Adult Education Monthly Newsletter | December 2020
In this Issue:
  • Stop the Spread of COVID-19! Coalition
  • Governor's Council on Workforce Investment 
  • Plain Language Virtual Training
  • How'd They Do That? Creating Videos
  • How'd They Do That? Adding Quizzes and More
  • How'd They Do That? Zoom Classroom
  • Volunteer Grant Writer at Latino Academy of Workforce Development
  • Meet May Oo from Neighborhood House's International Learning Program
  • Member Spotlight: Neighborhood House's International Learning Program
  • The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students
  • Free Resources from Cross Academy
Wisconsin Literacy News
Stop the Spread of COVID-19! Coalition
Keeping ourselves, our friends, neighbors and loved ones safe is not political.

Representing different political parties, geographic areas and bodies of government, Congressman Mark Pocan and Speaker Robin Vos have come together for a cause that all Wisconsin residents can agree on: beating COVID-19. Their unity on this important issue is a crucial and timely reminder that we ALL need to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Wisconsin Literacy is proud to be part of the “Stop the Covid Spread!” coalition, a group of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, education, and advocacy organizations who have all joined in the team effort to urge the public to step up and take preventative measures seriously.

Learn more about the coalition and how we all need to step up to help stop the spread: https://www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread.

We hope you'll join us in sharing this crucial message with your friends and family. Wisconsin needs a unified message and response to turn this public health crisis around before it overwhelms our state.
Governor's Council on Workforce Investment
The Governor's Council on Workforce Investment (CWI) advises the Governor on efforts to align Wisconsin's workforce needs with its economic development goals and strategies. This Council exists to help Wisconsin employers find skilled talent while providing resources, training, and reskilling for workers to find in-demand careers with family-supporting wages. 

The CWI hosted its Annual Meeting in November. Michele Erikson serves on the Council’s WIOA Committee (Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act), representing community-based literacy agencies in WL’s coalition. 

The WIOA Committee’s recommendation to the Governor changed dramatically due to COVID and now focuses on broadband internet access across our state. Working from home will become a pressing economic necessity (if not already). Without it, many Wisconsinites will be left without access not just to the internet, but also to the job market and to the work literacy agencies are doing to continue their educational opportunities virtually. 

For any questions on the CWI or its impact with community-based literacy, please reach out to Michele at michele@wisconsinliteracy.org
Professional Development
Plain Language Virtual Trainings
As we're pulled in so many different directions, clear communication is more important than ever.

Wisconsin Literacy offers a virtual training series around plain language, with introductory prices. (Literacy members get a discount. Ask your RLC/RCC for more information.)

Plain language strategies:
  • save time and money by getting your message across faster.
  • motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately.
  • reduce time you spend prompting readers, clarifying questions, and correcting errors.

Learn more or register for upcoming trainings at: https://wisconsinliteracy.org/training/virtual-plain-language.html
How'd They Do That? Training Series
Many who attended our Fall Conference session, "Virtual Classes for Lower Level Learners" wanted to learn more about how to create similar online resources.

This December, Caitlin Lewis, from Neighborhood House's International Learning Program (ILP), will offer 3 follow-up sessions (listed below).

Attend one or all of them.
Creating Videos
December 3, 10:30 AM -11:30 AM

Want to learn how to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive YouTube videos for your students?

Learn how to add voice recordings to your PowerPoints, save them as a video, upload them to YouTube, and share them with your students.

These videos are great for ELL students who do well with listening activities but struggle with reading skills. Interactive tools also help students practice their pronunciation skills.

This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.

Register here:
Adding Quizzes and More
December 10, 10:30 AM -11:30 AM

Want to learn how to use Google Sites, Quizzes, and Slides for Virtual Learning?

Learn the basics of free Google apps like Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Slides.

Create a digital literacy website for your lower-level ELL students, using free Google products to create accessible online resources. All Google Sites are accessible by smartphones and allow for simple access for low-level ELL students who struggle with technology.

This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.

Register here:
Zoom Classroom
December 17, 10:30 AM -11:30 AM

Want to learn how to use Zoom with lower-level learners?

Develop best practices in order to transition your lower-level ELL students onto Zoom and learn how to help your students become confident virtual learners.

This webinar is designed for teachers of all technological skill levels.

Register here:
Member News
Volunteer Grant Writer for Latino Academy of Workforce Development
The Latino Academy of Workforce Development is seeking an experienced Grant Writer to develop and implement strategic plans to secure funding from a portfolio of local, regional, and national corporations, foundations, and government sources. The ideal candidate will help identify and develop funding prospects to support existing and new program opportunities.

Questions about this Volunteer Opportunity: Baltazar De Anda Santana (Latino Academy’s Executive Director) baltazar@latinoacademywi.org (608) 469-5448.
Success Stories
Meet May Oo from Neighborhood House's International Learning Program
May Oo nods enthusiastically, “We need to learn English to understand this country [and] for this country to understand us."

May Oo arrived as a refugee from Myanmar with her 5-year old son in 2013. She began her journey in the United States like many other refugees, joining English Language classes like those offered at Neighborhood House's International Learning Program.

Later, she took citizenship classes all the while raising her son and growing her sushi franchise.

Member Spotlight: Neighborhood House's International Learning Program
Neighborhood House's International Learning Program serves refugees from mostly war-torn countries.

Many students have never been to school nor held a pencil before. These students, even their elderly refugees 60 or older, are learning remotely with Google Classroom, online quizzes, and Zoom meetings.

"Digital literacy skills have never been put to more use than they are now," shares Cynthia Zarazua, Program Manager.

Racial Justice Resources
The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students
Michael Prihoda is a former middle school English teacher who now works in communications and development for The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit.

In this blog, he addresses other White educators about tackling implicit bias within themselves. He writes, "If we’re ever going to change outcomes for students of color, White educators need to start taking a stand and breaking down the biases we were raised with."
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Free Resources from Cross Academy
Are you looking for resources to support instructors who are now teaching in a virtual format?

The Cross Academy has a FREE web-based resource for instructors that focuses on adult learning and classroom assessment: https://kpcrossacademy.org/) (Please note the League for Innovation is an affiliate of The Cross Academy)

This site features 48 teaching techniques that are organized in four different drop-down menus:
  • Teaching Environment (online or on site),
  • Activity Type, 
  • Teaching Problem Addressed, and
  • Learning Taxonomic Dimension

Fourteen Activity Types are identified, so faculty will likely find one or more techniques that fit their preferred teaching style. Short videos and downloadable instructor’s manuals are included, as well as an online adaptation section for the virtual classroom.
Thank You
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