Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Students Move Further Down School-to-Prison Pipeline With Every School Suspension via Ed Week

Students Move Further Down School-to-Prison Pipeline With Every School Suspension
Education Week: 7.12.2019 by Sarah D. Sparks

On the school-to-prison pipeline, school suspensions may be a key shut-off valve.

That's because, regardless of students' past behaviors, every school suspension weakens their connection to school and increases their odds of committing theft, assault, and other crimes. This is the conclusion of a new national longitudinal study published Friday in Justice Quarterly, a journal of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

"I really expected to see that once we accounted for the effect of prior offending on future offending, the effect of suspension would go away," said Thomas Mowen, an assistant professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, who led the study. "Actually what we found was almost the opposite. ... It's not offending that's predicting future offending so much as it is actually that punishment that the child receives at school."

Using federal longitudinal data, Mowen and colleagues at Bowling Green and Eastern Kentucky University tracked more than 6,800 middle and high school students in four "waves." Each year, the students were asked how many times they had been suspended in or out of school, and how often they had engaged in six different criminal behaviors: assaulting someone, carrying a gun, selling illegal substances, destroying property, and stealing items worth less and more than $50. The students were also asked whether they thought the school's discipline and grading systems were fair, whether they liked and felt safe at school, and whether they felt their teachers were interested in them.

'Cumulative Disadvantage'

The risk of offending rose for students of every race and income level, but additional punishments created a "cumulative disadvantage," particularly for vulnerable students. For example, black and Hispanic students reported fewer crimes than white students over time, but they were suspended more often; and being suspended had a stronger effect on them than on their white peers.   READ MORE >>

Monday, July 15, 2019

Learn to Earn Toolkit via NCFL

Learn to Earn Toolkit

Use the Learn to Earn Toolkit to build skills to prepare you for the workforce. Through your training on the Learn to Earn Toolkit, you will:

➧ Create your personal account and profile
➧ Be introduced to 10 topic areas of learning for the workforce
➧ Learn specific lessons within each topic area
➧ Explore career possibilities
➧ Learn new vocabulary in context

What is the Learn to Earn Toolkit?
Learn to Earn Toolkit is a free online collection of articles that focus on work skills. Articles focus on ten skills that employers say are important for new employees to have. The skills are also ones that employers say many new employees do not have. There are a total of 30 articles at each level that focus on these ten skills. Adult students can read articles and take quizzes on their own. The topics can also be used in adult education or family learning programs. Instructors can track a learner’s progress, and learners can print a list of the skills they have learned.

What is included in the content?
Learn to Earn offers a topic overview for each of the ten focus skills. Skill overview pages include a short introduction to the skill, an activity to practice with a partner, and a link to explore for more information about a specific job that uses the skill. On each skill page, you can link to three lessons for deeper learning about specific concepts of that skill.

What is the grade level of the text on Learn to Earn Toolkit?
Intermediate texts on Learn to Earn Toolkit are written at an average 4.7 grade level. Advanced texts are written at an average 7.7 grade level. Grade levels were determined using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

How are the quizzes structured?
Each quiz consists of six content questions, one idiom question, and three vocabulary questions.

Choose a skill and start learning!
You’ll find an introduction to read for each skill. Read the overview, practice the skill, and explore more information about the topic. You will find three articles for each skill.

You’ll find vocabulary words to help you learn more. You can use the Word Wheel to see how many words you learn. Take a quiz after each article to add that skill to your work-related skills list.

✬ Critical Thinking
✬ English Language
✬ Oral Communication
✬ Reading Comprehension
✬ Teamwork
✬ Diversity
✬ Information Technology Application
✬ Professionalism
✬ Social Responsibility
✬ Written Communication

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Cazenovia NY :: Red Deer AB :: Long Beach CA :: Salisbury MD

Literacy: Spanning North America

Madison County Reads Ahead Enhances Tutor Experience
Oneida Dispatch: 6.07.2019

Twenty educators attended a recent training luncheon for Madison County Reads Ahead at the Cazenovia Public Library. MCRA is the only 1-to-1 free tutoring program in the county that helps adults obtain their high school equivalency or learn English for speakers of other languages.

MCRA Coordinator Tara Truett, a retired educator with more than 30 years in public education, has been with the program since 2012. She reported that the training introduced the new product, Knowdell Card Sort, that helps clients think about their career values, skills and occupational interests. Tutors also learned about using News For You Online which offers easy-to-read weekly stories with audio and exercises for ESOL clients.  READ MORE >>

Mayor’s Recognition Awards Honour City’s Finest
Red Deer News: 6.07.2019

The 2019 Mayor’s Recognition Awards were presented Thursday night at a ceremony held at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre.

