August 2019
In this Issue:
  • FUN-raiser for GED Scholarships at Hamburger Mary's
  • Call for Member Representatives Nominations to the WL Board
  • Coming Soon! New Resources Section on WL Website
  • Save the Dates
  • Meet Martha from Casa Guadalupe
  • Member Spotlight: Casa Guadalupe Education Center
  • COABE TABE-nology Webinar
  • Meeting the Challenges of Early Phonics Instruction
Wisconsin Literacy News
FUN-Raiser for GED Scholarships at Hamburger Mary’s
A fun-raiser for the Southeast Wisconsin Literacy Scholarship Fund will be held at Hamburger Mary’s, 750 S. 5th St., Milwaukee on Wednesday, August 14.

Come for dinner at 6:30, bingo is at 7:30 (cover charge applies). There will be a silent auction, jello shots and more.

Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call (414) 488-2555 and get ready to have some fun while raising money to help area GED graduates attend college. 

Call for Member Representatives Nominations
Want to be more involved with Wisconsin Literacy?

Our board has 2 open seats for member representation.

Current board member representatives are located in the Southeast and Northwest and are from large agencies.

An ideal candidate would:
  • Serve in a leadership role at a member agency
  • Work in the Southwest, South Central, or Northeast
  • Work for a small to medium size agency

Nominations should include:
  • Brief statement on why the nominee wants to serve on the board
  • Short biography

This is a two-year term with the option to renew for one additional two-year term.

Send nominations to Liz at by August 26th.
Coming Soon!
New Resources Section on WL Website
WL staff are currently updating the resources section of our website.

Resources will include:
  • nonprofit basics
  • board governance
  • learner support
  • literacy programming
  • volunteer support
  • and more!

Look for our upcoming scavenger hunt challenge and get familiar with all the great resources available online soon.
Save the Dates
Mark your calendar for upcoming events:
  • International Literacy Day on September 8th
  • Common Ground Conference on October 16th-17th in Appleton

Celebrating International Literacy Day with an event in your area?
Contact and we'll spread the news on social media and our website.
Success Stories
Meet Martha from Casa Guadalupe
When Martha arrived from Mexico with her husband and two children, she felt alone and isolated. 

She didn’t know English, her new community, or the resources available to her. Discovering Casa Guadalupe completely changed her outlook on life in her community. 

Member Spotlight: 
Casa Guadalupe Education Center
"We wanted to create a safe place and welcoming space for Latinos and work with people to integrate them into the community,” said Noelle Braun, director of CGEC (Casa Guadalupe Education Center).

CGEC recognizes that integrating into a culture encompasses more than just learning to speak the language. They offer a wide range of services such as health literacy programs, ESL programs, Spanish camps, after-school reading programs, and more.

Professional Development
COABE TABE-nology Webinar
Date: Friday, August 16, 2019
Time: 2:00-- 3:00 p.m. EST

Presented by: Ronald Cruz

This webinar will help address some of the common challenges that teachers may encounter during the initial stages of implementation of TABE® 11 & 12 such as where to start, what materials to use, and how to help students succeed in this more rigorous test. Participants will learn about teaching strategies and resources that align with the technology-enhanced items and format of the test. The presentation will also explore how students can take full advantage of the available technology tools on the test. Teachers will walk away with a wealth of online teaching tools and resources aligned to the TABE® 11 & 12 Assessment Blueprints.

Webinar space is limited to 500 and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You will need your membership ID to register for this webinar.
Please contact if you have any questions.

Please Note: Certificates are automatically emailed 24 hours after the webinar has ended.
Meeting the Challenges of Early Phonics Instruction
The International Literacy Association (ILA) has issued a Literacy Leadership Brief titled" Meeting the Challenges of Early Phonics Instruction."

Principal author Wiley Blevins and an ILA panel include the following observations:
  • Phonics is essential to becoming a fluent reader
  • Basic phonics allows 84% of English words to be decoded
  • Phonics is helpful for all, crucial to some, and harmful to none
  • Instruction should be explicit and systematic, with a logical scope and sequence, continuous review, and practice in controlled, decodable text

Thank You
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