Monday, February 22, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference: 2010

Southern California Library Literacy Network
Tutor - Adult Learner Literacy Conference 2010
February 27: 9 am - 4 pm
25th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration

Last Week To Register ! ! !

Still Time to Win A Free Registration – see Q below

$ 50.00: SCLLN Tutors and Staff
$ 15.00: Adult Learners
$ 75.00: Non-Members
Luncheon Commemorative Only: $50.00


Some of the 21 Workshops:

Extra! Extra! Read All About It-Literacy Tribune: Daniel Pedroza, United Literacy
Study Habits & Time Management: Pat Habeck, Tulare County Library
Teaching Adults to Read-Fluency: Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant
HELP! I Have to Take a Test: Carol Chapman, Ventura County Library
Tweets Blogs Facebook Advantages of Networking: William S Byrne, Burbank Public Library
Overview Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome: Marcia Tungate, SCLLN Past President
Learner Leaders Speak – Adult Learner Leadership Institute Graduates
Creative Writing for Learners: Shennika Barnes, READ/Orange County


You Can Win a Registration to the 2010 SCLLN Conference

Be the 1st person to answer this Q as a Comment to this Post
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Employees of SCLLN programs, its affiliates, subsidiaries,
and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.

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Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference: Feb 27

SCLLN Tutor Learner Literacy Conference
February 27, 2010
Buena Park Holiday Inn
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
25th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration Lunch

“Study Habits and Time Management"
Pat Habeck, Library Programs and Literacy Specialist, Tulare County Library. This workshop will give the tutors and learners an opportunity to learn how to better allocate time.

“Year of the Learner: Orienting Students toward their Goals”
Myrna Montano, Adult Literacy Coordinator and John Guigayoma, AmeriCorps Member, Escondido Public Library.
Introduce the strategies used to determine and direct the goals of new students.

“Adult Learners and Readers Theatre”
Linda Baker, Literacy Specialist, Lewis Library and Technology Center, Fontana
Scripts will be mined for pronunciation rules, new vocabulary, and grammar. Learn dramatic methods that give adult learners personal confidence, reading fluency, and improve social skills.

To Register - click here for Form –
Win A Free Registration – see New Q Below

$ 50.00: SCLLN Tutors and Staff
$ 15.00: Adult Learners
$ 75.00: Non-Members
Luncheon Commemorative Only: $50.00


Win 1 Registration to the 2010 SCLLN Conference
Name 1 of the Founding Members of SCLLN.


Be the 1st person to answer this NEW Q as a Comment to this Post
Only Tutors, Learners or Public are eligible to Win !
Employees of SCLLN programs, its affiliates, subsidiaries,
and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.

Give The Gift
of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Literacy . . . Info . . . News . . . Questions

Read for the Record - Jumpstart

Jumpstart's annual "Read for the Record" contest.
Vote for your favorite of this year’s 4 classic books:


Blueberries for Sal
Make Way for Ducklings
Peter's Chair
The Snowy Day


Voting closes on February 28.

The winner will be announced on March 2 via text message and will become the centerpiece of Jumpstart’s 5th annual record-breaking campaign !

Learn more about the book choices @ Jumpstart !

Each time you vote, the Pearson Foundation, Read for the Record's sponsor and founding partner, will donate $1* to Jumpstart to support our yearlong efforts to connect college students and community volunteers with preschool children in low-income communities, helping to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. (*up to $200,000)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Literacy . . . Info . . . News . . . Questions

L.A. County facing growing poverty, erosion of middle class, United Way report says
LA Times Blog – LA Now: February 9, 2010 by Ching-Ching Ni


Los Angeles County faces a poverty crisis and an erosion of the middle class that could worsen under the current economic downturn, according to a report by the United Way.

The county's poverty rate is now higher than the rest of the nation's, according to the report, which surveyed the county's economic situation in 2009. More than 1.47 million people, or 15% of the county's population, live on an income of $22,000 a year for a family of four, the report says. The national average is 13%.

The full report will be available Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' website.

Nearly four in 10 people in L.A. County suffer from extreme poverty, the report says; those people live on less than $5,400 a year for a single person or about $11,000 for a family of four.

The jobless rate had soared to 12.3% by early 2009, wiping out all job growth from the previous decade, the report states. Wages remained stagnant and did not keep up with housing costs.

The middle class also felt the pinch, the report says. Only 1% of salaried workers saw significant income growth, while the average worker’s pay fell nearly $2 an hour.

The United Way survey also said the ranks of the working poor swelled in 2009. Defined as families of four making less than $44,000 a year, that group in Los Angeles County is now 7.5% greater than the national average. READ MORE !

Tale of Two Cities has Statistics for: Education, Employment & Income, Homelessness & Housing and Health.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monrovia Public Library

Adult Learners Study Long Hours at the Library
Monrovia Literacy Blog: February 8, 2010


The Library’s adult literacy program had 67 learners in 2009, who spent over 2000 hours studying to improve their reading and writing skills. Learners used a variety of methods to improve their literacy skills, including meeting with a volunteer tutor, listening to books on CD, and using computer programs or watching videos on phonics, spelling, grammar and GED.

