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1 Basic Skills and Libraries: Its Mint to Be! Presented by RTCs Debbie Crumb Revised 08/12/09 Peninsula College Library August 13, 2009

2 What Ill Cover Overview of RTC RTCs UDL initiative Reading Apprenticeship and RATs Basic Studies and Library Partnership ESL orientation and workshop excerpts Fabulous, fabulous prizes!

3 Renton Technical College (RTC)

4 RTC in ,229 students (head count) 3,826 state-supported FTEs 10,870 students in training programs 4,164 (26.5%) enrolled in ESL/Basic Studies

5 RTC in % are persons of color or interracial (Latino 19.5%; Asian/Pacific Islander 17.3%; African American 12.3%; Native American 1.5%, White 49.2%) Immigrant, Refugee, & Temp. Legal Resident: 2,235 (17.8%) 471 students moved from ESL into career programs

6 I-Best Classes at RTC Allied Health Central Service Technician Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Pharmacy Technician Phlebotomy Surgery Technician Early Childhood Careers Accounting

7 Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

8 RTCs UDL Initiative funded by Dept. of Education Faculty trained to better understand: Learning disabilities, Brain-based learning, Universal Design for Learning, Assistive technology and learning strategies Multi-modal technologies for classrooms.

9 More Info re:RTCs UDL Initiative RTCs UDL website RTC Application of UDL with resources:

10 Reading Apprenticeship (RA) WestEds research-based framework for improving reading comprehension in content areas Routines can be used with ALL students including ABE, GED and ESL Its all about the metacognitive conversation & making invisible, visible

11 /cs/sli/print/docs/sli/ra _framework.htm RA

12 RA and RATs at RTC Formed RATs support group Created RATs website and blog Publish monthly RAT Review newsletter Conduct monthly workshops Faculty In-Service trainings

13 RA Makes a Difference! Data from 2 ABE Classes 1.5 hrs. of reading class each day - totally infused with RA Fall 08Winter 09Spring 09 Number of students Range of CASAS scores-3 to to 24+3 to 13 Average point gain in morning class Average point gain in afternoon class Made WA & Federal ABE gains*41.5%49.1%55.6% (* Defined as having a 3 – 5 point gain across the quarter.)

14 Library & Basic Studies Partnership Collection development Instructors encouraged to make purchase suggestions for collection Basic Studies materials on reserve Library liaison to Basic Studies Orientations and workshops

15 Collection Development and Circulation Stats New Items in 400s Circulation of 400s , , , , ,453 Currently there are 1,942 items in the 400s section. About 25% of the total circulation is from the 400s.

16 Books

17 Media Materials

18 Problem: Missing Dept. Materials ep

19 Solution: Library Reserve

20 Library Liaison Attends Basic Studies Department meetings and potlucks On Basic Studies list Informs Basic Studies staff about library materials and websites Facilitates problem-solving Teaches most of the workshops.

21 Library Orientation & Workshops Library orientation and tour Library Terminology Games Practicing Library Situations Using an English Language Dictionary Library Online Catalog Online Encyclopedias Using Google Online Job Searching

22 Library Presentation Statistics In FY , the RTC Library gave 268 presentations (120 orientations and 148 workshops) to 4,632 attendees 40-50% were given to ESL classes All ESL students attend library orientation Over 80% of the ESL teachers schedule additional library workshops for classes

23 Strategies List for Teaching Library Sessions to ESL Students

24 What to Say, How to Say It Enumerate when possible Keep it simple Speak clearly, slowly and pause often Be specific and explicit Choose words carefully-no slang/idioms Say it another way Give oral, visual, physical clues Relax and maintain sense of humor Mitchell, Elisabeth. Check It Out Handbook: A Guide for Library Staff. Tacoma, WA: Tacoma Community House Training Project, 1998, pp. 2-3.

25 RTC Library Orientation for ESL

26 Short Stretch Break & Prizes! Everyone stand up and stretch a bit while we conduct drawings for some fabulous, fabulous prizes.

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30 Library Workshop Excerpts Library Terminology Games Practicing Library Situations Using the Library Online Catalog Using an English Language Dictionary

31 For More Info Crumb, Debbie and Eric Palo. Its Showtime! Engaging Students in Library Instruction. pages 30 – 39. Cook, Douglas, and Ryan Sittler. Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2008.

32 More Resources National Institute for Literacy Literacy NOW ESL Annotated Bibliography Making it Real: Teaching Pre-literate Adult Refugee Students. Check It Out Handbook: A Guide for Library Staff ($10) & Check It Out Visuals: A Package of Graphics for Libraries ($35).

33 Picture Dictionaries Milet Picture Dictionaires & Milet Vilingual Visual Dictionaries: Oxford Picture Dictionaries:

34 More Collection Development Resources National Institute for Literacy California Language Laboratories World Language Pimsleur english.asp english.asp Pro Lingua Associates

35 Other Stuff Study Guides and Strategies Using English.com BBC Learning English Palo, Eric. ESL Students and Technology in the College Library, in Our New Public, A Changing Clientele: Bewildering Issues or New Challenges for Managing Libraries. Libraries Unlimited, 2007, pp

36 Toys & Stuff Trainers Warehouse Trainers' Market Discount School Supply SmileMakers

37 Questions?

38 Workshop Evaluation Please complete the workshop evaluation form. Thanks!

39 More Fabulous, Fabulous Prizes

40 Thanks for inviting me!


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