Volume 9, Issue 5
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
We enjoyed, and learned, during "Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills Through Effective Questioning," a tutor support workshop presented by Catherine Mitch.
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 -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family,
Finally, some good news. New Jersey plans to ease many of its COVID-19 restrictions effective May 19th, shortly before the Memorial Day weekend, as the number of infections continue to fall and vaccinations become more available, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this month. The move will allow museums, theaters, restaurants, retail stores, offices, amusement parks, gyms, fitness centers, barber shops and other businesses and events to operate at full or at a larger capacity than last year when restrictions were imposed to prevent spread of the coronavirus. For more info on the state’s plan, called “The Road Back”, please check this site: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/reopen
As for public libraries, many plan to reopen indoor portions gradually this month, while following guidelines for capacity limits, social distancing, mask wearing, and mitigation requirements. The libraries of Bloomfield, Montclair, and Maplewood have each posted partial reopening plans online and you can view them through the following links:
Bloomfield Public Library: https://www.bplnj.org/
Montclair Public Library: https://montclairlibrary.org/reopening/
Maplewood Memorial Library: https://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/policies-reopening
Just learned that our student Shagoofa received her U.S. citizenship last week after studying hard to prepare for the test, which is both oral and written. Congratulations to you, Shagoofa, as well as to your tutor, Elizabeth Jacobs.
May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration and recognition of the history, achievements, and contributions of this diverse group. You can view a schedule of related events via: https://asianpacificheritage.gov/
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Take poverty out of the literacy equation for good.” Language Magazine. https://bit.ly/2QYn6Md
“NJ undocumented residents apply for driver’s licenses for 1st time, but MVC turns some away. Nj.com
Yeysy , a literacy student from Colombia, is a fan of remote instruction, due to her busy job, and it’s helped her become a fluent speaker.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Barbara Hathaway
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
May 4th, 11, 18, 25, & June 1, 2021
Tutor Support Workshops
"How Understanding Personality Can Improve Your Tutoring,"
with Stephanie Mazzeo-Caputo
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Perspectives on Persistence: A Review of the Research
Webinar will discuss research on defining and strategies for improving learner persistence in Adult Basic Ed.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 02:00 pm
Getting to Know Us
“From high school dropout to college graduate: Goodwill’s adult high school gave me a second chance to excel”
I was on a road to nowhere – a high school dropout and single mom, like the two generations before me. Trapped in an abusive relationship.
To protect my son and myself, we fled with nothing but the clothes on our backs. I worked a series of dead-end jobs, and we even found ourselves homeless for a time.
I was desperate by every measure – most of all for a second chance.
That’s when I found myself one day at an orientation session for something called a Goodwill Excel Center, a tuition-free high school for adults like me. An Excel Center had recently opened near me, in Indianapolis.
I’ll admit I was apprehensive. I was now 26 and raising a child alone. Could I finally finish high school? I started to walk out of the room, hoping to slip by unnoticed. That’s when an Excel Center employee stopped me with a simple question: Was I ready to change my life?
The answer was yes.
Finding new purpose and motivation, I earned my diploma in just seven months and finished with a 4.06 GPA … (cont.)
Reprinted from Chamber Business News. For full story, paste the following link into your favorite web browser address bar: https://bit.ly/3heOqAg
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