Sunday, May 28, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: San Diego CA :: Cleveland,Cleveland, OH OH :: Kansas City MO

Sharing the magic of reading
Mission Valley News: 5.12.2017 by Jeff Clemetson

Five questions for the CEO of Mission Valley-based literacy group

Over 500,000 adults in San Diego County have a below-standard level of literacy, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL).

This is why the Mission Valley-based nonprofit group works to “unite the community to support literacy through advocacy, partnerships, resources, and coordination,” according to its mission statement.

SDCOL’s vision is to develop literacy programs with partners throughout the county that are data-driven and produce outcomes that are measurable, lasting and will have an impact on the illiteracy problem in the area.

The council is led by CEO Jose Cruz, who has 32 years of experience working in literacy. In addition to heading SDCOL, he also serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of ProLiteracy, the world’s largest literacy organization, and is past-president of both the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions and the International Dyslexia Association of San Diego.

Cruz was recognized as Educator of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2003; and was a KPBS Local Hero for education in 2007. In 2014, Cruz was given a Latino Champion Award for “Civic Leader of the Year” by the Union-TribuneREAD MORE @

Over 20 years, Seeds of Literacy has helped thousands of adults improve their basic skill levels.

Seeds of Literacy has grown since 1997 to serve ever more adult students. Our 20 Year Timeline tracks the meaningful changes and accomplishments of Seeds of Literacy and our students, tutors, and staff.

Seeds of Literacy’s continued growth reaps countless benefits for our tenacious students. With two locations, one each on Cleveland’s east and west sides

registration for new students four times a week
25 class sessions available weekly
and new tutor training sessions every month…

Our accessibility and flexibility have been a central value in our approach to education and a cornerstone of our success.  READ MORE @

Low literacy among adults in Kansas City is more common than you think

Kansas City Star: 11.27.2016 by Kevin Derohanian, M & C Coor., Literacy KC

A topic that seems to go largely unnoticed and therefore unaddressed is low literacy rates among adults. With an estimated 225,000 adults in the Kansas City metro area labeled as functionally illiterate, or reading below a fifth-grade level, it is important that the community work together to reach out and help these individuals.

Adult literacy is one of those issues that many people will learn about and say, “Oh my, I had no idea this was an issue in my community.” However, it is highly likely that you know someone who is struggling with some form of low literacy; you just may not realize it.

It is such a complex issue because it is a hidden issue for many people. It can be challenging to identify low literacy because of the associated stigma that causes many of these individuals to be ashamed and therefore not make it known that they need help. --Many literate adults don’t naturally look out for illiteracy within the adult community, as they likely learned to read and write at a young age and take these skills for granted. An important part of improving adult literacy rates is increasing awareness that illiteracy exists in the first place.

Local organizations like Literacy KC are working to improve the reading, writing, math and digital skills of adults in the Kansas City metro area who may be struggling. The definition of adult literacy today is different from what it was 30 years ago when Literacy KC began. What originally primarily meant the ability to read and write has expanded to include increased focus on math skills, health and financial literacy, and digital skills. The primary reason for these changes involves the advancements in the skills needed to be a fully integrated member of society.  READ MORE @

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