Volume 8, Issue 7
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Thanks to all who joined our “Strategies on Distance Learning” workshop last month on Zoom. Please also see our page on distance learning: http://www.lvaep.org/distance-learning.html
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
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Ellen Rooney Martin -Recruitment & Training Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA Family. We hope you are safe and healthy.
It’s been an extraordinary year so far, with a raging global health crisis that shows no signs of letting up, a surge in unemployment, and mass protests against social injustice. We appreciate your efforts to support the mission of adult literacy despite the obstacles you face daily.
For some adult learners, like Silvia Millar, it’s been a time of deep personal loss and hardship. As her son-in-law died of COVID-19 complications at age 62, loved ones were kept away.
“It was so sad, because we were unable to be with him during his illness or his last days with us. We could not have a traditional funeral,” wrote Silvia, explaining that only 10 loved ones, with masks and gloves, were allowed to attend his funeral and burial.
Silvia described the experience in her essay, “The Virus”, which was published online by the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning. You can read her work, and pieces about the pandemic written by other adult learners here: https://bit.ly/2W6ojAq Noting adult education’s long tradition of involvement in social justice movements, NJALL encourages adult learners to also write about social justice issues, including police violence, for possible publication. Learners can send their work to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. It’s a possible opportunity for publication and a conversation starter for groups.
News tip: A visit to ProLiteracy’s archived videos on topics like distance is time well-spent. https://bit.ly/2W1cxab
Please keep in mind, for tutors, students, and others, the list of agencies on our website for help with food insecurity, medical, dental, vision, mental health, addiction, and domestic violence issues: http://www.lvaep.org/health-resources.html
We’ll have a minimal presence, and can be reached by phone, at our Bloomfield Public Library office on Mondays, from 1-4 pm, and Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. Unfortunately, patrons are not yet allowed in the building.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Literacy NJ Celebrates ESL adult students” Tapinto.net https://bit.ly/31ZAqCM
“Undocumented immigrants pay taxes into unemployment but can’t collect. They’re asking for payments” nj.com https://bit.ly/38GoS90
Barbara, a newspaper, radio, and television reporter from France, is studying English with the goal of returning to the profession she loves: journalism.
Upcoming and Archived Webinars
“Best Practices in Digital Learning for Adult Education”
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 4:00 -5:00 pm
Tips on how adults consume digital content and how to best present it to your students will be discussed in detail, as well as research-based strategies that allow adult learners to best move their learning from the digital screen to long-term memory.
EdTech Center World Education mLearning mobile webinar:
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1:00 pm EST
Tools and strategies for establishing and maintaining effective outreach.
“Move Forward with Mobile Learning”
Getting to Know Us
“Masks are a barrier to contagion, but can also be a new barrier for immigrants”
Getting to Know Us