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Facilitators Literacy Assistance Center Professional Development Staff Shannon Allen (pages 11, 22, 23) is a professional developer for the LAC, where she facilitates workshops and develops curriculum. She is one of 24 certified ALECC trainers for the New York State Department of Education and a certified BEST Plus training administrator. Shannon began her career in adult education as a pre-GED and GED instructor with the Center for Literacy in Philadelphia and then with HANAC-Begin in New York. In addition to her teaching experience in adult education, she also developed health literacy curriculum for the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. Shannon is currently working on her doctorate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Urban Education program; she also works as a teacher educator for various schools of education. Cynthia Bell (pages 7, 17, 18, 20) received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and completed her master’s at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She began teaching the reading, writing, and mathematics sections of the SAT and subsequently transitioned into teaching ABE, pre-GED, and GED mathematics. She has taught high school equivalency and college transition mathematics for the last six years with a focus on instruction rooted in the Common Core State Standards. Nell Eckersley (pages 10, 11, 19, 20) director of the NYSED RAEN of NYC and moderator of the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) technology and distance learning discussion list, came to the LAC in 2005 after working several years as an ESOL teacher and program director in southern Brooklyn. Through her experience working with students, program staff, and the technology discussion list, her major focus has become technology in adult education and professional development, with web 2.0 tools being her highest priority. Maria Begonia Jensen (fondly known as “Be,” pages 6, 21) is a senior professional development associate and project leader for Community and Family Programs at the LAC. She manages professional development and technical assistance for family literacy providers in all five boroughs. Be is one of 24 certified ALECC trainers for the New York State Department of Education. She also holds a certificate in Foundations of Family Literacy and is an NYU-certified executive and organizational coach. Winston Lawrence, Ed.D. (pages 7, 16, 19, 20, 23) is a senior professional development associate at the LAC and coordinator of the LAC Health Literacy Initiative. He has taught with the Department of

Education, CUNY, and community-based organizations in New York City. Previously, he served as a lecturer in Sociology and Adult Education at the University of Guyana and worked as a community education organizer in that country. While in Guyana, he was sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization, the Latin American regional arm of the World Health Organization. Marilyn J. Rymniak (pages 7, 13) is the dean of the LAC Academy and director of Professional Certificate Programs and Contextualized Curriculum Development Services at the LAC. She has been an ESOL specialist and international adult educator for over 35 years, including stints in corporate, workplace, and domestic and international campusbased English language training programs. She was formerly the executive director of the TOEFL program of English language assessments at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, New Jersey; the executive director of a WIA–Title I-funded EL-Civics program for refugees at the International Institute of New Jersey; the executive director and principal architect and developer of the Kaplan Access America© international language training programs; and the dean of International Programs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She is the author of four English language training textbooks, a Fulbright scholar to Germany, a teaching fellow in the Harvard Summer ESL Program, and the project leader and author of NYSED’s ALECC. Venu Thelakkat (page 9) is the director of the Adult Student Information and Technical Support (ASISTS) project at the LAC. He is responsible for the day-to-day management, growth, and maintenance of the ASISTS system and for providing technical support to ASISTS users. He manages all data analysis functions of the ASISTS unit and supervises staff. Venu works with the RAEN director on all GED/HSE related projects at the LAC. Some of his achievements include successfully implementing a statewide MIS system, conceptualizing and creating the GED Compass system, creating the Adult Education Report Cards, and creating a powerful data analysis function for the ASISTS unit. Some of his data analysis work can be seen at Kate Tornese (page 9) has been an ASISTS trainer since 2002. She has been involved with the ASISTS team’s efforts to design system modifications and trainings specific to volunteer-based literacy programs. Kate is currently the customer service and training coordinator for the ASISTS team.

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NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  
NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.