Literacy Connection

Happy New Year from the Literacy Program!

Post date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 3:55pm

Lake County’s adult learners were able to do a lot more this fall because of your help and support!  See below for a list of some of the things you all shared. 

2015 looks to be another year full of learning.  Thanks for volunteering and thanks for sharing!  Have a truly happy new year!

  • Read an article from the New York Times
  • Got a new job that wasn’t a good fit but found another similar job closer to home
  • Kept reading books on her own
  • Figured out she needs new glasses
  • Signed up for an extra math class
  • Wrote about her sister’s wedding
  • Read a whole novel and discussed the characters, themes and vocabulary
  • Read his homework stories several times until he understood
  • Felt prepared to take the GED Math test
  • Started texting and E-mailing with confidence
  • Read a Christmas card from his tutor
  • Read more easily when doing internet searches
  • Wrote her first book report
  • Started to differentiate between short-e and short-i sounds better
  • Started texting
  • Wrote papers with bibliographies
  • Learned to use the dictionary and taught her grandson how to do it too
  • Started writing in her journal
  • Learned enough to manage online accounts and E-mail for job search

 

Memorial Service for Barbara Babb

Post date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:28pm

Memorial Service for Barbara Babb

Barb Babb passed away peacefully amongst her loved ones on Friday, November 28th, ending her battle with cancer.  She had been the Literacy Coordinator at the Waukegan Public Library through her retirement in 2011 and had tutored in the Literacy Program for many years prior to becoming a staff member.  After her retirement, she continued to support literacy as President of the Literacy Volunteer of Lake County.  Many of you shared the great privilege of working with her.  She is dearly missed.

Below are the details for Barb’s Memorial Service:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

4pm Gathering, 4:30pm Service

Burnett-Dane Funeral Home

120 West Park Ave, Libertyville

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to:

The Barbara Babb Memorial Fund

c/o Literacy Volunteers of Lake County

128 County St.

Waukegan, IL 60085

 

Please make checks out to the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County with the memo Barbara Babb Memorial Fund.

 

Missing Thanks

We are thankful for technology when it works.  It didn’t work last Wednesday.  The picture message meant for tutors failed to come through in the E-mail version of the message.  Please click here to view the whole message.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Literacy Program!

Post date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 6:41pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Want to Help Plan the On the Road to Literacy Conference?

The On the Road to Literacy Conference is an annual event in April put on by the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois.  It is a unique one-day event targeted at providing learning and engagement for adult learners as well as their tutors and teachers.  The Program usually brings a busful of learners and tutors down to UIC in Chicago for it. 

Dorothy Miaso of the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is working on putting together the Planning Committee for the conference.  She has shared that they would love to have tutors’ perspective represented on this year’s Committee.  Details from Dorothy about the requirements are below.  Please contact Dorothy at 312-857-1582 or lvaill [at] aol [dot] com to express interest or get more information.  Click here for information about last year’s conference.

From Dorothy about the Planning Committee: Our first meeting will be Wednesday, December 10th at the Center for Literacy’s offices at 1640 W. Roosevelt Road, 6th Floor Conference Room. The meeting will be at 1 p.m., lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m.  Following the December 10th meeting, we will likely meet two additional timeswith dates to be set at members’ convenience. There will also be communication via phone calls and/or e-mails in between meetings. If you cannot attend the meetings in person, we offer a call-in option.

Literacy Program News: Student Conference and State-wide Literacy Newsletter

Post date: Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:11pm

Adult Learner Conference

The New Readers for New Life will be holding a one-day conference on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at UIC in Chicago.  It’s a unique event planned and conducted by past and present adult learners.  The focus of the day is for adult learners to come together and share their experiences.  Please share information about the conference with your adult learners.  Click here for the full details.

Please notify Josh ASAP at 847-775-2549 or janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info if your learner(s) or you are interested in attending.  If there is enough interest, the Program may be able to help coordinate transportation. 

Illinois Literacy Newsletter

Last year, more than 22,000 learners participated in Adult Literacy programs supported by the Illinois Secretary of State Literacy Office.  That includes your tutoring!  Read student success stories and more in the Literacy Office newsletter.  Click here to view the Fall 2014 Newsletter from the Illinois State Literacy Office.  

