"The whole movement of life is learning" (Krishnamurti). "To be an act of knowing, then, the adult literacy process must engage the learners in the constant problematizing of their existential situations" (Freire). "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" (Douglass). "I can learn anything I have the desire to learn" (White, S.G.).

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Change Agent

This is my adult literacy public service announcement for the week.  Who knew that today was Social Justice Day?  I love to share The Change Agent with adult literacy learners.  As you can probably guess, I learned about this publication from a certain professor here at VCU.

Published by the New England Literacy Resource Center, it's worth a look.  The manager of NELRC may post on our blog later this month.  She has a connection to Belfiore et al. from Reading Work.  It's a small world, indeed.

 Thank you.  Susan

What makes a job "good"? The latest issue of The Change Agent explores our experiences of work.

New Issue: Good Jobs, Not Just Any Jobs

Our Spring issue is at the printers and will soon be landing in your mailbox. If you're an online subscriber you can view it online now! Here's a peak at what's inside:

Good Jobs Cover

Learn about a wide range of jobs that people have done and their reactions to them, from a day care chef ( Mister Larry the Daycare Chef, pp 16), to a crane operator ( Soaring Skyward with Heavy Lifts, pp 8), to a social worker helping abandoned children ( My Fulfilling Job as a Social Worker, pp. 18). 

Read about students' aspirations for future jobs and the steps they are taking to get there in What Inspires me to Become an Architect (pp. 22) and My Ideal Job, Keeping Mexican Culture Alive Through Dance (pp. 23)

In Have a Criminal Record? You Can Still Find a Pathway to a Career (pp. 30-31) Lashon Amado addresses issues faced by ex-offenders looking for work.

Other articles address ways in which people have pushed for better working conditions or wages, such as Car Wash Workers Organize (pp. 37) by Carlos Linerez and Rocio Valerio. 

And don't miss the exellent list of resources to explore, compiled by Yssa Santos on page 33! 

Many articles will also be available in audio format on our website soon, so stay tuned!

Once you get your issue, tell us what you think by e-mail, or on Twitter or Facebook. If you didn't get your copy by March 15th, call (617-482-9485) or e-mail us to check on the status of your subscription. Or if you're not a subscriber, subscribe online

Happy Social Justice Day!

International Day of Social Justice: February 20th 

Did you know that today, Febraury 20th is the International Day of Social Justice? What does social justice mean to you? To your students? Equality, human rights, and equal access to opportunity to all? In the upcoming issue of The Change Agent, as in all our issues, we offer a way to bring these topics into your classroom, not only because they're interesting, but because being able to understand and communicate about these issues empowers each of us to make meaningful change for ourselves and our communities. In Good Jobs, Not Just Any Jobs, find articles and discussions about minimum wage, pay discrimination, and economic rights.

To inspire you to use your Change Agents in the classroom in new ways, try our book, Through the Lens of Social Justice: Using The Change Agent in the Classroom. Purchase the book by the end of February and get it 50% off! (regular price $18) (The book is the last item listed on the subscription page). 

Call for Articles

Theme: Technology

It's time to start writing again! Our new Call for Articles  is now available. The theme for our Fall issue will be Technology. Do you have a story to tell about the effects of technology on eduction? Send it to us by May 3rd to be considered for publication. 

From the Archive

Immigration (Issue #23) and Climate Change (Issue #27)

Immigration and Climate Change Covers

Two themes that keep coming up in the news a lot lately are immigration and climate change. Are you looking for accessible background materials on these topics to supplement current news articles? If so, check out Issues 23 and 27 of The Change Agent. Both issues are out of print, but can be read and downloaded on our website. The online content is password protected, but if you are a subscriber, you should have the username and password. If you're subscription is not up to date, or you did not select to have online access, please contact us by phone (617-385-3740) or by e-mail to renew or upgrade your subscription. 

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