Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Waldo Co ME :: Wicomico Co MD :: Arlington Heights IL

Literacy Volunteers host 30th anniversary celebration

Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County invites community members to help celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free buffet meal, documentary and speaker Thursday, May 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Waldo County Technical Center in Waldo.

The celebration will be an occasion for all who care about literacy to come together to reflect on the power and pleasure of reading — be it by gaining fluency and understanding with words, math problems, computer skills or the English language, according to a press release. In “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” this event will honor the organization's past 30 years — and the many years ahead — of creating opportunities for learning partners to come together.

The stories of what tutors and their learning partners discover together will be shared and celebrated through a video documentary. Guest speaker Mitch Littlefield will highlight the positive impact of a student-teacher relationship. Littlefield is the author of “Memories of Shucking Peas,” a collection of stories written because of the encouragement of a middle school English teacher.  READ MORE @

Literacy program helps local community
SU Flyer: 4.25.2017 by Sawyer Cornelius

The crisis of adult illiteracy in the greater Salisbury area now faces a new enemy.

The Project READ program, sponsored by the Wicomico County Public Libraries, aims to decrease the proportion of illiterate adults within the local Salisbury and surrounding communities.

Project READ is a free one-on-one literacy program that assists adults in becoming fluent in basic reading, writing, fundamental mathematics, health and finance.

“The adult literacy program is an innovation of one-on-one tutoring in areas of basic writing and math to computer-operation skills,” Curtis said. “[It] is more effective and tailored to individual learning styles as opposed to class-like settings.”

The current READ program, launched in September 2016, is the third iteration of several attempts at decreasing the statistic of Salisbury’s illiterate populous.  READ MORE @

Adult literacy program at Township High School District 214 acclimates immigrants
Chicago Tribune: 4.26.2017 by Aileen Simons

I recently finished my first session as a volunteer tutor for Township High School District 214's "Read to Learn: Adult Literacy Volunteer Program," and it was a fantastic experience.

If you are not familiar with this free, grant-based program, volunteers are trained to work one on one with adult learners to help improve their reading abilities and basic skills. It is geared specifically to adults living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago who read and write English below the ninth grade level.

Many adult learners are foreign born, where English is not their native language. Tutors meet with their learners once a week, for 10 weeks, in the spring and fall. Each individual session lasts two-and-a-half hours.

In February, I met my learner, Yukiko, who moved here with her husband and children from Tokyo, Japan. I'm not sure who was more nervous during the first day that we met but as we began to talk and learn about each other through sharing pictures on our cellphones, we relaxed.

Each week afterward, it became easier to communicate as we developed a friendship and worked to achieve her goals of improving her vocabulary, and becoming more comfortable with basic conversation skills. Our site supervisor gave us new lessons to work on each week, and I saw a great deal of progress made from the first week of the session to the last.  READ MORE @

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