 

 

Correction: Broken Link to APC Conference Flyer

Post date: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:29am

Unfortunately the link to the flyer about the upcoming APC conference didn’t work in the Literacy Connection Post from last Thursday.  Please see the full details about the conference below.

  

APC Conference (It’s free!)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

Sign-in beginning at 7:45 a.m.

T-Wing; Room 326

Continental Breakfast Served

Three sessions of one-hour workshops ending at  12 noon.

Choose from a variety of workshops: “Career Pathways for Students – What do they need to know?”, “Making Sense of Decoding & Spelling for Low Level ABE”, “Questioning for Reading Comprehension”, “Active Learning for Math”, “Active Learning for Reading”, “Teachers as Coaches”

 

Please RSVP by Monday, October 20th

To: Carolyn Sawyer

(847) 543-2866 or csawyer [at] clcillinois [dot] edu

Correction: Broken Link to APC Conference Flyer

Post date: Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:28am

Unfortunately the link to the flyer about the upcoming APC conference didn’t work in the Literacy Connection Post from last Thursday.  Please see the full details about the conference below.

  

APC Conference (It’s free!)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

Sign-in beginning at 7:45 a.m.

T-Wing; Room 326

Continental Breakfast Served

Three sessions of one-hour workshops ending at  12 noon.

Choose from a variety of workshops: “Career Pathways for Students – What do they need to know?”, “Making Sense of Decoding & Spelling for Low Level ABE”, “Questioning for Reading Comprehension”, “Active Learning for Math”, “Active Learning for Reading”, “Teachers as Coaches”

 

Please RSVP by Monday, October 20th

To: Carolyn Sawyer

(847) 543-2866 or csawyer [at] clcillinois [dot] edu

Literacy Program News: Training Opportunities Details

Post date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:07pm

RSVP for upcoming APC Conference

CLC will be hosting the Lake County Area Planning Council for Adult Education annual fall conference.  Click here to view the flyer.  Please RSVP to Caroyln Sawyer at 847-543-2866 or csawyer [at] clcilinois [dot] edu by Monday, October 20th.  Learn how to be a better tutor with workshops like: “Career Pathways for Students – What do they need to know?”, “Making Sense of Decoding & Spelling for Low Level ABE”, “Questioning for Reading Comprehension”, “Active Learning for Math”, “Active Learning for Reading”, “Teachers as Coaches”.

SORT Test Training scheduled

Thank you to the four volunteers who have already signed up to learn how to give the SORT test.  It’s a one-on-one test in which adult learners are asked to read lists of words.  The training will be next Thursday, October 16th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Waukegan Public Library.  Please contact Josh at 847-775-2549 or janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info if you’d like to attend.

New Tutors and a Training Opportunity

Post date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:20am

New Tutors!

In addition to the normal ABE tutor training series offered in partnership between the Waukegan Public Library and the College of Lake County, the Waukegan Public Library offered a training series for ESL tutors for the first time!  Check out our newly trained tutor classes of fall 2014!  

 15 new ABE Tutors!

Front row from left to right: Karen Fassbinder, Catherine Hill, Ponni Shanmuganathan-Nainar, Jeanie Resendiz, Carol Cavitt, Marta Carcamo, Kelly Sprecker

Back row from left to right: Keith Johnson, Laura Sherwood (College of Lake County, Adult Education Division, Instructional Transition Manager), Patricia Dominguez, Cathy Topcik, Virginia Mann, Josh Anderson (Waukegan Public Library, Adult Literacy Coordinator)

Not Pictured: Adam Boyd, April Decker, Stephnie Buford, Nancy Sheldon

Taken by: Susie Hurvitz (Literacy Volunteers of Lake County Board Member)

 

26 new ESL Tutors!

Diana Alvey, Hannah Benning, Bonnie Caldwell, Marta Carcamo, Susan Castelvecchi, Carol Cavitt, Kathy Clay, Kelly Dickson, June Evans, Leslie Fretzin, Ashley Garcia, Topacio Hernandez, Robert Hunter, Olga Jacobi, Chris Maier, Barbara Michaelides, Sarah Myslis, Debbie Nikkila, Jeanie Resendiz, Jenny Ross, Nancy Schabell, Jaimie Shulz, Ponni Shanmuganathan-Nainar, Nancy Sheldon, Jusy Sweda, Linda Torcivia

 A special congratulations to the 15 tutors who are now trained to tutor in both ESL and ABE!

