Volume 10, Issue 4
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Picked up some new techniques last month during the “Using Images With Your Students” workshop presented by our tutor support specialist Catherine Angus.
Literacy Volunteers of America Essex & Passaic Counties
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 566-6200, ext. 217 or 225
195 Gregory Avenue, 2nd Floor, Passaic, NJ 07055
Cristhian Barcelos -Executive Director
Catherine Angus -Tutor Support Specialist
Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family!
Welcome to our first newsletter of the spring, a time for New Jerseyans to break that long spell of cabin fever, get outdoors to enjoy a glimpse of the state’s cherry blossoms and daffodils, or even cross the river for a baseball opener.
This spring we’re looking forward to two virtual conferences, open to any tutors, students, and others who want to brush up on their skills, learn new ones, or just find a way to stay motivated.
First, there’s Literacy New Jersey's annual conference, "Literacy for Life 2.0", April 27-April 30, 2022, which offers more than 30 online sessions for adult literacy tutors, teachers, trainers, students, staff and board members – everything from ESL games to sessions on writing, citizenship, careers, technology instruction, even book and film clubs for literacy students. You can view these diverse workshops and register here: https://bit.ly/3IHxEEb
Then, there’s the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) annual conference from May 18 – 21, 2022, with workshops on writing, listening skills, family literacy, digital literacy, immigration policy, and data storytelling, among other offerings. For more info:
Know someone who started college but didn’t finish? New Jersey may be hunting for them. Under a proposal by Gov. Phil Murphy, the state budget would include $3 million for “Some College, No Degree”, a new program to identify residents who started college but didn’t finish. The state would then offer the adults support to reenroll in their old colleges or new ones. For more info: https://bit.ly/3rgZAsH Now, if we can just extend the plan to high school non-finishers …
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Immigrants find long and complicated road to citizenship.” Kansas Reflector https://bit.ly/3O36knx
“Why are adults so bad at learning new languages? We may be trying too hard.” bigthink.com https://bit.ly/3xgPNGz
“NJ schools were facing a staffing crisis before COVID. Now, the challenges are daunting.” USAToday (via northjersey.com) https://njersy.co/3uokqs0
Blanca, a student from El Salvador, has taken adult school English and computer literacy classes for nearly a decade and has no plans to stop.
Tutor Support Workshops
"Taking the Fear out of Speaking,"
with Darnelle Richardson
Platform: Google Meet
Thursday, April 21, 2022
12 pm - 1:30 pm
“Writing Can Be Fun - Even Virtually!”
with Todd Evans
Thursday, May 19, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Monthly Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1 pm
Literacy Assistance Center (LAC)
These professional development offerings are provided through funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the Literacy Assistance Center.
Getting to Know Us
The Literacy Journey of Kenny Dension: Self-Made Man
Getting to Know Us