December 2019
In this Issue:
  • New Winter Virtual Conference in February
  • Michele's Top 5 Takeaways from the WIOA Roundtable
  • Proud Member of Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Congratulations Literacy Services of Wisconsin on Ranking #1
  • Meet Jesus from Journey House
  • Member Spotlight: Journey House
  • English Forward Training in Milwaukee
  • 2020 COABE Conference Registration is Open
  • We're Hiring! North Central Regional Literacy Consultant
  • Advocacy Action Alert: Pending Legislation
Wisconsin Literacy News
Michele's Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 WIOA Roundtable
On November 13th, Michele attended the 2019 WIOA Roundtable in Green Bay Wisconsin. 

This year’s theme was “Innovation in Workforce” where attendees could learn more about the innovative programs, projects, approaches, and ideas happening throughout Wisconsin in the world of workforce.

Proud Member of Community Shares of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Literacy is a proud member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a non-profit dedicated to advancing social justice and environmental protection for nearly 50 years.

We benefit from their workplace giving campaigns, hosting of The Big Share (a 24-hour online giving day), and professional development of our staff.
Member News
Congratulations to Literacy Services of Wisconsin
Congratulations to Literacy Services of Wisconsin for ranking #1 in Measurable Skill Gains for the entire state of Wisconsin, out of all the technical colleges and community-based organizations providing services through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

Keep up the great work!
Success Stories
Meet Jesus from Journey House
Jesus, a talented pastry chef and owner of Todo Postres bakery, came to Journey House to improve his English.

He came to English class three times a week - opening the bakery in the early morning, leaving to attend the 9:00 am class, and then returning to finish out the day at the bakery.

Now, he can expand his business to an English speaking clientele.

Member Spotlight: Journey House
Congratulations to Journey House on their 50th anniversary!

Now one of the biggest programs in Milwaukee, they teach basic skills and GED in both English and Spanish. 

Journey House offers on-site childcare and evening classes to support adult learners. They buy and refurbish homes and improve local Baran Park to support their neighborhood.
Professional Development
English Forward Training in Milwaukee
Wisconsin Literacy will offer English Forward training in Milwaukee this winter. Trainings in Wausau and southwestern Wisconsin will be scheduled for the spring.

When: January 15 and 16, 8:30-2:00 pm (You must attend both days)
Where: Central United Methodist Church (639 N. 25th St., Milwaukee)

English Forward is an instructional approach training for tutors and instructors working with ELL (English Language Learners). In the training you will: 

  • learn how to use the English Forward framework. 
  • practice a variety of teaching strategies.
  • receive an instructor guide and beginning level curriculum.

Training Details:
2020 COABE Conference Registration is Open
Collaborate with your colleagues from around the country in Baltimore, MD, April 5 - 8, 2020 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.
Join more than 2,000 conferees and enjoy numerous networking opportunities with your peers in adult education from around the country.
Register today to attend or exhibit at COABE's national conference. To take advantage of their early bird rates, register by 02/14/20. Members save $75 on their registration.

For WL members only, contact for information on your COABE membership.

For all other inquiries on membership status, contact
Job Postings
We're Hiring! North Central Regional Literacy Consultant Position
We’re hiring a new North Central RLC (approximately 30 hours a month). Potential to increase hours as literacy services and community partnerships develop within the North Central region. 

As the North Central Regional Literacy Consultant, you would:
  • Support member organizations to build capacity and improve outcomes
  • Guide potential emerging literacy services in Wisconsin
  • Enhance the referral system and collaborations with local technical college, W-2 agencies, job centers and literacy providers

We work as a small staff of creative and dedicated people who support the organization’s core values of lifelong learning, collaboration, integrity, respect and teamwork. Passion for moving people forward through literacy and education is a constant among our team. 
Advocacy News
Advocacy Action Alert: Pending Legislation
AB 110, creating a Wisconsin guidebook on dyslexia and related conditions, passed the Assembly earlier this year and passed, with an amendment, the Senate Education Committee at the end of the summer.

However, the bill has not yet been brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Meanwhile, other bills introduced at the same time are already at Governor Evers' office waiting for his signature.

If you are interested in action on AB 110 during this legislative session, contact Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Roger Roth, Senate President, and your own state senator to ask that this bill be scheduled as soon as possible.
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