Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Literacy – Spanning the US :: San Diego CA :: Logan UT :: Fairfield CA

The Dyslexia Training Institute with Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Literacy for All: 8.27.2020 with Jose Cruz, San Diego Council On Literacy

Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley is the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute in San Diego. She is the past -president of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and comes with a long history in the field of adult literacy. She is the author of two books on dyslexia: Dyslexia Advocate! and Dyslexia & Spelling. Kelli has presented at numerous conferences as well as provided professional development for K–12 teachers. She received her doctorate in literacy with a specialization in reading and dyslexia from San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. She has emerged as an authority on the topic of dyslexia…that is supported with diverse direct experience in serving learners of all ages.  LISTEN P1 29:23 P2 27:59

Bridgerland Literacy Wants To Add Some Classes To Boost Learning
Cache Valley Daily: 9.02.2020 by Rod Boam

Alice Sheppard, the director of the Bridgerland Literacy program, tells the story of a beautiful Simolean lady trying to pass her GED. She walks into the office struggling with a basic English language principle. Sheppard said they taught her a basic thing she needed to know to be successful, and she was.

The Bridgerland Literacy program uses children’s short stories to help adults learn to read.

“A young man from Guatemala came to the office because he couldn’t grasp the concept of a three-point turn,” Shepard said. “We sat down and diagrammed it on a piece of paper, and he left knowing the concept.”

Shepard enjoys working with students one on one, but she wants to move the learning towards a classroom environment.

“I thought we should be doing classes,” she said. “I think people can sometimes learn better as a group.”

When someone asks a question maybe another student will have the same question but be afraid to ask.

“Some people can’t get stuff out of books, they need someone to teach them,” Sheppard said. “I think when we have several people trying to learn the same thing like the GED it would work better.”

When fully staffed, volunteers are matched with a student for one-on-one tutoring in an open, safe, and confidential environment.

“We use researched and evidence-based materials to teach students,” she said. “I looked through a lot of teaching and learning programs before she found this one.”

Bridgerland Literacy uses researched and evidence-based materials to teach students.

“COVID is killing me. I want to meet with my students,” Sheppard said. “I want to teach more adults in a classroom setting.”  READ MORE ➤➤

Based on 7 readability formulas:
Grade Level: 7
Reading Level: fairly easy to read.
Reader's Age: 11-13 yrs. old
(Sixth and Seventh graders)

Supervisors Give Shout-out To Literacy Awareness Efforts
Daily Republic: 9.02.2020 by Todd R. Hansen

Solano County supervisors on Tuesday recognized September as Adult Literacy Awareness Month, then handed out annual awards recognizing the work by some of the volunteers.

“Literacy skills are required to be successful in the workforce, to support good health, help our children succeed and be active and contributing community members,” the resolution adopted by the board states.

Cherelyn Ellington Hunt, the literacy program manager, said 2020 has forced the program to adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic by offering Zoom classes rather than the traditional one-on-one tutoring.

She noted Solano County was one of the first to make the switch and is one of the few counties that have continued the virtual effort after six months of the pandemic shutdown.

Hunt noted the program is now looking to assist parents who are struggling with their own literacy to develop strategies to help their children during stay-at-home, online education.

“At some point, we will bring all our students and tutors back into the libraries and continue,” she said.  READ MORE ➤➤

Based on 7 readability formulas:
Grade Level: 15
Reading Level: difficult to read.
Reader's Age: College graduate

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