Volume 6, Issue 6
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Tutors learn to teach vocabulary with pictures at our June Tutor Support Workshop. with trainer Mary Koa.
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,
If you’ve stopped in the office and wondered who was sitting at Russell’s desk, it’s been strange for me too. I’m very excited to be in the new job, but a bit bewildered as to how he did it all, made it look effortless and was friendly and helpful in two languages.
Luckily the LVA staff is incredibly helpful and patient while I figure out everything from the phones to the newsletter. From my desk I can see the incredible wealth of books available for tutors and students to use in their lessons. The collection includes everything from the 1,500 most common words to picture dictionaries and more.
On my computer, the easiest thing to open is www.lvaep.org, our website where there is a wealth information for students and tutors. When you open the page, in the top right-hand corner you will see “Resources” hover your mouse over it and click “Students” to find information on everything from Health to Finances, and Education to Transportation. If you click on “Tutors” you’ll find information on Lesson Plans and Materials. If you aren’t sure how to navigate it, stop in and we’ll show you.
LVA is always searching for ways to make the program better for students and tutors. In the past year, we’ve offered id’s for students. This seemingly simple idea, is often the first picture id card our students have in this country and can be used to whenever they are asked for a picture id, is a source of pride and acknowledgement of their efforts at LVA EP.
In this issue of the newsletter you’ll meet one of those students. Carlton makes a secret sauce that has everyone from friends and family, to state politicians swooning.
On the tutor side, meet Randy Budros, he is deeply involved in helping immigrants in his community. This California native is rightly proud of the progress his students have made.
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
New Jersey literacy programs focus on better educated children and a stronger workforce,” My Central Jersey. https://mycj.co/2LaVFpz
“Nonprofit helping East Texans overcome adult illiteracy,” a report by CBS 19 in Tyler Texas. https://bit.ly/2xx9BbM
“Incarceration to Reentry: Education & Training Pathways in Ohio,” Clasp https://bit.ly/2Lmvux6
Long a wizard in the kitchen, Carlton is working on reading and writing skills to help launch his secret sauce.
Tutor Training Workshops
Montclair Public Library -by Mary Kao
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Saturdays, 12:15-3:45 pm
September 8, 15, 22, 29, & October 6, 2018
Bloomfield Public Library -by Sable Lomax
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00- 3:00 pm
October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, & 18, 2018
West Orange Public Library -by Mary Kao
46 Mount Pleasant Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, & 14, 2018
Hilton Branch, Maplewood Library -by Mary O'Connor
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm
October 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 & Nov. 5, 2018
Getting to Know Us
“The Importance of Early Childhood Reading,”
Children learning to read at an early age is really important because the longer they go in school, the more complicated reading materials get, and the more complicated vocabulary gets. What we know is around 4th grade or so, we really start to see the divide between students who are well prepared and who are ready to keep excelling in school and kids that are really going to start to struggle,” said Erik Jacobson, an associate professor of early childhood, elementary and literacy education at Montclair State University.
The Nation’s Report Card indicates 49 percent of New Jersey fourth-graders and 47 percent of eighth grade students performed at or above the NAEP proficient reading level. That’s higher than the national average, but Erik Jacobson, an associate professor of early childhood, elementary and literacy education at Montclair State University says the numbers should be higher, not just in the state but nationwide.
Early literacy isn’t just about understanding letter sounds. That’s the building block, but not the limit of what early childhood education should be about when it comes to reading and writing, says Jacobson.
“It really has to be about a full range of activities, encouraging a love of reading, encouraging a love of language and encouraging a love of storytelling,” Jacobson said.
Literacy New Jersey indicates the single most significant predictor of a child’s literacy is their mother’s literacy level. Jacobson insists a child’s first literacy instructor is their parent because it gets kids thinking about the nature of language, vocabulary and how stories work.
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Learning a new culture is more than studying a language. Tutoring is more than learning techniques. Our ‘Resources’ page covers everything from legal matters, health care, & scholarships for immigrants, to professional development for tutors. Give us a look @:
Getting to Know Us