Meet Ruth Rivera, 2018 Scholarship winner. In the winter of 2017, Ruth earned her high school diploma. It was a difficult journey to get there, having moved and changed schools several times and finally dropping out. Ultimately, Ruth found the Literacy New Jersey’s HSE (High School Equivalency) program at the Elizabeth Public Library. The library had always been a comfortable place for her and when she met the HSE teachers she decided to try to get her diploma. This is how she described that time in her life:
“I then met the teachers in the HSE program and they were supportive, positive and convinced me that I could take the test and pass. I’m not sure I believed them at first. But I kept going to class and practicing and I was shown my assessment scores so I found the courage to sign up for the test. I was so nervous! It was challenging because I was working at Wendy’s at the time and I had to find time to study. Also, the library was more than a mile away from my house and I don’t have a car, so getting to class was also challenging. My real motivation was that I wanted to be the first person in my family to earn a high school diploma.”
Download Scholarship Application Here
Be sure to encourage your students/graduates to apply!
Dear Adult Educators and
Adult Education Students,
NJALL Scholarship Application
Is NOW AVAILABLE for
and must be submitted by
April 30, 2019
Are listed on the first page of the Application.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
The NJALL Conference will once again take place at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. The agenda features a plenary presentation about technology in education by Nell Eckersley (Literacy Assistance Center, NYC), 21 different workshops, time for networking and meeting with vendors. The registration fee covers lunch and coffee. We will continue to provide program updates as we get closer to the conference. We hope to see you there.
Registration for this conference is limited to 250 people. We cannot accept any on-site registrations.
Click here to register if you are not being covered by an organization.
If you are being covered by an organization, please make sure your name is on a list that accompanies a check or purchase order. NJALL will then take care of completing the registration process. A hard copy of the purchase order with names should be mailed to the NJALL address below and an electronic copy should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization would like to pay for a whole group with a credit card or PayPal, please contact us.
Checks and hard copies of purchase orders must be received by May 1st to guarantee registration. Any cancellations must take place by May 1st to ensure a refund.
Please send any questions to email@example.com
Mailing Address: NJALL, 16 South Avenue West, Suite 252, Cranford, NJ 07016
The 2019 NJALL Scholarship Application will be posted on this website on March 1, 2019. Adult educators, will you encourage your students to apply?
On June 21st, NJALL will again host the Scholarship Award Ceremony and Breakfast to honor the winners of the 2019 NJALL Scholarship. This year, there will be even greater cause for celebration, because our 2014 Scholarship winner, Pasang Schreck, will be graduating from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Encouraged by her teacher, she applied for the 2014 NJALL Scholarship, in which she shared the story of her journey and her dreams for her future. Her application was chosen as one of the winners and Pasang took her next big step, becoming a college student at Brookdale Community College. Because her grades reflected her excellent effort and determination, Pasang was recruited by Georgian Court University (GCU) to enroll in their Nursing Program.
Pasang continues to shine at GCU, so much so that the GCU Meridian Nursing Honor Society selected her for a leadership position as Secretary for this prestigious association. This spring, she will complete her last semester and graduate, enabling her to launch her nursing career and realize her dreams of making a difference in her community. Pasang is truly a star! She will be the first NJALL Scholarship winner to receive the new $1000 bonus awarded to those who earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
If you are an adult student,
you might become the next star!
Presenter: Sara Cullinane, Make the Road New Jersey
FEBRUARY 15, 2019, 11:00 AM TO 12 NOON EST
This webinar will begin with an overview of key developments with regards to immigrants' rights and immigration policy at the local, state (New Jersey) and federal level. Participants will then have a chance to discuss the potential impact of key policies on their students and their programs. The presenter will also review how students, teachers and others can get involved in efforts to expand and protect immigrants' rights
Click here to register.
The deadline for NJALL's 2019 Learner Writing Contest has been extended to February 15, so there is still time to get your entry in! There are 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 10th.
A full description of guidelines can be found here.
This is a great opportunity for students to get acclaim for the wonderful work that they do. And, as a further incentive, there are monetary prizes!
1st place: $100
2nd place: $50
3rd place: $25
We are also looking for reviewers, so if you are interested in supporting this contest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by March 8, 2019.
Save the date for NJALL's 2019 Annual Conference. On May 10, 2019, adult educators from throughout New Jersey and beyond will gather to share ideas, discuss current issues and honor students and award winners.
Once again the conference will be held at the Warner Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft New Jersey.
We are accepting workshop proposals through January 8, 2019. While we welcome all proposals that deal with adult education, we are especially interested in the following topics:
ESOL Teaching Strategies
Preparing for High School Equivalency tests
Student Led Projects
Student Advising and Counseling
If you have expertise to share, please fill out the Workshop Proposal Form and send it to email@example.com.
All presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the conference.
The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its fifth 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 10th, 2019. 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 2019. Winners and their teachers/tutors will receive printed copies of the magazine.
Submissions Deadline: January 22, 2019
Please let us know if you are interested in being a reviewer
or if you have any questions.
Earlier this year NJALL held its fourth annual adult learner writing contest. All of the winners and selected other submissions have been collected in a magazine entitled Insight. You can download a free pdf of the magazine at the link below. The five entry categories were fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.
Several winners read and discussed their work during a workshop at the annual NJALL conference. We hope you will use the magazine in your classes and your volunteer lessons.
We'd like to thank all of the students who participated and all of the teachers and tutors that made it possible. Every year it is an honor to read the students' work, and we are happy to be able to share it with you now.
On June 22, we celebrated our two newest scholarship award winners, Katie Land and Ruth Rivera. Scholarship winners from previous years gave advice to help them keep going as they pursue their goals through higher education. NJALL board members, committee members, winners' family, teachers and supporters, as well as members of the community wish Katie and Ruth well!