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What does "Normal America" look like from Demographic Point of View?

Diversity Colleagues,

What towns best describe "normal America" today? Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Maine; Ogden-Clearfied, UT; Lancaster, PA; Chattanooga or Knoxville, TN; or someplace else? What states are demographically most similar to the U.S. overall? California? Texas? Iowa? Utah? 

Take a look at this article by  economist Jed Kolko, a senior fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. You may be surprised.

Diversity and Poverty Issues not Recognized?

The COABE conference in Dallas this week was the best-attended ever. Of course, it was in Texas!

As I reviewed the list of presentations, very few dealt specifically with issues related to topics that we address in this community, focusing specifically on diversity, poverty, or rural/nonformal programs. Why do you think that happens when this community is filled with views, opinions, and, yes, controversy related to what defines us and what is useful to us in education?

Mind Mapping

Many learners do not think in linear, sequential ways, as promoted in our public school and workplace systems. Do you think that mind mapping might help them organize ideas so that they can better write in the linear and sequential ways required for employment and educational success?

Let's Talk Diversity in STEM and Literature

What can we do through instruction among adults to promote more diversity in STEM and other majority-led industries and publications?

Participatory and Emancipatory Literacy Approaches

David Rosen’s post,  “Participatory and Emancipatory Adult Literacy Education,” provides links  to  fabulous resources that invite our wiki contributions and exploration.  Thank you, David.

Among other topics discussed on this wiki are reflections on how participatory and emancipatory literacy approaches can provide ways to empower students to become transformational agents in society.

Technolgy Tools among Diverse Learners

Participants in the Technology and Learning, and Reading and Writing  Communities of Practice (CoP) are discussing different ways of involving learners using digital media. Several links and resources have been recommended.

Interaction through technology eliminates the physical identity of individuals.  I consider digital interaction as useful for most populations, but among diverse learners, who may have issues regarding how they are perceived in groups, communicating digitally could provide ideal interaction.

Laughter: A Common Thread?

What common threads exist among people representing diverse characteristics?

““Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world. Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world.” (Egyptian-American Stand-Up Comedian Ahmed Ahmed)

[Join Us]: LINCS Correctional Education Discussion Starts Today!


Today starts our two-week special discussion on correctional education. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, RTI International, and Peninsula College will share strategies and best practices to help instructors and public administrators incorporate new and emerging technologies into their correctional classrooms.

This conversation will take place in the Correctional Education group. If you are not already a member of this group, please join now.

[Attention]: Next Monday Starts Correctional Education and Technology Discussions!

Greetings Community Members!

Next Monday, at 11:00 a.m. EDT we partner with Correctional Education group moderator Heather Erwin as well as special guests John Linton (ED), Michelle Tolbert (RTI International), and Brian Walsh (Peninsula College). Please be sure to check out their bios below.


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