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ICYMI: December in Review

Colleagues, 

December was a full month and we had several relevant conversations. Which was your favorite? 

New Computer-based Resources Kolibri is Learning Equality's latest project and is the inheritor of KA-Lite (Khan Academy Lite) with a sprinkling of World Equality's RACHEL project.  Like both of those systems, Kolibri continues to be designed to be ran on very light networks (capable of be served from a Raspberry Pi). Intended to support learners in third-world settings, with little or no Internet connection, this no-cost solution is near perfect for the corrections setting. Did you choose any technology for your programs? 

Research brief on incarcerated fathers’ experiences in the Read to Your Child/Grandchild Program The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy has published a new research brief, "Incarcerated fathersʼ experiences in the Read to Your Child/Grandchild Program: Supporting childrenʼs literacy, learning, and education"  The findings suggest that the fathers used the RYCG program to emphasize the importance of education, literacies, and numeracies, while also creating personalized scrapbooks and letters that cultivated their children’s literacy abilities and cognitive, educational, and socio-emotional development. This is a great project! Can you duplicate it at your facility?

What Re-Entry Services Can Do to Strengthen the Basic Skills of Former Inmates   Our first casual conversation was a hit as wereviewed the resource What Re-Entry Services Can Do to Strengthen the Basic Skills of Former Inmates. Developed by The Open Door Collective, this resource is designed to help programs provide services to formerly incarcerated individuals and help them successfully transition to work, family, and civic roles. What resources have you had a chance to review? 

Algebra Math Puzzle for the Christmas Season We even had time to look at a seasonal math problem based on "The Twelve Days of Christmas,"  How many gifts did your true love receive on each day? If the song was titled, "The Twenty-Five Days of Christmas," how many gifts would your true love receive on the twenty-fifth day? How many total gifts did she or he receive on the first two days?  The first three days? The first four days? How many gifts did she or he receive on all twelve days?  Can you create an equation, table, figure, graph to represent, "The X Days of Christmas," following the same pattern? Are there any other songs where you can create a fun reasoning problem?

I'm looking forward to 2020!

Sincerely, 
Kathy Tracey