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If you like NOVA, the Discovery Channel or National Geographic... [Lewiston Adult Education]

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....You will love this!  

 

Lewiston Adult Education will be holding two free lecture/slide presentations: 

  • Monday, January 31: Systems Sciences I : Science, Models & Intuition - an introduction to the basic principles of systems sciences, including chaos theory & fractal geometry
  • Tuesday, February 1: Our Living Earth : An Introduction to the Science of Geophysiology (Gaia Theory)

Lectures are from 6:00 – 8:00 pm both evenings, followed by Q&A.

These lectures are free introductory overviews for two 6-week courses that will be offered through Lewiston Adult Education (156 East Ave, Lewiston). Ideal for those who enjoy NOVA or the Discovery Channel, these lectures will be interesting, informative and entertaining. Detailed descriptions are included below.

Given by Alder Stone Fuller, PhD., an independent college-level educator, the lectures and courses are relevant and accessible to virtually everyone, regardless of background. This is not the science that you studied in high school or college, but as different as day from night. The concepts and principles addressed have been discovered and investigated by Earth's greatest systems scientists, life scientists and climatologists. They are interdisciplinary, holistic (focus on wholes), and awe-inspiring, and will help you understand everyday life and reality regardless of your interests - whether social, political, economic or the 'natural world'. They elegantly, succinctly and almost intuitively explain "how things work" – nature, human bodies and cultures, ecosystems, economics, climate systems and climate change ... everything.

After the lectures, interested participants may register for the classes, but attendance at the free introductory lectures does not require commitment to the courses. Should you choose to join the courses, fees are $67 per course.

Here is a down-loadable pdf describing these two courses with course outlines, plus description and outline of a third course - Systems Sciences II - to begin March 28 as follow up to Systems Sciences I.

You may visit the instructor's web site at www.alderstone3.com for more information about these courses and his other seminars, courses and consulting services.

 

Systems Sciences I: Science, Models & Intuition

Mondays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, beginning with free overview on Monday, 1/31.

This introduction to the systems sciences will help you understand your everyday life, health and nature in profound and awe-inspiring new ways. This is not the science you had in school, but links all sciences together in nearly intuitive ways. The course addresses sophisticated but accessible topics including: science as a way of knowing; networks (systems); feedbacks; non-linearity; tipping points (critical thresholds); the edges of chaos; fractals and cellular automata. It will appeal to science readers or those who enjoy the Discovery Channel, NOVA, or National Geographic - but is relevant to everyone - yet the topics are accessible even to those with little or no science background. For more information on Alder Fuller and the material to be covered, visit www.alderstone3.com.

 

Our Living Earth: An Introduction to Gaia Theory

Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, beginning with free overview on Tuesday, 2/1.

Gaia theory is a new branch of biology studying Earth as a living system with a planetary-scale metabolism and homeostasis. That is, complex linkages between air, water, soil, ice caps and ecosystems regulate the temperature and the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere and oceans automatically in a way that cannot be explained by physics and chemistry alone, much like your own homeostasis. Through Gaia as metaphor, it is possible to glimpse the organic unity of the Earth. In both its scientific & metaphoric aspects, this new view of the Earth provides the foundation for a new cultural map that can guide us in the planetary era. This course is based on the book Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia by Stephen Harding, the most interesting and accessible introduction to Gaia theory available. It is open to anyone with any background, scientific or not. Text: Animate Earth: Science, Intuition & Gaia.

 

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Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on January 26, 2011 | Read more in: Events

Healthy Foods at Auburn Adult Ed

Great article in the SJ on Healthy Foods classes at Auburn AE

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Posted by Cathy Newell  on January 23, 2011 | Read more in: Press clippings

Rep. Mazurek visits Adult Ed

See article in

Village Soup

 

Posted by Cathy Newell  on January 13, 2011 | Read more in: Press clippings

Representative Edward Mazurek Returns to RSU13 Adult Education [RSU #13 Adult and Community Education]

Published in Village Soup on December 16, 2010

On December 16, 2010, Representative Edward Mazurek joined the Adult Learning Center located at RSU13’s McLain School. There, he spoke with adult students about educational goals, the local economy and health literacy. Representative Mazurek, a retired teacher and coach, has been a long-time supporter of adult education. “Education is essential at any age. We never stop learning,” Mazurek stated.

