Check out the latest issue of The Change Agent - Transportation
Transportation is a big deal. It's how we get to work, school, medical appointments, the store, and home. How we get around informs how we feel. Do we arrive at work or school and then back home to our children feeling stressed from crowded buses and long waits for transfers? Or do we come and go with a fair amount of confidence that we'll be on time, and that our transportation is accessible and dependable? With this issue of The Change Agent, learners have a chance to use this highly relevant topic as an entry point to improving their reading, writing, and math skills. Teachers will find CCR-aligned activities that help ensure they are equipping students with the skills they need for college and careers. A special section (pp. 44-49) on work in the transportation industry includes an exploration of career pathways. There are also opportunities for research, learning about your own local transit system, and taking action steps.
The Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign of 2016 is a non-partisan effort designed for adult learners and program staff in the New England states. Its goal is to educate adults about voting, participatory democracy, and current election issues, and to mobilize them to vote in the 2016 elections.
On our VERA pages, access a host of teaching resources (including an upcoming online voter guide based on adult students' questions to the candidates), prepare students to register and participate in the election, and help us gather data that shows elected officials that adult students vote!
Although the election is months away, VERA offers activities that build background knowledge about the purpose and history of voting, develop media literacy, and help adults compare candidate platforms to their own beliefs. Right before election time, VERA programs are invited to join a regional mock election to practice the process and see how adult students' votes compare to the national results. Visit VERA to check out the resources and join us in practicing the art of democracy!