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New Tutor Training
All of our new volunteer tutors are required to complete a free, three-part training.

November Training:

November Tutor Training will take place at the Self Help Building located at 122 N. Elm Street in Greensboro.

Orientation: Thursday, 11/10 at 5:30-7:30 pm

Session I: Tuesday, 11/15 at 5:30-8:30 pm

Session II: Thursday, 11/17 at 5:30-8:30 pm

For more information or to register, please  email us or call (336) 230-2223.  
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Upcoming Events

Supplemental Training

Join us for "Ideas and Techniques for Using Graphic Organizers" presented by veteran tutor Kathy Dunn.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

High Point
High Point Public Library

Self Help Building at 122 N. Elm Street

Email Laura Mims to register.

Holiday Potluck
Each December 
students and tutors share a meal to celebrate the winter holidays. We hope that you will bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert and join us for a relaxed meal and fellowship.

High Point Potluck
Monday, Dec. 12 at 4:00-6:00pm

Greensboro Potluck
Date and time to be announced soon
Reading Connections NEWSFLASH
October 2016

Happy Fall! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections' news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected.
SCRABBLE Challenge 2016

Please join us for the 16th Annual Scrabble Challenge on
Thursday, November 3, 2016

It is not too late to register for SCRABBLE Challenge 2016. Play as an individual or get a team together. If you are not a player but want to join the fun, please register as a spectator. 

There will be a silent auction, delicious food, and Lisa Dames will emcee. Don't miss out on this fun event. Register now!
Career Coaching Services in High Point Make A Positive Impact

Jaquala McClinton is an Adult Basic Education student that has been with the Reading Connections High Point office for only a few short months. Even though she is very shy and reserved, Jaquala always manages to bring her smile to the Reading Connections office. That smile and desire to improve her career prospects brought her to the desk of Deadra Black, our Career Readiness Associate, and Dee McGuire, our Career Coach. After several coaching sessions, it was apparent that Jaquala's confidence in her skills and abilities to become a contributing member of the workforce was growing. 
"Reading Connections
has all t he right people in the right place," Jaquala said. "They have helped me become more encouraged, confident, supported than when I started. Even though I left for a while and came back, they made sure I was welcomed without judgment and made sure I was cared for while trying to reach my goals."

Career coaching services are available in High Point and Greensboro. Please let your coordinator know if you have a student who needs support in finding a job or exploring a career pathway.
Blake Hamilton, ABE Coordinator
Student Spotlight: Tyrone Earns GED®
Congratulations to Greensboro student Tyrone who earned his GED® in September! His journey began on a Sunday in January 2014, when he was l iste ning to c hurch music on his radio. Tyrone heard an advertisement for free literacy tutoring. He was going through a difficult time in his life and was determined to earn his GED® in order to have more opportunities. He listened carefully to the radio and even went back twice to make sure he wrote the phone number down correctly. He called the Reading Connections office and scheduled an appointment, and from there began the next chapter of his story.
Since 2014, Tyrone has studied for hundreds of hours. He attended classes at both GTCC and Reading Connections, and has also met with an individual tutor. He has modeled perseverance, determination, and courage. 

He has had great teammates along the way who have encouraged him, and one person who has been instrumental in his journey has been his math tutor, Wade Britt.

Technology Tip of the Month: Ratatype and Microsoft Digital Literacy

Technology is a big part of our lives today. Whether it is completing online job applications or emailing their children's teachers, our students need to have computer literacy skills.

We encourage our tutors to incorporate technology into their lesson plans when they can. Ratatype and Microsoft Digital Literacy are two websites that are easy to use and will help our students improve their technology skills and knowledge.
For students who need basic keyboarding skills, Ratatype offers typing lessons and tests for students to build their speed and accuracy.   

Students can visit Microsoft Digital Literacy for tutorials and e-learning opportunities to build computer skills. The curriculum ranges from beginning to advanced skills. Students can earn Microsoft Digital Literacy certifications on this site.

If you are interested in incorporating technology into your lessons, please contact your coordinator for more ideas.
TutorFest 2016 Recap

Thank you to everyone that joined us for TutorFest 2016! It was a fun-filled morning of fellowship and learning. Over 30 volunteer tutors and staff attended the event at South University in High Point. Guests enjoyed Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee before attending two sessions of learning.

Thank you to all of our presenters: Kiara Coulman, Anna Ridener, Doug Lyddon, Victoria Brownlee, Matthew Brown, Brandy Brown, and Laura Mims. A big "thank you" to South University for donating space and Krispy Kreme of High Point for donating doughnuts and coffee. 

If you missed TutorFest, please check our online calendar for upcoming supplemental training. 
Detention Center Reflections


Just a few short weeks ago the students at the Detention Center finished reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy speaks of the real life story of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he didn't commit and the journey of Stevenson to represent the poor, the wrongfully accused, and those trapped in the furthest r

eaches of criminal justice system. The novel sparked deep, critical discussions about race, gender, and socioeconomic status in the criminal justice system-not just through vicarious relation but through the lens of personal experience of each student at the detention center.


Each discussion braided their lived experience with specific assignments designed to sharpen writing skills, critical thought, and storytelling; each component playing an important role not just in education but in advocacy and activism. Read more

Resources for Learning About the Election

The 2016 election is a major topic in the news. To help explain the U.S. political process and inform adult learners about the election, ProLiteracy has gathered some helpful resources to share with your students.
  • The Change Agent: An Adult Education Magazine for Social Justice has created an election year lesson packet with interactive activities, videos, and worksheets to help educate adult learners about U.S. history and government. Download the packet.
  • News for You®, a weekly newspaper for adult learners, published by New Readers Press, has created a comprehensive voting guide that explains who can vote, how to cast a ballot, and why voting is important. Download the 2016 News for You Voting Guide
  • ProLiteracy member program Washtenaw Literacy has developed a guide on important voting information for the state of Michigan and Washtenaw County. View the guide.
Our mission is to provide and advocate for free, individualized adult literacy services to promote life changes for Guilford County residents and surrounding communities.  We always welcome your questions and feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact us to hear more about how our programs are making a difference in our community.

Jennifer Gore, Executive Director
Reading Connections, Inc.
For more information visit
or contact us at one of our offices:

In Greensboro
122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920
Greensboro, NC 27401
FAX 336-230-2203

In High Point
901 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
FAX 336-883-3636