 

Opportunity for Further Training

Do you want to keep improving your tutoring?  Attend the Lake County Area Planning Council for Adult Education’s Fall 2014 conference at the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus.  It will be on October 25th from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Learn about various ABE and ESL topics.  

 Click here to view the conference flyer and watch your e-mail for details that will be coming your way very soon.

 

Literacy Program News

Post date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:12am

Program News:

Walk/Run for Literacy this Saturday:

Join the Literacy Volunteers for a fun time and/or to raise money to support adult literacy efforts in Lake County.  Click here for details.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Slosson Oral Reading Test

Most one-on-one learners in the program take the Slosson Oral Reading Testing (SORT) as their standardized reading assessment.  The Waukegan Public Library is looking for a few volunteers who would like to be trained to administer this test to adult learners to check their progress.  Giving the test takes between ten and twenty minutes.  After a short training, volunteers will visit a one-on-one tutoring group every few weeks to deliver the assessment.  Contact Josh at janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] infoor 847-775-2549 if you are interested. 

 

Coming this fall: ESL Tutoring!

This fall the Waukegan Public Library will begin placing tutors for one-on-one and small group matches to teach the English language for the first time in the program’s history.  Several ABE-trained tutors have already signed up to be trained in this area as well.  Contact Rachel Cope at rachelcope [at] waukeganpl [dot] info or 847-775-2547 to learn more.

 

(but not far)

The Adult Literacy Tutoring staff at the Waukegan Public Library has moved to new offices. They are still located on the Library’s main floor, but now they’re behind a key-coded door. If you are visiting Josh or Rachel at the Waukegan Public Library, please ask the front desk to call them and they’ll come out to greet you.

Other Literacy News:

Dropping Back Inis four half-hour documentary-style programs featuring inspiring profiles of dropouts who dropped back in and the people and programs that helped them.  The first two episodes will air locally tonight, Wednesday September 24 at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on WTTW Create/World.

 

You are a part of the Illinois Secretary of State’s literacy effort!

Did you know that you and other volunteer literacy tutors in programs funded by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office provided tutoring at 443 different locations around the state last year?  Learn more about the statewide literacy effort by viewing the 2014 Guide to the Secretary of State Literacy Effort.

 

ProLiteracy Newsletter

The Waukegan Public Library is a member of ProLiteracy, the largest international literacy organization.  Click here to view their Fall 2014 newsletter.  Inside you’ll find sample lessons (Math, Conversational English, and Geography), recommended resources and an adult learner success story.

 

Spring Cleaning: Extra Books?

Post date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:08pm

Okay!  Okay!  I know it’s not really spring, but can you blame me for some wishful thinking at this point in our winter?  Pretend it’s spring with me and get rid of your unused tutoring materials.

If you have materials you are no longer using with students, we’d love to add them back into our Literacy Tutor Resource Collection for other tutoring groups to use.  Right now, we’re especially short on teacher’s guides and student books for the Laubach Way to Reading, Focus on Phonics, Voyager and Endeavor series. 

Options for Returning Materials:

1. In Waukegan: Materials can be left at the front desk of the Waukegan Public Library at any time during open hours.  Simply attach a note: “Tutoring Materials for Josh Anderson”.  Of course, you welcome to return materials directly to me or Rachel if we’re in the Literacy Office.

  • WPL hours: M-W 10-8, R-F 10-6, S-S 1-5

2. In Grayslake: Contact Laura Sherwood to arrange drop off of materials at the CLC Grayslake Campus.

3. Through Inter-Library Loan (ILL): If it’s not convenient to visit Waukegan or Grayslake, your local library can usually send the materials back to Waukegan through ILL.  For this option, E-mail janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info with a list of the titles you’d like to return and the library you’d like to send them from.  Because these materials are uncatalogued, WPL’s ILL staff person will make arrangements with your library and send you instructions for returning the materials.

Thinking Spring!

Josh Anderson, Waukegan Public Library, Adult Literacy Coordinator