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2017 Annual Conference 
May 19, 2017
 
"We Can Do Difficult Things"
Plenary Speaker:
Stephen Reder
 
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Statement Against Bigotry and Violence

NJALL Statement Against Bigotry and Violence

The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning wants to make clear that we stand by our brothers and sisters who are facing the brunt of the racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia that has marked the post-election period. As an organization we denounce such behavior as at odds with our standing concern for the health, safety and happiness of our diverse society. Adult education has a long history of fighting for social justice, and this moment calls for a renewed commitment to the field's democratic and egalitarian values. To honor the heritage of the brave learners and teachers that came before us, we must stand up to bigotry and work together to make our communities safe and welcoming.

 As you are aware, there have been an alarming number of reports of violence and intimidation targeting selected communities all across the country. We have heard about countless public acts and about more personal forms of aggression carried out by roommates and classmates. It seems that no place has been spared overt and inflammatory acts of bigotry.

 For a copy of the complete statement, click here.

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Webinar Series

Free Webinars

After taking about a year off, our free webinar series has returned. This fall we have five webinars scheduled (with one more on the way). We're excited about these webinars and we hope to see you online. The descriptions of the webinars are below, along with a link to allow you to register. 

Selected previous webinars are available on NJALL's YouTube channel.   

If you have any questions or suggestions for other webinars, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

You can also look for us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  


December 8th                   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adult English Language Learners and Digital Literacy: Resources and Strategies for Making Instruction Accessible

 Presenter: Jen Vanek, IDEAL Consortium

 In this presentation Jen Vanek shares findings from a Design Based Research study on digital literacy instruction for  migrant adults in community-based labs. The webinar will feature key resources and strategies.  

For more information and to register, please click here


December 15th                   12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Why Your Expertise as an Adult Education Teacher Really Does Matter in Today's Health Care System

Presenter: Maricel G. Santos, San Francisco State University

This webinar invites participants to join in a conversation started at NJALL 2016 which focused on the opportunities we have as adult literacy teachers to channel our pedagogical expertise and leadership skills, and contribute to solutions in health care.

For more information and to register, please click here.

 

 
2017 Learner Writing Contest

2017 Learner Writing Contest

Call for Submissions


    The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its third annual adult learner writing contest.  This year we will award cash prizes in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.  Several winners will be invited to read their work and receive their awards at the annual NJALL conference on May 19th, 2017.  All of the winners and selected other submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available from our website in the summer of 2017.
 
Categories:      Fiction        Non-fiction        Memoir           Poetry      Photography
 
Prizes:             1st Place - $100         2nd Place - $50           3rd Place $25
 
Guidelines
 
* All adult learners are eligible, including students in adult literacy programs, those in adult high schools or equivalency programs, those in developmental education programs, those enrolled in English language classes and students studying for citizenship. 
 
* Learners can submit one piece per category, except for poetry.  Learners can submit up to five poems for consideration.  Learners can send in submissions for multiple categories.
  
* All submissions must be original and represent the work of the learner - not the work of their teacher or tutor.  Teachers/tutors may help with spelling and grammar, but it should be limited in nature.  We are using the honor system with regards to this.
 
* English language learners can get help with translation, but the work should remain their own.
 
* There are no page or word limits.
 
Submitting
           
Submissions need to be received by January 16th, 2017, at
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The email should identify the category of the submission.
 
Submissions should include the learner's name and contact information and the name of the program or school they attend.  The submission should also include a two or three sentence self-description of the learner.  If the learner wishes to remain anonymous or use a pen-name, this information should be provided when the work is submitted.

By entering the contest, the learner agrees to have their piece published in the magazine if it is selected.
 
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by March 6th, 2017.
 
Please send any questions to
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Acting as a Reviewer


If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, 
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We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.


 A copy of this call is available to download and circulate here.

 

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