Your Place for Professional Development and Literacy Resources | April 2020
In this Issue:
  • Promoting Census Participation During Closures
  • COVID-19 Plain Language Resources
  • Celebration of Literacy: Be A Literacy Superhero
  • Membership Spotlight
  • The Literacy Council of Green County Seeks Executive Director
Wisconsin Literacy News
Promoting Census Participation During Closures
Census invitations went out March 12-20.

This corresponds with many literacy program closings.

Anna Bierer, Northeast Regional Literacy Consultant, has some tips to make sure our learners are counted.
Other Census Resources:
COVID-19 Plain Language Resources
Wisconsin Literacy continues to update our website resource pages with easy to read information for staff, learners, and the general public:

Let's celebrate literacy superheroes - adult learners, volunteers, and member agencies with outstanding literacy achievements - virtually!

April 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Online

Before the event:

  • RSVP online and share your favorite hero sub sandwich recipe.

  • Like us on Facebook or Instagram and share photos of yourself, your kid or pet dressed as a superhero and tag @Wisconsin Literacy and #CelebrateLiteracyHeroes.

At the event:

  • Experience a Dyslexia Simulation led by the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison.

  • Hear from Keynote Speaker Shawn Robinson, Ph.D., author of Doctor Dyslexia Dude, a graphic novel to inspire children struggling to read.

  • Celebrate statewide literacy superheroes.

  • Norma Gallegos Valles from Centro Hispano Dane County and host on La Movida Spanish Radio Station to host the event.
Member Spotlight
Our members rise to the challenge and continue to connect with their learners and tutors, engage with supporters, and strengthen literacy in their communities!

We're so proud of the work our members do every day!
Connecting with learners
Members:
  • call
  • email
  • use Apps like WhatsApp, Remind and TextNow 
  • use social media like Facebook

Some members call their learners regularly for updates on their personal situations and to help them access relief resources and understand government orders and the unemployment process.
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Adapting Instruction
One-to-one tutoring:
  • Phone
  • WhatsApp
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • Facebook messenger

Virtual Learning:
  • Zoom conversation classes
  • Facebook group classes
  • Word of the day on Facebook with picture, the word, and a brief explanation
  • Google Docs
  • Khan Academy
  • Blackboard classes
  • WebEx classes
  • Additional online learning resources

Some members sent level appropriate textbooks and workbooks to every learner. They call weekly to assign lessons, review work, and answer questions.
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Fundraising
Even fundraisers are going virtual!

  • Portage County Literacy Council's "Words & Friends for Literacy" have teams Play Scrabble, Words with Friends, ScrabbleGo, Bananagrams, and/or other word games and activities online and post photos with the hashtag #MyWordsAndFriends

  • Literacy Networks' "Read Between the Wines" event will continue with an online silent auction, virtual wine pull and the Literacy Network giving tree.
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Job Postings
The Literacy Council of Green County Seeks Executive Director
The Literacy Council of Green County seeks an Executive Director, a motivated and time-flexible person to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to carry out the mission to empower adult learners with the English language, one word at a time.

This position will be responsible for a wide range of activities in support of general agency operations and annual events. 

Thank You
Please send news you want to share to  info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the May 2020 e-news.
 
Thank you for your support!

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