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Greetings! 

Welcome Spring! The longer days and sunnier skies inspire new energy and forward thinking. At least that is the feeling here at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. We have welcomed two new staff members, Chris and Shasha, both of whom bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to their work, along with passion for the mission and new programs. The new programs are underway and teachers and adult learners are embracing these added opportunities to learn, engage new technologies, and blaze new partnerships. The spirit of change and growth is contagious. You can feel the energy of spring in the air at LCNV.


Sincerely, 








Patti Donnelly, Executive Director
CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN FOR LITERACY
"The generosity of the LCNV Community never ceases to amaze me. Add the thoughtful and strategic leadership of the LCNV Board and you land on brilliant success. That describes the LCNV Campaign for Literacy."  

Read Executive Director Patti Donnelly's letter about LCNV's successful Campaign for Literacy below.

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR LCNV ON APRIL 1ST
On April 1st, 2017, St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church of Mclean, Virginia will host "Words & Music: Reflections of Light". Ten percent of ticket sales will go to LCNV in support of our programs. Purchase tickets and read more about the event in the link below.

WELCOME NEW STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR SHASHA CUI
LCNV is thrilled to introduce new Student Services Coordinator Shasha Cui! Shasha joined LCNV on February 16th, 2017.

Shasha brings her experience teaching both English and Mandarin in the U.S. and China to LCNV, and received her master's degree in International and Comparative Education. She hopes to inspire learners to expand their cultural competence and communications abilities.
LCNV HOSTS USCIS NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 LCNV in partnership with USCIS hosted its first naturalization ceremony of 2017. With over 200 in attendance, 62 new U.S. citizens representing 28 different origin countries were naturalized! LCNV's own learner Dauda Jalloh (pictured, right) was one of the many naturalized. Follow the link below to see LCNV's photos from the ceremony. 

WELCOME NEW COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR CHRIS GRIFFITHS
LCNV welcomes Chris Griffiths, our new Communications Coordinator. Chris joined LCNV on March 6th, 2017.

Read Chris' letter of introduction to the LCNV community below.
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: BETTY RASMUSSEN
Teacher Betty Rasmussen is leading the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia's pilot writing class. Read more about her involvement with LCNV and the strides her students are making in the article below.

STUDENT ADVISING CONTINUES TO GROW
The LCNV Student Advising Program continues to grow steadily. Read our Spring update from LCNV's Academic Programs Manager Melissa Rea in the link below. 

SPOTLIGHT ON SMART BOARDS
Wondering what LCNV's new SMART Boards can do? Faculty Support Manager Xavier  Mu ├▒oz explains how LCNV is using SMART Boards to enhance the learning experience within the classroom in the article below.

 
BOARD RETREAT RECAP
On January 28th, 2017 LCNV board members held their annual retreat to discuss LCNV and the future of adult literacy education. An expert panel shared their insights on federal and local policies, responding to the question, "Does the Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act Help English Language Learners?" Watch the video in the link below.


ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. Now Available: Summer 2017 Class Schedule
  2. Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, April 8th
  3. Save the Date: LCNV's Annual Recognition Event will be on June 22nd, 2017. More information will be available soon.

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