“It’s my honour to acknowledge the citizens who contribute their skills, knowledge and talents to strive for excellence, demonstrate leadership, and build our community; the Mayor’s Recognition Awards are an opportunity each year to do just that. On behalf of City Council and all Red Deerians, it is a privilege to acknowledge those who have made, and continue to make, Red Deer proud,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

This year the Mayor’s Special Award – the highest recognition given by The City of Red Deer, was presented to The Volunteers of the Red Deer Public Library Adult Literacy Program.

For 30 years, this program has been helping adult learners from all walks of life develop and enhance their literacy skills. Whatever the needs of the individual, the program matches learners with dedicated volunteers to help them meet their goals. As a result, learners are often able to find better employment, engage more with their own children’s learning, become more confident, and become more engaged citizens of our community.

The program currently has 208 volunteers who not only assist with learning; they also become role models, friends and build a stronger sense of community with their fellow Red Deerians.

In 2018, the Adult Literacy Program was awarded the Council of the Federation Literacy Award in recognition of its outstanding achievement in literacy.  READ MORE >>

Long Beach Library: Introducing LB Reads Literacy Program
Long Beach Library: June 2019

Long Beach Public Library is excited to launch LB Reads on Saturday, June 15th at the annual Summer Reading Program kickoff at Bach Neighborhood Library.
LB Reads is a free, one-on-one literacy tutoring program designed to help English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills so they can reach their potential as workers, parents, community members, and life-long learners.

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 33.5 percent of the population 16 years and over in Los Angeles County lacked basic prose literacy skills. =This was up from 20.4 percent in 1992. The annual America's Most Literate Cities study of Central Connecticut State University has ranked 88 U.S. cities for literacy since 2003. Their 2014 ranking placed Long Beach overall in 67th place. LB Reads seeks to improve these numbers by pairing tutors and learners in a trusted learning environment.

Literacy has always been a core goal of the library, and LB Reads is our way of reaching the underserved population of adults who cannot read or write proficiently.

LB Reads is made possible by the California State Library through the California Library Literacy Services grant.

Project READ Looks to Make Difference in Wicomico County
WBOC: 6.09.2019

Reading and writing, they're skills most of us take for granted.
But when you lack them, finding jobs and pursuing new opportunities can be near impossible.

That's why the Wicomico County Public Libraries came up with Project READ, an adult literacy program serving adult learnings in the Wicomico County area.

Quinton Davis has been a part of project read for a little less than a year.

"It helps with academics and it helps me learn better," said Quinton.

And it also helps with something greater.

"It helps you know that it's not a bad thing not to be able to read like other people can read," said Quinton.

At the heart of it all is, Wynette Curtis, Project READ coordinator at Wicomico Public Libraries.

"Project read is an adult literacy program sponsored by Wicomico Public Libraries, we offer free confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, math, writing, computer basics, financial literary, and health literacy," said Curtis.

Essentially, any skill that you'd need to earn a better job and improve your quality of life.  WATCH 03:21

Saturday, July 13, 2019

WhyWhy You Should Be Reading 15 Pages a Day via Mental Floss

Why You Should Be Reading 15 Pages a Day
Mental Floss: 7.11.2019 by Jake Rossen

Everyone understands the benefits of reading—a more substantial knowledge base, a better vocabulary, exploring new worlds in fiction or nonfiction—but not everyone believes they have time to spare to tackle a book. Work duties, personal obligations, and family time can all discourage people from reaching for that volume on the nightstand, too afraid to start something they don’t think they can finish

Fortunately, even a little reading can go a long way.

According to Naomi S. Baron, Ph.D., a professor of linguistics at American University in Washington, D.C., setting a goal of reading just 15 pages a day accomplishes a number of things. It requires only a modest time commitment—most people can likely finish reading 15 pages in 30 minutes or less—which can make the idea of tackling a book less imposing. More importantly, it creates a habit. Like exercise or practicing a musical instrument, consistency counts.

Equally important to committing to daily reading is placing an emphasis on pages—actual physical pages, not digital text. Holding an analog book ensures that you’re making the most of your allotted time, concentrating fully on the substance of the material.

There’s another benefit to holding a book: a sense of accomplishment. Pinching 15 pages between your fingers lets you know what the goal is and charts your progress. You can see a physical manifestation of the commitment, both in the pages you've passed and the ones you have ahead.

