Volume 5, Issue 3
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Our ESL classes offer a unique opportunity to study English while learning about the cultures of students from around the world. Congratulations to all of our students who recently completed classes in Maplewood, Montclair, Passaic, and Paterson.
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,
IThe Trump Administration last week released its “America First” budget, a blueprint for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, marking what could be, for advocates of adult education and literacy, a long period of watching, waiting, and hoping.
What’s clear is that the draft budget makes steep cuts in nonmilitary spending, including a $9 billion reduction to the Department of Education, slashing its discretionary spending by 13-percent. But there is a lot that is not so clear.
“The budget does not mention adult education but that does not mean that the administration does not support cuts in the program,” the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, or COABE, said in a statement.
The international non-profit ProLiteracy wrote that the blueprint’s proposed cuts and program eliminations “will result in a significant reduction in resources for many local programs and their students.”
While we wait for news, it’s a good time to stay connected and fortify our network of adult literacy supporters. So if you haven’t yet registered for the Literacy New Jersey “Literacy for Life Conference” on Saturday, April 22, (https://goo.gl/dkrJdf) or NJALL’s annual conference, “We Can Do Difficult Things,” on Friday, May 19 (https://goo.gl/g5ojt6), there is still time. Each features a day full of interactive workshops, seminars, and networking.
We’re hiring! Yes, we’re looking for teachers and instructors to lead our ESL classes in Essex and Passaic Counties. For more information, contact our director, Cristhian Barcelos, via firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
‘Language Study as a National Imperative,’ Inside Higher Education. https://goo.gl/sKsBUh
‘Filling the Adult Education Vacuum: Charters offer students over the age of 18 an alternative path to graduating high school,’ US News & World Report. https://goo.gl/1OcJIc
‘Woman who struggled with illiteracy all her life learns to read at 87,’ SWNS.com goo.gl/dK4bc7
Lily, right, a student from China, knew little English when she joined LVA. She’s now an advanced student, thanks to her drive and the help of her tutor, Mary Kao, left.
Tutor Support Workshops
“Teaching Vocabulary With Pictures,”
with Mary Kao
Bloomfield Public Library
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Please bring a pair of paper-cutting scissors.
Tutor Training Workshops
Tutor Training Workshops
Hilton Branch, Maplewood Memorial Library
1688 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mondays and Thursdays
April 3-20, 2017
Coalition on Adult Basic Education webinar
“Pathways to Citizenship: Teaching Civics to English Language Learners”
Subject matter includes how to design an ESL civics course and what topics to include in the curriculum; and the skills and vocabulary required to pass the U.S. Citizenship reading, writing, and civics exams.
Friday, March 24, 2017, 2:00 pm
Getting to Know Us
“New Research shows late bilinguals are sensitive to unique aspects of second language,” MedicalXpress.com
Getting to Know Us (cont.)