Monday, September 26, 2011

Literacy Tribune Newsletter: September 2011

Literacy Tribune: September 2011
The Adult Learner Network Newsletter

United Literacy, a non-profit organization, provides resources and support to adult literacy learners in the United States. Its aim is to make literacy education accessible and worthwhile for adult learners.

Main Story: A Close Look at the United States Budget
A budget is a plan. It is a plan to manage money.

A Letter to Readers
By Daniel Pedroza, President of United Literacy, Inc.
Dear Readers,
This issue of The Literacy Tribune marks our fourth anniversary. I, along with the staff and board of United Literacy, want to thank you for your support.

Organization Spotlight: Project Learn of Summit County
Project Learn of Summit County (in Akron, Ohio) is a leader in technology use among adult education and literacy programs.

Member Spotlight: Nicholas Munguia
Is learning more now than he ever learned in school.

Technology Watch: Songbird Music Player
By Daniel Pedroza, Managing Editor
Most people will agree that iTunes is one the best free music players on Mac and PCs. But Songbird is a great alternative to iTunes

The Literacy Tribune is looking for adult learner writers.
Are you an adult learner ?
Do you want to write ?
Do you want to publish your writing ?

You can write about:
Your road to literacy
Your literacy organization
Literacy resources you like
You can write book reviews, poetry, short stories
You can write articles about health, finance, or technology
You can write just about anything !

Friday, September 16, 2011

Early Education for All

Strategies for Children – Boston MA
Early Education for All

“We must invest in high-quality early education, one of the few educational strategies with a demonstrated positive effect on early literacy, as well as future academic achievement and social-emotional development. If we ensure that children in Massachusetts become proficient readers by the end of third grade, everything else on the education agenda will be easier to tackle, as will our ability to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy.”
Margaret Blood, Strategies for Children, Boston, September 8, 2011
Eye on Early Education Blog

Early Learning Matters - Video

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NCL Literacy Leadership Awards

National Coalition for Literacy to Honor Adult Literacy Leaders
PR Web: 9.12.2011

In celebration of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2011, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) will present its 2011 NCL Literacy Leadership Awards on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM at a ceremony in the Senate Dirksen Building (SD-G50) in Washington, DC.

The awards recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States. The event is free and open to the public and press. Pre-registration is required.

NCL will recognize the following outstanding individuals and organizations:

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Congressional Adult Education and Family Literacy Week champion and dedicated advocate for high-quality professional development for teachers and instructors.

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, administrator of the national Literacy*AmeriCorps project since 2006, which serves more than 15,000 adult literacy students through more than 75 adult education programs in eight cities, including Austin, Dayton, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Washington DC.

U.S. A. Learns, the online interactive English language learning site, created by Jere Johnston and John Fleischman. The site is free to learners who wish to improve their literacy skills and English language proficiency through independent study. It receives more than 11,000 visitors each day.

John Corcoran, former adult literacy student, literacy champion, and founder of the John Corcoran Foundation, which supports creating a society in which each individual has the basic skills necessary to become a success in all aspects of life including education, work and community service.

Past Literacy Leadership Awards. READ MORE !

Friday, September 9, 2011

Michael S. Hart

Michael S. Hart
1947 - 2011

The invention of eBooks was not simply a technological innovation or precursor to the modern information environment.

A more correct understanding is that eBooks are an efficient and effective way of unlimited free distribution of literature.

Access to eBooks can thus provide opportunity for increased literacy.
Literacy, and the ideas contained in literature, creates opportunity.

Photo: Brewster Kahle's Blog

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8: Why Literacy Means Peace

International Literacy Day 2011:
Why Literacy Means Peace

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

Literacy isn't just a problem of reading or writing. It's the very foundation of peace. Discover how UNESCO's Literacy Prize Winners are laying those foundations. Literacy provides the language & reasoning skills to improve one's employability, empower women & socially disadvantaged groups, and understand values of tolerance, cohesion, and conflict resolution.

International Literacy Day: September 8

Understanding Literacy