For many of our learners, this is more than the average literate American reads! Many of our adult learners have multiple jobs, meaning that a commitment to come to the Library once a week is a challenge. Dedicating so much time to reading is a huge accomplishment for the learners, one which they realize will ultimately help them get better jobs, help their children succeed in school, and help them in daily activities such as reading their mail, using a bank or visiting the doctor.

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Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Literacy . . . Info . . . News . . . Questions

Our State, Our Schools:
California Students Take it Back!
California Prison Moratorium Project Blog: February 8, 2010 Originally printed in the Fresno Undercurrent


Once upon a time California held the model public education system in the country, seeing educating youth and workers, regardless of income, as a crucial investment. In the 1980s a drastic priority shift occurred, redirecting funds from education to other, less beneficial industries such as the prison industrial complex.

Since 1980 California State University has lost $650 million in state general funding support and student fees have increased 1,188%, from $231 a year to today’s $2,976 . This past year alone fees have been raised 32% and the coming year is looking at another fee hike.

Teachers are getting laid off, classes have been cut, mandatory furloughs for nearly 47,000 employees reduce class time, and enrollment caps kept out 35,000 incoming freshman for the 2010 spring semester and the winter semester is looking about the same. The University of California system and community colleges have all had similar funding problems.

Governor Schwarzenegger’s most recent budget plan includes another $2.4 billion in cuts from education while the state is eagerly moving forward on a $12 billion prison expansion project. READ MORE !

Invest in communities not cages... It’s the only solution

Monday, February 8, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference 2010

SCLLN Tutor Learner Literacy Conference
- Last Week for Early Bird Registration -
February 27, 2010
Buena Park Holiday Inn
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

"Extra! Extra! Read All About It in the Literacy Tribune!”
Daniel Pedroza, United Literacy
will talk about his journey as an adult learner, experiences in the literacy field, and his current work with The Literacy Tribune, a newsletter specifically designed for adult learner issues and interests.


“Teaching Writing by Rote”
Janis Young, Senior Librarian, Adult Educational, Ontario City Library
Routine repetition to strengthen writing skills. We will practice this useful technique beginning with simple exercises and working up to more complex applications.


“Finding and Using Freeware in Your Lessons”
Diane Moseley, Literacy Consultant
Learn how to find and use free tools from the internet for developing and customizing your lessons
.

25th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration Lunch
Early Bird Registration: Feb 15, 2010

- click here for Form -

Win A Free Registration – see New Q Below

$ 35.00: SCLLN Tutors and Staff
$ 10.00: Adult Learners
$ 50.00: Non-Members
Luncheon Commemorative Only: $35.00


Win 1 Registration to the 2010 SCLLN Conference
Name 1 of the Founding Members of SCLLN.

Be the 1st person to answer this NEW Q as a Comment to this Post
Only Tutors, Learners or Public are eligible to Win !
Employees of SCLLN programs, its affiliates, subsidiaries,
and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.

of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Friday, February 5, 2010

Literacy . . . Info . . . News . . . Questions

Temple Grandin: HBO – February 6

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.

Now her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes is being brought to the screen. HBO has produced the full-length film Temple Grandin, which premieres on Saturday, February 6th on HBO. [ watch preview ]

She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.

Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Save Our Libraries - Advocate ! ! !

Jeff Ackerman: Rescuing the written word
The Union: February 2, 2010


There should never have been a doubt. Time and time again ... just when I think you've been tapped out ... you deliver.

Knowing that, I was still blown away Thursday when the mailman dropped off a very large stack of envelopes filled with donations to our Save Our Libraries campaign we launched just 24 hours earlier.

Based on the letters and phone calls and comments we've gotten as the county continues to consider contracting our library operations to a private company, we got a pretty good sense that most of you were very passionately opposed to that notion.

As we've discussed, our libraries are facing some serious financial trouble and the county has been working feverishly to produce ways to keep the five branches open.
. . . . .
Why special treatment for the libraries? Why should The Union choose to help rescue the libraries when all around there are needs just as significant as keeping our libraries open?

Literacy. We have a vested interest in reading. We have a vested interest in the printed word.

Ours is an emotional connection. It's a natural one. The Doris Foley Library, for example, houses copies of The Union dating back to 1864 ... more than 145 years' worth.
. . . . .
Our plan is to sustain this library effort. By the end of the week we'll provide an update of the total, complete with a personal thanks to all of you who made donations. I can't tell you how much they meant to me and to our libraries.

And for those who still wish to participate, but missed last week's envelope, donations may be sent to: Save Our Libraries, c/o The Union at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. READ MORE !

. . . from literacyspace blog:

URGENT MESSAGE FOR LIBRARY ADVOCATES

ALA reports that Congressional offices hear from teachers, police and firefighters every day and almost nothing from the library community.

Libraries are as essential as schools and public safety.
Libraries help the economy by helping people find jobs.
Library jobs are being cut now.
Libraries are not included in the Jobs for Main Street Act.

