Sunday, November 29, 2015

Literacy – Spanning the US: Houston TX :: Harrison Co WV :: Alachua Co FL :: Tulsa OK :: Canton MI


Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County honored at state conference
The Exponent Telegram: 10.21.2015
West Virginia Department of Education
Literacy coordinator awarded for helping adults learn to read
Independent Florida Alligator: 10.22.2015 by Ashley Martin

Theresa Sterling’s passion is helping people learn how to read.

As the literacy coordinator for the Alachua County Library District, Sterling ensures adults across the Gainesville community still have the opportunity to learn how to read.

"Reading is a skill that gets better with intervention, instruction and practice," she said.

For her work with the program over the past three years, Sterling received the 2015 Carol Combs Hole Award last week. The award is given annually to staff within the library district in honor of Carol Combs Hole, a former staff member who worked in the district for 32 years.

"She’s done amazing things in revitalizing the literacy program," said Rebecca Kirkland, a library assistant at the Alachua County Library Headquarters. "She’s reaching a lot of people."

The program, which Sterling coordinates and manages, draws volunteers from across the community to work with non-English- speaking and dyslexic adults. The adults range from 40 to 76 years old.

"It’s a real niche," said Nickie Kortus, the library’s marketing and public relations manager. "She has that spark that makes everybody feel like they have the ability and they can do it. I think it’s a talent."  READ MORE !

Literacy class for English language learners is more than reading, writing
Tulsa World: 10.24.2015 by Ginnie Graham   VIDEO

It’s easy to get in a good mood around Carmen Trujillo. She has an infectious smile even as she puzzles through definitions of English words from a computer program.

The 57-year-old works as a supervisor at a McDonald’s restaurant from 1 p.m. to midnight. Then, she spends her mornings at the YWCA Multicultural Center perfecting her second language.

“I work with Hispanic people all the time, and I don’t get to practice too much,” she said. “I practice with the American people who come into the restaurant. I enrolled because I need more English on my job.”

Trujillo arrived in Tulsa from Mexico City 15 years ago. Her first job was at the McDonald’s where she is now, working her way up into management. She is planning to live the rest of her life here.

“My family is here, and I like it here,” she says.

Trujillo is in a class using the Reading Plus literacy program, which has the flexibility for English language learners and native speakers. It moves people from learning to read to reading to learn.
When arriving at the class, my intention was to write about what makes this literacy program different from others. My interest quickly changed to those in the class. There is a camaraderie, optimism and dedication among the adults, who have traveled varied and distant roads to live in our city.  READ MORE !

“I find the job is rewarding, to be able to match the tutors and students,” said Downs. She does a half-hour assessment of the student, learning background, goals and giving a simple test of English skills.  READ MORE !

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