Literacy Connection

Collections Event Invite

Post date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:09pm

Collections Event Invite

Hello Tutors,

You are cordially invited to attend Collections 2015, the annual celebration of student writing for students in the Literacy Program or in Adult Education classes, levels 10 - 40. The celebration will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Warren Newport Library, Meeting Rooms A & B on 224 O’Plaine Road, in Gurnee, IL.

Please click the following link for the invitation: Invitation. If you have students that have submitted writings for this year’s book, it would be terrific if you could call them to remind them of the event. If you would like help with the phone calls, please let me know and I would be happy to assist you.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,  

Laura Sherwood                                       Josh Anderson

Literacy Coordinator                                Adult Literacy Coordinator

College of Lake County                            Waukegan Public Library

(847) 543-2327                                         (847) 775-2549

lsherwood [at] clcillinois [dot] edu                     janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info

Event Details for On the Road to Literacy and Collections

Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 5:15pm

Both tutors and learners are welcome at both events.  Please share the following details with your learners so they can participate in these fun upcoming events!  If you tutor learners in a classroom, please ask the teacher of the class if you can share this information.

 

Collections Party

Thursday, April 30th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Warren Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 (just north of Washington on O’Plaine.)

If your learners would like to submit writings, they only have until Friday, April 3rd.  Start now!

Party Flyer

Submission Guidelines and Writing Ideas

 

On the Road to Literacy Conference

Day-long event, Saturday, April 18th

Event Flyer Page 1

Event Flyer Page 2

Registration form      Registration deadline: Friday, April 10th

Collections anthology opportunity for your learners, “On the Road to Literacy Conference” coming up, New Tutors!, Opportunities for you with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County

Post date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 5:24pm

In this issue of the Literacy Connection: Collections anthology opportunity for your learners, “On the Road to Literacy Conference” coming up, New Tutors!, Opportunities for you with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County

Collections 2015 Anthology and Party

Each year the Collections event is a great chance for adult learners to share their experiences and publicly show the improvement in their skills.  The Literacy Volunteers of Lake County sponsor the publication of an anthology of student writings and host a release party.  Contributing learners receive a free copy of the anthology at the party and have a chance to publicly read their contributions.  It’s a neat chance for learners to come together and celebrate each other.  All tutors and adult learners are welcome at the event.  Often learners will come one year just to observe and then be inspired to contribute the next year.

Details on the event are still being hammered out for an evening in early May.  You can begin plugging the event to your learners and preparing submissions now.  If you work with learners in a classroom setting, please ask your supervising instructor if you can share the information about Collections with the class.  In the past, some classes have created submissions together.

Click here for the submission guidelines and ideas!

“On the Road to Literacy” Save the Date

Learners will have the opportunity to participate in the On the Road to Literacy Conference on Saturday, April 18th.  The conference is a chance for adult learners from around the state to gather together, share experiences and learn.  The event is hosted at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  The Literacy Volunteers of Lake County will be providing for bus transportation to and from the event from Waukegan and Grayslake.  Look for more information in March about transportation and the available workshops.  Click here to view the “On the Road to Literacy Conference” website!

New Tutors!

Say hello to another wonderful new group of volunteer tutors!

ABE Tutors finished training on Saturday, February 14th.

From left to right: Back- John Martin, John Storaasli, Dan MacKinney, Josh Anderson (WPL staff), Lawrence Kolaczkowski; Middle- Laura Sherwood (CLC staff), Jenny Ross (previously trained as an ESL tutor), Anne McCormick, Amy Ratican, Daisy Chavez, Front- Marita Martin, Lisa Kolaczkowski, Margaret Petroff, Sandi Firsel, Tom Pedersen; Not pictured: Lisa Athanassopoulos (returning tutor)

ESL Tutors finished training this past Saturday.

(Our apologies, we’re 0 for 2 so far at remembering to get a picture at the end of the ESL training.  The third time will hopefully be the charm.)

New Tutors: Octavius Hayes, John Martin, Dorothe Patterson, Alison Storaasli

Tutors Already Trained in ABE: Jyotin Adhvaryu, Jim Meyerhoff, Marlene Overton, Gay Reid, Robin Sherwood, Ben Sponseller

Special thanks to Dan MacKinney, John Martin and John Storaasli who completed both the ABE and ESL trainings all at once this February!

Four of these volunteers have already started tutoring and several others are in the process of being matched.  We’re very excited to have all of them joining us! 

Opportunities with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County

Literacy Volunteers of Lake County is looking for volunteers to share their time and skills to help create awareness and grow partnerships in addressing illiteracy in our communities. There are opportunities to create flyers, help teams plan special events, connect with local organizations about adult literacy and complete tasks that support Literacy Volunteers. It’s a great way to help adult learners and meet others who are committed to improving adult literacy in Lake County. 

If you or a friend or family member might be interested, please contact Becky Juroe at 847-625-8530 or bjuroe [at] hotmail [dot] com to learn more about getting involved with the Literacy Volunteers. 

Happy New Year from the Literacy Program!

Post date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 4:55pm

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 - 6:28pm

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 - 7:41pm

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 - 4:11pm

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 - 12:29pm

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 - 12:28pm

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 - 2:07pm

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.