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Voter Redesigned and Relaunched
Voter, the online home of the Easy Reading Voter Guide, is designed
to help new voters and busy voters in California learn about registering
to vote, choosing a political party, and deciding how to vote,
whether at the polling place or at home by absentee ballot.
and the Easy Reading Voter Guide also offers nonpartisan information
about candidates, parties, and ballot propositions in language
that is tailored for voters who have low literacy skills in English.
There is also a section for voters who speak Spanish primarily.
relaunched Easy Voter contains registration, party, and voting
information for the upcoming November 2000 election. The Easy
Reading Voter Guide for November will be available online in mid
September, but users can order print copies of the guide right
now. A version on CD is available to newspapers. The print and
CD versions are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese,
by Susan S. Clark, Easy Voter's content is based on research supported
by the California State Library in grants to the Santa Clara County
Library Reading Program. Special thanks go to the many adult literacy
students from the California Literacy Campaign who helped design
Easy Voter here!
1990, the state of Washington determined a need to expand its
basic skills curricula to include workplace basic skills identified
by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). To
meet this need, Washington's newly created Office of Adult Literacy
at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the
Employment Security Department, supported by a combination of
Adult Education Act and Job Training Partnership Act funds, created
the Integrated Curriculum for Achieving Necessary Skills (I-CANS)
was developed as a skills-based instructional system for all providers
of basic skills instruction to youth and adults. It assists learners
to achieve the skills necessary to function on the job and in
society, to achieve their personal goals, and to increase their
knowledge and develop their full potential.
Literacy Network has now taken I-CANS online, making the curriculum
available to anyone who wants to use it. I-CANS includes hundreds
of useful activities designed to help people learn how they learn
best, how to work efficiently, how to function well in a work
environment, and much more. Take
a look at I-CANS online!
to KQED to Expand Media Literacy Project
to Include Adult Learners
in recent years have received better tools to help them watch
what they're eating. Now, thanks to a partnership between Western/Pacific
Literacy Network and KQED, they'll have tools to help them watch
what they're watching.
to KQED, a San Francisco-based public television and radio station,
"television has become the primary source for individuals
to receive information about people, places and what is called
'news.' " KQED created its Education Network (EdNet) to "inspire
learning through the innovative understanding, use and creation
of media and to help create a literate, empowered community."
EdNet's Media Literacy component was originally designed for K-12
educators to create lesson plans designed to help their students
think critically about the information they receive through television.
learners especially tend to rely more on TV than on other media
to obtain information," reports KQED. Now, with the help
of a mini-grant from Western/Pacific, KQED will expand its media
literacy program to include a component for adult learners. For
more information about KQED's EdNet, click
here. Stay tuned for further information about this exciting
Is the World Coming To?
Learning Resources, Actually!
Resources, an innovative collaboration between Western/Pacific
Literacy Network and CNN's San Francisco bureau, has proven to
be a big hit not only with adult learners in the United States
but also with adults learning English all over the world! In fact,
the number of countries accessing Learning Resources recently
jumped up to 107, and we thought it would be fun to show who's
stopping by. So here they are, in descending order of number of
(edu, com, net, org, gov)
Trinidad and Tobago (tt)
Costa Rica (cr)
South Korea (kr)
Bosnia Herzegovina (ba)
United Kingdom (uk)
Soviet Union (su)
Dominican Republic (do)
South Africa (za)
Virgin Islands (USA) (vi)
Saudi Arabia (sa)
Cook Islands (ck)
New Zealand (nz)
Czech Republic (cz)
El Salvador (sv)
Hong Kong (hk)
Papua - New Guinea (pg)
Brunei Darussalam (bn)
Russian Federation (ru)