Friday, April 14, 2006

We're back (hopefully)

Apologies for slacking the last couple of days, but the workload has been brutal. Posting, with any luck, should soon return to normal.

In the meantime here are a couple of items that arrived in my mailbox this week.

General Motors has a new education themed web site called GMability. They describe it thusly:
The site has news on science, technology and the environment, fun, educational games, and lesson plans developed in conjunction with Weekly Reader.
The DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation are looking to hire a Lifelong Learning Coach. Details under the fold.

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Reports to: Literacy Program Associates/CYITC

Hiring Range: $30,000 - $35,000

Benefits: Health & Dental Insurance; Paid Annual, Sick and Holiday Leave

Work Year: June 1, 2006 -– May 31, 2007

Primary Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the Lifelong Learning Coach (LLC) include providing leadership in grassroots environments; assisting in the development and delivery of a city-wide literacy system; promoting the literacy initiatives of assigned DC governmental agencies and community-based organizations; serving as a professional resource to DC governmental agencies and community-based organizations through the collection and sharing of current research, best practices, and other data; participating in and/or conducting monthly professional development and training activities; recruiting, supervising, and training volunteers; providing adult basic education, GED classes, and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction; assisting in program management; participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of city-wide curriculum and training initiatives; participating in cross-site activities with literacy stakeholders; assisting in the development and delivery of the annual city-wide Read Out Loud (ROL) campaign; and assisting in the development and delivery of the annual Literacy Walk sponsored by the State Education Agency (SEA).

Essential Tasks:

  1. Provides Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language, Pre-GED, and GED preparation/instruction to adult learners;
  2. Evaluates adult learners' progress in attaining goals and objectives;
    • Establishes criteria and tests adult learners in order to measure individual and collective progress; and
    • Accurately records performance of adult learners as required utilizing MIS.
  3. Promotes the literacy/learning programs of the assigned host organizations:
    • Ensuring literacy/learning programs are accurately listed in the DC Public Library's Literacy Helpline, the city-wide literacy hotline, and other pertinent directories.
  4. Trains and provides ongoing professional support to volunteers and other staff as appropriate; provides support and recognition that ensures a high-quality volunteer experience;
    • Supervises and assesses the effectiveness of volunteers on an ongoing basis to ensure a high-quality experience for learners.
  5. Collects data on a bi-weekly basis related to the number of learners served; learner processes; number of volunteers recruited, trained, and utilized; and hours of training/professional development activity:
    • Performs and maintains classroom inventory according to established policies and procedures;
    • Maintains an organized and proper supply of classroom instructional materials; and
    • Develops teaching methods and maintains management procedures and documentation.
  6. Recommends changes in program practice and/or approach based on weekly data analysis:
    • Recommends appropriate changes to methods and procedures based on recurring experiences;
    • Provides necessary reports and/or data to support proposed developments in procedures;
    • Proactively communicates concerns and issues clearly and effectively to all literacy stakeholders; and
    • Listens to concerns of others and gives appropriate feedback as necessary.
  7. Assists host organization with reporting and evaluation activities to ensure documentation of lessons learned as well as outcomes achieved
  8. Communicates through technology and face-to-face meetings with colleagues and literacy stakeholders; and
  9. Complete other duties as assigned by the host site.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a social science discipline and at least 15 hours of literacy education or graduate of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Graduate Certificate Program in Adult Education;
  • At least 3 years of related professional experience, including demonstrated leadership in,
    • providing direct services to adult learners as a tutor and/or classroom instructor, particularly serving adult learners from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with learning disabilities and/or with other special needs;
    • managing projects, and working collaboratively with groups of people and/or coalitions or nonprofits with multiple stakeholders;
    • facilitating training to literacy providers;
    • interpreting and applying best practices to literacy providers; and
    • collecting and applying methods of data collection techniques using spreadsheet software,
  • Demonstrated ability to:

    • handle high capacity initiatives with multiple priorities;
    • integrate technology into instructional activities; and
    • be flexible within the host site environment.


The Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) oversees the supervision and management of Lifelong Learning Coaches (LLC) in collaboration with the State Education Agency (SEA) and the designated worksite supervisor from the assigned LLC host organization.

Mail/Email/Fax Resumes to the following:

Lynn Pinder, Program Associate

1400 16th Street, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

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