Sunday, January 26, 2014

National Literacy Action Week (NLAW) January 27 – February 1

January 27 – February 1

NLAW is a Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education [SCALE] initiative for strengthening literacy activism. During the week, campus literacy programs nationwide join together to raise awareness about literacy and create change on their campuses and in their communities.

To raise awareness:
- Help people understand the need for literacy services locally or nationally.
- Inform your community about the importance of having adequate literacy skills, and what it means for those who do not.
- Raise awareness about your program’s activities and the essential work you do.
- Make connections between literacy and other social justice issues by demonstrating the very real relationships operating in society (e.g., literacy and racism, poverty, sexism, immigration, health needs).

To make change:
- Address a social justice issue in your local community or on campus.
- Advocate for changes in a local school.
- Lobby local, state or national elected officials to commit more resources for literacy initiatives.
- Pressure decision-makers in education (or other human service areas) to embrace policies and practices that benefit learners most and lead to greater justice and equality.

February 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Hunter Phillips Goodman @ 10am
the history of student-led service movements

Lucy Lewis @ 11am
her experiences with voting rights in the 1970s and now

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