Adult Education Monthly Newsletter
In this Issue:
  • Make Your Point in 2021
  • Virtual Plain Language Training
  • Save the Date for Our Winter Virtual Conference
  • Texting Tool for Immigrant Community
  • Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program
  • Additional Resources for COVID Impacts
  • Top 10 Resources from ProLiteracy
  • Even Preschoolers Face Racial Bias, Study Finds
  • Meet Joshua from McLit
  • McLit Spotlight: Literacy Serves a Bit of Everything
Wisconsin Literacy News
Make Your Point in 2021
A recent participant in Wisconsin Literacy’s plain language training series said it was life changing for her, both professionally and personally. Plain language did the same for Anna Bierer, Northeast Regional Literacy Consultant.

She shares her favorite plain language strategies, who plain language helps, and where she uses plain language in her work.

Find out how to be clear and concise in 2021.
Professional Development
Virtual Plain Language Training
"The training reached me at the right time to make
the virtual campaign transition easier."

-Shay King | Marketing Manager
United Way of Racine County
As we're pulled in so many different directions, clear communication is more important than ever.

Start your new year with plain language strategies to:

  • 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.

Wisconsin Literacy offers a new virtual training series around plain language, with introductory prices. Contact your RLC/RCC for member rates.

Learn more or register for January and February trainings at: https://wisconsinliteracy.org/training/virtual-plain-language.html
Save the Date for Our Winter Virtual Conference
Join us from your home or office for our Winter Virtual Conference February 1 - February 5, 2021. Get tips and training on important topics facing adult and family literacy agencies in 2021.

Below are some of the topics available.

Monday, February 1
  • 9:00 - 9:30, Welcome and Keynote with Ruth Colvin (Founder, LVA and Co-founder, ProLiteracy)
  • 10:00 - 11:30, Unconscious Bias with Reggie Jackson (Co-founder, Nurturing Diversity Partners)
  • TBD, Culturally Responsive Mindfulness with Sylvia Ruiz (Executive Director, Primordial Multicultural Healing Community)

Tuesday, February 2
  • 1:00 - 2:00, Naturalization 101 with Maria Rodriguez and Gene Cloutier (USCIS Community Relations Officers)

Wednesday, February 3
  • 1:00 - 2:00, Wisconsin State and Regional Labor Market Trends with Scott Hodek (Section Chief, DWD Office of Economic Advisors)

Thursday, February 4
  • TBD, Virtual Accommodations 101: Tips to Support Students with Disabilities with Gateway Technical College staff

Friday, February 5
  • 10:00 - 11:00, Mindfulness for Educators and Caregivers with Ann Brand (Mindfulness Instructor, The Center)

Registration information coming soon!
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Texting Tool for Immigrant Community
Covering Wisconsin has a new Public Charge Texting Tool.

This important new tool will help our immigrant community safely access public benefits including health insurance! This Wisconsin-specific resource allows professionals and consumers to quickly and anonymously determine if using public benefits will impact their particular immigration status. No personal identifying information is needed or collected.

The Public Charge Texting Tool is available in English and Spanish on on 3 different platforms: webchat, text, and What’s App.
Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program
Share Your Ideas to Help the Birth to 3 Program Reach More Families

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants to make sure every parent or caregiver of a child with a delay or disability knows about the benefits of early intervention. To do this, DHS is working on a public outreach campaign that will create materials and other resources to improve and expand the reach of the Birth to 3 Program.

Take the survey

Parents, caregivers, advocates, and others who help care for children with delays or disabilities are invited to take the Birth to 3 Program Family Outreach Survey. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Hmong, and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Feedback collected in this survey will help DHS understand how to effectively reach parents and caregivers across Wisconsin with timely and transparent information about the Birth to 3 Program. Please submit your thoughts by January 8, 2021.

Share the survey

DHS is interested in getting feedback from as many people as possible. If you know of an organization, group, or individual who might be interested in sharing their thoughts, please feel free to share this survey with them.
Additional Resources for COVID Impacts
The office of Governor Tony Evers sent out a list of resources for individuals struggling because of the COVID pandemic.

If you are:

  • struggling to pay for groceries, you may qualify for the Department of Health Services’ (DHS) FoodShare Program.


  • a low-income parent or are pregnant and low income, you may be interested in the programs available through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Learn more about general resources under the 211 program. You can also call 2-1-1 from any phone.

Complete the “Assistance Request" form on connect with a caseworker.
Top 10 Resources from ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy CEO Kevin Morgan shares the Top 10 resources that your literacy program needs to be taking advantage of to make a difference. View now.
Racial Justice Resources
Even Preschoolers Face Racial Bias, Study Finds
By Gaby Galvin

Racial bias against black students begins long before they get to their teens - it starts in preschool, according to a study released from the Yale Child Study Center in 2016.

The study was conducted as a two-part experiment: in the first part, educators watched black and white children together, and in the second, they read vignettes on misbehaving students. In each situation, they were asked to identify and rate bad behavior.
Success Stories
Meet Joshua from McLit
Joshua was having a hard time finding a job.

He didn’t know how best to represent himself during a job interview or have the skills to keep a job. At McLit (Marathon County Literacy Council), Joshua found the support he needed to change his life.

McLit Spotlight: Literacy Serves a Bit of Everything
For McLit (Marathon County Literacy Council), literacy is not just about reading and writing, but about learning directly from the people served as well.

“You get right in their lives when you are doing literacy. You can make a difference to change their lives for the good. That’s part of our mission.” Connie Heidemann, Executive Director of McLit said.

Thank You
Please send news you want to share to info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the February 2021 e-news.

Thank you for your support!

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