Volume 8, Issue 10
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
“Laughter is the best teacher” was the perfect description for Lisa Batitto’s engaging tutor support workshop last month. Lisa, shown above in the top left corner, is featured in our Page 3 profile.
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. Hola, bonjour, shalom, marhabaan, nǐ hǎo!
September was National Literacy Month and, in case you missed the staggering statistics in news accounts, here are two:
One in five U.S. adults has low literacy skills. And 43% of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty, according to the National Institute of Literacy. That’s before 2020, when the coronavirus threw 88-114 million people into extreme poverty around the globe, according to the World Bank.
That’s why we focus on adults with the lowest levels of literacy, students who were deemed not advanced enough for other programs and had nowhere else to turn. Literacy has the power to lift people out of poverty and help them get more out of life. And, with your help, our students have done well.
So well that student writers Georgina, Nohra, Milton, Ali, Carol, Luciana, Rizwana and others have seen their essays and memoirs published online recently. Anelsi just got her U.S. citizenship. Student Cristina, and other new citizens like her, are about to vote in the U.S. for the first time. Walter, who arrived from Guatemala two years ago, started his own landscaping company and just wrote his first business letter.
So thank you! Your help has made a world of difference to many adults and their families. And please continue to work with students in these lowest levels, in smalls groups that help them establish networks, stay motivated and connected through peer support, and help us improve the lives of more families.
You’ll find tons of new material in the latest Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Research Journal, produced twice each year by ProLiteracy. The newest issue includes everything from the personal narratives of adult students and teachers to research on technology for adult education. https://bit.ly/30Mb1uS
In addition to a rise in poverty, the pandemic sadly has led to a catastrophic rise in illiteracy, according to this World Literacy Foundation release: https://prn.to/2GKeljc
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“Low literacy levels among U.S. adults could be costing the economy $2.2 trillion a year,” Forbes.
“For parents and students with limited English, virtual learning presents numerous hurdles,” Color Lines.
Serhad, a student from Turkey, has lived in no less than seven countries and studied the languages and cultures of each during decades of travel.
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Catherine Mitch
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
November 10, 17, 24, & December 1, 2020
Tutor Support Workshops
“Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Speaking,”
with Abby Kane
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11:00 am – 12: 30 pm
"Writing Prompts for the Classroom,"
with Dr. Erik Jacobson
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Additional info: http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
Getting to Know Us
“The secret to learning any new language may be your motivation”
Getting to Know Us