The LINCS Community is excited to announce the creation of two new moderated groups: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Civics Education and Citizenship. Adult education practitioners are invited to join these groups today to engage in topical monthly events and discussions, collaborate, network, and share knowledge and resources. Instructions for how to join are below.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Explore issues and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the goal to strengthen student learning, promote equity within diverse learning communities, and advance access to educational resources, opportunities, and inclusive learning environments. Our objective is to identify and share evidence-based policies, practices, and strategies for applying a DEI lens across the adult education field. Topics will include: increasing awareness and acceptance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in adult education; planning for and celebrating the diversity of adult learners; developing and sharing inclusive curricula, learning practices, and environments; and, integrating cultural and linguistic competency. LINCS is pleased to welcome Dr. Carmine Stewart, as the moderator of this group (bio below).
- Civics Education and Citizenship - Explore issues related to civic engagement, U.S. history, government, and citizenship in adult education. Topics will include: understanding civics and citizenship education; and, employing effective approaches that help support newcomers as they gain English language skills, increase their civic participation, prepare for careers with family-sustaining wages, navigate the naturalization process, and successfully acclimate and integrate into their communities. LINCS is pleased to welcome Jennifer Gagliardi, as the moderator of this group (bio below).
A LINCS account is required to join the groups. Log in using your account credentials, visit the new group pages, and click on Join Group on the left menu.
Meet your new moderators!
Carmine Stewart, moderator of the new LINCS Community Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion group, has worked in adult literacy education for over 15 years. She has worked as an adult literacy instructor and parent educator in a family literacy program, as an instructor and coordinator of the ABLE program for a community college, as the Vice President of Programming at a CBO, and has tutored beginning adult readers. Carmine has provided professional development and consulting for adult literacy educators since 2007 and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Curriculum and Foundations and Adult Learning and Development. Join the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion group to meet Carmine and start learning and sharing now!
Jennifer Gagliardi, moderator of the new Civics Education and Citizenship group, has been a teacher of ESL/Citizenship for more than 20 years, after having switched from working in Silicon Valley IT departments for nearly twenty years. To facilitate student practice inside and outside the classroom, Jennifer hosts a U.S. Citizenship Podcast and has authored two books on the topic of U.S. Citizenship Preparation. She also regularly presents workshops on the topics of U.S. Citizenship and technology at national, state, and regional conferences. Join the Civics Education and Citizenship group to meet Jennifer and start learning and sharing now!