Although the NJALL Annual Conference has been cancelled, the Adult Learner Writing Contest is still taking place.
We are in the process of reviewing all of the submissions and we should be able to announce the winners sometime in April.
We will still send awards out and produce a magazine. Due to circumstances, the magazine will initially be distributed in PDF format, rather than printed. Once it is possible to safely create and distribute a paper version of the magazine we will make those available.
We would like to thank everybody for their participation.
We had the largest number of submissions in the history of the contest.
In keeping with the guidelines provided by the Governor and the CDC around social distancing and restricting non-essential travel, NJALL is sorry to announce that the annual conference has been cancelled.
Anyone who has already paid for the conference will receive a full refund. We have stopped processing purchase orders, and will work with organizations that need refunds.
Although nothing can take the place of the community coming together during the conference, we will be hosting a series of free webinars this spring. We will send out information about these webinars in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, NJALL will look to share relevant resources via our website and social media. Please contact us if you have resources to share or concerns you think NJALL should address. Adult education has always prioritized community building and this is a time for us all to work together.
NJALL is pleased to announce that its 2020 Conference: Problem Posing, Problem Solving will be held on May 15, 2020, at Brookdale Community College. Registration is now open! The agenda features a plenary presentation led by Cynthia Bell, Numeracy and Workforce Specialist from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York, twenty-one different workshops, and time for networking with colleagues and meeting with vendors. The registration fee covers lunch and coffee.
Formative Assessments for Literacy Instruction
Learning Math Through Problem Posing and Collaboration
Vocabulary For ESOL
ELL's Who are Emergent Readers
Teaching Listening Skills
Digital Literacy and Problem Solving
Accessing Web Resources
Students in Their Own Words
Adult Education and Anti-Poverty Advocacy
Immigration Policy Update
Adult Learner Writing Contest:
Selected winners will read from their work and
discuss how to support students as writers.
Registration for this conference is limited to 250 people.
We cannot accept any on-site registrations.
If your registration is being covered by an organization, please make sure your name is on a list that the organization submits along with a check or purchase order. 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 email@example.com. NJALL will then take care of completing the registration process.
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.
If your organization would like to pay with a credit card or PayPal, please contact us.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
16 South Avenue West, Suite 252
Cranford, NJ 07016
Learners can submit their work to the NJALL Learner Writing Contest until February 28, 2020. This year, cash prizes will be awarded 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 15. Winners' and other selected submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available in the summer of 2020.
* 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.
* Submissions need to be received by February 28, 2020 at email@example.com
* 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 16, 2020.
* Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewers are also needed!
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please send an email to email@example.com
We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.
The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its sixth annual adult learner writing contest. Submissions due February 14. 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 15th, 2020. 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 2020. Winners and their teachers/tutors will receive printed copies of the magazine. Click below for information on how to submit an entry.
Deadline for submission: February 14, 2020
Every year NJALL recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adult education. Meet this year's winners and find out how to nominate someone for 2020!
Lee Snowiss, Adult Basic Education Instructor at Brookdale Community College for 27 years was named NJALL 2019 Teacher of the Year. Lee, in the center, is flanked by her director Linda Roma and Dr. Joan Scocco. Across the years Lee made herself available to meet with newly hired instructors, sharing words of wisdom and inviting them to observe her classroom and instructional interaction with students. She has been a passionate advocate for students by seeking and obtaining services and support from across the college community. Among many great students, Pasang Schreck was one of Lee’s own. In 2019 Pasang was the first NJALL scholarship recipient to be recognized for graduating from college with her bachelor’s degree.
Judith Fitzpatrick, ESL Instructor, Greater Bergen Community Action in Hackensack also received the NJALL 2019 Teacher of the Year Award. Judy was nominated by her director, Figen Tabakci, pictured on the left. With the vast experience and expertise that she has, Judy was the ‘go to’ ESL instructor for ideas, suggestions, recommendations, and solutions to ESL teaching challenges for our other instructors. She had an ‘open door’ policy for other instructors who requested to observe her class and current and former students who many times came to ask her suggestions, or just to visit her.
The 2019 NJALL Lifelong Learning Award was awarded to Jacinta Vilas of the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education program (PACE). Nominated by Nora Hoover and Susan Ronga, Jacinta had herself been a student at PACE. She has been a personal inspiration to thousands of students and has a total understanding of the challenges and demands faced by staff, students and administrators alike. When a consortium partner was struggling, Jacinta created and provided professional development to share PACE’s successful programming and instructional strategies with the sister agency. Today that program is a thriving part of the adult education community.
2020 Award Nominations
NJALL is again asking for nominations from our network of professionals and participating organizations for the following:
1. Barry Semple Lifelong Learning Leadership Award
This award, named for our own Dr. Barry Semple who has been a NJALL leader since 1963, will be given to an outstanding individual or group demonstrating responsibility, influence, courage, motivation, inspiration, direction or guidance, and has made an outstanding contribution to lifelong learning through research, program design and development, publications, effective and innovative use of funds, service to the profession, etc.
2. Teacher of the Year Award
This award is presented to an adult educator who has demonstrated professionalism and exemplary performance in the field of lifelong learning.
Nominations are due by January 31, 2020.
Awards will be presented at the NJALL conference on May 15, 2020 at Brookdale Community College
Please save the date for NJALL's next annual conference. If you've expertise to share, please consider submitting a workshop proposal.
NJALL 2020 Annual Conference
May 15, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Warner Student Life Center at
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
ACCEPTING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS UNTIL JANUARY 13th
To download a copy of the proposal form, please click here.
While we welcome all proposals that deal with adult education, we are especially interested in the following topics:
ESOL Teaching Strategies Adult Literacy Numeracy
Student Advising and Counseling Student Led Projects
Career Pathways College Transitions
Technology Advocacy Health Literacy
Workshops run 90 minutes (AM) and 75 minutes (PM)
All presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the conference.
Please contact us if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Insight, NJALL's annual publication of student writings, is now available, and you can download it here.
Earlier this year the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) held its fifth annual adult learner writing contest. The five entry categories were fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography. Several winners read and discussed their work at the annual NJALL conference, which has been a highlight of the conference for the past four years. The students shared their powerful personal experiences and helpful reflections about the writing process.
We'd like to thank all of the students who participated and all of the teachers and tutors that made the contest successful. Every year it is an honor to read the students' work, and we are happy to be able to share it with you now. Please peruse the gallery of this year's winners who were able to attend the NJALL conference.
The call for submissions for the next contest will be distributed soon. We will also be looking for reviewers again, so please let us know if you are interested in joining the review committee (to email@example.com).
Every year it is NJALL's privilege to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Adult Education in New Jersey.
Lifelong Learning Leadership Award: