage with with learners where they are. 

Zoe currently works as a linker, supporting people with disabilities, their families and carers to access and participate in community opportunities for learning and engagement, Amanda currently teaches a legal literacy program for Corrective Services.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

NSW ALNC Conference - December 12 2014

December 12, 9am-4pm Aerial Function Centre, 235 Jones Street, Sydney 
This conference invites participants to critically explore the transformations in our field of Adult Basic Education, and how we want to respond to our field being re-badged or subsumed as 'foundation skills’. What do we gain, what do we lose? More importantly, what does this mean for learners? Are we simply being nostalgic, or is there something fundamental that we do not want to lose as a result of the name change? If so, what are some new spaces and places where we can be part of realising our learners’ dreams and aspirations? 
Keynote speakers 
Pam Osmond is known to many adult literacy and numeracy practitioners in Australia as a highly experienced and respected adult literacy teacher and mentor, author of many resources including Literacy Face to Face, and teacher educator at UTS and TAFE NSW. Pam has commenced a research project on the history of our field in NSW, and will share some of her early findings in her presentation. 
Liz Atkins is an adult education teacher educator and researcher from Federation University. Liz recently arrived from the UK where she had completed a study on young learners’ perceptions of VET programs (in the UK), with findings that resonate with our own experiences here, and which will provoke critical reflection on what we do. 
Julie Choi is an ESOL and adult teacher education academic at UTS who recently completed her doctorate in the area of multilingual studies, based on her autoethnography exploring her multilingual life journeys and identities. In both her paid and unpaid work, she has been exploring learners’ multiliteracies development through creative writing/ production. 
Jude Cooke and Julie Magri are TAFE Outreach practitioners at Mt Druitt with more than three decades of experience between them. They are graduates of UTS Adult Education with a keen commitment achieving social justice through adult education.
Academics and professionals from the field will present a range of workshops including:

  • Improving Health Literacy: The Being Healthy, Staying Healthy Program: Kirsten McCaffery, Suzanne Morony, Mary Johnston, Sandra Lawrence 
  • Weighing the Pigs: Looking at Online LLN assessment:Jill Finch 
  • Public Libraries and Literacy Education: Please take your partners: Pamela Davies, Chris Jones, Maureen Henninger 
  • Getting serious with comics: Amanda Josling, Zoe Humphries 
  • Using the Numeracy Units in the FSK Training Package Environment: Liz Agars
  • Aboriginal women’s poetry writing: Estelle Rozinski, Gail Murphy, Penny Morris 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Welcome to 2014 Conference: Keiko Yasukawa

2014 NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Council Conference:  What's in a name? From ABE to Foundation Skills – and beyond?

As adult education providers in NSW prepare for the implementation of the new Smart and Skilled policy environment, and experience the impact of the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults, many of us are increasingly asking: what about our 'second chance' learners we have had in our classrooms for many years; where will they go; will their needs be met? What has happened to Adult Basic Education?
Much history, passion, commitment to social justice and importantly a belief in the power of education is vested in the name ‘Adult Basic Education’ which many of us identify as our ‘field’. But even in the last two decades, we have assumed other identities – adult literacy/ numeracy, language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), learner support, tutorial support, foundation education/ studies/ skills, workplace language and literacy teachers, practitioners, and sometimes trainers. What do these shifts in identity mean for the field, for practitioners and for learners? Are we simply being nostalgic in contemplating our identities, or is there something fundamental that we do not want to lose? If so, what are some new spaces and places where we can continue to be part of realising our learners’ dreams and aspirations? This conference invites participants to critically examine the transformations in our field of Adult Basic Education, and what the future holds for learners seeking a second chance in education.
While it is difficult to feel overly optimistic and enthusiastic at a time when much of what the field has achieved looks as if it is about to be dismantled, the coming together at this conference affords us with the opportunity to collectively re-imagine how we do what practitioners in the field have done so well – perhaps in different spaces and ways, with new partners within our own institutions and in our communities.
We can look forward to our keynote speakers helping us to reflect on our past and articulate the core of what we stand for, suggest new ways to connect with our learners in their communities, their classrooms and through the work they produce. Through solidarity, we will find ways to ensure that there will continue to be a second, third or fourth chance in education for those who seek it.
On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank all of the speakers and workshop presenters who have agreed to contribute to the day. Thanks are due to all the Council members who have supported the work of the Council in a range of capacities over the year. We appreciate the support given by UTS in 'housing' the Council in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and partnering with us in the organisation of this conference. My personal thanks are due to the Council Committee members who volunteered their time to organise Council activities including this conference. We have been supported this year by Renata Atkins, our Executive Officer without whom this conference would not have happened!
Finally, thanks to all of you who are here today. We hope you enjoy the conference!

Keiko Yasukawa
President, NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Council

Saturday, 1 November 2014

2014 OctoberVET event

Refocusing program accountability: Lifelong and life-wide perspective on literacy and numeracy development

Presented by Professor Stephen Reder, Portland State University Thursday 23 October, 2014 UTS, Sydney

Stephen Reder’s study is a longitudinal study of adult LLN learners, that provides important insights about how we think about the benefits of adult LLN programs in the short and long term. His presentation at this year’s ACAL conference was received very highly by practitioners, researchers and those involved in policy deliberations. Keynote presentation download

Friday, 11 April 2014

Ethics in the Gaol

Suzanne Jarret from NSW Corrective Services was presenter for our first Council forum held on 10 April. Suzanne shared with us her work in teaching ethics in her education program in the gaol. She presented some case studies of scenarios she has worked on with her learners in the gaol, and how they engaged with these scenarios. She also explained that in terms of meeting the curriculum requirements of the formal curriculum, the topics she used for her ethics sessions afforded many opportunities to meet the formal requirements of the course.

Seminars such as Suzanne’s that are based on the real experiences of practitioners and which challenge and expand our thinking about what we can do in the classrooms are well received and we welcome other suggestions of possible seminar presenters.