Representative Edward Mazurek, of Rockland, is serving his fourth term in the Legislature. “As we look toward economic growth and expansion in the midcoast, our adult workforce is greatest resource. The RSU13 learning center values that resource, and works tirelessly to provide adults with learning opportunities,” Mazurek added.

For more information on RSU13’s Learning Center and the free services available for adults, contact Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine’s Executive Director, Beth A. Gifford: 594-5154.  

Photo Caption: Ed Mazurek speaks with Beth A. Gifford and adult students.

 

Posted by Shannon Parker  on January 13, 2011

Facebook Widget Experiment [RSD #9 Franklin County Adult Basic Education]

You'll notice a Facebook "Widget" inserted on our Welcome page. Look for news and program updates there!

 

Posted by M Burd  on January 12, 2011 | Read more in: News

Portland Adult Ed Computer Grant for Grads

Wonderful news about a grant from the Sam Cohen foundation!

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Posted by Cathy Newell  on January 11, 2011 | Read more in: Press clippings

CNA Application [Bath]

 

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Posted by Sherri Mathison  on January 5, 2011 | Read more in: Events and News

Volunteer Application Form [Literacy Volunteers - Greater Portland]

Volunteer_Application_LVLW.doc

 

Posted by Emily Gilkinson  on December 29, 2010

Online Ad Made by Student [Windham/Raymond Adult Education]

Check out our advertisement for Windham Raymond Adult Education's Academic Program on YouTube and Facebook:

 

Posted by Lisa Robertson  on December 22, 2010 | Read more in: Windham Adult Education in the News and Student Success Stories

College Transitions Program for Adults [Lewiston Adult Education]

Lewiston Adult Education is now accepting applications for the Winter/Spring College Transition Program. This program is designed for individuals looking to increase their earning potential by earning a two or four year degree. Any GED/High School Diploma-holding resident of Androscoggin County accepted to the program may enroll at no cost.

Designed to help students prepare for, get accepted to, and be successful in college, the College Transition Program provides a comprehensive review of reading, writing, and math in a setting which simulates an actual college environment. Students who have been away from the classroom for years as well as recent High School graduates benefit from working in a college-style setting before enrolling in college. This transition step saves students much of the time and energy spent adjusting to the new environment, and allows them to better focus on their studies. Students in the program will also visit local college campuses to learn how to take advantage of many of the resources offered by colleges today.

Each semester, the course is specifically formatted to meet the students’ needs. The College Transition Program begins with a basic assessment of the students’ knowledge and skills. The instructor will then modify the structure of the class to lay emphasis on the material that will be most beneficial to the students enrolled that semester. By the end of the course, students will have developed the study habits and time management skills that will work best with their individual learning styles.

Other obstacles unrelated to academics, such as the college application process, financial aid issues, and any logistical challenges unique to the student, will also be addressed in the College Transition Program.

Industry-specific support is also available to those interested in health care. This supplemental program not only provides health-care specific career advising, it has also cultivated relationships with health care employers in the area who are available for networking, mentoring and additional advising.

Three sections of the College Transition Program are available: 1) Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am–Noon; 2) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm; or 3) Wednesdays 9:00 am–3:00 pm. College Transition Program classes will begin January 11th and meet at the B-Street Community Center.

Applications are currently being accepted. Interested candidates must contact Elayne Bean at 795-4141 to schedule an advising appointment prior to registration.

For more detailed information and a full list of courses visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call 795-4141.

 

 

Posted by Jessica Crabtree  on December 21, 2010 | Read more in: News