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2016 NJALL Annual Conference Call For Proposals

NJALL 2016 Annual Conference  

April 8, 2016  
Warner Student Life Center - Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Students as Partners in Their Own Learning

Call for Proposals 

This year's conference will include an increased emphasis on the ways adult learners can both proactively direct their own learning projects and also help shape program development and management. We are especially interested in workshop proposals that address this topic, but we also welcome proposals that deal with the following topics:

Working with Career and College Readiness Standards

Managing the Transition to WIOA    
         Preparing for High School Equivalency Tests
Student Advising and Counseling        ESOL Teaching Strategies       
  Adult Literacy            Adult Basic Education      Numeracy
 Health Literacy         Technology

     Civic Participation         Learner Leadership          Advocacy 
Workshops run 60 minutes. 
All presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the conference. 
To download a copy of the proposal, please click here.   
Proposals are due December 18, 2015
Please contact us if you have any questions -
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2016 Learner Writing Contest

2016 Learner Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

    The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its second annual adult learner writing contest.  This year we will award cash prizes in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.  Several winners will be invited to read their work and receive their awards at the annual NJALL conference on April 8th, 2016.  All of the winners and selected other submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available from our website in the spring of 2016.
Categories:      Fiction        Non-fiction        Memoir           Poetry      Photography
Prizes:             1st Place - $100         2nd Place - $50           3rd Place $25
* All adult learners are eligible, regardless of whether they are adult literacy students, preparing for high school equivalency tests or enrolled in English language classes.
* Learners can submit one piece per category, except for poetry.  Learners can submit up to five poems for consideration.  Learners can send in submissions for multiple categories.
* All submissions must be original and represent the work of the learner - not the work of their teacher or tutor.  Teachers/tutors may help with spelling and grammar, but it should be limited in nature.  We are using the honor system with regards to this.
* English language learners can get help with translation, but the work should remain their own.
* There are no page or word limits.
Submissions need to be received by December 21st, 2015, at
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Submissions should include the learner's name and contact information and the name of the program or school they attend.  The email should also identify the category of the submission.  By entering the contest, the learner agrees to have their piece published in the magazine if it is selected.
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by February 15th, 2016.
Please send any questions to
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Call for Reviewers

 NJALL is also looking for people to serve on the committee that will evaluate the submissions.  Committee members will be expected to read a set of pieces and provide their feedback.  This will take place via a conference call, so no travel is required.
We would like the committee to be 50% learners and 50% teachers.
If you are interested in serving on the committee, or have a recommendation for somebody that you think might be interested, please contact us at
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A pdf copy of this call is available to download and circulate here.

Writing Resources

Last year's magazine, Insight, is available as a free download here.

Women's Perspectives is a magazine of writing put out by WE LEARN. You can get information about the magazine here and download some free writing prompts here. The website has free prompts from previous issues as well.

The Literacy Review is also a collection of adult learner's writings, published by NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. You can get information and download pdfs here.

Something to Write About is a collection of prompts, along with some comics. You can download the pdf here.

A pdf copy of this call is available to download and circulate here.

Learner Writing Magazine
 This past spring the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) held its first annual Learner Writing Contest. We felt very honored by the amount of submissions we received and we are thankful that so many people were willing to share their work with us. Several of the winners read their work at the spring conference and the audience was quite moved.   


We are now ready to share the magazine.  It contains not only the submissions that won awards, but also a number of other pieces that the committee felt were worthy of sharing.  


We hope that you enjoy reading the magazine and that you will consider using it with your own students.  


To access a downloadable pdf of the magazine, please click here.  



Getting the magazine out has taken longer than expected and we appreciate everybody's patience. This was our first time holding the contest and putting the magazine together and we have learned some valuable lessons. We expect that the process will go much smoother next time.  


We will be announcing the process for next year's contest very soon.  


Thanks again to all the learners, teachers and tutors that made this contest possible.   


If you have any thoughts or suggestions about the contest you can contact us at:   

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