Volume 6, Issue 2
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Nora Devine offered an excellent workshop last month on teaching decoding and word analysis skills. Information on this month’s workshop is found on the next page.
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
Russell Ben Ali -Recruitment & Training Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA Family,
Looking for a way to update your teaching skills while networking with others in the field of adult education? Consider the day-long, annual conferences of Literacy New Jersey and the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning.
“Literacy for Life Conference,” Literacy New Jersey’s event on April 21, will feature unique workshops such as “Math Literacy in the Kitchen,” “Understanding Dyslexia,” “Teaching American Culture through Current Events,” as well as sessions on building writing skills, digital learning, and successful job search strategies for students.
NJALL’s conference on May 11 offers workshops such as “Mobile Resources for Teaching and Learning,” “Students Developing Web Pages as Career Education,” and “Learning Circles for Students on Waiting Lists,” in addition to seminars on community organizing, advocacy strategies, and blended learning programs. Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up. For more information:
Literacy New Jersey: https://literacynj.org/literacy-life-2018
Keep an eye out for an upcoming segment of the award-winning PBS television program “The Success Files” hosted by Rob Lowe, which will highlight the adult education campaign of ‘Educate and Elevate.’ We’ll keep you posted.
Thank you Nora Devine for your helpful decoding strategies tutor support workshop presented last month. We enjoyed learning new techniques and comparing notes with tutors from LVA and Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“First language attrition in bilinguals is more common that you think,” The Varsity. https://goo.gl/LsKwVH
“What do you do with a life’s work in literacy? Give it all away,” The Dispatch. https://goo.gl/egH4j4
“Why babies can learn 2 languages at one time,” The Sumter Item. https://goo.gl/Lza8bS
“Language utilizes ancient brain circuits that predate humans,” Psychology Today. https://goo.gl/KRqNCN
Rokeya, an ESOL student from Bangladesh, has overcome her fear of speaking English in public, thanks to friendships she’s developed with tutors and students at LVA.
Tutor Support Workshop
"How to Address Reading Needs for your Students and Lead Them to Success,"
with Bethany Blankenbeckler
Bloomfield Public Library
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:00-2:30 pm
Tutor Training Workshops
Belleville Public Library
by Nina Peyser
221 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00-3:00 pm
March 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29, 2018
Clifton Public Library
by Darnelle Richardson
292 Piaget Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011
Saturdays, 1:00–4:15 pm
April 7, 14, 28, May 5 & 12, 2018
Next Tutor Support Group meeting:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:30-2:00 pm
Park United Methodist Church, 12 Park St, Bloomfield, NJ
Getting to Know Us
“Report: Dramatic decline in high school equivalency test takers after changes.” NJBIZ
The number of New Jersey adults taking the high school equivalency test plunged from nearly 17,000 in 2013 to fewer than 9,000, both in 2015 and 2016, after changes made the exam harder and pricier.
The passing rate also dropped markedly, from nearly 70 percent to roughly 55 percent following the changes.
Those are the findings of a report released Monday by the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
“This does not bode well for the state’s poorest residents,” said Karen White, director of policy analysis and community engagement at the Rutgers Center for Women and Work, in a statement. “For adults who do not complete high school, passing a high school equivalency test is the only way to receive a diploma — the bare minimum requirement for most New Jersey jobs and military admission. Those who manage to find work earn almost 60 percent less on average than workers with a diploma.”
The non-profit American Council on Education administered New Jersey’s only high school equivalency test—the General Education Development or GED test—for more than 50 years before entering a public-private partnership with Pearson VUE. A new exam was unveiled in March 2014 with major changes:
-The test became more difficult, aligning with Common Core State Standards.
-A computer-based test, requiring basic computer skills, replaced pencil and paper.
Reprinted from NJBIZ. For full story, paste the following link into an Internet search: https://goo.gl/A99ikx
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