Library Advocates and Librarians must be as vocal as other public employees. The reason they are getting funding in this piece of legislation is because they call their congressional offices more often and in higher numbers than the library community.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference 2010

SCLLN Tutor Learner Literacy Conference
February 27, 2010
Buena Park Holiday Inn
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

“Critiquing to Encourage”
Patricia McFall, Author of Night Butterfly, former Professor of Fiction Writing at CSUF, Private Editor/Instructor

Show you how to develop and improve learner writings without destroying their enthusiasm. She will also give you tips on pitfalls learners fall into when they begin writing.

“Creative Writing for Adult Learners”
Shenikka Barnes, Learner Coordinator, READ/Orange County
Shows Adult Learners how to get their creative juices flowing using poetry, single words, objects, etc.
LEARNER Strand


“HELP! I have to take a test!”
Carol Chapman, Literacy Coordinator, Ventura County
Advanced study skill systems designed to increase and integrate your learners’ skills with comprehension, note taking, and listening.


25th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration Luncheon

Early Bird Registration: Feb 15, 2010
-
click here for Form -
Win A Free Admission – see Q below


$ 35.00: SCLLN Tutors and Staff
$ 10.00: Adult Learners
$ 50.00: Non-Members
Luncheon Commemorative Only: $35.00

Win 1 Ticket to the 2010 SCLLN Conference
Be the 1st person to answer this Q as a Comment to this Post
Only Tutors, Learners or Public are eligible to Win !
Employees of SCLLN programs, its affiliates, subsidiaries,
and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.

What was the SCLLN Group Facebook post about on Dec 22, 2009 ?

of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Escondido Public Library

Guys Read, and Like it, in Middle School Literacy Program
NCTimes: January 31, 2010 by Gary Wrath


Boys will be boys, but that doesn't mean they can't appreciate a good read.

At two middle schools in Escondido, boys are taking one lunch break a week to read and discuss books, stories, graphic novels and even song lyrics with one another and two adult volunteers.

"I joined it because I was interested in the articles they had to read," said Del Dios eighth-grader Jose Agundez. "It's pretty chill. All my friends are here."

His eighth-grade friend, Ezequiel Ramirez, said he didn't like reading before joining the group. "This makes it fun," he said. "They make you understand the stories."

The two students were among nine boys sitting in a semicircle in a Del Dios shop class with adults Luis Hernandez and Michael Zepada, volunteers in the literacy program Guys Read, held each Thursday at Del Dios and each Friday at Mission Park middle schools.

"Guys like doing things together," Hernandez said. "If it's a sport, or reading, we tell each other about it."

But while boys may like reading in elementary school, they feel uncomfortable doing something so solitary around other students once in middle school, Hernandez said.

"They don't want to be the person in the lunch room or in the library, alone with a book," Hernandez said. "But it can be done in a team, just like anything else guys engage in."

Hernandez and Zepada were AmeriCorps volunteers working with the Escondido Library's Literacy Services when program coordinator Josephine Jones asked them to create a reading program targeted at young males.

Hernandez and Zepada also hold a Saturday session once a month called a Mash Up, where boys are asked to bring their fathers to the library to participate in discussions.

Jones, the program coordinator, said she would like to expand the program beyond the two schools, but needs more volunteers. Anyone interested in helping the program can call Jones at 760-839-4219 or write her at jjones@ci.escondido.ca.us. READ MORE !


Give The Gift
of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners in
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Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .

Monday, February 1, 2010

SCLLN Literacy Conference 2010

SCLLN Tutor / Adult Learner Conference
February 27, 2010 = 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Buena Park Holiday Inn

“Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension”
Kathy St. John, Literacy Consultant
Participants will use Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers to learn about methods for assessing and teaching reading comprehension to their adult learners.

“Living Together, Learning Together”
Rebecca Braun, Tutor Coordinator,
READ/Orange County
Adult learners with grade school children have a very difficult time helping their children succeed in school. Learn how to integrate the child’s homework into lessons with the adult learner. This is based on the READ, Jr. Program

“Why Can’t I Be A Board Member? YOU CAN!”
Panel Discussion
An interactive panel featuring past and present volunteers who support their local and regional programs by serving on Advisory Boards, Boards of Directors, etc.

25th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration
Early Bird Registration: Feb 15, 2010

-
click here for Form -
Win A Free Admission – see Q below

$ 35.00: SCLLN Tutors and Staff
$ 10.00: Adult Learners
$ 50.00: Non-Members
Luncheon Commemorative Only: $35.00


Win 1 Ticket to the 2010 SCLLN Conference
Be the 1st person to answer this Q as a Comment to this Post
Only Tutors, Learners or Public are eligible to Win !
Employees of SCLLN programs, its affiliates, subsidiaries,
and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.


What was the SCLLN Group Facebook post about on Dec 22, 2009 ?

of Reading and Writing to Adult Learners
in Southern California Library Literacy Network
Programs from Santa Barbara to San Diego
. . . Celebrating Our 25th Year: 1985 – 2010 . . .