January 2020: Professional Development and Literacy Resources
In this Issue:
  • Celebrate 35 Years of Wisconsin Literacy
  • Literacy Gap Map
  • Start the New Year with Clear and Effective Communication!
  • Call for Celebration of Literacy Nominations
  • Meet Reyna from Literacy Network
  • Member Spotlight: Literacy Network
  • Co-Director Position at Portage County Literacy Council
  • Winter Virtual Conference
  • English Forward Training in Milwaukee
  • TABE-nology 2.0
  • How DVR Can Help Adult Learners
  • New English Forward Resource Center
  • ProLiteracy Research Journal
Wisconsin Literacy News
Celebrate 35 Years with Wisconsin Literacy
This year, we celebrate 35 years of Wisconsin Literacy and 10 years of Wisconsin Health Literacy. We're proud of the work we and our members do every day to make a difference. As we celebrate our anniversary, WL will explore the theme of “Stories connect us: Share your story.” 

We each have our own literacy story to share. Whether it's navigating a map, completing a work order, or reading a bedtime story to our little ones, literacy plays a vital role in our lives.

In honor of Wisconsin Literacy’s 35 years, we will pay tribute to these personal stories and ask you to share your story.
Literacy Gap Map
Thanks to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy there's a great new tool that gives statistics by US county: http://map.barbarabush.org/

Choose your county to find stats on:
  • health
  • income
  • below basic literacy rates
  • more

Start the New Year with Clear and Effective Communication!
By Beth Gaytan

When is the last time miscommunication caused you extra work or strained a relationship? 

In this new year, commit to clearer communication and fewer headaches!

Follow 5 plain language strategies to:

  • get your message across faster.
  • motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately.
  • reduce the time you spend prompting, clarifying and correcting.
Call for Celebration of Literacy Nominations
Nominate outstanding students, tutors, programs, businesses, and advocates for statewide recognition at Wisconsin Literacy’s Celebration of Literacy. 

Nominations are due January 20th.

Don’t miss this year’s Celebration of Literacy!

When: Wed, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Where: Windsor Country Club

Participate in an innovative dyslexia simulation experience led by the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison

Hear from Shawn Robinson, PhD, who learned to read at 18 after being diagnosed with Dyslexia.  
Success Stories
Meet Reyna from Literacy Network
Reyna's son was diagnosed with Autism and she wanted to speak English to communicate with health care providers and the school.

After 6 years of tutoring and classes at Literacy Network of Dane County, Reyna is happy with her progress. She said, "I can fight for my children's rights and my rights too."

Member Spotlight:
Literacy Network
Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director of Literacy Network of Dane County, says, "This is one of the biggest impacts that you can make in the community . . by being a tutor and supporting the programs that we offer."

Literacy Network of Dane County provides a wide range of programs including individualized tutoring and workplace literacy tailored to employer/employee needs.

Professional Development
Enjoy professional development from the warmth of your home or office with a week-long webinar series for staff, volunteers, and board of directors.
When: February 3 – February 7, 2020

  • Monday, Feb 3 (12-1 pm): Dyslexia: What to Watch For and How to Help (*Free resource for each agency that attends!)
  • Tuesday, Feb 4 (9-10 am): AEFL Corrections Grant Application Basics
  • Wednesday, Feb 5 (1-2 pm): W-2 Partnership Panel
  • Thursday, Feb 6 (10-11 am): Tour the Achieve Database
  • Thursday, Feb 6 (6-7 pm): Planned Giving: Why and How (*Great for board directors!)
  • Friday, Feb 7 (10-11 am): Civic Engagement for Learners: Voting and the Census
Where: The comfort of your own home or office
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:
TABE-nology 2.0
Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Presented by: Ronald Cruz

This webinar is a continuation of the initial TABE-nology webinar held on Aug. 16, 2019. This session 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. This session will focus on teaching strategies and resources that align with the technology-enhanced items and format of the test. In addition, teachers will also explore how to allow students to take full advantage of all the available technology tools on the test. Lastly, 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 COABE membership ID to register for this webinar. If you are a Wisconsin Literacy member and don't know your membership ID, please check with Liz@wisconsinliteracy.org.
Job Postings
Co-Director Position at Portage County Literacy Council
Are you looking for a new part-time opportunity? Do you like working collaboratively to achieve goals? The Portage County Literacy Council is hiring a co-director!

At the PCLC, we help adults in our community obtain the basic math and English literacy skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and community integration. Our learners are our neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and are at the center of everything we do.

If you believe that literacy is a human right and want to make an impact, check out the attached job description and apply by emailing your cover letter, resume, and three references to director@pocolit.org. The cover letter should comprehensively address your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.  
Resources and Funding Opportunities
How DVR Can Help Adult Learners
Want to know more about DVR (Department of Vocational Resources)?

Watch any of the following informational videos about how DVR might help your learners.
DVR 101
DVR Business Services 
Finding Career Success with DVR
DVR Youth in Transition 
New English Forward Resource Center
Active English Forward Users:

Contact Anna Bierer for access to the new English Forward Resource Center. This Resource Center replaces the old portal.

Access is only for tutors and instructors who have completed the English Forward training.
ProLiteracy Research Journal
Thank You
Please send news you want to share to  info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the February 2020 e-news.
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