Take the pledge, and share what you hope to accomplish with your 15 pages a day. It’s a small commitment that can pay off big time in the end.

Share your pledge to read #15PagesADay
Whether you're teaching students, reading with kids, or hard at work learning new skills, share what you hope to accomplish with your 15 pages a day.  READ MORE >>


Friday, July 12, 2019

Health Literacy Listening Tour via Health Literacy Outloud

Health Literacy Listening Tour (HLOL#188)

Audrey Riffenburgh Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in health literacy and plain language. Dr. Riffenburgh is President of Health Literacy Connections (formerly Plain Language Works). Her firm helps healthcare systems, health-related agencies, and companies use health literacy and plain language to improve audience communication and meet organizational goals.

Dr. Riffenburgh is widely recognized for her many health literacy accomplishments. This includes being the Senior Health Literacy Specialist at an academic health system where she led efforts to improve communication and access for patients and families and become a more “health literate organization.”

In this podcast, Audrey Riffenburgh talks with Helen Osborne about:

➤ Health Literacy Listening Tour. A quick, focused way to get the “lay of the land” within your organization so as to develop meaningful health literacy programs.

➤ Practical tips that include meeting with key leaders, framing health literacy as an important issue, and learning about organizational goals, strategies, and needs.

➤ Using this opportunity to build goodwill, raise awareness about your program, develop allies, create networks, and develop projects with measurable outcomes.  LISTEN 10:54

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Food Literacy Kits :: Lets Cook :: ALA Loleta D Fyan Award

Sarah Strahl wins the 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Award
ALA News: 7.12.2018

The American Library Association has awarded the 2018 Loleta D. Fyan Award to Sarah Strahl for her proposal for a Food Literacy – A Critical Need at Hillsboro Public Library.

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

The Loleta D. Fyan Award Jury noted that Strahl’s proposal will benefit many community members with advice about healthy eating on a limited budget. By developing classes on basic cooking skills and how to eat well on a small budget and then archiving on the web videos of these classes, Hillsboro (Oregon) Public Library will provide a very valuable resource for their community. Once archived, these classes will also be available to anyone who connects to the web, and they will provide a model for other libraries that want to create similar content.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Nutrition goes hand in hand with literacy and learning by giving the brain resources to develop and maintain critical neural pathways. New to the Library of Things, Hillsboro Public Library presents culinary literacy kits to address the food literacy needs of our community and help improve the lives and health of our residents.

Let's Cook!

Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that "these funds be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide." Fyan, who was the State Librarian of Michigan for 20 years, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship". A pioneer in extending library service to rural areas and small communities and a proponent of library cooperation, Fyan was a driving force behind Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funding.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Salt Lake City UT :: Boynton Beach FL :: Kokomo IN

Literacy: Spanning the US

High 5: Beating the Odds With Adult Literacy
KSL TV: 6.05.2019 by Felicia Martinez

“What are you interested in? What do you want to know about?”

In learning to read, the students enrolled in the Literacy Action Center’s adult literacy program also learn about other topics with Dr. Deborah Young.

She has been teaching adult literacy for 35 years, taking adults with low-level reading, writing or math skills and improving them.  WATCH 03:00

Literacy AmeriCorps & The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
WRMF: 6.28.2019

In Palm Beach County, an estimated 1 in 7 adults functions at the lowest level of literacy and lacks the basic skills needed for today’s world. Nearly half of children in third grade are unable to read at grade level. Many of these adults and children who cannot read or write well desperately want to learn. Literacy AmeriCorps members address this need by teaching in family literacy and adult education programs to assist adults to learn English, serving as Graduation Coaches in local high schools with at-risk youth, and tutoring children in elementary schools, afterschool programs and libraries.  LISTEN 20:08

Literacy Coalition Receives A Grant From The Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Literacy Coalition a grant last week.

The donation came as a portion of the more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to approximately 1,000 nonprofits, libraries, and schools across the nation.

"This is the third year in a row that the foundation has chosen to support our programs with a grant. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a major promoter of adult literacy programs," said Literacy Coalition Executive Director Bob Stephenson. "They place a high value on improving the literacy skills of adults and families so our missions match very well. It is an honor to have their support again this year. Know we have their confidence motivates us to work harder to help individuals in the Kokomo area achieve their goals.”

This grant will offset the costs of giving some of the Literacy Coalition's student’s access to a new smartphone app that allows them to study more than 900 English and math lessons on their phone.  READ MORE >>