Volume 10, Issue 12
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Thank you, Catherine Mitch (shown, upper left) for giving us some great examples on when and how to incorporate grammar into our lessons during last month’s workshop.
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!
Another year done! We at LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season and new year.
Sally Rice has been a literacy leader for some four decades, beginning with a career at the East Orange Public Library where she served as a supervising librarian and coordinator of adult services, to the Essex Literacy Consortium of the 1980s, and finally as the president of the Board of Trustees at Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex & Passaic Counties. She has also held other leadership positions in the literacy field which you can read about here: http://www.lvaep.org/our-team.html
Last month she stepped down as board president but, the good news is, we still have her amazing talents and knowledge. “I want to continue on the Board and help out in any way I can but it’s time to pass the torch,” she said last month during our annual membership meeting, which included Board elections. Thank you, Sally, for your remarkable leadership!
Our newly-elected officers include Board veterans Jordan Fried, President; Harsh Parikh, Vice President and secretary; and Jamie Stieger, Treasurer. Kathleen Mollica and Maria Roman were both re-elected and will join Sally and new members Mariella Andrade and George Pillepich. You can read all Board members’ bios on the link listed above.
The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its ninth annual adult learner writing contest, with cash prizes offered in five categories: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography. Winners will have their work published in the organization’s magazine and some will be invited to read their submissions at the NJALL annual conference in May 2023. So please encourage your students enter. http://www.njall.org/
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“The United States is facing a reading crisis.” ntdaily.com https://bit.ly/3PAQnGg
“How a 71-year-old immigrant in Seattle got a job and citizenship.” Seattle Times. https://bit.ly/3jbqZej
“Reading for pleasure can strengthen memory in older adults, Beckman researchers find.” Beckman Institute. bit.ly/3Bzt7Tw
Yosmar, an intermediate literacy student, was a business administrator in her native Venezuela. She left the country due to its problems with security and violence.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by TBD
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 2023
Tutor Support Workshops
"Using Interactive Storytelling in the Classroom,"
with Dr. Erik Jacobson
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
10 am - 11:30 am
Coffee Hour with Tutors
with Catherine Angus
Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm (General meeting)
Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 4:30pm (Themed meeting)
Getting to Know Us
‘A fifth of American adults struggle to read. Why are we failing to teach them?
In Amite County, Mississippi, where a third of adults struggle to read, evidence of America’s silent literacy crisis is everywhere.
It’s in a storefront on Main Street, in the fading mill town of Gloster, where 80-year-old Lillie Jackson helps people read their mail. “They can’t comprehend their bills,” she said. “So many of them are ashamed that they haven’t finished grade school.” She longs for the day she can retire, but she doesn’t want to abandon her neighbors. “That’s the only reason I really stay open,” she said.
It’s in the Greentree Lumber mill, where dozens of residents cut Southern yellow pine into boards, but supervisors — who must be able to page through machine guides and safety manuals — are recruited from other counties. “We’re going to have demand for jobs with no people to supply them,” mill accountant Pam Whittington said. And it’s in the local high school, in a district where a fifth of students drop out, one of the highest rates in the state. Principal Warren Eyster has seen low literacy trickle from one generation to the next — an unusually American phenomenon. (cont.)
Reprinted from ProPublica. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: bit.ly/3jas4mJ
Learning a new culture is more than studying a language. Tutoring is more than learning techniques. Our “Resources” webpage covers everything from legal matters, health care, & scholarships for immigrants, to professional development for tutors. Give us a look @: http://www.lvaep.org/students.html
Getting to Know Us